Curriculum

Saint Ignatius Loyola School follows a rigorous academic program that meets the high standards of the New York State curriculum, the AdvanceEd Association and the Archdiocese of New York.

The Language Arts curriculum includes daily lessons in reading, grammar, writing, oral and listening skills. 

Students in kindergarten through the second grade use The Reading Street Program as the basis for their instruction in phonics, grammar and writing. The classroom methods that are used to assist emergent readers in attaining the necessary milestones include whole class instruction, grouping, learning centers and books on tape.  A reading specialist is added to the program in the first grade.  Through the Letterland Program, the specialist provides whole class and small group instruction.

The third and fourth grade reading program continues to build skills. Students are taught to apply critical thinking to their independent reading. Listening and speaking are an integral part of the curriculum.  Through mini lessons, pair share, graphic organizers, book reports and author studies, the children explore the world of literature.

In the fifth grade, students are challenged to practice their oratory skills in an annual speech competition.  In the sixth grade, an anthology of excerpts from award winning trade books is allows students to explore different genres.  The seventh and eighth grade curriculum utilizes novels, short stories and plays as the core of its program.

The goal of the Mathematics curriculum is to ensure that each student gains a solid foundation and understanding of math as it applies in both the practical world and in abstract thinking. 

In the primary grades, students are introduced to mathematical concepts through the use of manipulatives, interactive white boards, group work and centers.  Students learn graphing, measuring, skip counting and working with geometric shapes.

In the third grade, students are introduced to math as a departmentalized subject; the emphasis shifts to solving problems, including both computation and critical thinking.  Estimation, working with fractions and understanding place value are ways the students are challenged.  Decimals, area and perimeter, algebra and geometric applications are additional components of the fourth and fifth grade curriculum. 

At the end of the fifth grade, each student is evaluated by reviewing class performance and standardized test results to determine placement in either on-level or accelerated math classes.  Students in grades six through eight are introduced to ratio and proportion, polynomials, percentage problems and statistics. 

The Science Program affords the students in kindergarten through the eighth grade the opportunity to experience science in action.  A dedicated science lab and greenhouse allows students to be exposed to intensive hands-on exploration and discovery, complemented with class discussion.  Students in grades six through eight participate in the school science fair, the Science Olympiad and other metropolitan competitions.

Social Studies is taught through a sequential learning approach, beginning with community and progressing through state, national and world studies.  From the kindergarten lesson on street and town, to the eighth grade in-depth study of American History, students gain an understanding about the world around them.  Document based scaffolding and essay questions are used to promote the synthesis of information. The focus is not simply on the events or facts, but the essential questions – Why did these events happen? How did they affect the country? What bearing does it have on the world we live in today?

Latin is introduced as a core subject for students in the fifth grade through the eighth grades.  Latin develops and reinforces an understanding of the English language and lays the foundation for further language studies.  The curriculum emphasizes declensions, vocabulary and translations, as well as the study of Roman history and Greek mythology.  Latin is studied five times a week in 45 minute class periods.  Students in the seventh and eighth grades are required to take the National Latin Exam. Additionally, the seventh grade students take the Latin Proficiency Exam.

Religion is a core subject.  The students expand knowledge of their faith through the study of the Old and New Testaments, the Ten Commandments, prayer, the history of Catholicism and preparation for the sacraments.  The seventh and eighth grades focus on Jesus Christ, the Gospels and the sacramental life of the church.

All students attend computer, music, art, library and physical education classes once a week for 45 minute periods.

Computer class enhances all subject areas through cross curriculum activities.  The computer teacher meets regularly with colleagues to integrate subject matter with computer lessons.  Knowledge Network provides a framework for curriculum expectation and assessment.  Students utilizing this program are introduced to global communication through the use of Skype, research and software applications.  Participation in technology competitions is encouraged.

A well articulated Performing Arts curriculum builds a mastery of skills. The music program begins in the kindergarten with an introduction to music theory, where the children explore rhythm, harmony and melody through instrument playing and movement to music.  As the students’ musical comprehension and ability develops, they study the reading and writing of music, explore various musical genres and have the opportunity to perform in ensemble performances, various musical productions and concerts.

The Art program is a sequential development of skills and processes.  Classes are designed to foster an appreciation of the visual arts by researching and observing various mediums within their historical context.  Students utilize a variety of materials and techniques to create paintings, sculptures, drawings and other forms of visual art.

Library crosses the curriculum through reading and writing.  Various forms of media, print and technology are utilized. This program is further complemented through author visits and field trips.

The Physical Education program is designed to develop gross and fine motor skills through activities and sports.  The program’s goal also includes the importance of living a healthy lifestyle through exercise, diet and good sportsmanship.