In RELIGION, students are provided a comprehensive study of Catholic doctrine and heritage, prayer, and worship to deepen awareness of their relationship with God and others. All students are expected to attend classroom periods of religious instruction and scheduled church services.
The LANGUAGE ARTS curriculum offers a strong systematic approach to reading through understanding and the use of sounds, providing high frequency writing words to promote the transfer of spelling success to daily writing. Students also are encouraged to develop effective communication skills as they participate in class discussions, the writing process, and prepared reports and speeches.
The READING curriculum develops the basic decoding/phonics, comprehension, references, and study skills. The middle school students focus on literature and writing.
The MATHEMATICS curriculum emphasizes basic computational skills, abstract concepts, and problem solving.
SOCIAL STUDIES consists of keeping abreast of current events and discussing how it affects our lives, fostering an appreciation of people around the world, our American heritage and Hawaiian culture. The goal is to instill an awareness of how history has shaped our world into what it is today, and formulate ideas and ways into continuing to make this world a better place to live in. The SCIENCE curriculum is designed to offer a variety of meaningful experiences to develop children’s natural curiosity about themselves and everything around them as they explore life, earth, and the physical sciences. Every grade level also incorporates components of “STREAM” (Science Technology Religion Engineering Art & Math) into their curriculum.
TECHNOLOGY LITERACY is integrated into the school’s curriculum. Students utilize Chromebooks daily that enhance their classroom environment as “technology natives” and 21st-century learners. Proper use of technology and information is emphasized. Students also have technology projects to help them become more familiar with different applications.
GENERAL MUSIC and CHOIR helps to develop students’ creativity through the study of singing and music appreciation topics. The choir also assists in enhancing our school worship during Mass and at special performances throughout the year.
ART is integrated into the curriculum to develop and cultivate the aesthetic values of the students and their varying cultures and to instill each appreciation of the fine arts.
The PHYSICAL EDUCATION curriculum is assigned to promote and maintain the individual’s physical fitness through development and motor activities. The primary goal in this program is to help an individual develop a sense of fair play, leadership skills, enjoyment of movement, respect for rules and authority.
Homework Policy: Homework consists of exercise that reinforces the classroom lessons, enrichment activities, or long-range assignments intended to encourage research responsibility and good study habits.
Average Homework Time:
Grades K-1 = 15-30 minutes
Grades 2-4 = 30-60 minutes
Grades 5-8 = 1.5-2 hours
Performance Reports: Students are evaluated in the following areas:
Level achievement compared to ability and potential.
Personal growth and development.
Student Academic Expectations Students are expected to:
Regard their school work as their primary responsibility at school
Pay attention and participate in class
Complete their assignments on time with care
Work independently or participate fully in collaborative tasks according to the teachers’ directions
Strive not only for good grades but also for knowledge and understanding
Meet the standards set by their individual teachers.
Teachers: All teachers are certified by the Diocese of Honolulu and hold degrees from accredited colleges/universities.
100-93%: A (Excellent)
92–85%: B (Above Average)
84–75%: C (Average)
74–70%: D (Below Average)
69–0%: F (Failing)
Standardized Testing: The Terra Nova Standardized Tests are administered to grades 2 through 8 in the Fall Season.
Progress Reports/Report Cards: Progress reports are sent home with the students at the middle of each quarter. Reports cards are distributed in an envelope on a quarterly basis. Progress report and report card envelopes will be required to be signed by the parent and returned to the homeroom teacher.
Community Service Hours: Community service encourages children to extend themselves (beyond their own family into the community) to help others, often less fortunate or less able. Community service is the sharing of time and talents with others without payment. It is meant to round the child by building self-esteem and satisfaction in giving of themselves.
Minimum Requirement for the School Year:
Grades K-1: 5 service hours
Grades 2-3: 10 service hours
Grades 4-5: 15 service hours
Grades 6-8: 25 service hours
Promotion/Retention Policy: The possibility of student retention shall be discussed with a parent before the end of the third quarter. Students who fail to master the work at a grade level in the core subject areas (English, Reading, Phonics/Spelling, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Religion) may be required to repeat the grade if he/she fails (2) two or more subjects. All students must also meet the required days in school as dictated by the State of Hawaii.