We provide a novel-based, integrated History and English Language curriculum along with leading programs in Math and Science. Our smaller school environment allows for personal attention for every student. Student’s learn to work collaboratively demonstrating their knowledge using a variety of modalities including written work, illustration and oral expression. Our program also integrates technology in academics through daily instruction, projects, research and presentations through the use of Google Applications. Students learn to use Google docs, sheets and slides demonstrating their knowledge and skills with real world applications. Our block schedule model allows for coordinated class offerings at St. Vincent College Preparatory in areas such as Advanced Math, World Language and Physical Education.
A Junior High program in Petaluma with over a 135 year history, featuring a safe environment, exceptional instructors, high expectations, opportunities to develop leadership skills, and a unique experience in the historic and renovated, original St. Vincent’s Academy Building.Academics
Our two year Spanish Program introduces students to the basics of the Spanish language. An emphasis is placed on four main skill areas: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students will be expected to utilize all four of these areas on a weekly basis. This will be accomplished through textbook curriculum, short stories, verbal exercises, videos and language games. We will focus on learning the different types of verbs, the Present Tense, and their grammar rule conjugation. We will also explore some of the traditions and history of various Spanish speaking cultures.
The Junior High math program builds the algebraic foundation essential for all students to solve increasingly complex problems. Higher order thinking skills use real-world applications, reasoning and justification to make connections to math strands. The curriculum focuses on algebraic thinking and multiple representations -- verbal, numeric, symbolic, and graphical. Advanced Math courses are available for seventh and eighth grade students.
In Language Art classes, students experience a novel based study to examine a variety of literary genres where students study literary devices and analysis by citing textual evidence and drawing inferences. Writing instruction focuses on informational, persuasive, narrative and creative composition, utilizing the writing process. Grammar instruction supports students in developing complex sentences and ensures proper writing conventions. The study of Latin and Greek roots is the foundation of the vocabulary and spelling program in Junior High.
Religious education classes, daily prayer, and participation at Mass provide students a foundation in faith formation and Catholic Identity. Students at each grade level participate in leading Morning Prayer and planning and hosting a First Friday Mass. Junior High students provide active service to others through our community service program and reflect on the impact of their service to the community and to themselves.
Students receive Confirmation in eighth grade with St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Parish.
The Junior High science curriculum focuses on an in-depth study of life and physical science. Comparing and contrasting plant and animal cells, students identify the structures of cells and their functions. Students also conduct experiments and investigations, explore position, motion and forces, as well as chemical and physical reactions in our dedicated Science Lab.
Beginning with a study of the major events preceding the founding of our nation and the development of American constitutional democracy to World War I, the Great Depression and the rise of fascism in Europe. The Junior High history curriculum provides a strong foundation and opportunities for students to connect the past to the present with cross-curricular lessons in both History and Language Arts.
Developing a mutual respect between the student and teacher is a necessary foundation for learning. An educator must provide a safe, supportive and caring environment which allows for open communication between the school and home. Students learn in many different ways (i.e. visual, auditory, kinesthetic). As an educator, my job is to provide a variety of tools and resources to engage all students and their learning styles.
Saint Vincent’s Elementary School is a beautiful campus where students and staff are clearly proud of their school. SVES provides a safe academic environment where learning is both challenging and fun. The students contribute to their community by providing service and sharing their faith. What impresses me most is that the students seem genuinely happy both inside and outside the classroom. I love their smiles.
Sixth grade is an exciting time! It is a time in a child’s life that is full of personal development, growing friendships, and new discoveries. I have fond memories of the adults that helped me navigate through my Junior High School years. I aspire to be the adult to whom my students turn to when they seek guidance.
First, I want to convey my enthusiasm for the subject and my excitement about learning in general. If I am not excited, they’re not excited. Second is listening and knowing my students. They need to be engaged in learning and that can only happen if we are working together.
It’s great to see that energy and enthusiasm of the kids. It’s infectious and I feel rejuvenated.
Collecting tree leaves for 8th grade science in the autumn with our teacher, Mr. Moses rekindled my love of science. It was not just collecting and classifying leaves but also looking at the soil and proximity to streams and other trees that awoke in me a deeper perception of the multidimensionality and interconnectedness of the world.