For children in Catholic School: Your participation in the regular and ongoing religious education classes of your school fulfills the requirement of attending a graded program.
The preparation for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion takes place in a program that is above and beyond the classes offered in the Catholic Schools. Students in a Catholic School who are seeking to receive the sacraments of First Penance and/or First Holy Communion must participate in the additional preparation program.
Students in a Catholic School who are seeking the Sacrament of Confirmation: Your school classes meet some, but not all of the requirements of preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation. The Confirmation program has two components. One is the educational component and attending a Catholic School meets this requirement. However, every candidate preparing for Confirmation, including those who go to a Catholic School, must attend the retreats (one each year) and the three immediate preparation sessions that teach about the Sacrament itself. These sessions are a part of the second year of the program.
In short, those who attend a Catholic School and who are preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation must attend the retreats and the last three sessions in the second year of the program.