St. Jude the Apostle School provides an effective and challenging curriculum of rigor and relevance utilizing the Depth of Knowledge levels in accordance with the Diocese of Baton Rouge (DBR) Learning Standards. With delineated standards between content subject areas and grade levels, teachers utilize the Rubicon Atlas Curriculum Mapping program to ensure continuity of content matter throughout all grades.
At St. Jude, the classrooms are intentionally designed to address the various facets of learning and diverse capabilities of each student, such as intellectual needs and social dispositions. Classroom instruction challenges students to think beyond the content matter and make real-life connections. Students take their learning a step further by answering “Why?” when asked to explain the process or reason for their answer or method. Making inferences and supporting them with details is a daily activity, whether through class discussion, individual questioning, or written assignments.
Collaboration among the teachers with regard to lesson and assessment planning as well as instructional methods and even teaching styles attributes to our students’ success. From tiered level reading and math classes’ status reports to professional development workshops to grade level meetings, our teachers are constantly communicating with each other to best serve the academic needs of our students and to continually offer best practices in the classroom. Tiered reading and math classes allow students to be placed in an appropriate classroom directed to their level of work in those subjects. This tiered instruction also allows teachers to plan together to enhance the learning of their respective students using similar units, same texts, but different forms of assessment, pace and expectations. Weekly lesson plans are designed with a variety of activities. In addition to tests and quizzes, the plans include both group and individual presentations by the students, use of outside multiple resources, and field trips. Our textbooks and teachers follow a scope and sequence that foster conceptual learning on a continuum for optimal growth.