Our curriculum contains educational framework designed to develop 21st century skills. All curriculum standards reflect a continuum of learning from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade. We continuously update curriculum documents to ensure they are academically challenging and developmentally appropriate to encourage and nurture life-long learners. – ADW Catholic Schools

For detailed information about the Archdiocese of Washington Curriculum  – click here.

Grading Scale

93-100  A or  E (xcellent)
85- 92   B or  G (ood)
77- 84   C or  S (atisfactory)
70- 76   D or  I (mprovement Needed)
0 – 69   F or  U (nsatisfactory)

Students at Cardinal Hickey Academy are offered classes in two ways- Core Subjects on a daily basis and Special Subjects on a weekly basis. By offering this mixed curriculum, we are better able to engage young learners in a manner they find most comfortable, ensuring each student receives the maximum benefit from their time at CHA.

Curriculum matching field trips include:

Luray Caverns

National Zoo

Naval Academy

Historical tour of Annapolis

Six Flags (STEM observations)

Mount Vernon.

Data-Driven Curriculum

Teachers use data from various assessments and classroom experiences to inform their planning and instructional approach. Teachers use data to help students reach their individual goals as well as grade-level mastery.

Core Subjects:

  • Religion – Daily instruction with a weekly school-wide mass and Rosary participation

  • Language Arts – Reading, Literature, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Creative Writing, Penmanship (Grades 3-8 are expected to submit all handwritten work in cursive)

  • Mathematics – 7th grade Pre-Algebra, 8th grade Algebra with gender separated classroom

  • Science – general sciences in all grades, STEAM Program in grades 7-8, Science activities are taught in the Science Lab for grades 5-8

  • Social Studies – K-8 with emphasis on Maryland State History in 4th grade and U.S., Ancient and World History in grades 5-8

Special Subjects:

  • Spanish (PreK-8)

  • Physical Education (PreK-8)

  • Art

  • Music – handbells, band, choral concerts and drama

  • Library Skills/Media Center

  • Computer Literacy and Technology – State of the art Computer Lab includes Senteo Clickers for student response, school-wide internet access, Chromebooks and SMART Boards in the classrooms. Grades K-8 visit the Lab once a week.