Subject Areas



Art

Starting in Kindergarten, all students receive formal art instruction in our spacious art studio from a teacher specializing in art education. Our art curriculum at every grade level is organized around three interrelated themes: creating art, looking at art, and living with art. Learn more about the Art curriculum.


English

The English curriculum strives to develop effective communication and critical thinking skills while examining the five language arts: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing. Students use the writing process to discover exposition, narration, description, persuasion, and other forms of the written word, with special significance placed on punctuation, grammar, and syntax. Learn more about the English curriculum.


Mathematics

The mathematics program seeks to build mathematical thinking and interest through engaging and challenging lessons and the use of real-world problems. Singapore Math is the program used in the Lower School. Middle School math builds on the topics covered in earlier grades, building confidence and laying the foundations that will mature in algebra, geometry, and data analysis courses. Learn more about the Mathematics curriculum.


Music

The music program is a combination of Orff Schulwerk and Kodaly methodologies. By the time our students graduate, they will have had exposure and practice in music theory, composition, choral singing, and movement. Learn more about the Music curriculum.


Physical Education

At every grade level, students develop and refine their movement and gross motor skills, learn the importance of physical fitness for a healthy life, focus on safety, and practice self-discipline, cooperation, sportsmanship, and respect for equipment. Learn more about Physical Education.


RELIGION

All students participate in the religious education program. The program draws from Santa Catalina's Catholic tradition, encouraging students to value their personal religious heritage while respecting the beliefs of others. All Lower and Middle School students come together frequently to celebrate Mass as a school community. Learn more about the Religion curriculum.


Science

Science at Santa Catalina is something students do, not something they just read about in a book. In the Lower School, students use The Full Option Science System (FOSS) for hands-on, minds-on inquiry-based science experiences. Middle School science classes use the Cambridge Physics Outlet (CPO) science program for hands-on, lab, and project-based experiences. Students have opportunities to investigate, research, and explore. Learn more about the Science curriculum.


Social Studies

At Santa Catalina, social studies is collaborative, interactive, and hands-on. In Grades 1 through 8, students study social studies using the Teachers' Curriculum Institute (TCI) program. Lower School students begin their exploration of culture and history by studying themselves, their families, and their communities. Middle School social studies begins with the study of ancient civilizations and concludes with United States history. Learn more about the Social Studies curriculum.


Spanish

At Santa Catalina, students work to achieve proficiency in Spanish before graduating Grade 8. Students begin study of Spanish in Grade 4 with an emphasis on listening, speaking, and culture of the Spanish speaking countries. At the end of Middle School, students will be prepared to enter any Spanish Level II class and above. In addition, students will participate in the National Spanish Exam. Learn more about the Spanish curriculum.


Technology

Beginning in Grade 1, students attend technology class twice a week. They learn keyboarding skills, word processing, graphics, and spreadsheet applications. Students are introduced to coding using a variety of developmentally appropriate activities and applications. Students have opportunities to design and construct hands-on projects in the Boiler Room. Learn more about Technology.

STEAM in the Lower and Middle School

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