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:
- EL Education is our new ELA curriculum! This top rated English program focuses on: Building World Knowledge through Content- The curriculum builds students’ deep subject matter expertise, immersing them in the study of real-world social and scientific topics that fuel creativity, higher-order critical thinking, and literacy. Embedded Social-Emotional Learning– We know that middle schoolers need what they learn to have emotional resonance. New topics and texts prepare students to be more effective learners and ethical people. National Relevance and Standards Alignment-The second edition engages students with topics that resonate nationally, based on recommendations from students and teachers, while maintaining close alignment with targeted NGSS (science) and C3 (social studies) content standards for each grade band.
- 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:
- EL Education is our new ELA curriculum! This top rated English program focuses on blocks of content-based literacy instruction and blocks of of structured phonics additional for K-2. Together, this curriculum teaches and formally assesses all strands of the Language Arts standards for each grade level.
- Eureka Mathematics teaches and reinforces math skills through both traditional and hands-on methods. It focuses on conceptional thinking preparing students for the future.
- 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.
- 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.
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:
- English, Math, and Religion
- 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:
- Beginning Reading skills with the CKLA program
- Beginning Math skills with the Eureka Math program.
- 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.