Highlights

Religion

Daily religion classes • Daily Community Morning Prayer • Community service projects • Junior High Service Program • Student-prepared Liturgies • Sacrament preparation (2 and 8) • Buddy Program  •  School-wide Clan Program  •  Altar Server Program  • Daily religion classes

Differentiated Math Program

Standard and accelerated math groups in grades 3–8 • Critical thinking skills • Common Core Standards • Accelerated algebra in 8th • Strong foundation in basic skills and problem solving • Mathletics Program • IXL Math Program • Math Enrichment in 2nd grade Math Fact Madness Contest in grades 3-5

Language Arts Program

Step Up to Writing Program • analytical writing skills • Spelling/vocabulary program • daily grammar • Annual Speech Contest for grades 2-8  • Annual Spelling Bee for grades 4-6 • Creative writing and poetry in all grades • Research papers

Reading Program

Kindergarten – Third Grade: Scott Foresman Reading series • a phonics series and spelling series. In grades 5-8: trade books • emphasis on literary themes and comprehension/essay questions. Separate spelling book for students in grades 4 and 5 • In grades 6-8: vocabulary books for word mastery • Reading Renaissance, a supplemental reading program.

Social Studies Program

Textbooks with technology components • Emphasis on study skills • Geography and map skills • Individual and group projects • emphasis on note taking • research skills • essay writing • California State Standards

Fine Arts Program

Music instruction in grades K-8 • Introduction to Classical musicians • rhythm and dance activities • 4th grade Choir • Choral Festival participation •  Recorder instruction • Formal and experiential art curriculum in grades 1-8 • Variety of mediums • art appreciation

Science Program

Specialist teachers for grades K-4 and grades 5-8 • Hands-on demonstrations and labs • Integrated field trips • Emphasis on journal keeping and note-taking • State-of-the-art Science Lab • California Science Standards

Spanish

Offered to students in the 7th and 8th grades • Focus on language proficiency and fluency • vocabulary • pronunciation • and correct sentence construction

Physical Education

Two PE teachers for grades K–8 • Separate PE for boys and girls in grades 5-8 • Sequential skill development • Individual goal setting • Presidential Physical Fitness Program • archery • tennis • line dancing • yoga •seasonal sports

Technology Program

Instructional program in grades K-8 • Integration with all curricular areas • Emphasis on computer competencies • Emphasis on Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Pages, iBooks, and iMovie • Interactive Projectors, document cameras, Apple TVs • Technology Specialist

Learning Specialist

Collaboration with classroom teachers helps ensure that each child is successful and working to potential • enrichment opportunities • assistance for students individually or in small groups • develops interventions or modifications to meet individual student needs • supports teachers who have students with special learning needs

Thinking Center Program

Supports and extends learning for K-3 students in both math and reading • Collaborative games and tasks help students master basic facts, addition and subtraction, and reading for details and understanding.

School Library

Automated school library contains over 5000 titles • Reading Renaissance Reading Program

After-School Care

Both outdoor and indoor play • snack time • supervised homework time. KinderCare Program is offered daily until 3:10 a.m.  The Extended Care Program is offered for all grades in the mornings from 7:15 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and in the afternoons from 3:10 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

After-School Academy Programs

After-School Academy classes include:  golf, basketball, crafts, and jewelry-making. Other activities include: After-school Parish Choir – CYO athletics: Basketball, cross country, track, and volleyball – after-school piano lessons

After-School Teacher Elective Program

Teachers offer specialized classes three days per week (Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays) from 3:30 to 4:20. Classes include Homework Club; Coding

Team Building & Field Trips

Throughout the year, St. Patrick School facilitates a number of age-appropriate outdoor education experiences: Sixth Grade: Walker Creek Outdoor Education • Seventh Grade: Marin Headlands field trip • Eighth Grade: Yosemite field trip. • During the second semester, Jr. High Students participate in a variety of program that foster student interaction, inclusion, and team building for students in grades 6-8.