K-8 Curriculum

An excellent academic program inspires students to excel. That's why we've chosen the ACE curriculum developed by the University of Notre Dame. Not only does it teach students to think critically, abstractly and logically, it encourages intellectual creativity and the acquisition of knowledge. Our students consistently excel in high school and college, as a result of the strong academic foundation provided at Bishop McHugh. Following are some of the programs that distinguish our educational approach.

The Daily Five
The Daily 5 framework for structuring literacy time allows students to select from five authentic reading and writing choices: reading to self, work on writing, read to someone, listen to reading and word work. The Daily 5 takes literacy instruction to the next level, helping students build reading stamina, vocabulary, and a portfolio of writing.

Catholic Identity
The Board of Pastors, the Administration and the Faculty promote the development of Catholic values and moral standards so that our students go forth not only knowing their Faith but living it as well. Our Religion curriculum includes daily prayer, liturgies, adoration, prayer services, choir, rosary, devotions to Mary, Stations of the Cross, and service projects based on the works of Mercy. Religious education follows the curriculum guidelines outlined by the Office of Catholic Education and the Diocese of Camden.

Rigorous and Relevant Content Area Instruction
Excellent content instruction in all subjects from Language Arts and Mathematics to Science and Social Studies.  

Project-Based Learning (PBL) 

Project-based learning enables students to solve real world problems and challenges using multiple areas of the curriculum, from Science to Technology, Religion, Engineering, the Arts and Math. PBL projects start with an essential question posed to the students. For example, the 7th grade was asked, "Is Life Fair?" This started an exploration in mathematical probability that lasted several weeks, and resulted in a final project presentation before a panel of teachers. 

Google Classroom
Google has designed a paperless classroom where the teacher and students may interact safely and securely. The teacher may create and collect assignments, have a dialogue with individual students or the group, and deliver feedback. Google Classroom is used throughout middle school and in some of our elementary grades as well!

Specials and Extracurricular Highlights
Art, Music, Spanish, Library, Physical Education
Technology Lab, Science Lab
Team Mercy (Student Council)
Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Cross Country, Cheerleading
Performing Arts, Choir, Band/ Instrument Lessons
Yearbook, Chess Club & new exciting seasonal club opportunities