Academic excellence in the hallmark of a St. Cecilia Cathedral School education. From religion classes to core curriculum classes, from the fine arts to physical fitness and technology, our goal is to foster the spiritual, intellectual, social-emotional, physical and creative potential of each student.
Kindergarten – Grade 2
All Kindergarten through Grade 2 classrooms are self-contained. Religion, language arts, math, as well as the social studies and science are taught at each grade level.
The Language Arts curriculum (Reading, Phonics, English, Writing, and Spelling) teaches students to build essential reading skills that will help them be active learners. The reading program has a strong phonics base. The Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment is administered throughout the year to determine the specific reading level of each child. A Guided Reading program allows teachers to target instruction specifically to that individual reading level. Students in second grade also take the STAR Reading assessment to help diagnose strengths and weaknesses of students. The Accelerated Reading program works along with this literacy program to encourage independent reading at each student’s instructional level. The English curriculum teaches not only grammar but also pre-writing and writing skills. Both 6 Traits Writing and Writers Workshop are used.
Math goals include teaching the students to become active learners and confident problem solvers. Our goal is to help each student develop tools for recognizing and applying math in his/her world.
Religion classes guide each student to learn, celebrate, share, and live his/her Catholic faith. Students attend weekly Mass and paraliturgies are celebrated throughout the year. All students participate in a service outreach program yearly.
Art, physical education, computer classes, and music are taught in the primary grades.
Each class participates in field trips throughout the year including one at each grade level to Fontenelle Forest. In addition guest speakers and programs such as Junior Achievement, Fire Safety, Poison Prevention, Personal Safety,
after school Spanish, and others supplement classroom learning.
Grades 3 – 5
The curriculum of the Intermediate Grades (3-5) meets the Archdiocesan and state curriculum standards in the subjects of English, reading, spelling, mathematics, social studies, science and religion. Specialists teach art, physical education, music, library/media and computers.
Fountas and Pinnell Assessment Systems and Accelerated Reader are used to determine each student’s instructional reading level and guide independent reading.
Students use IXL, an online math practice site, in school and at home, to reinforce and enhance math skills.
Technology is effectively integrated into the classroom with the use of a variety of devices. Students are exposed to laptops, IPads, individual responders, and active boards. Students are taught keyboarding in 4th and 5th grade.
Students participate in Service Learning Projects at each level.
Students are all involved with the annual Operetta and perform songs and dance in the spring Songfest. 4th graders all learn to play the recorder and an optional band program is available for 5th graders.
Students compete in local art, math, and writing contests. They also participate in the school Spelling Bee and Geography Bee.
Opportunities for field trips and guest speakers increase in the intermediate grades, enhancing student learning.
Students have opportunities to participate in:
After School Spanish Class
Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts
Grades 6 - 8
The Middle School curriculum consists of an eight-period day (the last period usually a study hall), which includes the following daily:
Religion (including preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation, received in 8th grade)
Literature/Composition (including vocabulary and grammar)
Mathematics (including Math, Pre-algebra, Algebra, Honors Algebra)
Social Studies (6th, World History; 7th, World Geography/Cultures; 8th, U.S. History)
Physical Education twice weekly
Art, Music, Library/Media once a week
In addition, middle school students have access to technology in the computer lab one and a half days weekly, as well as access to Chromebooks or iPads almost daily.
6th and 7th graders present Science Assessment projects or Science Fair and 8th graders present History Day projects to the school and parish community yearly. 8th graders also go to the District Level National History Day competition. 6th and 8th graders participate in the Woodmen of the World School Speech Contest yearly.
In alternate years, interested students may take a 3-day trip to Washington, D.C.
Field trips throughout the year may include Creativity Workshop at Joslyn Art Museum (7th grade), a Halloween bowling party or skating party, local dramatic performances (recent trips have included a play at Duchesne, a musical at Marian, a performance of A Christmas Carol at Joslyn Castle), and others.
Every grade participates in an annual service project.
Extracurricular opportunities include:
Roots & Shoots Club
Competitions in math, science, history, speech, art, music, robotics, chess
Sports include soccer, football, basketball, volleyball, and track
Archdiocese of Omaha Curriculum
St. Cecilia Cathedral School follows the Curriculum Standards for all subject areas. These curricula incorporate the Nebraska standards for education and additional Archdiocesan standards.
Assessments used by St. Cecilia School include the Terra Nova 3 Norm Referenced Test, Fountas and Pinnell Reading Benchmarking, STAR Reading, and the Archdiocesan Criterion Referenced Assessments, as well as on-going formative and summative assessments.