Curriculum Grades TK-8

St. Barbara School follows the course of instruction determined by the Superintendent of Schools of the Diocese of Orange, and that of the State of California. Immediate Scope and Sequence found in the Teacher Manual governs the daily learning.

Transitional Kindergarten: Transitional Kindergarten is a full-day age-appropriate academic program available to children who will turn 4 years old by September 1st. The program allows students to develop language, motor and social behavior skills. 

Kindergarten: Kindergarten is an academic program that helps five and six year olds develop language, motor and social behavior skills. Textbooks in reading readiness, language arts, mathematics, and religion as well as learning units in science and health are used to help develop skills and attitudes. Reading is taught in kindergarten.

Middle School: Middle school (grades 5-8) is departmentalized, preparing students for high school. Subjects include religion, mathematics, literature, English, social studies, science and all-school curricular programs.

Foreign Language:  Spanish is offered in Middle School Grades 6-8. Grades TK - 5 receive Intro to Spanish. 

Subjects:
Subjects are organized around the four main areas of religion, mathematics, reading, English, and include the basic courses in social studies, science, and spelling.

All-School Curricular Programs: Physical Education, health, art, music, dance, computer/technology and library are taught as all-school programs. Teachers develop age-appropriate curriculum and classes for all grade levels.

Levelled Math and Reading: Students in grades K-8 participate in this program that evaluates math and reading levels, monitors student progress, and sets student reading goals and math objectives. IXL Math and Renaissance Learning Reading programs are used to assess student progress. Students are required to meet their quarterly goals. Awards are given to students who attain levels of reading achievement based on point values.

Differentiated Instruction:  Recognizing that each child is unique, instruction is geared toward the different learning needs of our students. Ceiling-mounted projectors and  classroom computers in all classrooms, as well as learning centers in the lower grades, enable teachers to ensure the progress of each student.   

Inclusion Program:
Recognizing that a Catholic education should be available to all who so desire, St. Barbara School has implemented an inclusion program to meet the needs of each student.  With a motto of “Committed to Student Excellence”, students are offered the opportunity to develop their God-given talents to their full potential.  St. Barbara School has a Resource Instructor for students who have been identified as needing special services to ensure academic success. 

Educational Trips:
Each class participates in educational field trips during the school year. These trips are related to the curriculum and are supervised by the teachers and parents. Extended trips include Science Camp in 6th and 7th Grade, Washington D.C. Trip in 8th Grade, and Inside the Outdoors in 5th Grade. 

 

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