Academics

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St. Margaret Mary Catholic School seeks academic excellence across the curriculum. Curriculum standards are set by the Diocese of Orlando Office of Schools and are enhanced by additional teaching resources, textbooks, and professional experience. Teachers infuse rigor into instruction to challenge each student. In addition, the school emphasizes the education and development of the whole child: moral and spiritual, intellectual, physical, social and emotional, and artistic.

Technology is utilized regularly in the classrooms to enhance instruction in all subject areas, build student skills, and accommodate varying learning styles.

Academic support is available to help students reach class objectives. The school counselor works with individual students and through classroom instruction to offer guidance with social and learning strategies.

Student progress is monitored with frequent formative assessments and with summative quizzes/tests at the end of units. The school electronic- information site, PlusPortals , facilitates communication on assignments, grades, and special notifications. Students in second through eighth grades complete the Iowa Test, a standardized instrument that assesses student growth in learning and informs instruction. In addition, fifth and eighth students complete the ACRE test in religion to gauge their understanding of key religious concepts.

Reading is encouraged school wide and students in first through eighth grade are asked to keep a book in their backpacks at all times to supplement class reading. In addition, teachers include the AR reading program along with non-fiction books and articles into the school week. Similarly, mathematics instruction is enhanced with the IXL Math online lessons.

In addition to mathematics, language arts, and religion, every student receives direct instruction in social studies and science. Every week, students take part in physical education and Spanish. Elementary students also have art, music, technology foundation, and library/media studies. Junior high students have the same opportunities on a rotating elective basis.