St. Mary's Elementary School is an Accredited Coeducational Catholic Parish School. Through spiritual, intellectual, physical and social guidance, we strive to develop lifelong learners. In cooperation with the family and Catholic community, St. Mary's Elementary School seeks to foster and model Christian values founded in Love of God, Self and Others.
A fundamental objective of the school is to make available a Catholic education. An essential part of the educational program is furthering the knowledge and nurturing a deep sense of value of the Catholic Faith.
What is the ACRE? Assessment of Catechesis/Religious Education (ACRE) help school, parish and diocesan leaders evaluate the faith knowledge and attitudes of students in Catholic schools and parish-based religious programs. ACRE provides faith knowledge questions related to religious beliefs, attitudes, practices, and perceptions.
What does it measure? Scores below the 64th percentile suggest improvement is needed, scores between the 64th and 86th percentile reflect proficiency, and scores above the 86th percentile indicate advanced knowledge.
Link for Example Questions Questions Level 5 & 6 http://www.bestchurch.net/Questions---Level-5-6.html Questions Level 7 & 8 http://www.bestchurch.net/Questions---Level-7-8.html
What Does This Tell Us? * In Grade 5 our students were above the National Average *In Grade 8 our students decreased *In Grade 8 we were below the National Average
Our School Improvement Plan *Over the school year, 2011, preview new textbooks that match our Archdiocese and ACRE standards *Develop a school glossary so all students are learning the same terminology
School Improvement Plan *Continue to work and live our religious beliefs in every opportunity *Religion Professional Development for our teachers
Questions or Comments? *We would love to hear from you! Please feel free to send me an email if you have any questions about St. Mary’s or the ACRE [email_address]