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.


Spirit of Truth is our religion 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.​

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. Grades K–2 uses the comprehensive Superkids curriculum. Grades 3–5 uses the dynamic Journeys curriculum.

Cursive Handwriting

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.


In Grades K–4, we use i-Ready from Curriculum Associates. i-Ready Mathematics is an online program that provides students of all ages with differentiated instruction and supports them on their individual paths to success. Backed by cutting-edge research on best mathematics learning practices, students gain experience through concrete examples and engaging lessons. Its responsive instruction provides consistent insight into student understanding and performance, enabling teachers to monitor their students’ progress and help them prepare for standards-based assessments and beyond.

In Grade 5 (and up), we use Big Ideas Learning, which offers multiple pathways, allowing students to receive a strong foundation for the high school of their choice. The Regular Pathway prepares students for Algebra or Integrated 1 in ninth grade, while the Advanced Pathway is for accelerated learners who will progress on to Geometry or Integrated 2 in ninth grade. This program provides for the typical math student to take the time needed to master the math concepts, yet provides for advanced students to move at a quicker pace and complete Algebra 1 in 8th Grade.


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. First through 8th Grades use the Inspire Science curriculum.

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. In addition, Grades 1–5 have a weekly current events unit carefully curated for grade appropriateness and to include a Catholic perspective.​​

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. See our Music and Arts in Action programs.

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

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.

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Grades K-5