CURRICULUM STATEMENT FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD CLASSES
At Saint Anthony Catholic School, we provide the students with a rigorous yet attainable curriculum as well as instilling the Catholic values. The goal of our curriculum is for the students to have all the skills to be successful, motivated, and readiness for the next stage of their lives. The curriculum meets the standards designated by the Archdiocese of Miami and provides experiences and opportunities which are best fit for the development and learning of all students.
In our Early Childhood Education classes, we find it extremely important that the students meet the curriculum while also learning to work with others, to respect others, and solve problems independently. There is an emphasis to meet the expected standards in all subject areas while differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all students. We have learning centers that allow the students to be differentiated by learning abilities and interests. We also use whole group methods and break off into small groups based on learning abilities.
Our Catholic faith plays a huge role in our school every day. Catholic identity is proclaimed through prayer, liturgy weekly and teaching of our beliefs. Our beliefs are integrated into our teaching and learning processes throughout all subjects in the curriculum.
Our math curriculum is designed to keep the child engaged and learning. Our students learn through hands on experiences and using several types of manipulatives. The students learn concepts that will encourage them to solve real-world problems. The students are working with each other in order to solve problems that we experience daily.
Our reading curriculum is aimed at having the students reach higher level critical thinking questions, problem-solving, and analytical skills that will make them successful in their careers and in their lives. We find it important for our students to be learning but having fun at the same time. Our students take part in both independent and cooperative group work. We believe that learning should be fun and enjoyable to all students.
Text used in our Early Childhood Programs include:
ELEMENTARY GRADES 3RD – 5TH
In third grade at St. Anthony we are a faith centered, self-contained class. Our curriculum is aligned to the Common Core State Standards. We focus on encouraging our students to be creative and to think critically with an expectation of mastery of skills. We incorporate technology in all subject areas as students work independently as well as in cooperative groups. We strive to differentiate instruction based on the learning styles and abilities of all students in the classroom.
CURRICULUM FOR GRADES 4TH – 5TH
The SACS Curriculum Content Standards for English Language Arts encompass opportunities to enhance skills for all children in order to grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally in classrooms across the curriculum. With this in mind, it is the goal of our department to provide students with quality, rigorous instruction that encourages them to become critical and creative thinkers through experiences in reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing. Our ELA comprehensive curriculum exposes students to a wide range of reading and writing genres, including narrative and informational texts. This literature rich environment gives students the opportunity to experience a variety of materials that meet their diverse developmental needs. Teaching strategies include differentiated instruction, cooperative learning (Project Based Learning), and authentic assessment.
Students in grades 4 & 5 are offered a challenging math curriculum that emphasis critical thinking, problem solving and computation. The social studies program is the study of political, economic, cultural, and environmental aspects of societies in the past, present, and future. The SACS 4th and 5th grade social studies department/curriculum will equip our students with the knowledge and understanding of the past necessary for coping with the present and planning for the future, enable them to understand and participate effectively in their world, and explain their relationship to other people and to social, economic, and political institutions. Our social studies program will provide our students with the skills for productive problem solving and decision making, as well as for assessing issues and making thoughtful value judgments. Above all, we help our students to integrate these skills and understandings into a framework for responsible citizen participation in school, the community, and the world. Our Science program continues with the ability to introduce essential thought provoking questions that engages our students on a inquiry journey. There is a combination of direct instruction, project based learning, lab experiments, group discussions, and cross-curricular lessons.
In this ever-changing society, our department uses computers, ipads and other tools of technology to prepare students for the demands of the 21st century workplace through the use of multi-media programs. Teachers are dedicated to finding new ways to integrate technology into the curriculum in order to improve reading and writing skills and to enhance the process of conducting research. Technology is also used to assess student achievement in an effort to modify instruction. The ELA department strives to facilitate the development of independent, enthusiastic, life-long readers and writers. We encourage students to become active participants in their education who accept the challenge and responsibility for their own learning and success during their school years and beyond.
JUNIOR HIGH CURRICULUM
Saint Anthony’s Junior High Mathematics program equips students with ability to solve complex problems using technology, logical reasoning, and problem-solving skills to apply concepts to real-world situations. Instruction is driven by the use of Common Core Standards that include: ratios and proportional relationships, the number system, expressions and equations, geometry, and statistics and probability.
In our science curriculum students are challenged to engage in group inquiry. Students learn content in earth, life, and physical science. They also learn skills of science and enhance their content knowledge through experiments. Our curriculum enables students to learn how to effectively ask questions, answer those questions through discovery, and work as part of a group.
In Junior High Social Studies the students will be learning about the world and our place in it by studying World History, Geography/Civics, and American History. They will develop research and writing skills as we study ancient civilizations, other countries cultures and governments, American history, and they impacted our society. There will be a primary focus about the importance of government and citizenship. A portion of the course will also be dedicated to learning the basic skills regarding the analysis of charts, graphs, maps, as well as how to interpret the data. Lastly this course will emphasize the importance of staying informed as we will do current events and how they affect our community. As the students’ progress through this class each year, they will have a better understanding of the world, our country, and the events and people that have helped to shape it, both past and present.
Junior High Literature students will explore an array of literary genres including but not limited to: historical and scientific fiction and non-fiction, folk literature, poetry, short stories, plays, essays, and biographies/autobiographies. The objectives will be fulfilled through a balanced use of textbook reading and activities, novel reading, and various technological mediums. Students are expected to be engaged in the curriculum reading as well as leisure novels (AR program). By the close of the school year, students should be able to effectively comprehend, analyze, and integrate knowledge and ideas related to the genres studied through all avenues of communication (writing, speaking, and project-based work).
Electives and Genius Hour
Arts Integration is an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form while being engaged in the creative process. It is the connection between the art form and another subject area that meets evolving objectives in both. It requires open communication, collaborative efforts, as well as teamwork with school administration, faculty, parents, and students, in a challenging learning environment.
SPANISH CURRICULUM STATEMENT
At Saint Anthony’s Catholic School, we believe that providing children with the necessary skills to communicate in a second language is immensely beneficial in our global world today. Students are introduced to effective strategies based upon solid research in second-language acquisition.The curriculum and instruction are driven by the 5Cs (Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities) with the goal of building communicative proficiency, and greater cultural understanding.
Attending Spanish once per week, K-3 students are introduced to basic Spanish phrases and vocabulary, creating a strong foundation for the Spanish grammar and sentence structure introduced in Spanish 4-8. In grades 4-5, students attend Spanish twice weekly, and in grades 6-8 students attend Spanish four periods per week for half of the school year. Upon successful completion of middle school Spanish, students who leave SACS have a basis for understanding basic and present tense Spanish, and also an awareness of cultural aspects throughout the Spanish-speaking world.
STUDENT ENRICHMENT TEAM (SET)
Title 1 provides extra instructional services and activities beyond the regular classroom to those students who have demonstrated that extra assistance is needed. Our program is currently offered after school and specifically in subject area of reading. Eligibility to participate in this afterschool program is based on your home address.