The Academy of St. Benedict the African is committed to providing a rigorous academic curriculum based on the teachings of the Catholic Church and infused with elements of Catholic Social Teaching. Rooted in basic skills and coupled with innovative programs embedded in 21st century literacies, our curriculum prepares young people for college, career, and life. To that end, all curriculum standards reflect a continuum of learning from pre-kindergarten through to graduation in high school. All curriculum documents are in alignment with national standards, exceed the Common Core State Standards, and correspond to the high expectations set by the Office of Catholic Schools.
We recognize the importance of teaching the whole child, of preserving traditions that make us strong and with an eye on the future that ensures hope and success. We recognize that it is only through the fluency of information that students can think conceptually, and it is through a safe, nurturing environment that students realize and
reach their full potential.
The Early Childhood program is child-centered and assists each child in becoming an independent member of an interdependent community. As we strive to develop a sense of responsibility and concern for others, basic skills are integrated through daily differentiated learning centers and a variety of special programs.
Students in kindergarten through grade 2 participate in daily differentiated learning in math and language arts and attend weekly specials including gym, STEM, music and dance. Students benefit from the use of technology in all subject areas through iPads and smartboards in each classroom.
Our Grade 3-8 program strengthens and expands the solid academic and spiritual foundation fostered in early childhood. Independence is encouraged, as is individual responsibility. Problem-solving, creative and critical thinking skills and advanced skill development in Math, Reading and Science are hallmarks of the program. Daily differentiated learning continues in math and language arts. The language arts program includes several novel studies throughout the year and writing is emphasized in all subject areas. Technology use is expanded with the use of Chrome Books, in addition to desktops, smartboards and iPads. Students in grades 3-8 have school email addresses and use Google Apps for Education.