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Philosophy Statement: Committed to academic excellence and rooted in the traditions and ideals of our Catholic faith, the mission of All Saints Catholic School is to provide an environment in which all students will be enabled to reach their full academic and spiritual potential in an atmosphere that strongly encourages following the example and teachings of Christ. In partnership with the community, our children’s primary educators, their parents, our faculty will work daily, through example and teaching, to develop in our students the desire to grow in their religious knowledge and beliefs, as well as in their academic knowledge, and to apply these to their daily life situations and interactions. In our pre-school program we incorporate Montessori techniques allowing children to make their own choice and decisions and expressing themselves. We use a center-based curriculum such as dramatic play, blocks, water and sand, manipulatives, reading and computer. The children are introduced to the Catholic Faith by learning Bible stories and songs and participating in Holy Mass for a period of 20 minutes twice a week. Parents always have a choice whether or not to allow their children to attend Children’s Chapel.
Curriculum Statement: The Mission of All Saints Catholic School curriculum is to provide a comprehensive framework that will increase social competency and school readiness of children by fostering development of the whole child, integrating self-identity, cognitive, language, physical, creative, emotional, spiritual, social development, reflecting and honoring the lives of children, their families, and their communities. Our curriculum is a plan of instruction that details what students are to know, how they are to learn it, what the teacher’s role is, and the context in which learning and teaching will take place. Using a faith-based approach, the school has adopted the Seton curriculum in the areas of religion, English, reading, phonics, social studies, science, and art, along with Saxon mathematics. The school’s pre-school program utilizes Montessori techniques as well as thematic units. The curriculum supports the unique and individual ability of each child to learn at his/her own pace. It recognizes and respects that parents serve as the primary influence in the education and development of their children and that their involvement is crucial to their child’s success. As professionals, our role is to enhance the knowledge and educational experiences in partner ship with the children and families. Our curriculum design encourages children to explore indoor and outdoor environments, carry out their own curiosities as well as develop and build on their own interests. Adult interaction through verbal and nonverbal support is sensitive, continuous and adaptive to the individual needs of the child. The curriculum is based on developmentally appropriate educational methods and strategies with the understanding that children learn best through active learning, (play) creative thinking and child initiated activities. Our curriculum incorporates the liturgical calendar, and monthly themes include elements of religious education appropriate for pre-schoolers. The classroom is set up in an organized way using centers (blocks, manipulatives, science, literacy, audio/visual, dramatic play, art and computers) to reinforce basic skills.
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