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Elementary Curriculum

The strength of our academic programs is in our ability to meet the needs of all learners. We have rigorous expectations in instruction with a curriculum that addresses faith development in addition to our traditional academic curriculum. Our students receive instruction in the areas of religion, language arts, math, science and social studies. In addition to these main content areas, students receive instruction in physical education, visual arts, vocal and instrumental music and technology.

St. Katharine Drexel Elementary


Our religion program is designed to make known to students the Catholic faith and traditions while inviting them to deepen their relationship with God. Students reflect on their own lives as they grow in their spirituality, through learning about the teachings of Jesus, celebrating Mass, the sacraments and Catholic tradition.


Our program emphasizes a strong developmental literacy foundation of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students develop reading skills and strategies through a balanced literacy approach that emphasizes foundational skills of literacy through whole group reading instruction as well as small and large group directed lessons where they  work on fluency, reading skills and spelling. Students read a variety of genres that include rhymes, fables, realistic fiction, non-fiction, fantasy, folk tales, poems, and short biographies.


All Kindergarten, First and Second grade students receive VoWac instruction. VoWac is a curriculum based on the Orton Gillingham (OG) approach. VoWac lessons involve the explicit and systematic teaching of language sounds (phonemes), and phonemic awareness.


The Sonday System

The Sonday System by Windsor Learning is utilized for beginning readers needing more intensive reading instruction. This structured, systematic, multisensory program uses proven Orton-Gillingham methods to provide effective reading intervention.


Our schools provide students with the knowledge and understanding of the concepts and skills necessary to function well in a world that depends on the daily application of mathematics. The math program focuses on conceptual understanding, procedural fluency and problem-solving. Each is incorporated using grade-appropriate instruction and manipulative teaching tools.


The science program is designed to allow students to think like scientists and engage in scientific inquiry. The program emphasizes an exploration of scientific concepts in the areas of life, physical and earth sciences. 


Social Studies

The social studies program focuses on education for civic participation and global understanding. It draws upon the fields of economics, geography, history, political science, religion, and sociology. Students come to a better understanding of the complexities of human interaction and organization including local, state, and national governance.



Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools offer a comprehensive band program to students in grades 5-6.  They are taught the fundamentals of instrumental playing, develop music reading skills, and learn how to blend as an ensemble.  Individual lessons and ensemble group Instruction is provided during the school day by certified instrumental music educators. Our bands have multiple performances throughout the year, and students are eligible to participate in local solo and ensemble contest and to audition for state-wide honor bands.


The Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools orchestra program provides  4th-6th grade students a high quality musical experience where they will learn to listen and play as an ensemble. The program provides a solid base of musical skills and techniques while providing an opportunity for students to have fun making music with others. This is accomplished through weekly lessons, large group rehearsals, recitals and concerts. Students will learn musical notation as it applies to their instrument, become increasingly familiar with simple rhythms, key signatures, dynamic markings and much more.

Visual Art

The Visual Arts program at Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools helps students gain a better understanding of themselves and those around them.  Projects are designed to connect the principle of visual arts with other subject areas and extend what is learned in the classroom. Focus is given to the basic elements and principles of art, such as line, shape, color, form, and texture. 


The music program cultivates creativity, collaboration, and confidence in each student through hands-on, interactive classes that include singing, instrument-playing, movement, and expressive speech. The curriculum draws from our vast repertoire of traditional American folk songs, song-games, and dances. Lessons lead students through the exploration of the basic elements of music including rhythm, melody, harmony, form, timbre, and expressive qualities. 


Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools incorporates a blended approach in regards to the use of technology by utilizing innovative tools to enhance traditional methods of instruction. Technology is integrated into the classroom to teach 21st Century skills and to differentiate instruction for students. Technology is brought into the classroom through:

  • Interactive Boards
  • Chromebooks
  • iPads
  • Computer Labs
  • Digital Citizenship Lessons (The responsible use of technology)