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Overview

Mary Immaculate School provides students with the curriculum, learning experiences and opportunities to develop their potential spiritually, intellectually, culturally, physically, socially, and with a civic focus.

The curriculum at Mary Immaculate School follows the guidelines established by the State of Texas and the Diocese of Dallas, and is set forth in the Diocesan Curriculum Standards (click here to access). Basic to the curriculum is the study of:

Religion (Click here for an overview)
Language Arts (reading/literature, English, spelling, writing and oral communications, library)
Mathematics
Science
Social Studies
Computer Science
Spanish
Music (grades K-6)
Art Appreciation/Technique (grades K-6; elective for grades 7-8)
Speech and Drama (grades K-6; elective for grades 7-8)
Health/Physical Education (grades K-8)
Video/TV Design and Production (elective for grade 8)

In addition, a variety of instructional programs and methods supplement the basic curriculum and enhance the school’s academic program. Our student-centered instruction focuses on critical thinking, problem-solving and cooperative learning. Woven through all subjects are Catholic social teachings, respect for the inherent dignity of every person, and the need to serve others in a Christ-like manner. Integrated in every classroom is use of technology through computers, networked projection systems, and interactive white boards.

The teachers at Mary Immaculate Catholic School employ a variety of instructional techniques to ensure the success of each student. Teachers consider individual learning styles and varied development levels when choosing instructional methods. Active and involved learning takes place in all subject areas through the use of manipulatives, cooperative exercises, learning centers, and other visual, auditory, and kinesthetic components. A strong emphasis is placed on cross grade level and cross curriculum cooperative learning and interaction, which develop leadership, self-esteem, cooperative skills, and team building.

In every grade, students gain an understanding of curriculum through real-world experiences, including:

  • a scientific study of animals is followed by an instructional trip to the zoo in first grade;

  • fourth-grade students learning about city government and local economy in social studies travel to Enterprise City, a mock city complete with opportunities for students to participate in running city government and local enterprise; 

  • fifth graders experience a six-week S.T.E.M. class co-taught by a Southwest Airlines pilot which ends in a field trip to Southwest Airlines headquarters;

  • seventh grade students study Texas history and explore ecosystems on their instructional trip to Austin.

Technology

Mary Immaculate School places great emphasis on utilizing modern technology to enhance the learning process. A solid grasp of technology skills is fostered and students follow an Acceptable Use Policy to promote safe and ethical use of the Internet and all other technologies.Technology has become an essential part of daily life and we incorporate cutting-edge technology to enrich the ways in which our teachers teach and our students learn:

  • A fully equipped computer lab is available for teachers and students. All grades have a weekly lab time, and middle school students have access to the lab prior to the start of the school day for assistance with their multimedia presentations.

  • Classrooms are equipped with portable laptops and projectors, enabling teachers and students to access the Internet and United Streaming and use programs such as Power Point and Inspiration for instruction and presentation. Individual classrooms also have computer stations for students to use for research and Accellerated Reader testing.

  • All classrooms feature interactive whiteboards, projectors and digital cameras to make learning engaging and interactive.Twenty laptop computers in the school library provide full access to research materials under the guidance of classroom teachers and the librarian.

  • Four iPad labs on wheels, each containing 20-30 iPads, can be checked out by teachers for student use in all classrooms.

  • Renweb's ParentWeb provides parent information on individual student progress.

  • Modern web tools, resources, and a robust wireless network expands and supports the world of learning for our students.

 
Mary Immaculate School
14032 Dennis Lane
Farmers Branch, TX 75234
972-243-7105
FAX 972-241-7678

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