What We Teach

In a faith based environment, we engage scholars at all levels to facilitate the development of opportunities to deliver rigorous instruction for each scholar. Anchored with teachers that have deep content knowledge and strong instructional expertise, we mentor and model development of our staff to offer accountable, personalized, independent and small-group learning experiences.

The Mission Grammar community is alive with the spirit and love of God! As scholars learn and grow, the Mission Grammar community provides them with a foundation for a life-long relationship with God. Religion curriculum intertwines the importance of Gospel values, Catholic Social Teachings, and sacramental preparation. Scholars continue to develop faith and commitment to social justice through service learning.

Common Core Curriculum

Based on state and national models, our common core curriculum helps shape the development of each scholar to meet and exceed grade level standards.Leveraging standards based report card and professional learning networks, our school provides consistent assessment to address each scholar’s needs.

Early Childhood

Early childhood teachers support a play-based environment where scholars can explore, create and problem solve. This is reflected in the activities children do, the psychical space in the classroom and the work on the walls. We emphasize a low teacher/scholar ratio that helps maximize exploratory learning. Part of our early childhood development curriculum utilizes Opening the World of Learning (OWL) and Building Blocks. OWL is a comprehensive curriculum that covers all domains of early learning. The content centers around thematic units that are each built around a carefully crafted daily routine within an activity-center day. The Building Blocks curriculum embeds mathematical learning into daily activities—from designated math activities to circle and story time—to relate informal math knowledge to formal concepts. Building blocks creates a solid foundation for mathematical thinking through exploration of manipulative and emphasizing conceptual thinking and reasoning.

Technology in the Classroom

Mission Grammar’s iPad initiative prepares scholars for real world applications through use of technology. Integrating digital tools helps scholars grasp and demonstrate their understanding of educational concepts at higher levels, through visual/auditory reinforcement. Scholars are able to use this tool to create, make meaning and demonstrate understanding from iMovies to CueThink to FaceTime. Teachers design lessons to activate critical thinking and support digital citizenship. Scholars in K0-K2 interacts with iPads in small groups and scholars in grades 1-6 are 1:1 with iPads.

Lower and Intermediate School

Lower and Intermediate scholars begin to work with the Literacy Collaborative approach, with a workshop model around reading and writing. With support from the Achievement Network, teachers are able to assess scholar progress through interim assessments, regular data analysis and implementing tailored instruction to support scholar mastery in both literacy and math. In the lower and intermediate school, teachers implement the Engineering is Elementary curriculum through the Museum of Science. This curriculum centers on real world problem solving and engaging scholars in the true work of engineering.

Social and Emotional Learning

Mission Grammar believes that the social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum. Through the Responsive Classroom Approach and the “CARES”. Teachers create an environment to support intrinsic motivation through cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy and self-control. Scholars begin each day with Morning Meeting, setting a tone of welcome, respect and rigor.

Upper School

Upper School scholars experience a block schedule that rotates and allows them to dive deeply in each content area throughout the day. Expert teachers are departmentalized and focus on specific subjects including literacy, math, social studies, science, art, and music. The literacy collaborative approach, Achievement Network interim assessments, and engineering work continue on in upper school. The upper school team works diligently to prepare scholars to succeed after Mission Grammar, supporting them through the high school application process and ISEE preparation.

Visual Arts and Music

Mission Grammar fully believes in the development of the whole child; visual arts and music are major components of child development. Each scholar experiences weekly visual arts and music classes. Our Visual Arts teacher works with classroom teachers to create cross curricular projects, bringing in science and history. Scholar artists have been honored for 4 consecutive years at the Reflection in Action artists competition through Harvard Medical School. Our Music program features a weekly class on music theory and performance at each grade level. Our music teacher offers additional enrichment with the Pure Gold Step Team, Mission Grammar Dance Team and a singing group called OLPH-icial. Piano lessons are available at an additional cost. There are two whole school performances each year to celebrate this learning.