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Educational Programs

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    GACS provides a competitive academic program with commitment to Catholic education as the central focus. The core subjects include religion, language arts, science, mathematics, social studies, composition (Grades 6-8) and Spanish (Grades 6-8). The middle school students have three periods of physical education, one period of technology and one period of health, art, and music weekly. Library and guidance are offered to the middle school students on occasion. The students in grades Kindergarten through five have two periods of physical education, one period of technology, Spanish, art, music, library, and guidance weekly. Students in grades 3 -5 have one period of health a week.

    Teachers collaborate with the music, art and technology teachers to integrate subject content material. Catholic doctrine, faith experiences and morality are constantly integrated into the academic subjects. Traditional testing, standardized testing, performance-based assessment, peer evaluation and self-assessment are various ways student progress is followed. Portfolios and/or rubrics are tools also used to measure the academic growth of students. At the middle school level, an advanced class is offered in Math for students who have been identified by standardized test scores, placement test and teacher recommendation as being proficient enough to handle the accelerated math track. The guidance counselor, along with the students’ teachers, create Student Support Plans when needed.

    Educational Programs for Kindergarten

    The goal for each class at GACS is to provide a developmentally appropriate learning environment for all students. For this reason, each class is grounded in curriculum and assessment, enrichment, faith, and a variety of teaching practices that allow for each child to find his/her own place in the classroom.

    Curriculum Model
    · Diocese of St. Petersburg Benchmarks and Standards
    · Florida Sunshine State Standards
    · Math Their Way and Starfall Math
    · Calendar Math
    · Shared and Guided Reading
    · Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop and 6 Traits Writing Model
    · “Growing in Love” – Family Life program (Harcourt Publishers)

    Enrichment
    · Book Fair
    · Differentiated learning
    · Field Day
    · Fourth Grade Buddies/Reading Buddies
    · Guidance
    · Hands-on learning
    · Media Center Instruction
    · Off campus field trips related to class themes
    · On campus field trips related to class and school themes
    · Spanish Class
    · Starfall Beginning Language/Reading Program
    · Winter Wonderland Walk

    Assessment
    · “Hiding Assessment” to determine placement for addition groups
    · Individualized student assessment to guide instruction
    · Ongoing teacher observations and evaluations
    · Portfolio assessment
    · Reading records

    Subject Integration
    · All curricular areas are integrated into varied thematic units
    · Cooperative/shared planning between grade level teachers
    · Catholic teachings and social values are integrated into all subject areas

    Educational Approaches
    · Eye-hand coordination activities
    · Fine motor development
    · Gross motor development
    · Hands-on approach
    · Movement/music/dramatic play
    · Shared Reading incorporates reading/writing and art for every follow-up activity
    · Use of manipulatives
    · Visual/listening activities

    Programs That Promote Spirituality, Service, Social Justice and Moral/Ethical Issues
    · Bible/thematic/literature based
    · Christmas program
    · Class Mass
    · First Friday Rosary
    · Missionary Childhood Association
    · Morning and Afternoon Prayer
    · Prayer Services
    · Student/teacher created Song, Prayer and Poetry Book
    · Weekly “Shining Star”

    Educational Programs for Grades 1-2

    Curriculum Model
    · Diocese of St. Petersburg Standards and Benchmarks for Religion
    · Florida Core Standards
    · 6 Traits of Writing
    · “Growing in Love” – Family Life program (Harcourt Publishers)
    · Superkids Reading Program

    Enrichment
    · Book Fair
    · Buddy Reading
    · Differentiated Learning
    · Field Day
    · Field Trips
    · Guest speakers
    · Hands-on learning activities
    · Invention Convention
    · Math manipulatives
    · News Reporter
    · Seventh Grade Buddies
    · Special projects
    · Spotlight on Me/All About Me
    · Student Presentations
    · Videos
    · Writing contests
    · Winter Wonderland Walk

    Assessment
    · Assessment through cooperative learning activities
    · Formal – written and oral tests and quizzes
    · Individual assessment
    · Informal – student projects and presentations
    · IOWA Assessment- Grade 2
    · Portfolios
    · Rubrics – writing, projects and presentations
    · Teacher observation
    · Vision and language screening
    · Progress Reports
    · Student self-evaluation
    · Writing

    Subject Integration
    · Present in all areas of the curriculum
    · Catholic teachings and social values are integrated into all subject areas
    · Subjects are integrated into themes and benchmark goals
    · Writing across the curriculum integrated into all subject areas

    Educational Approaches
    · Auditory
    · Cooperative groups
    · Hydroponics
    · Kinesthetic
    · Learning centers
    · Lecture
    · Research reports
    · Role playing
    · Student presentations
    · Videos
    · Visual
    · Whole groups

