An Innovative Approach to Curriculum
At St. Benedict Preparatory School (SBPS) we focus on traditional core subjects, faith formation, and enrichment. By utilizing the most current educational philosophies and the latest technologies, we ensure that every student has the opportunity to learn and grow. This approach gives every student the chance to excel - regardless of the learner's level.
Having preschool through 12th grade within the same system is one of the many advantages of a SBPS education. This unique approach provides an invaluable opportunity to build upon mastery of standards from one year to the next. This continuity and continued relationship with our students helps to build a solid foundation for educational growth.
Primary Grades: Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd
In the primary grades, preschool pre-literacy and pre-math skills are built upon. Everyday Math, a comprehensive math curriculum developed by the University of Chicago, teaches application of math skills in real world situations. Students learn through hands-on activities, games, real-life problem solving, school-family cooperation, and appropriate use of technology. Reading Mastery in kindergarten develops a strong phonics foundation and allows students to begin reading at their own level. Guided Reading in first and second grades develops reading strategies and literacy skills with an emphasis on decoding, fluency, and comprehension. Through teacher support, students develop the skills to become independent readers. Language Arts, Religion, Science, and Social Studies complete the curriculum focus.
Intermediate Grades: 3rd, 4th, and 5th
Everyday Math continues in the intermediate grades, as students continue to learn the underlying principles of math and how to apply them. The Guided Reading curriculum remains a critical component of learning as students begin reading at personalized levels. In addition, Reader's Workshop allows students to write about their reading and receive individual feedback from their teacher. In Language Arts, students use critical thinking, grammar skills, and the writing process to create various types of writing pieces. Religion, Science, and Social Studies curriculum allow students to study individual topics more in-depth.
Other curriculum highlights offered in the preschool include:
- Art, Music, and Computer
- Physical Education
- Daily recess in our secured courtyard
- Portfolio Assessment based on Office of Catholic Schools and State of Illinois standards
At every level, SBPS students are taught religious principles that deepen and evolve as the student matures. Whether it's learning about prayer in preschool, preparing for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion in second grade, being a "Faith Buddy" working with yournger students on faith-based projects in the intermediate grades, or engaging in Christian leadership and Confirmation preparation in middle school, SBPS integrates religious teachings throughout the curriculum.