Overview of Academic Programs
The ability of each of our students to achieve his or her personal best begins with high-quality teachers and a strong administration. Our school works within the Massachusetts state curriculum frameworks, which establish research-based benchmarks for students at every grade level and across all disciplines.
There is special emphasis on written and oral communication skills and frequent written work assignments in a variety of genres across all grades. Older students are expected to support analysis of literature by demonstrating significant details and appropriate attribution.
Grades K–3 use a phonetically based reading program and progress to poetry, myth, traditional narrative, and classical literature. Grades 4–8 students read critically and analytically using short stories and award-winning trade books.
Grades 1–8 students engage in problem-solving and reasoning and learn strategies to identify patterns, measurement, data analysis, statistics, probability, algebraic functions, and geometry. Core concepts are introduced in grade 1 and become increasingly complex as students advance grade levels. Eighth-grade students take a full year of Algebra 1.
Grades K–8 students use a research-based learning model with inquiry-based activities.
Grades K–8 students study cultural, economic, and social aspects including current events using multiple sources such as text, periodicals, field trips, and guest speakers.
Grades 1–5 and 7–8
Grades K–8 reinforces faith education with specific developmentally appropriate community service projects in each classroom.
Grades K–8 Orff and Conversational Solfege-based curriculum introduces singing, instruments, and movement.