CURRICULUM

St. James the Less Catholic School is accredited through the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The accreditation process requires an examination of the school’s entire curricular program on an ongoing and systematic basis. We provide an educational environment that promotes academic excellence through a quality-focused curriculum. Curriculum and instruction are designed in accordance with the Diocesan curriculum guidelines, Schoolwide Learning Expectations, National and State Standards. The faculty and staff participate in professional development opportunities and training that keep them current on the latest teaching methodologies and implementation of National Standards.

St. James the Less Catholic School utilizes supplemental resources. These resources include:
Accelerated Reader, IXLMath and English, and Renaissance Support Materials.

ACCELERATED READER PROGRAM

The Accelerated Reader Program (AR) is a reading management program utilizing computer technology. This program provides teachers with an easy and effective way to monitor all forms of guided reading practice. Accelerated Reader helps students focus attention on the careful reading of books, which improves students’ critical-thinking skills and builds an intrinsic love of reading. Using AR, teachers can continuously guide students to appropriate books and curriculum within their “zone of proximal development” (ZPD), i.e.: comfortable reading level. This means that students are challenged to develop their reading skills without being frustrated.

IXL MATH AND ENGLISH

The IXL Math and English program allows students to work at their own pace and at their appropriate level. Students will focus on the skills that require reinforcement and/or move forward to new skills in order to provide challenge and a faster paced instruction. This program is available for student use at school and from home.

DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION

Students are assessed at the beginning of each school year, at the end of each trimester and again at the end of the school year in relation to mastery of curriculum standards. The assessment results drive classroom instruction and assist teachers in creating lessons and facilitating instruction that is suitable to their class. In addition, the learning environment is adapted to meet the needs of each student. Personalized instruction is used to provide intervention and accelerated instruction as needed. Teachers are able to focus on specific areas in the curriculum where students require this support. Personalization of the lessons changes the way in which material is presented to students, how students interact with the material and the way in which they present their knowledge and understanding. Teachers utilize the latest Best Practices in their classrooms such as: close reads, text sets, sentence frames, post it activities, spiral Math review, and differentiated instruction to ensure high achievement for all students.

CURRICULUM GUIDELINES

STUDENT LEARNING EXPECTATIONS

TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN-KINDERGARTEN

A. Faith Filled Catholic Who:

  1. Knows and lives my Catholic Faith
  2. Knows my prayers.
  3. Treats others the way I want to be treated.
  4. Gives to the missions around the world with prayers, gifts and money.

B. Life Long Learner Who:

  1. Uses good manners and gets along with others
  2. Works independently
  3. Tries my best in all that I do.

C. Responsible Citizen Who:

  1. Knows right from wrong behavior and the consequences.
  2. Respects all of God’s creation.
  3. Plays and uses good sportsmanship.

D. Creative and Expressive Individual Who:

  1. Communicates the best I can when I write and speak.
  2. Knows that God made all people special.

GRADE 1 - GRADE 3

A. A Faith Filled Catholic Who:

  1. Follows the 10 Commandments.
  2. Cares about others and all of God’s Creation.
  3. Attends and participates in Mass and prays daily for the needs of all.
  4. Respects myself, others and things.
  5. Believes that Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist.

B. Life Long Learner Who:

  1. Pays attention and participates in class.
  2. Is organized and does homework daily.
  3. Tries their best to learn new things.
  4. Takes responsibility and pride in my learning and the learning environment of others.

C. Responsible Citizen Who:

  1. Follows school and classroom rules and procedures.
  2. Listens to their conscience by doing what is right even when no one is watching.
  3. Speaks up for those who are treated unfairly.
  4. Uses words to solve problem
  5. Respects the flag and my country.

D. Creative & Expressive Individual Who:

  1. Uses the gifts God has given me.
  2. Has a positive and joyful attitude.
  3. Asks questions when I have them.
  4. Can work with anyone and help when I work in groups.

GRADE 4- GRADE 8

A. A Faith Filled Catholic Who:

  1. Knows and lives the principles of the Catholic faith.
  2. Has a deep and abiding compassion for humankind, leading to moral action on social issues.
  3. Respects self, others and things.
  4. Actively participates in the liturgical life of the Church.
  5. Honors and celebrates the diversity of God’s creations.

B. Life Long Learner Who:

  1. Can adapt to new situations and life’s changes.
  2. Is an active listener and effective communicator.
  3. Learns to make changes to improve his/her life.
  4. Take responsibility and pride on own learning and learning environment of others.

C. Responsible Citizen Who:

  1. Works to develop an informed conscience.
  2. Respects and understands the gift of freedom.
  3. Promotes and works for social justice in the classroom and beyond.
  4. Makes moral choices that affect the well-being of myself and others.
  5. Follows school and classroom rules and procedures.

D. Creative & Expressive Individual Who:

  1. Recognizes and show appreciation of the uniqueness of each person.
  2. Expresses self-confidence, optimism, and adaptability.
  3. Clearly articulates ideas to others through written, oral and kinesthetic communication.
  4. Is a knowledgeable and independent thinker.