Curriculum Overview

children raising their handsStudents participate in small, individual progress classes. Courses are offered in the following areas of study:

  • Christian Formation/Family Life/Safe Environment
  • Reading
  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education/Health Education
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Fine Arts
  • Peer Counseling/Social Skills
  • Enrichment Electives
  • Library Studies
  • Integrated Technology

Goals and objectives for each subject area are determined by the Diocese of St. Peterburg Curriculum Standards and Benchmarks and Grade Level Expectations. These benchmarks and standards are closely aligned with the Florida Sunshine State Standards.

The following is a link to the Diocese of St. Petersburg Curriculum Websites:

http://home.catholicweb.com/dosp_ocsc/index.cfm/products/

Every activity included in the school program is structured as a learning experience. The variety of instructional approaches includes one-on-one teaching, small groups, and school-wide approaches. In the classroom, varied teaching techniques take place. Teachers regularly use manipulatives, role playing, class discussions, outside speakers, audio-visual materials, cooperative learning groups, integrated technology, research activities, whole group, and small group instruction.

The following instructional techniques are samples of research-based best practices that are routinely utilized throughout the school:

  • Grouping students according to functional levels
  • Adapting procedures and activities of the curriculum as needed
  • Direct instruction to ensure focus on content
  • Cooperative learning to utilize peer-interaction and accomplish group goals
  • Multi-sensory approach to address all learning styles
  • Hands-on experiences to reinforce concepts
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