St. John Berchmans Catholic School
947 Jordan St.
Shreveport, LA 71101
ph: (318) 221-6005
fax: (318) 425-0648
Elementary classes use lab time to reinforce classroom subjects and learn basic computer skills, typing, and work processing. Middle school emphasis is on advanced computer skills and word processing, spreadsheet, database, and PowerPoint. Cyber safety is an important component of all classes. Students completing grades 6-8 at St. John's receive high school credit for Computer Literacy.
Formal art classes are taught by an artist/certified teacher in grades 1-8. Students employ various media to express themselves uniquely and, thus, come to appreciate aesthetic values. St. John Berchmans participates in various community art events, including ArtBreak.
All students are involved in music education, which is designed to provide a rich harmonious environment and to develop skills of younger singers. The many opportunities to display talents include the weekly liturgies and special events such as musicals, drama productions, and grade level presentations.
The major role of the library is to instill a love of reading, an appreciation for books and writing process, to open doors to new worlds, and to stimulate a desire for knowledge. Students are encouraged to read all types of books and are taught essential library skills in finding those books and their way around the library. Additionally, students participate in hands-on assignments using the major reference books and complete formal and innovative book reports and research projects.
Science & Social Studies Fairs are held annually. All 4th-8th grade students are required to participate in either the Science or Social Studies Fair. Students in Science Olympiad are excused from participating in the Science or Social Studies Fair. Eligibility for regional competition requires an oral presentation on the project at the time of judging.
The Sadlier religion program includes the study of Catholic doctrine and traditions, scripture, social justice, participation in prayer, liturgical worship experiences, instruction in and reception of the sacraments, and service to others. Besides a formal Religion class, religion, faith, and prayer are part of all classes. To build community, Cardinal Krewes (combined teams of students in grades 2-8) gather for a day of activity during Catholic Schools Week. To foster virtuous living, a different virtue is emphasized each month. Liturgical services are held on Wednesday mornings at 8:15am. Middle school students attend a class retreat. Eighth grade students attend Pines Camp for a three-day retreat/leadership program.
Through the MacMillan-McGraw Hill Treasures Reading Series (K-5), students are guided to develop the skills to become avid readers and writers. The language arts program is integrated with the reading program and is designed as a tool for improving student competence in writing and speaking and enhancing learning in all subject areas. Skill areas taught include: reading, grammar, writing, handwriting, phonics, vocabulary, spelling, listening, and public speaking.
The Scott Foresman Mathematics (K-2) program provides a sequential development of basic skills, which encourages sound reasoning, logical thinking, and competence in skill areas. Grades 3rd through 5th use the Every Day Math program. Following sixth grade, some students are selected by the teacher (based on grades, standardized test scores, and work ethic) to take Pre-Algebra in the seventh grade and then Algebra I in the 8th grade. Students successfully completing Algebra I receive high school credit for the course.
The Scott Foresman Social Studies (K-5) program is an interdisciplinary approach which incorporates economics, sociology, anthropology, political science, history, and geography, with emphasis on history and map skills. Nystrom United States and World maps and globes are in each classroom. Global Awareness and interdependence of the human family, as well as peace and justice and values clarification, are developed. The curriculum followed in middle school is: 6th grade: Geography and World History, 7th grade: American History, and 8th grade: Louisiana History.
The Pearson Interactive Science program (K-5)integrates the skills and concepts of the life sciences, physical sciences, and earth and space science into a meaningful, comprehensive course of study. The science program develops the student's awareness of self and the environment through observation of nature, exploration of science concepts, and the opportunity for research and experimentation. Middle school students have the opportunity to participate in Science Olympiad competition.
Spanish is offered to students in grades 1-8. Exposing students to Spanish promotes an awareness of the Hispanic cultures and allows students to begin a conversational knowledge of the Spanish language. Spanish class is offered one day per week for grades 1-3 and two days per week for grades 4-8.
Students participate in activities and lessons designed to encourage them to live healthy lives. Team sports, fitness programs, and sportsmanship are emphasized.