Quality, Catholic Education for Pre-K through Grade 8

Programs & Curriculum

Pre-K

Primary (K-2)

Intermediate (3-5)

Middle (6-8)

Pre-K Program

Pre-Kindergarten is a full-day instructional program from 8:25 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. Parents may also opt for a half-day program with dismissal at 11:15 a.m. For parents with after school care needs, we offer a loving, warm environment run by our teachers and staff in our After Care from 2:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Pre-K Program Goals

  • To instill a sense of respect and value that each person is special in the eyes of God.
  • To instill in each child a desire to learn and explore.
  • To assist in the holistic growth of each child, to include their intellectual, social, physical, cultural and religious development.
  • To reinforce a broad appreciation that art, music, and stories are both fun and a part of learning.
  • To introduce pre-reading and pre-math skills
  • To develop the self-esteem of each child.
  • To develop a sense of personal responsibility.

 

Pre-K Curriculum

Mother Seton School PreK instruction is based upon the curriculum guidelines of the Archdiocese of Baltimore for Early Child Education. The program for four-year-olds is designed to develop in the young child a curiosity and love for learning and a positive attitude toward school while preparing the child for kindergarten.

It instills in the child an appreciation of God's all embracing love and provides opportunities for the child to deepen the sense of God's presence in self, others, and the world. Students enjoy learning letters and phonics, numbers and arithmetic, cultures from around the world, and much, much more! The Prayer Partners Program is another favorite with the Pre-K children, as they are paired up with one or more 5th grade Prayer Partners who join in special activities and events.

Students attend five days weekly. Classes end at 2:45 p.m. (11:!5 a.m. for half-day) All students bring snack for mid-morning.

Morning Schedule

  • Free Play
  • Circle Time
  • Art or Table Projects
  • Snack
  • Story and Music
  • Recess
  • Religion

 

Full-Day Program Schedule

  • Morning Schedule
  • Outside Play
  • Lunch
  • Group Story Time
  • Quiet Time
  • Social Science Activities
  • Music, Art, and Physical Education
  • Review the Day
  • Dismissal

The schedule is flexible due to the age of our children.

Health & Safety

Mother Seton School Faculty, Support Staff and Volunteers meet requirements of the Archdiocese of Baltimore for Child Protection including training and background checks. A medical professional staffs the Health Room throughout the school day. School doors are secure and the Pre-K and Kindergarten have a dedicated fenced playground with access from their classrooms. A classroom intercom provides access to the office and health room staff for teachers.

Primary Program (K-Grade 2)

Mother Seton School is accredited through AdvancED under the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Our curriculum is aligned with the Archdiocese of Baltimore as students move through each grade level.

Kindergarten students continue their religious, social and intellectual development through a variety of large and small group and individualized learning experiences. The program for five-year-olds fosters growth in those concepts and skills necessary for entrance into grade one. Enrichment classes include weekly Library, Physical Education, Music, and Art. Technology and computer instruction is integrated throughout the Kindergarten program on a daily basis. Interactive projectors and iPods are essential components in the classroom.

In grades 1 and 2, classes are self-contained with the possibility of some specialization of instruction at the grade level. Students participate in Art, Library, Computer, Music, and Physical Education instruction with teachers who specialize in these fields.

The Prayer Partner Program continues as students in Kindergarten through Grade 3 are paired up each year with older students from our school for special mentoring opportunities throughout the year including special events and activities.

For parents with before and after school care needs, we offer a loving, warm environment run by our teachers and staff in our After School Care program from 2:45 p.m. - 6:00 pm.

Academic Subject Areas for the Primary Unit include:

  • Religion & Family Life: Daily lessons are incorporated in the class. Prayer is integrated throughout the day, students attend schoolwide prayer services and Mass, and participate in leading select services. Service learning is an important component of helping students to not only learn about the needs of others, but to also put their faith in action.
  • Language Arts: Reading, Writing, Grammar (Macmillan McGraw-Hill) and Handwriting (Zaner-Bloser)
  • Mathematics: Uses My Math (McGraw-Hill). Includes a formal introduction to number sense, counting, sequencing, logical thinking, critical thinking skills, measurement, geometry and fractions.
  • Science:  Includes hands-on experiental studies of nature and the environment, as well as a basic understanding of structures of the human body. Learning is enhanced through participation in the EarthSeekers program at the Renfrew Institute in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania.
  • Social Studies: The program integrates social studies through hands-on learning, stories, music, play, and art projects. Special social studies projects and exploration may be centered around community helpers, the significance of holidays and national days of honor, and countries and cultures around the world.  Guest speakers also provide enhancement for topics being studied.

