Our mission is to create a Christ-centered foundation through which each child can realize his or her potential as a citizen of the global community.
Acknowledging that God is in all things, Saint Therese Academy strives to ensure a Catholic, Christ-centered education for all its students. The administration and faculty recognize the parents as the primary educators of their children and seek to assist them in this educational endeavor.
As a Catholic community, we strive to create a Christian educational community committed to high educational standards within the framework of Catholic principles.
Religion (250 Weekly minutes)
History and Doctrine
- Demonstrates knowledge of the history, challenges and contributions of the Church from the First Century to the present
- Understands rites and traditions
- Understands how early Christian communities grew and related to secular world
- Knows the heritage specific to the Church in the U. S.
- Knows the history of major saints and leaders in the Church
- Understands the origin and purpose of the Nicene Creed
- Understands the origin and purpose of Catholic doctrine
- Develops an understanding and ownership of the values and ideals of Jesus Christ
- Reads, understands and reflects on the New and Old Testament scripture.
- Participates in morning prayers, offerings and petitions as well as class prayers.
- Learns and engages in various forms of prayer.
- Celebrates weekly and monthly Mass and special Church feast-day liturgies
- Composes prayers (meditative, spontaneous and oral).
- Participates in monthly class rosary.
- Actively engages in community service
- Appreciates the origin and development of the Church’s social doc- trine (Beatitudes)
Language Arts (550 Weekly Minutes)
- Uses knowledge of word origins, word relationships, and historical and literary context clues to determine the meaning of specialized and grade-level-appropriate vocabulary
- Develops vocabulary and knowledge of word structure through study of introductory Latin
- Understands and uses idioms, analogies, metaphors, and similes
- Identifies main idea and concepts and assesses evidence that supports those ideas
- Makes predictions, draws inferences, conclusions, or generalizations about text
- Finds similarities and differences among texts
- Explains the purposes and characteristics of different forms of poetry
- Evaluates the development, subplots, conflicts, and climax of a story’s plot
- Compares, contrasts, and analyzes literary characters
- Identifies and analyzes recurring themes in literature
- Identifies the literary devices that define a writer’s style
- Uses a variety of information sources – dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, newspapers and internet
- Learns background of selected literary authors
- Writes clear, coherent, and focused essays using the elements of the writing process – prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing
- Creates a composition that has a coherent thesis, formal introduction, supporting evidence, and well-supported conclusion
- Experiments in writing different forms of poetry – ballad, free verse, lyric
- Revises writing to improve word choice, organization, sentence variety, and transitions
- Edits for spelling, punctuation, grammar, clarity
- Writes narrative, expository, persuasive, and descriptive text of at least 500 – 700 words
- Uses correct and varied sentence types to create an effective personal writing style
- Uses transitions to indicate the relationship between ideas
- Recognizes and correctly uses all parts of speech
- Uses commas, apostrophes, quotation marks, italics, colons, underlining, semi-colon and hyphens correctly
- Uses grade-appropriate spelling
Listening and Speaking
- States a clear position and supports arguments with detailed evidence, examples and reasoning
- Summarizes a speaker’s purpose and point of view
- Engages critically and constructively in discussions
- Comprehends, memorizes and delivers selected excerpts from Shakespeare
Mathematics (250 Weekly Minutes)
- Identifies number systems and accurately computes within each system
- Compares and orders rational/irrational numbers
- Uses order of operations to solve complex problems
- Applies properties of rational numbers
- Applies the concepts and rules of exponents and roots
Algebra and Functions
- Interprets, translates and evaluates data using algebraic terminology, expressions, equations
- Identifies unknowns from problems, writes and solves one-step and multi-step equations
- Solves equations and inequalities involving absolute values
- Identifies slope and y-intercept
- Plots and graphs linear and non-linear equations
- Solves a system of linear equations in two variables
- Applies basic factoring to second and third degree polynomials
- Simplifies polynomials using properties and appropriate algorithms
- Applies algebraic techniques to rate, work, percent, mixture problems
- Solves a quadratic equation by factoring, completing the square of applying quadratic formula
Measurement and Geometry
- Classifies triangles by sides and angles
- Computes with and applies geometric concepts
- Uses symmetry, congruency and similarity to geometric figures
- Calculates perimeter, area, volume, surface area of geometric figures
- Applies the Pythagorean Theorem for problem solving
- Converts and compares like units of measurement within the standard and metric systems
Statistics, Data Analysis, and Probability
- Interprets, compares, makes predictions and evaluates data from charts, tables and graphs
- Applies the measures of central tendency
- Records and analyzes results of probability experiments
- Calculates probability of dependent and independent events
- Analyzes problems by identifying patterns and relationships
- Applies various strategies appropriate for arriving at solution
- Expresses the solution clearly and logically using appropriate properties and algorithms
- Evaluates the reasonableness of solutions
Science (225 Weekly Minutes)
- Understands concepts relating to: motion, force, structure of matter, heat (energy) chemical and physical reactions, density, mass, buoyant force
- Develops process skills using scientific method: investigation and experimentation
- Understands, develops and applies knowledge relating to principles, concepts and terms of Physical sciences
- Applies Mathematical rules and formulas
Social Studies (225 Weekly Minutes)
- Develop and applies geography, critical thinking and research skills
- Interprets and analyzes information
- Summarizes immediate and long-term causes and effects of important historical development
- Understands history of multicultural heritage in U.S.
- Develops ability to make generalizations, detect bias and recognizes fact and opinion
- Knows responsibilities and rights of U.S. citizenship
- Understands the Federal and National system and its importance as a nation.
- Understands major events preceding and leading to the Civil War,
- Analyzes attempts to abolish slavery
- Develops an understanding of American Economy (past & Current)
- Demonstrates knowledge of major historical events and their relationship to each other
- Explains central issues and problems, past & present
- Explores the negative influences in our history with respect to racism, discrimination, intolerance.
- Understand the importance of native Americans in our past and recent history
- Distinguishes various geographic regions within the United States and understands the relationship between human survival and the land, as well as its impact on resources.
- Recognizes the significance of trade between Europe and the Americas.
- Studies the economies of the early colonies.
- Understands the importance of a dependable monetary system in the young United States.
Technology (100 Weekly Minutes)
- Proceed to write creatively using editing skills
- Discuss ethical issues: use of technology
- Review correct computer/software terminology
- Compose stories at computer
- Use Excel/PowerPoint
- Merging graphics into word, Excel/PowerPoint
- Correctly format formal papers, bibliographies, and other publications
- Learn Basic HTML coding.
Physical Education (100 Weekly Minutes)
Exercise and Sports Skills
- Participates in Presidential Physical Fitness Program.
- Plays agility games
- Takes part in, and learn the rules for, basketball, football, baseball, soccer, track, and volleyball.
- Builds good sportsmanship and teamwork.
Fine Arts (100 Weekly Minutes)
- Identifies elements of art
- Produces artwork that includes these elements
- Experiments with various media
- Applies rules of perspective
Special Programs and Field Trips
- Two-day spiritual retreat with the class
- Field trip to the Museum of Tolerance (bi-annually)
- Six-day educational trip to Washington, D.C, New York, and Philadelphia
- Christian service opportunities
- Catholic high school visitations
- Essay/art competition opportunities
- Sports and academic teams
- Graduation trip to Disneyland
- Presentations of School-wide Learning Expectations-Content and PowerPoint
Book List (novels read in the 8th grade year)
- Across Five Aprils
- The Call of the Wild
A comprehensive list for suggested reading is available either online or from the homeroom teacher. Each student will be responsible for completing two independent reading books per quarter (Accelerated Reader).