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Resources for Catholic Schools


Catholic Athletes for Christ – “Catholic Athletes for Christ serves Catholic athletes in the practice of their faith and shares the Gospel in and through sports. Contact them to join a growing number of schools with a CAC Chapter program.”


Catholic Identity Assessment

Catholic Education Honor Roll – awards program of The Cardinal Newman Society

Catholic Identity Self-Assessment Guide (under development by The Cardinal Newman Society)

The Catholic Schools Identity Assessment  – An assessment program sponsored by the Catholic Education Foundation.


Common Core Concerns

See Catholic Is Our Core resources.


Educational Philosophy

Diocese of Marquette – philosophical underpinnings for a curricular framework

The Lost Tools of Learning

Institute for Catholic Liberal Education


Exciting High School Summer Programs at Newman Guide Colleges

Here is a summary of programs for high school students at Newman Guide Colleges. The stories about the specific programs can be found here.

Thomas Aquinas College

Ave Maria University

Benedictine College

Mount St. Mary's University

New Hampshire
Northeast Catholic College
Thomas More College of Liberal Arts

North Dakota
University of Mary

Franciscan University of Steubenville

DeSales University

University of Dallas
University of St. Thomas

Christendom College

Washington, DC.
The Catholic University of America

Wyoming Catholic College


Human Resources - Recruiting

Catholic Jobs Online

Ave Maria Career Services

Benedictine College Careers

Catholic University of America - Office of Career Services

Franciscan University Career Services

University of Dallas Career Services


Journals, Magazines, Radio, News

Catholic Answers Magazine



First Things

Holy See’s Press Office

Inside the Vatican

National Catholic Register

L’Osservatore Romano

Mindszenty Report

New Oxford Review

Our Sunday Visitor

Register Radio

Relevant Radio


Legal Resources

American Catholic Lawyers Association

Home School Legal Defense Association

State Regulations for Private Schools

Thomas More Law Center



The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education – “The Institute’s mission is to serve and inspire educators by forming them in the unity of faith and reason that is central to spreading the Gospel message in the modern world.”

The National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools – NAPCIS is: “an accreditation association, a teacher certification program, a resource agency to assist in the start-up of small schools, a service agency to assist administrators and teachers in the application of Catholic teaching and sound academic principles.”

FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) – Isn’t FOCUS for Catholic University students? Yes, but their Bible studies are specifically geared toward young people, and are available for free online. Even if your students aren’t the ‘target audience’ for FOCUS materials, your campus ministers may find these resources useful.


Professional Development

Circe Institute

Faith and Reason Institute

Magnificat – used as faculty devotional

Sophia Institute for Teachers – Newly created resource for faith-based lesson plans. Multi-Site professional development located at varies cities and times.

The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education – Annual teacher retreat and conference.




Bethlehem Press

Catholic Heritage Curricula – Comprehensive resource for multiple subject areas. Has unique resources for speech and policy debate and even Catholic economics. Boasts a Catholic Apologetic Supplement for Conceptual Physical science. Has some in-house created resources, but relies on other publishers for textbook resale in some areas. Has complete sequenced Language Arts program (Reading, Handwriting, Grammar, Composition). Has lesson plan books. Also source for two excellent high school theology supplements by Sr. Terese Auer, O.P., The Human Person: Dignity Beyond Compare and Called to Happiness: Guiding Ethical Principles.

Catholic Textbook Project

Classically Catholic Memory

Daughters of St. Paul

Didache Textbook Series

Ignatius Press – Critical Edition novels for the classroom.

Kolbe Academy

Lepanto Press

Loreto Publications

Magis Center – High School Theology supplement: What science says about God.


Neuman Press

Principles and Choices – High school theology supplement.

Sophia Institute Press

Tan Books


Classical Science

Classical Writing – Sequenced writing series for K-12.

Memoria Press – Comprehensive sequential curriculum resources and teacher guides for grades K-12. Includes Writing composition and grammar, American History and Geography, Literature and Poetry, Phonics, Penmanship, Logic and Rhetoric, Classical studies, Greek third grade and beyond, French 6-8 grade, Science K-8.

Yesterdays Classics – World History, Greece, Rome, England, Literature.


Researched Reports

Catholic Schools, Firing Policies and Teacher Misconduct
An essay by E. Christian Brugger, PhD., Senior Fellow of Ethics and Director of the Fellows Program at the Culture of Life Foundation

The question which has been in the news recently is as follows: Should teachers, faculty members or school administrators be terminated if they are found to be guilty of grave moral misconduct in their private lives?

