Academics2018-07-10T20:25:07+00:00

Academics

St. Ann School combines traditional curriculum with innovative instruction to offer an exceptional and challenging learning environment to all students.  While every grade level focuses on teaching strong traditional literacy and numeracy skills, creativity and personal inquiry is encouraged in each classroom.  Teachers use research-based curriculum, instructional best practices, thoughtful technology integration, and a caring and nurturing environment to promote individual academic strengths and encourage students to take academic risks.

Early Childhood education (PreK & Kindergarten) builds the foundation for lifelong learning and future success in school.  The goal of the EC Program at St. Ann is to develop a positive self-image for learners so their natural curiosity can grow seamlessly into critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity.  We strive to inspire this curiosity through exploration, discovery, imagination, and persistence.  Large and small group activities include math, science, literacy, social studies, music, art, religion, and physical education.  Our program is designed for bright and curious learners turning 3 years old by September 1 and offers a half-day or full-day option.

The mathematics program at St. Ann provides a framework by which students develop their mathematical ability while learning to value mathematics and its uses in daily life.  Solving problems using a variety of approaches and communicating ideas clearly and logically are emphasized throughout the program.  To accomplish these goals, students are provided with opportunities that allow them to discover the power of logical thinking, to use various strategies and tools to solve problems, and to gather and organize evidence to support their mathematical solutions.

The science program enables students to connect real-life situations to the presentation and adaptation of the scientific method. Students use concrete, hands-on experiences to understand science in the physical and natural world around them. They learn through observing, predicting, questioning, and explaining. Middle school students experience the connections between science and technology by using Promethean Interactive White Boards and Chromebooks to develop reports and presentations. Research and communication skills continue to be developed and fine-tuned through collaboration, discussion, essays, lab write-ups, and reports. Students are encouraged to develop thinking skills from the concrete to the abstract and become scientifically literate as they connect scientific theories to new evidence.

See our 8th Grade STEM team in action last year.

The students at St. Ann are taught reading, writing, listening, and speaking as tools for communication in the 21st Century.  The goals for all students are:

  • to acquire and develop analytical reading skills
  • to acquire and develop writing skills and techniques in narrative, descriptive, persuasive, creative, and expository modes
  • to study and apply standard English grammar in speaking and writing
  • to develop strong and varied vocabulary skills
  • to explore diverse literary works which will allow them to recognize universal themes and to compare styles and ideas across the curriculum
  • to develop oral communication skills
  • to develop strong study habits and skills
  • to acquire and use a variety of technology applications for research and writing

Challenging and enriching assignments engage the students at every level, leaving them well prepared not only to meet the demands of the most rigorous high school curriculum, but also to develop into critical thinkers and lifelong learners.

Technology is strategically integrated throughout the PreK-8 curriculum to strengthen student engagement, enhance, and support all styles of learning.  All classrooms at St. Ann are equipped with Promethean Interactive White Boards.  Our primary students utilize iPads during learning centers to help with problem solving and literacy skills.  Our middle school students are challenged further with our 1:1 Chromebook Device Initiative by receiving instruction and lessons tailored to meet the needs of all learners.  Further, students spend time in the Computer Lab learning programs and applications that have become necessary skills in the worlds of academia and business alike.

Students are provided with a solid foundation for moral behavior and making good choices through stories, activities, Scripture, prayer, discussion, and reflection in the Catholic faith.  The entire school attends weekly and Holy Day Masses together, and everyone has the opportunity to plan and participate in liturgies, prayer services, and other observances.  At the appropriate levels, sacrament preparation becomes a focus:  2nd Graders are invited to make the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion; 8th Graders study and prepare for Confirmation.

Students at St. Ann School progress from learning to be aware of the people and life around them to an understanding of our society, history, and government.  Our Social Studies program is the integration of social sciences and humanities in order to provide students with an understanding of themselves and society, prepare them for citizenship in a democracy, and provide the basis for understanding the complexity of the world community.  Faculty supports students in developing the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions as citizens in a culturally diverse, democratic society in an independent world.

Each student has the ability to see the world through the eyes of an artist.  We strive to foster self-expression in a safe environment that encourages children to take risks and challenge themselves by creating visual art, music, and expressive language.  The goal is to develop young people who appreciate, embrace, and create art throughout their education and their lives.

Art education at the elementary level affects student growth and development beyond the art classroom both physically and educationally.  Art classes provide students with a medium through which they can express themselves, which is particularly important for young children whose minds and motor skills are rapidly developing.  Regular art exercises help with motor skills, leading to better handwriting as well as enhanced creativity.  Art classes are once per week for Kindergarten through 8th Grade; PreK enjoys art projects in their classroom on a regular basis.

In addition to the health benefits of PE, there are also educational, psychological and emotional benefits to its inclusion at the elementary level.  According to the National Association for Sport and PE, physical education can support knowledge learned in other disciplines, including science, math and social studies.  Our students learn and explore factors of a healthy lifestyle, good health habits, and keeping safe in our surroundings, as well as physical activities designated for their grade.  In addition to fun, competitive sports, we focus on challenging warm-ups while learning the correct techniques.  PE classes are once per week for PreK through 8th Grade.

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