Academics & Curriculum

St. Vincent de Paul School is a Catholic Pre-Kindergarten through Eighth Grade elementary school that provides a challenging, comprehensive, and relevant curriculum for each student. To carry out our mission, St. Vincent de Paul School implements a unique curriculum that blends the San Diego Diocesan Curriculum and the California State Framework with Common Core State Standards and the Core Knowledge Scope and Sequence. These curriculum guidelines are used in conjunction with the School-Wide Learning Expectations in creating purposeful and meaningful methodologies that nurture life-long learning.

Religious Education

  • The school’s curriculum strengthens Catholic identity with instruction that is centered on religious truths and values. Students are given opportunities to integrate the knowledge and skills acquired in the religion program with other curricular areas and activities.
  • Learning experiences in all subject areas, coupled with practicing appreciation and respect for the diversity of all people and cultures, provide opportunities for spiritual growth.
  • School liturgies are important in developing our Catholic School Spirit. Students are involved in preparing school Masses and paraliturgies, and in the monthly Parish Family Masses.
  • Students in grades five and eight take the ACRE Survey every school year.
  • The second grade teacher and principal under the direction of the parish catechetical director prepare children in second grade for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist.

To learn more about Core Knowledge, visit the website. Core Knowledge Foundation Web Site


Students at St. Vincent de Paul School are striving to become:

  • have opportunities to experience a personal relationship with God
  • understand and can explain Catholic beliefs
  • live as Jesus taught us
  • realize that choices have consequences
  • can articulate their successes, failures, and motives
  • demonstrate a mastery of the fundamentals in all subject areas
  • appreciate and create music and art
  • incorporate technology into research and skill building
  • develop critical thinking skills
  • work individually and as a group to meet challenges and solve problems
  • learn and exhibit healthy habits of competition
  • listen actively
  • write clearly, logically and correctly
  • speak confidently and with poise
  • respect life in all its forms
  • understand and appreciate personal and cultural diversity
  • treat others with courtesy and respect
  • do what they can to help others