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. Integrated throughout all content instruction and explicitly taught as a core content area are the teachings of the Catholic Faith, the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Critical Race Theory is not included in any of those documents and is not part of the instructional standards taught in our schools. Teachers infuse rigor into instruction to challenge each student. In addition, Annunciation Catholic Academy 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, classroom sets of iPads are utilized by students. Technology is also infused into daily lessons. For example, i-Ready 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. The school electronic information site, FACTS Family Portal, facilitates communication on assignments, grades, and special notifications to parents. Students in second grade and above complete the TerraNova and InView Assessments, a nationwide standardized test that assesses student knowledge in reading, language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. In addition, fifth-grade students complete the ACRE test in religion to gauge their understanding of key religious concepts. Fifth-grade students also take a math placement test to help determine their math level for middle school.
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.