The Saint Nicholas curriculum brings world class standards together, in one school, at the international Texas Medical Center workplace:
Multi-lingual Early Literacy
Latin and Classical Studies
English style Choir School
Students acquire early competency of reading and writing in four languages in the Lower School, guided by the Montessori environment and teachers for Latin, Spanish, and French. The Languages Through Phonics program provides structural support of language and was written and developed specifically for this school. The Montessori environment also provides a solid concrete foundation for mathematics and other areas.
The Classical School stage begins in Grade 3 with emphasis on Latin and classical studies and grammar and rhetoric in English.
A Scope and Sequence summary of the Singapore Mathematics program appears below. Concrete experiences are supplemented with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) activities.
The Choir School provides training for both boys and girls with a classical repertoire. Special teachers present music theory, history, choir, voice, drama, and piano. The art curriculum includes appreciation, history, and studio art.
THE LOWER SCHOOL:
INFANTS THROUGH GRADE TWO
Saint Nicholas School is a multi-lingual environment teaching four languages: English, Spanish, French and Latin. All ages of students have this instruction from the infant department through middle school.
The Montessori method prepares a place for children that is small and comfortable, in which individual activity is the factor that stimulates and produces development. In this environment children absorb culture. It is thought to be a natural process which develops spontaneity in which the child acts on his environment. The teacher’s task is to arrange that which motivates activity and learning. Montessori took the idea of a scientific approach to education, based on observation and experimentation. Through this she developed a set of concrete materials. The children also took delight in learning practical everyday living skills that reinforced their independence and self-respect, which is found in the Practical Life part of the classroom. She observed the children’s spontaneous behavior as a method for the teacher to know how to teach. The Montessori method is a systematic approach that appreciates the child’s love of work.
The Languages Through Phonics curriculum was especially designed for the school. This program promotes early language skills in children from the infant department through grade two. The program includes oral language, reading, and writing skills.
The classical school transmits the culture of the Christian West through the study of Latin and classical studies. Latin is a foundation for critical thinking. It is the best way to gain an academic vocabulary, to learn grammar, and to develop critical thinking. Students study the classical cultures of Greece and Rome as well as Biblical and church history. This provides a basis for understanding European and American history. The students study Classical Grammar and Composition in grades three through eight.
Daily Choral Morning Prayer in the Anglican tradition is offered at the school for students and faculty. In the Christmas season the choirs present a Lessons and Carols service. At the end of the school year they present and End of School Evensong. A classical choir school program is offered for grades two through eight for both boys and girls.
© Margot Heard 2014