 

Weekly Enrichment includes:

  • Library
  • Physical Education
  • Music
  • Art
  • (Grades 1 & 2) Technology and Computer Instruction

 

All students have in-class opportunities for 1:1 computing and technology.

Intermediate Program (Grades 3-5)

Mother Seton School is accredited through AdvancED under the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Our curriculum is aligned with the Archdiocese of Baltimore as students move through each grade level.

Intermediate classes are self-contained with the possibility of some specialization of instruction at the grade level. Students participate in art, library, computer, music, and physical education instruction with teachers who specialize in these fields.

As students move into 3rd grade, they transition from a standards based progress report card to a letter grade report card based on percentages. The PowerSchool system affords parents the opportunity to monitor academic progress in a convenient manner. Teachers post grades on a regular basis and parents can log in to check on the student's grades, or sign up to receive automated alerts as grades are posted. PowerSchool is also used as a  means of contacting families regarding emergencies, school delays and closures through the Alert Solutions app in this program.

The Prayer Partner Program continues through Grade 3 with students being paired up each year with older students. In Grade 4, students have their first opportunity to become the "big" Prayer Partners, mentoring the children of Pre-K. In Grade 5, students mentor Kindergarteners.

Students in Grades 3-5 have the opportunity to enroll in the Seton Scribblers Young Writers Group. Beginning in Grade 4, students have the opportunity to join the Science-Engineering-Technology club, Instrumental Music & Band, and/or Chorus.

For parents with after school care needs, we offer a loving, warm environment run by our teachers and staff in our After School Care program from 2:45 p.m. - 6:00 pm.

Academic Subject Areas for the Intermediate Unit include:

  • Religion & Family Life: Daily lessons are incorporated in the class. Prayer is integrated throughout the day, students attend schoolwide prayer services and Mass, and participate in leading select services. Service learning is an important component of helping students to not only learn about the needs of others, but to also put their faith in action.
  • Language Arts: Listening, Reading, Writing, Spelling, Grammar (Macmillan McGraw-Hill) and Handwriting (Zaner-Bloser)
  • Mathematics: functions, expressions, factors, properties, fractions, decimals, Computation, critical thinking skills, and Applications
  • Science:
    • Grade 3: Living things and how they interact- Plant and animal life cycles, Vertebrates and Invertebrates, The Water Cycle, Matter Forms- Mass, Volume and Density, Energy Forms, Earth's Seasons, Moon Phases and How the Earth and Moon Interact, The Solar System-  Planets and Constellations
    • Grade 4: The Scientific Method, Ecosystems, Electricity, Magnetism, Simple Machines, Weather, The Chesapeake Bay
    • Grade 5: Rocks and Minerals, Earth's Structures, Forces and Energy, The Scientific Method- Completion of a STEM Project, The Solar System- Stars, Galaxies, and Constellations, Digestion and Respiration, Circulation and Excretion
  • Social Studies: MD State History, States & Capitals, US History, the History of Our Continent and Country and Geography

 

All students have the opportunity for in-class 1:1 computing and technology.

Weekly Enrichment Includes:

  • Library
  • Physical Education
  • Music
  • Art
  • Computer & Technology

Middle School Program (Grades 6-8)

Mother Seton School is accredited through AdvancED under the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Our curriculum is aligned with the Archdiocese of Baltimore as students move through each grade level.

Middle School students move to a more independent style of learning. Students are expected to be independent, inquisitive learners who take responsibility for their academic progress.

The PowerSchool system affords parents the opportunity to monitor academic progress in a convenient manner. Teachers post grades on a regular basis and parents can log in to check on the student's grades, or sign up to receive automated alerts as grades are posted. PowerSchool is also used as a  means of contacting families regarding emergencies, school delays and closures through the Alert Solutions app in this program.

The religion and family life program encourages students to personally embrace the faith of their childhood, prepares them to move into high school with sound Catholic values and convictions, and motivates them to become actively involved in their church community.

