Academics

Curriculum

Father James and students looking at a ChromebookSt. Louis Catholic School’s curriculum follows the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) in all core content areas. These skills can be viewed by parents on the Parent Resource tab of the TEKS Resource Site http://www.teksresourcesystem.net. The TEKS Resource Site offers access to TEKS clarifying documents, year-at-a glance (YAG) documents for each grade level, as well as a vertical alignment of the state standards in each content area throughout the grade levels. The YAG document allows the parent to access what the child will study within each grading period. Vertical alignment will indicate the expected knowledge or skill a student will be exposed to in a particular content area throughout the content strand. This vertical alignment document indicates the student expectation for the level of attainment. For example, the child may first be exposed to a concept in an earlier grade, but will not be required to master the concept until a later grade. Teachers are expected to stay current on instructional methods and content through ongoing staff development using evidenced based best practices. Textbooks are selected from the State approved textbook list.

The attainment of academic content is assessed by each teacher through periodic assessments and student progress is reported to parents through a standard grading process. Parents can review student grades, homework and lesson objectives using an online school management system. In addition, all students in the Dioceses of Austin take the Iowa test of Basic Skills (ITBS), which is a nationally normed standardized test that measures achievement of basic school skills in key academic areas. St. Louis students perform very well and score above the national average. Also, at certain grade levels students take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT), a nationally normed test that measures reasoning abilities and problem solving skills. The CogAT is a good predictor of an individual student’s potential for success in school. St. Louis students tend to score in the average to superior range in ability. (To put this into perspective, most public schools will have a much wider range in student abilities, from severe to superior within a single campus).  Click graphic for details.

IOWA CogAT

St. Louis works to meet the needs of all of its students through comprehensive and challenging academic programing in a Catholic environment. St. Louis Catholic School offers an array of electives and interventions at the Middle School level, including Spanish, French culture, psychology, study skills, art, band and choir. The Elementary program supplements the core academic areas with art, music, Spanish and physical education. All students participate in a systematic math fluency program.

Student learning is enhanced with a one to one ratio of students to electronic devices (Chromebooks) in grades three through eight. In the lower grades, there is a five to one ratio of electronic devices (iPads).

In addition to enriching opportunities and strong academic courses, St. Louis offers dyslexia services to those students who have this need. These services are provided by a licensed Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT), trained at Scottish Rites Institute and certified in Texas as a Dyslexia Teacher.

Starting with the 2017-18 school year, students will be offered more variety of electives and enrichment opportunities and all students will engage in additional STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) offerings.

Also starting in 2017-18, St. Louis will be the first Catholic School in the Dioceses of Austin to offer a Montessori early childhood program. This program will be offered to students of age three to five. Parents seeking a Catholic education for that age group will now have a choice of a traditional early childhood program or a Montessori program. (See Montessori tab.)