F stands for FAITH
Sacred Heart of Jesus School strives to provide an atmosphere of acceptance and support for each student. We foster a loving community of high moral character and recognize each student's God-given individual dignity.
Each Monday the entire school gathers in the gym to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet, led by middle school students. Prayers are also said at meal times, the beginning of every middle school class, and at the beginning and end of each day. The daily religion curriculum opens students to the Word of God and Catholic sacraments, faith and values.
Every Tuesday SHJ Parents in Prayer pray the rosary for all community intentions.
The school Mass is celebrated on Thursdays. Each week a different class has leadership responsibilities including writing their own Prayers of the Faithful, and selecting music and songs. Our students gain experience in public speaking and group leadership and deepen their understanding of the Catholic faith and the parts of the Mass.
Throughout the year students participate in the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, a Living Rosary and Living Stations of the Cross, meditation in Mary's Garden, school-wide Advent and Lent activities, a Christmas program, and a May Crowning.
A stands for ACADEMICS
Sacred Heart of Jesus School is known for its award-winning academics. Most students test at least one grade level higher than the norm on standardized tests, and many 8th grade students test at college level. We offer an excellent core curriculum based on national standards. Small class sizes with low student/teacher ratios afford plenty of individual attention.
High-tech learning resources include a Media Center, weekly science labs, Promethean Boards in every classroom and extensive use of Chrome Books.
Our teachers utilize the McGraw-Hill Wonders Reading Program for classroom instruction in Kindergarten through 5th grade and the Lexia Computer Program for personalized learning and reading skills development.
Math & Science: Math students are grouped according to their skill level. The elementary program encompasses the Singapore Math curriculum and in-depth supplemental instruction. The Lab Learner curriculum is used in Kindergarten through 5th grade.
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) powers middle school science and math learning. Students in 5th grade through 8th grade research, write up and display diverse projects at the annual science fair.
6th grade students' outdoor education includes fire ecology, orienteering and mid-elevation ecosystems (9,000 ft.) during a 3-day stay at Pingree Park in the Mummy Range northwest of Fort Collins. Hands-on learning for 7th graders includes a week at California's Catalina Island Marine Institute to study marine biology through dissecting squid, snorkeling and geo-hiking.
SHJ Social Studies curricula are rigorous and eye-opening, capped by 8th graders' week-long trip to Washington DC, in the Spring.
C stands for CHARACTER
Sacred Heart of Jesus School is much more than an academic school. We are a community committed to equipping our students with the best possible tools to be good citizens and productive, competent professionals. Children are taught to be responsible for their own actions. They are encouraged to respect themselves and their neighbors. The children know they are loved, protected and safe, even if the outside world is chaotic.
Dr. Lorraine Ozar, nationally renowned educator from Loyola University Chicago, states that "Catholic schools, with their attention to developing the whole person, are preparing today's children to tackle tomorrow's world with empathy and wisdom, with refection and action."
Students in every classroom at Sacred Heart of Jesus are learning a code of behavior based on the respect, restraint and responsibility that we call civility. If we are civil, we are respecting the gifts God gave us.
As the late Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop Emeritus of Chicago, said many times, "Our Catholic schools are communities where all children are safe in God's love and therefore more free to learn."
T stands for TRADITION
Sacred Heart of Jesus School is proud of longstanding traditions that engage students, teachers and parents. Consistent with tenets of the Catholic faith, first-rate academic offerings and personal character-building, traditions of SHJ touch all aspects of student life.
Student Activities: In school and extra-curricular activities are for every student. Opportunities include choirs, art, field trips near and far, science fairs, food programs, assisting at Mass as Alter Servers and volunteering at SHJ and in Boulder.
Student Council: Not all traditions are old. Now in its 4th year, the student council is making a positive impact on the school community. Promoting school spirit and student leadership, improving student relations, providing a forum for student expression and planning special events or projects are some of the goals. Council members are expected to maintain a high standard of personal conduct, practice good citizenship and demonstrate positive examples of behavior through their words and actions.