All students in Grades Pre-K to 8 follow a basic curriculum approved by the state of Pennsylvania and the Office of Catholic Education. Christian values, social skills, effective listening, classroom deportment, experiential and cooperative learning, and respect are emphasized throughout the curriculum.
All grades participate in Art, Music, Physical Education and Library time:
Music and Art: An appreciation of, and experiential learning in both Music and Art is provided weekly in all grades. Students’ talents are encouraged and all students are invited to participate in musical programs and art contests and festivals during the school year.
Physical Education: This plays a very important part in the education of the whole child. St. Gabriel’s Physical Education Program includes individual and team exercise, fitness, coordination and motor skills, and a developmental introduction to athletic skills, games, and sports. All students have “PE” class once a week.
School Library: Students will have the use of the school library weekly for varied activities: storytelling, library skills, resources, research and checking out of books.
Students in Grades 6 to 8 follow a departmental schedule of the following subjects:
- English Language Arts emphasizes the Integration of Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking and Critical Thinking skills to help students acquire verbal and written competencies that will equip them for the future. Thus, language is explored as “Language in use” instead of a separate set of skills.
- Eureka Mathematics is “a new curriculum for a new day.” Eureka Math connects math to the real world in ways that take the fear out of math and builds student confidence—helping students achieve true understanding lesson by lesson and year after year. With a focus on conceptual understanding, Eureka math helps students to transfer their knowledge to any instance requiring mathematical skills.
- Science which includes the study of Life, Earth and Physical Science. Emphasis is placed on reading, critical thinking, the Scientific Method and hands-on experiential learning.
- Social Studies which includes the study of Europe, Africa, Asia, North and South America and the study of American History.
- Religion which includes the study of the Old and the New Testament, the study of the Life of Jesus Christ, and the study of the origins of the Catholic Church and other faith traditions.
The Curriculum for Grades 1 to 5 includes:
- Religion which teaches communicating the Gospel message and the tenets of the Catholic Faith. Preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation takes place in Grade 3, Holy Eucharist in Grade 3, and Confirmation in Grades 5 and 6.
- English Language Arts which includes Reading, English Grammar and Composition, Spelling, Handwriting, Phonics, and Library Skills.
- Eureka Mathematics which includes basic skills both taught and reinforced through both traditional and hands-on methods.
- Science which includes concepts of Life, Earth, and Physical Science taught in different degrees of complexity at the different grade levels.
- Social Studies which includes a broad spectrum of historic, civic, and geographical learning. Recurring themes include: Communities, Transportation, Communication, Land Forms, Natural Resources, Trade and Economy. Emphasis is placed on Pennsylvania, its history and geography, and on current events.
The Curriculum for Kindergarten:
Kindergarten’s curriculum is based on a developmental approach to learning. Kindergarten assists in growth of the total child spiritually, physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually. Students are given a basic foundation in:
- Religion and all subject areas
- Social Skills
- Classroom participation
- Careful and effective Listening
- Working productively within the classroom structures and the school rules
Pre-Kindergarten Program Goals
The Early Childhood Years are a gift of time which will enable the young children to experience the joy of being created and uniquely gifted by a loving Father.
St. Gabriel’s Pre-K program provides the following:
- Growth in awareness of the Father’s love as experienced in family, parish and community.
- Developing awareness that he/she is a child of God.
- Development of a positive self-image.
- Development of a social-interdependence with adults and peers.
- Experiences which will enable the child to communicate effectively with others.
- Development of motor skills which will lead to proficiency and coordination in action and movement.
- Use of concrete materials and “hands-on” experiences to facilitate learning through discovery.