The academic program of St. Benedict School is designed to best meet the needs of each student. Religion is included daily. The instruction of our faith, involvement in the liturgy, paraliturgical celebrations, and sacramental preparation are important parts of our program. Students at St. Benedict School also study English language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, art, music, library skills, physical education, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and computers.
Primary Team: Pre-Kindergarten-Grade 2
Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and grades 1 and 2 form the Primary Team. Student instruction is held in each corresponding homeroom with their grade level teacher and classmates. Students move as a group to attend their regularly scheduled specials: art, physical education, music, library, and computer class. Students also study character education and service learning. A primary reading literacy room is available for students at this level.
Intermediate Team: Grades 3-5
Students in grades 3-5 form the Intermediate Team. Student instruction is held in each corresponding homeroom with their grade level teacher and classmates for most of their subjects. Changing classes is very limited. At times, students change classes as a group with their teacher leading them into new learning spaces, such as the intermediatescience lab. Students move as a group to attend their regularly scheduled specials: art, physical education, Spanish, music, library, and computer class. Students are instructed in study skills, character education, health and service learning. Students in PreK and grades 3-5 eat lunch together. Students in grade 5 study human growth and development. Grade 5 students are assigned a locker to prepare them for their transition into middle school. Students in grades 3-5 are strongly encouraged to study an instrument. Instrument lessons are paid for privately by parents, but lessons take place during the school day. Information on instrument lessons is available in the office. Chorus is also available for students at this level. An opportunity to serve as a student council representative begins in grade 4.
Middle School Team: Grades 6-8
Students in grades 6-8 form our Middle School Team. Students are assigned to a homeroom and change classes throughout the day. Students at this level are instructed in character education, study skills, service learning and human growth and development. Students attend regularly scheduled specials: art, physical education, Spanish or Chinese, music, library, and computer class. An opportunity to run for student council secretary begins in grade 6, treasurer in grade 7, and vice president and president in grade 8. Student council representatives are also elected in grades 6-8. Instrument lessons are available for students at this level. Lessons are paid for privately by parents, but lessons take place during the school day. Information on instrument lessons is available in the office. Chorus is also available for students at this level. Grade 8 students may apply to become a member of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) at the beginning of the school year. All students in grade 8 participate in a musical presentation. Grade 8 students also have the opportunity to go on a class trip.
National Junior Honor Society
St. Benedict School has a membership with the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS). Grade 8 students may apply to become a member of St. Benedict’s NJHS at the beginning of the school year. An advisory committee reviews each application and selects the new inductees. New members will be inducted into the NJHS based on scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship. An induction ceremony takes place in October.
Students attend the Thursday, 8:15 a.m. Mass weekly on a rotating schedule of primary/intermediate (grades PreK-4-grade 5) and middle school (grades 6-8). All students in grades PreK-3-grade 8 come together for an all-school Mass once a month; each grade level takes turns planning the all-school Masses. Students in grades 3-8 celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Advent and Lent.
The religious education office and the school work together to prepare parents and their children for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist. Preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation is in grade 2. The religion curriculum for grade 3 focuses on preparation for the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist.