The mathematics program encourages students to think critically and
independently and gives the students a working knowledge of numbers and a
practical application to everyday situations
Our staff believes and promotes the ideas that:
- Math is valuable in one’s life for survival.
- Math is for everyone.
- Math is connected to other instructional areas
and the real world.
- Problem solving is the primary purpose of math.
Advanced math is offered to students in grade eight. To qualify students must have scored an 8 or
9 stanine on standardized tests and quarter averages of 90 % or higher.
A student being
considered for 8 grade high-school level Algebra 1 should
demonstrate the following:
- Is an independent learner.
- Is a mature thinker who can deal with
- Has mastered the fundamentals of arithmetic.
- Demonstrates superior cognitive ability.
- Is able to do mathematical calculations without
using a calculator.
- Has a strong work ethic.
- Has a sense of numbers.
- Has a strong reading comprehension skill.
Instructional programs include a well-balanced approach to the world of Life,
Physical, and Earth Sciences. Classroom
experiences include a science lab for experiments. Advanced Science is offered to students in
grades six, seven and eight. To qualify
students must have scored an 8 or 9 stanine on standardized tests and quarter
averages of 90 % or higher.
The language arts curriculum fosters an appreciation for language that
leads students to read for pleasure, interest, and information. Learning stimulates students to use the full
range of thinking processes, familiarizes students with different types of
writing, and provides a base for students on which to build listening,
speaking, and thinking skills. Vocabulary
and composition skills, offer students clear and precise writing for language
development. Reading in grades one
through six and literature in grades seven and eight are integral parts of the
English and the Language Arts curriculum.
The Social Studies curriculum is designed to develop well educated, lifelong
learners who have are able to apply knowledge of history and the social
sciences. Students learn to adopt a set
of Catholic Christian values and will be prepared to participate in the
dynamics of an interdependent global and multicultural community.
The Spanish curriculum at BLCS introduces the children to the culture of
Spanish-speaking people. They begin to
develop the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in an
informal and relaxed environment. This
program not only teaches language skills and culture, but also equips students
with learning habits and skills that will help them as they continue their
studies in language in later years.
Religious training and faith
formation are of the utmost importance, and form an integral part of school
life. All students attend daily religion
classes which provide the foundation for a clear understanding of the Catholic
faith and living out a faith commitment.
The student body has the opportunity to participate at mass on a weekly basis
and reconciliation on a quarterly basis.
Every effort is made to lead the
students to live his/her Christian commitment daily in all he/she does. Parents are asked to cooperate in the faith
formation of their children, especially through the example of their own Christian
living in the circumstances of each day and in their faithful observances of the
Sunday obligation. School Masses are
celebrated every Friday in the Centrum. Respect for Jesus, prayerful quietness in the
church, participation in singing, and responding to the prayers of the
celebrant are very important aspects of the students’ and teachers’ lives. We encourage parents to join our school
community at our weekly masses and special events as often as possible. Dates and times are listed in the monthly
calendar. Student attendance at
liturgies includes full participation: kneeling, sitting, and standing at
appropriate times. Distracting others or
irreverent behavior and talking are not tolerated.