Upper School: 6th-8th Grade

Beginning in 6th grade, students’ learning becomes departmentalized. Students meet each morning in homeroom and then rotate classrooms throughout the school day for each subject

Personal Responsibility: Our goal is to help foster personal responsibility in each child, so that—by the time he reaches high school—he will be able to have a good relationship with his parents and be better able to fulfill his academic responsibilities.

Curriculum: St. Mary of the Angels School offers a classical curriculum in:
  • Reading & Literacy
  • Grammar & Composition
  • Greek & Latin Roots
  • Directed Readings & Literature
  • Social Studies & Geography
  • American & World History
  • Math Instruction: Singapore Math 6th grade, PreAlgebra & Algebra 7th & 8th grade
  • Science Instruction: Pearson Interactive Science
These are supplemented with:
  • Spanish (K-8) or Latin (5-8)
  • Studio Art
  • Music Instruction
  • Physical Education
  • Dance (2nd-6th)
Download a complete breakdown of the SMA Curriculum

Assessing Academic Needs & Progress: Teachers and administration utilize standardized testing and assessments as tools to evaluate students’ growth, adjusting lessons to their needs. We emphasize collaboration and gift-of-self, which result in happy, confident students, who are motivated to learn and are able to achieve even higher academic proficiency and test results so as to better serve others with their talents.
  • ACT Aspire for grades third through eighth grade
  • Write up of test scores/improvement
Summer Reading Lists: Summer time is a great time for continued learning! We encourage all students to complete the following summer reading in order to prepare for the coming school year. We hope also to instill a love & joy of reading, one that will last a lifetime. * insert reading guides.
  • Recognizing the importance of technology in our world, St. Mary of the Angels School is committed to providing access to the latest technology to all students. Every classroom, PreK 4-8th grade is outfitted with Promethean Board technology, providing an interactive technological tool compatible with our updated curriculum in Math, Science, Language Arts and language. Students use classroom computers and iPads for research projects, differentiated instruction tools and exploration.
  • Our Upper School students utilize a classroom set of iPads for research projects and individualized work.
Professional Development: Our staff is committed to being at the forefront of implementation of technology in the classroom. Professional Development throughout the summer and school year is set aside for staff to pursue new advances in technology and for development specific to the curriculum in place at St. Mary of the Angels School.

Grading & Academic Honesty: Grading at St. Mary of the Angels School is seen as a way to measure what students have learned. They should see it as a way for them to get to know themselves so as to develop ways to improve. Teachers do not use evaluations as a value judgment of the student—his or her self-worth and identity are based on relationships, not performance—but as a way to better adapt their teaching and methodology to help students grow as a whole person.

High School Readiness: We assist students and families throughout the high school admissions process. Teachers supplement our challenging curriculum with instruction in study skills and test-taking. Our on-site High School Counselor offers guidance to students and families in taking the steps needed to matriculate in the high school of their choice. Our graduates attend top Catholic, private and public high schools.

High Schools Attended by Recent Graduates:
  • St. Ignatius
  • St. Patrick’s
  • De La Salle
  • Fenwick
  • Lane Tech
  • Trinity River Forest
  •  Willows Academy
  • Northridge Prep
  • Guerin Prep
Assessing Academic Needs & Progress: Teachers and administration utilize standardized testing and assessments as tools to evaluate students’ growth, adjusting lessons to their needs. We emphasize collaboration and gift-of-self, which result in happy, confident students, who are motivated to learn and are able to achieve even higher academic proficiency and test results so as to better serve others with their talents. Zich_0242