In partnership with the University of Notre Dame, St. George Parish School has been implementing a blended learning program since 2015. Blending learning is an educational program that combines online digital media with traditional classroom methods and breaks down the traditional walls of teaching and allows for personalized learning for each student. It offers a student the ability to learn at his/her own pace. There are several designs of blending learning. At St. George, the rotation model is used, by which students rotate between self-paced online learning and face-to-face instruction.
Advantages Of Blended Learning
Increases student interest and focus
Promotes student ownership
Supports face-to-face teaching approaches
Allows instant diagnostic information and student feedback
Enables students to learn at their own pace
Prepares students for the future
To maximize the benefits of the blended learning model, St. George adopted the iReadyprogram. It is an adaptive growth measure & diagnostic for reading and mathematics which pinpoints student needs and provides ongoing progress monitoring to show whether students are on track to achieve end-of-year targets.
All students will participate in coding instruction through curriculum from Code.org. Coding is a fun and student-friendly introduction to computer science. Computer Science is a growing field and the need for specially trained individuals exceeds the availability. Learning to code will give your child confidence in technology, increased critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and an opportunity to explore the field of computer science which easily translates into internships and job opportunities in the future.
All students will participate in language instruction through Rosetta Stone. The languages offered include Spanish, Tagalog, and English (only for those students struggling with the English language). Language learning is a targeted approach at introducing students to other cultures and experiences in our area and expanding opportunities for understanding world cultures. Along with Rosetta Stone, we have native Tagalog and Spanish speakers on our campus that can reinforce the language and we celebrate mass using songs in Tagalog and the Spanish language. Our Spanish-learners can also participate in celebrating the mass in Spanish. We hope to move towards mass in the Tagalog language very soon.
St. George Parish School provides students with access to a Chromebook during their school day.