Saints Peter & Paul School has a rich tradition of offering a quality faith and academic curriculum, which has enabled our students to be successful in middle school, senior high school, and post-high school education. The curriculum includes the core subjects of religion, language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. With the goal of educating the whole child, the school also offers art, physical education, music, and technology.
Central to who we are is our Catholic faith. We partner with our students' parents in forming their child in our rich, Catholic faith. Saints Peter & Paul School has adopted the Blest Are We curriculum.
The four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church are incorporated into the unit structure at grade level. Scripture, the foundation of every chapter, leads to a presentation of Catholic doctrine-statements of belief, worship, morality, and prayer. In addition, inspiring stories are included to bring Saints and other important catholic figures to life.
Reading / Language Arts
Our reading curriculum is aligned with current research in reading instruction. Saints Peter & Paul School has adopted the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Journeys program. Teachers engage students by providing them first with explicit instruction, then guided practice, and finally practice using skills independently. Spelling, English, phonics, and handwriting are also part of the language arts program.
Houghton Mifflin's Math Expressions is a comprehensive curriculum that offers new ways to teach and learn math. It combines elements of standards-based instruction with the best traditional approaches. Through drawings, conceptual language, and real-world examples, it helps students make sense of mathematics.
The main objective of our social studies program is to prepare thoughtful, active citizens who can function productively in a multicultural, rapidly changing, and increasingly independent world. The social studies program provides a variety of affective and cognitive experiences that contribute to the recognition of the dignity of each human being.
Through an integrated study of social studies disciplines, students acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes, as they become lifelong learners. Students learn through a variety of active and relevant learning experiences.
Project Lead the Way is an innovative STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program that is an exciting addition to our curriculum. Project Lead the Way offers a different approach to learning and teaching.
Through activity, project, and problem-based curriculum, PLTW gives students in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade a chance to apply what they know, identify problems, find unique solutions, and lead their own learning.
We believe the arts offer avenues for self-expression and creativity in individual learners and groups. Art is basic to education and learning across disciplines and can serve as a centerpiece for teaching and learning.
Arts education contributes to the multiple intelligences of all learners and recognizes cultural diversity. Arts education should include visual media for all learners.
We use a variety of materials to integrate the study of health into other areas of learning. Current Health, a magazine that explores health issues, is part of this effort.
Individual units in health education are also used. Students in Grade 5 are taught a unit in sexual education. Parents are informed of the program and invited to observe all lessons.
Saints Peter and Paul School has a shared-time music program with District 750. Classes are offered two times each week. The major components of the curriculum include music theory, music history, and an introduction to a variety of music genres.
Saints Peter & Paul has a shared time program for physical education with ROCORI District. Tennis shoes are required for this class.
A strong skill development program is followed, as well as a continual striving for good physical fitness. Intermediate students also enjoy units in swimming and bowling. Children who are unable to participate in physical education due to medical reasons must have a doctor’s statement.
The use of technology is intended to prepare all students to be technologically competent individuals who utilize available resources to express themselves, solve problems, and explore emerging technologies. Students have access to computers, iPad, Smart Boards, and Student Response Systems.
Public school districts are required to provide services to non-public school students who need help in certain areas. Students who are suspected of having learning disabilities or emotional and/or behavioral disabilities may be referred for evaluation and service. Parents request this help for their child, in consultation with the child’s classroom teacher.
After referral by the parent, the special education case manager will conduct a complete diagnosis to determine if the child has a learning disability and what steps need to be taken to accommodate the disability. Parents are involved throughout the process and are required to give written consent to carry out the necessary procedures.
Speech & Language
Speech and language development is another shared time program provided through District 750. Again, a parent referral is needed in order to provide service for any student in the speech & language program.
The speech clinician will test each referred student to determine if the child qualifies for service. These results are reported to the parent and teacher, and the team will determine when and how often a student needs speech therapy if he/she qualifies.
Parents are very involved in this referral process and help determine the need and program used.
Title 1 Service - Supplemental Help
Under federal funding, students who need additional help in math and, when approved, in reading are referred for Title I services. Participants in Title I services must be behind by one year to qualify for the program.
This is determined through teacher referral and an assessment program. Again, parents are involved in the referral and must give written permission for the service. Parents receive regular progress reports on their child.
Saints Peter & Paul School uses a nationally recognized standardized testing program provided by the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA).
NWEA is a research-based, not-for-profit organization that supports students and educators worldwide by creating assessment solutions that precisely measure growth and proficiency. The specific assessment tool us is call MAP.
We recognize the importance of field trips as educational experiences. Each grade level is scheduled for one major field trip each year. Depending on the trip and entrance fees, families may be asked to pay for part of the trip. Parents are welcome and encouraged to help chaperone field trips. Chaperones are determined by a random selection of those available.
Through their fundraising efforts, the Home and School Association provides monies to pay for all of the bussing for field trips.
We encourage students to choose activities that provide balance in their educational growth. We recognize and support each family’s decision to determine what is appropriate for their circumstances.
Opportunities for Growth
PAA_Parochial Athletic Association
(Softball, Baseball, Volleyball, Basketball, Football)