Student Learning Expectations

St. Joseph of Cupertino School's Student Learning Expectations were developed using a process which involved faculty members, school support staff, clergy, parish staff, parents, St. Joseph of Cupertino graduates, and St. Joseph of Cupertino Student Council officers. This process is explained in detail in the school's evaluation instrument, St. Joseph of Cupertino School's WCEA (Western Catholic Educational Association) and WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) Process for School Improvement, 2001-2002 (available in school library).

Student Learning Expectations were then published and disseminated to all St. Joseph of Cupertino families and students, and were shared with graduating and prospective families. We have developed an acronym (SPARCCLS) so that all members of our school community can easily remember and identify our Student Learning Expectations; and our faculty, staff, and administration are committed to focusing all learning toward these expectations, our mission statement, and our philosophy.

St. Joseph of Cupertino Student Learning Expectations are listed and described below.



St. Joseph of Cupertino students are people of faith who have a personal relationship with God, and are followers of Jesus and His life-giving message. They are knowledgeable about the Catholic faith, and understand that they are called to put their faith into action. They are prayerful and feel comfortable in sharing the message of their faith with others.


St. Joseph of Cupertino students are people of peace. They accept themselves and others, and understand and practice non-violent conflict resolution. Their prayerfulness and commitment to inclusiveness lead to the inner peace that is one of the messages of Jesus's life.


St. Joseph of Cupertino students have a solid foundation in the academic areas. They are well-rounded in their educational experience, goal oriented, and willing to challenge themselves in order to fulfill their potential.


St. Joseph of Cupertino students understand that respect is the cornerstone of community life. They respect themselves, others, and God's world.


St. Joseph of Cupertino students have developed a strong sense of self-worth. They have positive attitudes about life and about other people. This leads them to be able to be confident in their opinions and abilities. But most importantly, they are confident in their values.


St. Joseph of Cupertino students understand the critical role that community plays in their lives. They understand their responsibility to their community and to others, and are committed to and involved in service. They value family relationships and friendships, appreciate the sense of belonging that is an integral aspect of community life, and realize that all people deserve to experience this sense of belonging.


St. Joseph of Cupertino students understand that learning is a life-long process. They are responsible and curious learners who demonstrate initiative in pursuing knowledge. They are critical thinkers who have learned to evaluate and analyze information so that they can problem-solve effectively. They are able to incorporate Christian values into this process and make decisions based on accurate information and the values of our faith.


St. Joseph of Cupertino students have learned the importance of being able to communicate with others effectively, directly, and positively. They have developed both written and oral self-expression skills.


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