St Monica School’s 3K program provides a strong Catholic foundation in a play-based, loving environment. We hope to nurture a love of learning, so we honor individual differences as students experience life in a classroom community. Mathematical thinking, foundations in literacy, and Catholic traditions and values inform instruction each day. Per the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, we base our curriculum on the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards. We offer flexible options of 2, 3 or 5 days a week.
In 4K, we continue to foster a love of learning by encouraging problem solving, teamwork, and critical thinking. Our faith-filled days are centered around prayer and community. In 4K, we offer full day or half day options to meet our families’ needs. Our four-year-olds experience a sense of community by being a part of the vibrant St. Monica community and all it has to offer.
These programs represent the growth, vitality and optimism we are experiencing at SMS.
IIn 5K, the focus is on building social skills needed to be successful in a classroom setting. We foster 21st century learners by encouraging students to solve problems and work together. Our experienced teachers create lessons that foster reading skills, number sense and curiosity. Phonological awareness is deepened as students develop a strong foundation that prepares them for first grade and beyond. By attending mass with their classmates each week and through daily religious lessons, our students are immersed in Catholic tradition and values.
"Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." ~ Matthew 25:35-40
Students participate in religion classes from 3K through eighth grade. Prayer is an everyday activity. All grades participate in a Disciple Development program focusing on character traits, service, and leadership in living out our Catholic faith. Our students attend mass every Tuesday and serve in various liturgical tasks, including readings and petitions. Our Catholic values, teachings, and traditions provide the foundation of our school.
St. Monica students grow in skill and understanding because of a math curriculum that strategically builds from year to year. Real-world problems, combined with direct instruction in fundamental math skills, create a rich learning environment in each classroom. Building blocks such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division create a foundation for older students to begin fractions, algebra, and more advanced math. In junior high, advanced class options offer opportunities for growth. We’re proud to say that St. Monica students have and will continue to be well-prepared for mathematics classes in high school and beyond.
Students are immersed in a rigorous curriculum focusing on writing, speaking, reading, and listening. The fundamentals of writing and grammatical ideas are introduced in the primary grades and carried all the way through eighth grade. Writing is emphasized across the curriculum, and students learn to present their ideas in a variety of ways for a variety of audiences.
St. Monica students are exposed to many types of literature and challenged to consider plot, characters, theme and conflict from a Catholic perspective. Direct instruction is given in speaking in front of an audience, listening and forming an argument, and effectively debating.
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) have refocused St. Monica School’s science curriculum to teach through firsthand experiences such as investigation, design, and modeling. Instruction emphasizes scientific exploration and experimentation. In the state-of-the-art junior high science lab, St. Monica students are immersed in investigative experiences that help to develop important critical-thinking skills.
With an intentional integration of our Catholic values, we discuss our beliefs as we work through scientific exploration. For example, we incorporate ways we can take care of God’s creation while researching habitats. This type of instruction is unique to a Catholic School, and we pride ourselves on this deliberate, multi-faceted approach to teaching and learning.
Students are challenged to think in terms of communities and how human beings affect each other. Critical thinking is emphasized as we weave the ideas of The Catholic Social Teachings into lessons. In our 21st century world, students are immersed in a Social Studies curriculum that inspires us to ‘think big.’ Each gradelevel’s focus (listed below) is divided into the following units: Geography, Behavioral Science, History, Political Science, and Economics.
K4/K5 Self, Family, Community
Grade 1 Families
Grade 2 Neighborhoods
Grade 3 Communities
Grade 4 Wisconsin History and U.S. Geographic Regions
Grade 5 U.S. History
Grade 6 Ancient Civilizations
Grade 7 World Regions
Grade 8 U.S. History
"Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation."
Music class is an important part of the the curriculum for all of our K4-8th grade students. In addition to class time instruction, SMS offers Choir, Band, Strings, and Piano instruction as early as kindergarten.
Recognizing the importance of music to our sacred celebration of the Eucharist, and with the goal of fostering a heart ready to serve, our junior high students may audition to be cantors for school mass, and our Jubilation Choir regularly leads our school congregation in song.
Ms Gillette and Mrs. Cervelli guide St. Monica students through a curriculum rich in beauty, history, and all-out fun. St. Monica has treasured musical traditions, such as our Spring Showcase and also our incredible Variety Show, held at Dominican High School. In music class (schedule below), students study rhythm, instruments, note reading, and vocal techniques. These units of study are often correlated with grade level teachers’ units of instruction to create a cross curricular masterpiece.
K4 and K5 Once per week
Grades 1st – 5th Twice per week
Grades 6th – 8th Once per week
We value an education that supports the whole child, therefore, art class is offered once a week at St. Monica. Students explore a variety of materials, the history of art, and art in a religious context. St. Monica also participates in the Catholic Schools Music and Art Show Celebration at Dominican High School in the Spring and our very own art show at the Great Frame Up in Whitefish Bay once a year.