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Curriculum - Santa Maria School provides a curriculum of excellence for Preschool 3 and 4, Kindergarten, and grades 1-8.  The areas of learning are religion, language arts, reading, mathematics, science, social studies, health, physical education, and the fine arts.  All subjects are taught with grade appropriate content and methods.  Instruction is diversified through the use of auditory, visual and problem solving experiences.  Students are encouraged to become self-directed and life long learners.   

              Technology - The technology program has grown dramatically over the past three years at Santa Maria School.  Students in Kindergarten through Second grade have computer class once weekly for twenty minutes.  In that class, the students learn the fundamentals of operating the computer as well as supplement their daily curriculum with the use of several programs.  These programs include various tools to enhance projects such as stamping, painting, the drawing pencil and the spray can.  Our west building networked computer lab with dedicated Internet connectivity is utilized continuously throughout the school week.  Grades 3 through 8 have computer lab time once a week for 45 minutes in which the students learn new or different uses for technology.  In addition, students use the lab for various classroom projects during the week.  We are continuing the integration of technology into the curriculum for all grades.

             Mini-classes - Students in the Seventh and Eighth grades have the opportunity to choose one of six mini-classes to take each quarter.  These classes are designed to offer students a variety of enrichment subjects that would not be encountered during their regular daily curriculum.  Some of the choices are Vocal Performance, Stenciling, Keyboarding, Chess Club, Calligraphy, Basic Italian, and Cooking.  Students end each quarter's mini-class with a project showcasing what they have studied in that class.

Student Academic Performance - Students in grades three, five and seven are give the Terra Nova test of academic achievement.  This is a standardized norm referenced examination given to all schools in the Chicago Archdiocese.  The test is administered annually in March.  Each subject area tested has multiple sub areas.  Complete school scores are available in the school office.  Scores listed:  Average Estimated Number of Correct out of 100.

 GRADE THREE

 

Reading

Language

Math

Science

Social Studies

Santa Maria

81

77

70

79

78

National

72

69

61

70

72

GRADE FIVE

 

Reading

Language

Math

Science

Social Studies

Santa Maria

79

83

69

76

80

National

65

71

58

66

64

  GRADE SEVEN

 

Reading

Language

Math

Science

Social Studies

Santa Maria

83

79

65

64

80

National

66

63

55

57

66

 

Last modified: July 18, 2000