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Curriculum

 

Core Curricular Classes

Religion

  • Weekly grade level Mass
  • Monthly school wide Mass
  • Curriculum aligned to the Archdiocese of Seattle and approved by the Diocese of Orange
  • Liturgy preparation
  • Sacramental preparation
  • Spiritual retreats
  • Service projects
  • Eucharistic Adoration, Stations of the Cross, Rosaries, Penance Services

English Language Arts – Literacy

  • Curriculum aligned to Common Core State Standards
  • Foundational skills in reading (emphasis in lower grades)
  • Conventions and knowledge of language integrating vocabulary, spelling, and grammar
  • Skills practice in persuasive, expository, and narrative writing
  • Small group instruction
  • In-Depth Novel Studies (Middle School)
  • Book Club Collaboration (Middle School)
  • Differentiated instruction for remediation and enrichment

Mathematics

  • Curriculum aligned to Common Core State Standards
  • Emphasis on problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Skills practice in foundational skills using Freckle and ALEKS
  • Small group instruction
  • Differentiated instruction for remediation and enrichment
  • Middle School – Compacted Math/ Algebra and Geometry for eligible students
  • High School Placement Test preparation (8th grade)

Science

  • Curriculum aligned to Next Generation Science Standards
  • STEM integration with Inspire Science McGraw Hill (all grade levels)
  • Scientific inquiry, hands on investigation, and experimentation (all grade levels)
  • Differentiated instruction for remediation and enrichment
  • Field study opportunities (when permitted).
  • Middle School grade-designated studies include earth, life, and physical sciences

Social Studies

  • Curriculum aligned to California State Standards
  • Studies include Communities, California History, American/US History, World History, and Ancient Civilizations
  • Differentiated instruction for remediation and enrichment
  • Field study opportunities (when permitted)
  • Curriculum approved by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Orange – designed to be mission driven (does not align with California FAIR Act requirements).

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Enrichment Curricular Classes

Physical Education

  • Curriculum aligned to California State Standards
  • Age appropriate games (early childhood)
  • Developmentally appropriate gross motor skills practice (early childhood)
  • Development of basic sportsmanship (all grades)

Spanish

  • Follows the natural language acquisition process of hearing, listening, comprehending, imitating, speaking, reading, writing, and then, studying the grammar
  • IES (International Education System) 6 Step Process accomplishes the repetition necessary for learning the new language
  • Engaging activities, games, and songs are utilized for reinforcement and enjoyment
  • Students first communicate in single words, progressing to very simple sentences, and finally complex sentences
  • Listening and speaking in emphasized in the classroom
  • 95% of the class is conducted in Spanish

Music

  • Curriculum aligned to California State Standards
  • Students gain strong musical foundation
  • Feierabend’s First Steps in Music is used in Kindergarten through 2nd Grade to guide students through the first steps in music such as pitch exploration, simple songs and more
  • Conversational solfege is used to guide our students through singing, playing, decoding, and audiation in music for students in 3rd through 5th Grade
  • 3rd Grade receives instrumental instruction on recorders as well as various Orff percussion instruments
  • 4th and 5th Grade receives instruction on the Ukulele

   

Middle School Electives

Forensics

  • Study the ins and outs of what it is like to be a scientist in a criminal investigation
  • Collect, preserve, and analyze scientific information
  •  Learn how to find the significant evidence of a crime

Lego Robotics

  • Introductory level class to teach students how to program mobile robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3.
  • This course introduces students to block programming concepts using LEGOs EV3 Robotics kits.
  • Students will learn to construct, control and program robots through investigative and exploration activities.
  • Students will integrate Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics using STEM Education concepts.
  • Research projects will expose students to the engineering process.

Horticulture:

  • Students will gain a broad range of experience as they pertain to the community garden
  • Students will learn about the establishment, advertisement, financing, construction, seeding, cultivation, and harvest of our community garden.

Leadership

  • Students will develop organizational leadership skills that will help prepare them to be an effective team member.
  • Students will work to be exceptional leaders for the Saints Simon & Jude Catholic School community through discovering their leadership style and embodying responsibility.

Drama

  • The study of drama/theatre develops lifelong creative, empathetic, and artistically literate individuals.
  • This class enables the individual to actualize abstract ideas, to express feelings, and to solve problems from another point of view.
  • Students will become artistically literate by creating, performing, responding to, and connecting to drama/theatre.
  • Students will connect, synthesize, and combine drama/theatre knowledge and personal experiences to practice the discipline in ways that deepen their understanding of the world as inquisitive self-motivated lifelong learners and literate citizens.

Graphic Design

  • Students will brainstorm individually and collaboratively to create art and design.
  • Students will combine concepts to generate innovative ideas, set goals and create artwork that is meaningful and has purpose.
  • Throughout this class, students will use art vocabulary to describe personal choices in their designs, they will critique, justify and present their designs.
  • Students will use and apply their creative skills to problem solving, communication, collaboration, time management and resources to create an end product.
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