The purpose of this section is to have you become familiar with Saint Edward's Academic Standards in the areas of Language Arts, Mathematics, Religion, Science, and Social Studies. Standards are based on those from the Diocese of Oakland and the California State Content Standards. Standards specify what a student should know or be able to do upon completion of each grade level.
Because children have different learning styles, materials are presented in such ways that address the ways students learn. The class uses textbooks and supplemental materials. The child might learn best by reading work written on the board along with explanations and the opportunity to ask questions. The teacher may use body language and words to augment the written material. Students may need to "act-out" math problems or work together in groups. A child may learn best while using a "hands on approach". Some students need very little teacher instruction while others may need strong support. The teacher constantly modifies work to address the needs of the students.
Assessment tools vary to address the learning styles of the students. The traditional pencil and paper test is often used. Some students may need to have tests read to them or they may need to explain to the teacher what they have learned. An oral assessment may be used for some projects such as book reports or social studies projects. Art may be involved in some of the assessments. Students may need to work on projects together, thus, the group is graded as a whole. For some projects, a rubric is designed to let the student know what is addressed in the grading process. Work may be done at school or at home and graded accordingly. Assessment techniques may need to be modified in order to address every student's needs.
Our Mission Statement and Student Learning Expectations both work together with the Curriculum Guidelines to provide our students with a quality education founded in the priniciples of the Catholic Faith. Please take a few moments to review them, too.