Grades K-8 Curriculum Summary
In RELIGION, we strive to communicate the message of Jesus Christ. Students are provided opportunities for study of Catholic doctrine and heritage, for prayer, and also for 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 junior high students’ program focuses on literature and writing.
The MATHEMATICS curriculum emphasizes basic computational skills, abstract concepts, and problem solving.
(In both reading and mathematics, students may be leveled according to academic abilities and readiness.)
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.
COMPUTER LITERACY is integrated into the school’s curriculum. Word processing is taught in conjunction with creative writing for the upper grades and is used to enhance typing/motor skills. Under the supervision of the computer teacher, students “go” online, email, and familiarize themselves with different software.
ART and MUSIC are 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 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
Students are evaluated in the following areas:
- Scholastic performance.
- 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.
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)
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
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.