Our school’s basic curriculum follows that which is set forth by the Catholic Diocese of Orlando and by the Florida Department of Education’s Sunshine State Standards. The curriculum is solidly based in skills and competencies with a strong emphasis on the arts and humanities. Daily religion instruction is required of all students, and Spanish is part of the core curriculum. Middle school students have a mandatory core curriculum but are also offered a wide variety of creative arts, technology, and athletic electives which enable the students to explore new subjects, to learn new skills, and to experience new activities which broaden their development. Teachers infuse rigor into instruction to challenge each student. In addition, the school emphasizes the education and development of the whole child: moral and spiritual, intellectual, physical, social and emotional, and artistic.
Annunciation Catholic Academy is committed to the integration of technology throughout the educational process. All grade levels utilize computers on a daily basis as part of their basic instruction. Each classroom has a minimum of five networked computers with Internet access, an interactive whiteboard, projector, television, and an overhead sound system. Additionally, mobile sets of netbooks are utilized by students. Technology is also infused into daily lessons. For example, Mathletics is an online program used to encourage and engage students, and the Accelerated Reader Program assesses reading comprehension.
Student progress is monitored with frequent formative assessments and with summative quizzes/tests at the end of units. Our electronic information site, PlusPortals, facilitates communication on assignments, grades, and special notifications to parents. During each year of middle school, students complete the Iowa Assessment, a nationwide standardized test that assesses student knowledge in reading, language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. In addition, eighth-grade students complete the ACRE test in religion to gauge their understanding of key religious concepts.
Academic support is available to help students reach objectives. The school counselor works with individual students and through classroom instruction to offer guidance with social and learning strategies.