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Elementary School

Young minds require a strong foundation of knowledge to support future learning. In grades K-5 our elementary school program helps students learn the basics, acquire study skills, and develop a love of learning. A safe, engaging and academically stimulating environment nurtures a solid understanding of core subjects and provides opportunities for students to explore areas of their own interests or gifts. Curriculum focuses on the development of the whole child and instruction is anchored by a commitment to our Catholic faith. 

Curriculum Highlights:

Religion/Family Life

  • Daily schoolwide prayer
  • Friday Community Prayer services
  • Monthly schoolwide Masses and regular grade level Masses
  • Advent/Lenten reconciliation
  • Monthly adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
  • Christian Service Projects
  • Annual retreats
  • Sacramental preparation (grade 2)
  • RCL/Benzinger Faith First Religion series, the Benziger Family Life series, Scripture reading and study, Pflaum Gospel Weekly publications


Literature/Reading/Vocabulary

  • Vocabulary development, comprehension, written response to literature, and discussion through McGraw-Hill series (grades K-5), Sadlier-Oxford vocabulary series (grades 2-5), and selected core literature novels
  • Sadlier vocabulary program (grade 5)
  • Renaissance Learning STAR Reading Assessment program
  • Renaissance Learning Accelerated Reader program


English/Writing

  • Conventions of language (grammar, punctuation, capitalization, parts of speech, sentence structure, etc.)
  • Formalized writing instruction through Step Up To Writing program (K-5)
  • McGraw-Hill series (grades K-5)
 
Spelling and Handwriting
  • Zaner Bloser phonetic spelling program which includes dictionary work, synonyms, antonyms, prefixes and suffixes; and word origins
  • Zaner-Bloser printing and cursive handwriting instruction (grades K-5)

Math

  • Reflex Math online for automaticity of math facts (grades 1-4)
  • ALEKS individualized Math enhancement (grades 4-5)
  • Renaissance Learning STAR Math Assessment program
  • McGraw Hill series (grades K-4)
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt series (grade 5)


Science

  • Houghton Mifflin series and Holt Rienhart Winston series


Social Studies

  • Walk Through the California/American Revolution programs (grades 4 and 5)
  • Harcourt series (grades K-5)

 

Technology

  • Skill instruction in computer basics: the Internet, keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheets, digital presentations, database, desktop publishing, multimedia, and web 2.0 technologies
  • Use of Microsoft Office, Apple Productivity Apps, Google Apps
  • Internet safety education 
  • Integration of technology in curricular subject areas


Physical Education

  • Basic skills, rules, teamwork and sportsmanship
  • Presidential Physical Fitness testing (grade 5)
  • Jump Rope for Heart (all grades)


Fine Art

  • Meet the Masters program (4 times per year)
  • Art projects integrated throughout the curriculum in a variety of mediums


Music

  • Weekly music instruction (K-5)
  • Diocesan Choral Festival (Show Choir members)
  • Christmas programs (grades K-5)
  • Fee-based instrumental after school instrumental program
  • Show Choir (grades 4-8)