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Curriculum

Prekindergarten is designed according to a learning-through-play curriculum.  During the day, students practice simple, teacher-directed, whole-group tasks.  The majority of the instructional time, students are in “centers,” where they learn through purposeful-play activities.  For example, if the objective is for students to learn about sorting objects, they are assigned to centers, where there are manipulative for each student to sort in different ways.

 
English Language Arts (ELA)
 

Students are required to read and process information that they have read to answer reasoning and critical- thinking questions.  Students expectations are set according to Common Core State Standards and established in the Open Court Reading series.  

Math
 

The EnVision Mathematics Program is a research-based, classroom-proven curriculum with instruction principles shown to promote a deeper understanding of mathematical instruction principles, which are necessary for students success and higher achievement.  Instruction time in math class focuses on problem-based teaching and learning.  It achieves focus and coherence using methods that are best for students to develop a deep understanding of mathematical content.  In kindergarten through fifth grade, we promote problem- based learning and hands-on/ visual learning in all math classes.

Religion
 

The focus of our religion program, which is provided through Sadlier's We Believe, Catholic Identity School Edition, is to build our Catholic identity.  The beliefs, practices, and principles are presented in a manner so that diverse learners can truly embody their faith.  Our students participate daily religion classes and bi-monthly Masses and are given the opportunity to participate in Reconciliation, Pray Room/Chapel time, present morning announcements, leading morning prayers, and other activities that allow them to live out their faith in our school community.  The goal of religion class is to teach the Core Catholic beliefs, practices, and principles so that all students are empowered to live, share, and practice their faith, both at school and within the community, on a daily basis.  We work closely with church parishes and out second- grade students to help with sacramental preparations. 

Science
 

In kindergarten through fifth grade, the science are covered through the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  NGSS are taught by incorporating videos into the presentations of lessons, and students experience the Science through hands-on activities in addition to the reading materials and class discussions.  Science standards are brought to life and students have fun while learning. 

Social Studies
 

Studies Weekly is a new program that we have adopted for our social studies classes this year.  Through studies Weekly, students are given a newspaper each week to learn about social studies' topic.  Kindergarten through second-grade students learn geography skills and about American's formation and the right and responsibilities of citizens.  Third grade focuses on Louisiana history; fourth grade learns about the history of America from the beginning, Ancient America, to our America today.  The initial facts and concepts presented in fourth-grade social studies are covered at more enhances, rigorous, and challenging depths in fifth-grade social studies from Ancient America until Reconstruction. 

Physical Education (PE)
 

PE students are taught basic fine, gross, and locomotor skills through games and activities with progression of these skills each year. Throughout the year new sports units (i.e., soccer, volleyball, football, track and field) are introduced or reviewed.  Within these units, skills and standards are taught, reviewed, then applied through different types of games and activities.  They also rotate between health units, which promotes safety (i.e., bicycling safety, pedestrian safety) as well as te maintenance of a healthy mind and body (i.e. nutrition, dental health, good manners, positive attitude) and physical fitness stations each month.  In addition, students learn spacial awareness and teamwork through cooperative play.

 

English Language Arts (ELA)

Students are required to read and process information that they have read to answer reasoning and critical- thinking questions.  Students expectations are set according to Common Core State Standards and established in the Open Court Reading series.  In addition, students are required to participate in Accelerated Reader (AR), which assigns an individual reading level and goal to each individual student each nine-weeks grading period.  First though 2nd grade students use the language lessons provided in the Open Court Reading series: third through fifth grade teachers use Grammar Workshop as their language teaching ans assessment sources.

Math

The EnVision Mathematics Program is a research-based, classroom-proven curriculum with instruction principles shown to promote a deeper understanding of mathematical instruction principles, which are necessary for students success and higher achievement.  Instruction time in math class focuses on problem-based teaching and learning.  It achieves focus and coherence using methods that are best for students to develop a deep understanding of mathematical content.  In Kindergarten through fifth grade, we promote problem- based learning and hands-on/ visual learning in all math classes.

Religion
 

The focus of our religion program, which is provided through Sadlier's We Believe, Catholic Identity School Edition, is to build our Catholic identity.  The beliefs, practices, and principles are presented in a manner so that diverse learners can truly embody their faith.  Our students participate daily religion classes and bi-monthly Masses and are given the opportunity to participate in Reconciliation, Pray Room/Chapel time, present morning announcements, leading morning prayers, and other activities that allow them to live out their faith in our school community.  The goal of religion class is to teach the Core Catholic beliefs, practices, and principles so that all students are empowered to live, share, and practice their faith, both at school and within the community, on a daily basis.  We work closely with church parishes and our second- grade students to help with sacramental preparations. 

