Religion | Language Arts |
| Social Studies
| Physical Education
All academic areas follow the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Graded Course of Study and exceed standards set by the State of Ohio Department of Education.
Children of all faiths are welcome at SASEAS School. Catholic/Christian values and beliefs are an integral part of the total school program.
Every student participates in the formal religious educational program, which stresses both formation and information. SASEAS School is very proud of its Religious Education program. Children experience a "spiral" approach to learning our Catholic faith as the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, - the Creed, Sacraments, Morality, and Prayer - are taught and developed on every grade level every year. This offers total Catechesis that makes a difference.
Religious education strives to enable all students to develop a personal relationship with God. Daily prayer, weekly attendance at Liturgy and participation in a variety of service projects are all vital elements in our Religious Education program.
Language Arts - Reading /English
SASEAS School recognizes that students of today live in a world where communication is of paramount importance. The demands of society require that students need much more than basic literacy skills. They need to be comfortable and confident in their ability to communicate both verbally and in writing through traditional channels and through technology.
The Language Arts program of SASEAS School is comprised of many facets. Our Language Arts program is a well-balanced program, which integrates literature (reading) with the important skills of language such as writing, spelling and phonics. Since language skills are highly interrelated, learning best occurs where skills are taught in an integrated manner. Reading becomes a model and an impetus for writing and the mechanics of writing are taught in relation to authentic writing tasks. The goals of our Language Arts program include listening skills, speaking skills, reading skills, visualization skills, media literacy skills, and writing skills. We want children to learn not only how to read and write but to love to read and to write!
Mathematics is the science of numbers. Mathematics not only involves concepts and skills but also problem solving and citical thinking. Mathematics is actively explored through experimentation, discovery, manipulation, and discussion and that calculators and computers can be used as tools of mathematics.
Mathematics is a science of order and pattern which includes the following strands:
- Number, Number Sense, and Operations Strand
- Measurement Strand
- Geometry and Spatial Sense Strand
- Patterns, Functions and Algebra Strand
- Data Analysis and Probability Strand
Our Mathematics program aims at providing lifelong skills that will allow all students to function well in an every increasingly complex technological society.
Science education enables children to make discoveries about their environment and themselves. Students in all grade levels have the opportunities to participate in hands-on activities and to investigate, make hypothesis, test ideas, and draw conclusions.
Good Science instruction requires student involvement in hands-on activities, demonstrations and experiments, spending time observing as well as researching and reading data and interpreting it. Integration of technology into our Science program is powerful. Science teachers incorporate technology in all appropriate ways to support their teaching, from gathering information, to sharing data, watching simulations and creating new applications.
Students develop skills needed for scientific inquiry and an understanding of the various areas of science:
- Earth/Space Science
- Life Science
- Physical Science
Social Studies education teaches children their connection to the past, their place in the present, and their impact on the future. The Social Sciences (History, Geography, and Government) give students a global perspective, which will enable them to become responsible citizens of a global community.
Social Sciences as taught in a Catholic school consists of an emphasis based on peace and justice along with the dignity and sacredness of the human person.
Each grade level contains a geography, as well as a place and justice unit. The focus of the geography lesson is to help students become more proficient in geography, as well as a better understanding of different cultures throughout the world.
The purpose of the peace and justice focus is to aid students in recognizing the Christian attitudes and values of Christ?s teachings throughout history.
The Art program is based on Discipline-Based Art Education (DBAE) and the National Art Education Standards. DBAE includes art history, art production, art criticism, and aesthetics. Math, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts are incorporated into the projects, discussions, and critiques. Students apply concepts in other curricula and make cross-curricular connections. The students are constantly enriching their problem-solving and inquiry skills. The art program is enhanced through the utilization of area museums and cultural programs.
The Physical Education program emphasizes movement education, manipulative skill development, and an introduction to various sports and fitness activities. As a part of a Catholic Education program, the physical education classes also promote teamwork, cooperation, and a respect for all individual abilities. Through the use of a variety of games and activities, the Physical Education program encourages an appreciation for the enjoyment, benefit, and necessity of lifelong physical activity.
Music education is an integral part of the aesthetic experience at SASEAS School. Music education helps children grow to be sensitive to life and culture, and also affects how they worship.
At the heart of the music program is hands-on experience in making music. Students in Grades 6-8 learn to sing choral pieces from different musical eras and styles, thereby developing an appreciation for music history and its famous composers. 5th Graders learn beginning guitar. Students in Grades 3-5 learn to play the soprano recorder. All students learn fundamental music elements such as rhythm, melody and form through singing and playing various percussion/mallet instruments.
Additional opportunities for students to experience making music are available through the 6th - 8th Grade Band, the 5th Grand Beginners? Band, the 6th ? 8th Grade Liturgy Choir, and the 3rd ? 5th Grade Chorus.
Students at SASEAS School utilize educationally appropriate technology to enhance their thought and problem-solving skills, and use multiple resources to access, evaluate, process and communicate information. The faculty integrates information technologies into every aspect of school life and models the appropriate use of technology so that the students begin to see it as a useful tool.
The SASEAS School curriculum is designed to build students' skills and confidence in the use of technology. Students use Microsoft Office to learn word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software. All computers have high-speed access to the Internet allowing students to search the World Wide Web using Internet Explorer.
The St. Andrew Campus computer lab features 27 PC's with built-in CD-ROM drives, digital camera, digital video camera, and scanner. The sixth, seventh, and eighth graders explore additional programs such as Dreamweaver, iMovie, and Fireworks.
The Seton Campus computer lab features 27 PC's with built-in CD-ROM drives, educational software, and a scanner. Students in the primary grades begin to develop an understanding of technology as a tool. The fourth and fifth graders additionally use Microsoft Office to learn word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software, and they use Internet Explorer to search the World Wide Web. Students in grades K-3 use educational software to develop their problem solving skills.
In addition to the two computer labs, computers are in every classroom for the students daily use. Using computers, digital video cameras, digital cameras, and LCD projectors, teachers at both campuses utilize technology daily to enrich the educational experience of their students.
Students will leave SASEAS School not only knowing how to use technology, but how to use it to learn.
The Spanish program is based on the belief that the purpose of learning a foreign language is to communicate with those who speak it, and to appreciate their cultures. All 7th and 8th graders are enrolled in the course for 2 lessons per week. A goal of the program is for the students to understand language learning as an authentic exchange of information for a genuine purpose between two or more people. Students are encouraged to understand the close relationship between language and culture, and this is reinforced with time spent on cultural instruction. Classroom activities during Spanish are designed to provide practice for the students in interpreting and expressing meaning through paired peer interactions. The students find themselves as active participants during class time and the majority of instructional time is spent on oral/auditory practice. In addition, the students complete short writing assignments and read stories/dialogues to enhance comprehension .