Overall Curriculum Notes
St. Thomas follows the Religious Education guidelines set forth by the Rockford Diocese which includes developing an understanding of our Faith, the works and history of the Church, Scripture, Worship, Sacraments, Morality and Prayer.
All subjects are in alignment with Illinois State and Rockford Diocesan Standards. Please see individual grade levels at the right for specifics.
All students in grades K-8 receive instructions in Spanish weekly.
Students attend PE class in a full size gym twice a week. Instruction includes exercise, sports and basic health.
Art & Music
The art program combines the study of artists and language of the arts with the creation of a 2-Dimensional or 3-Dimensional art work. Each grade level will be introduced to three to five different artists and their styles. The students will identify & apply the seven Elements of Art and seven Principles of Design as they draw, paint, film, print & sculpt.
Music for K-2 is two 30 minutes sessions a week and consists of basic rhythm, pitch matching, music and movement songs as well as songs for church.
Grades 3-6 receive one 30 minute class a week which includes, composer studies, listening and singing. Rhythm and note reading and performing. 4th graders learn recorder and 6th graders attend the Elgin Symphony.
Grades 7 and 8 receive one 45 minute class a week. This consists of composer studies, listening and analyzing, some composition and evaluating. 7th graders have a Jazz unit and 8th graders have a History of Rock unit.
All classes prepare for Masses as well as perform at least once throughout the year.
Choir is open to students in 4th through 8th grade.
St. Thomas is equipped with a 26 station lab and 300 iPads. Students in grade 6-8 are assigned a specific iPad for in school use everyday. Students in grades K-5 use iPads as stations within the classroom and also full classroom sets on a rotational basis. Technology is used to enhance and complement the core curriculum--not replace it.