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St. Robert School is committed to providing an excellent education in a faith filled environment. The highest standards are set to achieve the best academic performance from our students. In addition to strong academics, students grow in their understanding and experience of the Catholic faith. Our graduates are well prepared for high school, college and beyond.  

Curriculum
Kindergarten
The kindergarten program at St. Robert School provides a welcoming and nurturing environment where all children can be successful 21st century learners.  Through rich, cross-curricular experiences, children’s skills are strengthened in listening and speaking, critical thinking and problem-solving, emergent reading and writing, mathematics, and science.  Daily opportunities for creative expression help all children develop intellectually, socially, physically, spiritually, and emotionally.  Instruction is differentiated to meet the needs of each individual learner, integrating a variety of concrete, hands-on, and multi-sensory activities.  Our program enhances children’s feelings of self-worth and social competence as they are guided in developing a relationship with God, making friends, resolving conflicts, and strengthening self-help and leadership skills.

Religion
Philosophy
Our knowledge, understanding, and practice of the Catholic faith guide us in our response to God’s call to be disciples of Jesus Christ.  Through our beliefs, worship, moral choices, and prayer, we strengthen our relationship with God and others.

Overview
The religion curriculum at St. Robert is infused into the life of the school and all other areas of study.  Students learn about their faith through academic coursework and the connection of Catholic ideas to other fields of academic study, arts expression, socialization, discipline, and morality.  They grow in holiness through lived experiences of prayer, devotional practices, and social outreach.

Goals
•    Students will know and articulate basic history and beliefs of the Catholic faith
•    Students will participate in the communal nature of Church through celebrations of the liturgical season, Sunday Eucharist, and sacraments
•    Students will develop a conscience and make moral choices guided by knowledge of scripture and the tradition of the Church
•    Students will grow in holiness and deepen their relationship with God through formal and informal prayer

Language Arts
Philosophy
Students must be able to interpret and express ideas through numerous modalities and for multiple purposes and audiences to be college- and career-ready for the 21st century.  

Overview
In our reading and language arts curriculum, students are immersed in authentic daily experiences of reading, writing, and literary analysis with the purpose of learning to think critically, find and evaluate information, interpret, analyze, and express meaning, and present ideas through a variety of media and technology.  Educators model thinking and writing and provide an innovative and differentiated instructional environment directed at each student’s individual instructional level. 

Goals
•    To read, interpret, and analyze literature and non-fiction texts through a variety of instructional media and technology in order to think critically, apply information, and solve problems across disciplines
•    To listen and communicate through a variety of modalities and for multiple purposes and audiences

World Languages
Philosophy
The study of world languages is essential to become a competent global citizen in the 21st century.  The study of a second language at an early age also facilitates neurological and intellectual development and academic achievement.

Overview
Our languages program emphasizes interpersonal communication by focusing on the development of the four means of communication:  listening, speaking, reading, and writing. We strive to create a rich learning environment that engages students of all abilities.  Technology is integrated into the curriculum, enhancing instruction and connection with target cultures.  World language study begins with Spanish instruction in first and second grade, followed by French in third and fourth grades.  Students study one of these languages intensively from fifth through eighth grade.  In seventh and eighth grade, the course is a core academic subject that meets daily, allowing for a thematic approach that deepens cultural awareness, strengthens student skills, and establishes a strong foundation for future language study.

Goals

•    To develop the skills to engage in authentic communication in a second language
•    To develop awareness and understanding of world cultures

Mathematics 
Philosophy
Mathematics teaching and learning is a collaboration of our teachers, students, and the curriculum.  Important mathematical concepts are embedded in engaging real-world problems.  Students think critically and practice skills and they explore the problems.  From the problem-solving, students learn mathematical content and develop fluency and skill that is well-grounded in contextual meaning.

Overview
Our math curriculum is designed to engage students in quantitative thinking, dialoguing about and making sense of mathematical ideas.  Students develop understanding and skill while exploring problems individually and in collaboration with a diversity of group members.  The content of study includes number, geometry, measurement, statistics, probability, and algebra.

Goals
•    To think in the discipline of mathematics
•    To communicate proficiently about number and spatial concepts
•    To compute fluently
•    To define and solve problems with reason, insight, inventiveness, and technical proficiency

Science
Philosophy
Science is an ongoing process of acquiring and refining knowledge.  Through the scientific method, students use critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration to reason and communicate.  Through investigation and discovery, the study of science allows all learners to achieve deeper insight and understanding of the world that God has entrusted to them.  By incorporating Catholic ethical and moral values, students use their scientific literacy to lead the world into the 21st century.

