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Enrichment Programs

The halls resound with the voices of engaged students
challenged by the Enrichment classes at SSCM.  
Our philosophy, professing that every child is talented in some special way,
 has led to the expansion of the program over the past year to include not only those
who excel in all academic areas, but those who excel in one discipline.  
Currently offerings include Round Up, Gifted and Talented Classes,
Distinguished Performance Scholar Programs
and Thinking Outside the Box.


Round Up

Our Kindergarten students have the opportunity on a daily basis
to spend time in our 1st grade classroom.
Round up prepares the kindergartners for the challenges of 1st grade
and the differences in moving up to an elementary program.


Distinguished Scholar, Thinking Outside the Box and Mock Trial

The Distinguished Performance Scholars Program is available to students in grades 3-8 who are seeking an academic challenge and who show strong achievement in a specific curriculum area and have been suggested by teacher recommendations.  Selections of open-ended projects are available with both individual and collaborative components.  At the end of each session, the participants are provided a venue to present their work to parents, faculty and other guests.

Thinking Outside the Box, a collegially designed course, develops critical thinking in students as they work through themes such as environmental literacy, global awareness and social justice.  This course activates the students’ creative thinking processes to work collaboratively designing and implementing innovative projects. 

The SSCM Mock Trial Program offers an invaluable educational opportunity.  It has been described as a class where you learn about our legal system, develop analytical and reasoning skills, practice public speaking and build up self-confidence.  The Catholic Middle School Mock Trial Program is hosted at Saint John’s University School of Law, exposing students to the opportunities presented by law school.

Our enrichment offerings are designed and presented to ensure student mastery of 21st century skills. SSCM is a small school, doing big things!

Expectations:

  • Students will attain specific content knowledge and skills through hands-on, authentic activities to hone higher order thinking skills which will prepare them to take their place as Christian leaders of the 21st century.
  • Students will use various thinking and listening strategies to assist them in developing their 21st century skills including the ability to work with others and development of good communication skills both within a group setting and in their individual presentations.
  • Students will become globally and culturally aware through exposure to and study of foreign languages and global perspectives.
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