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Special Electives



Why Study Latin?

At All Saints Catholic School, we are committed to providing a comprehensive education that encompasses both modern and classical languages. We offer Latin as a special elective to give our students the unique opportunity to delve into a language that has profoundly influenced Western civilization. Studying Latin offers numerous academic and intellectual benefits, making it an invaluable part of our curriculum.


The Benefits of Studying Latin

1.  Enhanced Vocabulary: Latin is the root of many English words. By studying Latin, students significantly expand their English vocabulary and develop a better understanding of word etymology. This knowledge enhances their reading comprehension and expressive capabilities.


2.  Improved Grammar Skills: Latin is a highly structured language with a complex grammar system. Learning Latin helps students grasp the intricacies of grammar, which can be applied to mastering English and other languages. This foundation supports stronger writing and communication skills.


3.  Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving: Latin requires precise analysis and logical thinking to translate and understand texts. These skills are transferable to other subjects, promoting critical thinking and problem-solving abilities that benefit students across their academic endeavors.


4.  Cultural and Historical Insight: Latin opens a window to the rich cultural and historical heritage of ancient Rome and the broader Western world. Students gain a deeper appreciation for classical literature, history, philosophy, and art, enriching their understanding of contemporary society.


5.  Preparation for Advanced Studies: Latin is particularly beneficial for students interested in pursuing careers in law, medicine, theology, and the sciences. Many technical terms in these fields are derived from Latin, giving students a head start in their professional education.


Our Latin Program

Our Latin elective is designed to be engaging and accessible for students, regardless of their prior experience with the language. The curriculum covers foundational elements of Latin grammar, vocabulary, and syntax, progressing to the translation and interpretation of classical texts. Students explore works by renowned authors such as Virgil, Cicero, and Ovid, gaining insights into the literature, culture, and values of ancient Rome.


Learning Beyond the Classroom

At All Saints Catholic School, we believe that learning Latin is not confined to textbooks. Our program includes interactive activities such as Latin speaking exercises, classical drama performances, and participation in Latin competitions. These experiences make the study of Latin lively and relevant, allowing students to connect more deeply with the language and its cultural context.


Why Choose Latin at All Saints?

Choosing to study Latin at All Saints Catholic School means embarking on a journey that enriches both the mind and spirit. Our dedicated teachers are passionate about the classical tradition and committed to helping students succeed. By integrating Latin into our curriculum, we provide students with the tools they need to excel academically and develop a well-rounded understanding of the world.




Discover the Joy of Music

At All Saints Catholic School, we believe that music is a vital part of a well-rounded education. Our music and choir programs offer students the opportunity to explore their musical talents, develop new skills, and experience the joy of making music. Through our comprehensive program, students are introduced to various instruments and vocal techniques, fostering a lifelong appreciation for the arts.


Music Class

Our music class is designed to cater to a wide range of interests and skill levels. The class offers specialized instruction in several instruments, along with music theory and vocal development, allowing students to find their passion and develop their musical abilities.


1.  Recorder: Students in 2nd & 3rd grade are introduced to recorders.  The recorder is an excellent introductory instrument for young musicians. It helps students learn the basics of reading music, rhythm, and breath control. Our recorder classes are fun and engaging, providing a strong foundation for future musical endeavors.


2.  Ukulele: Students in 4th & 5th grade are introduced to the ukulele.  The ukulele is a versatile and accessible instrument that brings joy and creativity to the learning process. Students learn chords, strumming patterns, and simple songs, enabling them to play a variety of music genres. Our ukulele classes foster teamwork and collaboration as students often play together in ensembles.


3.  Violin & Hand chimes: Students 6th-8th grade are introduced to the violin and hand chimes. These are beautiful and expressive instruments that challenges students to develop precision and discipline. Instruction includes instruction in technique, music theory, and performance. Students have opportunities to perform solo and in groups, showcasing their progress and talent.


4.  Music Theory: Through our music class at all grades levels, students gain an understanding of music theory as essential cornerstone for all musicians. Our music class covers the fundamentals of music notation, harmony, rhythm, and composition. Students gain a deeper understanding of how music works and develop the skills to create their own compositions.


5.  Vocal Development: Through our music class at all grade levels, students learn proper vocal techniques, including breath control, pitch, tone, and diction. These skills prepare them for solo performances and choir participation.


Choir After school Program

Our choir elective is open to students who love to sing and wish to improve their vocal abilities. The choir program emphasizes proper vocal technique, sight-reading, and harmony. Students will explore a diverse repertoire of music, from classical to contemporary, and perform in various school and community events.


Benefits of Music Education

1.  Cognitive Development: Learning music enhances cognitive abilities such as memory, attention, and problem-solving skills. It also supports language development and improves mathematical understanding.


2.  Emotional Expression: Music provides a powerful outlet for emotional expression. It helps students develop empathy, resilience, and self-confidence as they learn to express themselves through their instruments and voices.


3.  Social Skills: Participating in music ensembles, whether in choir or instrumental groups, fosters teamwork, communication, and collaboration. Students learn to listen to each other, work together, and support their peers.


4.  Cultural Appreciation: Through music education, students gain a deeper appreciation for different cultures and musical traditions. They learn to value diversity and develop a global perspective.  


