Distinctive School Highlights
Assumption is a supportive family that promotes high expectations and shared values. We believe that a successful school feels like home. Everyone from our students, teachers, staff, parents and community truly C A R E S. This is reflected in our School-Wide Learning Expectations (SLEs) that guide the academic, athletic, spiritual, and service programs of the school:
Strong in Character and Faith
Rooted in Faith. We provide a nurturing education rooted in the Catholic faith. We emphasize the development of strong spiritual values with a focus on social justice, service, and ethical personal behavior. ABVM students strive to be responsible citizens who are Christ-like in their service to others.
Excellence in Education. We provide a stimulating and robust education, inspiring our students to work hard and believe in their own unlimited learning and achievement possibilities. We target reflective, agile thinking that promotes creativity, learning strategies, problem solving, and complex thinking in all areas. Students learn to distinguish the value of published information – online and in print. They are taught to formulate questions about the world and address problems that have real life connections and relevance. Our students are continually placed in top high-schools of their choice.
Quality Teachers. Our principal, teachers and staff seize opportunities to improve educational experiences. We are committed to continual training and growth. We work collectively to provide resources to advance student success. All of our classroom teachers are credentialed with over 80% holding advanced masters degrees.
Enhanced Academic Initiatives:
Transitional Kindergarten (TK) class, is an exciting new “bridge” between pre-school and kindergarten. Designed to address BOTH developmental and academic growth, students are well prepared to transfer seamlessly into kindergarten. Students must be 4 years old by September 1. Small class setting, 15 students.
Spanish instruction begins in Transitional kindergarten and extends through 8th grade. TK – 2nd grade has a conversation/physical activity focus. Grades 4 -8 add more formal instruction in grammar, writing, conversational practice. We offer an early morning, extra class for native/fluent speakers.
Algebra is taught two years prior to high school. The majority of our students qualify for advanced course work upon entering high school. By invitation, we offer an early morning advanced paced class for 8th graders who are ready.
Dedicated Reading Specialist allows us to lower the student/teacher ratio at key literacy instruction times — ensuring that ALL of our students will be top readers. Last year, 95% of all our K -4th grade students had reached or exceeded grade level standards on bi-yearly assessments. Reading specialist is also trained as Dyslexia Screener and Consultant.
Writers’ Workshop (Columbia College research) is a distinguishing initiative started in 2012 at Assumption. At every grade level, students are learning what it means to put meaning on the paper with continuous written pieces in the genres of narrative, information, and opinion. Professional trainers from Growing Educators provide 10 full days of on-site training, coaching, and demonstrations in grades K – 8.
Early Literacy Instructional Strategies and materials allow us to personalize instruction for part of each day by providing small group instruction that allows students to work at a guided pace that best advances their individual reading level. Our early literacy focus is a key initiative that distinguishes Assumption from other schools.
Next Generation Technology is offered at all grade levels. Equipped with SMART Boards in all classrooms, updated computer lab and mobile IPads for daily classroom integration students use both Apple and PC platforms. Sixth through eighth grade students have their own personal IPads. We also offer an exclusive advanced after school coding class for middle school students.
Stellar After School Programs. Our students capture volleyball and track championships most every year. CYO athletic opportunities include volleyball, basketball, football and track and field. We also provide chess, mad science, choir, drama, robotics, advanced computer coding, extended daycare and summer school enrichment programs. We are hoping to expand course offerings in speech and debate.
Accredited by WASC (Western Association of Schools & Colleges) and WCEA (Western Catholic Education Association) fosters excellence in education by encouraging school improvement and recognizing schools that meet their level of quality. Our accreditation was given the full 6 year term before renewal is required in 2018.