Timeless Teachings in a Changing World
Over the past 125 years, teaching has evolved to meet the changing needs of students. Additionally, the demand is great for students to have skills needed to prepare them for the next stage of their academic journey and, eventually, the job market. The dedicated faculty at St. Ignatius School goes above and beyond to stay abreast of the academic requirements of the changing world. Although we strive to provide a traditional Catholic education, we know that we must also be able to teach students valuable skills needed for their future endeavors.
To meet the needs of the changing world, it is important to incorporate modern technology into classrooms. Thus, we have interactive display panels and 1:1 Chromebooks in all academic classrooms K to 8th grade. Our dedicated staff has participated in state and federal grants to gain funding for technology. The faculty participates in staff development in order to bring the best learning techniques to our students.
The SIS STEM lab provides all students with an opportunity to develop their critical thinking skills by building solutions in order to solve real world problem and incorporate programming by use of robotics kits such as Lego Mindstorms among others. Students also make use keyboarding lessons once a week to develop technological skills needed for the real world. Spanish is offered as an enrichment class once per week to students in 7th and 8th grade.
Technology is not only an important component of meeting the needs of our students in this changing world but also hands-on experiences in math, science and social studies. Our administrative staff is committed to providing the essential materials that our classroom faculty needs to enhance learning.
Our learning environment is designed to accommodate self-contained classrooms for PreK to 2nd grade and team-teach classrooms for 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. In a team-teach setting, one faculty member specializes in the language arts subjects and the other in math, science and social studies. Junior high is departmentalized by subject with an honors section for math and reading.
Since we are a Catholic faith based school, teaching Catholicism is an essential part of our curriculum. We have two full time religion teachers on staff. Students receive religious instruction on a daily basis and participate in mass on a weekly basis at St. Charles Borromeo Church. The Jesuit pastor of the church influences our religious instruction and guides our faith formation.