Because each Catholic school has elements unique to itself—mission statements, constituencies, financial needs—and each employment situation is unique, and the circumstances surrounding each instance of misconduct is unique, there is no “one-size-fits-all” answer to this question. But certain consistent principles can be considered and practical measures taken to assist schools in responding well to the problem of employee misconduct. This essay discusses both. Read more...

Private Affairs and Private Institutions: Your Kids at Risk?
An essay by Frank Moncher, Senior Fellow of Social Sciences at the Culture of Life Foundation

"Two Catholic dioceses this year have faced the dilemma of teachers who are planning to marry same-sex partners, one going public via Facebook and the other directly contacting his school leadership to inform it of his plans. These disclosures have raised a great debate. What is the right thing for a diocese to do when an employee openly violates church teaching? How do we balance justice and mercy, knowing that neither is possible without the other? It should be noted that this is not only an issue of same-sex attracted persons, as heterosexual cohabitation presents a similar dilemma." Read more...

These articles are part of a collaborative series between The Cardinal Newman Society and the Culture of Life Foundation on complex moral issues in Catholic education policy. This series is intended to inform discussion and should not be regarded as definitive statements of policy or practice. The views expressed herein are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Cardinal Newman Society or the Culture of Life Foundation.



Bioethics – John Paul the Great Catholic High School in Dumfries, VA (2012 Honor Roll School) has built its curriculum around the bioethics theme.  While you may not desire to follow suit, the two textbooks written by Sr. Terese Auer, O.P. listed below are excellent supplemental materials for any religion or ethics course.

“Each parent of the students attending JP the Great are required to take an abbreviated version of the course. I took it with my wife several years ago along with a priest. The priest noted that the students are JP the Great are getting a better understanding of the human person than what is being taught to our seminarians preparing for the priesthood.” – Bob Laird, Manager, Catholic Honor Roll

The Human Person: Dignity Beyond Compare” by Sr. Terese Auer, O.P.

Called to Happiness: Guiding Ethical principles” by Sr. Terese Auer, O.P.

History - The Catholic Schools Textbook Project - The Catholic Schools Textbook Project is in the process of producing a 12-volume series of history/social studies textbooks and supporting materials specifically for Catholic schools and students. Currently available is a middle-school series (grades 5-8) with plans move next into a high school series with the publication of Lands of Hope and Promise: A History of North America as an ebook.

Note: The publishers have advised that secondary schools have ordered the 7th and8th grade texts for use in 9th and 10th grades. The style of the books - the union of expository and story modes -- makes them accessible and profitable to students of various grade levels.

Life Issues- Principles and Choices is a revolutionary new high school program that helps students master the principles of logic, ethics, and justice that inspire them to live with purposes, moral integrity, and care for human life. It is authored by Camille Pauley and is based on the work of Father Robert Spitzer, S.J., the former president of Gonzaga University and the co-founder of the Healing the Culture Institute.

“I have known the authors for many years and they have a thoroughly vetted and tested product. Their units are designed to step the student through the logical progression of thought from the basic principles to the application of those principles in real-life examples.” – Bob Laird

The program gives students a strong philosophical education in ten core principles that ground Church teachings on respect for human life,social justice, and many other contemporary issues.

Principles and Choices is designed for maximum flexibility. It can be taught in classrooms as a supplemental unit for a core curriculum subject such as philosophy, religion,social studies, or health. Yet it’s also adaptable for campus ministry programs,church youth groups, and even adult religious education.

This supplemental curriculum can be taught as a four-week unit in each grade level, or shortened to fit available classroom time.Alternatively the learning can be extended over an entire semester by teaching one chapter on a particular day each week, or all the books can be combined and taught as its own course.

P&C contains a wide variety of textbook, social media,internet, drama, DVD, and audio-visual resources to choose from. Teacher materials are comprehensive, including complete learning plans, pacing guides, guiding questions, lecture notes, assessment evidence, scripture and catechism references, downloadable assignments and handouts, and more.

Visit the Principles and Choices website or watch their short online video here.

Principles and ChoicesNEW: P&C User's Guides for Major Religion Textbooks

Principles & Choices is now offering a new tool that helps high school teachers integrate the P&C curriculum with the religion text they are using. P&C User's Guides are available for the following textbooks: 

  • The Credo Series (Veritas)
  • The Curriculum Framework Series (OSV)
  • Living in Christ (St. Mary's Press)
  • The Didache Series, Semester Edition (Midwest Theological Forum)
  • The Didache Series: Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church (MTF)
  • The Framework Curriculum Series (Ave Maria Press)

To obtain a user's guide, or for more information on implementing P&C within the context of your religion curriculum, contact them at 855-664-6598 or email at


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