Educational Theory

Our educational theory, as with all things at St. Joseph’s Indian School, is holistic. We strive to educate the whole child – mind, body, heart and spirit. In the tradition of Catholic education, we seek to create an environment of love and learning, to instill excellent habits of mind and heart, foster an appreciation for the moral life and the Gospel, and affirm and protect deep respect for the dignity of the human person.

Who We Are Internal

Our educational theory is to:

  • Instill a passion for life-long learning in students
  • Enhance learning through a combination of direct instruction and inquiry-based learning that starts by posing questions, problems or scenarios
  • Determine strengths and weaknesses in academic areas by tracking student’s progress and mastery of various lessons and skills, a strategy informed by our overall strengths-based approach
  • Close academic gaps through small class sizes (usually a 12-to-1 student/teacher ratio) and the resources and services of special education staff and Title I funding
  • Reinforce previous learning through a course of study in which students see the same topics throughout their school career with each encounter increasing in complexity (spiral curriculum)
  • Meet students where they are while challenging them to overcome difficulties
  • Allow opportunities to fail because students learn from failure more than from the absence of it