St. Athanasius is organized into four Units, a unique educational sequencing system that fosters learning by enhancing both instructional and social/emotional support of students. Each Unit is made up of two grade levels.
Unit A: 1st and 2nd
Unit B: 3rd and 4th
Unit C: 5th and 6th
Unit D: 7th and 8th
Every Unit has a nucleus of four teachers, each of whom has a homeroom and teaches specific core subjects. Homerooms are usually comprised of students from both grade levels, while students remain within their grade for all subject area classes.
This system not only enables teachers to become content area specialists, but further solidifies their knowledge of individual student’s unique skills and learning styles because they spend two years with the same students. Teachers also benefit from being a part of a dynamic, collaborative team, which plans instruction, problem-solves, assesses student and group needs, and documents student progress.
This distinctive system also optimizes learning for each student. The Unit system allows students to master curricular content (domain knowledge) and developmental skills in a truly supportive, consistent, learning environment. Our students benefit both intellectually and socially from the integrated instruction and cross grade level interaction. As a result, both teachers and students form a strong rapport and sense of community.
A team of Specials teachers enhances this strong learning community: Music, Art, Physical Education, Technology, French, Spanish and Learning Resource specialists provide students with instruction in their respective fields, work closely with the Unit teachers to integrate their curricula with the core subjects, and help provide the optimum learning environment for each student.