ACADEMICS

St. John XXIII Catholic School (SJ23) offers its students a challenging academic curriculum grounded in faith. Our students thrive in our nurturing, co-curricular environment as they obtain skills necessary to be successful, compassionate learners, innovators, educators, researchers, and leaders for the rest of their lives.

Our integrated, hands-on curriculum based on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) engages students of all academic levels. It promotes a deeper understanding of real-world concepts and helps students to become critical thinkers, thoughtful listeners, and effective speakers. SJ23’s co-curricular environment allows differentiated instruction and encourages creative expression as students develop socially, intellectually, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

The success of SJ23’s rigorous academic curriculum is evident. Over the last ten years, eight of our alumni have been valedictorians or salutatorians at area high schools and in 2016, 93% of our alumni were on high school honor rolls. Our average class size is 16 students and our instructional faculty to student ratio is 11:1.

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SJ23’s Early Childhood Program is designed to grow and change with students. Our program incorporates developmentally appropriate strategies and learning opportunities for a successful social, emotional, and academic experience.

Our preschool program nurtures social and emotional growth in a structured, play environment. We work with students to develop independence, self-confidence, self-control, and group social skills according to his or her abilities and readiness. Students build upon these skills in prekindergarten while blending basic academic readiness with creative exploration.

Kindergarten students experience a more structured, hands-on learning environment that includes reading, writing, religion, science, and math. All preschool through kindergarten students have art, music, gym, and library in addition to their core curriculum. Kindergarten students also have Spanish.

SJ23’s elementary and middle school curriculum is a blend of traditional textbook instruction, technology, and hands-on experiences. Reading, writing, math, religion, social studies, science, Spanish, art, music, and gym make up our basic curriculum.

Our 5th through 8th grade middle school curriculum offers more advanced academic challenges, more leadership and service opportunities, and more co-curricular opportunities. In middle school, math is ability-based. Pre-algebra and algebra are offered to students based on readiness. Middle school students also have required service hours and have the opportunity to participate in retreats, student council, band, choir, and fine arts electives.

All of our kindergarten through 8th grade students have the opportunity to explore, invent, and create in our STEAM labs. Technology also supplements student learning. All of our prekindergarten (pre-K) through 8th grade classrooms are equipped with SMART Boards, which facilitate interactive learning. Additionally, pre-K through 4th grade students use computers and iPads to supplement group and individual instruction. Middle school students supplement instruction with laptops and Chromebooks.

Our alumni continue to excel in high school and have been accepted at colleges throughout the country. Over the last 10 years, eight alumni of Port Catholic School (renamed St. John XXIII Catholic School in Summer 2016) have been valedictorian or salutatorian at area high schools; and the 2016 Port Washington High School valedictorian and salutatorian were both Port Catholic alumni. An impressive 93% of Port Catholic’s 2016 graduating class was on the honor roll.

Our STEAM lab is a student-centered environment dedicated to a deeper understanding of real-world concepts and their relationship to each other. The STEAM concept explores Science and Technology, through Engineering and the Arts, all based in Mathematical elements. This hands-on, inquiry-based approach encourages our kindergarten through 8th grade students to investigate and solve real-world problems by incorporating language, fine arts, and music in addition to traditional STEM curriculum.

At SJ23, we support students’ individual learning needs and help them reach their highest potential by providing one-on-one and small-group student enrichment. In 5th through 8th grades, we have regularly scheduled flex time for intervention, project time, reteaching, acceleration, and enrichment. We nurture our students’ emotional and social growth weekly through individual or group counseling opportunities that focus on relationships, adolescent challenges, healthy minds and bodies, as well as other topics that promote positive social and emotional growth.

At SJ23, we believe that technology enhances traditional and hands-on teaching methods to further our students’ educational journey both inside and outside the classroom. Students use iPads, MacBooks, laptops, and Chromebooks in the STEAM labs and classrooms to accomplish academic goals and become respectful, knowledgeable digital citizens.