Learning Today, Preparing for Tomorrow

At Faithful Shepherd Catholic School, teachers use the Professional Learning Communities model of “I Can” statements that is based on children’s proven abilities, not just test scores, to meet the needs of all learners regardless of where they are in their own learning journey. Our principal is regularly asked to speak on the topic at regional educational conferences. This innovative educational model, combined with small class sizes, helps every student reach their full potential.

Every grade level participates in a fully integrated curriculum that includes core subjects and specialist classes. Core subjects are taught daily, while specialist classes are taught one to two times a week via a rotating schedule.

Language Arts
Students develop language skills through a rich assortment of interactive experiences in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
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Mathematics
Students develop the large set of mathematical skills required to function effectively and efficiently in today’s fast-paced, integrated and global society.
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Religion
FSCS teaches the Archdiocesan mission of making Jesus Christ known and loved in our time by choosing to live out the Gospel in every moment. Students attend weekly Mass and participate in school-wide service projects designed to reach local, national and global needs.
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Social Studies
Through a study of history, geography, economics, civics and current events, students discover and develop their roles as individuals within their families as well as their local, national and global communities.
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Science
Students develop critical thinking, decision-making and problem solving skills in inquiry-based, hands-on activities.
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Spanish (Grades 6-8)
Starting in Kindergarten, students are introduced to conversational Spanish language skills, Hispanic cultural awareness, and are encouraged to make connections and comparisons between world cultures.
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Music
Through active musical learning, students study the history, experiences and contributions of cultures throughout the world, develop criteria for evaluating creative works and learn to appreciate the role of the arts in their daily lives. Band lessons are offered during the day for students who choose to participate.
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Physical Education
Students build self-confidence and self-esteem through a variety of activities that promote lifelong physical fitness and help to build psychomotor, cognitive, and social skills.
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Spanish (Grades K-5)
Starting in Kindergarten, students are introduced to conversational Spanish language skills, Hispanic cultural awareness, and are encouraged to make connections and comparisons between world cultures.
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Technology
Students participate and engage in learning activities that foster 21st century technology skills based on ISTE standards.
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Visual Arts
Students express themselves creatively through a variety of media, learn to appreciate the characteristics and merits of art and gain an understanding of visual arts in relation to culture and history.
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At Faithful Shepherd, we know that children learn at all different levels. For students K – 8, we offer a customized enrichment curriculum for students who perform at an advanced rate.  The program is led by a team of teachers who work to ensure that students are challenged to work with increased depth, rigor and pacing with the “I Can” statements. Each year, the staff revisits targets by subject, guided by national and statewide policies. Enrichment opportunities include:

K-3 Enrichment

  • Level 2 pull out groups are designed for students who excel in Reading and/or Math.
  • Pretests on both Math and Reading I Can targets allow for the flexible grouping of students. Students may be in either or both groups; the entire year or portions of the year depending on the assessment and I Can target.
  • Students are pulled out once or twice a week.

Grades 4 – 5

  • Level 3 pull out groups continue on an advanced learning track at a more rigorous level than previous years.
  • Students are enrolled for the entire year and selected based on recommendations from teachers, national test scores scores, and current reading and math grade levels.
  • Students are pulled out 5 days a week, attending these classes in lieu of their normal classroom curriculums.

Grades 6 – 8

  • Students are placed in advanced ELA and/or Advanced Math level courses, which are part of their standard curriculum.

Students are enrolled for the entire year and selected based on recommendations from teachers, national test scores and current reading and math grade levels.

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Often times, students need additional help in specific subject areas, organizationally, or need more time to master the skills needed for success. For this reason, FSCS employs a Learning Specialist to work with qualifying students directly on campus.  Services are tailored to each student or group of students based on their unique and individual learning needs.  In Middle School, a Learning Lab class for qualifying students allows them to not only work on content area material in a smaller setting, but also to learn and practice organizational tools that they will need in the high school setting. The staff also holds a Learning Lab available to all students who need extra help with their schoolwork.

With so many demands on working families today, we recognize that parents need all the support they can get. FSCS hosts an on-site After School Care program provided by the YMCA. This program provides a secure and engaging environment for children to learn and grow through a variety of activities that support their daily school curriculum. Extended-day services are available from 2:30-6:00pm.

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