Saint Gregory the Great Catholic School is AdvancED accredited, and the Diocese of Richmond is AdcancED accredited as a school system.
AdvancED is the largest community of education professionals in the world. They are a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of Pre-K-12 schools and school systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. While their expertise is grounded in more than a hundred years of work in school accreditation, AdvancED is far from a typical accrediting agency. Their goal isn’t to certify that schools are good enough. Rather, their commitment is to help schools improve.
Combining the knowledge and expertise of a research institute, the skills of a management consulting firm and the passion of a grassroots movement for educational change, AdvancED serves as a trusted partner to 34,000 schools and school systems—employing more than four million educators and enrolling more than 20 million students—across the United States and 70 other nations.
St. Gregory the Great School follows the curriculum set forth by the Catholic Diocese of Richmond
In addition, the following programs are offered for remediation and enrichment:
For qualified students, the GATE program will embed and accelerate the skills of the Diocesan Consensus Curriculum or other curricula within interdisciplinary units. The goal of the GATE program is to address the learning needs of gifted and talented learners by differentiating the curriculum through academic challenge, extension, and "out-of-the-box" critical thinking and questioning. Grades 2-5 will meet once a week per grade for a day of learning. Requirments include teacher recommendation, grades, and Scantron score (gr. 2-5). The GATE teacher will push into the first grade classrooms once a week for a lesson to develop talent through interactive lessons. It is imporant to note that differentiation in every clasroom will be the focused at SGGS so that every student's unique differences are addressed on a daily basis.
Pathways to Learning
The Pathways to Learning Program is a support pull-out program for struggling learners with a focus on student ability rather than learning differences. An ongoing partnership with the Pathways teacher, classroom teacher, and parent(s) is established with the purpose of helping a student succeed in both the Pathways class and the regular classroom.
Eligibility for the program requires that the student have a qualified complete battery of psycho-educational testing. In addition, recommendation by the classroom teacher and/or performance below grade level will also be considered in student placement.
Students are included, to the maximum extent possible excluding the language arts block, in the regular classroom setting. They are members of their age-appropriate homerooms and are incorporated fully with those classes for religion, core curriculum subjects, art, music, library, physical education, lunch, and recess.
In Pre-K and Kindergarten, a resource teacher screens students for learning weaknesses and provides extra help to strengthen student skills.
Title I Resource for Reading and Math
A reading/mathematics resource teacher is on staff at Saint Gregory the Great School to provide support to the classroom teachers. Students identified with a need will be able to receive extra support.
High School Credit Courses
For those students who have the prerequisite courses and meet eligibility criteria, high school credit courses are offered in World History, Spanish I, Geo-Science, Algebra I, and Geometry. Credit is dependent upon the final average and final exam score.
Which combine science, technology, religion, engineering, art, and math with inquiry/project-based learning to challenge our students to use critical thinking skills and problem-solving strategies with an inquiry-based, experiential curriculum,
- relating to real-world applications
- encouraging critical thinking, problem-solving and teamwork
- going beyond minimum competencies
- reflecting Diocesan, state and/or national standards
Pre-K – integrated into learning activity at least once a week
Grades K-5 – receive a challenge enrichment activity once a week in the classroom. Many lessons will be integrated into the science curriculum using the Nancy Larson Science materials
Grades 6-8 – receive hands-on learning integrated into cross-curricular lessons.
Life Skills Program Grades 4-8
The curriculum is created through combining several relevant and meaningful resources designed for Middle School Students. Some of the values and competencies we cover include:
All sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students participate in a weekly Life Skills class taught by our School Counselor that focuses on character development, as well as, other “real life” skills that they may use to be successful academically, socially, emotionally and in their future endeavors. This course is designed to help middle school students think about their academic and personal goals, ambitions, emotions, and feelings. It is about examining and exploring character; and learning and practicing positive values and character traits.
- Caring and compassion
- Study Skills
- Respect, honesty, fairness, and justice
- Social Inequality
- Responsible cell phone use
- Critical thinking skills
- Problem solving
- Good decision-making
- Goal setting
- Cooperation and collaboration
- Conflict resolution
Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are, to some extent, a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it piece by piece- by thought, choice, courage, and determination.