Grades 1-5 lay the foundation for a student’s future academic life. From learning how to read and how to add and subtract to writing well constructed essays and solving basic algebraic equations, students are introduced to a well-rounded curriculum in our lower grades (elementary school)…
Religion: Children learn the importance of incorporating Christian ideals with all they do in life. Various forms of prayer are also taught. Children in grade two are taught about the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist which they receive for the first time this year. In the third and fourth grades this continues as children begin to develop a healthy spirituality. There is a concentration on the Sacraments and their meaning in our lives during the fifth grade. * Religious concepts are integrated through all the curriculum.
Language Arts: Children learn how to read in the first grade. Phonic skills and word recognition is developed. This is continued in the later grades as students learn how to critically interpret and understand what they read. They also learn how to communicate in the written word and learn basic grammar. Cursive handwriting is introduced in second grade and further developed in third and fourth. Various forms of writing are developed in the fifth grade along with an understanding of grammar. Spelling and vocabulary is developed through all the grades.
Math: Children learn the concepts of addition and subtraction, and eventually multiplication and division. They also learn to memorize the facts associated with these operations. By the fifth grade they have worked with fractions, decimals and percentages. Problem solving and estimation are taught throughout, as is simple geometry and the beginnings of algebraic concepts.
Social Studies: Children learn about their place in the family, neighborhood, community and begin a simple understanding of the political concepts of government, rules and laws. They are helped to appreciate their freedoms and the responsibilities associated with those freedoms.
Science: Children continue to learn about the living and physical world around them; eventually working with a simple understanding of physical science, the weather, and the earth’s place in the Solar System and in the universe.
Art, Music, Physical Education, Spanish: Each, one class period per week
Computer Technology is integrated in all areas of the curriculum
The Family Life Curriculum is incorporated within the Religion Program. This curriculum strives to give students a genuine Christian respect for relationships. In grade and age level appropriate ways, this course provides the basic moral principles by which Christians live and prosper in a heavily secular world, while living out our mission to “live the message of Jesus. * NOTE: This grade 1-8 course was adopted by the Archdiocesan School Office and approved by the Archbishop.