Our Curriculum is Unique
Morning Star School is dedicated to helping children with impaired learning ability become successful students and return to a regular classroom. No other school in Northeast Florida offers the services we provide. Our program teaches the same curriculum as other Catholic schools in the Diocese of St. Augustine but offers personalized programs and adapted curriculum implemented to fit each child’s specific learning challenge. This includes explicit individualized instruction in core classes such as reading and math, along with life and social skills training, taught by highly qualified teachers, using specialized materials and instructional techniques. Our students enjoy a bright, happy and loving learning environment where they experience the joy of developing the talents God has given them.
Our curriculum reflects the message of the Gospel, with the understanding that each student must experience a sense of accomplishment, develop an appreciation of dignity and worth, and incorporate a set of Christian values into daily life, through prayer and worship. Surrounded by a family of faith, in an atmosphere of loving support which fosters a positive self image, the children are provided with successful experiences, thus, enabling them to grow and mature as children of God.
The curriculum of the Diocese of St. Augustine is followed and is designed to implement the following objectives:
- The development of maximum efficiency in academic areas (reading, language arts, spelling, mathematics, study skills, science, and social studies). To that end, specialized programs such as Lindamood-Bell, LiPS, visualizing and verbalizing, Wilson Reading Systems, and Touchmath are used.
- The development of technological skills and the integration of these skills into all areas of the curriculum through the use of computers, laptops, IPads, Smartboards and other technology.
- The promotion of socially acceptable behavior and personal relationships.
- The development of motor skills which are closely connected with academic skills, and the promotion of good health and sportsmanship
- The promotion of spiritual and moral growth through participation in religious instruction, Liturgical services, and service projects.
- The development of emotional and social maturity
Accommodations to methods, materials and assessments as well as modifications to the curriculum will be made on an individual basis. Modifications may affect the grade level students work on. The guidelines of the Florida Catholic Conference and the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Schools are followed.
“I’m really a fast learner. I always was, which is maybe why in high school they didn’t realize I had dyslexia. I skipped years without studying too much. [The dyslexia] doesn’t bother me now. Some people read really fast, but you’ll ask them questions about the script and they’ll forget. I take a long time to read a script, but I read it only once.”Salma Hayek