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Notes for Prospective Students
Academic Program of Study
The Notre Dame Elementary academic program is organized in two
different divisions: the Lower School (grades K – 5) and the
Upper School (grades 6 – 8).
Our overall academic philosophy
is grounded in the Hallmarks of a Notre Dame Learning Community,
which provide us with a purpose, a framework and an ultimate goal
for educating our students.
The curriculum program in each school
is specifically designed and tailored to meet the developmental
appropriateness of each group.
The faculty members in each school
have collaboratively designed, planned and written curriculum to
ensure a continuous and effective program for students across grade
Notre Dame Elementary School is committed to providing a strong
academic foundation for its students by using a comprehensive
approach to educate the whole child.
The components of the core
curriculum (language arts, math, science, social studies and
religion) overlap and align across grade level.
students with the fundamental content and skills necessary to be
successful in a consistent learning environment.
While the San
Francisco Archdiocesan and California State Standards guide the
content of our program, teachers implement the curriculum using a
variety of methods and strategies.
Teachers use their specific
strengths and backgrounds to deliver instruction to meet the
individual needs of students.
The daily lessons and activities are
designed and articulated by teachers to allow for a differentiated
learning process that respects the needs of each student.
Therefore, students are engaged in an active learning process where
they are encouraged to discover and explore the curriculum.
well-defined and articulated curriculum program outlines an
overview of the specific learning content and skills across grade
The objectives presented for each subject are addressed and
practiced throughout the entire year.
Students’ progress is
regularly assessed through both formal and informal evaluation
Students should meet or exceed these objectives by
the end of their current school year.