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The Diocesan curriculum guidelines, consistent with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts guidelines, are followed for the teaching of all secular subject areas.  The entire curriculum for the Diocese of Fall River is posted on the diocesan website.

St. John the Evangelist School offers students opportunities for growth in the following major subjects:


Catholic doctrine and tradition, Bible study, Social Justice, preparation for the reception of the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation. 

Liturgical services are held on the First and Third Thursday of each month for the entire school community (Unless there is a Holy day of Obligation in the month, please see the school calendar in the Family portal. 

Students in Grades 5 and 8 take the ACRE (Assessment of Catechesis of Religious Education) Test in the fall.

Fine Arts

Music & Art,

Language Arts

Reading, English, Spelling, Vocabulary, Composition, Library Skills, and Appreciation of Literature.


Mathematics Skills, Pre-Algebra, and Algebra I. Students in Grade 8 Algebra take the State End of Course Algebra Test in May.

In order to allow teachers to meet students’ individual needs in mathematics instruction, students in Grades 6-8 are placed into math groups. 

Grade 6

The 5th grade math teacher will place students rising to Grade 6 into instructional math groups. Student math averages, MAP testing data, and teacher recommendation based on observations of student skills, effort, and ability determine placement. All 6th grade math groups will complete the same curriculum. Each group may work at a different pace or be given different homework assignments or enrichment as needed.


Grade 7

At the end of Grade 6, students will be placed into instructional math groups according to their final math average, IMAP testing data, and teacher recommendation based on observation of student skills, effort, and ability.  Based on these criteria, students will be placed in either 7th Grade Pre-Algebra OR Comprehensive 7th Grade Math.


Grade 8

At the end of Grade 7, students in 7th Grade Pre-Algebra will be eligible to take 8th Grade Algebra if the following criteria have been met:

  • Final average of at least 80% in 7th Grade Pre-Algebra 
  • MAP Math score from the previous school year.

Recommendation from teacher indicating the student has demonstrated a strong work ethic, consistently completed homework, and displays the ability to master Algebra course material.

Upon meeting the criteria listed above, students will be placed in 8th Grade Algebra in their eighth grade year. This placement is probationary and contingent upon ongoing acceptable performance in the Algebra class. This is a high school level course. 


Students not eligible to take 8th Grade Algebra according to the criteria outlined above will be placed in 8th Grade Advanced Math. 


Physical Education

Physical fitness programs appropriate for each grade.


General Sciences and Laboratory Experiences.

Social Studies

History, Geography, Economics, State History, and Current Events.


Vocabulary, common expressions, grammar, conversation, and culture.

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