St. Rose-McCarthy Catholic School

Grades K-5

St Rose-McCarthy A Catholic Christian School in Hanford

In the primary grades (K–3), children work toward becoming independent learners. In the intermediate grades (4–5), the students take greater personal responsibility for their learning as they expand, solidify, and demonstrate their skills and knowledge. In the following course of study, our teachers also emphasize the historic contributions of Catholic Christian saints, philosophers, scientists, explorers, writers, and artists.


Reading, Phonics, Writing, Vocabulary, and Spelling


From the early grades, a foundation of literacy is formed. Our English Language Arts program emphasizes phonemic awareness, word-attack skills, and comprehension as students read and respond to quality literature and informational texts. Writing skills, grammar, spelling, and vocabulary are integrated components of this program.


Mathematics


Students learn about math through various modalities, including hands-on activities and models, and both digital and paper/pencil work. In addition to teaching procedures, classroom activities develop students’ number sense and give them a deep understanding of mathematical principles. The emphasis on problem-solving and critical thinking skills forms an important framework for future mathematical learning.


Science


Observation and experimentation are key concepts in the lower grades as students are introduced to the scientific method. Students learn to make more complex inquiries and investigate the world through hands-on activities as they advance through the grades. Earth, physical, and life sciences are explored.


Social Studies


This course provides students the opportunity to explore the world beyond themselves and to learn about their place in their families, school community, and greater community. Students look into the past to see how time and place have influenced their present lives. Understanding is enhanced through activities, projects, cross-curricular exploration, and field trips.


The Arts


Fine arts and vocal music instill both the confidence and skills students need to express themselves creatively. Specialists in these fields enrich students’ educational experience by teaching specific skills and providing inspiration and support.


Computer Education


In our computer lab, students learn keyboarding and other basic skills to assist with the integration of technology across the curriculum.


Physical Education


Through games and activities, students develop the use and control of their muscles and learn individual, lifelong athletic skills, sportsmanship, and teamwork.