Curriculum:

The St. Paul Catholic School culture of learning implies learning not only for school, but for life, and takes place both in and out of a classroom. Curriculum Goals
Students who complete the course of studies at St. Paul Catholic School will be able to:

  • Continue to develop a deeper understanding of who they are in relation to God, others, and all creation. They will understand they have a role to play as stewards and builders of the Kingdom of God.
  • Appreciate and respect the achievements and contributions of men and women of diverse cultures, creeds, and races.
  • Meet the intellectual, social, and ethical challenges of living in a technological society.
  • Think critically so that they will be prepared for responsible citizenship, life-long learning, and productive employment in society.
  • Demonstrate competency in a broad-based curriculum.

Fields of Study
Foundation content areas of study are:
  • Language Arts: The goal of the Language Arts curriculum is to enable students to receive the written word appropriate to their grade level and to express themselves proficiently in both the written and the spoken word.
  • Math: The goal of the Mathematics curriculum is to enable students to become mathematically literate. This term denotes an individual's ability to explore, to conjecture, and to reason logically, as well as to use a variety of mathematical methods to solve problems.
  • Religion: The Religion curriculum provides opportunities for the student to develop a personal prayer life, actively participate in the liturgical experiences of the Church, and exercise personal commitment through the sharing of spiritual gifts, temporal goods, and service. The child will develop awareness of God, of church, of the Bible, and the importance of prayer in life. The child will develop a good sense of morals.
  • Science: The goal of the Science curriculum is to enable students to have a basic scientific understanding of the natural world and its processes to guide their decisions through life. As Christians, we have a responsibility to be the caretakers of God's world, and Science supplies the tools and understandings to enable us to do that.
  • Social Studies: The goal of the Social Studies curriculum is to enable students to be sensitive to God's generous gifts of the world and its people. Guided by the teachings of the Catholic church, students will be prepared to participate in the democratic process and emerge as well-rounded, responsible adults ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
St. Paul's curriculum also includes instruction in the fine arts:
  • Art: All students, Grades K-8, enjoy Art as part of their regular curriculum. The Art curriculum exposes students to a variety of art genres, with special emphasis on integrating art (form and content) into the core subjects of Religion, Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies.
  • Library: The St. Paul Catholic School library program is a curriculum adjunct designed to supplement and strengthen students' language arts and research skills and to enrich their love of learning.
  • Music: Music classes are available to all students, Grades K-8. Through the music curriculum, students are exposed to a variety of musical genres, developing an appreciation for music as a part of a well-balanced life, and preparation for the varied prayer and worship experiences of the school.
  • Physical Education: The goal of the Physical Education curriculum is to enable students to appreciate safety, good health, and healthy lifestyles. Students will be familiar with recreational games as well as team sports.
  • Spanish: In Grades 7 and 8, Spanish is presented in a formalized manner, where the emphasis is upon the mechanics and literature of the Spanish language.

Academic Enrichment

Technology: At St. Paul Catholic School, Technology is studied in a weekly classroom setting for grades k-8; technology is also integrated into each class's regular instruction in all content areas. Students use state-of-the-art technology to enrich subject areas and demonstrate mastery through the use of higher-order thinking skills. Much like the Library, technology is a resource tool used to enrich and supplement the learning process.

Field Trips: The faculty and administration of St. Paul Catholic School consider field trips a very important component to help define a quality curriculum. Students travel throughout North Canton in the lower grades, including the Fire Station, the pumpkin farm, the McKinley Museum, and more. In the upper grades, students travel to the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center for a week long trip, while the eighth grade travels to the U.S. capitol.

Electives: Middle School students also choose from a variety of elective opportunities.