Curriculum

St. Cyprian has been educating and guiding young people for over 85 years. Our educational program serves students from preschool through eighth grade. The daily curriculum promotes each child’s academic, physical, spiritual, and emotional growth. We educate the whole child, integrating Catholic values into all aspects of the students’ daily lives. Our dedicated teachers and staff introduce children to the knowledge, skills, technology and love of learning they will need to succeed in high school, college and beyond.

 

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Academic Program:

The St. Cyprian core academic program includes religion, language arts (reading, writing, spelling, and vocabulary), mathematics, science, and social studies. Dedicated staff provides students with a loving, nurturing environment in which they can excel and grow. Small class sizes (14:1 student-teacher ratio) allow students to receive individual academic attention to meet the needs of all learners. All curricula are designed in accordance with the Common Core, Illinois, and Archdiocesan standards.

Faith:

At St. Cyprian, our faith is a part of all we do. Students study their Catholic faith daily in religion class and attend mass weekly. Classes take turns planning and leading the school in mass. Many students are altar servers, and each class is paired with another grade as prayer partners to join in prayer, crafts, and religious and holiday activities together. However, Catholic values are not limited to religion class. We continually work to grow closer to Jesus and demonstrate our love for Him by treating others with respect and compassion at all times.

Hands-on Learning:

Students of all grades attend weekly physical education and music classes with specialized teachers. Art and technology are integrated in the curriculum and taught by each classroom teacher. St. Cyprian’s library is open to all students, and classes visit weekly to borrow books and engage in various reading activities with our librarian, Mrs. McElhattan. St. Cyprian also works to make education applicable to the students’ daily lives, taking advantage of local opportunities for field trips and incorporating technology to make learning fun and realistic.

 

 

Foreign Language:

St. Cyprian is excited to announce that we will be teaching weekly Mandarin Chinese classes beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. Learning a foreign language leads to enhanced cognitive development and increased cultural awareness. By beginning to study a world language at a young age, children are more likely to develop the native accent and have a greater capacity to eventually become fluent. Study of a foreign language directly correlates with higher SAT scores in high school as well. Why Mandarin, you might ask?

  • China is the world’s 2nd largest economy and is expected to surpass the U.S. as the world’s largest economy within a year. Learning Mandarin will give our students an edge in their future careers, when our increasingly global society will require them to compete with individuals around the world.
  • Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world, with over 1 billion native speakers!
  • Both Guerin Prep and Saint Patrick High School offer Mandarin Chinese as a language option, so many of our students will be able to continue the language in high school and even test out of freshman level courses.

 

Achievement Testing:

St. Cyprian students are highly motivated to work hard, study well, and succeed, thanks to the school’s child-centered environment and focus on high achievement in all areas. Achievement tests are administered in accordance with Archdiocesan policies each year.

St. Cyprian students in grades 3-8 take the ACT Aspire test in April of each year. This test includes assessments in Reading, English, Math, Science, and Writing and compares our students to students across the nation. The test is designed to assess students’ readiness for college, should they continue along the same trajectory for their remaining years of elementary and secondary education.