Elementary Classroom

Elementary School Grades PK - 5

At St Francis Xavier Catholic School students participate in a challenging preparatory curriculum, with ample opportunities for individual attention and personal growth. Instructional programs and strategies are designed to provide all students with a solid foundation in Catholic Church teachings, and in grade level skills in the core academic subjects of math, science, language arts, and social studies.  These include: analyzing, writing, memorizing, performing, summarizing, sequencing, interpreting, and critical thinking.


In language arts, students progress from basic writing skills to full expression, from the ability to read to a love of reading. They receive continuing instruction in grammar, spelling, capitalization and punctuation and are also exposed to increasingly challenging literature in a full range of writing styles, topics and cultures.

 

In math, students develop number sense beginning with an emphasis on basic math facts. Manipulatives are used in mathematics to facilitate concept development and logistical reasoning, and to apply mathematics to problem solving.


Specialized instructors in art,  music and physical education supplement instruction by classroom teachers.  Students in grades 1 - 5 also participate in our STEAM program.

We carefully monitor student's progress through regular curriculum-based assessments to ensure the needs of each individual learner are met and are provided support and intervention or more challenging work when needed.

St Francis Xavier Catholic School meets the requirements of the National Catholic Education Association and follows the Diocese of Salt Lake City curriculum guidelines in compliance with the State of Utah core curriculum.  Our school is accredited by the Western Catholic Education Association (WCEA), and the State of Utah. 

Kindergarten
All day class provides a formal literacy and numeracy environment. Developmentally appropriate activities and instructional time blend social and academic endeavors. Students also have weekly classes in technology, art,  music and physical education.

 

Grades 1 - 2
A phonics approach to reading enhanced with literature, centers and activities that integrate reading, writing, math, science, social studies and religion.  Children are presented and challenged with research and presentation opportunities to expand learning.  Students also have weekly classes in technology, art, music and physical education. 

Grades 3 - 5
Students learn core academic subjects of language arts, math, science, social studies and religion through collaboration, individual work, small group work and whole class projects. Curriculum is designed to support students in their academic growth toward abstract learning.  Beginning in the 6th grade, students have the opportunity to test into our Advanced Math Program. Students also have weekly classes in technology, art, music and physical education.