Lower school – providence academy gsa 2016 pay scale

In the Lower School at Providence Academy, our goal is to provide students with an outstanding elementary education in order to set a firm foundation for learning. A content-rich elementary curriculum in the hands of professional educators of the highest caliber, enlivened by the faith and values of a Catholic school are the keys to our students’ success.

Providence elementary students learn and grow in an atmosphere that is structured to be calm, yet filled with exciting learning opportunities. Class sizes are small. Children feel nurtured and valued by their teachers. This environment creates a sense of security in which children thrive and in which serious discipline issues are few.

The Lower School utilizes the outline provided by the Core Knowledge Sequence. This method, in which various areas of study are integrated, is at the heart of the Providence elementary curriculum. Our dedicated and experienced teachers work in teams to design creative lessons that tap their young students’ natural curiosity and desire to learn.

Afternoon Extended Day programs and after-school clubs and activities offer the same excellent academic quality and focus on faith found in our school-day curriculum. Extended day staff members provide a safe and fun place for students to complete homework assignments and to spend relaxing time with friends after school. Click here to learn more.

As a Catholic school, faith is at the heart of all that we do and all that we teach. Our elementary educators are dedicated to supporting the work of parents, who are the primary teachers of their children. Along with parents, we work to instill a love of God and of learning, along with habits of virtue that will help our elementary students meet the challenges of education and of life beyond the school’s walls.

Our English curriculum builds strong foundational skills in reading and in writing in order to prepare students to read great works of literature with critical understanding, to recognize truth and beauty in written text, and to participate in analytical discussions verbally and in writing. Our elementary students develop skills in researching a topic and in written and oral presentation.

Lower School students learn to read in the early grades through an intensive phonics program that hones skills in decoding and spelling and that promotes rapid progress in reading fluency. Students learn how to critically analyze what they read, searching for cause and effect in stories, connecting and comparing texts, and determining the author’s perspective.

Lower School students read, analyze, discuss, and write about classic works of children’s literature and other great texts and stories. Nursery rhymes, fairy tales, and traditional children’s stories are featured in Kindergarten and First Grade classrooms. Our students become familiar with Greek, Roman, and Norse mythology and classic children’s literature. Many of the texts are studied in conjunction with related topics being presented in other areas of the curriculum, such as History and Science.

From rough draft through revision and production of a final document, all phases of writing are learned by students. The study of Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, and classic literary works contribute to the students’ mastery of the writing process.