An Innovative Approach to Curriculum:
Primary Grades: 1st and 2nd
In the primary grades, preschool pre-literacy and pre-math skills are built upon. Everyday Math, a comprehensive math curriculum developed by the University of Chicago, teaches application of math skills in real world situations. Students learn through hands-on activities, games, real-life problem solving, school-family cooperation, and appropriate use of technology. Guided Reading in first and second grades develops reading strategies and literacy skills with an emphasis on decoding, fluency, and comprehension. Through teacher support, students develop the skills to become independent readers. Language Arts, Religion, Science, and Social Studies complete the curriculum focus.
Intermediate Grades: 3rd, 4th, and 5th
Everyday Math continues in the intermediate grades, as students continue to learn the underlying principles of math and how to apply them. The Guided Reading curriculum remains a critical component of learning as students begin reading at personalized levels. In addition,Reader's Workshop allows students to write about their reading and receive individual feedback from their teacher. In Language Arts, students use critical thinking, grammar skills, and the writing process to create various types of writing pieces. Religion, Science, and Social Studies curriculum allow students to study individual topics more in-depth.
Other curriculum highlights offered in the elementary school include:
- Art, Music, and Technology
- Physical Education
- Daily recess in our secured courtyard
- Portfolio Assessment based national standards
At every level, SBPS students are taught religious principles that deepen and evolve as the student matures. Whether it's learning about prayer in preschool, preparing for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion in second grade, being a "Faith Buddy" working with yournger students on faith-based projects in the intermediate grades, or engaging in Christian leadershipand Confirmation preparation in middle school, SBPS integrates religious teachings throughout the curriculum.