Academics & Curriculum
Teaching the whole child.
At St. Katharine Drexel Catholic School, we offer rigorous academic programs led by a stellar faculty that is committed to your child’s academic growth and success. We offer our students the strong foundation and confidence they need to succeed throughout their academic journey.
A Catholic education gives young students the intellectual and spiritual keys they need to explore the world of education. AOPS elementary students learn about the people who shape our lives, the discoveries that fueled our knowledge, and the love God shared to make this beautiful world possible.
SKD’s Learning Center:
Beginning in September, 2020, Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic will fund its own Special Education Classroom which will be known as our Learning Center. The Learning Center will service students in grades K-8 with specific learning disabilities and diagnosis in the areas of English Language Arts and Mathematics. This room will include a full-time Learning Specialist who will serve as the special education leader of our school. Through the use of data informed processes to facilitate achievement in specific academic areas, this teacher will provide direct instruction to students by using specific intervention techniques.
Fine Arts Music Lab :
This lab will be an integral part in shaping our students. To enhance a flourishing and enduring fine arts music program, a dedicated room will
sharpen these skills. This room will also include a fully functional piano lab. The Yamaha Music Laboratory is an integrated system that consists of a teacher console, teacher’s keyboard and up to sixteen networked student keyboards. The teacher and students communicate using headsets with microphones and student call boxes connected to each keyboard. The teacher console can easily solo or combine students into groups for lessons and activities.
Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten are gateways through which your child passes into school life. They provide a learning environment that stimulates curiosity and eagerness for learning. Our youngest students are active members of the school, participating in everything from liturgies and prayer services to music and digital literacy classes. Students receive daily instruction in religion, math, reading, language arts, science and social studies. Students also attend weekly Spanish, music, physical education, and digital literacy classes.
Instruction is provided in a variety of ways including whole group, small groups, centers, and individualized support. Hands-on activities, dramatic play, family projects, service learning, and the incorporation of music and art make for a well-rounded learning experience. Catholic values and prayer are woven into all areas of study, helping students to grow in their faith. Technology is also incorporated into the curriculum through the use of Smart Televisions and Chromecast, interactive websites and educational apps.
Saint Katharine Drexel School provides a quality education through a comprehensive and challenging curriculum that is aligned with standards set by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Students are actively engaged in learning and continually challenged to apply higher order thinking skills as they compose, create, experiment, and discover.
In an effort to best meet the diverse learning styles of the students, academic instruction is provided in a variety of ways. Whole group and small group instruction, the use of technology and hands-on activities, service learning, and projects are all utilized as ways to engage the students and enrich the learning process. Students begin switching classes in grade 3 to introduce them to a variety of teachers and peers. Prayer and the Catholic faith traditions are incorporated into all aspects of academics and school life. Students in grades K-8 benefit from our one-to-one digital learning initiative.
As our oldest students continue to advance in their studies at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic School, they are also preparing intellectually and spiritually for life in high school and beyond. Students in grades 3-8 change classes for select subject areas, allowing the students to interact with many different teachers and groups of learners. Students in the upper school participate in a one-to-one technology initiative with the students having personal Chromebooks that they bring to and from school each day. Through the use of the Google Education suite of products, technology is woven into each subject area. Students also choose from more than twenty electives that give the students an opportunity to study or participate in new activities throughout the year.
All grades are enriched with classes in Spanish, Science, Music, Art, Computer, Library and Physical Education. Technology is integrated in many areas and students learn to use approved, grade-appropriate search engines for research and learn.
Beginning in September, 2020, Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic will fund its own Special Education Classroom which will be known as our Learning Center. The Learning Center will service students in grades K-8 with specific learning disabilities and diagnosis in the areas of English Language Arts and Mathematics. Students are identified for participation in this program based on multiple criteria. This includes: teacher and parent observations, classwork, a variety of informal and formal assessments, and standardized test scores. Students who qualify for this type of instruction will receive a modified curriculum which will benefit the students’ unique learning styles and differences.
St. Katharine Drexel Catholic School students are presented with diverse learning experiences including numerous “Co-Curricular” classes. These courses include music, art, digital literacy, Spanish, Honors Mathematics, and physical education. Students interact with the co-curricular teachers on a weekly basis.
The classes also strive to incorporate the Catholic faith into lessons. In music class, students prepare to fully engage in liturgy, musical responses, mass parts, and hymns. In physical education, there is a strong emphasis on sportsmanship and maintaining one’s physical fitness and digital literacy class reviews the concept of being safe and kind online. In art classes, students continuously surprise themselves with their skills and talents, and the Spanish classes teach more than vocabulary, they introduce the students to other cultures and communities and allow students to realize that we are part of a much bigger community
WE'VE GONE THROUGH MANY CHANGES SINCE OUR LEGACY SCHOOLS' BEGINNINGS. HOWEVER, ONE CHARACTERISTIC SEEMS UNCHANGED: WE ARE A STRONGLY STUDENT-ORIENTED INSTITUTION—WE VALUE RELATIONSHIPS WITH STUDENTS IN WHICH WE PROVIDE RIGOROUS LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES IN A SUPPORTIVE CONTEXT.
We focus on our skills.
We know our core strengths, stick to our guns and hone our skills. Most Importantly, we stay focused.
1:1 Technology Initiative