OUR LADY OF THE LAKES CATHOLIC SCHOOL ACADEMIC PROGRAMS
At Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic School, “We strive to develop each child’s spiritual, academic, social, and physical potential.” Our goal is to prepare our students for their next academic level and provide 21st Century skills that will help our students succeed in their future college education and/or career. We follow the Archdiocese of Miami (ADOM) Standards which consists of the Florida State Standards for English Language Arts and Math in conjunction with the Catholic Identity for Schools Standards. We use research based curriculum for our core classes, English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies, from recognized publishers, Pearson, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Sadlier and McGraw-Hill. We periodically update our curriculum to meet the needs of our students.
Our Science curriculum correlates with the National Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) which incorporates the Scientific Method and the Engineering process. In Middle School our we teach Earth Science in 6th grade, Life Science in 7th Grade and Physical Science in 8th Grade. Starting in Kindergarten, students are exposed to themes related to Earth Science, Life Science and Physical Science. Our school has started to implement a STREAM program (Science, Technology, Religion, Arts and Math) through our STREAM elective and our Lego Robotics program. We plan to continue enhancing this program in the future.
National Next Generation Science Standards K-5 (NGSS)
National Next Generation Science Standards 6th Grade, 7th Grade and 8th Grade:
Our teachers and students use 21st Century tools to enhance learning. Teachers use various types of technology to enrich their lessons and instruction. Our classrooms are outfitted with Promethean Smart Boards or Projectors. Students and teachers also use iPad tablets and computers throughout the school day. Our teachers are continuously engaged in Professional Development, Professional Learning Communities and Peer to Peer coaching to help them learn effective instructional strategies and stay updated on new Educational trends.