Academic excellence is an ever-present objective while we simultaneously focus on the needs of the whole child: spiritual, academic, social, emotional, and physical. Faculty collaborates with students and parents to encourage maximum individual achievement by providing opportunities to discover concepts through hands-on activities and by employing a variety of teaching styles that engage different kinds of learners.
Curriculum includes teaching of religion; language arts which encompasses reading, literature, English, writing skills, spelling and vocabulary; math; social studies; science and Spanish. Specialists are employed to instruct music, art, dance, physical education, and science. All grades access the computer and science labs and the library, which has a full time librarian who teaches small groups on research skills and topics supplementing the classroom’s programs.
Visual and performing arts are appreciated and encouraged throughout the grades by classroom teachers who collaborate with the music, art, and dance instructors to host plays about Christopher Columbus, Rosa Parks, Advent, a school-wide Christmas Performance and various musical theater productions. Students also present choir, guitar, and rock band performances in addition to an art show and poetry fest. Come and view our student drawn and painted murals!
Technology is a vital tool that is implemented in all subjects through daily time in the computer lab, use of computers in classrooms, and utilization of interactive Smartboards in every room. Students store their work on flash drives so they can function on a computer in many different locations and demonstrate both knowledge and skill in any subject through use of technology in addition to traditional methods.
Students are further supported and challenged by the C.L.A.S.S. Center staff of two full time teachers and support personnel who work closely with classroom teachers to develop a comprehensive curriculum, assist in the general classroom, or work with small groups or individuals in the Center. St. Cyril’s C.L.A.S.S. (Community of Learners Aligned to Spark Success) Enrichment Center officially opened in the fall of 2007 and is a philosophy as much as it is a place where all learners are challenged and supported to achieve their personal best. Students are instructed on how to learn and motivate themselves to improve their achievement regardless of their level of performance (below grade, on grade, or above grade level) in the areas of language arts and math. The C.L.A.S.S. Center staff also works with parents on ways to motivate and facilitate independence, and responsibility for learning by students themselves. Parent meetings are hosted on various topics related to education.