St. Mary Catholic School is based on the guidelines and standards set by the Diocese of Rockford. Our curriculum reflects our Catholic identity, visible throughout all subjects and in all grades. We strive to strengthen the learning environment in curriculum and instruction:
Pre-school through 5th Grades use The Daily 5 program which is a framework for structuring literacy time so students develop lifelong habits of reading, writing, and working independently.
Nancy Larson Science is used in Kindergarten through 5th grades providing a strong foundation and background in science. Children use a variety of resources and hands-on experiences to develop their science skills.
Guided Reading: Grades K-2 use Whose Doing the Work, Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris and includes Reading Art, Read Aloud, Shared Reading, Guided Reading and Independent Reading
Grammar: Multi-Sensory Grammar (1st - 5th Grades)
Writing - Building Writers K-2 Learning Without Tears
Phonics: Words Their Way K-5
Math: Sadlier Math
We have implemented the diocesan Technology Standards, goals and assessments.
The Rockford Diocese
We provide both at level and Advanced Math in grades 6-8. This offers students the opportunity to receive high school credit by the end of 8th grade.
Middle School students participate in both the State-wide Science and History Fairs.
Students in grades K-8 attend PE twice a week. Instruction includes exercise, sports and basic health.
Art and Music: The art program combines the study of artists and language of the arts with the creation of art work. The music program consists of 2 classes per grade per week. Students learn music theory and history. They learn to read music and play a variety of instruments.
Technology: St. Mary School has a fully equipped, updated Computer Lab. Each classroom has technology in their classroom, and all classes have Mimio technology. We are working on supplying 1:1 technology forall students. Currently, all students in grades 3-8 have 1:1 technology and use it on a daily basis. Children in other grades have a classroom supply of technology that is shared. Students attend Technology class once a week where skills are learned to compliment the academic curriculum. A school-wide technology program is used in Technology class as well as individual classes allowing children to work at their own pace, as quickly or slowly as needed to master skills.