CURRICULUM

St. James 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 Catholic School utilizes supplemental resources. These resources include:

  • IXL Math and English, and Renaissance Support Materials.

Contact St James school administration for detailed curriculum guidelines:

  • Transitional Kindergarten Guidelines
  • Fine Arts Guidelines
  • Physical Education Guidelines
  • History & Social Sciences Guidelines
  • Religion Guidelines
  • Language Arts Guidelines
  • Science Guidelines
  • Mathematics Guidelines

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.

 

School-Wide 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.

Grades 1-3

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 problems.
  5. Respects the flag and my country.

D. Creative and 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. 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 creation.

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 and 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.