Profile of Graduates

Profile of Bishop McHugh Graduates

Bishop McHugh Regional Catholic School, a collaborative and diverse community of learners, offers a comprehensive educational experience in a safe and supportive environment for students in preschool through eighth grade. 

Our school follows rigorous curriculum guidelines established by the Diocese of Camden Office of Catholic Schools. These guidelines build on the strong academic tradition of Catholic schools, incorporate national and state curriculum standards, and allow us to bring the Gospel message of Jesus into all facets of learning. Within and beyond diocesan guidelines, our school offers a wide range of courses that allow our graduates to develop a world view, explore potential careers, build on critical thinking skills and have fun along the way. This includes:

  • An environment in which we consistently model Gospel values and Church teachings and traditions in the image of Jesus Christ, including monthly Fruit of the Spirit awards; an environment where words and actions are aligned.
  • An academically rigorous and relevant curriculum – the ACE Curriculum by the University of Notre Dame -- that prepares learners to succeed to their greatest potential, with personalized learning experiences.
  • A holistic academic experience that supports independent, critical thinking and problem solving capabilities needed for 21st century discipleship, challenges and careers.
  • Academic support offered via a special service and academic intervention program support personnel including a Case Manager, Basic Skills Instructor, Learning Evaluators, a Reading Specialist, a Speech and Language Specialist, and Occupational Therapist.
  • Project-based learning (PBL) that empowers students to solve real-world problems and challenges using multiple areas of the curriculum from Science to Technology, Engineering, the Arts, Math and Religion.
  • STREAM projects, including an annual STREAM Fair for the middle school, where students work independently and/or collaborate on projects that incorporate Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics.
  • The Daily 5 framework for structuring literacy time that allows students to choose from five authentic reading and writing selections: reading to self, work on writing, read to someone, listen to reading and word work. The Daily 5 helps students build reading stamina, vocabulary and a portfolio of writing.
  • DRA assessment to inform instruction for struggling, on-grade level and excelling readers.
  • STAR assessment to inform instruction for areas of strength and weakness in mathematics skills.
  • IOWA standardized assessments administered annually for students in grades 3-7
  • Teacher-directed in-class formative and summative assessment, including student portfolios of work
  • Character education, where students are prepared to become CARES Ambassadors (CARES: Cooperation, Assertion, Respect/Responsibility, Empathy, Self-Control).
  • Opportunities to participate in a wide range of activities inside and outside the classroom, including music, theater, art, dance, sports, clubs and activities, service and leadership-building programs.
  • Interactive instruction that leverages dynamic technology capabilities, including relevant work in middle school in Google Classroom (a paperless classroom where the teacher and students “dialogue” about assignments).
  • An emphasis on service that cultivates in students a desire to serve others while in school and throughout life.
  • A place where students feel safe physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually.
  • A culture in which every individual success is seen as a reflection on, and contribution to, the wider community of Catholic schools.
  • A welcoming, inclusive community represented by cultural and religious diversity.
  • Participation in our four local Parishes, Sacramental preparation, support of the Holy Redeemer Food Pantry, volunteers for events as needed (such as for the annual Shut-in luncheon), monthly liturgies at the school

The graduates of Bishop McHugh School will be well prepared for secondary education, with proficiency in the following core content areas:

  • Religion
  • Language arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • 21st Century Technology
  • World Language (Spanish)
  • Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving Skills Across the Curriculum

Graduates also will have had the opportunity to work within the following “non-academic” areas, which are part of a well-rounded student:

  • Art
  • Music
  • Physical Education / Sports
  • Performing Arts
  • Clubs (e.g. Coding, Chess, Creative Club, MakerSpace, Art with a Heart, etc.)
  • Community Service / Social Responsibility
  • Leadership Opportunities

Though students graduate from Bishop McHugh School, they never graduate from Faith. Our overarching goal is for our graduates to become Faith-filled adults who, guided by Gospel values, shape our world with knowledge, integrity and compassion. They will generously give time, talent and funds to support others in need. Their personal and professional lives will be guided by the knowledge and values they acquired at Bishop McHugh School.