Kindergarten


We welcome our kindergartners to the “Big School” where they begin a journey through a curriculum rich and varied in subject matter.

Religion: Children learn that they are important in the eyes of God.  They also learn responsibility and respect for all people.  * Religious concepts are integrated throughout the curriculum.

Language Arts: Children learn letters (forms/sounds), primary sight words, and are provided with an introduction to the learning of reading.

Math: Children learn basic number concepts, counting, and primary geometry.

Social Studies: Helping children to understand how they fit in various communities including their family & school.

Science: Helping children understand the living and physical world around them.

Spanish: Meeting once a week, students get a brief initial exposure to the Castilian language where they learn some greetings, manners, and other basic skills.

Art, Music, Physical Education: Children have each class, once a week.


Grade 1 - 5


Grades 1-5 lay the foundation for a student’s future academic life. From learning how to read and how to add and subtract to writing well constructed essays and solving basic algebraic equations, students are introduced to a well-rounded curriculum in our lower grades (elementary school).

Religion: Children learn the importance of incorporating Christian ideals with all they do in life.  Various forms of prayer are also taught.  Children in grade two are taught the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist which they receive for the first time this year.  In the third and fourth grades this continues as children begin to develop a healthy spirituality.  There is a concentration on the Sacraments and their meaning in our lives during the fifth grade. * Religious concepts are integrated throughout the curriculum.

Language Arts: Children learn how to read in the first grade.  Phonic skills and word recognition is developed.  This is continued in the later grades as students learn how to critically interpret and understand what they read.  They also learn how to communicate in the written word and learn basic grammar.  Cursive handwriting is introduced in second grade and further developed in third and fourth.  Various forms of writing are developed in the fifth grade along with an understanding of grammar.  Spelling and vocabulary is developed through all the grades.

Math: Children learn the concepts of addition and subtraction, and eventually multiplication and division.  They also learn to memorize the facts associated with these operations.  By the fifth grade they have worked with fractions, decimals and percentages.  Problem solving and estimation are taught throughout, as is simple geometry and the beginnings of algebraic concepts.

Social Studies: Children learn about their place in the family, neighborhood, community and begin a simple understanding of the political concepts of government, rules and laws.  They are helped to appreciate their freedoms and the responsibilities associated with those freedoms.

Science: Children continue to learn about the living and physical world around them; eventually working with a simple understanding of physical science, the weather, and the earth’s place in the Solar System and in the universe.  Health issues are also covered within the Science curriculum.

Spanish: Grades 1-5 (Gr. 1-4 once per week; Gr. 5 twice per week):  Students continue to develop their Spanish language skills by broadening their repertoire of formal and informal greetings, vocabulary, and grammar. Students learn about some of the cultural traditions of Latino countries as well as language that is essential for basic communication.

Art, Music, Physical Education: Children have each class, once a week.

Family Life Curriculum is incorporated in the Religion Program.  It was adopted by the Archdiocesan School Office, approved by the Archbishop, and strives to give students a genuine Christian respect for relationships. The course, in grade & age level appropriate ways, provides the basic moral principles by which Christians live & prosper in a heavily secular world while living out their mission to be witnesses of Jesus Christ.


Grade 6 - 8


The major academic goal in our upper grades is to prepare our young adults for the rigors they will face in high school. Maturation and developmental issues are taken into consideration as the school helps the child grow through their adolescence toward adulthood. The middle school program in these grades is departmentalized so that the students travel between rooms and have different teachers for different subjects.

Religion: The curriculum in this area approaches the themes learned in the lower grades from a more mature perspective, recognizing the inquiry and questioning of the adolescent brain.  Learning how to be Christians in a secular world is central to the study of Catholic faith and morals.  Responsibility to each other, the sacredness of life and global responsibility are also emphasized as is a study of sacred scripture and basic Catholic philosophy.  * Religious concepts are integrated throughout the curriculum.

Language Arts: The skills learned in the lower grades are reinforced as critical interpretation is emphasized.  The seventh and eighth grades explore age and level appropriate literature.  Writing and speaking skills are developed to allow the children to be able to communicate easily and effectively in high school and in adult life.  Grammar is further developed and vocabulary strengthened.

Mathematics: Basic computation is reinforced as the material increases in difficulty and complexity in each succeeding grade level.  Algebraic skills are taught in grades six and seven with an emphasis in grade eight.  Advanced students in grade eight who qualify are taught high school algebra.

Social Studies: World history is taught in the sixth grade with American history being taught in grades seven and eight.  In the seventh and eighth grades Geography is taught as a separate subject.

Science: All the upper grades have Science in a Science room equipped for experiments and other scientific activities.  General Science is covered in sixth grade.  The seventh graders learn the basics of life science with the eighth graders learning the basics of physical science.  Theoretical topics are discussed and hands on projects used to aid in the learning process.  Health issues are also covered within the Science curriculum.

Spanish: Meeting four times per week, students learn about the traditions, perspectives, and language of Latino countries and make connections to their own backgrounds through contrast and comparison. Students are inspired and encouraged to broaden their own global perspectives through the study of the language and Latino cultures. Students learn to use the language not only in the classroom, but for their own personal enjoyment and enrichment beyond the classroom. 

Art, Music, Physical Education:  Children have each class, once a week.

The Family Life Curriculum is incorporated within the Religion Program.  It was adopted by the Archdiocesan School Office,  approved by the Archbishop, and strives to give students a genuine Christian respect for relationships.  The course, in grade & age level appropriate ways, provides the basic moral principles by which Christians live and prosper in a heavily secular world while living out their mission to be witnesses of Jesus Christ.


Click here to view a complete listing of the Curriculum Standards used in this school and the Archdiocese of Hartford.