• Curriculum

    STREAM

    STREAM is the integration of Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art, and Math to assist in the development of skills that are the very foundation of our Catholic faith. (CTN website)

    Science and Technology

    • teachers at St. Clare School participate in ongoing professional development for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • K-5 students participate in weekly science lessons aligned to the NGSS
    • students in grades 6, 7, and 8 engage in hands-on weekly science labs developing communication, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration skills
    • teachers integrate Catholic identity into all aspects for the curriculum
    • Science Weekly is the NGSS resource that supports communication skills, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration
    • middle school students visit the Maker Lab at Santa Clara University
    • a volunteer physicist from the St. Clare community supports the classroom teacher
    • a certified instructor offers an after-school STEM Club that engages students in challenges that develop skills such as teamwork and independent creativity
    • students have access to 1:1 iPads
    • technology is integrated into all facets of the curriculum
    • classroom have interactive white boards
    • diverse needs of all students are addressed

    Religion

    Be My Disciples - RCL Benziger

    Religion instruction at St. Clare School is in alignment with the Religion Outcomes of the Diocese of San Jose. St. Clare students are taught to understand that religion is a way of life and not just a subject. The Student Learning Expectations (SLE's) of Worshipping, Learning, Serving and Growing are incorporated across the curriculum into all subject areas.

    Living out the practices of our Catholic faith and Christian service is evident in the life of the school community. We start each day with scripture reflection, prayer, and the affirmation of student's Silver Box behaviors. Moral decision making is a significant component in the Religion Program at St. Clare School. Students at all levels support our wider community through our participation in many outreach activities.

    Using a balanced approach, Be My Disciples is an innovative religious education. The Religion curriculum assists students in acquiring knowledge of our faith and challenges them to implement the understanding of their faith through Christian service and worship. Students provide Christian service to the parish and school by leading serving at school and parish liturgies.

    During school liturgies, the clergy include our “Silver Box” and yearly virtue themes in their homilies.

    English Language Arts

    Collections - English Language Arts Program, Grades 6-8 (Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt)

    Students analyze complex texts, determine evidence, reason critically, and communicate thoughtfully, Collections—the nation’s leading ELA program for Grades 6–12—provides a multi-faceted digital and print approach that transcends the traditional anthology and resonates with today’s students.

    • active and engaged learning with a blended digital and print approach
    • balance of complex texts with collections of fiction, nonfiction, and informational
    • deeper learning through enhanced collaboration with interactive digital tools

    Journeys - English Language Arts Program, Grades K-5 (Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt)

    Students are empowered by skill mastery; inspired by authentic, award-winning text; and confident that they are building the skills needed for college and careers. Backed by proven results, Journeys is the most widely-used reading program in the country. Journeys is a research-based, comprehensive English Language Arts program designed to provide solid instruction that is clear and focused with realistic pacing and manageable resources.

    Journeys Leveled Readers allow teachers to meet the needs of students through multiple titles in a variety of genres at each level. With precisely leveled texts and lesson plans designed by Irene Fountas—Journeys Special Consultant and leader in guided reading—you can be assured you are systematically building reading success as well as confident readers.

    LEXIA

    Lexia Reading provides all learners a systematic and structured approach to six areas of reading: phonological awareness, phonics, structural analysis, automaticity, vocabulary, and comprehension.

    The programs create personalized learning paths for each student through an adaptive placement and scaffolded activities that align to Common Core Standards.

    Step Up to Writing

    Step Up To Writing is a first through eighth grade expository writing program. Building on skills that begin in kindergarten, students use consistent terminology, methods and planning materials to create clear, concise written pieces. In addition to consistent terminology throughout the grades, the program utilizes color-coded types of sentences (green, yellow, and red) that are also reinforced from year to year. The sentence variation and vocabulary choices become more complex as the students grow from grade to grade, yet the basic foundation remains from the primary grades.

    Reading A-Z

    Students utilize the Reading A-Z Program in kindergarten through fifth grade. This program is tailored to the individualized learning of each student as they acquire new skills and competencies in reading. Student progress from the most basic fluency level "A", to the most advanced level "Z". Instruction is catered to the level of the individual student in the classroom and their progress is regularly monitored by the teacher.

