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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



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.

The GCS is revised by subject area based upon a rotating cycle. Each school year, a subject area is designated for revision. A committee of teachers, principals, researchers, and university professors works with the Archdiocesan Director of Curriculum and Assessment to revise the standards. During the 2011-2012 school year, the Archdiocese began moving toward Ohio’s “new learning standards”, to intensify student learning, and provide more depth in key areas.

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 Dr. Carole Roberts, Director of Curriculum and Assessment, at (513) 421-3131 ext. 2723 or

Recording Sheets for Content Standards and Anchors and Standards Based Report Cards.   (Updated 11/2019)

 2018 Recommended Textbooks  

ArtMusic – click here

English – Reading – Language Artsclick here

Health – 2015  click here

Mathclick here

Algebra 1click here

Algebra II click here

Physical Educationclick here

Pre-Calculusclick here

Geometryclick here

Scienceclick here

Social Studiesclick here    2nd Grade posted 10/2019

Religion –   Click here

High School Religionclick here

Frequently Asked Questions About the Common Coreclick here