St. Ignatius of Loyola School is in its 95th year of providing an outstanding education, committed to the Common Core State Standards ELA & Math and California State Standards providing students with greater depth, rigor, differentiation, individualization and acceleration in learning whenever possible. Where archdiocesan standards are directly aligned to the CCS standard, teachers will have the opportunity to note that alignment, identify materials that can be used in instruction, and create application activities that will engage students’ learning at higher critical thinking levels.
St. Ignatius of Loyola curriculum includes the development of Catholic values and attitudes, as well as the attainment of knowledge and skills necessary for the students’ spiritual, moral, intellectual, social and physical development.
The basic curriculum includes the following subjects:
- Language Arts (Grammar, Vocabulary, Reading, Spelling, Literature, Writing)
- Social Studies
- Physical Education
Technology and Fine Arts are incorporated throughout all subject areas.
Star Assessments are short tests that provide teachers with learning data. Star tests are computer adaptive, which means they adjust to each answer your child provides. This helps teachers get the best data to help your child in the shortest amount of testing time (about one-third of the time other tests take). Teachers analyze the data they get from Star Assessments to learn what students already know and what they are ready to learn next, to monitor student growth, and to determine which students may need additional help. Star Assessments are heavily researched and scientifically proven to help teachers guide each student on his or her unique path to mastery. By pinpointing exactly what your child knows, teachers can personalize your child’s practice to keep them growing. Plus, short test times ensure your child spends more time learning and less time testing. The best way to help your child with Star Assessments is to help them understand why they are taking the test: So their teacher knows exactly how to help them learn! For anxious children, it may be important to tell them that they cannot fail a Star test—as long as they do their best, the data generated from the test will help their teacher teach them more great things!
Your child will take a Star test for early literacy (K-3), math (K-8), and reading (K-8).
Students participate in STAR Testing four times per year.
The ACRE Test is administered yearly to 5th & 8th grades. The acronym stands for Assessment of Catechesis/Religious Education. This test is published by the NCEA (National Catholic Educational Association). The NCEA ACRE is an assessment based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the most recent catechetical documents. The purpose of the NCEA ACRE is to evaluate the effectiveness of our school’s religion program.
- Prayer, religious topics and activities integrated throughout the curriculum
- Hands-on, inquiry-based science classes
- SMART Board technology, eBeams and wireless Internet throughout the school
- Graduates have had 100% acceptance rate to highly selective college preparatory schools: Alverno, Cathedral, Don Bosco Tech, Holy Family, Immaculate Heart, La Salle, Sacred Heart, Salesian, San Gabriel Mission