General Information Kindergarten to Grade 7

Roanoke Catholic’s Lower School is dedicated to excellence in education and to the spiritual development of youth within the framework of the Gospel. As a college preparatory school, our certified teachers instruct in a spiral approach that constantly reviews and adds age-appropriate new material. Please see Curriculum Guide Grades K-7 for grade-specific coursework.

Lower School comprises both elementary and middle school divisions. Students’ day begins at 8:00 a.m. K-5 Lower School ends at 2:45 p.m., while Middle School (Grades 6-7) dismisses at 3:00 p.m. There are two sections of approximately 16 students in each K-5 class. Middle School may have up to three sections of similar size per grade level.

Academic Honors

At the end of each quarter, students in grades 2-7 achieving first and second honors are recognized within their classrooms and receive certificates. First Honors: all grades of 90 or above. Second Honors: all grades of 80 or above.

Homework

Homework assignments should supplement and reinforce classroom teaching and learning, and should be a productive experience for all children. However, students work at different paces; what one student can accomplish in 15 minutes is what another may accomplish in 60 minutes. The Lower School recommends the following guidelines for homework time:

  • Grades 1-2: 20-30 minutes
  • Grade 3: 40-45 minutes
  • Grades 4-5: 45-60 minutes
  • Grades 6-7: 1 to 2 hours

Grading Scale

Grading Scale
A+ 97 – 100
A 93 – 96
A- 90 – 92
B+ 87 – 89
B 83 – 86
B- 80 – 82
C+ 77 – 79
C 73 – 76
C- 70 – 72
D+ 67 – 69
D 63 – 66
D- 60 – 62
F 59 and Below

Note: Grades 2-3 use the same scale without pluses and minuses (i.e., A=90-100).

Serving Christ In One Another

Students who show selfless, exemplary Christian behavior and attitude toward other students and adults on a daily basis may earn this most prestigious award to be given during the 3rd quarter or at the final awards assembly.

All students, regardless of their faith backgrounds, study religion daily. Classes consist of prayer, Bible study, Catholic teachings, and planning of liturgical celebrations. Students attend Mass or other liturgical celebration between two to four times per month. Each class takes a turn planning and executing the celebration for the rest of the school. Sacramental preparation is reserved to the parishes.

Each religion class adopts a local social service agency. The students learn about how that agency helps people, and how they, as a class, can help a local service agency in town. Examples of these agencies include Ronald MacDonald House, Madonna House, St. Francis House, RAM House, and the Turning Point Shelter.

Specials

Students in Grades K-5 each week receive instruction in art, music, computer skills and library. All students in K-7 have two physical education classes each week and all students have daily recess. Middle School students (Grades 6-7) rotate their “special” subjects, devoting 45 minutes of Art or Band at least twice a week, and quarterly rotate through foreign language, computer, guidance and library.

Students in Grades 5-12 may take band. 5th grade takes band weekly as their music rotation; 6th and 7th graders take it during their specials times. 8th-12th graders attend class daily from 7:30-7:55 a.m.