As a school in the Diocese of Orlando, we believe the essence and beauty of Catholic education is to promote the growth of the individual, the development of the whole person. This call to formation of the whole person in students is one with far-reaching implications for curriculum and instruction in the Catholic school.Teachers focus on the education and development of the whole child - moral and spiritual, intellectual, physical, social and emotional, and artistic. The curriculum is infused with rigor and thought-provoking activities to stimulate maximum growth.
Curriculum is based on Diocesan-approved standards and learning objectives which exceed both state and national performance norms. All resources and curriculum materials used in our school is aligned with the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools and are approved by the Diocese.
The CAPS program is a gifted program designed for students in third through seventh grade who need the stimulation of advanced critical and creative thinking skills and demonstrate abilities above regular class curricula. A rubric is used to evaluate students for this program which includes Iowa standardized achievement scores, CoGat scores, STAR reading scores and a gifted characteristic checklist. The Florida Framework for K-12 Gifted Learners is used as a guideline in establishing the CAPS curriculum. The CAPS curriculum is supported by computers and iPads. Students in the CAPS program engage in critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, and project-based learning with real world applications. Middle School students have won national and international competitions through the CAPS program. Eighth grade students are invited to participate in a robotics elective using Mindstorm to build and program their robots.
The goal of our Resource Program is to provide a caring and collaborative environment where students receive small group instruction at their ability level. Learners selected to receive help are given academic support in the areas of English Language Arts (ELA) and Math. Intervention is provided to develop specific skills identified through classroom teacher observation and diagnostic testing. Using relevant learning strategies, technology enhancement and directed instruction, resource students are encouraged to achieve personal goals and increase academic success.
Our developmental approach to guidance is to assist students as they grow physically, spiritually, emotionally, socially, and cognitively. Our comprehensive program focuses on students making progress toward many goals. We achieve these goals through weekly activities that address better understanding self and others, the school environment, and attitudes and behavior. In addition, our direct instruction and activity-based learning allows for students to develop decision-making and problem-solving skills, interpersonal and communication skills, school success skills, and career awareness and educational plans.