Curriculum Guidelines

The 2021 Revised Curriculum Guidelines for Pre-K to 8th Grade are complete! Please use the following links by Parish and School.

Below the links is a copy of the religion standards letter of explanation that will be helpful as you navigate your particular grade level.

Parish Religion - Parish Catechetical Program

Parish Religion Spanish - Programa catequético parroquial en español

School Religion

Religion Standards


PreK – 8th Grade

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis


These standards comprise the content for teaching the Catholic faith in parish catechetical programs and Catholic schools throughout the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.  Catechists and teachers will find these standards to provide ready-made objectives for lesson plans that guide learning experiences in parish and school settings.

Among the features of this standards resource are the following:

--Due attention has been paid to the process whereby the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops evaluates doctrinal conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC).  This helps ensure that our standards are accurate and thorough in a developmentally-appropriate way.

--Special attention has been focused on the Christian view of the human person as well as an accurate understanding of human love as articulated in St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.

--While the standards can be taught in any order, they are arranged according to the four pillars of our Faith as seen in the CCC:  Creed, Sacraments, Morality and Prayer.  For context, the three phases of salvation history are noted; namely:

      • The various stages of Revelation in the Old Testament
      • The fulfillment of Revelation in the life and teaching of Jesus
      • The history of the Church whose responsibility it is to transmit Revelation to future generations

Special thanks are owed to the Steering Committee and Revision Team who assisted in the revision of our previous standards, helping to arrive at this current resource:

Steering Committee:

Ken Ogorek, Director of Catechesis

Mary McCoy, Superintendent of Catholic Schools

Michelle Radomsky, Assistant Superintendent of Catholic Schools

Jim Wood, Coordinator of Catechetical Resources

Sister Nicolette Etienne, OSB, Theology Teacher, Holy Name Catholic School

Father Kyle Rodden, Pastor, Saint Joseph – Corydon

Maria Cossell, Theology Teacher, Roncalli High School – Indianapolis

Maureen Riley, Parish Catechetical Leader, Saint Mary – Indianapolis 

Joe Sheehan, Parish Catechetical Leader, Saint Barnabas – Indianapolis

Amy Wilson, Principal, Saint Roch Catholic School – Indianapolis

Liz Ramos, Principal, Saint Michael-Saint Gabriel School – Indianapolis

Megan Rust, Parish Catechetical Leader, Saint Paul – Tell City

The Revision Team consists of over thirty Catholic educators including teachers, catechists, principals, parish catechetical leaders and priests who assisted our steering committee in drafting revisions to the standards. The team’s work is greatly appreciated. 

Catholic educators, as catechists, are both teachers and witnesses.  These standards provide the core content of our Catholic faith—to be complemented by the life and witness of all who serve with great dedication in our parish catechetical programs and Catholic schools.  May you use this resource faithfully and fruitfully, by God’s grace and mercy, as you strive to make disciples of Jesus—in fulfillment of His command and commission given to all Christians (Matt. 28:18-20)


Each Standard begins with the words: “Students will…”

Each standard is assigned a number, e.g., PreK.2.3 NT = grade Pre-K, second Pillar-Sacraments, third standard, Jesus & New Testament

Abbreviations and references:

CCC – Catechism of the Catholic Church

CST – Catholic Social Teaching,

GS – Gaudium et Spes

LS – Laudato Si

TOB – Theology of the Body

Vocation Lessons – an online curriculum on priesthood, religious life, marriage, and discernment for grades K-12 in a variety of settings: classrooms, religious education, youth ministry, and Confirmation classes. We especially encourage you to use this curriculum during the first week of November which is the National Vocations Awareness Week. It would be appropriate other times during the year as well.







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