Curriculum

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St. Athanasius students consistently achieve standardized class test scores in the top 10% of the nation.


Highlights of Our Curriculum
  • Focuses on math. University of Chicago Everyday Math from K-6 and leveled math classes from 6-8; math coursework is taught by specialists in 6-8; students with aptitude are prepared for an opportunity to take high school geometry in eighth grade.
  • Uses a balanced reading-writing approach to ensure students “learn-to-read” and transition to “read-to-learn” in the elementary grades. Establishes literacy foundation in grades K-4; moves to more difficult, content-rich materials in grades 5-8.
  • Emphasizes religion and spiritual growth through Catholic scripture, tradition, prayer, and participation in liturgy and sacraments; introduces students to other religious traditions.
  • Fosters civic engagement across all grade levels through current events, discussions related to social justice, and community service involvement.
  • Offers a dynamic visual arts program including art production, history and criticism from K-8.
  • Offers extensive music education in rhythm, composition, melody, expression, harmony and music heritage from K-8. Performing arts include choir, band and on-site private lessons.
  • Provides French and Spanish language from K-8. As high school freshmen, most St. A’s graduates place into 2nd year French and Spanish — many place into 2nd year honors French and Spanish.
  • Integrates hands-on science with standards-based instruction from K-8. From 5-8 experiments focus on earth, physical and life sciences. Junior High students take an experiential approach to concepts such as buoyancy, friction, volume, density and chemical reactions, dissections and chemical experiments. From 4-8 a STEM curricula, lab and learning center focus on an exploratory approach to science, technology, engineering and math.
  • Introduces social studies in K-2 (i.e. study of families, local community, citizenship); moves to U.S. government, history and climate from 3-6; and culminates in grades 7-8 with U.S. and World History, democracy and cultural diversity. 
  • Benefits from a 10,000 volume library.
  • Integrates leading-edge technology into teaching and learning through a dedicated STEM lab, interactive white boards, iPads, desktop and laptop Apple computers.
  • Promotes physical education and emotional well-being through movement, teamwork, competition and fair play. This includes: two outdoor play structures, an outdoor classroom, and an all-weather turf park. 
  • Promotes health such as sound nutritional choices, positive lifestyle habits and peer relationships, disease prevention, and alcohol and drug abuse prevention in middle school.
  • Incorporates service to enhance an understanding of community, charity and social justice while assisting local, national and international causes.
  • Gives opportunities for students in middle grades to mentor students in junior kindergarten and primary school through big brother/big sister pairings and reading buddy programs.
  • Provides student leadership opportunities in academics and in 20+ co-curricular activities.
  • Teaches interpersonal skills, counteracts bullying and builds community.

Our Students won gold and silver at the State Science Fair in 2015, 2016 & 2017, and received the regional Top School Award at the Illinois Junior Academy of Science (IJAS) Expos in 2015 & 2016.

Students also earn high marks on the National French Test, and benefit from small class sizes (11:1 teacher-student ratio).


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