Curriculum/Academic Design

ACADEMIC CURRICULUM

St. Ignatius Catholic School offers our students a rigorous and diverse curriculum that includes:

Core Curriculum

  • Religion
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies

Enrichment Programs

  • Computer Science
  • Music
  • Art
  • Physical Education & Health
  • Foreign Language

In the Ignatian tradition, we treasure the individuality of each child, and we are committed to addressing the academic challenges and strengths of each student. We believe in curriculum differentiation at all grade levels, and our math and reading programs are highly individualized. 

We are committed to:

Learning:

  • Individualized
  • Combination of traditional and blended learning
  • Collaborative and project-based learning

Balanced Use of Technology:

  • Use of modern technology to enhance but never replace traditional education
  • Devices K-3
  • Chromebooks 4-8
 

Frequent Communication and Evaluation:

  • SIS (online grading)
  • MAP testing
  • Frequent communication with and feedback from teachers
 

In keeping with our Christian values, we strive to make St. Ignatius Catholic School accessible to every student that wishes to attend. While we recognize that we cannot meet all the needs of every child, and we are unable to offer the full extent of services provided by public institutions, we are committed to working with our families to provide as much accommodation to our students with needs as reasonably possible. With the collaboration of school counselor, principal, teachers and the family, we will make a working service plan to provide as many services as we can for students who need additional accommodations, and we will collaborate with families about additional resources for those services that we are unable to provide.

 


SERVICE/SOCIAL JUSTICE CURRICULUM

Our school-wide service expectations empower our students to make a sincere difference in the lives of others. We teach students to appreciate the God-given dignity of all people and to see service as privilege rather than an obligation. Our hope is that each student graduates with a sense of compassion for others, an appreciation for justice, and an innate desire to serve and lead. Each students participates in individual service projects, in addition to class and school-wide service projects. In addition, students study age appropriate issues of social justice and participate in an annual Social Justice Fair.

 


FAITH CURRICULUM

Our religious classes are designed to foster a deep understanding of Catholic doctrine, however students of all faiths are warmly welcomed and encouraged to share the insights and traditions of their own faith.  In addition to religious education, our students participate in sacrament preparation and grade level retreats. At St. Ignatius, we worship as a community of faith, sharing in daily prayer, student led weekly Mass and other seasonal devotional activities.

Our faith curriculum is:

Rooted in the Catholic traditions offering

  • Weekly school Mass
  • Seasonal Traditions: Advent, Lent, Easter, Christmas & Marian celebrations
  • Retreats
  • Sacrament prep at 2nd grade
  • Daily religion class
  • Faith infused into all subjects
  • Daily prayer and reflection
  • School-wide and personal opportunities for service
  • Emphasis on Social Justice
  • Part of the Diocese of Boise and Treasure Valley Catholic Schools
  • Development of the whole person

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And.....Modeled In the Jesuit Tradition of Education

  • Focus on the Examen - reflection!
  • Finding God in All Things
  • Teaching thinking as global citizens
  • Cura Personalis
  • Seeking the Magis
  • Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

 

ACADEMIC DESIGN

The core pillars of St. Ignatius’ academic model are five inter-related, innovative approaches that complement one-another and combine to create an individualized, rigorous learning environment where every student is supported to grow and succeed across academic subjects. 

The five pillars are:

  1. Inquiry-based learning in trimester-arcs for science/STEAM instruction, and infused across the curriculum;
  2. Station rotation blended learning in math and English language arts;
  3. Piloting multi-age classrooms with ability grouping, where two grade levels are combined per classroom and students spend two years with each teacher, to be phased-in over time;
  4. Individualized Learning Plans and student-led conferences including multi-year and trimester academic and non-academic goals and progress metrics across grade levels; and
  5. Flexible learning spaces which easily enable cross-class collaboration in addition to students’ ability to care for their bodies at the same time as their minds.

Four of these five pillars will be fully implemented in St. Ignatius’ first year, while multi-age classrooms will begin as a pilot program. While this is an ambitious approach with many elements that may be new to students, teachers and families, the leadership team at St. Ignatius is fully committed to investing the time, effort, and support necessary to clearly communicate and implement each pillar. The approaches mutually support and complement one another, all contributing to a personalized learning environment in which every student across the spectrum of gifts, skills, abilities, and preferences is supported to reach his or her full potential, in the classroom and beyond.