St. Jerome Based K-5 Curriculum Sequence:
As prescribed in the St. Jerome founding document, St. John Paul II Classical School will utilize the content of a historically based curriculum, rooted in an understanding of the human person as a creature made in the image and likeness of God. From this starting point, the curriculum presents history as a coherent story propelled by the human desire for God and God’s coming to meet, inflame, and satisfy that desire in Christ- incorporating our students into the wisdom of two thousand years of Catholic thought, history, culture, and arts. This means placing special emphasis on the Greek, Roman, Jewish, and other ancient Near East cultures that comprise the Western tradition.
Rooting history in the understanding of the human person as a creature with a natural desire for God also orients those cultures toward the coming of Christ, after which they are taken up, transformed, into a new Christian culture in which the deepest of human longings and the highest of human aspirations are met by a gift from God which surpasses all these. Other subjects such as literature, art, music and even math and nature studies complement this understanding and deepens it.
The student will twice cycle through the history of the world. In grades K-5, they will devote one year of study to Egypt and the Ancient Near East, Greece, Rome, Medieval Times, the Modern Age, and America respectively. In grades 6-8, they will recapitulate this history by studying the ancient civilizations, then the Middle Ages, and ending with the Modern Age and America. By completing these two cycles, students will have reinforced what they have previously learned as well as penetrate the meaning of history more deeply.
Kindergarten – 5th Grade Curriculum Overview