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Curriculum Overview

Montessori - Form 12

Front Steps - Teach Us Delight in Simple Things

Saint Mary's Hall seeks to provide each student with an opportunity to attain his or her personal best. A Saint Mary's Hall education from Montessori through Form 12 includes core value education, academic rigor, athletic prowess, and nurturing creativity through the fine arts.

For more details about the Saint Mary's Hall curriculum, view the curriculum guides for Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School.

The academic curriculum is based on the following core subjects:

English

The English Language Arts Program at Saint Mary’s Hall gives students the opportunities and resources to develop the language skills they need to participate fully as informed, productive members of society. To that end, all students receive a balanced curriculum of reading, writing, and critical thinking.

Students are also encouraged to participate in a range of opportunities to publish their writing, enter writing competitions, and participate in a number of creative activities and projects within their English Language Arts classroom.

Fine Arts

The Fine Arts curriculum at Saint Mary’s Hall instills a lifelong appreciation in the arts by fostering creative expression. The Fine Arts curriculum is centered on Dance, Music, Drama/Speech & Debate, Media Arts, and Visual Arts.

By participating in the Fine Arts, our students gain a variety of skills such as critical thinking, speaking, and presentation. They also develop a strong sense of self-expression and confidence through discipline and structure. Throughout the year, students from Montessori to Form 12 participate in Fine Arts opportunities such as plays, concerts, musicals, speech and debate tournaments, recitals, dance productions, art exhibitions, and competitions.

Mathematics

The Mathematics Program offers a challenging, but responsive, curriculum that prepares students to use a broad range of mathematical skills and knowledge. Students also learn how to become independent, analytical, and creative problem-solvers while using a variety of techniques and strategies to solve theoretical and real-life problems.

Our traditional curriculum provides a sequential, vertically-aligned study of the fundamental ideas of mathematics in the following cognitive areas: analytical, graphical, physical, numerical, and verbal.

Science

The goal of the Science Program is to prepare students to be critical and independent thinkers who are able to function effectively in a scientific and technologically-driven society. At Saint Mary's Hall, we believe that the best way to learn science is to experience science. Students who have an opportunity to experience science firsthand will develop a greater appreciation for both the complexity and wonder of the natural world.

Students are encouraged to learn by guided inquiry in order to enhance problem-solving capabilities and learn the significance of the material they study. They are also provided opportunities for creative participation in their own learning process. They are expected to select study problems, design appropriate experimental protocol, collect and interpret data, and draw conclusions from their results.

Social Studies

The dynamic instruction in the Social Studies Program engages students, develops their cognitive skills, introduces them to the diversity of our human experience, and prepares them for their global future. Saint Mary’s Hall students represent the racial, ethnic, and religious diversity of our world and study topics that reflect their current diversity and global future. They investigate topics related to the history, geography, or current events of: East and South Asia, the Subcontinent, the Middle East, Africa, Central and South America, North America, and Europe.

The Social Studies curriculum teaches students to observe, describe, question, and discuss ideas. Depending on the level, students practice making maps, learn to organize information, work individually and in groups, and role-play.

World Languages

The World Languages Program offers students the opportunity to learn French, Latin, or Spanish. All language courses are designed to provide students with a heightened understanding of and sensitivity to the nuances and norms of a culture other than their own. Students also develop a “second language” proficiency and communicative competency in all language skills such as reading, writing, speaking, and auditory comprehension.

All languages are taught in the target language, except Latin which is a scholarly language. Lessons incorporate frequent oral exercises, presentations, and quizzes to enhance speaking skills, as well as guided compositions to develop writing proficiency.

Core Values

  • Courage
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Spirituality
  • Tolerance
  • Tradition

Honor Code

“I am a student of Saint Mary’s Hall. I will not lie, cheat, or steal. My signature is my word, and my word is my honor.”

Weaving Technology Into the Classroom

Instructional Technology at Saint Mary's Hall is applied in the following ways:

  • To deliver an established curriculum
  • To promote student innovation, creativity, efficiency and engagement
  • To address real-world skills
  • To learn the right skills at the right times for the right reasons
  • To meet specific learning objectives