Pre-K3, Pre-K4, & Kindergarten
Pre K3 & Pre K4
The Annunciation Catholic School Pre-K program utilizes a developmentally appropriate approach to early childhood education that designs instruction around each child’s special abilities. This includes whole language activities and hands-on experiences that strengthen language arts, math, science, and social studies skills. This program nurtures creativity, encourages social and emotional growth, and expands your child’s knowledge of the world. The curriculum incorporates music, art, physical activities, and individual and cooperative learning into the daily routine.
Kindergarten students at Annunciation Catholic School delight in discovery daily. Through playing letter and word games and sharing literature in small and large groups, this language-rich environment provides the foundations for early reading. Children’s interest in the world around them guides classroom instruction and inquiry-based learning experiences. Highlights for our precious Kindergarteners are Fall Festival, Christmas Program, Mother Goose Parade, Children’s Coronation, and Kindergarten Graduation.
First & Second grades
Discovery is the key word for First Graders because they are inquisitive and ready-to-learn. First grade is all about firsts: first time to use a desk, first time to take tests, and first time to use textbooks. They are ready to begin a new adventure through learning new concepts that will continue throughout their school careers. Their discovery of independence and growth is an ongoing process. First Grade is designed to utilize all subject areas to promote independent learning and growth.
Second grade is a time where students incorporate skills that have been introduced in Kindergarten and First Grade with new expectations in order to meet and surpass state guidelines. It is also an instrumental year in a child’s faith and relationship with Jesus as the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion are made. With a focus on study skills and developing responsibility, second graders will gain independence and confidence in themselves. Emphasis is placed upon fluency in reading, developing strong comprehension, and math facts fluency. In addition to classroom instruction, a numerous programs are utilized to motivate the students and enhance learning such as Everyday Math Calendar Counts, MobyMax, Math4Today, Book It, and Individual Reading Logs.
Third & Fourth grades
In third grade, the curriculum with follow and exceed the Louisiana State Student Standards and Next Generation Student Standards. The main focus will be on the following topics: motion and stability, molecules and organisms, ecosystems, heredity, biological evolution, earth’s systems, and earth and human activity. Focus is also placed on what makes Louisiana unique in terms of its geographic, historic, cultural, governmental, and economic characteristics. Topics will include: Louisiana Today, Louisiana’s First Inhabitants, Colonial Louisiana, State of Louisiana, and Louisiana’s Future. Student work on developing an understanding of multiplication and division of whole numbers, developing an understanding of fractions, recognizing area as an attribute of two-dimensional regions, describes, analyzes, and compares properties of two-dimensional shapes, reading literature and informational text, Reading foundational skills, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language.
As fourth grade students transition from self contained classrooms to departmentalized instruction, teachers offer the support and guidance needed to make the transition as smooth as possible. Students solidify basic skills and are challenged to explore personal passions while taking risks both in and out of the classroom. With greater awareness of self and others, fourth graders begin to establish their identity as individuals. At this critical time, they receive support in managing diverse personalities and changing friendships.
Fifth, Sixth, & Seventh grades
In fifth grade, emphasis is placed on making the students feel comfortable and confident to collaborate, communicate, and think critically. They are expected to gain independence, develop better study skills, and become more responsible. Students are encouraged to join the Beta Club, 4-H Club and Student Council. Members of these clubs are given opportunities to develop leadership qualities.
As students entering their middle school years, sixth graders are expected to be responsible and independent in all academic areas. They are given the opportunity to set goals and to improve their study skills. Emphasis is placed on character development, self-esteem, and dealing with peer relationships. Students are given the opportunity to participate in Beta, 4H, and Student Council. 6th grade students also enjoy reward parties and field trips throughout the year.
Students in grade 7 at Annunciation Catholic School are the leaders. They are given opportunities daily to cultivate their leadership skills. They are expected to show initiative, character, and kindness. Students participate in multiple field trip experiences which are extensions of these principles, as well as academic content. Seventh graders enjoy the companionship of their Kindergarten Little Brothers and Sisters. A culture of friendship and loyalty is cultivated throughout the year.
The middle school program at Annunciation Catholic School is designed to meet the spiritual, academic, developmental, and social needs of its students. The students in grades six and seven are at a unique stage of development; therefore, a dynamic, stimulating, and challenging environment has been established.
The cornerstone of the middle school is the Annunciation Catholic School Middle School Character Development Program. This character-building, anti-bullying policy has been highly effective since its introduction in 1999. Middle school students are expected to treat others as Christians, and this behavior is modeled and taught. Students are respectful, loving, and encouraging to each other.
The faculty and students work closely together to target the student's strengths, so that his or her personal best may always be attained. Individual achievement, inspired by a desire to fulfill God’s talents in us, is expected. Teachers do not simply focus on current performance; they work with students to develop their potential for their future, for high school and beyond. ACS students are very successful in every type of high school setting. They are exceedingly prepared for regular and honors high school curricula, particularly in the areas of English, math, and technology.
ACS seventh graders who achieve a 95 percentile score in one of several categories on the Terra Nova standardized test qualify for the Duke Talent Search competition. These students have the privilege of early participation in the ACT or SAT. ACS students participate in the Region 8 Science Fair in Hammond, Louisiana, the writing contests for the Washington Parish Free Fair and the City of Bogalusa, and the Pope John Paul II High School Academic Olympics.
There are many opportunities for extracurricular activities for middle school students. Flag football, basketball, volleyball, and cheerleaders are led by volunteer coaches. Junior Beta Club, Student Council, 4H, and Altar Servers are school-affiliated organizations. Middle school students enjoy quarterly dances, school-related social events, and opportunities to lead the school frequently.
All children will learn and use elements of art on grade level assignments that include drawings, sculptures, mosaics, collages, murals, architectural design, and paintings. Students will use and apply art vocabulary, recognize artists and their unique expressions, recognize the role art plays in documented history, free expression, respecting various religious practices, ceremonies, drama, music, self expression. Produce art demonstratively with pattern, texture, rhythm, movement using various mediums and assigned topics.
The mission of the ACS Velma LeMaire Library is to empower students to become effective users of ideas and information in all formats in a constantly changing technological environment. The library program increases access to global information sources and the use of technologies as effective learning and teaching tools. In addition, the library program is focused on supporting the development of student literacy by connecting students with good literature and positive reading experiences. The comprehensive end goal is to support the creation of students who are lifelong readers and learners.
The goal of Physical Education is to enable students to learn more about the importance of daily physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, and social interaction. The P.E. program strives to instill a positive self-concept and healthy lifestyle through a developmentally appropriate curriculum and teacher modeling. If a student does not recognize the value of being physically active, they are less likely to pursue physical activity opportunities. The activities taught in P.E. classes can facilitate student enjoyment of being physically active. All students will demonstrate competency in a variety of locomotor skills and movement patterns that gradually become more complex.
In keeping with the Lord’s command to go out into the whole world, Annunciation Catholic School standing on the four marks of the Church to be: One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic invites all of its students to be formed in Christ. Our school’s objective is to not only to prepare youth for the future but to accomplish it in light of the gospel proclaimed by Jesus and his Church.
Our students use technology in every avenue of their lives and will continue to use technology as alumni. With the maturation of the internet and the advent of digital learning tools, a modern, world-leading education requires the appropriate integration of technology. Independent thinking, academic achievement, and a global perspective are all enhanced through the appropriate use of technology. In an increasingly technological world, we believe it is our responsibility to embrace this tool, guide students to discern when technology is the tool of choice and when it is not, and lead them to apply their strength of character equally to this facet of citizenship and become models of Christ.