Curriculum

Religion

  • Catholic doctrine and tradition, Bible study and social justice are infused in instruction at all grade levels. St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body is imbedded in the curriculum in K-8 and a specific Theology of the Body course is taught in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades
  • Sacraments
    • Grade 2 Reconciliation and First Eucharist
    • Grade 7 Confirmation
  • Mass: Grades 1-4 attend weekly Mass on Thursdays and Grades 5-8 attend weekly Mass on Wednesdays. All-school Masses are held about once a month.
  • Assessment Students in Grades 5 and 8 take the ACRE (Assessment of Catechesis of Religious Education) test in January.. Language Arts

Mathematics

Grades K-5: basic mathematics skills based on national standards. Students have both hard copy an online access to the math textbook which includes opportunities for additional practice and advanced learning.

Grades 6-8:  Pre-Algebra, Algebra I and Geometry are offered based on the readiness of each student. Students in Algebra and/or geometry take the state end of course test in spring of each year. In order to allow teachers to meet students’ individual needs in mathematics instruction, students in Grades 6-8 are placed in math sections as determined by testing, grades, and teacher input. These sections and student placement are revisited every year.

English/Language Arts

Reading and written expression begin with a phonics centered approach in kindergarten through grade two. Beginning in grade three, a basal reading program helps to expose students to a wide variety of literature types as well as comprehension and decoding strategies. Students are guided through longer reading selections with carefully chosen class novels. Written responses are developed with an emphasis on using text evidence, editing for correct grammar and spelling and cohesive writing.

At the junior high level, short stories and novels are complemented with nonfiction offerings. Reading tasks are often differentiated to meet the needs of each student. Written responses continue to develop, Student master the five paragraph essay before working on a research paper in grade 8..

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