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PCS Academic Excellence Framework for Teaching & Learning

Pacelli Catholic Schools offers a world-class, rigorous academic experience for all students. Our Catholic faith is at the heart of our curriculum and forms the foundation of all we do in the classroom. Our curriculum, instruction, and assessments work together to develop students that are not only knowledgeable, faith-filled, and compassionate, but also students who demonstrate the skills of collaboration, critical thinking, and concern for others so that they leave our schools prepared to be leaders in our 21st century global society.

Over the past several years, Pacelli teachers have developed our Academic Excellence Framework for Teaching and Learning. The Framework is our guide as we develop curriculums to meet the demands of college, career, and communities. The six standards of the Framework are: Authentic Real-World Learning, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, Critical Thinking, and Personalized Learning.

Pacelli Academic Excellence Framework for Teaching and Learning

Students are challenged on a daily basis to strive for academic excellence. We offer relevant curriculum that focuses on the skills and knowledge students need to meet the demands of an ever-changing world. Students are challenged to think critically and creatively, make cross-curricular connections, communicate effectively, collaborate with one another, and grow spiritually.


Pacelli Catholic Schools has participated in the Diocese of La Crosse ACE Collaborative Curriculum Writing Program. Facilitators of the curriculum writing process were trained through the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education Institute. The process began in 2016 and continues today at Pacelli. The Pacelli curriculums are written using Diocesan, state, and national standards with an emphasis on our Catholic identity.  Our goal is to provide all students with the most challenging education possible. In 2018, the Diocese of La Crosse published an electronic binder with all the approved Diocesan curriculums.

The Diocesan ACE Curriculum lays out the essential learning outcomes at every grade level and in every subject area. For specific details about textbooks or materials used, please contact the respective Pacelli school.

Diocese of La Crosse Curriculum Binder