Academics

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The curriculum at St. Ignatius School is rigorous, engaging and standards-based. Central to the program is the development of the whole child; cura personalis. Our promise is to inspire, empower and support each student as a unique individual so that they may attain their educational and personal goals.

To educate young men and women for and with others.

St. Ignatius School’s philosophy is based on the Jesuit idea of cura personalis– the care for the whole person – academic, social, physical, spiritual and emotional development.  Our middle school program (grades six through eight) is designed to prepare all SIS students for high school and college and to facilitate the necessary and ongoing communication between home and school.

The academic program addresses the needs, interests and abilities of developing adolescents and emphasizes mastery of skills and understanding in reading, writing, mathematics, science, religion and study/test prep. Teacher lesson plans and curriculum are aligned with New York State’s Common Core Standards for English, Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science. Teachers continually coordinate learning activities, follow an interdisciplinary approach where appropriate, and help students understand the connections core subjects have with one another.

English Language Arts

Language Arts skills are central to the interdisciplinary approach at SIS. Our rigorous academic curriculum is aligned with New York State’s Common Core Standards. Incorporated into every lesson is a blending of focus standards in the areas of reading, writing, listening, speaking and the proper use of technology. Three basic components are incorporated into St. Ignatius’ ELA program. The first includes the core literature selections. This refers to the required reading mandated at each grade level. Preselected core literature provides consistency at each respective grade level. To become high school and college prepared, students are required to read and comprehend a range of literary and informational texts independently and with proficiency. In addition, students select outside reading from the school library based on their personal independent reading level. Selections made are based on personal choice and provide greater freedom of pace. A daily library period is scheduled for all students for silent reading, test prep and conferencing with teachers. A third component includes summer reading requirements. At the end of each academic year, summer reading lists are distributed. Students are assigned two required books and one free choice.

Writing

The writing process is an integral part of the ELA program. Students are explicitly taught through direct instruction how to pre-write, outline draft, revise and edit. Assignments are structured to align with the Common Core writing standards. Use and conventions of Standard English are incorporated into all writing assignments. Throughout the year students compose:

  • narrative pieces
  • expository pieces
  • persuasive essays
  • on demand writing
  • responses to grade level short stories
  • writing a friendly letter and business letter
Mathematics

The grade level course outlines and syllabuses in the SIS Math Department reflect New York State’s Common Core Standards Initiative. The standards highlight “varieties of expertise that mathematics educations at all levels should seek to develop in their students”. Mathematical practices at each grade level include:

  • Making sense of problems and persevere in solving them
  • Reasoning abstractly and quantitatively
  • Constructing viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others
  • Modeling with mathematics
  • Using appropriate tools strategically
  • Attending to precision
  • Looking for and making use of structure
  • Looking for and expressing regularity in repeated reasoning
Social Studies

The primary purpose of the Social Studies curriculum at SIS is to help our students develop the ability to make informed decisions as an American citizen living in a culturally diverse democracy. The curriculum includes in-depth study in the following disciplines throughout middle school: anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion/belief systems and sociology.

Science

The focus of the science curriculum at SIS is designed to help students to develop scientific literacy and to question, predict and think “like a scientist”. In addition to classroom instruction, students conduct lab experiments

Religion

In 6th grade students encounter the mystery of God through His involvement with people in history. They study how God reveals himself in the Old and New Testament. In 7th grade students look closely at the Gospels and study the Sacraments as expressions of their reciprocal relationship with Jesus. 8th grade students explore how the choices they make affect the relationship with one another and within communities. They study Church history and learn lessons of leadership and social responsibility. Students learn different ways to pray as part of the Catholic community and as individuals who give expression to their own hearts.

Music Program

Rooted in the Jesuit Education tradition of cura personalis ‘care of the whole person’, our aim is to continue to grow a music program of excellence. We strive to ensure our students achieve proficiency through the study of theory, active participation in music making experiences and opportunities for performance/practice with professionals, developing their full potentials as consummate musicians.

Extracurricular Activities

Extracurricular activities are offered daily during the after-school program. Class selections include:

  • Anime Club
  • Book Club
  • Campus Ministry
  • Digital Photography
  • Film Club
  • Fitness Club
  • International Club
  • Liturgy Leadership Club
  • Math Club
  • Newspaper Club
  • Photography Club
  • Rugby
  • Service Learning Club
  • Storefront
  • Violin

We invite you to visit the school to read our 2015 – 2016 Program of Studies for a deeper understanding of the curriculum at each grade level. We also invite you to preview a sample lesson plan format aligning to the CCSS. Additionally, portfolio access in specific content areas can be arranged by contacting Rich Darrell, (718) 861-9084 ext. 101, or rdarrell@sis-nativity.org.

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