Special Programs

Project Lead the Way

Children are blessed with a zeal for life and a natural desire to learn new things. They are quick to absorb their surroundings, observing the many activities unfolding around them. As teachers and leaders, our mission is to unlock this enthusiasm, fill them with wonder, and give them every reason to keep discovering. The fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are rapidly advancing our capabilities to shape the future through design, equation and synthesis.

STEM applications unlock possibilities for humans to be visionaries of a bright future; a future where we leverage the power of technology to heal, entertain, develop, and connect the world. Using the modern and relevant curriculum of Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Launch, we foster learning through play and hands-on activities. The program offers a series of 24 engaging modules in the areas of computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, that empower students to develop a design-thinking mindset through interactive projects and activities that enhance their understanding of subject matter and teach them how to relate solutions to the world around them. As students immerse themselves in these experiential activities, they learn essential skills in problem solving, critical thinking, and communication; characteristics that define creative and collaborative innovators who are ready to rise up to the challenges of the future.

Find Project Lead the Way at the following schools:

 

Dual Immersion

Bi-lingual proficiency has become an increasingly essential skill for success in our contemporary workforce. Integrated into the curriculum at select Diocesan Schools is the Dual Immersion Program. Dual Immersion is a model of education where classroom instruction is conducted in both English and a chosen foreign language. The Diocese of Sacramento administers the Dual Immersion program to students in Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten, First Grade and Second Grade (Ages 4, 5, 6, and 7) using English and Spanish.

This Dual Immersion model is proven to be effective for all learners. Consistent research and student data outcomes suggest that children in Dual Immersion programs achieve bilingual fluency while meeting, or even exceeding, grade-level academic standards without any inter-language confusion. Children who are studying multiple languages develop cognitive and critical thinking skills that they can utilize across each of those languages. Students immersed in bilingual environments see enhancements to their literary abilities, listening skills, cross-cultural competency and their awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity.

By integrating the language fundamentals of English and Spanish into curricular learning, children assimilate both languages without losing a step in their studies. When students have the opportunity to acquire English and Spanish at an early age, they are more likely to remember both languages forever. The Dual Immersion Program addresses the needs of our increasingly diverse and vibrant world. This program is a healthy supplement to our core curriculum, and is designed to develop students into intellectually and culturally competent leaders.

Find Dual Immersion at the following schools: