Core Curriculum

“We learn about the ideals of truth, kindness, forgiveness, and wisdom as well as Language Arts and Math.” -Student

  • Language Arts curricula derive from national standards and include creative thinking,  print and phonological awareness, decoding, vocabulary, comprehension, reading fluency, literary concepts, readers’ theatre, poetry, written expression, graphic organizers and higher order thinking skills. Spalding phonics is taught in grades K-2 and alphabetic phonics is used for remediation in the reading resource program. The curriculum is enhanced with units of study on Ancient Egypt, King Arthur, Greek Mythology and Shakespeare.
  • Mathematics follows national standards with manipulative-based curricula that focus on numbers and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, data analysis, probability and problem solving. By fifth grade, students complete a sixth-grade curriculum and textbook, as they prepare for Algebra I. Inductive and Deductive Reasoning are woven into the curriculum with logic problems and higher order thinking skills. St. Gregory consistently earns exemplary marks in testing and competition in math.
  • Religion addresses one of the school’s primary goals of fulfilling the educational ministry of the Catholic Church. The curricula adhere to the 15 goals set forth by the Diocese of Tyler and draw from the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) guidance program (Faith, Family and Friends) and the Child Lures program (http://childluresprevention.com/). The child centered weekly liturgy and Christian service are hallmarks of the faith community.
  • Science follows national standards for inquiry instruction and scientific methods. At least 40 percent of instruction is devoted to demonstration and experimentation, often taking place in the state of the art science laboratory.
  • Social Studies links past, present and future with curricula that cultivate an integrated approach to geography, societal structures and cultural experiences. In depth study of the election process culminates in mock elections. Texas History includes a trip to the East Texas Oil Museum. The Civil War comes alive with the depiction of life size soldiers created by the students and the planting and harvesting of cabbage and onions to cook as stew, reminiscent of the meals eaten by those at war.