English/Language Arts Curriculum

  • Reading Comprehension: Reading and writing using novels, short stories, and poetry.
  • Writing Process: Focusing on the writing process and applying that to persuasive, narrative, creative, and expository forms.
  • Literary Response and Analysis: Develop and strengthen an understanding of literary elements and devices such as recurring themes, characterization, figurative language, author’s purpose, conflicts, points of view, tone and mood, irony, dialect, and structure.
  • Research: Learning the research process and writing a paper.
  • Communication: Learning the art of public speaking, and writing and delivering a speech.
  • Vocabulary/Spelling: Understanding words meanings and employing various techniques to fully comprehend and use vocabulary in everyday life.
  • Grammar/Mechanics: Understanding and applying correct grammar usage and writing mechanics.

Grade Math Curriculum

Each grade level is divided into two Math sections, allowing for a smaller student-teacher ratio. The curriculum follows the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Content Standard and Considerations as well as the California State Standards for Math.

Math Projects

  • Mathematicians Biographies
  • Geometric Collages
  • Measuring the playground for perimeter and area

Science Curriculum

The Science curriculum follows the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Content Standards and Considerations as well as the California State Standards for Science. Junior High School students study topics in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics during their three years in the program and students perform lab activities as part of the course of study.

Science Projects

  • Scientists’ Tea Party
  • Body Systems Presentations
  • Biome Travel Brochures
  • Science Project- student designed experiments to answer question using the Scientific Method.  The projects are exhibited at the All School Science Fain.

6th Grade Field Trip

  • The Outdoor School in Santa Ynez mountains for 4 days, 3 nights

Social Studies Curriculum

6th

Students learn about the earliest civilizations that impacted the world’s development leading to the migration of peoples throughout the world. The studies of earliest civilizations takes the students in a process to learn about the people, life, times and impact of Mesopotamia, Near East and Africa, Ancient Hebrews-Greeks and Romans as well as the people of Ancient India and Ancient Greek. Students learn about historical figures who influenced the times of their people and have had lasting impacts upon the world.

7th

Students discover the cultural and social innovations of societies based in Europe, Africa and Asia, which led to the discoveries of the Western world. Students assess the impact of leadership and philosophies that developed the world’s economies, government structures and societal status. The students gain knowledge of the role and importance of exchanging ideas, which led to the development of the democratic processes.

8th

Students gain knowledge of the times, ideas, issues and events from the time of the discovery of the New World through the American Revolution and concluding at the time of the Civil War and its aftermath. Students learn of the relationship between Judeo-Christian Ideals and English traditions which affect the engagement of American heroes in the formation of the United States as a nation and a people.

Religion Curriculum

All classes follow the guidelines/benchmarks as produced by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles under the categories of Scripture/Christian Life, Sacraments/Worship, Morality/Social Justice & Christian Faith and Practice.

6th

  • Old/New Testament
  • Parables
  • Prayer/Liturgy
  • Commandments
  • Promoting Positive Change/Solidarity

7th

  • Scripture/Bible
  • Jesus’ friends and associates
  • Relate Scripture to Life Issues
  • Sacraments/Feasts
  • Personal Choices related to Faith

8th

  • Person and Ministry of Jesus
  • Bible as source of daily prayer
  • Real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist
  • Christian Life in Contemporary World
  • Role of Lay Leadership

Projects

Social Studies and Religion projects are entirely technologically based. The students use PowerPoint and Movie Maker to develop and produce presentations.

Students have created presentations based on Ancient Civilizations, Medieval Times and American History.

Students have also prepared and presented in person representations of historical civilizations and characters through Ancient Greek Museum of the Gods, Egyptian Gods and American heroes of the Revolution.

  • Virtual Stations of the Cross
  • Live Stations of the Cross
  • School Masses
  • School Families
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