Catholic Graduate Expectations

The Catholic Graduate Expectations  should inform the teaching and learning in all of our classrooms from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Our instructional practices need to reflect the knowledge, skills and mindsets embodied in these expectations.

The graduate is expected to be:
  • A discerning believer formed in the Catholic faith community who celebrates the signs and sacred mystery of God's presence through word, sacrament, prayer, forgiveness, reflection, and moral living
  • An effective communicator who speaks, writes, and listens honestly and sensitively, responding critically in light of gospel values
  • A reflective, creative, and holistic thinker who solves problems and makes responsible decisions with an informed moral conscience for the common good
  • A self-directed, responsible, lifelong learner who develops and demonstrates God-given potential
  • A collaborative contributor who finds meaning, dignity, and vocation in work that respects the rights of all and contributes to the common good
  • A caring family member who attends to family, school, parish, and the community
  • A responsible citizen who gives witness to Catholic social teaching by promoting peace, justice, and the sacredness of human life.

Adapted Wording for Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations

1. I AM A BELIEVER! 
  • I believe that God is an awesome God 
  • I believe and have faith in God 
  • I believe that God is with us always 
  • I believe that we can talk to God anytime and anywhere, through prayer 
  • I believe in the stories of the Bible 
  • I believe in the stories of Jesus' life, death and resurrection 
  • I believe in the Church community, celebrating Mass, and the seven Sacraments 
  • I believe in forgiveness
Because I am a believer, I will live my life like Jesus. 

2. I HAVE A VOICE! 
  • I speak, write and listen as Jesus would want me to
  • I care about others and speak up for them 
  • I am honest 
  • I think carefully before I react or speak 
  • I respect all people and their languages 
  • I listen to the Word of God 
Because I have a voice, I will use it lovingly, and I will live my life like Jesus. 

3. I HAVE IDEAS! 
  • I have thoughts and opinions that matter 
  • I make good choices 
  • I have hope for the future 
  • I solve problems with knowledge, understanding and prayer 
  • I know we are all equal and special 
Because I have ideas, I have a purpose, and I will live my life like Jesus. 

4. I AM A LEARNER FOR LIFE! 
  • I use my gifts and talents given to me by God 
  • I always do my best 
  • I build on my strengths and weaknesses 
  • I set goals 
  • I accept change 
  • I am proud of the good things I do 
  • I am thankful for the gifts of others 
Because I am a learner for life, I can reach for my dreams, by living my life like Jesus. 

5. I AM A TEAM PLAYER! 
  • I co-operate with others in all that I do 
  • I value everyone's work 
  • I respect and listen to others 
  • I think of others before myself 
  • I follow rules of fair play 
  • I work hard in school so that I can build my community and make it a better place 
Because I am a team player, I know that 'Together is Better', and we will live our lives like Jesus. 

6. I CARE! 
  • I love God, myself and my family 
  • I care about and respect my 'family' at school, at Church, in the community, and the world 
  • I care about and respect God's creation and everything in it! 
  • I use my gifts and talents given to me by God 
  • I always do my best 
  • I build on my strengths and weaknesses 
  • I set goals 
  • I accept change 
  • I am proud of the good things I do 
  • I am thankful for the gifts of others 
Because I am a learner for life, I can reach for my dreams, by living my life like Jesus. 

7. I HAVE RESPONSIBILITIES!
  • I am a peace-maker
  • I am fair
  • I am forgiving
  • I follow rules and do my share
  • I help the poor and care for people in need
  • I stand up for what is right
  • I know that all life is precious
  • I respect and protect the world and all that is in it
Because I accept my responsibilities, I can make a difference, and will live my life like Jesus.

Additional Resources

View a video about Ontario Catholic school graduate expectations.

Read a brochure that provides more details about the Seven Prayer Services and expectations of Catholic school graduates.

View a poster detailing Catholic graduate expectations. Contact Communication Services to obtain a copy for your classroom.