In accordance with the Catholic Schools Department of the Diocese of Sacramento, PBVM uses the State of California’s common core standards in reading and math. We administer quarterly STAR assessments on these subjects in grades kindergarten through eighth to help shape curriculum review and development.
All other subject curricula are carefully coordinated throughout all grades and regularly reviewed for mastery and updates, ensuring that all appropriate standards are met. Further specifics regarding the curriculum can be provided upon request.
Additionally, students participate in:
- Foreign language (grades 3-8)
- Physical education
Students are issued 1:1 technology devices and instruction in the classrooms as an enrichment of the academic curriculum.
PBVM embraces the vision of a Catholic classical educational philosophy. Christian values and traditions of the Catholic faith are integrated into the curriculum and all teaching/learning situations within and beyond the classroom in cooperation with the Catholic Schools Department of the Diocese of Sacramento. The curriculum is carefully coordinated throughout all grades and regularly reviewed for mastery and updating, ensuring that all appropriate standards are met. Further specifics regarding the curriculum can be provided upon request.
ESSENTIAL CORE CURRICULUM
PBVM provides complete academic instruction in essential core curricular subjects: English/language arts, reading/literature, religion, mathematics, science, history/social studies, physical education, and religion.
STUDENT SUCCESS TEAM
A Student Success Team is assembled to identify student needs and develop a plan to address those needs in order to assist individual students. A Student Success Team consists of the classroom teacher(s), principal, parents, EAS teacher, and the student, as appropriate. The Team can also include the school counselor. Intervention responsibilities are clarified for the school, parents, and the student.
ACCOMMODATIONS for STUDENTS with DISABILITIES
Students with identified learning disabilities may receive reasonable accommodations to assist with their academic success. A Student Success Team, headed by our Educational Achievement Specialist, is assembled to identify student needs and develop a plan to address those needs in order to assist individual students. Not every student’s disability can be supported at Presentation, and students are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
PBVM provides daily religious instruction (Catechesis) that educates children every year, at every grade level, in the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: The Profession of Faith, The Celebration of the Christian Mystery, Life in Christ, and Christian Prayer. This age-appropriate approach invites students to discover the meaning and presence of God’s activity in their lives and to encounter and know the faith of our Catholic Christian community.
Students in 2nd Grade prepare for and receive the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist during the school year.
Students in 8th Grade prepare for and receive the sacrament of Confirmation during the school year.
All students who receive sacraments must be baptized and active, participating members of the Catholic faith.
Each school day begins with prayer in Mass, school-wide assembly, or in the classroom. Opportunities for community and personal prayer are offered throughout the school day (e.g., assembly, lunchtime prayer, and dismissal reflection prayer). Prayer services celebrating the church calendar are offered throughout the school year.
Mass is celebrated as a school community weekly and daily during Advent.
Opportunities for the sacrament of Reconciliation are offered to students regularly within a rotating class schedule or by personal request.
CHAPEL VISITS: CLASS ADORATION
Each classroom makes regular visits to adore our Lord in adoration in the PBVM Church’s side chapel.
CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD
CGS is a method of religious instruction in which the religious values of childhood, primarily those values of contemplation and enjoyment of God, are predominant. This experience is shared in a place particularly prepared for the religious life of children called the Atrium.
PBVM students enjoy field trip opportunities at all grade levels. These field trips are academically enriching and are subject to all current safety guidelines. The majority of these trips are day trips, with our overnight trips occurring (when possible) in 4th (Rock N Water), 7th (Yosemite) and 8th (Washington, D.C.).