Academics

Our Curriculum

Early Childhood

Pre-K3, Pre-K4 & Kindergarten

Primary School

First Grade, Second Grade & Third Grade

Intermediate School

Fourth Grade & Fifth Grade

Middle School 

Sixth Grade, Seventh Grade & Eighth Grade
The curriculum is based on the guidelines put forth by the Diocese of Pensacola -Tallahassee. St. Paul Catholic School is fully accredited, and extended day care is available after school each day. Athletic opportunities are available through the Diocesan sponsored Catholic Youth Sports League (CYSL).

Congratulations to the St. Paul Community

“We are so proud to receive this Certification! A great deal of work by faculty, students and parents has gone into this achievement. We are currently the 8th Catholic School out of 200+ in the State of Florida to receive this certification from the Florida Catholic Conference. Thank you to all! Congratulations!”

Lara Schuler, Principal

Early Childhood 

Pre-K3, Pre-k 4  & Kindergarden 

Pre - K3

The Pre-K3 classroom is designed around the ability of the child to discover the world around them through play and guided instruction. Our center-based approach allows the child to imitate life through play in the kitchen, grocery, dress up, building, reading, writing, art, puzzles, transportation, and play-doh centers.

The Creative Curriculum program utilizes circle time, read aloud time, song,  and dance  to learn background knowledge that will be used in future years. Concepts are taught to keep pace with new research. Teachers help to encourage children to make and test hypotheses, develop skills for using technology, explore their world and the people in it, and engage their creative thinking skills. The units are hands-on studies that are relevant to children’s daily lives and help every child explore, investigate and learn. A diverse collection of fiction and nonfiction children’s books promote children’s language and literacy learning, and social–emotional development during read-alouds.

In addition to their classroom curriculum, Pre-K3 participates in other special learning activities such as Music Class, Spanish Class, PE Class, Library, and Technology Class where they use iPads. Pre-K3 enjoys several free-time play on the playground and in the classroom throughout the day.

Pre-K4

A Florida constitutional amendment created a program designed to prepare four-year-olds for kindergarten and build the foundation for their educational success. The program allows a parent to enroll his or her eligible child (four years old by September 1 and residing in Florida) in a free VPK program. St. Paul Catholic School is a provider for the VPK program, allowing students to benefit from free state-supported education in the mornings.

The Pre-K4/VPK classroom is designed around the ability of the child to discover the world around them through play and guided instruction. Our center-based approach allows the child to imitate life through play in the kitchen, grocery, dress up, building, reading, writing, art, puzzles, transportation, and play-doh centers. STEMscopes is an approved Curriculum for the Florida VPK program and offers a hands-on approach to build skills in critical thinking accross the subject areas.

Center Activities Include:

Science, Engineering, Literacy, Math, Weather, World of Science, Observation, Writing, Art, Dramatic Play, Puppet, Color, Fine Motor, Gross Motor, Sensory Table, and Technology.

Areas of Study include: 

Habitats, Objects in the Sky, Forces, Life Cycles, Properties of Matter, Food Sources, Caring for Our Earth, Sun’s Heat, Basic Needs, Food as Energy, Weather Patterns, and Five Senses.

Kindergarten

A fundamental aspect of the Kindergarten curriculum is building literacy, math and science discovery skills that will enable children to establish a firm foundation to learn throughout their school years. This is accomplished through center-based learning stations, Circle Time, and direct instruction.

In addition to these they learn:

  • About the world around them in Social Studies

  • Jesus’ love for them in Religion class. Faith Formation is an integral part of the school experience with participation in the many school events that reinforce the faith life of the students such as Mass attendance,  Special Prayer Services and Activities.

  • Students also attend special classes in Music, Library, PE, Technology, and Spanish each week.

Primary School 

First Grade, Second Grade & Third Grade

First Grade

  • Religion- Our Sunday Visitor. Students learn about the Old Testament, New Testament, Sacraments, Christology, Church History, lives of the saints, liturgical seasons, morality, and service to the community are also interwoven into the spiraling curriculum. The day as well as each class begins with a prayer and the needs of each other and the wider community are brought before God. Students participate in Eucharistic Procession and attend Mass weekly.

