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.
Our Mathematics courses follows the same progression as American curriculum by starting with basic concepts and working through college-level content. An emphasis is placed on graphing, functions, and critical thinking.
Higher level classes require a high level of English due to the types of questions asked. Students are placed in the class that best reflects their current level with consideration given to English ability. Students who finish our course will not only be ready for college courses, but will also gain life skills that can be applied into other mathematical studies including finance, statistics, and applied sciences.
Social Studies courses at St. Paul Academy seek to prepare students to become educated global citizens. As our 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 will experience the fundamental courses of Social Studies, including US History, but will 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.
Science follows a sequential, inquiry-based learning program, dedicated to fostering an appreciation for the essential concepts of scientific thought and the scientific process.
In all of Saint Paul Academy’s Science courses, 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.
Science’s true purpose is to allow students to learn and arrive at their own understanding of the world through evidence-based 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.
In our ESL class, reading, writing, speaking and listening are the basic skills that are built upon toward mastery. The focus begins on the fundamental lesson and progresses to using the English language correctly and accurately with special consideration on pronunciation. The gaps in skills are then addressed on an individual basis.
Students will have the opportunity to learn the Chinese language from levels ranging from beginner to AP. Beginner classes will be taught in English, but as the student progresses they will encounter lessons solely taught in Chinese. These courses not only include functional language, but also Chinese cultural understanding and education.
Art and Drama both develop skills in the fine arts allowing students to express themselves with a variety of mediums and an in a variety of scenarios. Skills are built not only with paint and paper, but in vocalization and stage as well. An education Health class covers a span of modern issues for the upper grades. Students will learn general skills for computer use and comprehension of technical terms in Information and Technology.