The faith formation of all students entrusted to us is the primary focus of Cedar Valley Catholic Schools’ curriculum. Our religion program provides a developmentally age-appropriate, systematic and comprehensive presentation of our Catholic teachings and beliefs to our students.

The United States Bishops have created a document, Doctrinal Elements of a Curriculum Framework for the Development of Catechetical Materials for Young People of High School Age, in efforts to ensure there is a core curriculum for all Catholic high schools throughout the United States. Columbus Catholic High School’s religion curriculum is structured around this document. 


The Archdiocese of Dubuque K-8 Religion Curriculum Guide for Catholic Schools and Parish Faith Formation Programs provides the framework for our kindergarten through eighth grade religion curriculum. There are specific Essentials Learnings based on the knowledge, competencies and life applications needed for our students to reach each of the four major goals:

Goal 1: Students form a knowledge and appreciation of the sense of the Church and of the fundamentals of Catholic teaching.

Goal 2: Students form the beginnings of a spiritual life experienced through the liturgy and sacraments within the Catholic community.

Goal 3: Students recognize that as Catholics, by virtue of Baptism, they are called to life in Christ.

Goal 4: Students participate in all forms of prayer, both personal and communal, and understand how the study of Scripture can impact one’s journey of faith. 


Our faith’s teachings and beliefs are purposefully infused into all curricular areas. We are committed to guiding our students to grow in their personal relationship with God, to be knowledgeable about their Catholic faith and to integrate its traditions, teachings and beliefs into their personal life within the walls of our schools and beyond. This goal can only be achieved through partnership with our students’ parents, who are the primary educators of their children’s faith.

Family Resources:
Strong Family Catholic Faith: This website has been created by catechetical and evangelization staff from the Catholic dioceses of Jefferson City, MO (Jim Kemna); San Jose, CA (Wendy Scherbart); and St. Petersburg, FL (Diane Kledzik) to provide high quality resources to build strong Catholic families.