St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School
1501 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754
(323) 261-6583info@stampkschool.org

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Academics

 

TK/Kinder

The TK/Kinder program provides students with an opportunity to learn basic academic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. In addition, students develop social skills through creative activities, learning centers, art projects, Spanish, and music. Our little ones also work to understand the Catholic faith, sacraments, saints, and different prayers.

First Grade

In First grade, students refine their reading skills through rhymes, pattern stories, and beginners' non-fiction books. By the end of the year, most of the children will be reading grade-level chapter books. In math, students begin to grasp more abstract mathematical concepts. They are introduced to time, money, and the meaning of numbers greater than those they can count. They will also begin to do simple addition and subtraction and learn basic geometric shapes. In science, they are introduced to things in the natural world and they learn how all living things are made up of smaller parts. In social studies, students learn about the world, family, school, and neighborhood. In religion, students learn the foundations of the Catholic faith, the seven sacraments, the holy trinity, different saints, and how to pray.

Second Grade

In Second grade students focus on overall strengthening of skills in language arts, math, social studies, science, and religion. In religion, students become more familiar with biblical stories and the work of Jesus. In language arts, students focus on word recognition, fluency, understanding of narrative and informational text, and written and oral communication skills. In math, students work on place value, mental math, money, addition and subtraction,  geometry and graphs. In science, students study life cycles, plants and animals, and electricity. In social studies, students explore the lives of people who make a difference and the growing world around them.

Third Grade

In Third Grade religion students learn about Christian life, the Old and New Testament, the Seven Sacraments, Liturgical Seasons and Feasts, and service. In language arts, students  read grade level fiction and nonfiction independently and focus on comprehension.  Their writing skills are more refined and they can write in paragraphs, with proper grammar and punctuations. In math, students start solving problems with bigger whole numbers, decimal numbers, fractions and monetary problems. In science, students focus how objects can be observed and measured, on how energy and matter have multiple forms, on the physical structure or behavior may improve an organism’s chance of survival, on how the sky moves in regular and predictable patterns and finally investigation and experimentation, and on asking meaningful and conducting careful investigations. Social studies involves getting students familiar with physical and cultural landscape of California, including the study of American Indians, the subsequent arrival of immigrants and the impact they have had in forming the character of our contemporary society.

Fourth Grade

Fourth grade is an important year where students will develop a stronger academic foundation. They will analyze and make connections to what they read and they will learn in all areas of curriculum. They will further develop, organize, and support evidence in their writing. They will focus on the study of California history. They will build on their computational skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, measurement, and problem solving. They will develop their faith and see Jesus as the example of Christian life. They will learn about the earth, space, life of animals, electricity and magnetism, and motion and sound through experimentation and research.

Fifth Grade

In Fifth grade students will cover math common core standards that include numbers/operations with base ten and fractions, operations, and algebraic thinking. For science, students will explore core concepts such as matter, which will form the foundation for other topics such as energy, gravity, and the Earth's systems. In religion, they will learn about the seven sacraments through scripture readings and social justice. In history, students study early America using different historical lenses. They research a state and work on many other projects throughout the year. Students also work on a variety of writing pieces with guided support, including narrative, opinion, informative, and creative pieces.

Sixth Grade

In the Sixth grade, students explore the beginning of human society with an in-depth look at early civilizations. Students are introduced to the Bible by studying the Old Testament and its connection to our current social needs. Sixth grade students are provided with a variety of opportunities to write narrative, argumentative, informative, and creative pieces. We continue to apply close reading and analytical skills in order to read, discuss, and write about different genres of literature. In math, students will cover math common core standards that include ratios, the number system, geometry, statistics, expressions, equations, and algebraic thinking. In science, students explore core concepts such as molecules that develop into organisms with different processes, and the concept of genetic inheritance.

Seventh Grade

In 7th grade life science, students will research all forms of life. They will explore and investigate how some simple, individual organisms work together to become stronger and more effective. They will study cells, organs, and how organisms affect their environment. In pre-algebra, students will explore properties of algebra, learn to graph inequalities and the meaning of rational and irrational numbers. In religion, students will study about their Catholic identity and what it means. In english, students will identify key ideas and details, analyze craft and structure, and integrate knowledge and ideas in literature. They will identify text types and purposes, produce and distribute writing, and research to build and present knowledge. In history, students will identify the social, cultural, and technological  changes that occured in Europe, Africa, and Asia from 500 to 1789 A.D. Students will also study the history and geography of civilizations that were developing throughout the world during the medieval and early modern times.

Eighth Grade

Students in Eighth grade identify key ideas details, analyze craft and structure, and integrate knowledge and ideas in literature. They identify text types and purposes, produce and distribute writing, and research to build and present knowledge. In history, students study the ideas, issues and events from the framing of the Constitution up to World War 1, with an emphasis on America's role in the war. They identify the challenges facing the new nation, with an emphasis on the causes, course and consequences of the Civil War. Students also study the Catholic faith with an emphasis on scripture, Christian life, sacraments, worship, morality, social justice, and Christian faith and practice. In algebra, students will develop a deeper understanding of numbers and their properties. Students will analyze data, graph slopes, and learn to find slope and equations of lines in different ways. In physical science, 8th graders will explore motion, forces, types of energy and how they affect each other.