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  Core Curriculum

At St. John School, a positive learning climate exists to encourage the students to achieve academically, and to develop a sense of self-worth and personal accomplishment. On all grade levels, the school follows the curriculum from the Archdiocesan Course of Study.


The Pre-Kindergarten program is based on developmentally appropriate, research based  curriculum.  The Macmillan/MacGraw-Hill Little Treasures program is used as the basis of the curriculum.  It is designed to prepare four year old children for the the academic and social demands of Kindergarten.  Key features include Language development, pre-reading skills; phonemic awareness, letter recognition, print awareness, social/emotional development, and an integrated curriculum that includes Science, Math, Social Studies, Music, and Art.  St. John School follows the Archdiocesan Standard for Early Childhood Education Course of Study.  Religion is incorporated into the school day through prayer, bible stories, and the use of Loyola Press God Made the World.

To learn more about the Pre-Kindergarten program, click here.


 The kindergarten program focuses on readiness skills for language and math. A phonics approach to reading is utilized through the Alpha Time Program and Macmillan/McGraw-Hill Reading Program. Opportunities are also provided in both whole group and small group settings for religion, handwriting, social studies, and science. Kindergarten students engage in music, physical education, library, and computer classes. Social and motor skills are developed in numerous ways. Kindergarten is supported by teacher assistants.

Grades 1-8

The following is a list of subjects taught.

Standard Subjects

Religion Social Studies
Mathematics Reading and Literature
Science English Phonics

The Religion Program

The study of religion is required for each year a student attends St. John School. All students must attend religion classes and services. Children receive formal instruction on a daily basis and religious values are incorporated into the other curriculum areas. In addition, children are offered the opportunity to participate in planning liturgies and prayer services for various occasions. The children’s participation in various service projects provides a living out of their Christianity as they witness Christ to the school, parish, and civic community. Preparation for reception of the sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Reconciliation is part of the religion program in second grade, and is offered in conjunction with the parish religious education office. Opportunities are offered during the year for the students to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation during school hours. Registration and preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation are offered ONLY through the parish Office of Religious Education.

Other Standard Programs

 Students in grades 1-4 are separated into ability groups in reading. All students in grade 7 are placed in an eighth grade literature program and all 8th graders work in a 9th grade literature program. Beginning in grade 5, children are divided into ability groupings in math. A full course in Algebra I is offered to students in grade 8 who meet the math qualifications, which include (but are not limited to): teacher recommendation, math grades, standardized test scores, work habits. A student will NOT be placed in an advanced math group without the approval of the school administrator(s).

Click here for FAQ's about the new Math curriculum.

View video regarding new Math curriculum by Dr. Edmondson, Superintendent of Schools, Archdiocese of Baltimore.

Special Programs

In addition to the standard subjects, the following subjects are taught on all grade levels.

Children attend these classes weekly.

Physical Education General and Vocal Music
Art Library Science
Computer Skills  
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