About the Curriculum
St. Joseph School follows the New York State Common Core Learning Standards Curricula and Diocese of Buffalo Department of Education Curricula. Students participate in the New York State Assessments in grades 3 - 8.
For details on changes to testing in 2016 click here
Middle School Curriculum (6 – 8) – Students are required to take religion, English, social studies, math, science, Spanish, health, technology (computer skills), art, music, and physical education each year. 6th grade students take library/media skills once per week. Accelerated coursework is available to qualified students in math beginning in 7th grade, and in 8th grade qualified students may take Regents level Earth Science. Academic Intervention Services are available in reading and math for qualified students.
Curriculum grades K-5—Courses of instruction include religion, reading, English language arts, science, social studies, math, health, technology & computer education, Spanish, art, music and physical education. Students participate in library/media skills at least once per week. The SuperKids reading program is used in grades PreK‑2. Common Core math modules are integrated into our grades K‑5 math curriculum. The Nancy Larson Science program is used for science instruction in grades K-5.
Report cards are issued four times per year for grades 1-8, and 3 times per year for kindergarten (beginning in January). In addition, progress reports are given as needed at the 5, 15, 25, and 35 week points.
Common Core Resources
Curriculum information Links
Diocese of Buffalo Department of Catholic Education:
New York State Education Department Office of Curriculum and Instruction:
New York State Education Department Office of Assessment: