Elementary Curriculum

Elementary Curriculum

The Villa Values are evident every school day in grades 1-8 at St. Ursula Villa, where the emphasis on academic excellence and whole child development truly shapes the lives of our children - the leaders of tomorrow. Villa students, partnering with their teachers and parents, set high expectations in all areas of learning and development. Each student's unique talents are nurtured; individual needs are met by a caring staff. Prayer and worship, reflection and service to others are an integral part of the Villa way of life.

Primary Grades (1-3)

  • Highly qualified, experienced teachers and teaching assistants
  • Small class sizes
  • Strong literature-based language arts program with a basal program and extensive supplemental materials to ensure strong, continuous development in reading, writing, speaking, spelling and grammar
  • Math instruction and experiences that promote mathematical reasoning, problem solving, conceptual understanding and proficiency in Mathematical operations
  • Daily religious education instruction with sacramental preparation: Reception of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion in grade two
  • Science introduction of Botany, Biology, Earth Science and the Solar System: hands-on learning and experiments
  • Social Studies emphasis on the family and larger community with an introduction to History, Map Skills, Conservation, and Ecology
  • Foreign language options of Spanish or French
  • Specialty classes of Art, Music, Library, Physical Education, and LEAP (Learning Enrichment Activities Program)
  • Enrichment
  • Homework Club and after school care available until 6:00

Intermediate Grades (4-6)

  • Highly qualified experienced teachers who are specialized by subject at each grade level and supported by a teaching assistant
  • Academically challenging curriculum designed to develop higher level thinking skills and the ability to problem-solve
  • Daily instruction in religious education and opportunities for prayer, worship, and service to community
  • Emphasis on reading comprehension, writing process, oral and written creative expression and appreciation of literature through the use of a basal program and extensive supplementary literature
  • Additional teachers in Mathematics to allow for smaller group instruction, levels by ability, and excellent preparation for junior high Mathematics
  • Social Studies and Science programs featuring ongoing study of History, Geography, and Physical Life and Earth Science:  experiments and hand-on activities
  • Instruction in French or Spanish increases in frequency
  • Classes with specialty teachers in Art, Music, Physical Education, Library
  • Music electives of band or vocal ensemble in addtion to General Music
  • Outdoor Education and STEM Enrichment twice a month
  • Field trips and guest presenters to enrich learning 
  • Homework Club and after school care available until 6:00

After Care & Homework Club

Learn more about our After Care & Homework Club.