ACADEMICS

Truth, Beauty, Goodness.

CURRICULUM FRAMEWORK

It is the Mission of Regina Angelorum Academy to promote and nurture the intellectual growth and talents of elementary school children through the time-tested classical liberal arts course of study.  Students study and learn in a wholesome and rigorous academic environment.  The Catholic faculty integrates the Magisterial teaching, Scripture and Tradition of the Catholic Church throughout the curriculum.  In partnership with their families, boys and girls are taught to be effective Catholic citizens and leaders.  They are taught to know, love and serve God and neighbor, aware of their ultimate purpose in life – eternal happiness with God in Heaven.
 

The fundamental principles of classical education are based on practical wisdom that has been the foundation of Catholic education from the beginning.  The keystone of classical education is the Trivium which simply recognizes the natural development of a child.  These can be thought of as the knowledge , understanding and wisdom  stages of human development.  “The Trivium applies in nearly every educational sphere because it accounts for the entire range of what education is supposed to do: The learner must acquire information, grasp it intellectually, and use it purposefully.”  Sometimes these three development phases are termed the grammar, logic and rhetoric stages of learning.

Core Curriculum

At Regina Angelorum Academy, the core curriculum includes the five subject areas of English, math, history and geography, science, Latin, music and the arts.  English starts with early, systematic phonics instruc-tion.  Reading, especially the classics, and writing are central to our program and critical to developing the articulation and learning skills that are so vital for success in today’s society.
 
The Catholic Faith is the foundation on which all course work rests and it is a part of its exposition.  All branches of knowledge are connected together because they are intimately united to the work of our Creator.  Catholic truth, therefore, will complete the appreciation of each subject and demonstrate the wholeness of that truth.  For example, history will focus on God’s plan of salvation.  Science will place emphasis on what the natural world tells us about God.  Reading and writing assignments will include the lives of the saints.  Art and music will focus on the sacred as well as the secular.

TRIVIUM STAGE
GRADES
STUDENT LEARNS
TRIVIUM APPROACH
HOW ACCOMPLISHED
SEEKS TO:
GRAMMER
DEVELOPING THE FOUNDATION OF KNOWLEDGE
Cognitive Taxonomy
Knowledge
Comprehension
GRADES
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
LOGIC / DIALECTIC
DEVELOPING UNDERSTANDING AND ANALYSIS
Cognitive Taxonomy
Application
Analysis
GRADES
5th
6th
7th
8th
Assessments
Iowa Achievement Test
Iowa Achievement Test
Iowa Achievement Test
Iowa Achievement Test
Evaluation Tools
Student Portfolios
Student Portfolios
Student Portfolios
Student Portfolios
Subject
Integrated History and Literature Curriculum
History
5th Grade: Sea to Shining Sea- Founding of the United States to the Civil War 6th Grade: All Ye Lands- Origins of world culture: pre-history through the Middle Ag-es 7th Grade: Light to the Nations 1- The Incarnation to the threshold of the Enlighten-ment 8th Grade: Light to the Nations 2- The Enlightenment to the Modern World
Literature - Note: the lists are illustrative, not definitive or complete. Every grade will memorize select poems.
Little Women, The Secret Garden, Trumpeter of Krakow, Canterbury Tales, Johnny Tremain, Tales from Shakespeare, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Sarah Plain and Tall, Great Classical Myths, The Red Badge of Courage, Great Expectations, The Light in the Forest, The Gift of the Magi, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Sounder, Screwtape Letters, Children’s Homer, The Golden Goblet, The Hitite Warrior,Amos Fortune, Ben and Me, Madeline Takes Command, Brave Buffalo Fighter, Away Goes Sally, Freedom Train: Harriet Tubman.
Subject
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Language Arts and English
Shurley Grammar; Composition using Institute for Excellence in Writing Vocabulary Workshop Cursive handwriting
Shurley Grammar; Composition us-ing Institute for Excellence in Writing Vocabulary Workshop Cursive handwriting
Shurley Grammar Composition using Institute for Excellence in Writing Vocabulary Workshop Cursive handwriting
Shurley Grammar Composition using Institute for Excellence in Writing Vocabulary Workshop Cursive handwriting
Catholic Faith
Introduction to the Sacaraments Faith & Life Series Bible Disciples of Christ: Education in Virtue
The Story of Salvation History Introduction to Scripture The Bible Timeline Faith & Life Series Bible Disciples of Christ: Education in Virtue
Living as Disciples of Jesus Christ through the Sacramental Life. Introduction to the Gospels Confirmation preparation Faith and Life Series Bible Disciples of Christ: Education in Virtue
Livng as Catholic Witnessed in the World Apologetics Faith and Life Series Bible Catechism of the Catholic Church Disciples of Christ: Education in Virtue
Mathematics
Saxon Math 7/6
Saxon Math 8/7
Honors Pre-Algebra
Honors Algebra 1
Science - Study of the five major building blocks of Sci-ence: chemistry, biology, geology, astronomy and physics. Science Fair
Exploring the Building Blocks of Science, books 4-8 by Rebecca W. Keller, PhD Experimental investigation
Exploring the Building Blocks of Science, books 4-8 by Rebecca W. Keller, PhD Experimental investigation
Exploring the Build-ing Blocks of Science, books 4-8 by Rebecca W. Keller, PhD Experimental investigation
Exploring the Building Blocks of Science, books 4-8 by Rebecca W. Keller, PhD Experimental investigation
Latin
Latin for Children Primer A
Lingua Latina
Lingua Latina
Lingua Latina
Art
Drawing, Painting
Drawing, Painting
Drawing, Painting
Drawing, Painting
Music
Theory, Chorus
Theory, Chorus
Theory, Chorus
Theory, Chorus
Physical Activity
PE once/week; two recesses/day
PE once/week; two recesses/day
PE once/week; two recesses/day
PE once/week; two recesses/day
Regina Angelorum Academy is proudly accredited by
The National Association of Private Catholic Independent Schools