St. Peter Catholic School is dedicated to the formation of Catholic School Students who are trained in the truths of the Gospel and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Our Faith Formation is centered around praying the Liturgy at Weekday Mass three times a week. St. Peter’s Catholic School students plan, lead and participate in our liturgies; celebrate the Church feast days; learn about the rich history of our saints; and are well versed in the special prayers of the Catholic faith. In addition, the Faith and Life Religious Education Program provides catechesis that includes Scripture and The Catechism of the Catholic Church. Finally, throughout the year we train the children in the meaning of the Virtues of Faith, Hope, Charity, Temperance, Fortitude, Prudence, and Justice and emphasize the application of these virtues to daily life.
Academic Excellence is critical to us. We are using Rowland Reading with students ages 4-8. The focus in the early grades is on building strong decoding skills, handwriting, spelling, and writing. By the end of Grade 1, students are capable of reading less complex chapter books. In Grade 2, Rowland Reading uses both fiction and nonfiction reading to build on decoding and focus on comprehension strategies. In the upper grades, comprehension strategies are taught using Classical literature and nonfiction materials for Guided Groups, Strategy Groups, Book Clubs, Lit Circles, Writing about Reading, and other research-based strategies. To ensure strong spelling and phonemic awareness we are adding All About Spelling this year in grades 1-5.
Shurley Grammar and Writing Workshop are used to create students who are eager to write and know the basics of solid grammar. Our All About Spelling program builds a foundation of learning to spell based on the rules of the English Language for spelling patterns, syllabication, and morphology of words.
A structure of Mathematical thinking, reasoning, and problem-solving is developed with Saxon Math. With its step by step approach to building math understanding the Saxon program has helped us develop successful math students whose scores exceed WI benchmarks. Number Talks in grades Pre K-5, and IXL, a web-based skill building program round out our math program.
Students love Science exploration with the FOSS Science System. Following the steps of the Scientific Method, students are actively engaged in being scientists. Whether observing the life cycle of various insects, developing stream tables, or studying the phases of the moon we want students to use all of their senses to learn about the world around them.
The Social Sciences are developed using the Madison Diocesan Standards. Students learn about families, neighborhoods, and communities in the early years. Then in grades 4 and 5 students read and research Wisconsin History and the History of the United States. Part of this learning is focused on the role of the Catholic Church in history and in the development of the United States and the World.
These co-curricular classes were added in 2016-2017: Art, Spanish and Technology. In the 2017-2018 year, a STREAM course will be added. STREAM allows students to explore a challenging project and develop a solution using information from each of the six subject areas of (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art, Math). During the year, students in grades Pre K-5 have the opportunity to spend one-quarter delving into one of these four interest areas. This provides exposure and builds interest for future learning.