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 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 (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 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
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.
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.
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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