ELEMENTARY & MIDDLE SCHOOL

Rooted in Faith!

The Diocese of San Bernardino curriculum is designed to prepare students to be Catholic, College and Career Ready. Each course of study fosters students' Catholic identity, shaping them to be models of Christian living for others. We provide students with a curriculum that is rigorous and rich in various disciplines. By continuing to implement new standards that are challenging, we work to fulfill the promise of quality Catholic education that educates the whole child: mind, body and soul.

As Catholic educators we embody our faith in everything we do. We model and teach children how to form a personal relationship with Jesus and build a foundation for lifelong learning and discipleship. 

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ELEMENTARY (K-5th):

KINDERGARTEN

The Kindergarten program aims to develop the unique abilities of each child.

Spiritual, intellectual, physical, and social-emotional growth is nurtured through the integration of school, family, and faith. In this self-contained environment, each child receives instruction in religion, math, language arts, science, and social studies.

PRIMARY (1ST-3RD)

Each year builds upon the previous year’s skills. 


FAITH:

The primary level learner is beginning a journey of faith. By participating in Mass, prayer services, community projects, and open dialogs with teachers, the primary student can focus on many basic concepts. Instilled in the primary learner are some basic concepts: Jesus is God; the Holy Spirit is God’s presence in each of us; God is a loving and forgiving Father; the Bible is God’s Word to us; God’s people, the Church; and care for one another. The primary learner acquires a growing awareness of God in his or her life. 


LANGUAGE ARTS:

 Beginning in first grade, language arts is taught through a basal system incorporating phonetic and English skills. These skills are further developed through personal journal and creative writing. Trade books are incorporated in the third grades to instill further a solid foundation for reading. Spelling is taught by the use of word families.


MATH:

Mathematics at the primary level provides the foundation upon which all learners build the critical thought competencies necessary in today’s world. A variety of strategies are used to meet the unique learning styles of our students. Each of these subjects allows the primary student hands-on experiences, lively discussions, and a risk-free environment for questioning.


SCIENCE:

Physical, earth, and life sciences are introduced and expanded upon each subsequent year through the primary grades.


SOCIAL STUDIES:

Social studies explores the roles of families (grade 1), neighborhoods (grade 2), and global communities (grade 3).


Weekly classes in art, computer technology, music, and physical education complement the primary experience.


PRIMARY SCHOOL CURRICULUM

  • Religion
  • First Reconciliation & Communion (2nd Grade)
  • Penmanship
  • Reading
  • English (Phonics and Grammar)
  • Spelling
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Art
  • Music
  • Computer
  • Physical Education

INTERMEDIATE (4TH-5TH)

FAITH:  The intermediate level focuses on the beginning preparation for a smooth transition into middle school. Responsibility and development of faith are primary objectives of this level. Continuing the development of the journey of faith in daily religion classes, the fourth grade student explores the Beatitudes and the Ten Commandments while the fifth grade student focuses on the sacraments. Students participate in Mass, prayer services, community service projects, and lively dialogues.


PARTS OF SPEECH:  Intensive study of the parts of speech is undertaken in the language arts curriculum.


MECHANICAL SKILLS:  Mechanical skills are refined through daily writing drills and personal journals and cursive writing.


LITERATURE:  Authentic literature and basal readers are used to reinforce reading skills.


VOCABULARY:  Vocabulary development is introduced through the study of prefixes, suffixes and roots. Emphasis is placed on the individual student becoming an independent reader through the use of novels.


MATH:  Building upon the skills taught in previous grades, higher level math competencies are taught. Fractions, decimals, geometry, and advanced problem solving skills are developed.


SCIENCE:  Life, physical, and earth sciences are explored through hands-on activities and discussions.


SOCIAL STUDIES:  The social studies curriculum in the fourth grade focuses on world regions, California, and the five themes of geography. The fifth grade concentrates on American History through the Civil War, westward expansion of the United States, the Industrial Revolution and American Government.


Weekly classes in art, music, computer technology, physical education, and Spanish enhances the academic curriculum.


INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL CURRICULUM

  • Religion
  • Language Arts (Reading, English, Spelling, Creative Writing)
  • Mathematics
  • Penmanship
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Art
  • Music
  • Computer
  • Physical Education
  • Spanish

Middle School (6th-8th):

Middle school further develops the independent learner into one who is responsible, a contributing member of society, and who is academically and socially prepared for high school. 


FAITH:  Middle school religion focuses on the study of the Mass, the history of the Church, the study of the sacraments, and the importance of prayer. Moral decision-making is discussed, and students are encouraged to engage in intense examination of their own values and behaviors to determine if they are consistent with the teachings of the Church.


LANGUAGE ARTS:  Language arts begins each year with a review of basic grammar. Essay and research writing skills are developed and refined. The art of public speaking, as well as the use of technology to enhance presentations, is introduced. Vocabulary development is reinforced through the study of prefixes, suffixes and roots. The critical analysis of literature is undertaken through class discussion and analytical writing.


MATHEMATICS:  The goal of middle school mathematics is the expansion of the basic math and problem-solving skills moving toward a higher cognitive level necessary for the challenge of Pre-Algebra and Algebra I. The middle school science program, using a hands-on approach, covers General Science, Life Science, and Earth Science. The social studies curriculum focuses on World Geography, American History, and World History. Concept development, critical thinking, map skills, and verbal participation are emphasized in all subject areas.


Weekly classes in art, music, computer technology, physical education, and Spanish enhances the academic curriculum.


MIDDLE SCHOOL CURRICULUM

  • Literature
  • English (Spelling and Creative Writing)
  • Mathematics (Pre-Algebra and Algebra)
  • Science (Earth Science and Physical Science)
  • Social Studies (World Geography, World History, American History)
  • Art
  • Music
  • Computer
  • Physical Education
  • Spanish

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