Religion:

Holy Spirit School follows the curriculum, course of study, and benchmarks mandated by the Catholic Diocese of Birmingham. Grade 2 (First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion) and Grade 8 (Confirmation) are Sacramental grades, and  some class time is devoted to preparation of the Sacraments. Confirmation candidates are also required to attend classes outside of the normal school day. Students in Grades 2-8 are required to attend a class Mass during the week, along with attending a school Mass on Fridays and Holy Days. The text presently being used in Grades K-8 is Loyola University Press, CHRIST OUR LIFE.

Mathematics:

Holy Spirit School follows the curriculum, course of study, and benchmarks mandated by the Catholic Diocese of Birmingham, which is based on the Alabama State Course of Study. Beginning in Grade 4, students can qualify to be placed in an Advanced Mathematics track, which culminates in Algebra being taught in Grade 8. The texts presently being used are  Pearson, ENVISION MATH in grades K-5, Glencoe/McGraw Hill, MATH CONNECTS in grades 6-8, and Holt,  ALGEBRA 1 in Algebra class.

 

Reading/Literature:

Holy Spirit School follows the curriculum, course of study, and benchmarks mandated by the Catholic Diocese of Birmingham, which are based on the Alabama State Course of Study. At Holy Spirit School, Reading or Literature is taught in Grades K-8.  Our students are exposed to a wide range of styles and genres of Literature. In Grade 8 students can qualify to be placed in an Advanced Literature class. The text used in  Grades K-5 is Scott Foresman, READING STREET, and the Literature text used in Grades 6-8 is Holt, ELEMENTS OF LITERATURE. In addition to using the textbook, students in Grades 6-8 are also required to read novels for class.

Language Arts:

Holy Spirit school follows the curriculum, course of study, and benchmarks mandated by the Catholic Diocese of Birmingham, which is based on the Alabama State Course of Study. At Holy Spirit School, Language Arts/English/Grammar is taught in Grades K-8. The instructional material used for Language Arts in Grades K-5 is contained within the Reading series, READING STREET. The text used in Grades 6-8 is Holt, ELEMENTS OF LANGUAGE. Supplemental Grammar and Vocabulary texts are also used in Grades 6-8. Spelling lessons in Grades K-5 and Phonics material in Grades K-3 are also contained within  READING STREETS series. Penmanship is taught in Grades K-5 and the text used is Zaner/Bloser, HANDWRITING.

Science:

Holy Spirit School follows the curriculum, course of study, and benchmarks mandated by the Catholic Diocese of Birmingham, which is based on the Alabama State Course of Study. While students in Grades K-5 are offered a general course in Science, beginning in Grade 6 students are offered a year each focusing on Earth (Grade 6), Life (Grade 7), and Physical (Grade 8) Science. The texts used are Scott, Foresman, SCIENCE in Grades K-5 and Holt, SCIENCE in Grades 6-8.

Social Studies:

Holy Spirit School follows the curriculum, course of study and benchmarks mandated by the Catholic Diocese of Birmingham, which are based on the Alabama State Course of Study. Students in Grades K-3 receive a general Social Studies course. Students then focus on Alabama History (Grade 4), and United States History (Grades 5 and 6). In Grade 7 the students receive one semester each of Geography and Civics,  while the year long focus in Grade 8 is World History. The texts used are MacMillan/McGraw Hill (Grades K and 3), Scott, Foresman (Grades 1, 2, 5, 6), Clairmont (Grade 4), Glencoe (Grade 7), and Prentice Hall (Grade 8).

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