Academics

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An Academic Foundation that Fosters

A LOVE OF LEARNING

St Helen School offers a comprehensive, challenging, individualized educational program for children in three year old preschool through 8th grade. In addition to the core subjects of math, religion, social studies, science, and language arts, students participate in music, art, PE, and technology classes. 

 

This well-rounded curriculum, paired with worship and service, athletics and after school activities, ensure our students become the very best version of themselves. 

At St. Helen School we look to educate and nurture the spiritual, academic and social needs of all students.

Preparing graduates to be thoughtful and engaged citizens with a personal and active faith.

Early Childhood

Preschool - Kindergarten

Preschool and Kindergarten students are taught by experienced educators who know that play-based learning is the best way for our youngest students to practice sharing, making friends, solving problems, and figuring out the world around them.  They learn basic Bible stories and hear that they are a child of God, special and loved, just as they are.

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Elementary

First Grade - Third Grade

Our first through third grade students learn 

reading skills and build a foundation of basic math and science concepts. Additionally, our elementary students learn about community and their place within their school, neighborhood, and world. 

Elementary students also have the opportunity to practice their technology skills using iPads and Chromebooks.

 

Second grade students prepare for their first Holy Communion, an important step in their faith journey. 

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Intermediate

Fourth Grade & Fifth Grade

Fourth and fifth grade students solidify their skills in all subject areas in preparation for junior high. They utilize the writing process to produce different types of essays including narrative, persuasive, expository and argumentative. Students learn more sophisticated math and science concepts, and delve deeper into history as well.  Fourth and fifth grade students use Chromebooks and make use of Google Classroom throughout the day.

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Junior High

Sixth Grade - Eighth Grade

The three years of junior high represent a time of challenge and discovery. Junior high students build their academic writing skills, read poetry, novels, and non-fiction. They conduct research in the science lab and study world history, American history, government, and civics. Each year, our seventh graders take the Illinois State and Federal Constitution Tests.  Junior high students also spend time learning algebra, geometry, and more complex mathematical topics.

In addition to learning more about our Catholic faith, junior high students also study world religions to gain a deeper understanding of other faith traditions.  Eighth grade students receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in the spring, taking a big step forward in their faith journey.

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