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Academic Excellence Rooted in Catholic Values

920 Trapelo Road | Waltham MA 02452 | tel: 781-899-0353 | fax: 781-891-8734

Curriculum & Enrichment

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A Values-Based, Innovative Curriculum 

Our curriculum focuses on the development of the whole child, emotionally, socially, cognitively, physically and spiritually. Education is geared to the specific learning needs of each student.

We use technology as a tool where appropriate, including SMART boards and iPads. The Middle School (grades 6-8) utilizes Google Classroom for assignments, as well as several online textbooks.

We use the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) assessment program 3 times per year, which provides our classroom teachers with information about each student's instructional level. The results of these assessments guide the teachers in selecting the appropriate teaching material for each child, to help ensure that all students are receiving targeted instruction for their level. In most instances, students are reading above grade level and many are also placed in our Advanced Math program. 

Our curriculum includes:

  • Language Arts, including leveled Guided Reading program
  • Mathematics, including the Advanced Math option beginning in 4th grade
  • Science, including lab work in our new science lab (new 2016-2017)
  • Additional weekly STEM work and projects with a STEM specialist
  • Greek & Latin Roots (grades 6-8) 
  • Social Studies, including History and Geography
  • Computer Science
  • Religion
  • Choice of Spanish or Italian (all grades, PreK-8)
  • Art
  • Music
  • Physical Education

 

An Up-to-Date Environment

The curriculum is presented in a cheerful, modern, updated environment in order to enable teachers and students to perform at their best. Our nurturing atmosphere allows even our littlest students to feel welcome and safe. Our two recent building projects (2015 & 2016) have restructured and enlarged our entrance and administrative area, added classrooms, added teacher prep areas, and designed an Innovation Lab to fuel student-led projects. Beyond this, we offer:

  • Full- or half-day PreK including academic curriculum & Spanish/Italian
  • Full-day Kindergarten
  • Grade 6-8 coursework utilizing Middle School format, with specialist teachers
  • Advanced Math (grades 4-8)
  • SMART technology in all classrooms
  • iPads
  • Innovation Lab with (2) 3D Printers (new 2017)
  • Science lab (new 2016-2017)
  • Art room, Library, cafeteria, and gymnasium
  • Student Instructional Leadership Teams
  • Flexible class groupings
  • WeatherBug Meteorology Program
  • Special Education instructor
  • Hot lunch program
  • Daily prayer
  • Monthly and seasonal liturgies and activities
  • Community service led by teachers and staff
  • Continuous hands-on professional development for teachers
  • Onsite After School program
  • Extracurricular options in music, sports, Scouting, STEM, programming, and more
  • Student Council
  • Student Safety Patrol
  • Annual Science & Social Studies Fairs
  • National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) (grades 6-8)
  • Drama Club
  • Secure facility
  • Close-knit family atmosphere that welcomes parent involvement
  • Enthusiastic faculty that loves what they do!

Opportunities for Enrichment

To enhance our curriculum, numerous class trips and in-house visits take advantage of the rich educational opportunities that the greater Boston area has to offer. We appreciate the generosity of the PTO for helping to fund most activities and trips.

The following are some of the enrichment programs that we have offered:

  • Marvelous Marvin: How the Body Works (PreK-8)
  • Curious Creatures: Rainforest Animals (PreK-2)
  • Theatre Works: Through the Eyes of a Friend (the World of Anne Frank) (4-8)
  • Catholic Schools Week activities (PreK-8)
  • Ira the Science Guy: Messy Halloween Science Experiments (PreK-8)
  • Drumlin Farm: Winter Habitats (PreK-2)
  • Theatreworks: The Lewis and Clark Expedition: A Celebration of Teamwork* (K-5)
  • Museum of Science: Dig into Dinosaurs (1-2)
  • Museum of Science: Forces at Work (3-5)
  • Museum of Science: Motion, Speed & Velocity (6-8)
  • Technology/Engineering: Simple Machines (2-3)
  • Technology/Engineering: Pulleys and Gears (4-5)
  • Annual trip to Nature's Classroom (6)
  • Annual trip to NY or Washington DC (8)

Our Lady's Academy is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. 

 
 
 
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