Why St. Catharine of Siena School?
Saint Catharine of Siena School supports the parent and family in providing a quality Catholic education for each child. Faculty and staff create a Christ-centered, safe, and caring environment that nurtures the Christian values taught first by the parents of our students. The words of the Student Pledge state, “I believe that Jesus is present in each of my classmates and in all of my teachers, therefore, all my actions will show my respect for Jesus,” emphasize that in our school respect is of great importance.
In Saint Catharine of Siena School teachers provide more than formal religious instruction during religion class by incorporating the message of Jesus into each area of the curriculum. Teachers lead students in prayer and witness to Jesus by their words and actions. They encourage students to talk about their faith in their everyday life and to practice Catholic social justice through the many charitable works and mission activities carried out by our school.
Saint Catharine of Siena School supports the family in developing the sacramental life of each Catholic student. The parish sacramental program, in conjunction with the school, provides parent meetings in preparation for First Penance, First Eucharist, and Confirmation. This helps parents in their duty as the primary religious educator of their children.The children have the opportunity for frequent reception of the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist within the school year, thus supporting the faith life of our students. Confirmation is administered to eighth graders annually by the Bishop. Celebrations during the seasons of Lent and Advent, learning about the lives of Christian heroes, the saints, and exploring Christian themes in the content area enhance the Catholic identity of Saint Catharine of Siena School.
Saint Catharine of Siena School strives to develop the whole child; therefore, dedicated and highly qualified teachers lead student’s in achieving academic excellence, implementing the curriculum of the Diocese of Allentown. Through varied instructional techniques, teachers provide for the diverse needs of students of varying academic ability. The teachers get to know each child personally and work hard to give individual attention to each child.
Teachers strive to meet the individual needs of struggling students through implementation of individualized educational plans and modified curriculum. An accelerated mathematics program challenges students who excel in mathematics in grades 5 to 8. Some students qualify for and participate in the Gifted/Enrichment program. Students in pre-kindergarten to grade eight are taught Spanish on a weekly basis.
The encore subjects include: art, music, physical education, computers, and library which the students attend weekly. Students have the opportunity to learn an instrument and play in the school band. Siena Singers (school choir) and Siena Ringers ( bell choir) enable students to develop their musical talents and to enhance the school’s weekly liturgy. Playing games that develop not only physical skill but more importantly teamwork, cooperation, and values is the prime focus of the physical education classes. Computer classes are taught weekly and teachers integrate technology into their daily instruction. Weekly library classes open the world of literature to the students and help them develop research skills.
The faculty encourages participation in academic contests including the National Geographic Geography Bee, Scripps Spelling Bee, Math Counts, Mathletes, PA Math League, and various other contests in other curriculum areas such as art and writing. Early education leads to success in upper grades; therefore, parents can enroll their child in full-day pre-kindergarten and kindergarten.
Saint Catharine School encourages students to be involved in the extra-curricular activities that support the development of the whole child. The Catholic Youth Organization provides the opportunity for both boys and girls to join a variety of team sports that provide opportunities for athletic growth. In addition, Berks Catholic High School provides junior high sports for seventh and eighth graders.