Academics

Saint Catharine of Siena School follows the Curriculum Guidelines established by the Office of Education for the Diocese of Allentown in conjunction with the Department of Education for the State of Pennsylvania, and the educational directives from the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Saint Catharine of Siena School is accredited by the Middle States Association and is in compliance with all standards.

All students take the following courses on a regular basis: Religion, Language Arts (includes English grammar and writing, Spelling, Handwriting), Math, Reading (includes Vocabulary and Phonics), Science, and Social Studies.

Students have the following classes on a weekly basis: Art, Computer, Library, Music, Physical Education, and Spanish.

Students in grades two through seven take the standardized Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) each spring.                         Students in grades three, five, and seven take the COGAT standardized test in the spring.                                                        Students in eighth grade take the High School Placement Test for Berks Catholic High School.

In addition to the full curriculum, students are able to participate in many county, state, and national programs and contests:

  • Pennsylvania Math League
  • Math Counts
  • Mathletes
  • IHM Math Contest
  • Berks County Science Fair
  • Berks County Spelling Bee
  • National Geographic Geography Bee
  • Johns Hopkins Talent Search
  • Art Contests
  • Presidential Physical Fitness
  • Kitchen Kapers

The parish CYO sponsors many sports’ teams throughout the year, such as basketball, volleyball, softball, track. Some junior high sports are sponsored through Berks Catholic High School, such as football and field hockey.

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