Extended Curriculum

At LCA, we recognize the partnership between families who are the primary educators of their children and teachers who facilitate learning in the classroom. We are educating tomorrow’s leaders by proving the highest quality academic and religious education through an innovative and challenging curriculum.

Lakewood Catholic Academy’s enrichment program grew out of the belief that each child is an individual—we must strive to reach each child in a way that uniquely reflects his or her particular needs and abilities.

What does the Extended Curriculum Program entail?

This program is for students in grades 2-6, designed to meet the needs of students who have exceptional academic ability. We enrich their elementary curriculum. 1 day per week in our Learning Lab, students meet for 3 consecutive periods where all subject areas are integrated, emphasizing problem-solving, higher-level thinking, & student-generated projects. Your child will be expected to focus, work independently and collaboratively, and be open to new challenges.

What do the Enrichment Programs entail?

This programming is designed for students in grades 1-3 who demonstrate a superior aptitude in a particular area of study. Most of the time this superior aptitude is shown in math, but we also see cases where the focus is on reading. Lessons emphasize high cognitive demand and teamwork. Students meet for 1 period, 1 time per week.

Who facilitates/teaches these special programs?

Kathy O’Toole  “When the extended curriculum program began 5 years ago I was very fortunate to get in on the ground floor with Mrs. McGuire and Mrs. Arbeznik. I love working with the 2nd and 3rd grade extended curriculum students as well as the K-3 reading and math enrichment groups. It is a privilege to teach these students in a small group setting.”

Eileen Murphy-McGuire “Along with Mrs. Arbeznik and Miss O’Toole, I helped launch our extended curriculum program at LCA in 2009. I am very fortunate to work with such a creative, supportive team as well as with such motivated, enthusiastic students. I learn so much from them each day.”

Lisa Friel

What is the difference between the Extended Curriculum Program and Enrichment Classes?

The Extended Curriculum Program is cross-curricular and is designed for students who meet our highest criteria: CogAT Composite Standard Age Score (SAS) of 125 or above; AND Iowa Assessment Core of 95 or above. Students in Extended Curriculum are pulled out of the regular classroom for 3 periods each week and are expected to complete missed assignments at home.

Enrichment programs are designed for students who score above 95 on an Iowa Assessment in the focus area of enrichment AND have the recommendation of a teacher. These students may miss 1 period per week and are expected to complete missed assignments at home.

How do 1st graders qualify for enrichment if standardized tests do not begin until 1st grade?

1st grade teachers do a wonderful job of differentiating instruction within the classroom. However, a few students may need an additional challenge in the area of reading. Homeroom teachers are given time to observe and get to know the students. If a teacher feels that a child is in need of small group enrichment, he or she will recommend that student. Enrichment groups are formed before the end of 1st quarter.

Is my child guaranteed to be in the program the following year(s) if he or she was in it the previous year?

No. In most cases students who consistently meet our highest criteria (see test scores above) and who are able to handle the responsibility of completing missed assignments will be placed in the program each year.  In other cases, especially related to enrichment classes, students are re-evaluated each year. Keeping these groups flexible allows us to offer enrichment opportunities to qualifying children each year.

Will I meet with my child’s ECP/Enrichment teacher on conference night?

No. However, you are welcomed and encouraged to contact your child’s teacher via email with any questions or concerns: Eileen McGuire emcguire@lcasaints.com. Kathy O’Toole kotoole@lcasaints.com.

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