Principles of Catholic Identity in Education articulates elements the Church expects to find in all Catholic schools and which distinguish them from other schools. The principles are derived from Church documents related to education, including the documents of Vatican II, documents from the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education, and the writings of various Popes.

Reason: Forming the Minds

"The first week [our son] was at SJB, it was like a breath of fresh air.  We didn't realize all the things he was missing until he brought home his homework and showed me what he was learning.  He brought home the Baltimore Catechism, Latin, spelling, grammar, world history and Math (Saxon Math).  He started using cursive again because it was required in all of his writings.  He even learned how to write a check.  I was so impressed with what he was learning as well as how excited he was about what he was learning."  a St. John Bosco parent

The Educational Plan of St. John Bosco Schools



St. John Bosco School is grateful to St. Jerome Academy of Hyattsville, Maryland, for sharing its Educational Plan.  To download the .pdf file of the entire 120-page document, click the link at the bottom of this page.


"The goal of education is the student himself, to form his mind and his character in such a way that he can live his whole life, so far as possible, in a way that is consistent with the truth about himself as a human being created in the image and likeness of God."                              ~ The St. Jerome Curriculum Group


Classical liberal arts education lays the foundation that leads to wisdom and virtue.  Wisdom is to know the truth; virtue, to imitate the truth. Through this formation, children begin to connect what they know with how they live, to strive for excellence and holiness.


Our integrated curriculum is rooted in history, allowing children to explore ideas, individuals, themes and events throughout the centuries. The focus on history is not backward-looking.  It allows students to draw upon the past to understand the modern world.  They see themselves within the rich 2,000-year heritage and tradition of Christian culture.  They discover the role of the Church, and the contributions of its greatest thinkers, scientists, artists, saints and martyrs.  Whenever possible, original sources are given preference over textbooks.  The study of Latin begins in first grade.


In our classrooms we see why classical liberal arts education developed some of the greatest minds in history.  This approach teaches children how to think and to express ideas in an organized and precise way; it does not simply impart fragmented information or teach to a test.  Our teachers are trained in classical methods of instruction; they recognize that learning is sequential and cumulative.  Students are encouraged to explore connections between all their subjects.  Science classes are based on observation and experimentation. Mathematics instruction is one year ahead of grade level, but individual students can be placed according to ability.  Across the curriculum, SJBS emphasizes the mastery of language, so students become confident writers and public speakers. 



The Educational Plan of St. Jerome Academy
Download the complete, 120-page Educational Plan for a description of our educational philosophy and for detailed curricular book lists at every grade level.
SJBS Ed Plan.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 14.3 MB

Read this article from the National Catholic Register on the spread of Catholic Classical Education.



Calling All Catholics radio show on Classical Liberal Arts Education which aired on the Station of the Cross in May 2013