Thursday, October 27, 2016

Silver Lake’s St. Francis of Assisi School implements multiage STREAM curriculum

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Submitted by St. Francis of Assisi School
Transitional Kindergarten through Eighth Grade

Saint Francis of Assisi (SFA) School is excited to enter its 77th year of Catholic education in the Los Angeles/Silver Lake Area. Rooted in its Catholic traditions, the school is experiencing exciting and innovating change in several different areas. Serving students from Transitional Kindergarten through eighth grade, the school will continue the implementation multiage STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Art, Math) – a research-based learning model aimed to provide success for every single individual student. It is our goal for students to see these separate subjects as connected entities.
This year, our teachers are focused on linking our Multiage STREAM curriculum to the world beyond our classroom’s walls. Students will be engaged with projects and collaborative learning in diverse learning settings. We aim to foster the growth within students who see that the world is bigger than themselves. Students are already diverse in terms of age, achievement, and background. Why not create a classroom environment that mirrors this real world, and utilize this environment to increase student achievement?

To facilitate this learning, our school has undergone several technological upgrades in the past school year. Each classroom is now equipped with a projector and an Apple TV and the school has a fully functional Apple Mac computer lab. Every student also now uses Google Apps for Education for a variety of learning activities.

Outside of the classroom, our students are participating in several different extra-curricular activities. Last year, we piloted our after-school coding club – students harnessed their passion for technology and creatively worked with Raspberry PI’s and other tools. We are ecstatic to offer this club again this school year. In athletics, SFA participated in Boys and Girls basketball, Drill Team and Soccer. We are proud for our participants in soccer, who represented the Knights on the pitch for the first time ever in the school’s history. Additionally, SFA competed against over 100 teams in the Los Angeles Archdiocese Junior High Academic Decathlon for the second year in a row. Finally, our Drill Team placed first in the Mighty Mites CYO Competition. We see these extra-curricular activities as essential to the development of our students because they help promote qualities of leadership, initiative and good judgment.

Along with changes within the classroom, the school has added several physical upgrades to enhance student growth and community engagement. At the corner of Maltman Ave and Sunset Boulevard, our Silver Lake neighbors may notice our brand new, vibrant mural created by local artist, Nick Osti. This new mural is a companion to our STREAM garden mural also located on Maltman Avenue. Entering its second year, our students will continue to learn about urban sustainability through interacting with our STREAM garden. Last but not least, our school is excited to open a brand new playground this school year! All in all, SFA’s entire school community is looking forward to yet another productive year of growth and reflection.

St. Francis of Assisi School

  • [email protected]
  • (323) 665-3601
  • School Principal: Leslie De Leonardis

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