Curriculum Overview

Kindergarten – Grade 5 Curriculum

The curriculum at St. John the Evangelist Catholic School integrates Catholic values with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop spiritually, intellectually and socially.

The curriculum includes Religion, Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Fine Arts (Art, Music, Band), Physical Education, Computer Education, Library and Foreign Language. Spanish is part of the curriculum in grades K-8. Students in grades K-5 receive enrichment in Spanish each week for 30-60 minutes.

Advanced math is provided in grades 5-7 for those students, who are recommended by the teacher, scored a 90 or above in standardized testing, and has maintained a math grade of 93 or above.

 

Grades 6 – 8 Curriculum

The curriculum at St. John the Evangelist Catholic School integrates Catholic values with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop spiritually, intellectually and socially

The curriculum includes Religion, Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Fine Arts (Art, Music, Band), Health and Safety, Physical Education, Computer Education, Library and Foreign Language.

Students must satisfy the following criteria to be place in Algebra I:

  • Math Composite standardized test score National Percentile: 90 or above
  • Class grade in Math: 90 or above
  • Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test results: 80 or above
    (Recommended time of testing – May of seventh grade year)
  • Teacher evaluation/recommendation

(Because the Algebra I course incorporates numerous word problems that students need to solve, a teacher’s recommendation should take into consideration the reading comprehension standardized test score when making a final decision for placement in Algebra I.)

A student who does not meet this criterion must receive a favorable teacher recommendation to be considered for placement in Algebra I.

Prior to entering Algebra I as an eighth grader, the student will have mastered all Diocesan Mathematics Curriculum for students in grades kindergarten through pre-algebra.

Spanish is part of the curriculum in grades K-8. Students in grades 6-8 receive instruction in Spanish each week for 180 minutes. By the end of eighth grade a student will have finished an equivalent of first year Spanish and may enter second year Spanish in High School if they meet the school’s requirements.

Advanced math is provided in grades 5-7 for those students, who are recommended by the teacher, scored a 90 or above in standardized testing, and has maintained a math grade of 93 or above.