We are looking forward to the start of the new school year.
Our vision is that students realize Jesus Christ is the reason for our school, our reason for existence and is preached and lived throughout our entire curriculum. As stated by Bishop Gregory Parkes, we are a parish community and school fully alive and eager to live out the call to actively live our Catholic faith. Our students think critically grow in confidence and are sensitive and well-informed Catholic leaders. The Catholic faith is fundamental to Sacred Heart Cathedral School. It is who we are and how we live each day beginning with community morning prayer and as members of a global community committed to serve one another.
Our students and families are welcomed, engaged and inspired to be servant leaders to one another. We believe that faith and service are integral in developing the whole child. As a Catholic community, we embrace monthly service projects which help those within our parish and community.
We are very fortunate to have the guidance and inspiration from Father James Valenzuela and Father Matthew Worthen. Father James teaches 8th grade religion and Father Matt teaches 7th grade religion and 7th grade Spanish. Both priests are a daily presence in our lives and are role models for our daily living.
In order to achieve academic excellence, the curriculum is continually being developed, evaluated and updated. While we are aligned to the Florida Sunshine State Standards, Catholic School and Diocesan standards, our goal is to create an environment where students achieve academic excellence and strive to be life-long learners. Our curriculum creates opportunities for success by building relationships. Students assume leadership roles resulting in greater confidence, self-esteem and a sense of belonging. We foster educational excellence that generates success, promotes unity and respects the individuality of each student. Our students become servant leaders, integrating their Catholic faith into every aspect of their life.
Students have opportunities to achieve excellence beyond the classroom in electives such as Science Olympiad, ROV, Lego robotics, yearbook, videography, choir and sports. Our National Junior Honor Society conducts peer tutoring for the younger students. Student Council and student council representatives lead our service projects and prayer services.
Implementation of the one-to-one iPad program in the middle school provides unique educational experience that allows for self-directed, real time learning with inexhaustible resources to develop and discover the known and unknown. Recognizing the needs and opportunities for 21st century learners, the use of iPads enable real life simulations that engage students in collaborative projects that set the seed for further career opportunities and growth.
At Sacred Heart Cathedral School integrating i-pads into our middle school classrooms compliments our school’s vision to encourage 21st century skills by developing critical thinking and problem solving skills, communication, collaboration and individual creativity and innovation.
Our primary classes integrate technology and traditional practices to empower students with the ability to read and understand the world around them.
Our primary teachers fuse phonics, sight words, and whole word reading – a dynamic approach that equips students with skills to work their way through higher level reading materials.
Math is integrated into real-life applications through daily math meetings. The primary math programs integrate technology on a daily basis, applying kinesthetic techniques to virtual learning, stimulating the imagination while reinforcing learned mathematical concepts.
Critical thinking and problem solving skills are fundamental to the curriculum that encourage students to work together towards common goals and collaborative learning forums. Religion is taught daily preparing students for sacraments and living the mission of our school through building a relationship with Christ, His people and His Church.
Creating 21st century learners is a research-driven, project-based, interdisciplinary approach. We are connected to the community and collaborate in various projects. The curriculum incorporates critical thinking skills, multiple intelligences and technology. Service learning is an important component because our ultimate goal is to be a school alive serving the needs of others.
Students are self-directed, and work collaboratively and individually to attain their objectives. Skills and content are not taught as an end in themselves, but taught to be integrated and applied to projects and goals.
Students in the intermediate grades of elementary school are creative, work collaboratively, are eager to learn and brilliantly inspired by a group of talented teachers. Students spend these years nourishing their spirit to learn through guidance, direct instruction and high expectations. Religion classes, while taught daily, are integrated into every subject and activity through out the day as students develop a deeper understanding of their Catholic faith.
Student led conferences is one way in which the individual student assess' their individual progress in learning. These conferences are conducted twice a year; fall and spring. At these conferences students analyze their progress, work with their parents and teacher to establish goals and work collaboratively to find methods in which they will achieve these goals.
Our Middle School is departmentalized with each instructor being an expert in his or her subject area, including religion. Religion classes bring to life all aspects of our Catholic faith and students are taught how to reflect and bring their faith alive. Class size is small allowing for individual instruction, tutoring and nourishment of the mind. Students switch classrooms for every subject with academic excellence as the expected outcome.
Each student in our Middle School receives an iPad which is a tool used for curriculum, instruction, assessment, and general organization. The iPad provides for differentiated instruction at both ends of the academic spectrum.