The overarching goal is to prepare students to be successful at the college level by providing them with a comprehensive understanding of the English language. At all grade levels, reading, writing, speaking, and analytical thinking will be emphasized and assessed. We believe these skills will help strengthen students’ ability to interpret the world around them.
During their English studies , students begin by mastering the foundations of English composition, and progressively move to a variety of specific writing, speaking, and literature courses. Students will analyze and respond to a wide range of literary texts that encompass a global perspective, with an emphasis on highly energetic, discussion-based learning experiences.
Along with the core English curriculum, each student must also enroll in at least one Speech course. The purpose of this requirement is aimed at helping students build confidence, refine verbal and nonverbal communication skills, and, ultimately, be able to successfully deliver a wide variety of practical speeches. Ultimately, we hope to instill in our students a love of literature, as well as the confidence to communicate effectively.
Program 2 follow as much as possible a traditional American progression of Senior Academy. These start in basic and continue through college-level. Emphasis is placed on graphing, functions, and critical thinking.
Higher level classes require a high level of English because of the types of questions asked. Students are placed during their first period at Saint Paul Academy in the class that best reflects their current level with consideration given to English ability. Students who finish our program 2 will not only be ready for college courses, but will also be problem-solvers in many aspects of their lives; including finance, statistics, and applied sciences.
St. Paul Academy offers program 3 that seek to prepare students to become educated global citizens. As students progress through their course of study at St. Paul Academy, the course hopes that students will be made aware of various cultures and understand how they have developed over time.
Students begin with the foundational courses of program 3. Students also have the opportunity to enroll in Social Studies electives, which include Current Events and Social Issues. These courses allow students to read and discuss real-world news events, case studies, and legal proceedings, thereby furthering their understanding of how the world functions as a global community.
Finally, the model UN is a great opportunity for students to come together to collaborate and discuss contemporary world issues. The overarching goal of the department is to provide students with the skill set necessary to help them become informed decision-makers that will them to make a positive impact in the world.
The program 4 follows a sequential, inquiry-based learning program, dedicated to fostering an appreciation for the essential concepts of scientific thought.
At all grade levels of program 4, students learn through a variety of hands-on experiences, including experiments, observations, and discussions regarding foundational scientific concepts. Students are encouraged to learn through the process of discovery, with emphasis on critical thinking and analysis.
The ultimate goal of the program 4 is to allow students to learn and arrive at their own understanding of the world through exploration. We also hope to equip students with the confidence to utilize the scientific method in various aspects of their examination of the world around them.