Elementary School Curriculum
When students start their formal school experience in the St. Mary’s Early Childhood program, they enthusiastically enter K2 knowing that school is an exciting portal to discovery. If K2 is their first year at St. Mary’s, students learn right away that all questions are welcome, learning is a process, every student is cherished, and shared values guide our daily life. From K2 through Grade 5, the academic subject areas of English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, religion, technology, and Spanish are taught sequentially with a curriculum that inspires inquiry and aligns to the Common Core State Standards and Massachusetts Frameworks.
Development and practice of literacy skills are supported through carefully selected curricula including FUNdations, Wordly Wise Vocabulary, Lucy Calkins, and regular guided reading. A reading specialist supports faculty by assessing students’ fluency and comprehension using the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System.
Using the Sadlier Religious Curriculum, children integrate their growing understanding of the Catholic faith into daily life and demonstrate their understanding through personal expressions of God’s love. The Sadlier approach to teaching the Catholic Religion reinforces St. Mary’s mission and our community commitment to respect, responsibility, and reverence.
The St. Mary’s social studies curriculum is fully aligned with the Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Frameworks. Using the MyWorld Curriculum, students in grades K2-5 expand their worldview while actively engaging with new concepts and perspectives. As students start to take ownership of their own personal stories, they learn to appreciate differences and respect the varied stories of those around them.
A robust curriculum that aligns with the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Frameworks is animated through thematic units of study. Varied topics help students understand how the physical world works and develop skills to help navigate their own environments. Students conduct experiments using Museum of Science Kits and project-based learning to explore engineering, energy, and technology.