Academics

Small class size offers Sacred Heart Model School students more individual attention. Teachers differentiate instruction and provide for individual needs. The ability of an exemplary faculty to inform the minds and hearts of the young people they teach in a small, nurturing environment maximizes the success of each student.

Our curriculum includes an expansive foundation in the major academic disciplines, foreign language, religion, a wide array of arts offerings, and the distinction of being an International Baccalaureate World School.

Ultimately, success is measured by the accomplishments of our students as they transition to high school. Model School graduates frequently test out of lower level high school math, language arts and foreign language courses in their high school placement exams. The Terra Nova Test is given to all students in K-7 and also provides another benchmark to measure success. SHMS students test, on average, at the 90th percentile. Comprehensive midterm and final exams are given to levels 5-8 and provide yet another look at student progress. All of this translates into an impressive number of Duke TIP Scholars, Merit Scholars and National Honor Society members whose educational foundation was laid at the Model School.

Language Arts

Reading
Literature
Composition
Vocabulary
Grammar
Research Skills
Speech

Mathematics (based on NCTM Standards)

Computation
Problem Solving
Mathematical Reasoning
Hands on Equations (primary grades)
Pre-Algebra concepts (levels 3-6)
Algebra (levels 7-8)

Science

General sciences (K-5)
Earth, Life and Physical Science (6-8)
Laboratory experiences (K-8)

Social Studies

History
Geography
Political science
Economics
Current events
World Cultures

Religion

Catholic doctrine and tradition

Social Justice

Preparation for the reception of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist

Liturgical Services are held regularly for Levels one through eight and for the entire student body on holy days and for special events.

Stewardship outreach to those in need

Fine Arts

Music
Music history
Studio art
Art history

Arts exploration program through Sacred Heart School for the Arts (music, dance and drama)

Foreign Language

Spanish
French

Physical Education

Fitness
Health

Technology

Basic operations and concepts
Internet Safety
Technology as communication
Technology productivity tools
Technology research tools
Social, ethical, and human issues related to the use of technology
Curriculum integration of technology

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