Our core curriculum includes Language Arts, Mathematics, Religion, Science and Social Studies. Textbook-based lessons are augmented with multi-sensory and digital resources.
Reading, Literature, Grammar & Spelling
Grades TK-2 use a comprehensive literacy program called SuperKids. The program's explicit, systematic phonics-based instruction includes stories with engaging characters and follows Common Core Standards. Struggling readers are identified and tested in Kindergarten and 1st grade and referred to our Resource Program for extra help as needed.
Grades 3-5 use Benchmark Advance by Benchmark Education for Language Arts instruction, which encompasses reading, phonics, English grammar, writing and spelling. The integrated approach helps students become logical thinkers, proficient readers, confident speakers, writers and careful listeners. All teachers supplement the textbook with award-winning children's books and a variety of projects to address multiple learning styles.
Grades 6-8 use the Prentice Hall literature series combined with Educator's Publishing's Wordly Wise 3000 to help increase vocabulary and improve spelling. Students also discuss and complete activities as they read novels together, to enhance comprehension. 6-8 grade students learn to construct cohesive, well organized, logical multi-paragraph essays with strong introductions and conclusions using the Step Up to Writing curriculum. The program also includes instruction on effective note-taking and creative story writing.
As part of our STEM focus, math instruction is based on Common Core Standards. All grades are taught from the Pearson Envision/Digits textbook series, ensuring continuity as learning progresses. Grade 2 also uses Simple Solution's Common Core Math. Students in grades 5-8 are instructed in leveled groups, enabling more one-to-one teacher/pupil interaction. Gifted students may place into advanced math groups in grades 7 and 8. Graduates of these advanced groups usually qualify for 10th grade math upon entering high school.
Children of all faiths are welcome at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School. All students are expected to participate in religious studies, daily prayer experiences and monthly school liturgical celebrations, and students in grades 2-8 attend Mass weekly. Religion instruction includes social-emotional learning topics on respecting all living things, multi-sensory projects and group activities. Kindergarten teaches students that they are each special in the eyes of God. Grades K-8 use RCL Benziger programs and Grade K also uses OCP's Songs and Songs of Jesus. In grades 5 and 6, developmentally appropriate content about puberty and human sexuality are covered in a respectful way designed to complement what parents are teaching their children at home.
Grades K-5 use Mystery Science, an online program. Grades K-8 use TCI Science. Both of these programs are NGSS aligned and lead students in the doing of science and engineering
Social Studies instruction follows California and National Standards, exposing children to gradually more complex concepts about the world, it's people and institutions. Social Sciences include history, geography, civics, economics and culture. The award winning Studies Weekly engages K-5 students using consumable text, digital content games and group activities. Grades 6-8 uses McDougal-Littell and Pearson publishers. Group activities, stories and research-based instruction help students discover the past.