Our Elementary Program is designed to meet the unique needs of students in Kindergarten through Grade 4.
At St. Anthony of Padua School, our faculty and staff strive to:
Treat each student as a child of God with unique strengths and challenges.
Build positive relationships with families, recognizing that parents are the first educators and most important models for their children.
Provide peaceful environments for children to master basic and advanced skills, collaborate, and enjoy learning.
Create structured classroom environments where students feel appreciated for their individual gifts and talents and supported in sharing them.
Use best practices and the latest instructional technology to plan and implement lessons to meet students' needs.
Promote the cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development of children through lessons that engage varied learning styles.
Celebrate the Arts with age-appropriate art and music courses that reflect cultural diversity.
Communicate often with parents about their child’s progress, needs, and growth.
Link to the greater St. Francis of Assisi parish, and world community through weekly Masses, and participation in community service.
Connect classroom learning to student experiences beyond school life.
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At the elementary level, students enhance their personal relationship with God through extensive scripture study, role-playing, problem solving sessions, and prayer. Special preparation for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion is given at the second-grade level.
English Language Arts
The language arts curriculum is built upon a Balanced Literacy approach and four interrelated strands of language development: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Through a substantial, sequential program, students are provided experiences which make reading a pleasurable discovery experience.
Our math program blends discovery and discussion, projects, explorations, and investigations into a curriculum that recognizes and enhances the children’s abilities. The curriculum builds on the fundamental mathematical strands of numeration and counting, operations and relations, and problem-solving.
Science instruction prepares students with a working knowledge of scientific concepts, through experience based methodologies, such as group discussion, lecture, and hands-on use of manipulatives, lab experiments, field trips, and science fair projects.
The social studies curriculum is a sequential program, which emphasizes responsible membership in communities, nations, and the world. The curriculum is enriched through the integration of geography, current events, and citizenship training. Financial literacy instruction and practices will also be included.
Technology is used throughout the school day at each grade level, both in the classroom and in Specials and Electives. Digital citizenship and responsible technology use is an integral part our technology program iPads in our Kindergarten through fourth grade classrooms teach media literacy and provide students with opportunities to collaborate and communicate in authentic learning activities that are relevant to the world in real time, and media literacy.
STREAM Innovative Lab
The Maker-Space innovative lab at St. Anthony is a space which allows students to create, innovate and develop their ideas . Each Learning Station is designed to allow students to build connections between what they know, their interest, and how the world works. Students notice the shift in thematic content in the lab from what they are “learning about” to what they are “learning with”.
In Maker-Space students will think and engage like scientists. We use curiousity and investigation as a guide, to develop what students are “learning about” as well as, many student-driven, series of teachable moments. We created a space where students use scientific practices to solve problems and bring innovative ideas to life. We allow students' interest to help us build foundations for learning that will last a lifetime.