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Curriculum

St. Nicholas of Tolentine School's curriculum is rooted in English, reading, social science, math, and religion, aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards and the Common Core State Standards. Students are also taught Spanish, art, music, and gym weekly. We are proud to offer all day preschool and kindergarten that focuses on student's social development and setting the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. 

We have a variety of programs that are apart of our curriculum including

Lucy Calkins Literacy Program

Lucy Calkins and her Teachers College Reading and Writing Project coauthors aim to prepare students for any reading and writing task they will face and to turn kids into life-long, confident readers and writers who display agency and independence. Lucy and her colleagues have drawn on their more than 30 years of research and work in thousands of schools across the country and around the world to develop powerful curriculum resources, instructional methods, and professional learning opportunities to support teachers as they work together and with their students toward these vitally important goals.

To learn more about the Lucy Calkins Reading and Writing Project please visit: Lucy Calkins website.

Everyday Math Program (K-6th)

Everyday Mathematics is a research-based and field-tested curriculum that focuses on developing children’s understandings and skills in ways that produce life-long mathematical power.

The Everyday Mathematics curriculum emphasizes:

  • Use of concrete, real-life examples that are meaningful and memorable as an introduction to key mathematical concepts.

  • Repeated exposures to mathematical concepts and skills to develop children’s ability to recall knowledge from long-term memory.

  • Frequent practice of basic computation skills to build mastery of procedures and quick recall of facts, often through games and verbal exercises.

  • Use of multiple methods and problem-solving strategies to foster true proficiency and accommodate different learning styles.


Each grade of the Everyday Mathematics curriculum is carefully designed to build and expand a student’s mathematical proficiency and understanding. Our goal: to build powerful mathematical thinkers.