The curriculum at Ancillae-Assumpta Academy emphasizes the development of strong academic skills for its students, utilizing an integrative model and approach to learning. In addition to the core curricular offerings, and weekly classes in art, music, and physical education, library science and research, Spanish, technology, and STEM Education compliment the Academy’s educational offerings. Knowledge is viewed as dynamic rather than static. The application of creative problem solving and empowerment becomes a process shared by students, parents, and teachers. Our program defines learning by the development of curious minds and positive attitudes, and endeavors to motivate students to develop critical thinking skills and an interdependent style of learning.
Enriching the Curriculum
Teachers at Ancillae-Assumpta Academy have a staff development goal to be prepared with the knowledge and strategies to attend to the intellectual and emotional diversity of their students in an effort to educate and nurture the whole child. To this end, differentiation in the classroom is essential. Through the partnership of the Resource Learning Program and Curriculum Council, many opportunties for enrichment are offered to students in addition to the challenging curriculum they meet each day. These offerings include: Science Fair, PJAS, History Day, Continental Math League, Wordmasters, and STEM.
Our faculty is comprised of individuals who are positive, personable, compassionate, and knowledgeable. They are life-long learners who are prepared, organized, and dedicated to teaching each child not only academic content and skills, but the character and faith necessary to meet the challenges and demands of the future. They are excited to partner with parents in their child’s education. Communication is key between home and school, and teachers keep parents informed of student progress in multiple ways. Student performance is effectively communicated through the reporting of grades using PowerSchool, a web-based student information system, through which parents can access grades, and students can set goals and monitor their own progress. Parent-teacher conferences are held twice a year. Students in grades five to eight attend conferences to review current achievement and work habits, along with Terra Nova results, in order to set goals for continued academic development. Report cards are issued on a trimester basis, reporting on various types of well-developed assessments authenticating the grades. Informal correspondence such as phone calls and emails help to foster the parent-teacher relationship. Although teachers are busy with students and cannot always receive and respond to calls and emails during the day, they are happy to correspond with parents in the hours right before and after school.