Building a Strong Foundation

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SJCA recognizes that the elementary school years must build a solid foundation for future learning and academic success.

The elementary curriculum emphasizes reading, writing, math, social studies, science and religion, and is carefully designed in a sequential manner to maximize academic outcomes. Our teachers focus heavily on developing reading skills in both fluency and comprehension. Those strong reading skills are then honed as students not only “learn to read” but “read to learn.” Likewise, math facts and concepts are taught in many different ways to meet the needs of all types of learners. Classes in Spanish, art, music and gym complement the elementary school curriculum. Our technology program includes a computer lab, classroom laptops, iPads, interactive SMARTboards, and 1-to-1 Chromebooks for 3rd – 5th graders, preparing them for middle school.

While building a strong academic foundation is paramount in elementary school, SJCA also nurtures a robust moral foundation in every student. Each month teachers stress the Lancer Value System, highlighting one of the eight core SJCA values – Spirituality, Humility, Generosity, Respect, Acceptance, Integrity, Accountability, and Commitment. Moreover, our teachers act as models of faith, with daily prayer, reflection and weekly Mass as an integral part of the elementary school day.

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SJCA embraces technology. Our K-5 teachers and students use over 300 electronic devices for student learning.

At SJCA, leadership starts young. Even our kindergarteners actively participate in student council. Students learn through field trips such as the annual 5th grade voyage to the Challenger Learning Center.

Every week our elementary students plan, prepare, and celebrate Mass.

We are committed to serving others. Students support local, national and global causes including our sister school in India.

Over 200 students in kindergarten through grade 5 participate on 19 different SJCA teams in 5 different sports.

Through various clubs and May Term, our students make hoverboards, learn coding, and study robotics.

Aspiring thespians take part in the Little Lancer Theater program.