St. Joseph School students in kindergarten through fifth grade engage in daily religion, language arts, math, social studies, and science classes. Students participate in specialist classes, such as music, physical education, art, Spanish, and technology 2-3 times per week.
Kindergarten is a full-day program, five days a week. Kindergarten students receive the full complement of course offerings. A partnership program with older students helps kindergartners in their transition to the primary grades.
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A strong Catholic presence permeates St. Joseph School. The values and traditions of our Catholic Faith are seen as an integral part of daily life. Every day, St. Joseph School students say an Honor Pledge and say a special prayer to St. Joseph.
Students are challenged to live out the actions reflected in the Honor Pledge. Children in grades K - 8 attend weekly all-school Mass throughout the year. Living Stations of the Cross is one example of making religious traditions come alive. Students share their time, talent and treasure through individual service projects and various collections. They respond to social justice needs with prayer, sacrifice, and giving to shape a more peaceful and faith-filled world. See the Be My Disciples Curriculum Website for more information.
St. Joseph School uses the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Religion Standards to guide instruction.
Students will develop the necessary skills for effective communication through interactive reading, writing, listening, and speaking. These lifelong skills will enable students to function as literate adults. St. Joseph School uses the Minnesota State standards for English Language Arts to guide instruction.
SUPERKIDS Reading Curriculum (Grades K-1-2)
St Joseph School is a Super School! What is a Super School? A Super School implements the SuperKids Reading Program from Kindergarten through second grade. It participates in specialized teacher training and receives year-round coaching provided by reading experts. Above all, a Super School gathers the entire community - parents, teachers, volunteers - around a common purpose: teaching every child to read by the second grade. Check out the Rowland Reading website for more information on this excellent language arts program!
Literature & Informational Text, Writing, & Grammar (Grades 3-4-5)
In grades 3, 4, & 5 students are immersed in novel studies, exposed to a variety of informational text selections, utilize the writing process, and engage in a rigorous grammar curriculum (Loyola Grammar curriculum information).
At St. Joseph School, critical thinking and problem solving through conceptual understanding is emphasized throughout our math curriculum. Our program deepens students' abilities to think mathematically and connect ideas. Students learn to see relationships, ask questions, and try different approaches. Problem-based learning drives students to engage in productive struggle. Visit the Pearson Envision Math website for more information. St. Joseph School uses the Minnesota State Standards in Math to guide instruction.
Students will acquire knowledge and appreciation for our state, nation and world’s past, present and hopes for the future. They will be encouraged to think critically, multi-culturally and as Christians to respect the heritage and diversity of the world.