We are pleased to offer a challenging and well-balanced academic program at Saint Joseph Elementary School. Through an eighteen month process working directly with Boston College, the faculty and staff wrote their own curriculum. The Saint Joseph Elementary curriculum is unique to Saint Joe's. Our curriculum was written to provide a rigorous education to our students. We took the best of the Massachusetts State Frameworks, Massachusetts Common Core, and what we as experienced educators know to be the best for early childhood and elementary school students.
From the earliest grades, students are engaged in a balanced academic program, emphasizing both a structured approach to education and a creative and engaging style of teaching and learning. Attention is given to all different learning styles of the students. While close attention is given to the foundations in education, students are also taught to have an appreciation for the fine arts and an understanding of technology as a tool for enhanced learning.
What I love about Saint Joe's is my awesome friends and kind, caring teachers. -Max
Classes in pre-kindergarten through grade 4 are self-contained, that is to say, all major subject areas are taught by the classroom teacher. In grade 5, students begin to change classes (and teachers) for major content areas: Math, English/Language Arts, Science and Social Studies.
Over the past three years, our staff has received extensive Professional Development which has resulted in a newly designed, tightly coupled curriculum, specifically in the areas of Math, Science, Language Arts, Religion and Social Studies. New programs and materials enable our teachers to instruct with the very best resources available. We are particularly excited about developing our hands-on approach to science, recognizing and emphasizing that in the elementary grades, “Science is a Verb.”
Our commitment to a strong, phonics-based reading approach in the early grades is reinforced by our implementation of the highly successful Wilson Reading Program called, Fundations.
Homework reinforces material that was learned in the classroom. In addition, homework helps students learn responsibility and self-discipline to enable them to become independent learners.