  • Religion- Our Sunday Visitor

  • Math- Math in Focus-Singapore Math.

  • Science- Delta Science- Foss Kits. Delta is a hands-on science program aligned to the Florida State Sunshine Standards which develops critical thinking skills through discovery learning in various topic areas.

  • Social Studies- Core Knowledge.

  • Reading- Super Kids

  • English/Writing- Shurley English is used to develop a good knowledge of the parts of speech and skills necessary to write with purpose. Writing is incorporated into all subject areas in the middle school curriculum with an emphasis on personal narrative, expository, persuasive and. poetry.

  • Physical Education- is offered twice weekly. Students focus on team sports and skills needed to improve in a variety of physical exercises. Recess is given most days before lunch.

  • Music Education- Students focus on learning rhythm, singing, melody, duration, notation, musical instruments, chords and harmony, and musical time periods.

  • Spanish-  Santanilla- Integration of language and culture and strong focus on authentic communication helps students develop language, vocabulary, and grammar skills in authentic contexts.

Second Grade

  • Religion- Our Sunday Visitor. Students learn about the Old Testament, New Testament, Sacraments, Christology, Church History, lives of the saints, liturgical seasons, morality, and service to the community are also interwoven into the spiraling curriculum. The day as well as each class begins with a prayer and the needs of each other and the wider community are brought before God. Students participate in Eucharistic Procession and attend Mass weekly.

  • Religion- Our Sunday Visitor

  • Sacramental Preparation: Encounter Christ

  • Math- Math in Focus-Singapore Math.

  • Science- Delta Science- Foss Kits. Delta is a hands-on science program aligned to the Florida State Sunshine Standards which develops critical thinking skills through discovery learning in various topic areas.

  • Social Studies- Core Knowledge.

  • Reading- Super Kids

  • English/Writing- Shurley English is used to develop a good knowledge of the parts of speech and skills necessary to write with purpose. Writing is incorporated into all subject areas in the middle school curriculum with an emphasis on personal narrative, expository, persuasive and. poetry.

  • Physical Education- is offered twice weekly. Students focus on team sports and skills needed to improve in a variety of physical exercises. Recess is given most days before lunch.

  • Music Education- Students focus on learning rhythm, singing, melody, duration, notation, musical instruments, chords and harmony, and musical time periods.

  • Spanish-  Santanilla- Integration of language and culture and strong focus on authentic communication helps students develop language, vocabulary, and grammar skills in authentic contexts.

Third Grade

  • Religion- Our Sunday Visitor. Students learn about the Old Testament, New Testament, Sacraments, Christology, Church History, lives of the saints, liturgical seasons, morality, and service to the community are also interwoven into the spiraling curriculum. The day as well as each class begins with a prayer and the needs of each other and the wider community are brought before God. Students participate in Eucharistic Procession and attend Mass weekly.

  • Religion- Our Sunday Visitor

  • Sacramental Preparation: Encounter Christ

  • Math- Math in Focus-Singapore Math.

  • Science- Delta Science- Foss Kits. Delta is a hands-on science program aligned to the Florida State Sunshine Standards which develops critical thinking skills through discovery learning in various topic areas.

  • Social Studies- Core Knowledge.

  • Reading- Super Kids

  • English/Writing- Shurley English is used to develop a good knowledge of the parts of speech and skills necessary to write with purpose. Writing is incorporated into all subject areas in the middle school curriculum with an emphasis on personal narrative, expository, persuasive and. poetry.

  • Physical Education- is offered twice weekly. Students focus on team sports and skills needed to improve in a variety of physical exercises. Recess is given most days before lunch.

  • Music Education- Students focus on learning rhythm, singing, melody, duration, notation, musical instruments, chords and harmony, and musical time periods.

  • Spanish-  Santanilla- Integration of language and culture and strong focus on authentic communication helps students develop language, vocabulary, and grammar skills in authentic contexts.

