Holy Spirit Catholic School strives to educate the whole child. It is important to teach to the intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual development of the child. Holy Spirit Catholic School uses the curriculum guidelines of the Department of Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of San Antonio along with the Texas State Standards as its main source for determining the course of instruction. To accomplish these goals, teachers utilize textbooks, workbooks, project based learning, and other outside resources as necessary to assure mastery of these objectives.
Special attention is given to developing age and skill appropriate teaching practices through differentiated instruction to meet the needs of all students. All students receive instruction in the core courses of religion, math, English, literature, science and social studies as prescribed by the TCCED Bell to Bell schedule. Students will also receive instruction in the specialty subjects of music, art, physical education, computer science, and Spanish. Information on Archdiocesan Curriculum can be found on the Archdiocesan website at www.sacatholicschools.org.
Pre-Kindergarten (3 & 4 year old) Program
Holy Spirit Catholic School offers a full-day, five-day a week Pre-Kindergarten three and four year old program. The Pre-Kindergarten Program currently consists of two 3 year old classes and two 4 year old classes. Each class is led by a certified teacher and full-time para-educator.The Pre-Kindergarten curriculum includes pre-reading skills, phonics, mathematical concepts, handwriting, journal writing, religion, science, social studies, and social skills development. Students experience elective classes in technology, Library, music, art, and Physical Education. Our Pre-Kindergarten 4 class also studies Kimochis®, a universal, school-based, social and emotional learning program designed to give children the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they need to recognize and manage their emotions, demonstrate caring and concern, establish positive relationships, make responsible decisions, and handle challenging situations constructively.
Primary, Intermediate and Middle School Curriculum
Holy Spirit is a leader in the Archdiocese. Holy Spirit Catholic School focuses on STREAM Education, which incorporates the creativity and expression of the Arts and our faith as integral components of a Catholic education.
Science – Technology – Religion Engineering – Arts – Mathematics
STREAM principles promote higher levels of critical thinking skills and a deeper understanding of content because concepts are reinforced across multiple subject areas. STREAM encourages teachers to include and develop hands-on projects and instructional strategies at every grade level.
Holy Spirit consistently assesses its curriculum and teaching methods to ensure that students are engaged in rigorous and life learning academic program. Integrating technology through the use of ActiveBoards and iPads allows students to learn with state of the art technology equipment as well as allows teachers to provide up to date research and real life interactions for our students to experience.
The curriculum is vertically aligned throughout the grade school to ensure a strong academic foundation. Teachers utilize guided reading and math groups to teach new lessons.
Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)
The Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) is administered to students in grades 1st – 8th. The goal of ITBS is to provide a comprehensive assessment of student progress in the areas of language and math. Results provide the school with diagnostic data that is used to assist with remediation and better preparation of the school curriculum. In addition, Archdiocesan Policy dictates that students in 2nd and 6th grade are required to also take the Cognative Abilities Test (CogAT), which assesses students’ learned reasoning abilities in the three areas: Verbal, Nonverbal and Quantitative.
Middle school students have the opportunity to participate in honors classes in the subjects of Math, Science and Language Arts (7th and 8th) and Math and Science (6th). Students are recommended for admittance into the program based upon a selective criteria.