At St. Lucy School, faculty and staff provide a challenging, comprehensive and values based curriculum. Students are guided to develop an appreciation and joy for learning each day. Technology is integrated into daily instruction, and teachers collaborate on cross-curricular projects and skills instruction. Our top-notch, innovative curriculum earned us the maximum 6-year term of accreditation by the Western Catholic Education Association in June 2014.
Pre-K: Extending hours from 7:30 am – 6pm in fall 2020!
We are proud to offer the Little Lightning Pre-K program. Our warm and energetic atmosphere fosters a love of learning while providing a high quality developmentally appropriate curriculum of Kindergarten readiness activities. Two teachers and one instructional aide staff the program for a maximum of 22 students. St. Lucy Pre-K focuses on the whole child, addressing all aspects of child development: social, emotional, physical, language and cognitive.
Half Day: 8am* – noon
Full Day: 8am* – 3pm
Extended Day: 3pm – 5pm*
*NOTE: Hours extending from 7:30am – 6pm starting fall 2020!)
The curriculum meets the ten program standards as outlined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The core curriculum includes language arts, math, science and creative arts. Students are engaged in thematic hands-on learning projects which incorporate music and movement activities. They are encouraged to be responsible, experiment and problem solve as they work with others in small and large group activities. We also maintain a full license from the state of California to ensure the highest safety and environmental standards to foster early childhood development for each student.
St. Lucy School Kindergarten is a comprehensive full-day program, which offers a teacher-student ratio ranging from 1: 9 – 1: 6 throughout the day. In addition to core academics, our program includes separate instructors for computers, physical education, music, Spanish, and art. The comprehensive program includes reading readiness, math foundations and number sense, Spanish, social development, religion, music, computers, library time, science, social studies, and physical education. The Kindergarten teacher brings a wealth of experience into the classroom with over 28 years of teaching at St. Lucy School, and an alumni parent herself. As the Vice Principal for the Primary Grades, she is also an integral part of the school administration. Kindergartners are buddied up with fourth grade buddies, and participate in family groups with the entire school. Field trips and guest speakers round out the curriculum, and include the beloved Thanksgiving Feast and a trip to the Pumpkin Patch, and regular visitors from our community. Parent volunteerism is encouraged, and many opportunities are provided throughout the day.
Elementary 1st – 5th grades:
A challenging academic and developmental program is offered to ensure the success of our students. Instructional aides augment the teaching staff in these grades, resulting in a 1:18 ratio. In addition to general academics, our program includes separate instructors for science computers, library skills, PE, music, Spanish and art. The second grade religion program prepares Catholic children to celebrate the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. All students participate in Family Groups and our buddy program. A resource teacher is on campus to collaborate with parents and teachers, and support student learning plans in grades K-8. She meets 1:1 with students or in a small group setting.
The Jr. High teachers provide a rich program designed to motivate, challenge, and develop the older students as they step from childhood into their teen years. In preparation for high school, study skills, leadership skills, writing, and critical thinking are emphasized in a safe and supportive environment. Jr. High students are assigned lockers, and move classrooms and instructors throughout the school day in preparation for high school Jr. High teachers collaborate in the scheduling of tests and projects and ensure that the course workload is not overlapping, allowing students ample time to do their best work. During Jr. High level meetings, teachers discuss students’ academic strengths and growth areas. School speak on-line access to grades is available to parents and students in grades 6-8.
Jr. High Advisory, Electives, and Family Group Leadership:
Emotional, moral, social, and intellectual development is fundamental to the healthy growth of Middle School students. Students meet twice a month for Advisory/Collaboration and twice a month for electives. They also meet once a month for Family Groups. Family Groups are led by 8th graders and consist of one student from each grade (K-7). This provides valuable leadership experience for our older family group members. The Jr. High homeroom teacher and two Jr. High faculty advisors coordinate the Advisory/Collaboration period. Students meet to discuss a variety of issues, and development of self-awareness, responsible decision-making, and life skills specific to the grade level. Homeroom teachers choose a discussion topic and students begin advisory with a short film clip which illustrates this discussion topic. After viewing the film, teachers divide their classes into three small groups in order to discuss the topic fully. This provides an important connection for the student who is offered a venue for discussion and problem-solving. It is another way of demonstrating that there is a network of adults led by their homeroom teacher who are interested in each student’s well-being during what can often be a challenging time in life. The Jr. High Elective Program just completed its first year. The electives are led by Jr. High faculty members, and are designed to allows for deeper exploration of an area of interest to the students. Students are grouped according to interest. 6th, 7th and 8th graders work together during electives . They choose one elective each trimester from the following: