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 2020.
Little Lightning Pre-K turns 10!
We are proud to offer the Little Lightning Pre-K program. Lightning is our school spirit and athletic mascot, and we affectionately refer to our youngest students as the “Little Lightning” Pre-K. Our warm and energetic atmosphere fosters a love of learning while providing a high quality developmentally appropriate curriculum of Kindergarten readiness activities. Our Pre-K Director is supported by a site supervisor/teacher, a teacher and an instructional aide who work together to support 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.
The curriculum meets the 10 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.
Little Lightning Pre-K Class Options
The Little Lightning Pre-K program is a five day a week program offering a half day or full day class.
Half Day: 8:00am – 12:00pm
Full Day: 8:00am – 3:00pm
Afternoon Care: 3:00pm – 6:00pm
The St. Lucy School Kindergarten program is a comprehensive full-day program, which offers a teacher-student ratio ranging from 1: 12 – 1: 9 throughout the day. Our master kindergarten teacher is supported by 2 instructional aides. Students also benefit from specialty teachers for science, art, music, PE and Spanish. 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. 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.
Children are taught in small groups and centers to practice their reading, writing, and math skills. Social and emotional skills are developed as students interact with their friends in the classroom and on the playground.Kindergarteners have a morning recess and a lunch break, which includes time to eat, play and rest. Connections are made across grade levels through the Buddy Program and the Family Groups program. Field trips, hands on activities 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.
Our Kindergarten teacher brings a wealth of experience into the classroom with over 30 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.
Elementary School (Grades 1-5)
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, 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.
Jr. High School (Grades 6-8)
Junior high is a time of increased responsibility and self-awareness. The Jr. High teachers provide a rich program designed to motivate, challenge, and develop the older students as they step from elementary to middle school, and then transition from 8th grade to high school.
In preparation for high school and college career readiness, students learn and practice organizational skills, leadership skills, time management, presentation, writing, research and critical thinking skills throughout the curriculum. 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. SchoolSpeak online access to grades is available to parents and students in grades 6-8.
Jr. High School Advisory, Electives, and Family Group Leadership
Emotional, moral, social, and intellectual development is fundamental to the healthy growth of Jr. High 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. Each Family Groups is led by an 8th grader and consists 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 is on pause during Covid-19. When it returns, the elective classes will be 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. Recent elective choices have included classes such as: