At the core of the DePaul Catholic School experience is academics. Everything our school does is ultimately geared to support the intellectual, emotional, and spiritual growth of our students.
Highlights of the academic program at DePaul include the Academy Model, Blended Learning, and our Wilson Phonics and Reading program in grades K-2. Continue reading below to learn more about our widely recognized curriculum, or call 215-842-1266 to schedule a visit today.
The Academy Model at The DePaul Catholic School
The Academy Model groups students of similar age and promotes a common sense of identity and set of goals. Academies fosters collaboration among teachers for similarly aged students. This structure reflects our commitment to individualized instruction in small learning communities.
Kindergarten through Second Grade: The Franciscan Academy
Peace, Justice, and Reconciliation in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi
In the Franciscan Academy we recognize each child as a gift from God. In the spirit of the Catholic faith and of St. Francis of Assisi we seek to immerse students in the values of peace, justice and reconciliation. Utilizing an engaging curriculum, we are committed to helping each child achieve his/her academic, spiritual and social potential.
Third through Fifth Grade: The Marilliac Academy
Character, Compassion, and Community in the spirit of St. Louise de Marilliac
In the Marillac Academy we are committed to the vision of St. Louise de Marillac that each child can achieve their highest potential in mind, body, and spirit. The Academy works to expand the community of educators to include family, parishioners and neighbors. We honor the compassionate vision of St. Louise de Marillac by encouraging and fostering service experiences throughout the year.
Sixth through Eighth Grade: The Vincentian Academy
Learning, Christian Leadership, and Service in the Spirit of St. Vincent de Paul
In the Vincentian Academy our mission is to assist families in the total educational development of their child in the Vincentian tradition of service and excellence. We are committed to helping students reach their full potential spiritually, academically, and socially by requiring them to exhibit focus and determination. We are a community modeling Jesus Christ and are called to demonstrate discipline, responsibility, leadership, and the sharing of our God given gifts.
Blended Learning at The DePaul Catholic School
In 2013, our whole staff gathered and agreed to apply for a prestigious and innovative educational tool that would completely change the way learning happens at DePaul Catholic. Whole books have been written about the advantages blended classrooms offer to students. You can learn more at our dedicated DePaul Catholic Blended Learning Page.
Ancillary Educational Services at The DePaul Catholic School
Wilson Fundations for K-2 is a phonological/phonemic awareness, phonics and spelling program for the general education classroom. Fundations is based upon the Wilson Reading System® principles and serves as a prevention program to help reduce reading and spelling failure.
Rather than completely replace core curriculum, Fundations provides research-validated strategies that complement existing, structured academic programs. A 30-40 minute daily Fundations lesson is incorporated into a lead teacher’s language arts classroom instruction. Because of this classrooms meet federal and state educational standards, but they have the added flexibility to serve the needs of all children.
Fundations lessons focus on carefully sequenced skills that include print knowledge, alphabet awareness, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, decoding, vocabulary, fluency, and spelling. Critical thinking, speaking and listening skills are practiced during Story time activities.