Catholic education at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School was created to advance the growth of the individual, and the development of the whole person. This call to formation of the whole person in students is one with far-reaching implications for curriculum and instruction. It places special emphasis upon learner outcomes, but in the balanced context of a faith community that insists upon the continuous formation of the teacher and subject matter that is organized relevantly to the holistic development of the student.
We believe every parent should be involved with their child's spiritual and academic growth. Below are information areas pertaining to how a Catholic Education gives instruction, which includes grade level benchmarks.
Our preschool curriculum is designed to encourage each child to learn, play, explore, and imagine through interactions that focus on the five development domains: language, social, physical, cognitive and social-emotional. Our curriculum includes the introduction to the liturgical calendar and elements of the Catholic religion appropriate for preschoolers.
Center-Based Learning is the structured that we use in our classrooms while integrating the use of technology use the use of laptops, iPads and interactive smart boards. Our centers are designed to encourage and stimulate critical thinking skills through teacher-led instruction allowing for independent and self-directed learning activities.
Students at this level are undergoing physical, emotional and intellectual growth. These years are critical is setting the foundation for later grade levels and their lives beyond our classroom walls. Our academic programs continue to focus on differentiated instruction where we build upon the individual learning success for each student.
Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK)
STAC has VPK or Voluntary Prekindergarten which gives children an advantage by preparing them for school and enhancing their pre-reading, pre-math, language and social skills. VPK classrooms offer high-quality programs that include high literacy standards, developmentally appropriate curricula, manageable class sizes, and qualified teachers. If you live in Florida and your child turns four years of age by September 1, your child is eligible to participate in Florida's FREE Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) education program at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School.