St. Francis Borgia School has a proven track record of over 60 years of academic success ensuring that our students receive the highest quality education. Click on the items below to learn more about some of our curriculum highlights.
Religious education is the core curriculum at St. Francis Borgia School. It is the reason for our existence. In addition to daily formal classroom instruction, the curriculum is enriched by school liturgies developed by the students, prayer services, and traditional developmental practices. The basic content of the curriculum progresses according to the ability of the students to understand the teachings and traditions of the Church. There is also a strong emphasis on Christian service to others. Essential to the curriculum is the support of the family. Parents are the primary educators of their children and must be aware of their responsibility to attend Sunday Mass and encourage participation in the Sacraments as an example for the entire family. Parents are expected to take an active part in the formal instructions which accompanies the Sacramental programs.
READING: The program stresses development of competence in reading comprehension and vocabulary along with an enjoyment of reading. The program uses a literature-based basal reading approach with a strong emphasis placed on supplementary and enrichment reading outside of the classroom. The Rowland Reading program provides the foundation in Pre-School through second grade.
ENGLISH: The program stresses the development of competence in grammar, punctuation, and usage.
SPELLING: The program encourages the application of spelling principles to daily work in reading and writing.
COMPOSITION: The program encourages creative writing experiences while providing instruction in the mechanics of coherent writing. The students will follow the writing formula prescribed by the Illinois State Board of Education.
PENMANSHIP: The primary grades provide directed practice in the fine-motor skills required for legible penmanship.
A Spanish language program is part of the school curriculum.
The program focuses on computational skills and problem solving with applications to the daily lives of the students. Writing is an integral part of Math. In writing students learn to think logically, increase math knowledge, express ideas clearly, and know there is more than one way to solve a problem.
The program serves to introduce the students to major concepts and generalizations in the physical, life and earth sciences using experimentation, inquiry, and sound research techniques.
There is a Science Fair requirement for students in grade eight.
The program helps the students to further develop reading and thinking skills. Map skills, basic understanding in geography, current events, peace and justice issues, American and World history are a part of the curriculum.
Computer education is formally taught in our computer lab. The students learn key-boarding, coding skills, word processing, research, and strengthening reasoning skills.
All students, Pre-School through 8th grade, are required to participate in the Physical Education program. Physical fitness, motor coordination, safety, and sportsmanship are the main areas of the program. St. Francis Borgia offers physical education classes at all levels. The Presidents Physical Fitness Program is incorporated in Grades 3rd through 8th
Music and Art are a vital part of our school program. The Fine Arts are utilized throughout all curricular areas.
- Literature based reading program
- Math program based on National Math Standards
- High School-based Algebra program, available in 8th grade
- Continued updating of textbooks and curriculum materials
- Pre-K and Kindergarten programs that are both academic and developmental
- Computer Lab instruction for grades Pre-K through 8th
- PCs available in every classroom to assure students have access to tools needed to enhance learning
- Resource room with interactive whiteboard