Mission Statement

Holy Redeemer Catholic School is a faith-centered community, dedicated to living the principles of the Catholic Tradition rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our school's environment and curriculum challenge the full potential of each child and embrace a visionary approach toward academic excellence and life-long learning . 

Grade Level Information

Primary Level - Intermediate Level - Middle School Level

Primary Level

Kindergarten

The Kindergarten classroom and curriculum is designed to stimulate and challenge each child. Lessons are facilitated to develop the “whole” child. The curriculum includes balanced instruction in Religion, Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. Classes in technology, foreign language, physical education, art, music, and library provide increased learning opportunities.

The Kindergarten Religion Curriculum is based on Creed, Sacraments, and Christian Living. Students learn that everything in the World is a gift from God and worthy of our love and care. In this vein, students perform works of service for the greater community within the class setting. In this way, students learn about people in our church community and the many ways that they serve God. Through participation in liturgical and paraliturgical experiences, students learn about the seasons of the Church year and learn that the church is a sacred place where we gather and show our reverence for God. Students pray together as a class and school community throughout the school day.

The Kindergarten Language Arts Curriculum is based on systematic, explicit instruction of phonemic awareness, phonics, word knowledge, comprehension skills, writing and language arts skills. The Open Court Reading Program as well as Orton Gillingham Multi-Sensory Instruction are used to provide phonetically based instruction. Two resource teachers work with the Kindergarten staff to meet with the children during Reading instruction. Additional instruction is provided to build phonemic awareness and language and auditory processing skills.

The Kindergarten Math Curriculum builds concepts and skills in sorting, geometry and patterns, positions, tables, graphs and fractions, addition, subtraction, money, time, measurement, and number concepts. Each of the skills are introduced concretely to allow the students to develop concept understanding.

The Kindergarten Science Curriculum facilitates exploration of living and non-living things, the five senses, magnets, forms of matter, and oceanic life. An introduction to the scientific procedure provides students with an understanding of the concepts of gathering data, data analysis, problem solving, and cause-and effect.

The Kindergarten Social Studies Curriculum guides instruction in the concepts of time, holidays, local history, citizenship skills, national symbols, respect, peace and justice, families, cultures, map skills, the environment, community helpers, and differentiating between needs and wants as well as work and play.

Grade 1
In first grade, the child at Holy Redeemer begins a more formal approach to learning. Each classroom has a maximum of twenty-eight students staffed by a teacher and a full-time teacher assistant. An additional reading resource teacher provides daily support during the language arts instruction. In addition to learning the fundamentals of religion, reading, and math, children study science, social studies and foreign language. Music, art, physical education, information technology, and media complete the first grade experience.

The Religion curriculum adopted by the Archdiocese of Atlanta, is rich in doctrine, scripture, and sacramental instruction. Religious education is further supplemented through liturgical and prayer experiences as well as service activities.

In Language Arts, the children continue their progress from emergent readers to independent readers through whole group and small group instruction. Flexible grouping is utilized to allow for individual growth and progress. Phonemic awareness, auditory processing, phonics, and literature combine to form the reading program. The Open Court and Orton-Gillingham programs are used to develop phonetic, encoding, and decoding skills which are necessary for independent reading.
The Math curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, problem solving, and analysis through the use of manipulative materials and direct instruction. Our program allows the children to deepen their mathematical understanding while they develop basic skills. Ever cognizant of the importance of fluency in computation, teachers reinforce this skill with drill and practice.

The Science and Social Studies curricula of the Archdiocese includes concepts that build upon the areas taught in the previous grade level. Expository text taught within Language Arts instruction is combined with content area instruction in these subjects. Hands-on and exploratory experiences assist with understanding and mastery of concepts.

Grade 2
Our second grade students continue to grow both academically and spiritually. Each classroom has a maximum of twenty-eight students and is staffed by a teacher and a full-time teacher assistant. Two reading specialists provide daily support during our academic day. Reading, math, religion, social studies and science are core subjects in the second grade. Foreign language, technology, art, music, library and physical education complete the second grade curriculum.

