Elementary


Elementary Curriculum

Learning is an active and vital process for students in grades kindergarten through fifth. Students study the core subjects of English-Language Arts, Reading/Literacy, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science and Religion with their homeroom teachers.

Major curriculum and assessment resources include:

  • SuperKids Reading Program (TK-1)
  • Wonders ELA (2-5)
  • Sadlier Math
  • ST Math, IXL Reading and Math
  • Renaissance Learning STAR Assessment for Reading and Mathematics
  • Accelerated Reading Program

Lower Elementary Curriculum

Our elementary curriculum places extra emphasis on the foundational skills in areas of literacy, language arts, and mathematics and is aligned to the CA Common Core State Standards. Instruction in these areas is differentiated to the level of each child to ensure steady progress throughout the year.

The elementary language arts curriculum focuses on four main areas: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Great emphasis is placed on the reading skills of phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency with spelling, handwriting, grammar, and mechanics. As students advance, students begin reading a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts designed to develop and maintain reading comprehension and understanding. Students also begin to write through a variety of genres such as informative, opinion, and narrative based, thus developing their ability to express ideas, emotions, and beliefs.

The elementary mathematics curriculum follows a systematic progression of basic skills and problem-solving with many opportunities for hands-on learning in every grade. Students will gain a strong understanding of mathematics skills and facts, the number system, number operations, measurement & data, geometry, algebraic thinking, statistics & probability, expressions & equations, and functions. Grades Kindergarten through fifth use Sadlier Math, a comprehensive core math program that fosters students’ conceptual understanding and skill development of mathematics. It also helps students strengthen their metacognitive development and learning through real-world based problem solving focusing on STEAM learning. STAR Assessments, ST Math and IXL Reading and Math programs are used in addition to the regular math curriculum to aid in assessing progress and providing extra support for all learners.

Upper-Grade Elementary Curriculum

Our upper elementary grade (4th & 5th) language arts and math programs are comprehensive and based on Common Core standards. Our language arts for upper-grade elementary students utilizes the comprehensive literacy program, Wonders, in addition to class novels, AR books, and other informative text. These give students the opportunity to learn and apply the college and career readiness standards such as key details and main idea, cause and effect, inferences, and drawing conclusions.

Our math program gives students the opportunity to learn and apply critical math skills such as fractions, decimals, geometry, measurement, and data graphing. Grades Kindergarten through fifth use Sadlier Math, a comprehensive core math program that fosters students’ conceptual understanding and skill development of mathematics. It also helps students strengthen their metacognitive development and learning through real-world based problem solving focusing on STEAM learning. STAR Assessments and IXL Reading and Math programs are used in addition to the regular math curriculum to aid in assessing progress and providing extra support for all learners.

Throughout all upper elementary grade curriculum, there is the essential integration of technology as all grades participate in a 1-to-1 program. Students conduct and gather research, giving them the opportunity to evaluate and summarize information and ideas, in order to answer questions and solve problems.

Art

St. Anne Art program aims to open up the imagination and creativity of our students in grade 1st – 5th, while giving them the fundamentals in Art concepts, techniques, and Art History, through cross-curriculum in art and other academic subjects. Each class will complete a variety of projects throughout the year, giving each student the confidence to express individual creativity, build skills, and learn art concepts and art history. Each year’s curriculum is built on what was taught in previous years.

Physical Education

The primary objective of our program is to focus our students’ attitude toward physical activity and foster a greater understanding of its relationship with lifelong health and personal well-being. We encourage students to learn skills for participation in a variety of sports and activities, to gain an understanding of movement and spatial awareness, and to develop an appreciation for a healthy, active lifestyle. Students develop sportsmanship, teamwork, and leadership abilities through appropriate activities and competition.

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Technology Access

In order to prepare our students in Preschool through Eighth grade to strive towards excellence, teachers use a variety of devices and resources to develop foundational skills and abilities for 21st century learners. Technology is used to help students develop effective academic and study skills, communicate and collaborate effectively, and demonstrate responsibility and integrity.

Lower Elementary Technology Access

Transitional Kindergarten through Third Grade have daily access to variety of devices including a shared carts of 30 iPads and 30 Chromebooks. Students use these devices to further develop their learning through the use of various educational programs and resources such as ST Math, IXL Math and Reading and the Accelerated Reading Programs.

Upper Elementary 1-to-1 Program

To prepare our students for learning in the 21st Century, students in Grades 4th and 5th experience a 1-to-1 program of blended learning. This allows for our students to receive more individualized and differentiated instruction so they can meet and exceed the Common Core Standards requirements.

Students use various digital based resources to further develop their learning including the Accelerated Reading Program, Discovery Education Techbooks, McGraw-Hill’s Wonders ELA Program, ST Math, and Study-Sync. 

 

PRESCHOOL & TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN Times are subject to change to best fit the students daily needs.

Description / Period Start Time End Time Length
Doors Open 7:50 AM 8:00 AM 10 min
Morning Classes 8:00 AM 9:15 AM 75 min
Morning Recess & Snack 9:15 AM 10:00 AM 45 min
Mid-Morning Classes 10:00 AM 11:15 AM 75 min
Lunch 11:30 AM 12:15 PM 45 min
Nap 12:15 PM 1:15 PM 60 min
Afternoon Classes 1:15 PM 2:50 PM 95 min
Snack 2:00 PM 2:15 PM 15 min
Dismissal 2:50 PM
Daycare 3:00 PM 6:00 PM 180 min

KINDERGARTEN THROUGH FOURTH GRADES First through Fourth will attend morning Mass once a week.

Description / Period Start Time End Time Length
Doors Open 7:50 AM 8:00 AM 10 min
Morning Classes 8:00 AM 10:10 AM 130 min
School Mass (1 day a week) 8:30 AM 9:15 AM 45 min
Morning Recess 10:00 AM 10:20 AM 20 min
Mid-Morning Classes 10:20 AM 12:00 PM 100 min
Lunch 12:00 PM 12:45 PM 45 min
Afternoon Classes 12:45 PM 3:00 PM 135 min
Kindergarten Dismissal 2:50 PM
Dismissal (Grades 1-4) 3:00 PM
Homework Club (K-3) Tuesday through Thursday only 3:15 PM 4:15 PM 60 min
Daycare (All Grades) 4:15 PM 6:00 PM 105 min

FIFTH THROUGH EIGHT GRADES Every Friday the students will attend the 8:30 Mass. The daily schedule on Monday & Fridays have been adjusted to allot for assemblies and scheduled masses.

Description / Period Start Time End Time Length
Homeroom 7:50 AM 8:00 AM 10 min
Morning Assembly (Mondays Only) 8:00 AM 8:20 AM 20 min
1st Period 8:00 AM 9:05 AM 65 min
2nd Period 9:05 AM 9:50 AM 45 min
3rd Period 9:50 AM 10:35 AM 45 min
Morning Recess 10:35 AM 10:55 AM 20 min
4th Period 11:00 AM 11:45 AM 45 min
5th Period 11:45 AM 12:30 PM 45 min
Lunch 12:30 PM 1:15 PM 45 min
6th Period 1:15 PM 2:00 PM 45 min
7th Period 2:00 PM 2:45 PM 45 min
Homeroom 2:45 PM 3:00 PM 15 min
Dismissal 3:00 PM
Homework Club Tuesday through Thursday only 3:15 PM 4:15 PM 60 min
Daycare 4:15 PM 6:00 PM 105 min