St. Patrick Catholic School uses the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills as a basis for it’s curriculum.

LANGUAGE ARTS
Language Arts curricula derive from national standards and include creative thinking, print and phonological awareness, decoding, vocabulary, comprehension, reading fluency, literary concepts, readers’ theatre, poetry, written expression, graphic organizers and higher order thinking skills.

SAXON PHONICS©—(Used in Grade 1-8)

SHURLEY GRAMMAR METHOD©—(Used in Grade 1-8) a Language Arts program that helps students learn grammar and writing skills, as well as how to diagram sentences.  Students are taught a series of rhymes, jingles, and songs which help them internalize grammar’s building blocks.  Students are provided a n excellent basis to continue on and excel in higher level English courses.

VOCABULARY IN ACTION©—(Used in Grade 4-8) With this comprehensive program, students study and learn hundreds of words that were researched and selected for frequency, occurrence, and relevance to the real world as well as standardized assessment.  Consumable student books pair with on-line resources and teacher instruction to provide vocabulary instruction that is introduced, reinforced, and applied in engaging, systematic ways.

READING COUNTS©—(Used in Grade K-8) Reading Counts is a self paced reading comprehension program.  Student select reading material and then take a 10 question quiz.  Points are accumulated based on the difficulty of the material and the score of the quiz.  Students are rewarded for scoring 25 or more points.

MATH
Mathematics follows national standards with manipulative-based curricula that focus on numbers and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, data analysis, probability and problem solving. Inductive and Deductive Reasoning are woven into the curriculum with logic problems and higher order thinking skills. St. Patrick consistently earns exemplary marks in testing and competition in math.

KUMON MATH©—(Used in Grade Prek-3-8) a supplemental, individualized math program that allows students to progress at their own rate.  The program fosters a mastery of the basics of math, self discipline and self confidence.  Students that excel in Kumon also excel in higher level Math courses.   We are the only private school in the area that offers this specialized math program.

EVERDAY MATHEMATICS©—(Used in Grade 1-6) Everyday Math is a program that focuses on real life problem solving, balance between whole group and self directed learning,  emphasis on communication, and appropriate use of technology.  Underlying the EM curriculum are six strands of knowledge: Algebra; Data and Chance; Geometry; Measurement; Numeration and Order; Patterns, Functions, and Sequences; Operations; and Reference Frames.

RELIGION
Religion addresses one of the school’s primary goals of fulfilling the educational ministry of the Catholic Church. The curricula adhere to the 15 goals set forth by the Diocese of Tyler and draw from the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) guidance program (Faith, Family and Friends). The child centered weekly liturgy and Christian service are hallmarks of the faith community.

SCIENCE
Science follows national standards for inquiry instruction and scientific methods. At least 40 percent of instruction is devoted to demonstration and experimentation.

SOCIAL STUDIES
Social Studies links past, present and future with curricula that cultivate an integrated approach to geography, societal structures and cultural experiences.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Physical Education classes are provided daily to enable students to build loco-motor and non-loco motor skills and manipulative-based movement ability.

Enrichment

Augmenting a strong core curriculum, St. Patrick extends and reinforces learning with a diverse array of enrichment activities to maximize student potential.Creative thinking strategies such as fluency, flexibility, originality and elaboration are infused into the curriculum. Mind Benders and daily logic problems increase inductive and deductive reasoning skills and analytic thinking.

PSIA (Private School Interscholastic Association): Encourages hard work and healthy competition through academic contests. Students from grades 1-8 are allowed to compete in areas of writing, spelling, math, vocabulary, and more. Students that score well at the district level are eligible to compete at the state level.

Mathcounts: The MATHCOUNTS Competition Program is a national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging “bee” style contests.

Science Fair: The Annual Angelina County Science & Tech Fair is an annual event that allows 6th-12th graders to compete in science and technology-related competitions.

Fine Arts: Field trips to Angelina College and Stephen F. Austin

Physical Education: Field Day, basketball and soccer units of instruction

Athletics: St. Patrick is part of the Christian Schools Athletic Conference (CSAC). Students in grades 5-8 are eligible to play sports. Currently, we participate in soccer, basketball and track. Schedules for each sport will be posted as they become available.

Religion/Faith Community: Weekly Children’s Liturgy, Pet Blessing, Holy Week celebrations and re-enactments, Advent celebrations, Thanksgiving Feast and myriad Christian service activities.

Participation in extracurricular activities

Students must maintain a passing average in all classes in order to participate in extracurricular sports, including practices and games, and extracurricular academic events. If a student has a failing average in any class on a progress report or a report card, the student will not be allowed to participate in these events until/unless the student has a passing average in all classes on the next progress report or report card. If a student has an incomplete on a progress report or report card, the student will not be allowed to participate in extracurricular sports or academic events until/unless the incomplete is replaced with a passing grade for the class(es).  The teacher and principal may allow the student to participate in the event if the incomplete is due to an excused absence and the teacher believes the grade will be passing once the incomplete is resolved.  If a student has a failing grade in conduct on a report card, the student will not be allowed to participate in extracurricular sports or academic events until/unless the student has a passing grade in conduct on the next progress report.