Little Flower embraces standards-based education as a way to align curriculum with instructional and assessment practices. The school follows the standards set forth by the Archdiocese of Washington, which include and surpass the Common Core standards. Student-centered learning is the focus of activity in the classroom as we strive to develop lifelong learners, true to their Catholic identity. To demonstrate the flow and integration of the varied content areas, the curriculum has been divided into three levels, Primary, Intermediate and Middle School.
Quality assessment of student learning is not seen as an isolated event; rather, it is integrated into the teaching and learning process. The curriculum requires a balance of various assessment methods to address the multiple learning styles present in each classroom. Objective assessment (true/false, matching, multiple choice, and short answer essays) is balanced with performance and project-based assessment, requiring students to create, produce or do something that involves real-world applications. Observation, oral questions and anecdotal records also provide the teachers with valid assessment information.
Results of assessment are communicated to parents in a variety of ways. Parents of students in Grades 3-8 have access to Rediker Parent Portal, an online reporting system showing student progress, current grades and assignments as well as missing assignments. Parents are informed regularly of curriculum requirements and assessment results. They work in partnership with the school and their involvement with their child’s education is woven into the educational process.
Standardized testing is administered in grades 2-8 through Scantron Performance Series Assessments. The assessments are administered three times per year on the computer and the results are shared with parents through a written report.
Highlights of Academic Opportunities
- Middle School Advanced Math (Pre-Algebra & Algebra)
- Computer Lab
- Technology Integrated Curriculum with SMART boards and Internet Access in all classroom
- Presidential Excellence in Education Awards
- Honor Roll and High Honor Roll
- Participation in Regional Spelling Bee
- Spanish classes for Grades 4-8
- Elms Environmental Education Field Trips
Little Flower, along with the rest of the Archdiocese of Washington is accredited by AdvancED.
For more information, click here: http://www.advanc-ed.org/oasis2/u/par/accreditation/summary?institutionId=43717.