Science
 

In kindergarten through fifth grade, the science are covered through the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  NGSS are taught by incorporating videos into the presentations of lessons, and students experience the Science through hands-on activities in addition to the reading materials and class discussions.  Science standards are brought to life and students have fun while learning. 

Social Studies
 

Studies Weekly is a new program that we have adopted for our social studies classes this year.  Through studies Weekly, students are given a newspaper each week to learn about social studies' topic.  Kindergarten through second-grade students learn geography skills and about American's formation and the right and responsibilities of citizens.  Third grade focuses on Louisiana history; fourth grade learns about the history of America from the beginning, Ancient America, to our America today.  The initial facts and concepts presented in fourth-grade social studies are covered at more enhances, rigorous, and challenging depths in fifth-grade social studies from Ancient America until Reconstruction. 

PE/Art- PE and Art classes alternate on a weekly basis.
 

PE students are taught basic fine, gross, and locomotor skills through games and activities with progression of these skills each year. Throughout the year new sports units (i.e., soccer, volleyball, football, track and field) are introduced or reviewed.  Within these units, skills and standards are taught, reviewed, then applied through different types of games and activities.  They also rotate between health units, which promotes safety (i.e., bicycling safety, pedestrian safety) as well as te maintenance of a healthy mind and body (i.e. nutrition, dental health, good manners, positive attitude) and physical fitness stations each month.  In addition, students learn spacial awareness and teamwork through cooperative play.

 

Art class, students are encouraged to explore their own creativity through different mediums, printmaking, painting, and drawing.  As students create, they are also directed and guided using specific beginner drawing and painting techniques, Students are introduced to a variety of different materials and medium throughout the year.  Students are assessed not in their “artistic ability”, but their willingness to create and participate in the art classroom.  They are introduced to famous artist, their artwork and techniques, as well as new art vocabulary.

 

ELA

Junior High English Language Arts classes cover a variety of subjects, including reading for comprehension and to develop an appreciation of literature: studying vocabulary for meaning and its influence on author's styles; learning the art of grammar and punctuation; and the writing academic essays and research papers.  In addition to addressing academic standards, students are able to express themselves creatively through projects and speaking.

Math

In middle grades, the study of mathematics shifts from a focus on arithmetic operations to proportional relationships and reasoning leading to a study of linearity and function.  enVision math is designed to help students gain both conceptual understanding and procedural fluency.  In achieves focus and coherence in a way that is the best for developing a deep understanding of a mathematical content.  The rigorous curriculum includes attention to conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and applications that students need for college and career readiness. 

Religion

The focus of our religion program, which is provided through Sadlier's We Believe, Catholic Identity School Edition, is to build our Catholic identity.  The beliefs, practices, and principles are presented in a manner so that diverse learners can truly embody their faith.  Our students participate daily religion classes and bi-monthly Masses and are given the opportunity to participate in Reconciliation, Pray Room/Chapel time, present morning announcements, leading morning prayers, and other activities that allow them to live out their faith in our school community.  The goal of religion class is to teach the Core Catholic beliefs, practices, and principles so that all students are empowered to live, share, and practice their faith, both at school and within the community, on a daily basis.  We work closely with church parishes.  Our junior high students are invited to an annual retreat.

Science

We use Science Dimension for textbooks in Middle School Science.  We use the Next Generation Science (NGSS) which allows for more science and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts.  During each course the students do more hands on activities and use an evidence notebook for each lesson's main ideas and concepts.

Social Studies

In Junior High each grade focuses on different areas of the world. In sixth grade the students use a book called World Civilization.  In this grade they focus on the Stone Age and Early Civilization Around the World.  In seventh grade the students use a book produced by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt that focuses on the United States History beginnings to 1877.  In eight grade, Louisiana Our History and Our Home is used to teach the students about Louisiana's economy, geography, culture, and history.

PE/Art

The students are separated by gender in middle school, and they switch from PE and Art every other week.

In PE, students learn the value of physical activity and its contributions to a healthy lifestyle.  The physical education program provides a positive environment, conductive to learning, enjoying, and building confidence, through sports, fitness, rhythm and dance, cooperative games, movement education as well as individual and team activities.  The aim is to allow each individual to gain an understanding the human body and to be motivated to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Art class, students are encouraged to explore their own creativity through different mediums, printmaking, painting, and drawing.  As students create, they are also directed and guided using specific beginner drawing and painting techniques, Students are introduced to a variety of different materials and medium throughout the year.  Students are assessed not in their “artistic ability”, but their willingness to create and participate in the art classroom.  They are introduced to famous artist, their artwork and techniques, as well as new art vocabulary.  Along with developing art techniques and using new materials, the middle school art curriculum includes projects that provide more opportunities with other subjects like history, math, science, and technology.