The students study the basics of the Catholic faith including the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, the Works of Mercy, the Seven Sacraments, the Creed, and the Miracle of Creation. In 4th grade, the students participate in a celebration of saints. A research project culminates in a fully costumed rendition of their chosen saint at a special mass. All students attend a weekly All School Mass at 8:15 on Fridays, as well as Holy Days. Parents are invited to attend these student led Masses and enjoy our Junior High Choir. Students also participate in Adoration and Reconciliation services throughout the year.
The intermediate level uses an approach that blends novels with a traditional Reading series. Writing will include essays, creative writing, “how-to” reports, persuasive speeches and several research reports. There is strong emphasis on writing across the curriculum. Students use a 6+1 Writing Traits curriculum and participate in Junior Great Books discussions.
The math program uses hands-on experiences to make math exciting. In addition to the basics such as multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, ratio, percents, and probability, students use story problems and other multi-step approaches for higher level thinking. The 5th grade studies geometry in depth, including a fun unit in which the students make their own polygons.
The 4th grade focuses their study mainly on Indiana History. They cover such topics as Indiana's settlement, culture, geography, and history of statehood. In addition, they examine how Indiana fits into the greater United States. 5th grade students continue with American History. After a brief trip through Colonial America, they continue through present day.