Primary School Advanced Technology

In addition to weekly technology classes, our primary grades have a Chromebook cart available to to them. By using Chromebooks in the classroom we are developing students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills while guiding students to grow into good stewards of their faith. Students learn to integrate technology into their everyday school life. By using a combination of textbooks, internet research, games, typing programs, and other online sources for their course work, they develop the ability to research and seek answers in a variety of ways to the questions that are presented to them.  Faculty guidance, online collaboration with peers and the ability to access classroom management pages in Haiku teach our students to take responsibility for their own learning in this digital age.

Intermediate School

Fourth Grade & Fifth Grade

Fourth Grade

  • Religion- Our Sunday Visitor, Virtues in Practice. Students learn about the Old Testament, New Testament, Sacraments, Christology, Church History,lives of the saints, liturgical seasons, morality, and service to the community are also interwoven into the spiraling curriculum. The day as well as each class begins with a prayer and the needs of each other and the wider community are brought before God. Students participate in Eucharistic Procession and attend Mass weekly. Students also follow the Virtues in Practice program created by the Dominican Sisters of Nashville. This program introduces a virtue a month and the lives of the saints that are great role models for that virtue.
  • Religion- Our Sunday Visitor
  • Math- Math in Focus-Singapore Math.
  • Science-Delta Science, Foss Science Discovery Kits
  • Social Studies- Core Knowledge
  • Literature- Students use a combination of textbook and novels to learn. Comprehension skills take precedence at this grade level to enable students to learn text response writing to
  • promote higher level thinking skills, complete analysis projects, and develop vocabulary.
  • English/Writing- Shurley English is used to develop a good knowledge of the parts of speech and skills necessary to write with purpose. Writing is incorporated into all subject areas in the
  • middle school curriculum with an emphasis on personal narrative, expository, persuasive and. poetry.
  • Physical Education- is offered twice weekly. Students focus on team sports and skills needed to improve in a variety of physical exercises. Recess is given most days before lunch.
  • Music Education- Students focus on learning rhythm, singing, melody, duration, notation, musical instruments, chords and harmony, and musical time periods.
  • Spanish-  Santanilla- Integration of language and culture and strong focus on authentic communication helps students develop language, vocabulary, and grammar skills in authentic contexts.
  • Electives- Band or Drama, and Sign Language are offered this year as electives for the intermediate grades.  These classes are offered two days a week. Electives are subject to change from year to year.

Fifth Grade

  • Religion- Our Sunday Visitor, Virtues in Practice. Students learn about the Old Testament, New Testament, Sacraments, Christology, Church History,lives of the saints, liturgical seasons, morality, and service to the community are also interwoven into the spiraling curriculum. The day as well as each class begins with a prayer and the needs of each other and the wider community are brought before God. Students participate in Eucharistic Procession and attend Mass weekly. Students also follow the Virtues in Practice program created by the Dominican Sisters of Nashville. This program introduces a virtue a month and the lives of the saints that are great role models for that virtue.
  • Religion- Our Sunday Visitor
  • Math- Math in Focus-Singapore Math.
  • Science-Delta Science, Foss Science Discovery Kits
  • Social Studies- Core Knowledge
  • Literature- Students use a combination of textbook and novels to learn. Comprehension skills take precedence at this grade level to enable students to learn text response writing to promote higher level thinking skills, complete analysis projects, and develop vocabulary.
  • English/Writing- Shurley English is used to develop a good knowledge of the parts of speech and skills necessary to write with purpose. Writing is incorporated into all subject areas in the middle school curriculum with an emphasis on personal narrative, expository, persuasive and. poetry.
  • Physical Education- is offered twice weekly. Students focus on team sports and skills needed to improve in a variety of physical exercises. Recess is given most days before lunch.
  • Music Education- Students focus on learning rhythm, singing, melody, duration, notation, musical instruments, chords and harmony, and musical time periods.
  • Spanish-  Santanilla- Integration of language and culture and strong focus on authentic communication helps students develop language, vocabulary, and grammar skills in authentic contexts.
  • Electives- Band or Drama, and Sign Language are offered this year as electives for the intermediate grades.  These classes are offered two days a week. Electives are subject to change from year to year.

