Curriculum

STEM

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) is at the core of our curriculum. Its principles and procedures are integrated throughout all subject areas and is not a “stand-alone” subject. STEM equals higher scholar achievement and academic growth evidenced by the success our scholars have on Archdiocesan standardized testing and bench marking as well as the High School Placement Test (HSPT). Sacred Heart has the honor of being the #1 Parish school in academic growth in the Archdiocese of Boston.

Art Program

The Art Department is located next door in the SHSS Arts Center.  The Sacred Heart Art Program is unique to both public and private schools in the Roslindale and offers the following:

  • Over the course of the year, scholars in grades K0-8 learn age-appropriate facets of color, line, design, and perspective.

  • Scholars are guided in the proper use of materials and techniques and are encouraged to work from imagination, inspiration, and replication.

  • Art history lessons are interwoven into the standard curriculum to expand the scholars’ appreciation of important artists and art movements.

  • Artists and art movements explored include Jasper Johns, watercolor artist Andrew Wyeth, and Pablo Picasso’s Blue period works.

  • Mediums used include graphite pencils, acrylic paint, colored pencils, watercolor paint. markers, clay, pastels, and 3D object construction

Music Program

The Sacred Heart STEM School Music Program is located in the Arts Center.  Our music teacher leads the Scholar Choir here at Sacred Heart School.    

Weekly classes include:   

  • Liturgical music

  • An introduction to music terminology and theory 

  • Promoting appreciation and love of music by singing, listening, and moving to the music

  • Encouraging creativity by composing and improvising music

  • Connecting music to history, science, grammar, and foreign languages

  • Motivating scholars by organizing field trips and in-school concerts

  • Providing opportunities for scholars to sing in choirs and/or ensembles

  • Expanding knowledge by performing Christian, classical, pop, seasonal,  and modern music

Rosetta Stone Language Lab “Doctrina vita est clavis successum!”

According to the CIA World Fact Book, only 5.6 % of the world's total population speaks English as a primary language. That number doubles when people who speak English as a second or third language are counted. By conservative estimates, that means that well over four-fifths of the world's population does not speak English. 

Lifelong learning is the key to success at the Sacred Heart School in Roslindale.  Scholars in grades six through eight have the outstanding opportunity to learn Latin.  Scholars in grades three through five will use the Rosetta Stone Program to learn Mandarin Chinese. China is emerging as an economic power and in our scholars’ lifetime, it will become the most used language in the world. Scholars in both Latin and Chinese classes, are working on projects to display common English phrases on the walls of their classroom.   

Language lab classes are coordinated by Ms. Mitchell.  Scholars use the Rosetta Stone Program to learn through self-guided lessons.  The Rosetta Stone Program is built on a series of common, easily recognizable images found in everyday situations, which enables each scholar to immediately immerse themselves in the program and progress quickly.  Rosetta Stone builds on scholars’ basic speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing skills. Rosetta Stone advances scholars to the next level only when they achieve a level of proficiency defined by the teacher.  

Technology

A variety of technology tools are available to all scholars. Preschool scholars regularly use iPads, Bee-Bots and Chromebooks in the lab. Grades K2-3 use iPads in the classroom and Chromebooks in the lab. Every scholar in grades 4-8 is provided with a Chromebook. Technology classes included digital literacy, digital citizenship, and Google tools including Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Drawings. In grades 6-8 the curriculum also includes robotics, Html, app and game design, and physical computing. The school also has three 3D printers that are used for projects across grade levels.