Academics Overview: Kindergarten - Eighth Grade
St. Benedict's Episcopal School utilizes a multi-modal curricula that exceeds all state and national standards in every subject area for Kindergarten through 8th grade. Our curriculum is comprised of textbooks, workbooks, guides and manipulatives that, together with a rich digital component and interactive board ready lesson plans, will create a stimulating classroom and teach to all of our students' various learning styles.
We use the language arts curriculum to explore and respond to a wide range of classic and contemporary texts from diverse cultures and historical periods. Reading occurs within three important modalities (Read Alouds, Guided Reading and Independent Reading) that are employed throughout the year. All students experience writing as a recursive process including pre-writing, drafting, responding, revising, editing and publishing. Students develop their own voice as writers and see their finished products published and recognized.
Our language arts curriculum culminates in the ultimate goals of effective communication and developing a love of reading and writing. Reading programs are supplemented with Daily Grammar Practice and Daily Spelling Practice.
Spanish is taught to all students on a daily basis by native speaking teachers in both our elementary school and preschool. The Spanish curriculum is age appropriate starting with basics such as songs and counting with the three year-olds and developing to grammar, reading and writing in the elementary school.
Connecting students with real life applications in mathematics is crucial to their success. The approach we choose includes the K-5 Envision Math series. Through this curriculum, students interact with lessons in new ways through differentiated instruction strategies, diagnostic assessments, response to intervention rubric, math manipulative kits and online digital access, keeping students engaged to maximize learning. By developing skills and conceptual comprehension our students are able to extrapolate their knowledge to other applications, giving them great confidence in their own abilities. Students in grades 6-7 are following a curricula path to prepare them for Algebra beginning in the 8th grade.
Building a foundation of scientific query creates the opportunity for students to explore and experience science. Asking questions, comparing information and finding opportunities to explore their own hypothesis are what children do best. Our science program focuses on finding those blocks of information that will help our students not only find answers but ask more questions through dynamic digital lessons and both virtual and hands-on lab program.
We teach social studies topics from the global perspective so that students develop an understanding and respect for diversity in language use, patterns across cultures, political systems, geographic regions, the environment and our natural resources. In addition to American topics, teaching world social studies at an early age results in our students having a greater understanding of our immediate community in relation to the worldwide community. The cultural diversity of our student body reflects the importance of learning civic responsibility in our global society. Students gain knowledge through the use of books, songs and activities that promote learning in the areas of friendship, community, holiday traditions and historical people.
Our art, drama and music classes focus on nurturing the whole individual and developing a lasting appreciation of the arts. The fine arts are cross-curricular in design to compliment the academic curriculum and reinforce topics throughout a student's day. Our fine arts classes encourage students to celebrate self-expression and, above all else, to have fun with hands-on art, theatre and music experiences.