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Catholic Schools Contact:

Susan M. Gibbons
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100 East Eighth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 421-3131 Phone
(513) 421-6271 Fax

Curriculum Standards


The Archdiocesan Graded Course of Study (GCS)is designed to drive the instructional programs at all Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. The GCS portrays standards of what all students are expected to know and be able to do by the time they leave their current grade. All Catholic elementary schools are asked to follow the GCS, and demonstrate their compliance with the GCS as they receive their accreditation from the Ohio Catholic Schools Accreditation Association (OCSAA).

The GCS is organized by subject area for Preschool through Eighth Grade. The GCS incorporates emerging and Best Practice research about teaching and learning to ensure that our instructional programs are superior. In addition to the latest instructional standards, the GCS is infused with Catholic Identity that is interwoven at each grade level in all content areas. The GCS also provides provisions for teaching students with special needs, accelerated programs, incorporating technology into instruction, and cross-curricular integration.

It is important to note that the GCS is meant to guide instruction. Teachers and principals are free to design their specific instructional programs, including the sequence of topics, supporting textbooks/materials, teaching strategies, etc. For more information about a school’s specific instructional program, please contact the principal of that school.

Please note that the GCS is the copyrighted property of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and should not be distributed without the permission of the Catholic Schools Office. For questions regarding the curriculum, please contact a Catholic school principal or Krista Devine, Director of Curriculum and Assessment, at (513) 263-3455 or

Content Area

English Language Arts


Related Arts



Social Studies

Recording Sheets for Content Standards and Anchors and Standards Based Report Cards.