The objective at St. Pius X Regional Academy is to create a faith filled, safe, nurturing and enriched environment that creates lifelong learners. Teachers are facilitators of learning, guiding curious minds to grow and develop. Every individual will maximize his/her individual potential. Students will participate in standardized testing three times a year that will provide data on student growth as well as provide comparison student growth at the local and national level. The data will as used to drive instruction.
Learning is predicated on focused teaching, authentic learning experiences, mastery of skills and application while applying higher order thinking skills. The National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic and Elementary and Secondary Schools are integrated throughout the school curriculum.
The curricula of St. Pius X Regional Academy are standards based documents that represent current research and best practices. The standards provide a structure upon which the curricula are built. The curricula documents are comprehensive in addressing Catholic identity, teaching strategies, direct and guided learning, 21st century skills, differentiated instruction, cross curricula –links and technology integration.
We educate the whole child, body, mind and soul through integrated curricula. Each academic area has a curriculum guide with an across the curriculum component. Academic areas are not taught in isolation, application and higher order thinking skills are embedded in the core academic areas as well as physical education, technology, library/media skills, foreign language and art. Student engagement, authentic learning and skill application are all a crucial part of the learning process.
All students at St. Pius X Regional Academy participate in daily religious studies of the Roman Catholic faith. The goal of our study of faith though is not only to gain knowledge and understanding but, equally important, to use that knowledge for personal growth in holiness which all are called to live out in unity to bring the message of Jesus’ ministry “to the ends of the earth”, in love and service to all.
The religion curriculum calls for lifelong faith formation while fostering Catholic beliefs, traditions and values. We participate in daily prayer, acknowledging our dependence on God, living a moral life of integrity, loving and supporting our Church. We learn respect for the dignity of life at all ages and stages, valuing the Eucharist, and considering a call to religious life, the priesthood and all other church ministries.
Circle of Grace is taught in the fall of each school year to students in preschool-grade 8. The goal of Circle of Grace is to educate and empower students to actively participate in a safe environment for themselves and others. Religion is an integral part of each and every day. Students learn of God’s unconditional love for all of us. Students learn about the teachings of Christ, through prayer and they learn to build a relationship with God and how to put that into practice in their everyday life.
English Language Arts
The English Language Arts Curriculum is integrated across all areas. The curriculum is aligned to the Common Core State Standards as well as the Archdiocese of Hartford Standards. Students will be able to apply phonemic awareness, decoding and word recognition skills in order to comprehend and analyze text and respond to text. They will be able to read a variety of text, including literature, non fiction, dramas and poetry. Through reading, writing, speaking and listening they will be able to respond to a variety of complex text with understanding and application.
The skills and knowledge captured in the ELA/literacy curriculum are designed to prepare students for life outside the classroom. They include critical-thinking skills and the ability to closely and attentively read texts in a way that will help them understand and enjoy complex works of literature. Students will learn to use cogent reasoning and evidence collection skills that are essential for success in college, career, and life. The standards also lay out a vision of what it means to be a literate person who is prepared for success in the 21st century.
The standards based curriculum is comprised of the grade level guides that represent current research into mathematics teaching and best practices. Standards are the primary instructional targets that outline essential knowledge and skills that students must know and be able to do by the end of each respective grade. The National Council of teachers of Mathematics (NTCM) Learning Standards are merged with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Archdiocese of Hartford Standards. The objective is to develop students with a strong understanding of spiraling skills, and mathematical thinking and reasoning. Number sense, math computation and application are key factors.
The four domains are as follows:
Number Theory – Operations, and Algebraic Thinking, Number Theory and Operations Base Ten
Data Analysis – Statistics, and Probability Ratios and Proportional Relationships
Courses: Algebra A, Algebra 1
The standards based curriculum aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), addresses three distinct and equally important dimensions to learning science. These dimensions are combined to form each standard—or performance expectation—and each dimension works with the other two to help students build a cohesive understanding of science over time.
