Schools will open on a two-hour delay, Wednesday, January 17.

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Elementary School1st Grade

first grades with teacher

The first grade program builds on the kindergarten program to ensure that students have a strong foundation in the core subjects of language arts, math, science, and social studies. The arts are integrated into all subject areas and Jesuit values are infused throughout the curriculum.


Students continue their use of the Fountas & Pinnell language arts program.

The program emphasizes word study, phonics, and spelling through the literature texts studied.

Students are taught to not only think about the text but also beyond the text.

Through the use of high-quality literature and leveled reading books, each students’ achievement can be fostered and measured to maximize their potential.

Using the Singapore Math curriculum, students move through a concerte, then pictorial, then abstract progression of mathematical understanding and computation skills.

Mental math, number sense, and problem-solving strategies are the focus.

Instead of pushing through rote memorization, students learn to think mathematically and rely on the depth of knowledge gained in previous lessons.

Singapore Math not only helps students become more successful problem solvers, it helps them gain a sense of confidence and resourcefulness because it insists on conceptual depth.

This naturally prepares students to excel in more advanced math.

In science, first graders continue to build an understanding of the scientific process through further study of weather, physics topics, living things on earth, and human bodies. Concepts and content of high interest are explored through science.

In social studies, units of high interest in civics, with an emphasis on activism, geography, and economics are the focus of the year. Children work collaboratively on special projects and explore the city of Baltimore by going on field trips.

Special area teachers in Music, Spanish, Religion, and Library round out the first grade program.

2nd grade spanish class

Sample Class Schedule

Time Activity
8:20-8:45 Drop off and breakfast
8:45-9:00 Morning Meeting
9:00-10:30 Literacy
10:30-12:00 Math
12:00-12:30 Lunch
12:30-1:00 Quiet Work
1:00-1:45 Specials
1:45-2:00 Read Aloud
2:00-2:30 Recess
2:30-3:00 Centers
3:00-3:30 Snack/Dismissal
1st graders at tables drawing

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Father of a 1st Grade Student

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