Academic Programming

All people are sons and daughters of a loving God and share equally in God's unconditional love. All of our programming for the students at St. Dominic Catholic School reflect this loving, inclusive experience where children feel safe to take risks in order to reach their full potential.

St. Dominic Catholic School provides instruction for children 3 years of age through grade 8.

Curriculum

Teachers at St. Dominic Catholic School follow the curriculum of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Office for Schools, Child and Youth Ministry. This curriculum is in line with that of the Department of Public Instruction. If you would like to view the curriculum, please visit the archdiocesan website.

Religion

The teachings and traditions of the Catholic faith are at the core of our instruction at St. Dominic Catholic School. Formal instruction in the faith exists in every classroom and is infused throughout the day. This does not negate or replace the instruction by parents in the home. The faculty, staff, and administration recognize the parents are the primary educators of their children. Therefore, we strive to:

  • present the Catholic faith in a way that is consistent with the age and readiness of the students.
  • empower the student with Catholic knowledge and the way to best practice their Catholic faith.
  • engage the family and students in faith sharing and Scripture reflection.
Early Childhood: Grades K3-1

At. St. Dominic Catholic School we ground our early childhood programming in the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards (WMELS).

WMELS specify developmental expectations for children from birth through entrance to first grade. The standards reflect the domains of a child’s learning and development. The domains include: Health and Physical Development; Social and Emotional Development; Language Development and Communication; Approaches to Learning: Cognition and General Knowledge. Each domain is divided into sub-domains which include developmental expectations, program standards, performance standards, and developmental continuum. Through our early childhood programming we are committed to a strong religious and academic foundation for all future learning environments. We hope to foster, through hands on experiences and intentional play-based curriculum, a sense of wonder and curiosity aimed at developing the social, emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual aspects of the whole child.

Our students will engage in:

  • Higher ordered thinking in a creative environment using sound, developmentally and age appropriate practice and curriculum based on sound research
  • Intentional age appropriate faith formation
  • An environment in which the Catholic Christian virtues of Faith, Hope, and Love are taught, demonstrated, and modeled
  • Relevant and meaningful play that stimulates the intellectual, social, physical, emotional, and spiritual development of the whole child.
Elementary Grades: 2-5

Core Subjects:

Religion: The teachings and traditions of the Catholic faith are at the core of our instruction at St. Dominic Catholic School. 

Language Arts: Language skills and concepts include reading, writing, spelling, penmanship, and grammar. These skills are incorporated throughout the curriculum and taught at grade level.

Math: The basic concepts of numeration, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division are introduced, reinforced and mastered in these grades as well as application of problem solving skills related to daily usage.

Science: The objectives of this program are to encourage discovery and observation. There will be many hands-on lessons and experiments.

Social Studies: Instruction includes community life, geography, history, map skills, and interpretation of graphs and charts. The focus in on the expansion and development of the United States. In grade 4, there is a special emphasis on the State of Wisconsin.

Middle School: Grades 6-8

Instruction in the Middle School is departmentalized. Each teacher is responsible for his/her area of expertise. Academic core areas are science, math, literature, social studies, religion, and English.

Specials

St. Dominic Catholic School is grateful in being able to provide additional programming for students in Spanish, physical education, music, and art.

Spanish: Spanish is presented to children in grades 1-8. The Spanish curriculum involves skills development, speaking with fluency, and cultural awareness.

Physical education: Physical educaton is provided at least twice per week by a physical education specialist.

Music: Music is provided twice per week by the music specialist for children in K5-grade 5. Students in grades 6-8 once per week.

Art: Formal art instruction is provided once per week for students in grades K5-grade 8 from a certified teacher.


Learning Support

The faculty and staff of St. Dominic Catholic School work to provide a God-centered, student-focused approach to instruction. Academic support teachers and volunteers are available to assist classroom teachers in meeting the specific needs of students to the best of their ability.

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Co-Curriculars

Geometry

Through collaboration with Catholic Memorial High School (CMH) and in agreement with Divine Savior Holy Angels and Marquette University High School, students in eighth grade have the opportunity to receive geometry instruction during the course of the school day. This course runs parallel to required algebra instruction for those students who meet the pre-requisites for the course. Students receive a pass/fail grade that would be recognized by these high schools, propelling student forward in their scope and sequence at the secondary level.

S.M.A.R.T. Team

The St. Dominic Bio-Molecular Modeling Team is open to eighth graders who are serious students and willing to do additional academic work after school and at home. These students are enthusiastic learners willing to extend their knowledge of biology and technology. The team is a part of the Milwaukee areas SMART (Students Modeling a Research Topic) Team Program run by the Center for Bio Molecular Modeling (CBM) at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Their science teacher, Ms. Donna LaFlamme, has been certified by the CBM, to advise SMART Team. All teacher advisors and scientist mentors are volunteers.

The St. Dominic team is the only middle school team in the United States and Canada. St .Dominic has participated in this program since its creation. The program is designed for high school  students to experience scientific research as it exists in local laboratories. It pairs teams of students with local scientists who guide them in teh study of a specific protein.

 
STEM

Students that are not involved in geometry will engage in a STEM class. Led by the middle school science teacher and the media facilitator, students learn coding using online resources. Student learn the BASIC programming language found on their graphing calculator as well as the math and statistics functions of their calculators most important for science and algebra. Students will also engage in projects that combine the four domains of STEM: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Technology

 We strive to "meet students where they are" in terms of the use of technology. We provide lo tech and high tech approaches to classroom instruction. Students are exposed to interactive white boards, personal computers, laptops, chrome books and iPads throughout the course of the day. Teacher utilize applications and websites for instruction and production throughout their courses.

Our students learn basic programming, 3D modelling, coding, and robotics through the technology integration throughout the building which supports our science programming.

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