Learning Expectations

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Within a safe Catholic Christian environment, St. Barbara Catholic School provides instruction which
enhances the academic, spiritual, aesthetic, social and physical growth of our students. Therefore,
our students and graduates are capable of being:

Individuals of faith who live the Gospel message by:

Understanding and valuing basic elements of Catholicism
Growing in their relationship with Christ
Developing and growing in their prayer life
Working to achieve social justice
Reflecting God’s infinite love in relationships with others
Cont
ributing time, talent, and treasure to the Church community
Students achieve this through:

Daily Religion/Catechism classes
Taught by Diocesan certified teachers
Weekly Mass, monthly student body Mass
Sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion
Students are taught to model after Christ
Students are taught to respect the dignity of each person

Life-long learners with a solid foundation of knowledge who can:
Demonstrate competency in the basic skills
Think critically and solve problems
Develop study skills rooted in self-discipline and motivation
Utilize technology to facilitate learning
Appreciate creativity and the fine arts

Students achieve this through:
Core curriculum based on state standards and Diocesan guidelines
Students are taught by credentialed teachers
1:1 Technology using iPads and Chromebooks, techbooks
Leveled Math and Reading Classes
Renaissance Learning enabling students to progress to their full potential
Remediation Program, Learning Support Teachers
Full day Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten Program
School Hours 7:45 am to 3:00 pm M-TH, until 2:15 Friday
Educational Field Trips include Outdoor Science, Pali Mountain,
Washington DC 8th Grade Trip

Confident, effective communicators who:

Read and listen with discernment and understanding
Compute with accuracy
Write with clarity
Think independently
Speak effectively

Students achieve this through:

Student Council
St. Barbara Families (Peer Leadership Program)
Poetry and writing contest award winners
Award Winning Diocesan Jr. Academic Decathlon Team
Classroom oral presentations
Levelled reading and math, advanced middle school math classes

Responsible citizens of the local and world communities who:
Acknowledge that they can make a difference
Support and participate in local and national affairs
Develop understanding, compassion, and respect for all people and their individual differences
Recognize dangers and opportunities in the modern world
Recognize and appreciate the struggles and sacrifices parents make for their children.
Fulfill family responsibilities
Develop self-confidence and leadership qualities

Students achieve this through:
Middle school service hour requirements
Students participate in food, pajama, and toy drives for the needy
Lent Rice Bowl collection
Yearly collection for a charity (for 2016-2017 Dogs on Deployment)
Jump Rope for Heart for the American Heart Association

Respectful, health-conscious individuals who:

Value themselves, others, and all of God’s creation
Understand the importance of making healthy choices
Have the knowledge of and appreciation for a variety of physical activities

Students achieve this through:
Physical Education Program for TK - 8th Graders
President's Challenge for Youth Fitness
PAL After-School Sports for 5th-8th Graders
National Champion Cheer Program for K - 8th Graders
Hot Lunch Program
Diocesan Safe Environment Program
Christian Environment with No Bullying Enforcement