1st through 5th Grades


St. James–St. John School recognizes religious education as a lifelong process. The school’s program involves ongoing spiritual experience and formation, both individual and communal, for each stage of the student’s development. We educate for the heart, mind, and soul. The religion program includes doctrine, scripture, sacraments, and morality. Faith experiences include liturgies at school and at our church. We follow the guidelines of theCatechism of the Catholic Church. Students in Grades Preschool-8 attend Mass once a month.


The school’s reading program is multidimensional. It is a balanced approach that makes use of many kinds of literature to promote reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Phonics instruction is provided at appropriate grade levels. Through reading motivational programs and activities, students are encouraged to read for pleasure as well as for instructional purposes. Parents are encouraged to read with their children at least 20 minutes each day.


English instruction focuses on the study of grammar, composition, oral language, listening skills, spelling, and penmanship, and also includes the acquisition of information literacy skills. It is an integrated program that uses whole language, phonics, and literaturebased instructional techniques and strategies. The reading program focuses on traditional or respected literature supplemented with expected independent reading. The middle school emphasis is on long and short fiction, poetry, speeches, drama, and other assorted non-fiction approaches to understanding.


The math program is based on the development of concepts and knowledge that helps the student reason and problem solve concrete problems that are age-level appropriate. Emphasis in the early years is placed on an understanding of the basic concepts of math and on understanding and knowing specific mathematical fundamentals. At the proper grade level, students are expected to have complete mastery of their times tables and other mathematical processes that are applied to the problem solving processes. Students advance their knowledge and application ability as they advance through the grades. In the middle school, pre-algebra is taught with a heavy concentration on geometry in 6th through 8th grades.


Students are taught a balance of content and process skills in the areas of earth, physical, and life science. The program provides experiences that stimulate curiosity and imagination, develop thinking and logic skills, and nurture an appreciation and concern for our environment. The school also sponsors an annual science fair, participation in which may be voluntary or mandatory, depending on the grade level.

Social Studies

Social Studies provide students with the background necessary for becoming knowledgeable, productive, and responsible citizens. Students are given opportunities to practice thinking, problem solving, decision-making, and social skills. The social studies curriculum in grades 5-8 elaborates on the skills begun in the primary grades. The courses include world geography, ancient civilization, Massachusetts history, and United States history. The middle school history program will be heavily supported with lectures, notes, learning centers, and numerous approaches to understanding the importance of historical study.


Computer classes are based on the learning objectives specified by the Fall River Diocese curriculum. Topics include terminology, history, development, and applications. Students learn basic word processing and spreadsheet applications. Computers are used for inclass assignments in the elementary and middle school grade level.

Physical Education

Within the personal abilities of each individual, students in the P.E. program should:

  • attain maximum motor development, physical fitness, and well being
  • attain desirable social growth; and
  • utilize acquired movement and motor skills in worthwhile leisure activities.


Students in Preschool- grade 3 will receive weekly instruction in musical theory, styles, and appreciation; they also learn songs for Mass, special school programs and personal enjoyment. In addition we also have a choir which meets after school for grades 4-8.


Art develops awareness and sensitivity to natural and human-made environments, increases imaginative expression through the use of art materials, promotes an understanding and appreciation of self and others, and furthers aesthetic growth through visual discrimination.

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