St. Matthew Parish School will provide a unique Christ-centered learning environment for young children in an interactive and supportive atmosphere where a growing awareness of God, self, and the world can be nurtured and fostered.
Our program incorporates best practices which support learning language and vocabulary, phonological awareness, knowledge of the alphabet, concepts of print, read-alouds and writing, teaches math concepts, encourages curiosity in the sciences, arts, and technology.
This program is a full day program, five days per week for 3 & 4 year olds. Class size is limited to 20 students per classroom which will include a full-time teacher and part-time aide support.
Our Primary Academy consists of grades Kindergarten through second grade. We have one classroom at each grade level with teaching experience from three to twenty years. Our students are very busy reading and writing with their SuperKids program. Our kindergarteners learn about two different types of sentences – telling and asking. Our first graders learn how to organize their paragraphs for a pre-write. Second graders use chapter books as part of their SuperKids curriculum.
All the children learn math with enVision – a spiraling program from Pearson. In addition to our core subjects of reading, writing, math, science and social studies, the focus of our Primary Academy is religion. A very exciting part of the religion curriculum for our second graders is preparing for the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.
All the children in our Primary Academy learn the stories of the Bible with a large focus on our saints.
Our Intermediate Academy consists of grades three through five. We have one classroom at each grade level with teaching experience from two to twenty years.
While our Primary Academy builds foundational skills, our Intermediate Academy spirals their learning from these skills. Continuing with our Pearson enVision math, this Academy learns multiplication, division, fractions, geometry and pre-algebra. Our reading program varies from novel studies to focused reading application.
As with the Primary Academy, the center of the Intermediate Academy is their study of religion; with a focus on the four pillars of Catholic identity – Catholic faith, worship, life, and prayer.
A big change for our fifth graders is they become eligible to participate in Cross Country, Track, Volleyball and Basketball under our Athletic Department.
Our Jr. High Academy consists of grades 6, 7, and 8. We have one classroom per grade level with our classroom teacher experience ranging from three to more than twenty years. Our Jr. High is departmentalized and the children move through the school day as a homeroom. Our English/Language Arts is set up in a block schedule and math, science, social studies, and religion are separate classes. Religion is a focus throughout the curriculum with each teacher incorporating our faith into the subject studies. In religion class, our 6 th graders study the Old Testament, our 7 th graders study church history, and our 8 th graders prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
All the Jr. High Academy students participate in service projects throughout the school and the community. Our Jr. High students may also participate in Student Council, Cross Country, Volleyball, Basketball, and many clubs such as Math, Drama, Chess, and Engineering.