Preschool & Pre-Kindergarten The St. Vincent Ferrer Preschool Curriculum is aligned with the Archdiocese Graded Course of Study. These standards are also aligned with Ohio's Early Learning Content Standards. These standards are presented in a theme-based format designed by the teacher and the director of the preschool. The curriculum includes Social-Emotional Learning, Language and Literacy, Math Readiness, Social Studies, Science, Motor Skills, and Religion. Preschool and PreK students do attend classes for Art, Music, Physical Education, Library, and Bible classes.
Kindergarten The goal of St. Vincent Ferrer Kindergarten is to facilitate a smooth transition from preschool to elementary school while providing a strong, academic foundation for early learning. At St. Vincent Ferrer we accomplish this in a loving and Christ-centered classroom where your child will receive individualized attention in a small, family-like atmosphere.
Primary: First - Third Grades The primary grades place a focus on religious and spiritual formation of the children through instruction, example, prayer and service to others. Of course, there is a strong focus placed on early literacy. These critical years place an emphasis on learning to read, laying the foundation for later when the students are required to read to learn. In math, we focus on developing basic skills so that students have the tools they need to be successful in higher level math skills as they get older. Each student is assessed three times a year to monitor their progress in both reading and math. The results assist the teachers and support staff in determining what instruction is needed to help each student reach their full potential.
Highlights of the Primary grades include: o Weekly Mass and daily prayer including the rosary o Weekly bible class o Center Based Learning o Differentiated instruction o Instructional aides and volunteers o iReady assessment and instructional programs
Intermediate: Fourth & Fifth Grades Students in grades 4 and 5 continue to expand and deepen their knowledge base while they mature into independent thinkers. Since all classrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art technology, we are able to challenge students with digital lessons. A rapidly expanding vocabulary and more abstract concepts are presented and applied. Language Arts at the 4th and 5th grade level is taught according to the students’ reading level, allowing our students to have instruction targeted to their needs. Science and Social Studies are departmentalized; the 4th grade homeroom teacher teaches Science and the 5th grade homeroom teacher teaches Social Studies.
Highlights of the Intermediate grades include: o Weekly Mass and daily prayers o Differentiated Math o Classroom Aide to assist with Reading o Novel studies o Further development of the "5 Steps of Writing" Process o Reading Logs and Accelerated Reader o iReady assessment and instructional programs
Junior High: Sixth, Seventh & Eighth Grades Junior High at St. Vincent Ferrer focuses on preparing our students both for high school and for a fuller Christian life. We work to teach our young people how to study, how to push themselves, how to grow as people, how to know themselves and each other better. We emphasize personal responsibility and hard work. We celebrate our successes and learn from our failures. There is a strong focus in junior high on developing leadership skills through service to others. Our goal is to set up our students for success in high school and beyond academically, socially, and spiritually.
Highlights of theSVF Junior High program include: o Weekly Mass and daily prayer o A comprehensive 3-year program where skills in all subject areas are built o Electives once a week o HSPT practice for 8th graders o Confirmation for 7th graders o Individualized instruction to promote success for all students o Extensive leadership development through our servant leadership program o iReady assessment and instructional programs
Specials There are five different special classes offered at St. Vincent Ferrer. With the exception of Art, which is one hour a week, the students attend these classes twice a week: art, gym, music, computer, and library.
Library Our SVF students have a thirty minute library period each week. Books, or excerpts from books, are read by the librarian and discussed. Students are given time to check out books.
The library also has scheduled a weekly collaborative period for each class. During this time a teacher and librarian can work together on special projects with the students. Also, this period can be used to facilitate small reading groups or silent reading time for an entire class.
The eighth graders spend one of their library classes a week to work on writing and illustrating a book. They give these books to their first grade reading buddies during the “Meet the Author” party in May.
The library also hosts a book fair each year which all of the students look forward to!