Overview
The science curriculum allows students to experience the richness and beauty of God’s creation.  Students receive instruction and practice in life science, earth science, physical science, and environmental science.  Classroom instruction includes hands-on activity, inquiry-based labs, the use of media and technology, and practical applications of the various topics.  Science uses a variety of resources that incorporate up-to-date materials to make learning relevant.

Social Studies
Philosophy
Today’s social studies students are 21st century learners who are inspired to inquire and think critically and to communicate, collaborate, and create in a global world.  Social studies give students the knowledge and skills to make informed and reasoned decisions as citizens of a culturally and economically diverse society in an interdependent world.

Overview
The St. Robert School social studies curriculum provides a coordinated and systematic study of information, skills, and concepts from the disciplines of history, geography, political science, economics, anthropology, psychology, law, archaeology, and sociology.  Attention is given to connections among the nations and peoples of the world, the effects of science and technology on society, and ways to practice good citizenship.  The sequence of the social studies curriculum is:
•    Kindergarten    Self, school, home, and community
•    Grade 1    Families
•    Grade 2    Neighborhoods
•    Grade 3    Communities
•    Grade 4     Wisconsin History and U.S. Geographic Regions
•    Grade 5    U.S. History
•    Grade 6    Ancient Civilizations
•    Grade 7    World Regions and Geography
•    Grade 8    U.S. History, Government, and Economics

Goals
To develop an understanding of:
•    The history and cultures of the world
•    Geography
•    Government
•    Economic systems
•    Contemporary social, political, and cultural issues
•    Catholic social teaching
•    Civic responsibilities

Art
Philosophy
Art education promotes visual literacy through studies in art history, art appreciation, and art criticism, as well as through the process of creating original art.  The visual arts curriculum is designed to develop each student’s capability to engage in flexible, original, and imaginative thinking and higher level critical thinking skills.  All students are provided opportunities to create art using a variety of materials, expanding proficiencies to a higher level each year.

Overview
The art curriculum at St. Robert School provides a program of sequential experiences that encourages students to develop individual styles of expression using a broad range of media and techniques.  Students are introduced to the work of historical masters and contemporary artists, producing artwork based on their genres and styles.  In addition to weekly art classes, collaboration with classroom teachers provides cross-curricular experiences designed to develop visual literacy across disciplines.  Students in grades three, four, and five participate in the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Sequential Art Program, culminating in a junior docent experience in grade five.  All St. Robert students have the opportunity to display their work in an annual art show each spring.

Music
Philosophy
Quality music education provides students with abilities to appreciate and understand music and to develop avenues of self-expression.  Music study also develops responsibility, self-discipline, perseverance, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking.

Overview
Students in kindergarten through grade five study a variety of musical styles in a program of general music study based on the approaches of Orff-Schulwerk and Kodaly.  They explore rhythm, reading, and composing through active participation in chanting, singing, and dancing, and by playing a variety of Orff instruments (barred pitched mallet instruments, recorders, and percussion).  Middle school students apply these skills in one of three mixed-grade ensembles or an advanced general music class that furthers their study of music theory and sight reading.  Instrumental study in concert band or string ensemble is available for an additional fee to students who meet prerequisite levels of proficiency.  All other students participate in choir or advanced general music.  The middle school ensembles perform in four concerts annually.  Elementary students perform in two annual concerts.

Goals
The St. Robert School music education program prepares students 
•    Perform music alone and with others
•    Improvise and compose music
•    Use the vocabulary and notation of music
•    Respond to music aesthetically, intellectually, and emotionally
•    Recognize and appreciate a wide variety of music representing diverse musical styles, genres, and world cultures
•    Understand the uses and influences of music
•    Make aesthetic judgments based on critical listening and analysis
•    Continue independent engagement in musical learning
•    Support the musical life of the community and encourages others to do so

Physical Education
Philosophy
Physical education focuses on the physical, mental, and social development of each student, providing students with the knowledge, skills, and experience to build a foundation for lifetime physical fitness. Instruction in skill development, sports, and recreational activities, allows students to find activities they enjoy and will want to continue for a lifetime.  Many life skills are also developed on the path to lifelong health and fitness.  The sportsmanship that is fostered in physical education classes builds trust, honesty, respect, teamwork, leadership, and tolerance.

Overview
The St. Robert School physical education program takes a progressive approach from skill development through mastery.  Primary grade students learn spatial awareness, safety, gross and fine motor skills, locomotor skills, and basic sport skills.  Intermediate level students progressively advance by putting learned skills to use in team sport lead-up games and activities.  Recreational activities are also introduced at this level.  Middle school students review and refresh skills as well as lead-up activities before entering team sports and recreational activities.  All students participate in team-building and cooperative activities that focus and help solidify the values of teamwork and sportsmanship.

Goal
To provide students with the knowledge, skills, values, enthusiasm, and motivation to start and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle

Faculty
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