Curriculum
Curriculum at St. Gabriel Catholic School in the Northland of Kansas City Missouri

Traditional Curriculum

St. Gabriel School subscribes to the diocesan curriculum standards. With the emphasis on a strong traditional curriculum, our students commonly score two years above grade level on standardized tests and are among the highest scoring when compared to the national averages of public and local private schools. Our small class sizes allow us to accommodate the needs of the individual student and encourages interaction between families and faculty for the benefit of the child. The energetic staff of certified teachers leads classes of 12-18 students in a traditional curriculum. Traditional classroom subjects are augmented by classes in music, art, physical education, computers, library, and computer-based programs such as STAR and Accelerated Reader.

For more information on Catholic School System standards - Catholic School System Standards

Accelerated Reader Quiz lists

St. Gabriel School utilizes a reading quiz and intervention system called Renaissance Place Accelerated Reader and Star Reader systems. This program helps students formulate reading goals and build a lifelong love of learning. Accelerated Reader gives educators the opportunity to check on students' comprehension of reading material used in the classroom and for outside reading. STAR Reader tests assess students' reading and vocabulary to help to determine a child's independent reading fluency and comprehension. The STAR tests and Accelerated Reader quizzes help teachers formulate intervention techniques for both struggling and advanced reading students.

 

Academic Profile

St. Gabriel 2011-2012 Academic Profile

Note: 2015-2016 tests results will be released at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year.

Reading

  • Advanced: Students at the advanced level generalize about ideas and information in the text that they read and evaluate the texts critically.
  • Proficient: Students at the proficient level identify ideas and information suggested by, but not explicitly stated in, the text that they read.
  • Basic: Students at the basic level understand the overall literal meaning of the text that they read.
  • Below Basic: Students at the below basic-level do not meet the grade-level standard for basic achievement.

 

Mathematics

  • Advanced: Students at the advanced level show evidence of the ability to generalize from and extend their knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts and procedures in the content/process area of the test and demonstrate the ability to apply non-routine solutions to real-world mathematical problems.
  • Proficient: Students at the proficient level show evidence of mastery of mathematical concepts and procedures in the content/process areas of the test and demonstrate the ability to solve real-world mathematical problems.
  • Basic: Students at the basic level show evidence of surface-level knowledge of mathematical concepts and some understanding of procedures in the content/process areas of the test and demonstrate the ability to solve routine mathematical problems.
  • Below Basic: Students at the below-basic level do not meet the grade-level standard for basic achievement.

 

Iowa Assessment Test Results

St. Gabriel School gives a yearly standardized test to assess the progress of our students. The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph designates the Iowa Assessment as the instrument to be used by all diocesan schools. The test results give information regarding each student's achievement scores and also provides comparative information in terms of rankings. We receive a national percentile ranking (NPR) which compares our school to all other schools in the nation who took this test at this time of year and other students who took the test at the same time. Student scores are compared to all students which could include such schools as Oak Hill Day School, Pembroke, Barstow, or other prestigious private schools.

A percentile rank does not mean the same as a percent. For example, an NPR score of 96 means that a school or student performed better than 96% of other schools or students who took the same test at the same time. It does not represent a percentage of correct answers.

The following report shows percentile ranking and Grade Equivalent (GE). The GE is a decimal number that describes performance in terms of grade level and months. For example, if a sixth-grade student obtains a GE of 8.4 on the Vocabulary test, his score is like the one a typical student finishing the fourth month of eighth grade would likely get on the Vocabulary test.

  • 4th Grade Composite results:
  • GE = 6.2
  • Student NPR = 58th percentile
  • School NPR = 63rd percentile

 

  • 5th Grade Composite results
  • GE = 6.6
  • Student NPR = 71st percentile
  • School NPR = 86th percentile

 

  • 6th Grade Composite results:
  • GE = 8.3
  • Student NPR = 64th percentile
  • School NPR = 76th percentile

 

  • 7th Grade Composite results:
  • GE = 12.1
  • Student NPR = 57th percentile
  • School NPR = 62nd percentile

 

  • 8th Grade Composite results:
  • GE = 13+
  • Student NPR = 69th percentile
  • School NPR = 86th percentile