The primary grades (K, 1, 2) lay the foundation for your child’s educational, emotional and spiritual success. These are crucial years as children learn rapidly and explore the world around them and continue to learn about God’s great love for them. Recognizing that strong early literacy skills are essential to continuing success in school, primary students are assessed individually three times a year using AimsWeb, a literacy program that allows the classroom teacher, in collaboration with the resource teachers, to identify students who are not reading at grade level and provide needed interventions while monitoring the student’s progress.
Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 continue to expand and deepen their knowledge base. In the primary grades, students learn to read. In the intermediate grades, students read to learn. A rapidly expanding vocabulary and more abstract concepts become the norm.
Third grade is a year of academic, spiritual, and personal growth and development. We strive to integrate Christ into all areas of our curriculum.
At this point in their lives, children are beginning to learn skills that will prepare them for the future. They are also beginning to develop the ability to become more independent in completing their work. We strive to communicate the importance of being responsible for schoolwork and the understanding that all actions have consequences.
Students are always excited to begin to learn multiplication, division, and a multi-sensory approach to literacy.
The 4th-grade curriculum is taught through hands-on activities; making use of the interactive whiteboard, centers, and activities. The students are instructed during the whole class, as well as small groups, where students’ individual needs are addressed. Each day includes attending Mass, recitation of a mystery of the rosary and Religion instruction.
It is during 4th grade that we study the regions of the United States and, most especially, our state’s history and government. The highlight of the year is a trip to Frankfort, our state’s capital, where we spend the day touring the capital buildings and meeting our congressmen and women. Likewise, the Science curriculum is enhanced through science experiments and field trips. The students enjoy learning about the systems of the body, chemical, and physical changes, and extreme weather, just to name a few!
Reading and Writing skills continue to be developed and fostered through the use of novels and the various types of literature, and give a purpose to our writing assignments. Since 4th grade is a stepping stone to middle school, students continue to develop good study habits and responsibility for their work and for themselves.
In the fifth grade, students continue to develop their knowledge and learn new concepts, while honing their organizational skills in preparation for middle school. The fifth-grade students continue to grow in their faith-filled journey. They advance in mastering the mathematical skills of multiplication, division, and fractions.
We also focus on sharpening their note-taking skills as we study the history of the United States. Students in the fifth grade discover more about the world around them in the Science course of study. They improve their writing skills through a more intense study of grammar, composition styles, and vocabulary concepts. Fifth graders take a voyage through the exploration of various types of literature and increase their reading comprehension.
Middle School Overview
During the rapid physical and social changes in middle school students, SJA provides a stable and structured environment that assists students in navigating these transitions and preparing for high school. Students continue to grow in their faith life throughout middle school, culminating in the Sacrament of Confirmation in 8th grade. Middle school students develop their critical thinking skills, establish concrete goals and begin to master study and organizational skills.
The Middle School Academic Support Class is for students with a diagnosed learning disability or students who are at academic risk and need additional support. This class, offered three times a week, helps students bridge the gap between their academic potential and their actual performance. The class teaches essential academic, cognitive and organizational skills in a small class environment.
In 6th grade, students begin to use iPads in the classroom. These follow the students throughout middle school and will help to engage them more fully in the learning process. This gives the middle school students the opportunity to use current technology to meet their learning needs and better prepare them for high school.
Religion is the learning of our faith and how we can become saints!
Sixth graders are making the transition from childhood to adulthood, so this year is devoted to the Ten Commandments and the Mass. They are able to understand the Faith more clearly and make it truly their own.
For seventh grade, students learn more about how God revealed himself, how God became Man, and how God shares his life.
In eighth grade, students will learn of the lives of saints and the history of the Church. Students will also receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Active service is part of the school year, both in and out of school.
“Fractions are fun” and “Math is your friend” are phrases that are found in the Mathematics program at St. Joseph Academy. Students learn the fundamentals of mathematics to Algebra. The time is spent being active with numbers and operations.
Middle School Science will follow the Next Generation Science Standards, which is built on the notion that learning is a developmental progression. Using this framework, students must intertwine knowledge, observation and practice in designing learning experiences in natural sciences and engineering.
The standards are designed to help students continually build on their knowledge and abilities from curiosity and observing the world around them. The goal is to allow students time to engage in scientific investigations and argumentations to achieve depth of understanding in core ideas presented.
6th grade will travel by virtual plane around the Western Hemisphere! They will visit different countries observing physical features, meeting kids their age through personal stories, studying the history, culture and modern day events of each country.
In 7th grade, students will learn about the physical geography, regional overview, history, and culture of the Eastern Hemisphere. Students will develop a deeper understanding of the Eastern Hemisphere by reading personal accounts of teens from all over the world and participating in activity-based learning.
Do you want to learn more about the history of the United States? Does history repeat itself? Join us as in 8th grade, as we begin this exploration with the Age of Industry (1865) and end with current events. We will study our United States history to learn where we have been and how we got there and how these events relate to current times.
Learning how to read, write, speak, and listen are skills developed in language arts. Demonstrating understanding is done in a variety of ways: Project based assignments, online and in-class discussion opportunities, tests and quizzes, and writing assignments.
Students explore literary elements while reading across genres using self-selected but approved novels. We learn the Six Traits of Writing and apply grammar rules to written work. Conventions not only help paint a picture for readers but also they add variety to writing and make it more interesting. Our students format research papers, in-text citations, and Works Cited page entries using Modern Language Association format; they create several mini-research reports throughout the year.
Our classroom transforms into a stage for students to apply public speaking and acting tactics and techniques. Through improvisational performances, book talks, and formal speeches, students learn how to use their voice, body, and imagination to effectively communicate to an audience.