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St. Rita Catholic School

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Curriculum

Philosophy
Within a Catholic school environment, the school aims to provide the guidance, instruction and opportunities that help all children acquire fundamental skills, basic understanding, wholesome attitudes and habits, Christian values and an appreciation for their own talents and potential.
 
Basic Curriculum
The school curriculum is designed by the Office of Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Dallas and is set forth in the Diocesan Curriculum Guide. Basic to the curriculum is the study of the following:
  • Religion
  • Language Arts (reading, English, spelling, writing and library)
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Computer Literacy
  • Spanish
  • Music (grades PreK-8)
  • Art (grades PreK-6)
  • Physical Education
  • Language Science (grades 1-4)
 
The term “six major subjects” means religion, math, science, reading, social studies and English. Spanish, exploratory electives for students in grades 5-8 and the St. Rita Values Excellence (STRIVE) program supplement the basic curriculum and enhance the school’s academic program. In addition, a variety of instructional programs and methods provides students with learning experiences and opportunities to develop their potential. All students are taught problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Students are challenged to become creative, future-oriented thinkers.
 
More information regarding the Diocesan Curriculum Guide is available upon request.
 

Advanced Academics

 

To be considered for Advanced Academics classes at St. Rita, students must meet a minimum Standard Age Score (SAS) in the CogAT test. 

 

Minimum for Advanced Math: 

  • 5th-8th Grades: 126 in Quantitative

Minimum for Advanced ELA: 

  • 5th Grade: 125 in Verbal
  • 6th-8th Grades: 127 in Verbal 


If a student meets that the minimum CogAT score, other factors are then considered, including:

  • ITBS testing
  • STAR 360 Benchmark Testing
  • Class Grades 
  • GATES Assessment from their teachers