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CURRICULUM BY AGE

Preparing students for the next level of achievement

Preschoolers experience creative and spirit-filled learning

The St. Stephen’s Catholic Preschool is where our commitment to Grow in Spirit and Mind begins. Located on Main Street in Anoka, Minnesota, St. Stephen’s Catholic Preschool provides for all areas of a child’s early development: spiritual, social, emotional, cognitive, and physical.

Active exploration is encouraged through learning areas and interaction with adults and peers. The difficulty, complexity, and challenge of activities increase as the children develop understanding of concepts and skills.

The program offers a balance of indoor and outdoor activities, restful and active movement activities, and a varied curriculum encompassing faith formation, language arts, reading readiness, art, music, drama, library, computer, Spanish, physical education, math, science, and social awareness. Preschool students participate in two all-school music performances each year.

3-Year-Old Programs / 2-Day Sessions – $900/year

Children must be 3 years old by Sept. 1 to enroll in the 3-year old program

  • Tuesday & Thursday Mornings 7:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
  • Tuesday & Thursday Afternoons 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

4-Year-Old Programs/ 3-Day Sessions – $1,200/year

Children must be 4 years old by Sept. 1 to enroll in the 4-year old program

  • Monday, Wednesday, & Friday Mornings 7:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
  • Monday, Wednesday, & Friday Afternoons 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Staffing Ratio

There is preschool enrollment limit of no more than 20 children per session.

Schedule

The preschool year begins in September and continues through May. Children are expected to enroll for the entire school year. The preschool program follows the St. Stephen’s Catholic School calendar for days off.

Immunizations

An up-to-date immunization and medical report will be required by state licensing. Forms will be provided prior to the beginning of the pre-school year.

Transportation

Transportation to and from pre-school is provided by the parents.

Small class sizes with big opportunities

St. Stephen’s Catholic School accepts up to 52 students in each elementary grade. Enrolled students are divided into two classrooms. In addition to core teachers, our elementary students expand their creativity and knowledge with specialist teachers in Art, Music, Physical Education and Technology/Media.

Faith Formation (Religion)

  • Weekly School Liturgies
  • Religion Standards

Core Academics

  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Language Arts

  • Reading
  • Writing-Handwriting
  • Spelling
  • Speaking
  • Listening

Encore Academics

  • Music
  • Art
  • Physical Education
  • Media & Technology

Second grade is an important grade at St. Stephen’s Catholic School as our students prepare for the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Contact the Parish Office for more information.

Our Catholic faith is ever present in our elementary grades and comes alive through class projects and programs revolving around the Catholic Social Teachings:

  • Life and Dignity of the Human Person
  • Call to Family, Community and Participation
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
  • The Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers
  • Solidarity
  • Care for God’s Creation

Anchoring educational experience with moral development

Our tradition of Catholic education continues in middle school with daily Religion class for grades six to eight. Our Catholic faith anchors the educational experience with moral development that supports the rapid physical and emotional growth naturally underway. What’s more, our students cherish this class and its role in guiding their lives.

Middle school students move classrooms throughout the day while studying math, literature, religion, science, social studies and alternating between art, music, physical education/health and Spanish. Many extracurricular activities are also available including choir, Lego robotics and athletics for boys and girls.

The priests from the Church of St. Stephen meet with middle school students throughout the year both in the classroom and during retreats at the church. Catholic morals and values are emphasized throughout the entire day and throughout the general curriculum. Class periods are 45 minutes long and include:

Faith Formation – Archdiocesan Standards

  • Formation (Religion)
  • Prayer & Worship
  • Word & Tradition
  • Sacraments & Liturgies
  • Community Service
  • Evangelization
  • Character Building
  • Catholic Social Teachings

Core Academics – MN State Standards

  • Language Arts
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Vocabulary
  • Spelling
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Geography-Social Studies

Encore Academics – MN State Standards

  • Music (½ school year)
  • Art (½ school year)
  • Physical Education/Health (½ school year)

Advisory Class

The adolescents in our school need at least one person (an advisor), who knows them well.  These students need an advocate, someone who will commit themselves to ensuring a successful school year for each student.

These growing students need individual academic guidance.  Our Middle School teachers are responsible for 110-120 students each day.  Splitting the students among 10 teachers will ensure that no child silently falls behind and fails.  Each advisor will contact parents immediately when a concern arises.

As these students push to be more independent, each advisory group will learn to work together as a team to complete projects, tackle tough ideas and problem solve creative solutions in a group setting.  The advisor will become a trusted guide and confidant.

Communication between teachers, parents, and students in the middle school is a struggle.  One adult in the school responsible for communicating with students and parents will become more manageable and more efficient.

Advisory groups meet each morning for a 1/2 hour class.  Details like attendance, lunch count, and announcements can be taken care of during this advisory time.  Once again, one adult caring for a dozen or so students will be more organized and easier to complete.

Enrichment Class

Enrichment classes are held throughout the school year during the advisory class time. Students may pick from a variety of classes offered, such as:

  • Reading Buddies (help a first grader read)
  • Strategic Games
  • Guitar
  • Color Guard
  • Scarf Factory
  • PowerPoint
  • Cribbage
  • Pottery
  • Football Analyst
  • Blankets (make blankets for the homeless)

Library & Media Center

A wealth of information

The St. Stephen School Library Media Center (LMC) is managed by a licensed media specialist with help from parent volunteers. LMC resources include thousands of books, an online library catalog, and online databases, which provide access to full-text newspapers, journals, magazines and non-fiction books.

Students in grades K through 5 attend scheduled Media Classes, where they learn library, research, and information literacy skills. Middle School students may come to the LMC with a pass from their teacher.

How it works

Items in the LMC are checked out for two weeks. Kindergarten students may check out one book at a time; all other students may check out two books. Opportunities exist for students to earn the privilege of checking out a third book. Students with overdue books are not allowed to check out more books until the overdue books are returned.

St. Stephen’s Library is now online!

St. Stephen’s Online Library Catalog

Media

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School Uniforms

policy & information

As a Catholic Faith Community, we believe that no child should be treated differently based on appearance. The goal of the uniform policy at St. Stephen’s School is to identify our student body in the community through respectful representation. Our expectation is for the student to be neat, clean and decent.

In addition to uniform shirts, all grades may wear navy blue pants or shorts. Elementary girls may also wear the school jumper, skirts or capris.

Where to purchase uniforms

Uniforms tops must be purchased from our uniform vendor, Anoka Sport Shack, in Anoka. Uniform bottoms may be purchased from Anoka Sport Shack or any retail store.

Anoka Sport Shack
202 East Main Street
Anoka, MN 55303
763-427-7816
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