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School - Academic Support

At St. Mary of Gostyn we provide academic support in a variety of ways, such as:

1.  Solid curriculum
2.  Differentiated instruction
3.  Implementation of Response to Intervention (RTI) strategies
4.  Classroom aides
5.  Resource/Reading assistance
6.  Computer/Enrichment or Computer/Reading opportunities

7.  Resource/Math assistance

 


 

1. The mission of the Diocese of Joliet Catholic Schools, which includes St. Mary of Gostyn School, is to "provide formation in the Catholic faith as well as to provide a superior academic education.” Our Curriculum is based on the Joliet Diocesan Standards and Goals that are derived from the Illinois Learning Standards. Our curriculum outlines the expectations for student learning, which is followed by the teachers, as they develop their Long-Range Plans and prepare their weekly lessons plans. This standards-based education system benefits the students of our school, as it is the vehicle for sharing and supporting the many ways that children learn.

 

2. The teachers at St. Mary of Gostyn develop their instructional methods to reach each child. Instruction is fashioned to provide the essential concepts and skills in each subject. With this as a basis, teachers attempt to provide for the range of learners from the advanced to the struggling in their classroom. They also anticipate the readiness, interest, and range of learning needs. This approach will guarantee the personal growth and individual success we want for every child in our school.

 

3. Response to Intervention (RTI) is used to identify learning needs of struggling students and to provide intervention support. We have a team who meets regularly to offer suggestions, assistance, and guidance to the teachers as they work to support students. In addition when appropriate, we assist the parents as they request consultation and services from District 58 for their children.

 

4. Classrooms aides work closely with the students in the Preschool, Kindergarten and in grades 1-5. Often they work one on one or with small groups of students as directed by the teacher.  In the Middle School (grades 6-8) aides work in a support capacity to the teachers and the students.

 

5. The Resource/Reading teacher works with small groups of students, especially in grades 1-4, who need more individualized attention in the area of reading.  She also administers the periodic standardized reading tests, starting with students in Kindergarten, to make sure all students are attaining benchmarks appropriate for their grade level.

 

6. Students in grades 3-8 have Computer/Enrichment on a weekly basis.  These teachers work closely with classroom teachers so the computer/enrichment instruction compliments the curriculum at these grade levels. Students in grades 1-2 have Computer/Reading on a weekly basis. These teachers provide activities that encourages students to enjoy reading and to learn computer skills.

 

7. The Resource/Math teacher works with small groups of students, especially in grades 1-4, who need more individualized attention in the area of Math.  She also administers the periodic standardized Math tests, starting with students in Kindergarten, to make sure all students are attaining benchmarks appropriate for their grade level.

 

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