Academics

 

St. Joseph Catholic School's curriculum has been developed with the guidelines provided by the Florida Sunshine Standards, The Diocese of Orlando, as well as various national teaching organizations such as the National Council for the Teachers of Mathematics.


Course/Subject Area

 

Pre-K

K

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Religion

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Phonics

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Reading/Literature

 

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Reading Readiness Skills

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Math

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Spelling/Vocabulary

 

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Social Studies

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Science

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Science Lab/Special Area Instruction

 

 

 

 

 

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Grammar Creative/Writing

 

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Art

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Library

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Music

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Physical Education

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Computer - Used in Classroom Instruction

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Computer - Application Instruction

 

 

 

 

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Spanish

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Grade 6 students have a "prescribed" wheel. Each quarter their wheel class changes. The classes offered are: technology, study skills, speech, and art. In grades 7 and 8 students select from 26 options for their elective courses. This course changes every quarter. Some of the classes offered include: PAL, Pick Up Your Pencil, Volleyball/Bike, Leisure Time, Spring Drama, TV Production, Chess, Cooking and Life Skills, Story Telling, Keyboarding, Cheering and Tumbling, Weaving, Guitar, School Newspaper, Pottery, Multi-media Art,  and Latin Dance. Students in Middle School participate in a daily advisory period. Advisory is designed to enhance the student relationships with each other and with administrators and teachers.  Team building activities and the social/emotional growth of each student is the core of the advisory program.  Students work in small teams or “families” with a consistent advisor.  Advisory topics in the 2011-12 school year include Getting the “Families” Started, Anti-Bullying, Communication, Conflict and It’s Resolution, Self Awareness, Getting to Know Ourselves, Managing Our Feelings, Self Concept and Self Esteem, Stereotyping, Morality, Goals, Decisions.


Support Services


The support Services for instruction include several district and in-house programs.

  • Resource program students are identified through standardized test scores and/or teacher recommendation to receive remediation in the areas of phonics, reading, writing, and math. St. Joseph Catholic School employs a resource teacher to deliver services to students during the school day.
  • The classroom teacher identifies speech students for screening. A member of the Polk County School District interviews the student and determines if the student qualifies for instruction to correct speech errors. Instruction is provided to qualifying students; however, parents must transport the student to a Polk County Public School and transport the student back to St. Joseph Catholic School. The speech therapist attempts to help the parents by scheduling the class for the first period of the morning.
  • Title I Polk County School District provides instruction for qualifying students. An instructor is placed in a separate classroom for this service.
  • Reading enrichment challenges students in grades 1 through 5. Students are identified through the STAR program and teacher recommendation. Reading comprehension is treated using Accelerated Reader. The resource teacher and a parent volunteer provide this service.
  • After School tutoring services are provided for help in homework completion and early childhood phonics. This program is a student peer-tutoring program. In addition, faculty provide tutoring after school.

Curriculum Assessment


Student learning in grades 2-8 are assessed using the nationally normed Iowa Test of Basic Skills. Testing for grades 2-8 takes place in the spring. Students at St. Joseph Catholic School consistantly score above average when compared nationally on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills.


Report Cards


Report cards are issued in grades Pre K4-8. Report cards are issued each semester for students in Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten. Formal mandatory parent-teacher conferences are scheduled once a year.

At mid-quarter, portfolios are sent home to parents of students in grades 1-2. Portfolios are sent home at the end of the 1st, 3rd, and 4th quarters for Kindergarten students.

Parents of students in grades 3-8 may check on their child's progress daily via the Edu-Connect Portal. Parents are encouraged to confer with teachers by appointment whenever the need arises

Students in the Early Childhood Program are graded using the following evaluation code:

E - Excellent
G - Good

S - Satisfactory Progress
NI-Needs Improvement
U - Unsatisfactory Progress
X - Not assessed at this time

The current grading scale for grades 3-8:

90-100 = A
80-89   = B
70-79   = C
60-69   = D
0  -59   = F


Academic Awards


Academic Awards
 
Principal’s Honors:
All grades 95 or above.
 
High Honors:
All grades 90 or above. 
 
Honors:
All grades 85 or above.
 
All honors require an E, G or S in special area classes, conduct and quality work.

Students in grades 1 to 8 are eligible for the Soaring Eagle Award—Soaring Eagle Award
 
This award is given monthly during Let Your Light Shine
It is given to one student per class in Grades 1 to 5 and 1 per grade for middle school students and one award for students in special areas (music, art, PE, library) and one award for outside the classroom activities (after care, lunchroom, Mass, car pick up/drop off…)
 
The criteria for this award:
 
Following the four R’s (Reverence, Respect, Responsibility and Right Choices) at St. Joseph Catholic School is an expectation of all students.  The recipient of this award is a student who regularly goes above and beyond what is expected.  The student shows growth and has earned the award due to being an example to others.


Edu-Connect

Families are given a password to Edu-Connect, the internet portal, for viewing student grades and school news online. If families lose the password please contact the school office.