How We Learn:
The teachers at Mount Saint Mary Academy draw from a Core Curriculum based on ED Hirsch. It is supplemented by the Diocesan and the State of New Hampshire Frameworks as well as text books, technology, and many other resources. A team approach and project-based learning are key factors in the educational process. Teachers are also in tune with "the teachable moment". Students are at the center of education, participating in their learning.
The Early Childhood Center and Elementary grades K-6 are based on team-planned, individualized and small group instruction. Instructional activities may take the students beyond the four walls of the classroom. We believe in bringing the classroom out into nature and bringing nature into the classroom. We strive toward an integrated curriculum which correlates the various disciplines. This approach provides the students with a broad base of knowledge, allowing students to express themselves and make the connections.
Math for example, often includes writing and discussion experiences that can enhance the understanding of basic computation skills. Science and social studies lessons often require students to use math and language skills to demonstrate understanding and make real life connections. Poetry and song often add to classroom lessons by building upon specific themes or units of study.
Teachers work from the premise that “children want to learn”. Therefore, we provide classrooms rich in materials and experiences, We educate the whole child - emotionally, socially, physically, academically and spiritually. Parent cooperation and communication are valued.