At The St. Austin School, each child is encouraged to develop socially, intellectually, and spiritually at his optimum pace. We strive to involve each child in active and independent learning. Emphasis is placed on the essential skills of literacy, numeracy, and religious instruction. These are worked out through a varied and exciting curriculum which we believe is both broad and balanced and is intended to help children engage with the greatest ideas found in the best books.
The academic program at The St. Austin School is outlined comprehensively in our 2019 Prospectus.
Our school is organized into Forms for Lower and Middle School:
Our PreK program utilizes a Montessori approach that includes Religious Instruction, Story Time, Penmanship, Literacy and Numeracy activities, and activity-based introduction to Science, History, Music, and Arts & Crafts.
Form I: Kindergarten
Form II: First Grade
Form III: Second Grade
Form IV: Third Grade
Form V: Fourth Grade
Form VI: Fifth Grade
Form VII: Sixth Grade
Form VIII: Seventh and Eighth Grade
St. Anselm defined theology as fides quaerens intellectum – an active love of God (fides) seeking a deeper knowledge of God (intellectum). Religious Instruction provides the foundation for understanding that will allow the lifelong process of living the Catholic Faith. The tools for this are the Holy Bible, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Faith and Life Series and thorough understanding of the Church’s Sacraments and Ceremonies, especially Holy Mass. In middle school, knowledge of Hebrew is used to help the students develop an understanding of the Israelite culture by learning the language, which will open their minds to Scripture, thereby helping them to better understand it.
A sound knowledge of grammar and the ability to express oneself clearly and articulately, both orally and in writing, are the goals of the English program.
Reading good books is not only central to teaching English but touches on all subjects. The best books are used across the curriculum in all subjects. These books engage the mind, delight the soul and provide food for the imagination. A good book makes every topic come alive; therefore, the best literature is the most important element in instruction.
Latin is the language of the Church and is the foundation of our culture. Since it is essential for the fullest participation in the liturgical life of the Church as well as providing excellent mental training and assisting the understanding of English, Latin vocabulary, song and prayers are taught from Grade 1 onward. Latin grammar is introduced in conjunction with the study of English grammar to help the children understand how the science of grammar works.
History and Geography
History is presented in a chronological perspective in order to help the students develop a historical sense as well as a real and profound understanding of the people and events which have shaped human culture. Geography covers all aspects of the study of the earth, its physical attributes, climate and its peoples. Map work is incorporated into the subject.
Mathematics is a tool relevant to everyday life. The early grades concentrate on measuring, estimating, working with shapes, money, number patterns, graphs, tables and number calculations. The later grades concentrate on rational numbers, geometry concepts and Algebra. Students should have completed Algebra I by the end of Grade 8.
Nature study is the basis of the science program. This includes observation, classification, use of the scientific method, and recording data findings in a scientific manner. Our aim is that children will develop flexible, inquiring minds, a scientific approach to problem-solving and be led to a sense of wonder and gratitude at God’s creation.