The Religion curriculum encompasses daily modeling of our faith, understanding of the Gospel message, and the preparation for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. Throughout the year the students participate in service projects, masses, and liturgical celebrations, with emphasis on sacramental preparation and understanding of our Catholic faith.

Direct reading instruction is maintained through small, flexible grouping. Reading for meaning, critical thinking, and comprehension are stressed through the on-going methods and strategies of Orton-Gillingham and Open Court. Second grade language is taught using the Shurley English Method, a unique program incorporating traditional skills with an innovative approach to learning these skills. Shurley English provides a solid foundation on which to build advanced writing and grammatical proficiencies and is aligned with the Archdiocesan curriculum standards for Language Arts.

In second grade, math concept instruction is combined with a daily mixed review of previously taught math concepts and skills. Through teacher-directed instruction, hands-on-learning, and ongoing practice, children deepen mathematical understanding while developing problem solving skills.

A more involved study of specific Science and Social Studies concepts is taught at this grade level. The archdiocesan curricula is followed and continued hands-on and exploratory experiences deepen knowledge of previously taught concepts and introduce concepts new to this grade level. More formal assessments in these subject areas are introduced and students are exposed to study guides and more extensive study skills.

Intermediate Level

Grade 3
Students entering the third grade advance into the intermediate level at Holy Redeemer. Classes at this level have a maximum of twenty-eight students staffed by a full-time teacher. Third grade instruction continues to emphasize the fundamental skills in math and reading. Increased emphasis is placed on the study of science and social studies. Religion is core to the curriculum. Classes in technology, foreign language, physical education, art, music, and library provide increased learning opportunities.

The archdiocesan Religion curriculum is followed in creating the program of Religion instruction in grade three. Participation in religious instruction, liturgical celebrations, and service projects contribute to the faith formation of the students. The study of the Bible is a focal point in our weekly Bible Sleuth program.

Reading and writing skills are linked through the study of literature. A variety of independent and group activities are used to enhance the learning process. English is continued to be taught using the Shurley English method. Students are assigned daily writing activities to support the learning process. Novels and a variety of reading genres are an integral part of the program and are interspersed between reading units in the student anthology.

The math program focuses on application of computational skills along with problem solving strategies. Through whole group instruction and cooperative learning, children explore mathematical concepts and apply them to everyday life skills. Students work to maintain addition and subtraction skills as well as toward the mastery of multiplication and division facts. A mixed daily review strengthens computation and mathematical skills.

At this level, the archdiocesan curricula in Science and Social Studies dictate a more formal concentration of instruction in concept areas. Increased independent reading skills at this level allow for more formalized direct instruction which is assisted by exploratory pursuits. Independent and group projects and activities reinforce concepts taught and allow students to further explore ideas.

Various instructional methods are used in the third grade classroom. All third grade students receive instruction from one of two teachers in four major content areas. The students transition from small to large group instruction and are encouraged to become independent learners. Assignments are longer with multiple activities and assessments. Study skills are developed and the focus begins to shift from memorizing facts to the ability to apply the knowledge learned. As the year progresses, more responsibility for learning is placed on the child.

Grade 4
As developmentally appropriate, the fourth grade continues focusing on responsibility and independent learning. Students move between two teachers for instruction in all content areas. The students in fourth grade also study music, art, physical education, and foreign language. Weekly library and technology classes are also taught.

As per archdiocesan mandates, through Religion classes students are instructed daily in the four pillars of the Catholic faith and are encouraged to live their faith through the many opportunities provided to perform service. Students participate in liturgical celebrations weekly and take an increased role at this level in participating in liturgical experiences and service opportunities.

Reading is primarily taught through the use of novels along with a literature-based anthology. The emphasis in reading is on teaching the students strategies that will help to develop their comprehension skills including making inferences and predicting outcomes. Small groups and partner-work are utilized to promote collaborative discussions among learners. The Shurley English Method continues to develop grammar, vocabulary, writing and outlining skills.

