Academics

Hear what our teachers have to say about SMS:

St. Monica Catholic School prepares our students for tomorrow's world. Our faculty makes this possible by fostering a love of learning in our students. It starts with a well-balanced curriculum that focuses on molding our students to their full potential. We make sure the class content fits within our Catholic faith, learning objectives, and the reality our students with encounter. Our faculty makes learning a fun experience.

We use a wide range of resources to support academic growth and development for all learners.  Compass Learning is one tool.  Coupled with a student's NWEA assessment results, the activities in Compass Learning are aligned with a student's individual academic needs. If you are a current student or parent you can log in HERE . Please remember to enter St. Monica School (exactly) in the school area before logging in.

Grading Scale

O – Outstanding          S – Satisfactory           U – Unsatisfactory

 A = 95% – 100%      B = 86% – 94%     C = 76% – 85%     D = 70% – 75%      F = 69% or below     I = incomplete

 

Individualized Instruction

At Saint Monica Catholic School, it is important for learning to be engaging and relevant.  All children learn in different ways. Whether students are working individually or collaborating in a group, the learning process should be meaningful and enjoyable. We incorporate formative and summative assessments in order to ensure we are on track.

 NWEA  - WIDA - ISTEP - IREAD3  - COMPASS LEARNING - RAZ KIDS

All students in kindergarten through 8th grade are assessed several times throughout the school year to help teachers individualize instruction to ensure that all students meet or exceed their academic goals. Several tests are used to measure academic achievement. Some of these assessment tools include the Northwest Evaluation Association’s MAP testing (NWEA), ALEKS online math program, and RAZ kids reading.

From these assessments, teachers design classroom instruction so that each student is challenged to his or her highest potential in a loving, safe environment. The teachers also understand that each child learns through different instructional models. The data provided by these various assessments is then used to create each student's Individual Academic Plan (IAP).

Academic Support

In cooperation with Washington Township and following the RTI guidelines for the State of Indiana, St. Monica provides academic support for students with special needs and various learning styles. The educationally diverse community of Indianapolis is embraced at St. Monica. Please contact Support Services for more information.

Accelerated Learning

A licensed teacher develops individual plans of support to continue to challenge students that have demonstrated the need for expanded depth and breadth of various subjects. We also layer math and language arts curriculum starting in 5th grade. We offer Honors Algebra 1, Honors Geometry, Honors Algebra 2, and High School Biology for students that demonstrate a readiness in those areas. Please contact Support Services for more information.

English Language Learners

We offer a range of interventions for students that are not native English speakers. Using Wida Assessment Tool, we are able to evaluate and track the progress of English Language proficiency as well as apply supports in related areas.  Please contact Mrs. Annie Surina  for more information. 

Disability Awareness

Welcoming children of all abilities requires ongoing education for our faculty as well as our students. through The Joseph Maley Foundationwe provide our students with grade level activities that promote positive social/emotional interactions. Some of these activities include Disabilities Awareness Week, We Step Up Leadership Retreat, Service Day, and Puppet Troupe.

Parent Comment

"There are several reasons why we have chosen to send our children to St. Monica for the past 14 years. Two of those reasons are the outstanding support our kids have received from the Resource Program. Our children have been allowed to move at a pace that is challenging yet achievable to them and they have succeeded. We also value the fact that the student body at St. Monica mirrors the world that we live in, with people of different races and economic backgrounds."

Parent Tools

You can click on the following links to assist students of all abilities:

Parent tips

Study Skills

Venn DiagramSpider Diagram

Cornell Note Taking

Organizational strategies

Editing Checklist

Editing Checklist 2

Article on Test Anxiety

Test Anxiety Tips

Tips for Following Directions (Attention Issues)

 

 

 te5tavmxr1ijoz2tiezok0bg6jl.png