Overview

We provide a novel-based, integrated History and English languages curriculum along with leading programs in math and science. Our small class allows for personal attention for every student. Our program integrates technology, utilizing 1:1 Chromebooks for class projects and assignments through Google classroom, research, and in a dedicated technology class. Students learn Google docs, sheets and slides while applying their knowledge and skills to complete projects with real world applications. Our block schedule model allows for coordinated offerings at St. Vincent High School in areas such as advanced math and physical education.

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Academics & Enrichment

Junior Achievement gives young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. Corporate and community volunteers deliver relevant, hands-on experiences that give Junior High students knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. The new Junior High in Petaluma with a 130 year history, featuring a safe environment, exceptional instructors, high expectations, opportunities to develop leadership skills, and a unique experience in the historic, now renovated, original St. Vincent’s Academy Building.

Academics
World Languages

World Languages

The core curriculum for junior high students at St. Vincent de Paul Elementary School includes Spanish courses. Interactive classes focus on vocabulary development and pronunciation, preparing students for high school foreign language requirements.

Math

Math

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.

Language Arts

Language Arts

Using literary analysis to examine short stories and novels, students identify the central themes, points of view and author’s purpose through citing evidence and drawing inferences from the text. Writing instruction focuses on informational, persuasive, narrative and creative composition, utilizes the writing process. Grammar instruction supports students in using complex sentences and ensures proper conventions. The study of Latin and Greek roots is the foundation of the vocabulary and spelling program in junior high.

Religion

Religion

Daily religious education classes, prayer, and attendance of Mass as a school community monthly provide a foundation in faith formation. Students at each grade 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.

The curriculum focuses on an overview of world religions and the preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Students receive Confirmation in eighth grade with St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Parish.

Science

Science

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 learn how organ systems work together and the role that physical principals play on living things. Students also conduct experiments and investigations, exploring position, motion and forces as well as chemical and physical reactions.

Social Science

History

Beginning with a study of the major events preceding the founding of the 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.

Technology

Junior Achievement

Applying technology skills used in the primary and intermediate grades, junior high technology instruction focuses on the examination and seriousness of digital footprints. Project based learning provides opportunity for students to use skills to calculate a Lifestyles Budget, create a timeline using research skills, and present an overview of stock performance after playing the stock market game. Students regularly utilize Google classroom in all areas of the curriculum.

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