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.
New for the 2018–2019 school year is the Spirit of Truth curriculum from Sophia Institute Press. Students learn about the Catholic faith in all its richness and beauty. They learn about Jesus and his saints. It's impossible to measure the good a child receives from being exposed daily to the idea of a loving God who gives us commandments to live the best life possible with our fellow human beings.
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. Grades K–2 uses the comprehensive Superkids curriculum. Grades 3–5 uses the dynamic Journeys curriculum.
With the advent of computers, many schools today have abandoned teaching cursive handwriting. Cursive writing is the art of writing letters that connect to one another. We believe the ability to read and write cursive script remains important. We teach cursive handwriting along with penmanship in Grades 3–5.
We use the proven Saxon Math curriculum to prepare our students to be successful at math. 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.
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.
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. In addition, Grades 1–5 have a weekly current events unit carefully curated for grade appropriateness and to include a Catholic perspective.
In 2018–2019, our school will learn to read, write, and speak Spanish together using Rosetta Stone technology, which simulates the way people learn their native language with pictures and sounds in context, and with no translation. Students learn a new language "naturally" and at their own pace! The technology includes instant speech feedback guides for correcting pronunciation. In addition, Rosetta Stone provides teacher resources as aids to classroom instruction. Spanish speakers will be able to choose another language to learn.
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. See our new Arts in Action program.
In our computer lab, students learn keyboarding and other basic skills to assist with the integration of technology across the curriculum.
Our physical education classes help our students develop the use and control of their muscles and learn individual, lifelong athletic skills, sportsmanship, and teamwork.
PROVISO: All lessons provided in non-Catholic textbooks are carefully screened to ensure they are appropriate for our students and do not in any way undermine Catholic teachings, morals, or values. Should a lesson be found lacking in the above conditions, it will not be presented to our students.