Curriculum

Our curriculum at All Saints Catholic School includes the development of Catholic values and attitudes, as well as the attainment of knowledge and skills necessary for the student’s spiritual, moral, intellectual, social and physical development.

The basic curriculum for the school includes the following subjects:

  • Religion
  • Reading
  • Language Arts (English, Spelling, Handwriting)
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Art
  • Computer/Technology
  • Foreign Language (Spanish)
  • Health and Safety
  • Music
  • Library
  • Physical Education

Curriculum Guidelines – Arlington Diocese, Office of Catholic Schools

Testing
All Saints’ testing objective is to assist teachers and administrators in a systematic evaluation of the academic and religion programs, to diagnose student strengths and weaknesses, and to aid in revision of the curriculum and planning of instruction.

In addition to academic tests for grading purposes, the school administers standardized religion and achievement tests according to the Arlington diocesan testing program. All eighth grade students take the high school placement test used in determining placement in diocesan high schools. Eighth grade teachers are encouraged to review only the format and style of the high school placement test with their students.

  • Early Prevention of School Failure Screening: This screening is administered to all incoming kindergarten students during the spring. Through their observance of each student completing a series of tasks, the screening team is able to determine the developmental readiness of each child. The goal of the program is to ensure that each student enrolled in kindergarten or first grade has the developmental skills necessary to achieve success during his/her first year in our school.
  • Scantron Testing: All Saints uses Scantron as its standardized testing program.  Students complete three series of tests in math, reading and language arts in the fall, winter and spring.  As the testing takes place online, teachers have access to immediate results and data.  Additionally, as the test is driven by technology, it is adaptive in nature, with each test being customized to the ability of each student. Administered three times over the course of the year, Scantron testing provides data with which the teachers can tailor instruction and measure student growth.You can find out more by reviewing the Parent Guide to Scantron Testing.

     

  • Assessment of Catholic Religious Education (ACRE):This assessment tool, designed by the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA), is administered to students in grades five and eight each year.  Through review of class and grade level scores, school and diocesan personnel can determine students’ understanding of basic doctrine and attitudes towards living the Catholic faith.
  • Iowa Test of Algebra Readiness:Students in the 7th grade who have demonstrated success in their Advanced Math coursework participate in a testing program that provides additional data for determining eligibility for enrollment in the Algebra I program during their 8th grade year.


Middle School Math

Six to Seven

Prior to entering Pre-Algebra as a seventh grader, the student will have mastered all Diocesan Mathematics Curriculum for students in grades kindergarten through seven.

For placement in Pre-Algebra in the seventh grade, students must satisfy the following criteria:

  1. Math Composite standardized test score National Percentile: 93 or above on the Spring Scantron Performance Series Exam.
  2. Class grade in 6th grade math: 93 or above
  3. End of year diocesan comprehensive grade-level test: 80 or above (Recommended time of testing – May of 6th grade year)
  4. Favorable teacher and principal recommendation

Seven to Eight

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.

For Placement in Algebra I in the eighth grade, students must satisfy the following criteria:

  1. Math Composite standardized test score National Percentile: 93 or above on the Spring Scantron Performance Series Exam.
  2. Class grade in 7th grade math: 93 or above
  3. Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test results: 80 or above (Recommended time of testing – May of 7th grade year)
  4. Favorable teacher and principal 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.

Eighth grade students must satisfy the following criteria to receive credit for Algebra I instruction and placement in the next level of high school math instruction:

  1. Passing the Algebra I course
  2. Scoring 77% on the Diocesan Algebra I exam
  3. Receiving teacher recommendation for placement in the next level of high school math instruction

If a student does not score 77% on the exam, a compelling case made by the teacher through the use of the Teacher Recommendation Form can be forwarded to the high school. The decision of the high school will be final.

Middle School Spanish

Eighth grade students must satisfy the following criteria to receive credit for Foreign Language Level I instruction and placement in high school Foreign Language Level II:

  1. Passing the eighth grade Foreign Language course
  2. Scoring 77% on the Diocesan Foreign Language exam
  3. Receiving teacher recommendation for placement in Level II

If a student does not score 77% on the exam, a compelling case made by the teacher through the use of the Teacher Recommendation Form can be forwarded to the high school. The decision of the high school will be final.

Family Life Program
Catechesis in Sexuality is an important and sensitive component of a comprehensive program of catechesis. According to the Second Vatican Council, “as they (children and young people) advance in years, they should be given positive and prudent sexual education.” Education in sexuality includes all dimensions of the topic: moral, spiritual, psychological, emotional, and physical. Its goal is training in chastity in accord with the teaching of Christ and the Church, to be lived in a wholesome manner in marriage, the single state, the priesthood, and religious life.

Recognizing that parents are the primary educators of their children, All Saints Catholic School encourages them to assume full responsibility for the formation of their children in regard to developing an understanding of human sexuality. To assist them in this process, the school hosts a parent session and three classroom presentations for students in grades six through eight.