Performance Opportunities

At All Saints Catholic School, we believe in celebrating our students' musical achievements. We provide numerous performance opportunities throughout the year, including school concerts, recitals, and community events. These experiences help students build confidence and showcase their hard work and talent.




Cultivating Creativity and Critical Thinking

At All Saints Catholic School, we believe in the transformative power of the arts and humanities. Our Arts & Humanities class, offered as a special elective for all students, provides an enriching and comprehensive exploration of artistic and cultural disciplines. This program is designed to inspire creativity, foster critical thinking, and cultivate an appreciation for the diverse expressions of human experience.


Program Highlights

1.  Diverse Curriculum: Our Arts & Humanities class covers a broad range of subjects, including visual arts, art history, literature, theater, history, and philosophy. This interdisciplinary approach allows students to explore the connections between different art forms and cultural contexts.


2.  Creative Expression: Students are encouraged to express themselves creatively through various mediums, such as drawing and painting. They learn fundamental techniques and develop their unique artistic voices.


3.  Art and Art History: The program includes opportunities for students to engage in the study of art history. They can explore different art movements, historical periods, and the works of renowned artists, enhancing their understanding and appreciation of visual art.


4.  Literary Exploration: Students delve into classic and contemporary literature, analyzing themes, characters, and stylistic elements. This exploration fosters a deeper understanding of storytelling and enhances their critical reading and writing skills.


5.  Historical and Cultural Context: Our curriculum emphasizes the historical and cultural significance of the arts and humanities. Students learn about different time periods, cultures, and artistic movements, gaining a broader perspective on the world.


6.  Philosophical Inquiry: The program includes discussions on philosophical ideas and ethical questions. Students are encouraged to think deeply about the human experience, morality, and the nature of art and beauty.



Benefits of Arts & Humanities Education

1.  Enhanced Creativity: Engaging with the arts stimulates creative thinking and innovation. Students learn to approach problems from multiple perspectives and develop original ideas.


2.  Critical Thinking Skills: The arts and humanities promote critical analysis and reflection. Students learn to evaluate and interpret complex texts, artworks, and performances, honing their analytical skills.


3.  Cultural Awareness: Through studying diverse cultures and artistic traditions, students develop empathy and appreciation for different perspectives. This cultural awareness enriches their understanding of the global community.


4.  Emotional Expression: The arts provide a powerful outlet for emotional expression. Students learn to articulate their feelings and experiences through creative works, fostering emotional intelligence and resilience.


5.  Communication Skills: Participating in presentations, discussions, and critiques helps students improve their verbal and non-verbal communication skills. These skills are valuable in academic, professional, and social settings.



Facilities and Resources

All Saints Catholic School is equipped with facilities to support our Arts & Humanities program. Our campus includes an art room with a wide range of materials and tools for visual arts, as well as humanities projects. 




Promoting Health and Wellness

At All Saints Catholic School, we understand the importance of physical education in fostering the overall development of our students. Our physical education program is designed to promote health, wellness, and fitness through a variety of engaging activities. We offer physical education as a special elective for all students, ensuring that they receive the benefits of an active lifestyle within a supportive and encouraging environment.


Program Highlights

1.  Comprehensive Curriculum: Our physical education curriculum covers a wide range of activities, including team sports, individual fitness exercises, and recreational games. This diverse approach helps students develop a variety of physical skills, from coordination and balance to strength and endurance.


2.  Skill Development: Students are taught fundamental movement skills and sport-specific techniques. These skills are progressively built upon as students advance through the grades, ensuring a thorough understanding and proficiency in each area.


3.  Health Education: In addition to physical activity, our program includes lessons on nutrition, personal health, and wellness. Students learn the importance of healthy eating habits, proper hydration, and overall well-being, equipping them with the knowledge to make informed lifestyle choices.


4.  Teamwork and Sportsmanship: Physical education at All Saints emphasizes the values of teamwork, fair play, and sportsmanship. Students learn to work collaboratively, respect their peers, and exhibit positive attitudes both on and off the field.


5.  Personal Fitness Goals: We encourage students to set and achieve personal fitness goals. By tracking their progress and celebrating their accomplishments, students develop a sense of personal responsibility and motivation towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle.


Benefits of Physical Education

1.  Physical Health: Regular physical activity is crucial for maintaining physical health. Our program helps students improve cardiovascular fitness, build muscle strength, enhance flexibility, and maintain a healthy weight.


2.  Mental Health: Physical activity is also beneficial for mental health. It helps reduce stress, improve mood, and increase concentration. Our physical education classes provide a positive outlet for students to release energy and improve their mental well-being.


3.  Social Skills: Participating in physical activities helps students develop important social skills such as communication, cooperation, and conflict resolution. These skills are valuable in both academic and social settings.


4.  Confidence and Self-Esteem: Success in physical activities can boost students’ confidence and self-esteem. As they master new skills and achieve their fitness goals, they gain a sense of accomplishment and self-worth.


Facilities and Resources

All Saints Catholic School currently uses the the gym and facilities at the North side Boys & Girls Club for its physical education classes for 1st-8th grades.  Physical education for PK & Kindergarten take place on school grounds. 


Extracurricular Opportunities

In addition to regular physical education classes, All Saints offers various extracurricular sports programs and clubs. Students have the opportunity to join school teams, participate in our diocesan sports program, and engage in after-school fitness activities. These programs provide additional avenues for students to pursue their athletic interests and talents.