Curriculum Standards

Catholic Education has its essential elements: Message, Community, and Service. St. Mary’s seeks the integration of this three fold dimension with total educational process in order that the child may grow in the knowledge and love of God, and in the awareness of, and commitment to, the basic Christian values of love and service to neighbor.

Basic Curriculum – St. Mary’s offers a varied and in-depth program of learning from preschool through 8th grade. Our curriculum includes six core subjects: religion, English, reading, mathematics, science, and social studies. Spanish, music, art, physical education and computer education round out our curriculum, designed to educate the whole child.

For a complete detail of our curriculum, please visit the following link on our diocesan website:

http://www.csodallas.org/parent-resources/curriculum-standards/

St. Mary’s Catholic School and the Diocese of Dallas follow national standards, supplanting local and state guidelines.  We are accredited by the Texas Catholic Conference Education Department (TCCED) and approved by the Texas Education Agency (TEA)

Religion – A key goal of St. Mary’s Catholic School is to help every child grow in the knowledge of God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Our centered environment emphasizes service, prayer, and discipline. Weekly Mass attendance enhances the children’s appreciation of the faith.

Pre-School – St. Mary’s pre-school program follows early childhood education standards developed by the Diocese of Dallas. The program provides a trusting and open atmosphere in which children can grow to their fullest potential as they develop a strong foundation intellectually, spiritually, socially, and physically.

Computer Education – Beginning in kindergarten, lessons expose our students to a variety of technology skills including keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, age appropriate apps and internet research activities. St. Mary’s provides school wide internet access with controlled and appropriate monitoring.

Health – Health education is taught to Kindergarten – 8th grade. Students are taught proper hygiene, dental care, nutrition, circulatory system, and anatomy.

Music – Music programs are offered at all grade levels. Our annual Christmas program includes participation by all of our students and staff.

Physical Education – Our physical education program is modeled after the President’s Physical Fitness Plan. Our goal is for all students to successfully complete the age appropriate fitness schedules by the end of the school year.

Outdoor Education – Beginning in 3rd grade, students participate in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) and may acquire licenses from boater, fishing and hunter education.

Foreign Language – St. Mary’s students are educated in a secondary language from their earliest years. Spanish is taught in Kindergarten through 8th grade.

Community Service – Community Service projects are included in our religious curriculum. Students learn the virtues of kindness and mercy through visits with the elderly and projects for the needy.

After School Program – Our After School Program is offered to students in all day pre-school through 8th grade. The After School Program does not meet on days when school is not in session or on early release days.

Early Arrival Program – Our Early Arrival Program is offered to students in pre-school through 8th grade. The Early Arrival Program does not meet on days when school is not in session or on late arrival days.