Curriculum

Saint Gregory the Great Catholic School is recognized by the State of Virginia and is fully accredited by the Virginia Catholic Educators Association (VCEA) and by the Diocese of Richmond as well as by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). 

St. Gregory the Great School follows the curriculum set forth by the Catholic Diocese of Richmond

In addition, programs are offered for remediation and enrichment:

Pathways to Learning
The Pathways to Learning Program is a support pull-out program for struggling learners with a focus on student ability rather than learning difference. An ongoing partnership with the Pathways teacher, classroom teacher, and parent(s) is established with the purpose of helping a student succeed in both the Pathways class and the regular classroom.

Eligibility for the program requires that the student have a qualified complete battery of psycho-educational testing. In addition, recommendation by the classroom teacher and/or performance below grade level will also be considered in student placement.

Students are included, to the maximum extent possible excluding the language arts block, in the regular classroom setting. They are members of their age-appropriate homerooms and are incorporated fully with those classes for religion, core curriculum subjects, art, music, library, physical education, lunch, and recess.

Learning Resource
In Pre-K and Kindergarten, a resource teacher screens students for learning weaknesses and provides extra help to strengthen student skills.

Title I Resource for Reading and Math
A reading/mathematics resource teacher is on staff at Saint Gregory the Great School to provide support to the classroom teachers. Students identified with a need will be able to receive extra support.

Accelerated Reader Program
The Accelerated Reader Program is a computer-based program that provides the teacher with information regarding the student’s reading comprehension level. This program is used as a supplemental program for grades 1-8.

Accelerated Reading and Honors Math Programs
For qualified students, reading (second semester of grade 1 through grade 5) and mathematics (grades 4-5) courses are accelerated and cover material in greater depth. Units and lessons follow the diocesan curriculum consensus, but at an accelerated rate. Lessons are developmentally appropriate with emphasis on research, independent learning, and technology integration. Requirements include teacher recommendation and Scantron score (gr. 2-5).

High School Credit Courses
For those students who have the prerequisite courses and meet eligibility criteria, high school credit courses are offered for Spanish I, Earth Science, Algebra I, and Geometry. Credit is dependent upon the final average and final exam score.

STREAM Activities
Which combine science, technology, religion, engineering, art, and math with inquiry/project based learning to challenge our students to use critical thinking skills and problem solving strategies with an inquiry-based, experiential curriculum,

  • relating to real-world applications
  • encouraging critical thinking, problem solving and team work
  • going beyond minimum competencies
  • reflecting Diocesan, state and/or national standards

Pre-K – integrated into learning activity at least once a week
Grades K-5 – receive a challenge enrichment activity once a week in the classroom. Many lessons will be integrated into the science curriculum using the Nancy Larson Science materials
Grades 6-8 – receive hands on learning integrated into cross curricular lessons.

Middle School Life Skills Program
All sixth, seventh and eighth grade students participate in a weekly Life Skills class taught by our School Counselor that focuses on character development, as well as, other “real life” skills that they may use to be successful academically, socially, emotionally and in their future endeavors. This course is designed to help middle school students think about their academic and personal goals, ambitions, emotions and feelings. It is about examining and exploring character; and learning and practicing positive values and character traits. 

The curriculum is created through combining several relevant and meaningful resources designed for Middle School Students. Some of the values and competencies we cover include:

  • Caring and compassion
  • Perseverance
  • Citizenship
  • Study Skills
  • Courage
  • Respect, honesty, fairness and justice
  • Social Inequality
  • Responsibility
  • Self-discipline
  • Responsible cell phone use
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Problem solving
  • Good decision making
  • Goal setting
  • Cooperation and collaboration
  • Conflict resolution
  • Trust


Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent.  Most talents are, to some extent, a gift.  Good character, by contrast is not given to us.  We have to build it piece by piece- by thought, choice, courage, and determination.