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Curriculum

The Birmingham Diocesan guidelines, which follow the State of Alabama guidelines, are followed for all secular subjects.

Saint James Catholic School offers instruction in the following major subjects:


Religion

The teaching of Catholic doctrine, tradition of the early Church with Bible study, societal issues with an emphasis on a Catholic’s responsibility in his/her world, and preparation for the receiving of the Sacraments of Penance, First Eucharist. and Confirmation

Liturgical services are held every Wednesday at 9:30 in our school chapel, and are prepared by a different class each week. Parents are encouraged to attend these services with their child(ren).

Students in Grade 5 through 8 will take the Diocesan Religion Exam.


Language Arts

Language Arts consist of Reading, English, Spelling, Vocabulary, Composition, Library Skills, and Literature. Accelerated Reader tests are used for reading comprehension.

Reading is levelized in Kindergarten through second grade. Students in Grades 4 and 8 take the Diocesan Writing Assessment Test.


Mathematics

Mathematics consists of Mathematical Skills, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, and Geometry. Students in Grade 6 take the Diocesan Math Exam. Students in Grade 8 will be tested for Algebra and Geometry competency when transferring to high school.


Physical Fitness

Physical Fitness will have age appropriate exercises and sports. Emphasis is given to sportsmanship and team endeavors.


Social Studies

Social Studies consists of History, Geography, Civics, Alabama History, Current Events. Each is taught within the context of the Catholic understanding of the need for social justice.


Science

The Science program consists of general science and a hands-on approach to laboratory based experiments.


Handwriting

Zaner-Bloser handwriting is taught in all elementary grades and used for all written assignments.


Fine Arts

Music, Choir, Band, and Art are taught. Appreciation for the Catholic Church’s role in the history of the arts is included in Art History.


Computer Literacy

Computer Literacy consists of Keyboarding, Word Processing, Formal Presentations and Graphing, Database, Spreadsheets, Web Design and Upkeep, and technician skills.

Grades 7 and 8 take the Diocesan Technological Exam.


Grading Scale

• A = 93-100
• B = 84 – 92
• C = 74 – 83
• D = 65 – 73
• F = 64 or below


Report Cards/Progress Reports

These are used for communication. They are not meant to take the place of dialogue between parents and teachers. A Parent/Teacher conference is required after the first quarter.

Saint James Catholic School adheres to the Buckley Amendment (Family Education Rights and Privacy) regarding access to student records.

Please see the calendar for the times when reports will be given.



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700 Albert Rains Blvd. Gadsden, AL 35901
Phone: (256) 546-0132 Fax: (256) 546-0134