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Lower School: TK - GRade 4


Principal's Message

I am excited to welcome you to our Transitional Kindergarten through fourth Grade program at St. Junipero Serra Catholic School. I am so proud to be a part of the school community, and I look forward to partnering with you in the Catholic Education of your child. I was a member of the founding faculty of this school in 1995 and my two children had the privilege of a World Class Catholic education here.  I truly love St. Junipero Serra Catholic School.

In October, we celebrate our 25th Anniversary as a close school community united by our Catholic faith. St. Junipero Serra Catholic School is a ministry of our four parishes including Holy Trinity in Ladera Ranch, Santiago De Campostela in Lake Forest, San Francisco Solano in Rancho Santa Margarita, and St. Kilian in Mission Viejo. We also serve students in the surrounding areas. We educate the whole child, providing a challenging curriculum that meets the unique learning needs of all of our students.

In Kindergarten through Grade 4, we share the many treasures of the Roman Catholic faith with our students using the Sadlier religion series We Believe. Our Transitional Kindergarten class uses the Our Sunday Visitor religion series.  We take very seriously our role in passing on the Catholic faith to our students and enriching the spiritual lives of our families.

Our commitment to academic excellence is evident in all grades. Our highly qualified and credentialed teachers use a variety of differentiated instructional teaching strategies to meet the needs of all students. Author visits, theatrical productions, educational field trips, grade-level retreats and outreach projects enhance the educational experience and faith journey of all students. Each grade has special celebrations and traditions that are unique to it. To prepare students for success in college and the work day world of tomorrow, as recommended by the Bishops of America and required by the Diocese of Orange Catholic Schools, we are implementing the Common Core State Standards using a Roman Catholic faith lens.  All teachings are in keeping with our Catholic faith. 

We are currently using the Wonders Program by McGraw-Hill for English Language Arts/Literacy in K-5th Grade. Kindergarten through Grade 2 use Go Math by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  Pearson Envision Mathematics is used in Grades 3 and 4. In addition, we use Spatial Temporal Mathematics (ST Math) which is a digitally based individualized program in Transitional Kindergarten through Grade 5. Our English Language Arts/Literacy Program in Transitional Kindergarten is Super Kids.

Other subjects include social studies, science and handwriting. Specialty teachers provide instruction in Spanish, physical education, art, music, and STEM/Creativity Lab. Technology is progressive at all grade levels and integrated in all subject areas. All students in grades Preschool - 2 use iPads; 1:1 iPads in Grades TK-2. Grades 3 & 4 are assigned individual laptops. Third grade parents and students attend a summer technology boot camp where they will receive their laptops, along with extensive technology training.

You can view our curriculum by CLICKING HERE which will provide you with information for grade-specific curriculum and activities. I look forward to meeting you /and having you join the family of St. Junipero Serra Catholic School.

Together in Christ,

Mrs. Carol Reiss, M. Ed.
Principal, Preschool - Grade 4