Daily Math instruction solidifies previously learned and newly acquired skills. Computation, application and problem solving are emphasized. Through whole group instruction and cooperative learning, children explore mathematical concepts and apply them to everyday life skills.

Increased instructional time is devoted to education in Science and Social Studies concepts and objectives. States and regions is the primary focus of Social Studies instruction for grade four students with an introduction to Georgia state history. Scientific inquiry, environmental science as well as concepts in life, physical and earth science are explored and previously learned skills are applied in a more in-depth study at this level.

Grade 5
Preparation of students for the transition into Middle School is a primary goal at the fifth grade level. Students continue to move between two teachers for instruction in all content areas. In addition to learning the core subjects of Religion, Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science, students are instructed in a semester of both Spanish and French in preparation for selecting a language for the middle school course of study. Instruction in technology, physical education, art, music and library are also part of the fifth grade experience.

Religion classes, liturgical celebrations, and service projects are an important part of the spiritual experience for every child. Each of these components of the Religion program take on a more independent form at this level. Students are now responsible for the planning and implementation of service in preparation for middle school service requirements. Religion instruction moves toward a more personal reflection of faith and an individual’s relationship with God and the Church community.

The Math curriculum continues to teach fluency of basic mathematics skills as well as application and critical thinking which are paramount in grade five. Concrete modeling through direct teacher instruction helps develop
understanding. Application of skills develops abstract and critical thinking proficiencies. Multiple methods and strategies for problem solving are used.

The fifth grade language arts program uses a diverse collection of trade books and resource materials as well as a literature-based anthology to enhance student learning. When reading at this level, students are taught comprehension and reading skills, which enable them to independently acquire and apply knowledge. Written expression includes the writing process, grammar, and mechanics. The Shurley English Method continues to develop and support language arts and formal vocabulary instruction is used to enhance student vocabulary.

The study of the western hemisphere is the primary focus of Social Studies instruction for grade five students. Geography, citizenship and economics are included within the formal course of study. In the content area of Science, continuation of the concepts of scientific inquiry, environmental science as well as concepts in life, physical and earth science are explored and previously learned skills are applied in a more in-depth study.

Middle School Level

Middle School
Grades six, seven and eight comprise the Middle School. The goal of the Holy Redeemer Middle School is to teach students to be focused, organized, responsible and independent learners. In addition to refining the study and organizational skills taught in the intermediate grades, teachers work to develop time management and the setting of priorities as students learn to balance the commitments of academics and extracurricular activities.

The Middle School focuses on the student’s ability to apply concepts. By using a variety of methodologies linked to different learning styles, teachers give all students the opportunity to learn successfully. Having a clear understanding of the fundamental vocabulary in the content areas is necessary, but students are also challenged to apply those terms in situation that involve problem solving, critical thinking, and drawing inferences. Holy Redeemer graduates consistently demonstrate higher level skills such as the ability to formulate questions, clarify problems, observe patterns, draw relationships, identify assumptions, and weigh judgments.

The Middle School recognizes the importance of students possessing a full range of communication skills. Writing is emphasized across the curriculum. Students are encouraged to hone their oratorical skills and are provided with many formal and informal opportunities to do so in classroom presentations and debates. Technology is integrated into all subject areas. Students work on projects in their subject area classes that require them to evaluate information and properly cite sources while conducting research.

Our students follow a rigorous academic schedule that embraces our Catholic faith. Courses include Religion, Math, Science, Social Studies, English, Literature, Information Technology, Media, and Foreign Language, The archdiocesan curriculum is used as a basis for instruction in all subject areas. Each grade level engages in service projects and worships together as a community in liturgical celebrations. These studies and experiences broaden each child’s faith and put into practice his or her beliefs. The Middle School experience is enriched with the participation in Fine Arts, including Music and Art classes as well as Physical Education. A musical is presented each year, involving all middle school students in performance and in set design.