Our curriculum is designed to stimulate intellectual curiosity while providing the necessary foundation for future academic success. In the lower grades, students are encouraged to develop the independent thinking and social skills that allow for easier transitions as they continue along their academic journey. Our junior high program, from grades six to eight, emphasizes the skills required for high school. A variety of extracurricular activities outside the classroom provide for further academic, physical and social development.
Pre-K 3 children interact in an environment of sharing and cooperation where a variety of activities are designed to increase attention span and improve problem-solving skills. Emphasis is placed on social and emotional development as well as learning an awareness of God. This class runs from 8:30 am to 11:30 am and offers 3 options: Tuesday/Thursday, Monday/Wednesday/Friday, or Monday through Friday. Extended day options are offered.
The social, emotional, intellectual and physical needs of the early childhood learner builds upon the foundation from Pre-K3 with more structured academic work. Mathematical and number concepts are reinforced. This class meets five mornings. An additional extended-day program from 11:30 am until 3:00 pm is also offered.
KINDERGARTEN, GRADES ONE AND TWO
Kindergarten is a full five-day program. A day in the classroom includes academic work sessions, developmental play, and enrichment with one or more special programs in computer, art, Latin, library and physical education. Students are also introduced to an awareness of God. While academics are stressed, plenty of time is allowed for learning through free play and exploration.
In grades one and two, children receive a strong foundation in core subjects, including language arts, mathematics, social studies and religion. Special classes are provided in art, music, Latin, computer literacy, library education and physical education.
The language arts program spans the curriculum throughout the primary years. Emphasis is placed on speaking, listening, reading, and writing activities through an enriched language environment. Students develop number sense by learning the fundamentals of mathematics while demonstrating critical thinking skills. An inquiry-based learning environment encourages students to become knowledgeable of the sciences and the world. The curriculum also prepares students for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Communion.
GRADES THREE, FOUR AND FIVE
In the intermediate grades, an integrated language arts program covers the reading and analyzing of various genres. Vocabulary, grammar, phonics, listening, speaking, and study skills are stressed. The writing process is a main focus throughout the curriculum. In social studies, students delve into communities past and present, New Jersey, and explorations of North, South, and Central America. Map skills, geography, and current events are emphasized. Life, physical, and earth sciences and the study of the human body are studied sequentially.
Third grade students sharpen their computation skills learning multiplication and division through 10 and by working with tables, graphs, measurement, time and money. They are encouraged to use a variety of methods to solve word problems. In grade four, computation and problem solving using basic operations are strengthened. Emphasis is on multiplication and division concepts while measurement, fractions and geometric concepts are explored. Kinesthetic materials, group projects, and games help concepts come alive. In grade five, fractions, decimals and geometric concepts are reinforced and used in real life situations. Calculators are used to encourage multiple strategies and to strengthen problem-solving.
The intermediate grades continue to celebrate the message of Christ through prayer, service and the study of the Creed, the church and the sacraments. A complete and comprehensive Catholic Family Life program is also taught.
GRADES SIX, SEVEN AND EIGHT
The Junior High program is departmentalized with instruction by teachers with specialized skills in their fields of expertise. A team approach is used to teach the core academic subjects of language arts, math, social studies, science and religion.
Language Arts at the School of Saint Elizabeth develops and refines students skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing. Students are guided and inspired to acquire skill sets for critical thinking, active learning, effectual communicating, and creative and formal writing. Thematic units are implemented with essential questions for students to explore and discern text from prior knowledge and connect to the real world. Students consistently read, analyze, and discuss different genres of literature and learn to respond to literature through lively discussion and writing. Throughout the scope and sequence of the program, students come to understand the craft of writing for different purposes, and routinely express themselves through their writing. Attention to grammar and mechanics are emphasized to cultivate creative, clear, accurate, and useful expression; and to foster sensitivity to the structure and function of language both in writing and speaking. Students language is promoted for the successful acquisition of vocabulary necessary in the composition of all writing and public speaking, as well as being cross-curricular for all other academic disciplines. As a result of challenging coursework, students are provided ample opportunities to learn, practice, and master oral communications skills for a variety of purposes and a variety of audiences. The Language Arts curriculum infuses technological tools where appropriate to engage the learner and prepare the student to use and create digital media responsibly. Finally, Saint Elizabeth’s literacy educators believe the knowledge, skills, and strategies of language arts are integrated throughout the curriculum, enabling students to solve problems and think critically and creatively in all subject areas.
Mathematics is taught by a specialized teacher in grades four through eight. At all grade levels, emphasis is placed on critical thinking skills and problem solving strategies through the use of manipulatives, real-life situations, and technology. In grade six, computation and problem solving are expanded to include decimals, ratios, and percents. Integers, probability and various place value systems are introduced while geometric concepts are strengthened.
Students frequently work in groups to sharpen critical thinking skills while problem solving. In grade seven, students deepen their understanding of integers, probability and percents. Interpretation of graphs, square roots, exponents, the Pythagorean Theorem, surface area and volume are explored in depth. Students begin to use algebraic methods to solve equations and apply these techniques. The successful completion of this seventh grade curriculum gives eighth grade student the opportunity to learn Algebra I, which includes solving equations using multiple strategies, graphing, inequalities, systems of equations, square roots, exponents, and working with rational numbers. Word problems are used to strengthen strategies and make concepts useful in the real world.
We provide an environment where process and knowledge of science are emphasized and scientific skills practiced in our modern lab facility. Content is organized within the study of earth, physical and life/environmental science. Topics include:
|Grade Six||Grade Seven||Grade Eight|
|Energy Resources||Bacteria||Earth History|
|Forces & Motion||Fungi||Earthquakes & Volcanoes|
|Sound, Light, Waves||Plants||Chemistry|
|Chemical & Physical Changes in Matter||Evolution||Chemical Bond Reactions|
|Acids, Bases, Solutions||Systems of the Body||Forces of Water on Earth: Erosion and Water Sources|
|Simple Organisms||Introduction to Animals||Substances, mixtures & Solubility|
|Complex Cell Structure||Types of Animals (simple to complex)||Carbon Chemistry|
|The Circulatory System||Animal Behavior in Response to the Environment|
|Mitosis & Meiosis||Worm, grasshopper, squid Dissecting|
|Heredity & Genetics||Interactions of Life between: Living and Non-living Environments|
|Ecosystems & Biomes||Conserving Life: Animal and Habitat Conservations|
|Heat & Matter|
The social studies program introduces the important aspects of heritage and the role of the United States in world affairs. It is designed to teach students to respect other cultures, to create responsible citizenship and to become informed Christians. In grade six, students study world geography, history and culture of the ancient world up to modern European history. Grade seven covers United States History I, beginning with early Native Americans, exploration, settlement and colonization by European countries. This course concludes with the American Revolution and the formation of the United States of America. In grade eight, students continue the study of the United States covering the Constitution, government, and the evolution of democracy through the Jefferson and Jackson Eras. Studies include the causes of the Civil War, the emergence of the United States as a world power, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War and the Space Age.
The religion program is Christ-centered in the Judeo-Christian ethic. Students become informed Christians who are encouraged to take their places as leaders in the church, world affairs and business. In grade six, the Old Testament and how it relates to the New Testament and present day Christianity is explored. In grade seven, students grow in the formation of their knowledge and faith. The eighth grade curriculum enhances the study of God’s faithful love and prepares students for the sacrament of Confirmation.