Crosscutting Concepts help students explore connections across the four domains of science, including Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Engineering Design. When these concepts, such as “cause and effect”, are made explicit for students, they can help students develop a coherent and scientifically based view of the world around them.
Science and Engineering Practices describe what scientists do to investigate the natural world and what engineers do to design and build systems. The practices better explain and extend what is meant by “inquiry” in science and the range of cognitive, social, and physical practices that it requires. Students engage in practices to build, deepen, and apply their knowledge of core ideas and crosscutting concepts.
Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs) are the key ideas in science that have broad importance within or across multiple science or engineering disciplines. These core ideas build on each other as students progress through grade levels and are grouped into the following four domains: Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Engineering.
The standards based curriculum is aligned to the National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Students will be able to identify main ideas and details, look at craft and structure, visual information as well as identify primary sources from secondary sources. Students will be able to read and comprehend grades 6-8 social studies texts. Students in grade K-5 will be able to identify people, cultures, environments, explorers, and the social, economic and political development of the United States.
Grade 6 – A World View
Grade 7 – American History
Grade 8 – American History
Technology Knowledge, Skills and Competencies offers a set of guidelines for what Pre-K-12 students should know and be able to do in order to use technology effectively for learning in all content areas.
The curriculum contains
· technology skills and competencies grouped in grade spans
· a strong foundation for academics and 21st century skills
· a scope and sequence concerning online behavior, digital, citizenship, ethics, and safety.
Students need to be able to communicate effectively beyond their peer groups, analyze complex information from multiple sources, write or present well-reasoned arguments about nuanced issues and develop solutions to interdisciplinary problems that have no right answer. By integrating technology into the content areas, learning is enhanced while students are able to apply technology skills to various content areas, the school community, their life outside of the classroom, and to their future.
The standards based music curriculum aligns with the National Association for Music Education for general music PreK-8. The music, art and drama curriculum standards are merged with the Common Core English Language Arts Standards to provide a structure for teaching music, art and drama in an interdisciplinary way.
The visual perception, styles, techniques, craft, history and culture of art and artist, play a significant role in our lives. Students are introduced to particular artists, their time period and the effect that he/she has had on society. Students will be able to identify styles of art, the artist and relate this information to the world at that time.
Students will be able to identify musical artists, the basic structure of music genres and music time periods. Students will be able to relate the music to the time in history and make a connection to present time. The students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how music is composed and then produced. Students have the opportunity to join the choir, Christmas Caroling and the school play.
The foreign language curriculum embraces a broad spectrum of communication skills utilizing the five C’s of essential foreign language education: Communication, Culture, Connections, Comparisons and Community. The standards presented offer a vision of what students should know and be able to do with other languages. In order to attain these standards, students require a foreign language program that provides rich curricular experiences.
The goal of this curriculum is to develop positive attitudes and excitement towards learning the Spanish language. Through the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, students are able to broaden their awareness, acceptance and understanding of the Hispanic culture. This program is designed to accommodate varying levels of language learners as they progress through the stages of the National Foreign Language Curriculum with readiness, foundations, and essential objectives. Additionally, elements of the Catholic faith and tradition re integrated into this Spanish curriculum in order to provide a meaningful language and cultural experience within the context of the Catholic faith.
The curriculum is aligned to the National Standards for K-8 Physical Education.
Students will be able to demonstrate a variety of motor skills and movement.
Students will be able to demonstrate the importance of nutrition and movement. We are blessed that we are able to educate the whole student, mind, body and spirit. Through classroom instruction and organized activities students learn the value of movement, cooperation and good sportsmanship.
The development of STREAM education, purposefully and organically integrates our Catholic faith and the Arts into diocesan science, technology, engineering, and math curriculum guidelines. In the elementary grades, students participate in real world activities that promote critical thinking and 21st century skills. Such activities provide students with diverse opportunities to expand their general knowledge and help solve contemporary problems and challenges. As students progress through elementary school they will begin to independently incorporate STREAM concepts into their daily lives.