Pacelli Catholic Schools (PCS) strives to develop the whole child–spiritually, socially, emotionally, and academically. We prepare our students to be critical thinkers, collaborative problem solvers, and creative individuals who seek to better their world through service to others. When a student graduates from PCS, they are prepared to succeed, thrive, and lead in our dynamic 21st century world.
Pacelli Catholic Schools prides itself on outstanding academics. On the K- 8 level, the focus is on short, regular assessments to make sure that students are growing to their maximum potential. A national standardized test is given each year as determined by the Diocese of LaCrosse.
Students in grade 4, 8, and 11 take the diocesan religious assessment each spring. This assessment focuses on knowledge, concepts, practices and attitudes.
Curriculum Based Monitors (CBM’s) from the University of Oregon are used beginning in kindergarten. These assessments are given monthly in the lower grades, and take approximately two minutes to administer. Letter and word recognition, sounds, comprehension, and fluency are checked with this assessment.
Students participate in weekly math fact checks to make sure that they have mastered their math facts. Additionally Moby Max, a computerized learning program, is used to monitor and promote concept learning throughout the year.
National Standardized Test
Students in grades 2, 4 6 and 8 take the Iowa Test of Basic Skills each year in the fall in all subject areas. This assessment is nationally normed. Pacelli Catholic School students score extremely high on this test annually.
In grades 6- 8, a writing assessment is conducted three times a year. This assessment provides teachers and students feedback on strengths and weaknesses in their writing.
Pacelli Catholic High School students take the PLAN, PSAT/NMSQT, ACT Aspire and the ACT. ACT Aspire is a preliminary ACT and the PSAT is a preliminary SAT. The ACT Aspire is a very effective measure of progress from ninth to tenth grade and predictor of ACT scores for the junior and senior years.
All Freshmen and Sophomores take the ACT Aspire test twice a year. This test consists of English, Math, Reading, and Science.
Sophomores and Juniors may take the PSAT/NMSQT test if they choose. This test will focus on the knowledge and skills that current research shows are most essential for college and career readiness and success.
The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in: English, Math, Reading, and Science. Juniors and Seniors who are thinking about a 4-Year college take this test.