Corpus Christi School
The academic purpose of Corpus Christi School is to provide students with basic skills and knowledge that will foster problem solving in both academic situations and the challenges of life. Our primary concern as a school community is to instill in our students an acceptance of themselves and their responsibility in the learning process. Our hope is to train the mind, heart, body, and spirit of each child so that he/she may become a productive member of the community.
Children learn in a happy, fun way by means of small and large group instruction regarding Language, Math, Arts and Crafts, Readiness skills in Science and Nature, Fine Motor Development, Practical Life, Self Help, Housekeeping, Sensorial skills, Story time, Music, Community/Social Studies, Manipulative, Outdoor Playground/Indoor Physical Education, Creative Movement/Games.
By the end of Kindergarten or sooner, our children are able to read.
Teachers provide motivating opportunities. Lessons are developed thematically, and activities are often child initiated. Teachers continually assess learning and growth. Our curriculum is further enhanced by our religious instruction. Empathy and compassion, skills desperately needed in today's world, are stressed
The primary grades study the miracles of Jesus, the Church, Mary, and the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation and the Eucharist. The children learn about the Holy Days of obligation and religious holidays. Catholic second graders are prepared to receive their First Penance and First Communion.
The curriculum continues with the study of the Liturgy, Scripture, the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes. A deeper understanding of the basics is developed.
A systematic study of the Bible begins in junior high. The students study the Old and New Testaments with special emphasis on the gospels and the life of Jesus. Students are introduced to Church history, and many issues of morality are discussed. Confirmation is received in grade 8 after a thorough preparation which includes participation in a service program throughout the year.
The language arts curriculum teaches reading with a phonics approach. Language skills are explored through the reading series, journal and creative writing.
The curriculum includes reading, phonics, listening skills, and grammar with special emphasis on writing skills. The program is enhanced by oral presentations, plays and projects.
The program combines reading and writing skills with a strong grammar component. Students write in response to listening and reading selections and keep a comprehensive portfolio of their work. Editing and revision is emphasized even on the computer. Students read classic novels and attend plays outside of class.
Neighborhoods, communities, countries (with a focus on the United States ) and continents are studied. Land and water formations are introduced. Students learn how their families are unique and special. American history is studied through holidays, American symbols and biographies of special Americans.
The curriculum is comprised of communities past and present, New York state geography and history, American history including Native Americans, explorers, the colonies, the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, the Constitution and the westward movement.
Our 6th grade studies the history, life, geography and culture of the Ancient World through the Middles Ages. The focus of the 7 th grade starts from the end of the Middle Ages, through the discovery of America and onto the history of the U.S. until the Civil War; the 8th grade starts with the Civil War and continues through Modern times. Students are active participants in both individual and group projects throughout the year. Current events are addressed appropriately. The curriculum for all classes is enhanced through discussions, research reports, field trips, videos, role-playing, skits, time-lines and oral presentations. Understanding of maps, charts, and graphs is stressed. Our fifth grade classes prepare for the New York State Social Studies Test. Emphasis is placed on writing essay answers to document based questions.
Our primary grades' curriculum includes addition, subtraction, measurement, fractions, time, money, problem solving, numeration, mental math, estimation, percent, probability, geometry, and fact families. Varieties of concepts are introduced and explained using a hands-on approach.
Building on previous learning, student's study probability, fractions, perimeter, area, and volume, decimals, graphing, statistics, and solving word problems using various strategies. Emphasis is placed on reasoning and explanation of answers, and problem solving.
Students continue their exploration of basic operations, whole numbers, fractions, decimals, integers, algebra, and geometry. Estimation, probability and consumer math is also stressed. Applications of these concepts are taught through critical thinking and word problems. Students are prepared and familiarized with the format and concepts of different types of standardized testing.
Students who meet the Archdiocesan guidelines for advanced placement are given the opportunity to complete the curriculum at an accelerated pace. The culmination of this program is the completion of two semesters of grade 9 math in preparation for the Math A assessment.
The curriculum introduces children to the world around them, including senses, matter, weather, animals, sound, space, measurement, plants, moon, and magnets. Children work on various projects and do experiments.
Units in scientific method, plants, animals, matter, magnetism, electricity and rocks are studied. Demonstrations and student-performed experiments are done. Students work in partners and alone. Experiment write-ups are completed for each experiment.
The curriculum includes animal classification, matter and its changes, weather and climate patterns, the human body systems, stars in the universe, earth's structure and surface changes, and energy. Use is made of experiments, demonstrations, research reports, and videos.
Our junior high science program is comprised of earth, life, and physical science. Focus is on the scientific method with emphasis on drawing conclusions, logical reasoning and evaluating. Concept application is done through various activities including lab experiments, group projects, independent research, and current events.