As part of the Saint Albert mission to foster the spiritual, moral, physical, and intellectual growth of all students, the High Ability Learner Program is designed to nurture the gifts of students who show high levels of performance and potential.
From kindergarten to graduation, advanced and motivated Saint Albert students have access to opportunities rich with academic challenge.
Our youngest learners enjoy book clubs, foreign language instruction, and a deep understanding of math concepts. Third graders may research and present a year-long project to a packed audience. Upper elementary students can read for a Battle of the Books team, compete with the Chess Club, explore robotics and engineering with First Lego League, advance their language skills with Latin instruction, and accelerate math knowledge with individualized online study. They may also compete with schools across Iowa in Math Counts and National History Day. The dedicated elementary faculty enjoys creating a classroom environment that inspires inquiry, curiosity, and hard work.
Junior high brings more responsibility and more challenging academic choices. Students may qualify for early access to high school mathematics and advanced literacy work in reading and writing. Co-curricular choices include trying out for the Science Bowl and/or the Math Counts team or planning a National History Day project. Students may compete in Battle of the Books or explore writing during National Novel Writing Month or by publishing in the junior high newspaper or yearbook. Attending Leadership Academy with friends across the area is a highlight for many kids, as well as the service projects they complete during 8th grade.
High school students can continue to pursue high levels of achievement with honors-level coursework and dual-enrollment classes. Students can earn college credit in high school by taking over a dozen classes offered in partnership with Iowa Western Community College, Creighton University, or the Advanced Placement program. With a variety of courses from Trigonometry to Music Theory, Computer Applications to Composition and Literature, Saint Albert high school students can explore their passions and get ahead on college and career preparation.
The teachers of Saint Albert Catholic School are the daily faces of instruction that is challenging, engaging, and designed to meet the needs of high ability students. As a further support to teachers, students, and families, the Coordinator of High Ability Learning is a new role filled by Michelle Kavars. Mrs. Kavars has been a teacher for 16 years, has graduate studies and a K-12 teaching endorsement in educating gifted and talented students, and is enthusiastic about serving kids with intellectual gifts. She is married to Saint Albert alumnus Chad (class of ‘89) and is mother to three children who attend Saint Albert.
The Saint Albert High Ability Learner Program is pleased to play an integral part in the school’s mission of academic excellence fostered in a Christ-centered atmosphere.
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