Assumption Regional Catholic School provides its students with a rigorous program that exceeds the standards of the State of New Jersey and follows the curriculum guidelines of the Diocese of Camden and the National Core Standards.
Instruction is differentiated in the classroom, meeting each learner's needs. The faculty participates in continuous professional development that includes recognizing and delivering instruction that addresses each of the multiple intelligences: verbal/linguistic; visual/spatial; kinesthetic; musical; interpersonal; and intrapersonal. Professional development also includes formative assessment and other current pedagogy.
Students read a wide range of print and non-print texts from many periods in many genres and apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, and evaluate texts.
Students adjust their use of spoken, written and visual language to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences for a variety of purposes.
Students apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions, media techniques, figurative language, and genre to create, critique and discuss print and non- print texts.
Students conduct research by generating ideas and questions, and by posing problems. They gather, evaluate, and synthesize data from a variety of sources to communicate their discoveries in ways to suit their audience and purpose.
Students develop the ability to pose and solve mathematical problems in mathematics, other disciplines, and everyday experiences.
Students develop reasoning ability and become self-reliant, independent mathematical thinkers.
Students regularly and routinely use calculators, computers, manipulatives and other mathematical tools to enhance mathematical thinking, understanding and power.
Students develop number sense and an ability to represent numbers in a variety of forms and use numbers in diverse situations.
Students develop spatial sense and an ability to use geometric properties and relationships to solve problems in mathematics and in everyday life.
Students develop an understanding of and use measurement to describe and analyze phenomena.
Students use a variety of estimation strategies and recognize situations where estimation is appropriate.
Students develop an understanding of patterns, relationships and functions and use them to represent and explain real-world phenomena.
Students develop an understanding of statistics and probability and use them to describe sets of data, model situations, and support appropriate inferences and arguments.
Students develop and apply the basic skills necessary for obtaining information, solving problems, investigating, and communicating principals and theories of science.
Students develop and apply rational, creative, and critical thinking skills in all areas of science and technology across the curriculum.
Students develop an appreciation of the nature of science by acquiring the skills necessary for a lifetime of continuous learning and adapting to change through the components of science instruction.
Energy: heat, electrical, nuclear, light, sound, magnetic
Motion, machines, forces
Property and structure of matter, metric measurements
Space: stars, planets, universe and galaxies
Earth: oceanography, earth's resources, rocks & minerals, plate tectonics, pollution, erosion
Weather: erosion, earth's changing atmosphere
Plants: biomes, classification, life processes, genetics/heredity, evolution/adaption
Animals: biomes, classification, life processes, body systems, genetics/heredity, evolution/adaptation
Human Body: Life processes, body systems, wellness, genetics/heredity, evolution/adaptation
Students learn democratic citizenship and how to participate in the constitutional system of government of the United States.
Students acquire historical understanding of political and diplomatic ideas and institutions, societal ideas, economic forces, ideas and institutions and varying cultures throughout the history of New Jersey, the United States, and the world.
Students acquire geographical understanding by studying the world in special terms, human systems in geography, the environment and society.
The young Catholic will be catechized to:
Understand God's plan of loving goodness
Understand the Three Persons of the Blessed Trinity
Grow in their awareness of the experience of God through the gift of Faith
See the Church as a community of faith building God's Kingdom
Integrate knowledge of the Communion of Saints
Embrace the Sacraments
Make moral decisions
Use a variety of prayer forms
Celebrate liturgical feasts and seasons using symbols and sacraments
Articulate the relationship between faith and culture
Apply the Law of Love in relationships and through service
Foster an appreciation of Judaism and other living faiths
Junior High Highlights!
In our Junior High Cohort, our goal is to prepare students so that they are ready for high school. Classes are constructed so that each student has six core subjects taught by six different teachers. These core classes include Religion, Social Studies, Math, Science, and Literature (which is broken into reading and writing). The students also have additional minor subject classes once a week that include Spanish (6-8), Art, Gym, Computers, and Music.
Leveled Math Program
Starting in the 5th grade, Assumption Regional Catholic School qualified students can begin the Accelerated Math Program. The math program is made up of three groups...Accelerated, Standard and Small Group Instruction. The goal for the Accelerated program is to allow students who are in this class to complete freshman level Math by the end of 8th grade. Prior to entering high school, they will have the opportunity to test out of freshman level math. A basic skills teacher is also available for qualified students. All levels of math classes are implemented using the New Jersey Common Core Standards.
We are privileged to have a reading teacher who was a former AP English Literature Teacher at Absegami High School. Our students have been introduced to literature that they will encounter upon entering High School such as Bridge to Terabithia, Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth to name a few. This teacher works closely with the Grammar Teacher whose primary focus is writing and grammar. The Grammar Teacher composes vocabulary lists from the classics the students are reading and incorporates the vocabulary into the daily lesson plan. In addition, the Grammar Teacher works with students on their spoken, written and visual language to develop their skills to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences for a variety of purposes.
The Science Program is taught by a former Absegami High School AP Physics Teacher. When the building was constructed this teacher was instrumental in the design of the science lab as it replicates a High School Science lab.
The students’ primary focuses include:
Earth Science grade 6
Life Science grade 7 (students dissect frogs)
Physical Science grade 8
Students will cover events in history from early civilization to current time. Every day they learn “This Day in History” where they discover historical happenings that occurred on the very same date. They also read a Scholastic magazine every week that keeps them abreast of current events around the world. Ancient Civilization grade 6 American History up until the Civil War grade 7 US Restoration to Vietnam War grade 8
From learning the Beatitudes, through reading the Bible, to learning Church teachings and prayers, our students are immersed in learning about the Catholic Faith. Religion is incorporated into all aspects of student life at Assumption Regional Catholic School. It is also a classroom subject taught to all of our students. Students have made rosaries, collected goods for needy families, performed a reenactment of the Stations of the Cross, and developed relationships that help them grow as young adults. Catholic morals are incorporated into everything that Assumption students do and we pride ourselves on the conscientious choices many students make as a result of their education at Assumption Regional Catholic School.
Assumption Regional Catholic School is currently working with Atlantic Cape Community College (ACCC) in implementing their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Program for the ARCS Junior High students. Professors from ACCC bring projects to the classroom that help to enrich the Junior High curriculum through experiences that augment their daily lab experiences.
In its 3rd year, Assumption Regional Catholic School has collaborated with Rutgers University Project PORTS: Promoting Oyster Restoration through Schools program. Project PORTS is an education and community-based oyster restoration program of the Cousteau Center at Bridgeton and the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory of Rutgers University and partner organization the American Littoral Society. The goal of Project PORTS is to: increase awareness and understanding of the oyster as a critical resource of the Bay; to promote a basic understanding of important scientific concepts and stewardship values; and to contribute to the revitalization of Delaware Bay oyster populations. Project PORTS provides activities through a culmination of oyster-focused lessons that the students participate in.