The Pre-School program features a lively and creative setting which allows children to explore, discover and acquire a love for learning. Their cognitive, developmental, sensory, gross and fine motor skills are nurtured through hands on activities at learning centers in their classrooms and outdoor playground time. At the Pre-K level they develop familiarity with math concepts, phonetic awareness, musical aptitudes, and basic practice of religion. They also take a nap. As such, we strive to provide them with a well-rounded foundation – with the structure, confidence and social skills they will need in lower elementary grades.
Kindergarten through 2nd grade provides students with a more formal classroom setting in which, interwoven with special classes, they attain fluency in the core subject areas of mathematics, science, social studies, language arts and religion all the while enhancing their collaborative and problem solving skills. Particular emphasis is placed on the development of reading and writing skills which through the online Success Maker program they access on rolling I-Pads situated in each classroom. Students in 2nd grade, after having undergone extensive preparation, also receive the Sacrament of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, important stepping stones in their spiritual life. Providing them this comprehensive and wholesome framework, they are well prepared for the challenges of upper elementary grades.
Once students reach 3rd grade, they begin working with individual I-Pads and journey through a curriculum that through 5th grade, is more project- based with particular emphasis on the development of writing, public speaking and team building skills. Expanded integration of core subject areas, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and their place in history ensues. Through such progression they are equipped to effectively transition into a Junior High curriculum that will present them with new and exciting challenges and opportunities for self-discovery.
The world of Junior High is indeed one of self-discovery and exploration of new horizons. A greater nurturing of individuality, responsible independence, mature group interaction and leadership skills takes place. Students wear a different uniform, engage in special areas of interest through the taking of electives, delve into interactive online books, participate in a hands-on science lab, intensify skills in Spanish and run a multimedia journalistic operation. Students at this level also extensively prepare for and receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, achieving full initiation in the Catholic faith. The curriculum in Junior High through its presentation of new concepts, interactive dynamics, and personalized learning sparks passion, innovation and confident readiness to succeed in high school.
In compliance with accreditation standards of the State of Florida, all faculty at Epiphany Catholic School is certified or working toward certification in their respective fields of concentration. In commitment to the highest standards of academic excellence, all faculty at the school is required to engage in ongoing faculty professional development. Opportunities for professional enhancement take place monthly or at other select intervals and provide teachers with workshops or courses for general enrichment as educators and further specialization in their respective fields.
Below is a listing of recent workshops and courses of professional development undergone by the faculty of EpiphanyCatholic School: