Domain C: Academic Excellence Domain C is centered around the academic rigor of the Catholic school. Does the school offer a rigorous curriculum that properly prepares students to excel academically beyond the classroom? How do teachers and staff evaluate student performance and use that information to improve instruction? What programs and services are offered that enrich and support student and family life? Click on each standard below for information about each benchmark within a given standard. Standard 7 – An excellent Catholic school has a clearly articulated, rigorous curriculum aligned with relevant standards, 21st century skills, and Gospel values, implemented through effective instruction Standard 8 – An excellent Catholic school uses school-wide assessment methods and practices to document student learning and program effectiveness, to make student performances transparent, and to inform the continuous review of curriculum and the improvement of instructional practices. Standard 9 – An excellent Catholic school provides programs and services aligned with the mission to enrich the academic program and support the development of student and family life.