Mary Star of the Sea offers a well-rounded educational experience. In addition to core subject, students also receive specialized instruction in additional areas such as visual and performing arts (music and band), foreign language and physical education. Also, a number of extracurricular and elective programs give students an opportunity to explore 3D design and printing, robotics, yoga, hula, ukulele, jujitsu, choir, and gymnastics. Additional after-school sports programs include soccer, basketball, volleyball, flag football, and track & field.
Visual Art: Students in all grade levels attend arts classes up to twice a week. Classes range from 30 – 50 minutes in duration and take place in the art studio. The art curriculum focuses on all of the elements of art, while integrating social emotional learning and literacy through connections with picture books.
Library: Students have the opportunity to visit the school’s beautiful, air-conditioned library with over 12,000 books and various multimedia tools. The library and its resources are available to all students and parents in Kindergarten through 8th Grades. The primary goal is to assist students in obtaining recreational and curriculum-related reading materials, as well as develop and nurture a love for reading and learning.
Physical Education: Students attend PE up to twice a week. Classes range from 30-45 minutes in duration and take place in the school’s air-conditioned gymnasium or on the big field. Students in Grades 4-8 are also invited to participate in the after school Catholic Schools League. Competitive sports include volleyball, basketball, and track and field.
Music: Students in grades K-5 participate in music classes twice a week. Students experiment with pitch, relationships in singing and listening (melody). They will learn to distinguish different rhythmic patterns, and the steady beat in songs in fast/ slow tempos (rhythm). Students will learn to recognize the presence of multiple sounds when listening or playing music (harmony and sound) and that melodic phrases and rhythmic patterns may be similar or different (form).
As students progress, more complex music concepts will be introduced including simple music theory, history, sight-singing, and will gain first-hand knowledge of music concepts through playing the ukulele in grade 5. Dance and movement songs will also be included for rhythm training and cultural purpose.
Band: The band program is designed to allow middle school students to explore and learn how to play an instrument for the first time, or gain additional experience and practice for the more advanced players. The program’s goal is to provide students with the opportunity to develop a sound knowledge base and basic fundamentals of a brass or percussion instrument so that they can actively listen, express themselves, and engage through music.
Foreign Language: The Spanish program for middle school at Mary Star of the Sea facilitates an active in-class and online learning environment where students will learn to read, speak, write, and understand the Spanish language and develop the key skills necessary for learning a foreign language according to the ACTFL standards known as the 5 Cs (Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities). Through various pieces of art, music, literature, and real-life scenarios, the students will be exposed to the culturally diverse Spanish- speaking world and gain an appreciation for the world in terms of language, culture, and expression.
Electives: Middle school students are given the opportunity to choose for a variety of electives offered once a semester. The electives vary and depend on the demand. Some of the previous electives offered were: Hula, Pickleball, Intro to Robotics, Entrepreneurship, and Performing Arts.
School-wide Performances: The entire student body participates in two major performances throughout the school year: our annual Christmas Show and May Day.
Extracurricular Activities: All students have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities after school. These activities vary from gymnastics, soccer, yoga, 3D printing, gardening, homework help, robotics, piano and violin. Students in grades 4th-8th grade can also participate in our school’s volleyball, basketball, cheer and track and field teams.