Elementary (K-8) Schools

“Teach a child how he should live and he will remember it all his life.” —Proverbs 22:6

Our elementary schools provide a lot more than rigorous academics and a standards-based education – although that’s important, too. We also create a deep sense of community and faith, so your child has the freedom to explore who they are and who they want to become, while learning about God’s love for all.

Your child will experience the gift of daily prayer, sacrament preparation, regular participation in Mass, and classes that integrate Catholic values into the curriculum. We teach your child how to be a faithful, lifelong learner from the start.

By the Numbers:

  • 53 elementary schools in Washington and five counties in Maryland: Montgomery, Prince George’s, Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s
  • 12 independent elementary schools, which share the same Catholic identity, but operate under separate governing structures

Consortium of Catholic Academies

The Consortium of Catholic Academies of the Archdiocese of Washington is committed to providing academic, administrative and financial support to inner-city Catholic schools in Washington, DC.

The Consortium helps sustain the long tradition of affordable, yet excellent Catholic schools that reach out to those in underserved communities where students embrace their faith and develop a love of learning.

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Curriculum & Standards

Archdiocese of Washington Catholic schools offer a rigorous academic curriculum based on the teachings of the Catholic Church.

We’ve designed our curriculum to develop 21st century skills. All curriculum standards reflect a continuum of learning from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade. We continuously update our curriculum, because we want your child to be academically challenged in a developmentally appropriate way.

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Assessment

Archdiocese of Washington Catholic schools use standardized tests to measure how well students master the concepts and skills being taught. These assessment tools also compare our students’ scores to others across the country.

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Accreditation

All of our archdiocesan elementary and secondary schools are accredited by AdvancED, the largest community of education professionals in the world. Our approach to accreditation gives parents the assurance that the school your child attends meets the highest standards.

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