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Core Curriculum

MATHEMATICS

Our math curriculum follows a scope and sequence of skill development. The teachers emphasize a creative approach to problem solving, calculator skills, and realistic application to other subjects and daily living.

 

The curriculum includes critical thinking skills, number sense, and problem solving strategies. 

 

RELIGION

The goal of the religious education program is to contribute to the growth of all people. As the truths of the Catholic faith are presented to the student, she/he is given an opportunity to practice the dynamics of the Christian message. An appreciation for a wide variety of religious backgrounds is fostered. We strive to prepare the student for a committed Christian life because faith is alive only when it is practiced. This influences every aspect of daily life.

 

Parents and teachers must be open to a faith and a way of thinking about worshipping God that is sensitive to the nuances of a time of social, religious and cultural change. Student Body liturgical prayer services are planned with the students and all students take an active part in them on a monthly basis.

 

Besides doctrine and liturgy, the religion program includes scripture, prayer, moral development, study of the Church, and participation in social justice activities. 

SOCIAL STUDIES

The curriculum ranges from the study of family and neighborhood, to state, nation, and world history. Social studies encompasses exploration of geography, history, politics and economics. Current events are presented with historical perspectives. Students also learn research skills in the social studies curriculum. 

 

The curriculum includes critical thinking skills, number sense, and problem solving strategies. 

 

READING/LANGUAGE ARTS

This subject is the core of all other subjects. The program begins in the early years with a strong phonetic base. Sounds are associated with letters that are then blended into words and sentences.

A variety of literary skills are introduced as the student matures through the grades.

 

Reading is approached in a variety of ways: oral, silent, individual, small group and whole group. Teacher assistants in the primary grades work closely with teachers to give students a solid foundation in this key subject.

 

SCIENCE 

The curriculum is formulated in such a manner that a student is instructed in the physical and biological aspects of nature. Health and nutrition are emphasized. Students are challenged to discover their environment more thoroughly through investigation, research and experimentation.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Spanish is taught to grades Pre-K through 8th. The language is taught in a conversational way, training the ear, introducing the language structure and developing fluency. 

 

ART

The art curriculum brightens a student’s interest in the design and pattern of nature and stimulates creativity. Through the use of various media, a student projects individual understanding of the basic principles of art and is encouraged to develop a personal dimension of interpretation. The teacher through various projects throughout the school year incorporates Art into core projects. 

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Grades 1-8 have an opportunity to participate in the Spring Science Fair, a school event. In addition, representatives from grades 6-8 may be selected to participate in the annual Diocese of Oakland Science Fair held in January or February. (Note: no students or parents are to be in the science center unsupervised and/or without permission). 

 

Supervised periods of physical education (P.E.) are held on a weekly basis. Skill development and sportsmanship are the key elements of this program. The physical fitness course provides a curriculum for fitness development. A doctor’s note is required for a student to be excused from P.E. 

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