Elementary School: Kindergarten - 5th Grades
Elementary classes are designed to foster a love of learning and a hunger for knowledge in a challenging and supportive environment.
Curriculum & Philosophy
St. Austin curriculum focuses on teaching the whole child. We believe that we learn for life, not just for school. As such, each year our curriculum develops a higher order of thinking skills. We teach our kids to think, to be analytical and to be conceptual learners making relations from academics into the real world. We harness our central location to stretch our classroom walls and bring the kids into an immersive and real-world learning environment.
In Elementary School, St. Austin's offers an extremely diverse and challenging set of core courses, special classes and enrichment programs to fulfill every child's hunger for knowledge.
We teach 5 core courses at St. Austin: math, science, social studies, language arts and religion. Each of our courses are supported by the most up-to-date curriculum and and accompanied by digital learning guides.
- Top 10% on Stanford Achievement Test scores
- #1 in PSIA Academic State Meet 3 years running
- Approximately 40% of students qualify for DECATS (DeBusk Center for Academically Talented Scholars) requiring scores above 95th percentile in a core subject testing
- Self-contained classrooms
- 1:10 teacher to student ratio
- Quarterly STAR benchmark testing and monitoring to ensure full student body growth and success
- 1:1 Chromebook to student ratio beginning in 5th grade
- Interactive white boards in each classroom
St. Austin incorporates special classes into the curriculum for all elementary students.
Special classes include Spanish, Technology, Art, Music, Library and Physical Education.
- Advanced Band & Choir classes & performances
- School-wide, annual Advent Cantata
- Pre-K - 2nd grade annual musical production
- Presidential Fitness testing
- Run to Canada challenge
- Accelerated Reader program
We believe that the transfer from academics to real-world helps store and advance learning. St. Austin nurtures several enrichment programs on and off campus to help further develop our kids:
- National Juniors Honor Society
- Boy & Girl Scouts
- Math Pentathlon & Math Sense
- PSIA (Private School Interscholastic Association
- DECATS ( DeBusk Center for Academically Talented Scholars)
A child must be five years old by September 1 to enter Kindergarten and six years old by September 1 to enter first grade. Review of previous report cards, standardized test scores, teacher recommendations and individual assessment of all applicants will be considered during the application process to determine if St. Austin can meet the needs of each individual applicant. In particular, there will be an assessment review for entry into Kindergarten.
Students accepted to St. Austin Catholic School from a state accredited school will be placed in the grade recommended from the previous school. Students from a non-accredited and/or non-graded school will be placed according to:
- Student’s age
- Student’s past performance
- Student’s achievement test scores
- Student’s best interest according to teacher recommendation
- Student’s achievement on the individual assessment performed by St. Austin faculty