The language arts program places greater emphasis upon critical reading, appreciation of great literature, public speaking, composition, and basic research skills. Teachers guide the students in self-directed learning, communication skills, and computer technology. Students develop their ability to work interdependently and collaboratively in conjunction with reading and writing applications for college and career readiness. Examples of literature discussed and analyzed include To Kill a Mockingbird, Bud not Buddy, the works of Poe and Shakespeare, and forms of poetry. Both the English teacher and Literature teacher collaborate to incorporate the two disciplines into a seamless instructional program that allows students to apply their understanding of grammar and mechanics to their literary analyses.

The math program continues to develop those concepts and skills which form the foundations for higher math. Critical thinking skills are emphasized and encouraged. Math at this level is differentiated based on ability and grade level.

Spanish is offered beginning in Middle School. After successfully completing three years of study, students have the opportunity to test out of Spanish I in high school.

Science and social studies program courses continue to develop competencies in these areas with greater emphasis on processes and reasoning. Through the integration of content strands, students recognize connections and apply new skills and ideas to new situations. Students exchange classes for each subject. Modified block scheduling allows time for more in-depth study and projects in science, social studies and language arts.

The Prayer Partner Program continues as students help to mentor younger students in grades Pre-K-3 through special events and activities. Other Middle School opportunities continue with Art Angels, Chorus, Concert Band, Yearbook, Spanish Club, Healthy Eating club, Science Club, and Engineering Club. New opportunities become available, including becoming a Peer Mediator, Vincentian Marian Youth, and Student Council Officer/Representative. Leadership instruction and opportunities are integrated within the classroom and through extracurricular activities, using Covey's 7 Habits for Effective Teenagers as a foundation.

For parents with after school care needs, we offer a loving, warm environment run by our teachers and staff in our After Care from 2:45 p.m. - 6:00 pm.

Academic Subject Areas for the Middle School include:

 

  • Religion & Family Life: Students attend classes daily. Prayer is integrated throughout the day, students attend schoolwide prayer services and Mass, and participate in leading select services. Service learning is an important component of helping students to not only learn about the needs of others, but to also put their faith in action.
  • Language Arts: Studies include: classic and contemporary literary genres, poetry, journal writing, research techniques and formal reports, critical reading strategies, mechanics (grammar, spelling, and vocabulary), The Writing Process, and public speaking.
  • Mathematics :
    • 6th grade - Students focus on critical thinking skills, ratios and rates; fractions, decimals, and percents; the Number System; expressions; geometry; and statistics and probability.
    • 7th grade - Students are differentiated according to ability and readiness into Course 1 or Course 2. Course 1 begins Pre-Algebra. Course 2 focuses on proportional relationships; equations and inequalities; geometry; and statistics and probability.
    • 7th- and 8th-grade Pre-Algebra - Students study rational numbers and exponents; proportionality and linear relationships; creating, comparing, and analyzing geometric figures; and sampling.
    • 8th grade Algebra I - Students demonstrating proficiency in pre-algebraic concepts move on to study linear, exponential, and quadratic expressions and functions; radical functions and geometry; and statistics and probability.
  • Science :
    • 6th grade - Students study Earth Sciences, including weather, Geologic Time Scale, Continental Drift, Theory Plate Tectonics, as well as the study and application of the Scientific Method.
    • 7th grade - Students study Life Sciences, including animal classification, characteristics, and behavior, as well as genetics and heredity, evolution, and environmental science.
    • 8th grade - Students study the Physical Sciences, including beginning chemistry and the Periodic Table, sound and light wave characteristics, the electromagnetic spectrum, speed and motion, and forces such as gravity, and friction.
  • Social Studies :
    • 6th grade - Students study ancient civilizations. Beginning with the early cultures in the Indus and Tigris/Euphrates river valleys and finishing in feudal Europe, they learn about Egypt, China, Greece, and Rome along the way.
    • 7th grade - Students study world cultures. They discuss various regions, delving into how geography, history, and culture have shaped residents and life in those regions today. Students also discuss the organizations and characteristics that bring all of us together, no matter which region we call home.
    • 8th grade - Students study American history. They begin with a refresher on the Civil War, then move on to Reconstruction, the West, and the Gilded Age, ending with modern US history.
  • Spanish Language: Students focus on the five C's of Second Language Learning: communication, culture, connections, comparisons, and communities.

Weekly Enrichment Includes:

  • Library
  • Physical Education
  • Music
  • Art
  • Technology and computer instruction is integrated in the classroom within the various academic areas. Students have the opportunity for 1:1 computing. Interactive projectors and Chromebooks are essential tools of the classroom.