In aggregate, St. Charles students perform at or above grade level, as measured by the nationally standardized achievement test, Iowa Assessments®. Longitudinal growth reports consistently illuminate a pattern of academic growth of more than one year, per year of instruction. Thus, the longer students learn at St. Charles School, the better their academic achievement.
When students are identified as demonstrating below grade level performance or are "at-risk" of low academic performance, support structures are put into place. Student Study Teams, various interventions, and additional assessments support student growth. The Renaissance STAR Testing Program provides teachers with a detailed learning plan for each student, and thus the insight necessary to personalize instruction.
St. Charles’ 8th grade students experience high levels of acceptance into multiple Catholic high schools. Acceptance rates remain at levels greater than 98%, across all high schools in the Bay Area, including St. Ignatius College Preparatory, Archbishop Riordan, Mercy High School in Burlingame, Notre Dame Belmont, Junipero Serra, St. Francis, Sacred Heart Preparatory, Woodside Priory, and Archbishop Bellarmine College Preparatory. According to principals and teachers at Bay Area Catholic high schools, St. Charles graduates are well prepared and perform well upon attendance.
The Resource Program at St. Charles addresses the needs of students in grades K-8 who have a designated learning disability (per professional testing) as well as those who are identified by teachers as being at risk of lower achievement, based on classroom performance and response to intervention. Students are referred to the resource specialist after teachers have deployed multiple classroom interventions to support improvement and the students still present specific learning needs.
If a student demonstrates insufficient response to such interventions, the resource specialist completes the Response to Intervention form with direct input from the classroom teachers. A Student Study Team (SST) meeting is conducted with parents, teachers, and administration to specify the student’s strengths and weaknesses, discuss specific concerns, and develop an action plan. Resource program classes meet twice weekly; K-6 students meet during the school day and students in grades 7-8 meet before school begins. Added, targeted instruction and time on task help students meet grade level expectations.
Beyond Academics—Promoting Social Development
St. Charles School understands that educating the whole child is more than just academics. It is our mission as a Catholic school to provide students with opportunities for the multidisciplinary education they need to develop responsibility and demonstrate STAR student expectations in this 21st Century.
A variety of academic enrichment opportunities include programs such as Art in Action, cross-grade enrichment classes, guest speakers, technology team, traffic team, science fair, outdoor education, CYO retreat, and field trips.
Spiritual Development and Catholic Identity
St. Charles School provides a variety of opportunities for students to participate in activities that align with the school Mission and develop Student Learning Expectations. Programs support and strenghten students through community involvement, faith formation, and extra curricular activities. In partnership with parents, St. Charles School provides a rich environment for students' spiritual, personal, and academic growth.
Students are actively involved in daily prayer and Catholic traditions throughout the year, beginning with Morning Assembly and continued throughout the day in the classroom. Students in all grades participate in monthly school Masses (weekly during Lent). Student lead and actively participate in school liturgies by proclaiming the Word, reading Prayers of the Faithful, cantoring, altar serving, and presenting the gifts of bread and wine. Three schoolwide presentations of the Stations of the Cross are led by students in grades 6-8 during Lent. Students also prepare and organize prayer services for Special Persons' Day, Thanksgiving, Holy Thursday, and the close of the school year. A schoolwide retreat is held each spring, which involves in-classroom reflections, cross-grade-level activities, and a whole-school celebratory prayer service. All students learn Catholic Social Teachings, devote time to reflection and service in the name of these teachings, and present their understandings to panels of parent/parishioners each spring.
St. Charles School offers many co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, which are managed by members of the staff and/or parent volunteers. Students in grades 4-8 participate in the Peninsula Parish Sports League (PPSL) in baseball, volleyball, and basketball. PPSL Track and Field is open to all students in grades 5-8, and cheerleading is available to students in grade 8. Through athletics the school promotes Chrisitan values and practices such as praying before games and practicing good sportsmanship and teamwork.
The school offers a variety of non-competitive, inter-grade, extra-curricular activities for students, including Drama Club, Robotics Club, Community Service Club, Student Council, Scouting, Church Choir, and Homework Club. Such activities foster creativity and promote positive communication and cooperation among students.