    Programs That Promote Spirituality, Service, Social Justice and Moral/Ethical Issues
    · Christmas Carols to Seniors
    · Class liturgies
    · Contemplative guided prayer
    · First Communion preparation
    · First Friday Rosary
    · First Reconciliation preparation
    · Grace before and after meals
    · Missionary Childhood Association
    · Morning and afternoon prayer
    · Rosary take-home kit
    · Sacramental take-home kit
    · Saint Parade
    · Seder Meal
    · Stations of the Cross

    Educational Programs for Grades 3-5

    Curriculum Model
    · Diocese of St. Petersburg Standards and Benchmarks
    · Florida Sunshine State Standards
    · 6 Traits of Writing
    · “Growing in Love” – Family Life program (Harcourt Publishers)

    Enrichment
    · After school tutoring
    · Arts and Music Night
    · Integration of Social Issues and Current Events
    · Assessment through cooperative learning activities
    · Competitions
    · Computer research
    · Curriculum based projects
    · Enterprise Village (5)
    · Field Day
    · Field trips
    · Guest speakers
    · Individual and small group learning projects
    · Informal-student projects and daily work
    · Integration of Social Issues and Current Events
    · Internet research
    · Math Day at CCC (4th Grade)
    · Math manipulatives
    · Peer evaluation
    · Student Presentations
    · Science experiments and labs
    · Sports (5th Grade)
    · Student self-evaluation
    · Videos
    · Winter Wonderland Walk
    · Writing Across the curriculum

    Assessments
    · Assessment through cooperative learning activities
    · ACRE (Assessment for Catechists/Religious Education)Test-religion (Grade 5)
    · Formal- written and oral tests and quizzes
    · Informal-student projects and daily work
    · IOWA Assessment
    · Peer evaluation
    · Progress Reports
    · Student self-evaluation
    · Writing

    Subject Integration
    · Application of subject area knowledge as it relates to social issues and current events
    · Catholic teachings and social values are integrated into all subject areas
    · Liturgy themes integrate with social issues and current events
    · Writing Across the curriculum

    Educational Approaches
    · After school tutoring
    · Competitions
    · Computer practice, application and research
    · Everyday calendar math
    · Group discussion
    · Individual and small group learning projects
    · Lectures in large group classroom activities in all subject areas
    · Presentations
    · Projects
    · Reports
    · Science labs
    · Videos

    Programs That Promote Spirituality, Service, Social Justice, and Moral/Ethical Issues
    · Afternoon prayer
    · Class Masses
    · First Friday Rosary
    · Guest speakers
    · Missionary Childhood Association
    · Monthly class Mass
    · Morning and afternoon prayer
    · Prayer services
    · Reconciliation
    · Stations of the Cross
    · Weekly Lectionary

    Educational Programs for Grades 6-8

    Curriculum Model
    · “Growing in Love” – Family Life program (Harcourt Publishers
    · Diocese of St. Petersburg Standards and Benchmarks
    · Florida Sunshine State Benchmarks
    · 6 Traits of Writing

    Enrichment
    · After School Tutoring
    · Anthology of Writing (8)
    · Talent Showcase (8)
    · BETA Club (8)
    · Career Day
    · CCC Academic Bowl (7&8)
    · Celebration of Learning
    · Dances
    · Duke Talent Search
    · Field Day
    · Field trips
    · Finance Park (8)
    · Elementary Buddies (7&8)
    · Geography Bee
    · Guest speakers
    · Guidance
    · Health
    · Interdisciplinary projects
    · Internet research
    · Media Instruction
    · Morning TV broadcasts
    · Political elections
    · School Science Fair
    · Service oriented projects
    · Sports Program
    · STEAM
    · Student Council
    · Videos
    · Winter Wonderland Walk

    Assessments
    · ACRE (Assessment for Catechists/Religious Education)Test-religion (Grade 8)
    · Formal-tests, quizzes/homework/class work/projects
    · Integrated curriculum
    · IOWA Assessment
    · Portfolio assessment
    · Probationary reports
    · Progress reports
    · Projects/activities require cross-curricular skills
    · Science laboratory experiments i.e. Dissections
    · Student presentations
    · Subject integration
    · Teacher observation
    · Virtual interactive labs
    · Writing in all subjects

    Educational Approaches
    · After school tutoring
    · Competitions
    · Formal-tests, quizzes/homework/class work/projects
    · Games
    · Group discussion
    · Heterogeneous groupings in math and science
    · Individual/group projects
    · Large and small group instruction
    · Lecture
    · Media/internet
    · Portfolio assessment
    · Projects
    · Special needs students (Gr 8) not required to take Spanish
    · Student presentations
    · Videos

    Programs that promote spirituality, service, social justice, and moral/ethical issues
    · Afternoon prayer
    · Altar Servers
    · Christmas Drive
    · Current families in crisis due to health
    · First Friday Rosary
    · Grace before and after meal
    · Kimberly House, Clearwater
    · Lenten and Advent services
    · Missionary Childhood Association
    · Morning and afternoon prayer
    · Monthly liturgy
    · Reconciliation
    · Retreats
    · St. Ignatius of Antioch Food Pantry
    · Stations of the Cross
    · Thanksgiving Food Drive