Religious education addresses how students view themselves and others in their social and religious
contexts. In turn, this helps students understand and respond to the world around them. Religious
education courses help students become self-motivated problem solvers equipped with the skills and
knowledge that will enable them to face their changing world with confidence. This is accomplished
through practical experience, discussion, debate, research, reflection, prayer and discernment, and the
development of critical and creative thinking skills. Moreover, religious education courses are sensitive to the rhythms of the liturgical seasons as well as incorporating experiential opportunities for prayer and reflection. Indeed, such opportunities will help students progress from a simple acquisition of religious knowledge (the “what”), to a consideration of its meaning (the “so what”) to an appropriation of that meaning into their lives (the “now what”). This dynamic informs the structure of the strands across all grades and programs.
Courses in Religious Education, 9-12
Two types of courses are offered in the religious education program: university/college preparation, and open courses. At the senior level, students choose between course types on the basis of their interests, achievement, and postsecondary goals. The course types are defined as follows:
University/college preparation courses are designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to meet the entrance requirements for specific programs offered at universities and colleges.
Open courses are designed to broaden students’ knowledge and skills in subjects that reflect their
interests and prepare them for active and rewarding participation in society. They are not designed with the specific requirements of universities, colleges, or the workplace in mind.