Early Childhood /Kindergarten
The kindergarten program at St. Robert School provides a welcoming and nurturing environment where all children can be successful learners. Based on the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards, our early childhood environments are intentionally designed to provoke the curiosity and exploration of children at differing levels of development. Through rich, balanced play experiences involving fantasy, construction, rule-based play, and multi-sensory experiences, children learn to be flexible thinkers and to develop core social skills, such as negotiation, collaboration, and empathy. Children are guided in developing a relationship with God, learning about the world, making friends, and building independence and leadership skills, resulting in a strong foundation of faith, intelligence, creativity, and social competence.
The religion curriculum at St. Robert is infused into the life of the school and areas of study. Students learn about their faith through academic coursework and the connection of Catholic ideas to other fields of academic study, arts expression, socialization, discipline, and morality. They grow in holiness through lived experiences of prayer, devotional practices, and social outreach.
Our English Language Arts curriculum is built upon evidence-based practices that view reading, writing, and thinking as integrated parts of a whole. Students are immersed in authentic daily experiences of reading, writing, speaking and listening, and literary analysis with the purpose of learning to think critically, find and evaluate information, interpret, analyze, express meaning, and present ideas through a variety of media and technology. In the context of a workshop framework, educators model thinking and writing and provide an instructional experience personalized to each student’s instructional level.
Our math curriculum is designed to engage students in applied quantitative thinking and dialogue to make sense of numbers and mathematical ideas. Students develop understanding and skill while exploring problems individually and in collaboration with a diversity of partners and group members. The course content includes number, geometry, measurement, statistics, probability, and algebra.
Science is an ongoing process of acquiring and refining knowledge. Through science and engineering practices framed in the Next Generation Science Standards, students use critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration to master content, make discoveries and solve design challenges. The study of science allows all learners to achieve deeper insight and understanding of the world that God has entrusted to them. By incorporating Catholic ethical and moral values, we prepare students to bring scientific literacy with a Catholic worldview into their future workplaces.
The St. Robert School social studies curriculum provides a coordinated and systematic study of information, skills, and concepts from the disciplines of history, geography, political science, economics, anthropology, psychology, law, archaeology, and sociology. Attention is given to connections among the nations and peoples of the world, the effects of science and technology on society, and ways to practice good citizenship.
Our languages program emphasizes interpersonal communication by focusing on the development of the four means of communication: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. We strive to create a rich learning environment that engages students of all abilities. Technology is integrated into the curriculum, enhancing instruction and connection with target cultures. World language study is part of our core academic sequence, beginning with Spanish instruction in first and second grade, followed by French in third and fourth grades. Students then study one of these languages intensively from fifth through eighth grade. In seventh and eighth grade, the course meets daily, allowing for a thematic approach that deepens cultural awareness, strengthens student skills, and establishes a strong foundation for future language study.
Based on the framework of the National Standards for Art Education, the art curriculum at St. Robert School provides a program of sequential experiences that encourages students to develop individual styles of expression using a broad range of media and techniques. Through exposure to the work of historical masters and contemporary artists, students produce artwork based on these genres and styles. They refine their observational skills and critical thinking ability through a formal critique process that accompanies every unit of study. In addition to weekly art classes, collaboration with classroom teachers provides cross-curricular experiences designed to develop visual literacy across disciplines. Students in grades three, four, and five participate in the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Sequential Art Program, culminating in a junior docent experience in grade five.
Students in Kindergarten through Grade Five study a variety of musical styles in a program of general music study based on the approaches of Orff-Schulwerk and Kodaly. They explore rhythm, reading, and composing through active participation in chanting, singing, and dancing, and by playing a variety of Orff instruments (barred pitched mallet instruments, recorders, and percussion). Middle school students apply these skills in one of three middle school ensembles that further their study of music theory and sight reading. Instrumental study in concert band or string ensemble is available for an additional fee to students who meet prerequisite levels of proficiency. All other students participate in choir. The middle school ensembles perform in three to four concerts annually. Elementary students perform in two annual concerts.
The St. Robert School physical education program takes a progressive approach from skill development through mastery with an emphasis on lifetime fitness. Primary grade students learn spatial awareness, safety, gross and fine motor skills, locomotor skills, and basic sport skills. Intermediate level students progressively advance by putting learned skills to use in team sport lead-up games and activities. Recreational activities are also introduced at this level. Middle school students review and refresh skills as well as lead-up activities before entering team sports and recreational activities. All students participate in team-building and cooperative activities that focus on and help solidify the values of teamwork and sportsmanship.
St. Robert School is shaping a new path to relevant contemporary learning by employing technology in the context of other innovative instructional practices to promote applied critical thinking. We apply a developmental approach to integration, beginning in third grade when students are introduced to basic Google and iPad applications through middle school, when workflow takes place largely in the Google Drive platform on family-owned devices of choice.
The goals of our technology program are to:
1. Facilitate the development of creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking as dispositions that cross courses of study
2. Facilitate the cross-disciplinary development of digital fluency (combination of critical thinking, information literacy, and contextual knowledge of the internet)
3. Promote the application of a Catholic worldview to digital citizenship
St. Robert School was awarded Exemplary Recognition in Technology Integration by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in 2016.
St. Robert School embraces an inclusive model of education and is available to a diverse student population. Our curriculum is designed to allow for maximum personalization of learning within the context of the regular classroom environment. Additionally, a continuum of support that ranges from accommodated instruction and assessment through modified curriculum is available to meet each student’s learning style and level. Three learning resource teachers (reading, learning disabilities, special education) provide supplemental intervention services to eligible students. The school also partners with privately-contracted therapists who provide speech/language therapy and occupational therapy on site during the school day.