A commitment to academics well beyond the classroom
St Paul School adheres to the highest academic standards and its students excel — often beyond their class level. Algebra and Spanish students, for example, earn credits that are transferrable to high school.
Students learn organization and good study skills and habits. These serve them well as they move onto high school and beyond.
The commitment to academics goes beyond the classroom. And learning is reinforced in many school activities. Class field trips are planned to be enjoyable and age appropriate, but they are also designed to make learning fun and relevant.
Sixth-graders take a three-day, two-night trip to Camp Thunderbird on Lake Wylie, S.C. This is a YMCA camp whose mission is to foster respect for and a relationship with the physical and social environment, to develop life skills, responsibility and confidence. All that learning takes place in an environment that is fun, positive and hands on.
Seventh-graders enjoy a three-day, two-night trip to Seabrook Island, S.C., where they take part in the Barrier Island Environmental Education Program. The trip provides a unique opportunity to experience nature hands-on. All of the senses are used in lessons of biology, ecology, conservation, astronomy, botany and much more. This trip supports appreciating and respecting God’s natural gifts.
History comes alive
Historic Charleston is a great trip for the eighth-graders. This trip reinforces specific areas of study of South Carolina history. Highlights include Drayton Hall, Charleston Downtown Historic District, Patriots’ Point, Fort Sumter, Old Exchange and The Market and Battery. The weekend concludes with Mass and guided tour of The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Trips that are both fun and educational reinforce learning as a positive experience and keep students engaged and enthusiastic.
Common Core Standards
The Diocese of Charleston Catholic Schools will be addressing, but not adopting, the Common Core Standards, beginning with the 2013-14 school year. Our approach will include an integration of the common core methodology, what we determine are strengths in our own curriculum, as well as theNational Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools developed by Loyola University and Boston College.
To assist the diocese in this endeavor, the Catholic Schools Office will be working with the University of Notre Dame’s ACE Collaborative for Academic Excellence. The process will begin this summer with staff from Notre Dame and a Curriculum Committee composed of Principals and Teachers representing each school in the Diocese, both elementary and secondary, working together to develop curriculum based on the above mentioned components.
After extensive review of the Common Core Standards, we have determined that this method will best meet the needs of the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Charleston.
Director of Catholic Education
Diocese of Charleston