A foundation of faith, prayer and moral development forms the basis for academic instruction here at Mother of God School . Teachers use many opportunities during their classes to intertwine faith formation into each subject area. Since we are a Catholic school, we celebrate Mass each week and priests from nearby parishes come each quarter so students may receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
The core curriculum in each grade consists of Religion, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. Language Arts includes phonics, reading/literature, spelling, vocabulary, writing, grammar and penmanship. The curriculum is enhanced by instruction in Spanish, Art, Music, Physical Education, Computer Science and Library skills.
Homework is assigned to reinforce classroom instruction, to practice skills and to prepare students for quizzes and tests. The amount of work assigned to students on a daily basis increases as they progress from grade to grade allowing them to prepare gradually for the expectations of a high school program.
Classroom teachers use formal and informal assessments to help determine student progress. Students receive progress reports part-way through the quarter and report cards are distributed after the end of each quarter.
As a school affiliated with the Archdiocese of Washington, we participate in the standardized testing program each spring. The results of this testing provides valuable information for the school as to the effectiveness of our program. Parents also receive the results of this testing for their children in Grade 2 and above.
Mother of God School uses the Standards of the Archdiocese of Washington as the basis for its program of studies. As a school accredited through the Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools, the educational program also meets the requirements of the Maryland State Department of Education.