The goal of our Language Arts program is to help students effectively integrate reading, writing, speaking and listening. The key components of reading (phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension of informational and literacy text) are critical to future learning. Along with spelling and grammar, we prepare students to communicate with confidence and clarity.
Last year, 88% of the graduating class met or exceeded grade level expectations in math and reading. (MCA Testing)
Our academic program is designed to fuel a love for learning. We believe excellence is achieved by setting high standards, providing appropriate instructional methods and monitoring achievement.
Each child who attends St. Therese will be challenged, supported and provided endless opportunities to explore his or her God-given potential. We are proud of our academics, finding most of our graduates achieving success in Honors or AP level class in high school.
At St. Therese we teach Pre-Algebra, Algebra and Geometry in our Middle School. In addition to mastery of the standards and gaining a solid foundation of these gateway subjects, our students acquire vital abstract reasoning and critical thinking skills that are so important in college prep tests, higher education and life. Our students learn to apply math concepts to real life situations, take organized notes and advocate for themselves. Upon graduation our Middle School students emerge with a sound work ethic and earned confidence in themselves and their mathematical abilities.
Core Knowledge represents a first-of-its kind curriculum to identify the foundational knowledge every child needs. This content rich, academically challenging, classical liberal arts curriculum gives students a broader understanding of the world. We utilize this sequence in Literature, History and Geography.
Benefits of Core Knowledge | Students:
• Provides a broad base of knowledge
• Provides the rich vocabulary; needed for reading achievement and academic success.
Benefits of Core Knowledge | Schools:
• Provides a coherent, sequenced learning plan from grade to grade
• Promotes teamwork and an institution-wide focus
• Enables schools to work more effectively while meeting and exceeding state standards.
Our teachers use multiple methods to monitor progress. One way to track growth is through standardized assessments, such as the NWEA-MAP (Northwest Evaluation Association – Measures of Academic Progress). Students are given the MAP each fall and spring to determine instructional levels and to measure academic growth from year to year in the areas of Math, Reading and Language Arts. The data derived from assessments helps inform our instructional decisions.
St. Therese teachers and staff understand that students come to us with different academic needs, and we strive to make our school a place where all children can learn. Teachers make every effort to create lessons plans that address the wide variety of learning styles in their classrooms.
Our highly qualified teaching assistants support teachers and students in a wide variety of ways, including working with small groups or individual students. Individual Student Plans are written to support students with diagnosed learning challenges. If the need for detailed academic testing arises, St. Therese School works in conjunction with the Minnetonka school district and a licensed school psychologist to determine the best course of action.