Curriculum & Assessment (K-5th)

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In 2013, Saint Lawrence re-aligned its English Language Arts (ELA) and Math curricula with the California Common Core Curriculum. California content standards in Science, Social Studies and Physical Education guide curriculum development in these subjects. On-going collaboration and professional development among educators ensures curriculum is structured, differentiated and taught in ways to engage all learners in the classroom. A full-time Learning Specialist supports student learning in and out of the classroom.

Co-curricular specialists visit the classroom weekly to support instruction in Science, Physical Education, Spanish, Art, and Music. Students visit the Library weekly as part of their ELA learning.

SMART Boards, SMART Document Cameras, iPods, iPads, Laptops and Google Apps for Education provide the framework for our technology program. Students regularly access material and activities through these tools and assessment and progress is managed by their teachers.

Religion in all grades is taught in accordance with the Diocesan Religion Outcomes and is supported by daily prayer, weekly mass sponsorship and attendance, monthly service project leadership and participation, thrice yearly school-sponsored Sunday mass, and semiannual Reconciliation. The liturgical calendar guides other seasonal celebrations and sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist occur in 2nd Grade.

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Assessment

Report cards are issued each trimester (three times a year) to all students. Parent-Teacher Conferences are conducted at the mid-point of the first trimester (October), and the end of the second trimester (January). Parents are required to attend both conferences to discuss student progress. Progress reports in grades K-5 are distributed at October conferences. By reviewing graded, returned assignments, parents are able to keep abreast of their student’s academic achievement and progress in all classes and grade levels.

Saint Lawrence uses the Diocesan Standards-based report cards in grades K – 5. Click here for more information on the Diocesan Standard-based Report cards.

The results of the IOWA Test (taken in Fall for grades 2-8, Spring for 1st Grade) will be sent home with the first report card for grades 2-8. This benchmark is a nationally normed standardized test offering educators a diagnostic look at how students are progressing in key academic areas. Thrice yearly, students in grades K-8 take the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP)– an adaptive computer-based test which allows educators to gauge individual student progress throughout the year and year-to-year. Both standardized tests are required by the Diocese of San Jose.

 

 

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