St. Bernadette School uses the Omaha Archdiocesan Standards based on the Nebraska State Standards to drive, plan and implement our school’s curriculum and School Improvement Plan. Our academic curriculum includes religion, reading, language arts, handwriting, phonics, spelling, math, social studies, science, music, physical education, health, technology, art and library.
Our full day Pre-Kindergarten program is staffed by a teacher and a full-time teacher assistant. Our half day Preschool program is staffed by a teacher with support from a teacher assistant. We use a curriculum that focuses on the developmental milestones of 3-5 year old students. The curriculum is hands-on and engaging for all students. Students learn basic life skills, social skills and academic skills to prepare them for Kindergarten.
Students in grades 5-8 make up our Jr. High. Our teachers are certified in their subject areas, enabling us to be departmentalized. Our teaching staff works together to integrate technology, student groupings, and active learning. We also provide opportunities for service learning. Students in 8th grade can enroll in Spanish 1 at Gross Catholic. Students who are accelerated in math and or science can enroll in class at Gross Catholic as well. Students in grades 6-8 can choose to take choir and they can try out for our Spring Musical.
Our Junior High Math program is taught and graded using a Standards Based Learning Model. Students have the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of concepts by focusing on daily objectives. Students are encouraged to retake all objectives until mastery is achieved. Students in grades 5-8 are placed in math classes based on Terra Nova test scores, in-class performance grades and teacher recommendation. Math courses will include 5th Grade Math, 6th Grade Math, 7th Grade Math, Pre-Algebra and Algebra. Those students who are ready for Geometry in 8th Grade have the opportunity to receive math instruction at Gross Catholic High School.
Students in grades PK - 8 will have the opportunity to learn Spanish at St. Bernadette.