Our mission is to provide the children of St. Mary School with a strong academic foundation in an environment of Christ-centered love, while providing them with a strong spiritual and academic foundation rooted in the Catholic tradition.
Living out our mission enables our students to engage others in the world in a way that promotes peace and justice with respect for the human person and the common good.
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Junior High Curriculum
Junior High Math begins with a solid background in math concepts and continues through instruction of Pre-Algebra in Seventh Grade and Algebra in Eighth Grade. Instruction is diverse and engaging, incorporating instructional technology, manipulatives, and games targeting specific skills. We have regular and advanced track Math and Science beginning in fourth grade.
Reading Instruction includes Literature Circles through the use of novels. Skills of higher-level analysis, comprehension, reflection, and connection are taught, to name a few. Students write about and discuss what they read in whole class and small group format. Instruction in English class emphasizes many types of writing and students are taught grammar.
Science class is taught mainly through hands on experimentation and demonstration. Students are taught the Scientific Method in all grades. Students in grade eight participate in the Science Fair. St. Mary also maintains a Science Lab with equipment for the use of our junior high students.
Students are taught Social Studies using a variety of resources, including first-hand accounts, non-fiction books, films, and Internet resources. Skills such as note-taking and historical analysis of events are taught. Students are evaluated with tests, projects, and presentations. Our seventh grade participates in the Chicago Metro History Fair.
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