Curriculum

  • On-going collaboration and professional development among educators ensures curriculum is structured, differentiated and taught in ways to engage all learners in the classroom.

     

    The Common Core Standards 

    Building on the best of existing state standards, the Common Core State Standards provide clear and consistent learning goals to help prepare students for college, career, and life. The standards clearly demonstrate what students are expected to learn at each grade level, so that every parent and teacher can understand and support their learning. 

     

    • Research and evidence based
    • Clear, understandable, and consistent
    • Aligned with college and career expectations
    • Based on rigorous content and the application of knowledge through higher-order thinking skills
    • Built upon the strengths and lessons of current state standards
    • Informed by other top-performing countries to prepare all students for success in our global economy and society

             

    According to the best available evidence, the mastery of each standard is essential for success in college, career, and life in today’s global economy.

     

    Next Generation Science Standards 

    We recognize that science is a core academic subject with an allotted share of instructional time and resources, and that there must be careful and deliberate articulation of the Diocesan Guidelines across grade levels. In order for students to succeed in meeting Diocesan and California State Science Standards, we provide the following goals:

     

    • Promote scientific inquiry and enthusiasm for science by motivating students to investigate the natural world in an atmosphere of curiosity, open-mindedness, integrity, and patience
    • Utilize Diocesan Guidelines as well as additional curriculum/resources to incorporate science across multiple disciplines
    • Introduce all students, starting in the primary grades, to scientific vocabulary and methods, in order to provide them with the essential knowledge necessary to understand and apply scientific concepts
    • Challenge students to become active problem solvers, to differentiate fact from fiction, and to develop critical reading and thinking skills
    • Create a student-centered environment that encourages exploration and application of scientific processes.  Methodologies may include hands-on experiences, cooperative learning, experimentation, inquiry-based activities, and appropriate use of technological resources
    • Evaluate student performance using a variety of assessments, including those with appropriate modifications and accommodations for differentiated learners
    • Empower students with the skills necessary to make educated and ethical decisions concerning their own lives and their local and global communities

     

    Document Cameras, iPads, Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education provide the framework for our technology program. Students regularly access material and activities through these tools and assessment and progress is managed by their teachers.  

     

    Religion in all grades is taught in accordance with the Diocesan Religion Outcomes and is supported by daily prayer, regular mass attendance, community service and Reconciliation.  Other seasonal celebrations take place throughout the year, as well as The First Eucharist, which occurs in 2nd Grade.