|Aside from religion classes, how does the curriculum at St. Martha School differ from public school? |
St. Martha School’s curriculum encompasses all state & diocesan requirements and more. In addition, the school is pleased to offer a well-developed fine arts program, foreign language, technology and cultural studies.
The curriculum differs substantially in that “Christ-centered” education permeates all classes through the modeling and teaching of Catholic values, especially respect for the dignity of each person, compassion and good stewardship. That is, religion is not just confined to religion classes. Additionally, students attend a school-wide Mass every Thursday morning.
Our Fine Arts Program is comprised of music, art and drama as well as attending professional performances throughout the school year. Our music program includes choral instruction as well as an option to participate in our middle school band and orchestra classes for grades K-8.
| What are the advantages of all day kindergarten? |
Nationwide there is a clear trend toward all day kindergarten settings.
St. Martha School’s all day kindergarten recognizes that children at this age need an environment for learning that is appropriate to their attention span and that allows for plenty of free and creative playtime.
St. Martha kindergarten allows for ample time to teach early reading, math and discovery skills without sacrificing the time children need for interactive play and development of social skills. The success of the 1st grade reading program is just one example of the solid kindergarten program.
|What are the advantages of a longer school year? |
Outside the United States, many countries have longer school years and the payoff is evident in math and science achievement. St. Martha School's longer school year along with the longer school day provides an opportunity for better coverage of grade-level curriculum along with expansion into special topics. For example, each year an in-depth exploration of a culture is undertaken in conjunction with the Cultural Festival – children learn about a particular country or region’s geography, history, customs and practices, art and music, legends, etc., culminating in a special day long celebration of that culture. Another example would be the week-long science immersion experience at the Potter Park Zoo that second graders participate in each year.
|What are the advantages of K-8 in one school? |
A number of school districts in the U.S. are moving away from separate middle schools and going toward K-8 or at least co-located schools. The advantages for younger students are having upper grade students available as role models and to give a hand in instruction through more formal mentoring relationships. For older children, the advantages of a smaller class and school size as a learning environment are very well-documented. Additionally, removing the transition to a new school and the social pressures that accompany it can be helpful for many pre-adolescents. For parents of elementary and middle school children, dealing with one set of administrators and teachers and having only one set of policies and one location to deal with helps make life just a little easier.
|How affordable is attending St. Martha? |
St. Martha School tuition is very affordable. Tuition is very competitive especially when you consider the longer day and longer year. In fact, for families with 2 or more children, or for families who are not members of parish, it is most reasonable. Families choose to make payments on a monthly, quarterly or semi-annually.
Saint Martha School offers a very reasonable discount for families with more than one child. Parents should also note that one can reduce tuition payments via the SCRIP program which allows for purchasing of gift cards for many businesses (e.g., local grocers, gas stations, restaurants) at face value with a percentage of the purchase price being returned directly to your family’s tuition account.
|Are parents welcome in the classroom? |
Parents are always welcome at St. Martha School. Volunteering at St. Martha School is encouraged and appreciated. Parents often assist teachers in the classroom or work with individual students and small groups. The types of activities vary but include listening to children read, practice math, plan/supervise art activities, participate in the cultural festival, accompany students on field trips, plan parties and help in the lunchroom. St. Martha will put any special talent a parent may have to good use….from dissection to knitting! Parents provide a personal touch that gives the school that special “family feel.”