St. Anne Catholic Middle School provides an outstanding Catholic education, enabling students to excel in scholarship, leadership, character development, and service. Our students are prepared to be lifelong learners and leaders in the Church and society. With a college-preparatory education beginning in 6th grade that speaks to the whole person, St. Anne promotes a strong academic tradition of critical thinking, intellectual curiosity and active social responsibility.
The St. Anne School ELA curriculum strives to provide exploratory experiences which will enable students to achieve their potential as critical thinkers, effective communicators, and intelligent interpreters of text and media. Utilizing relevant, rigorous, and differentiated instruction, teachers support students in developing proficiency in various forms of communication and improving the skills required for success in high school and beyond. The middle school language arts curriculum consists of the study of short stories, novels, grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and writing and speaking skills. The student will read and learn to comprehend a variety of literary texts in print and non-print formats. In addition to fiction works, students will read and analyze a variety of informational text such as speeches, discussions and media productions. Always the presence of God will guide the choice of topics and selected reading material. Word analysis and vocabulary strategies are very much a part of the language arts curriculum by studying literal and figurative meanings, denotation and connotation, spelling, and syntax clues. Latin is integrated into the curriculum as a tool to help our students decipher the roots of our English language. Our students create written works that have a clear focus, sufficient detail, coherent organization, use of voice and correct use of the conventions of Standard American English. As the student progresses through the St. Anne ELA curriculum, the writing aspect of language arts in the student will show an increased level of mastery of grammar and development of ideas. The culmination of written work is the completion of an MLA research paper that has been learned step-by-step from formation of thesis statement, note cards, sentence outline and proper citing. The tenets of the Catholic faith inform and pervade the reading and writing responses of the students.
Throughout middle school, students are taught a mixture of Physical, Life, and Earth Sciences, as well as experimental design and inquiry. Middle School students continue to develop their investigative skills by generating their own questions, recognizing and explaining the relationships among variables, and critiquing the conclusions that are drawn from scientific investigations. Hands on activities are stressed and include student discovery, laboratory experiments, dissections, problem solving, model building, cooperative learning, iPad usage, classroom discussion, teacher demonstrations, and writing opportunities for research and self-expression. Interdisciplinary subject areas are incorporated whenever possible. Students are introduced to the use of scientific tools and methods used for investigations.
Advancements in our rapidly changing world necessitate the development of technological skills to enable students to function in an increasingly global society. Our goal is to present and strengthen the skills students need to access, interpret, and synthesize information which is constantly changing. Middle school students are given 1:1 technology to help develop the skills necessary for 21st century learning. Technology is a tool for learning and developing critical thinking skills across the content area. Having students acquire these skills will result in the development of self-directed learners who can independently and cooperatively apply technology to solve problems and make informed decisions. Technology instruction and application is integrated into each subject area.
Students develop a positive self-image and a loving relationship with God through their study of the weekly Gospels. Participation in religious activities such as weekly mass, prayer services, various liturgical celebrations, and age-appropriate service projects help to plant the seeds of faith and community service early on. Prayer happens all throughout the day at St. Anne, fostering an environment where children can grow in their faith. Students learn about God’s creation and love on earth, in our families, and in our church. Catholic prayers and practices of our faith are taught according to the Diocesan Curriculum.
We know that children learn through experiences. Engineering, by its nature, is an inquiry-based pedagogical strategy that promotes learning across all subjects. Through the engagement in engineering lessons, our students are introduced to everyday applications of science, technology, and math. Our teachers use various resources, such as Teach Engineering Curriculum for K-12 Teachers, to plan lessons that will “improve students’ understanding of fundamental concepts in a way that capitalizes upon their design, visualization, creativity, and teamwork skills.”
St. Anne offers a diverse curriculum in music, art, and drama throughout the school aimed at creating musical and dramatic fluency and literacy in all students. Students are actively involved in the “Arts” program. They attend weekly music class during which they develop a love and appreciation for rhythm, musical intonation, and lyrics. Through art lessons, they experience of a variety of mediums of to enhance the development of fine motor skills and creativity. During the elementary years, students are challenged with more intense drama instruction and even have the opportunity to participate in the major school productions.
St. Anne School believes in the importance of problem solving skills in the 21st century. Pattern blocks, unit cubes, and other hands-on activities are used beginning in preschool to develop fundamental math concepts and provide opportunities for students to develop a sense of pattern, to sort and classify, to categorize, and to think logically. Beginning in Kindergarten, students use the McGraw-Hill My Math series, which was ranked the #1 math series in the state of South Carolina. In the early elementary years, our students develop a solid foundation in the language and basic concepts of mathematics. A multi-sensory approach is used to teach and build on previous learning. Students are challenged to use higher order thinking skills, and extension and enrichment activities are naturally incorporated into each lesson. In-class guided practice and independent homework practice are provided so that students achieve mastery of each skill. Our students benefit from the focus on basic facts in elementary school while developing problem solving skills in all strands of mathematics.
Students begin to understand citizenship, economics in terms of wants and needs, and the importance of rules in family, school, and community environments as they enter K3. The preschool and elementary social studies programs include meaningful, integrated, value-based lessons that should challenge students as they interact with information about their past, the present, and the future. Students develop an understanding of a rapidly changing society and become aware of their personal and cultural identities. Through group projects, family projects, and individual study, our students acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to become active citizens in their classroom, school, community, and world.
By introducing Spanish in preschool, our students develop a positive attitude and excitement for learning a foreign language. Trough the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, students are able to broaden their awareness, acceptance and understanding of the Hispanic culture. At the lower levels, Spanish is introduced through songs, short videos, movement, and verbal interaction between the students and the teacher. Additionally, elements of the Catholic faith tradition are integrated into the Spanish curriculum in order to provide a meaningful language and cultural experience within the context of the Catholic faith.
Physical Education is an integral part of the St. Anne School curriculum. All students (K3-12) participate in this enrichment. The instructional program is designed to promote and encourage physical fitness, develop fundamental motor skills, emphasize safety, stimulate social and cognitive development, and encourage decision-making, problem solving, and cooperation. All areas are addressed within the context of a Catholic environment supporting the honor system and sportsmanship at its best.
Physical Education students will be exposed to a wide variety of sports, skills, and activities. As a result students will have the necessary opportunities to refine their personal abilities and needs. Placing an emphasis on participation rather than on the development of the gifted athlete is a prime goal. The units of study vary greatly according to each grade’s skill level. Each spring, the Physical Education Department sponsors Field Day. SAS Field Day is packed with a variety of indoor/outdoor games and activities!