The 1st - 5th grade program at SJND creates an environment where young children are not only introduced to the formal experience of learning but also to the experience of service. The school motto, “Learning and Serving with Christ,” is the foundation of all aspects of the school and lived daily. Catholicity is at the heart of everything we do!
Our primary aim is to help students develop to their fullest potential. To assist with this we design learning activities that best address individual needs. With reading and math being the primary focus, each class is divided into three small groups in each of these two subject areas, each with its own teacher. Groupings are fluid with instruction tailored for students working at the various achievement levels. Religion, science, English, and social studies are whole group instruction.
To build on the students' knowledge, every classroom offers one-to-one learning with Chromebooks or iPads. These devices put innovative educational opportunities at their fingertips. Interactive whiteboards in all classrooms further integrate teaching, technology and curriculum.