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12320 Paramount Blvd

Downey, CA  90242

Developed for Saint Raymond Catholic School in Downey, CA | © 2017-2019

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

The transformative learning process at Saint Raymond Catholic School is designed to help our students grow both in and out of the classroom. Each day is filled with opportunities to experience new educational and social situations to further development. Our teachers create a safe and open setting, where they can guide students in exploring the world around them.

Being a TK-8 school rooted in the Catholic tradition, we are committed to providing a solid academic curriculum that empowers our students with 21st century skills. We believe in educating the whole person and seek to support the development of students intellectually, spiritually, socially, and physically.


Our faculty works together as a team to ensure a seamless academic transition between each grade for students. The curriculum is mapped backwards from elite high school entrance requirements to the Transitional Kindergarten level in order to pace academic curriculum and instruction to maximize the academic experience for each child. This design is supported by highly qualified faculty and small class sizes in core instruction content.


Saint Raymond School continuously reviews the curriculum in accordance with the LA Archdiocese, the California State Standards, and LMU teaching programs.

ACADEMIC OVERVIEW

CURRICULUM

Beginning in Transitional Kindergarten and continuing through the 8th grade, the curriculum in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles includes instruction in the following areas:

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Core Subjects​​

  • English

  • Spelling

  • Language Arts

  • Handwriting

  • Science

  • Mathematics

  • Religion

  • Reading

  • Social Studies

Enrichment & Special Supplementary Programs

  • Health and Safety

  • Family Life

  • Art

  • Library Skills

  • Academic Decathlon

  • Builders' Club

  • Student Government

  • Music

  • Field Trips

During the academic year, field trips that are directly related to the curriculum and are of educational and/ or cultural value may be taken by each grade

Library
Books borrowed from the library may be taken home.  Students are responsible for lost or damaged books.  The rate for overdue books is $0.50 per day per book.  The library is scheduled for student use during the day.

BELL SCHEDULE

School begins at 7:55 AM and ends at 2:55 PM for all Grades TK-8

Monday through Thursday

Recess schedule is as follows:

09:50 – 10:05 AM Recess Grades TK, K, 5-8

10:05 – 10:20 AM Recess Grades 1-4

Lunch schedule is as follows:

12:00 – 12:20 PM Lunch Grades TK, 5-8

12:00 – 12:20 PM Play Grades K, 1-4

12:20 – 12:40 PM Lunch Grades K, 1-4

12:20 – 12:40 PM Play Grades TK, 5-8

 

Please note that Friday Dismissal Time is at 12:30 PM for all grades

HOMEWORK

The time spent on homework should be quiet and uninterrupted and not exceed:

  • Transitional Kindergarten

    • 10 to 20 minutes

  • Kindergarten

    • 20 to 30 minutes

  • Grades 1, 2

    • 30 to 40 minutes

  • Grades 3, 4, 5

    • 45 to 60 minutes

  • Grades 6, 7, 8

    • Not to exceed 2 hours


Students in grades 5-8, who miss five or more assignments in any classes for one trimester will be required to attend Study Hall

 

Study Hall is held immediately after school at 3:00 to 4:00 PM. from Monday through Thursday.  There is no fee to attend Study Hall sessions.  Students will be required to complete homework and seek assistance from the Study Hall coordinator when problems arise.  

 

This program is intended to help students improve study habits, complete missing assignments and improve grades.  Students must remain in Study Hall for a minimum of two weeks or until grades/ study habits improve.

TESTING

In addition to the regular testing in the curriculum, standardized testing is administered to each child in Grades 2-8 in the fall of each year.  


The standardized test used currently is STAR Testing.  The standardized tests used in our school are mandated by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to assist us in evaluating student achievement and the educational process (not IQ).  


Students in 4th and 7th Grade also take a test to evaluate school aptitude.  Results are reported in terms of a School Ability Index (SAI).  This test does not measure IQ