Curriculum by Subject

Theology

  • Montessori, Primary and Elementary students participate in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) levels I-III.
  • Intermediate students work on Scripture and heroes of the faith.
  • Secondary students and higher study moral and systematic theology through Sacred Scripture, primary magisterial documents, and Church Fathers/Doctors.

Mathematics

  • All students are individually assessed and then placed in the appropriate level.
  • Singapore Primary Math Series (Levels 1A-6B) beginning with Grade 1 and continuing into middle school.
  • Students work at their own pace with individual and group instruction and supplemental activities provided by the instructor.
  • Upon completion of the Singapore series, parents and teachers work together to select the best program for each child. Options include: Teaching Textbooks, The Art of Problem Solving series, Saxon Mathematics and others.

Language Arts

  • Student activities include: journal writing, literature response, word logs, games, process writing, read aloud books (various picture books and chapter books), projects (book reports, autobiography, biography, book project) and handwriting (write letters and copy / memorize poems, scriptures and quotes).
  • Spelling: Formal study in spelling begins in about Grade 2 when the child can read and write with some fluency. This is pursued at home with a parent using Spelling Power or a similar program.
  • Grammar: Beginning in Elementary, students work in the Daily Grams  series to introduce and review grammar skills. Parents may choose to supplement this with work in another text such as Easy Grammar.
  • Writing: Elementary students and above are instructed using the curriculum from the Institute for Excellence in Writing.
  • Vocabulary: Beginning in Intermediate, students begin expanding their vocabulary using the Vocabulary from Classical Roots series.
  • Memorization and discussion of poetry selections are chosen from The Harp and Laurel Wreath, especially in the younger grades.
  • All classes incorporate novels, short stories, poetry, and other selections appropriate to the age and abilities of the students.

Science

  • In the Montessori and Primary classes, science is presented primarily from an experiential standpoint to explore the wonders of God’s creation, encouraging trial and error and documentation of results.
  • Labs and discussion are done in class. Reading and written assignments are completed at home.
  • Elementary: Behold and See 3 from Catholic Heritage Curriculum
  • Intermediate and Secondary:  Real Science 4 Kids series supplemented by Prentice Hall’s Science Explorer series as appropriate.

Robotics

  • Intermediate and Secondary students only.
  • Learn the basics of programming in a graphical language.
  • Participate in the Texas Computer Educators’ Association, Lego Robotics competition.

History

  • Primary and Elementary: An exploration of history from stories about American and world history, biographies of notable Americans, and other figures using Story of the World and other texts.
  • Intermediate and Secondary: More formal study of history and geography using the texts from the Catholic Textbook Project.
  • Reading and written work are completed at home.
  • Class time includes discussion and projects based on the reading.

Latin

  • Study of Latin begins in Montessori and Primary through the memorization of songs and prayers in Latin.
  • Elementary: Song School Latin
  • Intermediate: Latin for Children
  • Secondary: First, Second and Third Form Latin

Electives

  • Offered on Friday mornings.
  • Primary and Elementary receive instruction in Art, Music, and Social Skills.
  • Intermediate and above choose two of the following: Creative Writing, Chinese, Engineering with Arduino, Iconography, Drama, or Music.