Learning is an active process for students in Kindergarten through grade 5. Students study core subjects with their homeroom teachers, while specialists enrich the learning and development in other academic areas.
The McGraw Hill, My Math, curriculum forms the foundation of St. Anne School’s mathematics program. The My Math curriculum allows for a systematic progression of skills, a strong focus on real-life problem solving, and many opportunities for hands-on learning. At each stage of learning there is an emphasis on critical thinking, development of a deep understanding of the concepts being taught, and on the acquisition of solid computational skills.
The Lower School science program builds upon the vision set forth by the State of California, STEM, and the Next Generation Science Standards. Students in Kindergarten through grade 5 begin to develop an understanding of physical, life, earth, and space sciences. Students are also exposed to engineering, technology, and the applications of science. Our hands-on weekly Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STREAM) room encourages all students to explore investigations that empower them to participate confidently and successfully in an environment that nurtures excitement and wonder.
Pre-K - Grade 2: Superkids is a Pre-kindergarten through grade 2 early literacy phonics-based program. Superkids seamlessly integrates all reading skills of phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension and fluency with spelling, handwriting, grammar and mechanics. The key to the program’s success is its systematic and explicit phonics instruction that provides the foundation from which all other reading skills evolve.
Grades 3 - 5: The Wonders literacy program provides students equity of access to rich texts and rigorous instruction—whether in the core classroom, an English language learner, or benefiting from intervention support. Through its intentional instruction, inspiring content, and purposeful technology, Wonders prepares all students for college and career in the 21st century. Students gain access to complex texts, collaborating with their peers, and becoming accomplished at writing to sources. Moreover, St. Anne strives to develop students who enjoy reading and writing and who value reading and writing as a means for success.
The Lower School religion program is rooted in scripture and tradition. It provides excellent connections with the Saints, Catholic feasts, and devotions. Within the school community the students, parents, teachers, staff, and administrators experience together what it means to live a life of prayer, community, personal responsibility, and freedom.
Acquiring languages other than English and having a basic understanding of other cultures are important skills in today’s world. Meeting once a week, students in Kindergarten through grade 3 receive exposure in both the Spanish and Mandarin languages. Students in grades 4 and 5 elect to take a full year of either Spanish or a full year of Mandarin prior to entering Middle School. This experiential program exposes the students to the Spanish and Mandarin languages and to the geography and cultures of the countries in which those languages are spoken today.
Teachers and students in the Lower School are equipped with state of the art classrooms and computers for whole or small-group instruction. Students attend a weekly computer class where they receive instruction designed to enhance their use of technology in their daily lives. Grade 5 students are equipped of their own personal Macbook Air to enhance classroom instruction.
The Lower School music program focuses on understanding the elements of music, development of vocal and instrumental capabilities, and a continuation of methods of music appreciation. In Kindergarten through grade 2, students are enrolled in music and instruments. In grades 3 through 5 students choose to either continue with music or to take orchestra. Lower School students are invited to audition for the annual play production.
Classroom teachers instruct art in the classroom in kindergarten through second grade. Once a week, third through fifth grade students are exposed to a variety of cultural art from the past to present with our art specialist teacher. Students learn about the elements of art and principles of design through the artwork that they are exposed to and practice their techniques with a variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional media such as brush and ink, oil pastels, repouse, and clay. After analyzing artwork and practicing techniques, students create a cultural piece of artwork.
Visual arts are another way in which students gain a stronger sense of self and learn a diverse set of cultural art from past to present. Students learn about the elements of art and principles of design, and are exposed to a variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional media. In addition, students receive supplemental instruction through Meet the Masters
Beginning in Kindergarten, students have regularly scheduled physical education classes with our physical education specialist teachers. The curriculum offers students a wide variety of opportunities to gain the knowledge of and proficiency in the basic skills of exercises and activities.
Students visit the Library once a week. Reading and research skills are taught within the context of the classroom curriculum. The school librarian works closely with teachers and other specialists to plan Library sessions, which support and extend work done in the classroom.