St. Thomas Aquinas Regional School follows the Curriculum Guidelines of the Diocese of Arlington Catholic Schools, requirements established by the Commonwealth of Virginia and criteria published by the Virginia Catholic Education Association (VCEA).
The elementary curriculum encompasses all of the sequentially ordered learning experiences which the school provides for its students in grades pre-kindergarten through eighth. The total curriculum includes the development of Catholic values and attitudes, as well as the attainment of knowledge and skills necessary for the students’ spiritual, moral, intellectual, social and physical development. The basic curriculum for all schools in the Diocese includes the following subjects: Religion, Reading, Language Arts, (English, Spelling and Handwriting), Mathematics, Science and Social Studies, Fine Arts (Art, Music, Band), Physical Education, Computer Technology, Library and Foreign Language.
Saint Thomas Aquinas Regional School recognizes the beauty and potential inherent within each student. In an effort to foster continued growth, the school embraces the opportunity to provide assistance and programs to serve students with special needs according to the resources available within the school.
The Resource Teacher provides individual or small group instruction for students that qualify for direct resource services. Accommodations are provided to students that have a Student Assistance Plan (SAP). The Resource Teacher works closely with students, teachers and parents to facilitate individual academic goals.
To be eligible for resource services, a child must have a disability and must need special education services. Students determined eligible for special education services must meet all three of the following criteria:
- The student must have a diagnosed disability or disabilities.
- The student’s disability adversely affects educational performance.
- The student’s unique needs cannot be addressed through education in general education classes alone – with or without individual accommodations. The student requires specially designed instruction.
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