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Academics Overview

St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School utilizes the academic curriculum of the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

Our curriculum and instructional methods provide a depth and balance of knowledge in the core subjects as well as 21st-century learning skills.  Enrichment specials in the arts, media, technology, and physical education support the formation of the whole child. Students are challenged to become independent learners, critical thinkers, and collaborative members of our school community.

Graduates of St. Catherine are well-prepared to enter a high school of their choice: Catholic high schools within the Archdiocese of Atlanta, independent Catholic high schools, other Christian or non-denomination private schools, and magnet programs within the public school system.

Primary / Kindergarten - 2nd Grade Curriculum

Our Primary Program for Kindergarten through 2nd Grade focuses on laying a solid foundation of the basic skills in Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.  Students learn through a variety of instructional methods: whole-class lessons, small group differentiated instruction, and learning centers.  Classes are supported by paraprofessional staff.  Additionally, teachers from our Student Success Team provide assistance to individual or small group of students to further support the learning needs of all students.

Students participate in all Specials Enrichment subjects: Spanish, Music, Art, Media, Technology, and Physical Education. 

Kindergarten
  • Super Kids reading program
  • Orton-Gillingham's Multisensory Phonics program
  • Houghton Mifflin Go Math
  • Integrated Science and Social Studies curriculum
  • Creative learning centers

 

1st & 2nd Grade 
  • Super Kids reading program
  • Teacher-guided reading groups
  • Orton-Gillingham Multisensory Phonics program
  • Accelerated and Star Reader Program
  • Houghton Mifflin's Go Math!
  • Integrated Science and Social studies curriculum 

 

Intermediate / 3rd-5th Grade Curriculum

Our 3rd - 5th Grade Program focuses on building upon the solid foundation already developed in the primary grades.  Students in these grade levels apply academic concepts and skills with growing independence as well as collaboratively with peers through a variety of learning experiences: whole-class direct instruction, small group work, and independent self-paced lessons.  As in the primary grades, every class continues to receive support from teachers from our Student Success Team who work with small group or individual students to promote learning among all students.

Students integrate technology into all learning via dedicated Technology lessons and the use of individual Chromebooks across all subjects.

As in the primary grades, students in the intermediate grades participate in all Special Enrichment subjects: Spanish, Music, Art, Media, Technology, and Physical Education.

Curricular Programs for 3rd - 5th Grade
  • Novel units combined with Imagine It! reading series
  • Institute for Excellence Writing Program (IEW)
  • Accelerated and Star Reader Program
  • Sadlier vocabulary program
  • Houghton Mifflin's Go Math!
  • Simple Solutions Math and Grammar
  • STEMScopes Science Program

Middle School / 6th - 8th Grade Curriculum

Our Middle School Program focuses on preparing our students for studies at the high school level and beyond. Students participate in academically rigorous classes taught by subject-specific teachers. Midterms and final exams provide students with the opportunity to synthesize and demonstrate their learning over an extended period of time. Students develop important study skills and habits.

Students learn and utilize 21st Century skills through our one-to-one Chromebook Program.  Teachers deliver instruction via engaging and meaningful media. Students practice skills independently, communicate with teachers, and collaborate with each other. 

The primary resources for the Religion Program are Sacred Scripture, the Spirit of Truth series by Sophia Press, Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body program, and The Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Literature Program provides students with cross-curricular novel units combined with literature from the Glencoe Reading Series

The Language Arts Program includes grammar and writing.  Resources for this subject draw from the Glencoe Grammar series, the Excellence In Writing program, Wordly Wise, and Simple Solutions Grammar.

The Math Program is differentiated into two tracks: on-level and advanced.  Advanced placement includes 7th Grade Pre-Algebra and 8th Grade Algebra.  Math Connects by Macmillan-McGraw-Hill is the primary resource.  Simple Solutions is used as a secondary resource.

The Science Program follows the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  The 6th Grade focuses on Earth Science, the 7th Grade focuses on Life Science, and the 8th Grade focuses on Physical Science.  The STEMScopes series provides the foundational scope and sequence of the units of study and is supplemented by experiments and other hands-on activities.  The Science Fair experience (7th Grade) and Science Olympiad Program provide additional venues of learning for students.

The Social Studies Program utilizes a variety of texts and primary and secondary sources.  Students gain knowledge in both history and geography through interactive note-taking and project-based activities

Optional after school SSAT prep/tutorial are offered to students in the 7th and 8th grades.