Upper School: Grades 5 - 8
Welcome to the St. Junipero Serra Catholic Upper School, Grades 5-8. As principal of the upper school, I am truly humbled to partner with you in providing the best Catholic education for your child. First and foremost, we are a Catholic school that consists of a collaborative atmosphere between student, parent and school. It is our goal to provide a challenging academic experience for each of our students while taking into consideration the various needs of each student.
St. Junipero Serra’s Upper School is committed to academic excellence. Our faculty are passionate about their subject areas, as well as the middle school child. Our highly qualified, credentialed teachers are trained in differentiated instructional practices to meet each individual’s needs. In order to ensure this, St. Serra’s instructional schedule is designed to give students more concentrated instructional time with less transitions between classes. Science periods include NGSS Science curriculum and time in the Creativity Lab for STEM and Makerspace projects. Our waterfall schedule allows students to attend all of their classes daily, but at different times each day. Specialty classes in Upper School include Physical Education (2 times/week), Spanish (1-2 times/week depending on the grade level), Music (1-2 times/week depending on the trimester) and Art (1-2 times/week depending on the trimester). Our specialty classes are exposure in nature and give our students a better understanding of the arts while focusing on the “whole child.”
In preparing our students for their futures, St. Junipero Serra Catholic School provides technology and genuine learning approaches integrated into all subject areas. Each student in the Upper School has a touch screen laptop allowing technology to be integrating into all they do. ELA, math, and science utilize digital text programs with various student-accessible interactive learning tools, allowing learning to go beyond the classroom walls. Various applications and adaptive programs are utilized in most subjects. Authentic learning includes learning experiences that inspire collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and innovation. Activities include project-based learning, field trips (theatre, science camps, etc...), grade-level retreats, and outreach projects. To view grade specific curriculum and activities, CLICK HERE.
I am looking forward to working with each of you in partnership for the best possible education for your child. Putting our faith first, we will create successful futures for all of our students.
Mrs. Julie Radzai, M.Ed.
Principal, Upper School (Grades 5-8)