    Raz-Kids: Link to Raz-Kids

    Raz-Kids is an award-winning teaching product that provides comprehensive leveled reading resources for students. With hundreds of eBooks offered at twenty-nine (29) different levels of reading difficulty, it's easy to put the right content in every student's hands.

    Kids access their leveled text through an interactive learning portal designed to keep them motivated and engaged. Every eBook is available in online and mobile formats, and allows students to listen to, read at their own pace, and record themselves reading. Students then take a corresponding eQuiz complete with an extended answer response to test comprehension and determine future instruction needs. Once a child has read ten or more of the leveled eBooks and passed each of the corresponding eQuizzes, they advance on to the next reading level where they have access to lengthier and more difficult text.

    Art

    The art curriculum at St. Clare School requires each grade to explore different artistic procedures in two-dimensional and three-dimensional mediums. Each grade level also studies multiple famous artists as a class, and the effect of these Masters on cultural art around the world. Teachers collaborate with an on-site dedicated art teacher who works on communication, critical thinking, and creativity. Students participate in cross-curricular activities where they are asked to make connections or review topics taught in their other academic classes, such as science,language arts, or religion. The St. Clare Student Learning Expectations (SLE's) of Worshipping, Learning, Serving and Growing are implemented into every class as well as the core California State Standards for visual arts in each grade level.

    The art classes at St. Clare School play an integral role as the primary source of education under the Arts pillar of the STREAM Program. Students’ cross-curricular activities involve implementation of prior knowledge from other classes and the Religious themes of the Catholic Church such as liturgical seasons, traditions, and sacraments that occur over the year. Developmental improvement in problem solving, observational and fine motor skills are evident in the study of the arts and can be carried out in all other categories integrated in STREAM.

    Math

    GO MATH! K-8 (Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt)

    GO Math!® is the first K–8 math program written to fully support new standards. GO Math! provides teachers with in-depth instructional support embedded professional development videos and tips, and a wealth of differentiated instruction resources to ensure the depth of instruction required for student success.

    The Next-Generation Solution: GO Math! at both the elementary and middle school levels combines 21st-century educational technology with modern content, dynamic interactivities, and a variety of instructional videos to engage today’s digital natives. Every student is supported through the universal access features of the program as they learn to think critically and apply their math knowledge. Whether using the innovative Online Student Edition or Write-in Student Edition, students have all the resources they need to succeed.

    Comprehensive Teacher Support: GO Math! supports teachers through every stage of their instruction, from planning and implementation to assessment and remediation. The Digital Teacher Experience gives teachers access to a full suite of instructional resources—online or offline—on a variety of mobile devices. The HMH player app seamlessly merges technology with curriculum, culminating in an experience that elegantly leverages technology and award-winning HMH content—helping change the way you teach and how your students learn.

    A Blended Approach to Instruction: We understand that classrooms and districts across the country are at different stages in the implementation of technology. While our new K–8 program features a strong digital system, it is also perfect for print or blended instruction, whether you are working with elementary or middle school students. In other words, GO Math! is the perfect program with regards to curriculum and infrastructure. It meets you where you are and takes you where you want to be.

    ST Math - Grades K-4

    ST Math® is a leveled instructional software is designed to help all students reach math proficiency through self-paced, language-independent, mastery-based objectives. It is closely aligned to state and Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and integrates with core instruction. ST Math games use interactive, graphically-rich animations that visually represent mathematical concepts to improve conceptual understanding and problem-solving skills. Through a 1:1 scaffolded learning environment, games gradually increase in difficulty and provide immediate feedback. ST Math features embedded assessments, detailed reporting of student learning patterns and whiteboard integration. Teacher-guided instruction integrating ST Math software activities in the classroom rounds out MIND’s blended learning model. In addition to accessing the software on desktop or laptop computers, teachers and students can access ST Math on supported tablets, enabling anywhere, anytime learning. With touch functionality, ST Math further immerses students in a richly interactive, hands-on and gesture-based learning experience.

    Mathletics - Link to Mathletics

    Mathletics is an online math program used by over 5,000 schools, and over a million students world-wide. Students work at their own pace with step-by-step animated support.

    ALEKS, a Research-Based Online Math Program - Grades 5-8

    ALEKS is an adaptive, online math program that uses artificial intelligence and open-response questioning to identify precisely what each student knows and doesn't know. Through truly individualized learning and assessment, ALEKS delivers a personalized learning path on the exact topics each student is most ready to learn.