Lower School

 

Our lower school consists of grades Kindergarten through 5th grade. Lower school curriculum includes the core subjects of Religion, Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Enrichments including Technology, Global Language, Physical Education, Music, Art, and Library, are attended weekly. Google Chromebooks and SMARTBoards outfit every classroom, and 4th and 5th graders have their own technology devices. Our curriculum encourages inquiry-based learning and involves hands-on experiences to help students make meaningful connections between their learning and the world around them. Lower school faculty collaborate and are familiar with each grade’s expectations to ensure a seamless transition from one grade to the next. St. Joseph promotes a Christian learning environment where each student’s unique talents are recognized, making all students valued contributors to the learning experience.  

The goals of the curriculum as outlined by the Office of Catholic Schools are as follows:
  • Communicate the Gospel message
  • Engender a sense of responsibility as members of a church community
  • Empower learners to accept responsibility for the acquisition and use of knowledge
  • Cultivate a desire for continuous learning through formal and informal education
  • Engender a sense of responsibility as citizens within a democracy
  • Empower learners to make informed choices
  • Use independent and critical thinking
  • Strive toward connectedness of all learning
  • Implement instruction, which is developmentally appropriate
  • Strive toward clear and accurate communication through the development of a variety of skills
  • Represent all subject areas resulting in comprehensive literacy
  • Use all available technologies to support instruction
  • Implement effective prevention programs as early as possible for students who demonstrate learning challenges
  • To ensure a thorough foundation of knowledge for successful transition into secondary study