VC to launch new curriculum in fall

From staff reports

Venango Catholic High School will launch a new curriculum in the fall.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) readiness, emphasis on the classics, and focus on problem-based learning form the basis of the school’s new curriculum framework.

The new course of studies will debut in the fall. It provides an interdisciplinary approach to studies.

Two new courses will drive the new curriculum: Systems Science and Active Critical Thinking.

Systems Science is honors-level and laboratory-based. It integrates the content and skills of full units of biology, chemistry and physics.

Active Critical Thinking challenges students to explore locally relevant problems and devise effective solutions. Students will collaborate with each other, analyze meaningful data, design comprehensive solutions and present their findings effectively.

Algebra II, Religion, Literature and Composition, Art, Introduction to Communications and Ancient Civilizations will complete the curriculum’s first year. Teachers are redesigning these courses to complement each other and the new Systems Science and Active Critical Thinking courses.

Open house

The school will host a parent information night and open house at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, for current eighth grade students and their parents.

School administrators will present information on the school’s newly designed curriculum, the application process, and tuition assistance. Students and teachers will present their perspective on the quality of a VC education.

The informational session will begin at 7 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria. After the informational session, students and parents will be able to tour the school, including its newly renovated computer lab.