Our curriculum focuses on the study of Catholic Church teachings, core subjects, enrichment classes, and we also provide various other sports, activities, and events for family participation. We’ve included as many resources as possible to get you the information you may be looking for as a parent, but if you still have questions or concerns, please reach out to us and we’d be happy to assist.
Explicit Small Group Instruction K-5th
Power Hour is a literacy block utilizing a team of reading specialists that enter the classroom and lead literacy-based centers. The team will be in the classroom Monday through Thursday for about 30-45 minutes. Power Hour provides added explicit small group instruction. The Reading Team, along with classroom teachers, will focus on vocabulary, spelling, writing, fluency, phonics, and guided reading.
How Power Hour works at Cosgriff relies on a student’s specific reading level determined with the use of DIBELS, (now known as Acadience). This is a set of procedures and measures developed at the University of Oregon for assessing literacy development in students from kindergarten through sixth grade. In addition, the University of Utah Reading Clinic rate, accuracy and words per minute criteria is obtained through individual assessment.
Five or six students reading on the same level are placed in a small group. The assigned teacher prepares a guided reading lesson and teaches specific comprehension, vocabulary and higher level thinking skills each day for 15 to 20 minutes. Progress monitoring is an ongoing assessment used by the reading team to determine if growth is taking place in reading. Students then rotate to a spelling or writing small group.
“Words Their Way” is formal word study where students develop a general knowledge of English and Spelling. This research-based program is used to teach a systematic spelling in a Power Hour group. Students are assessed prior to grouping for “Words Their Way” in order to determine their skill based starting level.
Power Hour strengthens classroom instruction and student learning in fluency, spelling, writing, comprehension, vocabulary, and word solving strategies. The regular classroom teacher directs the writing and reading portion of Power Hour groups with specific lesson plans for the Power Hour teacher. Power Hour is a win-win block of time at Cosgriff School.
Faith. Excellence. Service.
Our goal is to provide the many benefits of a Catholic education
J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Catholic School provides a Christ-centered inclusive environment dedicated to faith formation, academic excellence and the individual growth of our students. We offer a faith centered education that combines academic excellence with Christian values. We partner with parents in faith formation of their children and seek to develop the whole child in the image of Christ. We foster a safe and welcoming environment that is inclusive of all ethnic and faith backgrounds. We create a strong sense of community among students, parents, teachers and our parish. We instill in students the value of service to others and prepare them to be productive citizens and future leaders. We cultivate a caring and effective faculty and staff who integrate Christian values into the curriculum.
Promise to Protect, Promise to Heal
Safe Environment Training and Compliance Program
The Diocese of Salt Lake City is committed to ensuring the safety of children, young people and vulnerable adults and providing pastoral outreach to victims and survivors of sexual abuse by clergy.
“Families need to know that the Church is making every effort to protect their children. They should also know that they have every right to turn to the Church with full confidence, for it is a safe and secure home. Consequently, priority must not be given to any other kind of concern, whatever its nature, such as the desire to avoid scandal, since there is absolutely no place in ministry for those who abuse minors.” Pope Francis (2/2/2015)
Frequently Asked Questions
A diocesan committee comprised of principals, the superintendent, the associate superintendent and staff with financial expertise propose tuition levels for the schools. The proposal is then given to the Bishop for his approval.
Prior to 2008, teachers were on a traditional teacher’s pay scale. Since the financial crisis in 2008, teachers in our system were given minimal raises because tuition levels were not increased proportionally. These minimal increases did not keep up with the cost of living. Recently, teachers in the diocese have been placed back on a scale.
I have heard that Catholic school teachers make more money than public school teachers, because they work in a private school. Is this true?
No. Most teachers and principals in our system make less than their public school and private school counterparts. This is because we are a tuition driven system and teacher salaries are determined by the amount of tuition we can charge.
The cost tier, or tier 1, was added to the scale this year to show the real cost a school incurs to educate a student in our school. This average amount had not been calculated since 2008. Therefore, no family has been required to pay the cost to educate a student in our system since 2008. Thus, this tier was calculated so that the tuition scale could reflect the true cost to educate a student.
Why are parents now being asked to pay the cost when the system has gotten by for so many years charging parent less than it costs to educate their children?
Many of you have read or heard media reports that there is a teacher shortage in Utah and that public schools have recently increased teacher pay by as much as 10%. For example, in 2018 a starting teacher in the diocese received $30,152 while a starting teacher in the public system received approximately $41,000 on average. This low rate of pay for Catholic school teachers has kept tuition lower. If we continue this way, the wage gap between public/private and Catholic teachers will grow even greater. More importantly, we need to be able to pay our teachers a just and livable wage so that our talented teachers stay with us for many years.
Our school does not make enough in fundraisers each year to pay for this needed increase in teacher salaries. Additionally, fundraising is not a reliable source of income. If we fell short in any given year, we could not pay our teachers. In reality, fundraising efforts are needed to help with the upkeep of the school such as repairing roofs, heating systems, etc., and to purchase educational materials and equipment. Most of our schools rely on fundraising to meet their operational budget.
What if I cannot pay afford to pay any of the tiers listed or what if we were already receiving a reduction in tuition?
If you feel that you cannot afford any of the tiers or you already receive a tuition reduction, you may have your tuition level evaluated by filling out a FACTS form. FACTS is a company our school uses to help the administration determine the tuition level that you can afford.
No. FACTS is only a tool that the school uses to determine your tuition level based on your income and size of family.
Our school will work with you to keep your children in the school. Tuition has gone up every year. It must, in order for us to pay our teachers and staff and for us to able to hire new teachers in a competitive environment. We have always worked with families to pay what they can afford. This is still the case.
Why doesn’t the Diocese give the schools money for teachers’ salaries, or fund scholarships for students?
Currently, the Diocese annually assesses most Catholic parishes a portion of their income. This assessment goes into a fund for Catholic schools. All schools may write grants for emergency funding should a special need arise. Additional money is distributed to schools based on their financial need. The Skaggs Tuition Assistance Program also provides some financial assistance to schools for families that are below the poverty level. In order to receive this assistance, families must be referred by a principal or pastor.