Intermediate School Advanced Technology

In addition to weekly technology classes, our primary grades have a Chromebook cart available to to them. By using Chromebooks in the classroom we are developing students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills while guiding students to grow into good stewards of their faith. Students learn to integrate technology into their everyday school life. By using a combination of textbooks, internet research, games, typing programs, and other online sources for their course work, they develop the ability to research and seek answers in a variety of ways to the questions that are presented to them.  Faculty guidance, online collaboration with peers and the ability to access classroom management pages in Haiku teach our students to take responsibility for their own learning in this digital age.

Middle School

Sixth Grade, Seventh Grade & Eighth Grade

Sixth Grade

  • Religion- The Catholic Connections by St. Mary’s Press.  Students learn about the Old Testament, New Testament, Sacraments, Christology, and Church History in addition to the lives of the saints, liturgical seasons, morality, and service to the community. The day as well as each class begins with a prayer and the needs of each other and the wider community are brought before God. Students participate in Eucharistic Procession and attend Mass weekly.

  • Math- Pearson Course 1,2,3, Algebra 1- Students must test into Algebra I Honors and meet certain requirements in order to obtain high school credit for course. Florida Virtual School is available for students showing an aptitude beyond Algebra I Honors and documented passing of Florida EOC exams for Algebra I.

  • Science- McGraw Hill. Students complete course in Earth, Physical, and Biological Sciences in addition to lab safety. Students in 7th and 8th participate in Science Fair in the fall of the year.

  • Social Studies- Pearson. 6th Grade studies Geography and World History, 7th studies Geography, Civics and American History, 8th studies Geography and American History.

  • Literature- Students use a combination of textbook and novels to learn. Comprehension and Annotated writing assignments that promote higher level thinking skills, analysis projects, and vocabulary development are crucial elements to  our middle school literature courses.

  • Writing- Shurley English is used to develop a good knowledge of the parts of speech and skills necessary to write with purpose. Writing is incorporated into all subject areas in the middle school curriculum with an emphasis on personal narrative, expository, persuasive and. poetry.

  • Physical Education- is offered twice weekly. Students focus on team sports and skills needed to improve in a variety of physical exercises. Recess is given most days before lunch.

  • Spanish- Espanol Santanilla- Integration of language and culture and strong focus on authentic communication helps students develop language, vocabulary, and grammar skills in authentic contexts.

  • Electives-Advanced Spanish, General Music, General Art, Choir, Band, Ceramics, Digital News Journal, Yearbook, Robotics, 3D Fabrication and Design, Theater, Theater Set Design, Spartan Stretch and Strengthen, Study Skills, Sign Language. Electives are subject to change from year to year.

Seventh Grade

  • Religion- The Catholic Connections by St. Mary’s Press.  Students learn about the Old Testament, New Testament, Sacraments, Christology, and Church History in addition to the lives of the saints, liturgical seasons, morality, and service to the community. The day as well as each class begins with a prayer and the needs of each other and the wider community are brought before God. Students participate in Eucharistic Procession and attend Mass weekly.

  • Math- Pearson Course 1,2,3, Algebra 1- Students must test into Algebra I Honors and meet certain requirements in order to obtain high school credit for course. Florida Virtual School is available for students showing an aptitude beyond Algebra I Honors and documented passing of Florida EOC exams for Algebra I.

  • Science- McGraw Hill. Students complete course in Earth, Physical, and Biological Sciences in addition to lab safety. Students in 7th and 8th participate in Science Fair in the fall of the year.

  • Social Studies- Pearson. 6th Grade studies Geography and World History, 7th studies Geography, Civics and American History, 8th studies Geography and American History.

  • Literature- Students use a combination of textbook and novels to learn. Comprehension and Annotated writing assignments that promote higher level thinking skills, analysis projects, and vocabulary development are crucial elements to  our middle school literature courses.

