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Curriculum

Our curriculum follows most NJ State Guidelines, with a Christian component woven in to all daily activities. All teachers are NJ State Certified and hold at least a Bachelor’s Degree.

Language Arts

Kindergarten - Grade 2: "SuperKids" by Zaner Blozer - Students develop knowledge of and skill in their use of the language arts as they listen, speak, read, write, view, and represent in a wide variety of contexts and for a range of purposes -- expressive, aesthetic, and pragmatic.
Grade 3 and Up - Sadlier is a leader in the industry for English Language Arts and vocabulary. Vocabulary Workshop, Progress in English Language Arts, Grammar Workshop - conventions for standard English will be presented in print and digital form.
Journeys Reading and Language Arts.

Mathematics

Envision Mathematics -is nationally recognized and the first math series that combines problem-based learning with visual learning. Students learn more about math by solving rich, reality-based problems. They gain a deeper, clearer understanding of math concepts with visual models and scaffolds in every lesson.

Science

McGraw Hill “Inspire” Science -Bring science to life by sparking students' curiosity and empower them to ask questions, think critically, and generate innovative ideas. Built with the 5E instructional framework which provides in depth, collaborative and project based learning to put our students on a path of discovery and challenge.

Social Studies

Social Studies Weekly - A student-friendly core curriculum which is organized thematically to the social studies strands of civics and government, geography, economics, and history, all within a student-friendly periodical format and robust online learning platform.

Bible Studies

The Bible is the inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God. Jesus Christ is the central theme of history and authority of what men say, do, or believe. Teachers will strive to integrate Biblical truth into each subject area as well as in "teachable moments" throughout the day. We believe that a proper relationship between family, church, and school is essential to Christian education. It is the responsibility of the parents to teach and train a child. St. Mark Christian Academy, is an extension of the educational process of the home. Bible studies will be taught by Sister Verena, Father Mark and other members of the clergy.

Physical Education

Physical education provides cognitive content and instruction designed to develop motor skills, knowledge, and behaviors for physical activity and physical fitness. All students will be receiving physical education classes twice per week.

Art

Working in the arts helps learners to develop creative problem-solving skills. Art instruction helps children with the development of motor skills, language skills, social skills, decision-making, risk-taking, and inventiveness. "Deep Space Sparkle", "Kinder Art," and "Art is Fundamental" are some resources to be used.

Stem Lab/Makerspace

STEM education is a learning pedagogy in which the application of knowledge and skills are integrated through in-context projects or problems. Makerspace - Makerspace builds on a constructivist ideology to form a constructivist and constructionist approach to education. The primary goal is to have learners create their own knowledge by creating and interacting with physical objects. It has clear connections to self-directed learning.

Music/Movement

Research suggests that promoting movement and activity in young children can help increase memory, perception, language, attention, emotion, and even decision making. When language is combined with movement, learning increases 90 percent. In addition to regular music classes, teachers will be using "brain breaks" to keep students moving and mindful through "Go Noodle" and "Kids Yoga.

World Language/Sign Language

Students are introduced to American Sign Language in PreK4 through ASL kids Additionally, students in grades K and up will have a choice of Spanish or French in the 22-23 school year, through the online program DinoLingo and other digital and print resources. Starting in grade 3, students will have the additional choice of Arabic.