General Curriculum

The curriculum at St. Mary’s is outlined to attain the educational objectives set forth in our philosophy and is in accordance with the regulations set by the Office of Catholic Schools from the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.  The Diocesan ACE curriculum guidelines, in partnership with Notre Dame University, and consistent with the State of Oklahoma guidelines, are followed for the teaching of all secular subject areas.  Full-time, certified teachers and part-time lay teachers facilitate our curriculum. 

St. Mary’s School offers students opportunities for growth in the following major subjects:

Religion

Catholic doctrine and tradition, Bible study, Social Justice, preparation for the reception of the Sacraments of Reconciliation, and Eucharist.  Students attend the parish Mass each Wednesday morning.

Language Arts

Our Language Arts Program includes phonetic-based instruction, along with whole language approaches and basal readers at the primary grade levels.  Additionally, the Star Reading Assessment tool, and the Accelerated Reader Program is utilized in grades 1-8 to enhance the reading components of our Language Arts Program.  It is a graded component of our curriculum.  Reading, English, Spelling, Vocabulary, Composition, Library Skills, and Appreciation of Literature are stressed at the Middle School Levels.

Mathematics

Our Math program uses Star Math as a Math assessment tool in grades 1st – 8th and the First in Math program to reinforce math skills in grades K – 8th.  Mathematics Skills, Geometry, Pre-Algebra, and Algebra I are taught at the middle school levels.

Science

General Science and Laboratory Experiences are provided from Kindergarten through Eighth grade students.  Curriculum enrichment will be provided through Project Lead the Way which promotes hands-on, inquiry-based and problem-solving skills based on scientific principles.

Social Studies

World and National History, Geography, Economics, State History, as well as Current Events are provided at an increasingly in-depth level.

Art

A complete art curriculum is taught to students in grades K through 8.  Students learn many different artistic techniques each year.

Computer Literacy & Technology

Students are provided in age-appropriate instruction in Word Processing, Presentation Software, Spread Sheets, Effective Use of Social Media, appropriate and ethical use of digital information and E-devices, as well as integration with curricular subjects.

Music

Musical instruction is provided for students during school in first through fifth grade using a mix of musical methods including Kodaly and Ward methods. Mixed vocal choirs are provided for interested students K through 8 before school on Monday and Wednesdays.

Handwriting

Students in Grades 3 through 8 are expected to submit all handwritten work in cursive using the D’Nealian handwriting method.

App Creation: Project Lead the Way

Middle school students will explore computer science by computationally analyzing and developing solutions to authentic problems through mobile app development, and they will convey the positive impact of the application of computer science to other disciplines and to society.  

Automation & Robotics: Project Lead the Way

Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Students use the VEX Robotics® platform to design, build, and program real-world objects such as traffic lights, toll booths, and robotic arms.

Magic of Electrons: Project Lead the Way

Through hands-on projects, students explore electricity, the behavior and parts of atoms, and sensing devices.  They learn knowledge and skills in basic circuitry design, and examine the impact of electricity on the world around them. 

Project Lead the Way: Launch

Designed for Kindergarten through 5th Grades

Through PLTW Launch, students become hands-on problem solvers and learn to collaborate with their fellow students.  They begin each module with an engaging e-book that introduces a challenge that the students will work together to solve. Then, in a series of activities that build upon each other, students are challenged to try new things, learn from mistakes, and to apply what they know to find solutions. PLTW Launch is aligned to Next Generation Science Standards as well as state standards for Math and Language Arts.   

Circles of Grace

This archdiocesan program is for students PK – 8 and addresses a safe environment. Its goal is to give students the tools needed to help protect them from the many forms of abuse. The curriculum is available for review by contacting the school office. Parents will be notified before classes begin and parents who object to their child’s participation should contact the principal. Parents may opt for their child not to participate.

Accelerated Reader

Students in grades 2-8 participate in the Accelerated Reader program with students in kindergarten and first grade participating as they are ready. The program is an excellent tool to increase a student’s reading fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary. Reading goals will be determined between the student’s homeroom teacher and student.

Academic Competitions

Students also have opportunities to extend the challenge of the curriculum by participating in academic competitions such as the spelling bee, geography bee, science fair, robotics competition, art contests, essay contests and math contests.

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St. Mary's Catholic School

611 SW 'A' Avenue

Lawton, OK 73501

​Tel: 580-355-5288

​Fax: 580-355-4336

Knights@stmarys-ok.org

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School Hours

Prek-2: 8:00am - 3:30pm

Grades 3-8: 8:00am - 3:35pm

Summer Office Hours

Mon-Fri: 9:00am - 2:00pm

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