What about the Common Core?


What about the Common Core?

St. John Bosco School will not adopt the Common Core, in whole or in part.


It is our desire to provide children the clear instruction they need and plenty of practice to reach mastery of mathematical skills. 


Later in their school careers students are ready to analyze their own thinking, make comparisons, and understand complex relationships in problem-solving.  The foundation laid in the early years gives Bosco students the tools they need to engage in those tasks most effectively--when they are developmentally ready to do so.



"There are many things I can write about St. John Bosco School.  I wanted to let you know what a hidden gem this school is in our community.  I know the building isn't impressive, and we don't have white boards, or smart boards, or a computer lab or even the latest technologies, however my son came from a school that had all of the above, but now he has so much more.  He has the love of learning and an opportunity to become what God wants him to be."  a St. John Bosco parent


Parents are rightly very concerned about the new Common Core Standards, accepted by New York State for use in public schools, and also accepted by many local private schools.


At St. John Bosco we hold our classical curriculum in very high regard.  We will not adopt the Common Core Standards now or in the future.


Put simply, while Common Core intends to make students college and career ready, our Educational Plan has the vision to make students vocation and heaven ready. 


For more details about Common Core and its implications, we recommend the information linked below.  Articles about the value of classical eduation are included as well.


Catholic is our Core  website of The Cardinal Newman Society:  Promoting and Defending Faithful Catholic Education

"Well-intentioned proponents of adopting the Common Core in Catholic schools have argued that Catholic identity can be “infused” into the Core.  This approach misses the point that authentic Catholic identity is not something that can be added to education built around thoroughly secular standards, but that our faith must be the center of—and fundamental to—everything that a Catholic school does."  Read more


Jane Robbins Stop Common Core Series at the American Principles Project

"Liberate Liberal Arts from the Myth of Irrelevance" by Elsa Nunez, writing for The Christian Science Monitor

"A Classical Eduation:  Back to the Future" by Stanley Fish, writing in The New York Times

"A response to 'Catholic Education, the Common Core and the New Evangelization'" by Matt C. Abbott on the Renew America website