  • Writing- Shurley English is used to develop a good knowledge of the parts of speech and skills necessary to write with purpose. Writing is incorporated into all subject areas in the middle school curriculum with an emphasis on personal narrative, expository, persuasive and. poetry.

  • Physical Education- is offered twice weekly. Students focus on team sports and skills needed to improve in a variety of physical exercises. Recess is given most days before lunch.

  • Spanish- Espanol Santanilla- Integration of language and culture and strong focus on authentic communication helps students develop language, vocabulary, and grammar skills in authentic contexts.

  • Electives-Advanced Spanish, General Music, General Art, Choir, Band, Ceramics, Digital News Journal, Yearbook, Robotics, 3D Fabrication and Design, Theater, Theater Set Design, Spartan Stretch and Strengthen, Study Skills, Sign Language. Electives are subject to change from year to year.

Eighth Grade

  • Religion- The Catholic Connections by St. Mary’s Press.  Students learn about the Old Testament, New Testament, Sacraments, Christology, and Church History in addition to the lives of the saints, liturgical seasons, morality, and service to the community. The day as well as each class begins with a prayer and the needs of each other and the wider community are brought before God. Students participate in Eucharistic Procession and attend Mass weekly.

  • Math- Pearson Course 1,2,3, Algebra 1- Students must test into Algebra I Honors and meet certain requirements in order to obtain high school credit for course. Florida Virtual School is available for students showing an aptitude beyond Algebra I Honors and documented passing of Florida EOC exams for Algebra I.

  • Science- McGraw Hill. Students complete course in Earth, Physical, and Biological Sciences in addition to lab safety. Students in 7th and 8th participate in Science Fair in the fall of the year.

  • Social Studies- Pearson. 6th Grade studies Geography and World History, 7th studies Geography, Civics and American History, 8th studies Geography and American History.

  • Literature- Students use a combination of textbook and novels to learn. Comprehension and Annotated writing assignments that promote higher level thinking skills, analysis projects, and vocabulary development are crucial elements to  our middle school literature courses.

  • Writing- Shurley English is used to develop a good knowledge of the parts of speech and skills necessary to write with purpose. Writing is incorporated into all subject areas in the middle school curriculum with an emphasis on personal narrative, expository, persuasive and. poetry.

  • Physical Education- is offered twice weekly. Students focus on team sports and skills needed to improve in a variety of physical exercises. Recess is given most days before lunch.

  • Spanish- Espanol Santanilla- Integration of language and culture and strong focus on authentic communication helps students develop language, vocabulary, and grammar skills in authentic contexts.

  • Electives-Advanced Spanish, General Music, General Art, Choir, Band, Ceramics, Digital News Journal, Yearbook, Robotics, 3D Fabrication and Design, Theater, Theater Set Design, Spartan Stretch and Strengthen, Study Skills, Sign Language. Electives are subject to change from year to year.

Middle School Advanced Technology

In addition to weekly technology classes, our primary grades have a Chromebook cart available to to them. By using Chromebooks in the classroom we are developing students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills while guiding students to grow into good stewards of their faith. Students learn to integrate technology into their everyday school life. By using a combination of textbooks, internet research, games, typing programs, and other online sources for their course work, they develop the ability to research and seek answers in a variety of ways to the questions that are presented to them.  Faculty guidance, online collaboration with peers and the ability to access classroom management pages in Haiku teach our students to take responsibility for their own learning in this digital age.

Our Diocese has Victim Assistance Coordinators who are trained counselors and available to help anyone sexually abused by a priest, deacon, or other church or school personnel. At St. Paul Catholic Church, we have great concern, and hold in high regard, those who have suffered sexual abuse especially at the hands of the Church, including our Catholic Schools. Click here for more information.

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St. Paul Catholic School has, as its specific duty, the complete formation of its students through spiritual, intellectual, social, aesthetic, emotional, and physical endeavors. This integration of faith and life is a part of a life-long process of conversion, until the student becomes what God wishes him/her to be.

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