Programm

The curriculum and instructional programs at St. Augustine’s School are based on directives and guidelines issued from the Catholic School Office of the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese in accordance with the syllabi of the New York State Education Department.

Religious education

is an integral part of the instructional program in Grades K– 6. Our Religion program offer sacramental preparation, opportunities for liturgical and prayer experiences, and presentation and encouragement of the Christian values. Students are encouraged to share their gifts with the local and wider community. All children K – 6 are required to participate in the religious education program.

 Getting the most out of an education at St. Augustine's depends upon a child’s effort, interest, attention, participation in the classroom, and class preparation.

New Math Guidelines

It became clear this past year that many of our students are having difficulty with math because many of them do not know their “math facts”. While teachers introduce the math facts and practice them in the classrooms, learning them so they can be recalled instantly is, and has always been, homework. You can see where your child is presently with a quick test at home. The following are the standards that we will expect by the end of each year/grade:

Grade 1 Can do 50 addition or subtraction problems (sums & differences to 20) with 100% accuracy in five minutes.

Grade 2 Can do 100 addition or subtraction problems (sums & differences to 20) with 80% accuracy in five minutes.

Grade 3 Can do 100 addition or subtraction problems (sums & differences to 20) with 80% accuracy in four minutes. Can do 100 multiplication problems (up to 12 X 12) with 80% accuracy in four minutes.

Grade 4 Can do 100 addition or subtraction problems (sums and differences to 20) with 100% accuracy in three minutes.Can do 100 multiplication problems (up to 12 X 12) with 100% accuracy in three minutes.

Grade 5 Can do 100 addition or subtraction problems (sums and differences to 20) with 100% accuracy in two minutes. Can do 100 multiplication problems (12 X 12) with 100% accuracy in two minutes.

Grade 6 Same as Grade 5

Homework assignments are meant to review and reinforce material presented in the classroom. Suggested time spent on homework is as follows:

Grades 1-2 20 minutes
Grades 3-4 30-45 minutes
Grades 5-6 60-90 minutes

Grades 3-6 will be assigned long-term projects throughout the year.

Report Cards are issued four times a year for grades 1 – 6. Kindergarten students receive a progress report only at the end of the first quarter. Report cards are given out only at the parent/teacher conference for the 2nd quarter. They are sent home with the children at the end of the other quarters. They should be signed and returned to homeroom teachers within three school days.

Progress reports are given to all students in grades 1-6 midway through each quarter. Progress reports should be signed by a parent/guardian and returned to homeroom teachers within three school days.

An Honor Roll is published at report card time for all four quarters for students in grades 2 – 6. The honor roll is determined as follows:

High Honors –

High Honors – Average from 94 – 100, with no D’s [nothing below 80]

Honors - Average from 87 – 93, with no D’s [nothing below 80]

Merit Roll - “E”s & “G”s [Gr. 1 – 4] All ‘O”s & “G”s [Gr. 5 & 6]

Promotion in school means the advancement of the child from one grade to the next.Promotion represents growth and learning, which are shown in attitudes, behavior, skills,and academic achievement. Recognizing that each child is unique and that growth varieswith individual differences, the following guidelines have been set up to assist in makingpromotion decisions.

The following criteria are used in making promotion/retention decisions:

  1. The teacher's evaluation based on classroom performance.
  2. The results of testing used during the year.
  3. Class attendance

A child may be retained in Kindergarten or Grade 1 if he/she:

  1. Is socially or emotionally immature.
  2. Has a record of irregular attendance.
  3. Lacks sufficient achievement based on teacher assessment/testing

A child in Grades 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 may repeat the grade if he/she:

  1. Has failed in TWO MAJOR SUBJECT AREAS because of lack of effort or achievement.
  2. Has failed to acquire sufficient work and study habits.
  3. Is socially or emotionally immature to the point that adjustment in the next grade would be difficult.
  4. Has a record of irregular attendance.

In the event a teacher recommends retention and the child’s parent does not support this recommendation, the parent may sign a RETENTION WAIVER and the child will be placed in the next grade. In these cases, the parent takes full responsibility for the child’s placement. RETENTION WAIVERS can only be used once for a child, and only for children that have been with us for at least two years. Should retention be recommended in the future, parents may not override a teacher’s decision.