St. John’s is an accredited school through AdvancEd, along with all schools in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. St. John’s has also worked with the Diocese of Fort Wayne – South Bend to develop the ACE (Alliance for Catholic Education) curriculum that is followed at all of our diocesan schools. The Diocesan curriculum is aligned with the Indiana Academic Standards and brings our Catholic faith into the standards. Students also participate in NWEA testing to help gather data that the teachers use to help the students achieve academic success.
Religion: Alive in Christ, developed by Our Sunday Visitor, is used in grades first through eighth and Alleluia!, also written by Our Sunday Visitor, is used in Kindergarten. The Alive in Christ series forms Catholic identity and leads both children and families to Christ. Our Catholic students in the second grade will participate in First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion while those in the eighth grade will receive the sacrament of Confirmation. Students in grades first through eighth also attend Mass twice a week and Kindergarten students attend once a week. Students will have the opportunity to participate in the Mass as servers, lectors, and gift bearers, attend Eucharistic Adoration, pray the rosary as a class and as a school community, and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Advent and Lent during a school penance service.
Special Area Classes: Beginning in Pre-Kindergarten, our students are offered different specialty classes each day, including computer, physical education, music, art, and library. There are also a variety of extracurricular activities that are offered including liturgical choir, Mercy Club, Drama Club, Destination Imagination, and sports – football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, cheerleading, softball, and track.
Resource: St. John’s offers a resource program to assist students who need additional services. Our resource specialist works with the teachers and parents to make sure that the needs of all students are being met on a daily basis. Students with documented learning differences can receive accommodations and modifications to ensure academic success.
Elementary: Classes in grades pre-kindergarten through fifth grade are self-contained, except for the special area class or classes they participate in that day. Students in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten begin to build their reading skills and math foundations. They also begin to working on their handwriting skills which will develop into cursive in the second grade and continue through fifth grade. Students in all elementary classes will focus on religion, reading, math, science, phonics, spelling, language, social studies, and writing. Homework is assigned nightly to help students continue to learn and master the skills needed to achieve academic success.
Junior High: Students in grade six will begin to switch classes and experience having multiple teachers throughout the day. As the students move between classrooms, each class will begin the period with prayer. Time is spent on organization, note taking, and time management skills. Our curriculum assures that our students will be well prepared for high school with our focus on religion, science, literature, language, social studies, and math, with Algebra being offered in the eighth grade.