K-8th Grade

Elementary School

Sacred Heart of Jesus Elementary School is known for its award-winning academics. Most students test at least one grade level higher than the norm on standardized tests. 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 new media center, weekly science labs, Promethean Boards in every classroom and extensive use of Chromebooks. 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 and Science

Math students are grouped according to their skill levels. The elementary program encompasses the Singapore Math Curriculum and in-depth supplemental instruction. For science, the Lab Learner curriculum is used in Kindergarten through 5th grade.

Middle School

Middle school students are the leaders of the school. We want to help them become good role models and strong leaders by teaching them to embrace responsibility and being good examples of Christian citizens. Our excellent middle school staff members create an environment where students are challenged to be their best, encouraged to ask questions, and are valued for who they are.

One priority in the SHJ middle school is to prepare our students for a rigorous high school curriculum. Daily core curriculum classes are 45 minutes long and they include: math, social studies, science, religion, language arts/ literature, and Spanish. Rotating enrichment classes include: art, music, physical education, and computer science.

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) powers middle school science and math learning. Students in the 5th grade through the 8th grade research, write up and display diverse projects at the annual science fair.

The middle school Social Studies curricula is rigorous and eye-opening, and culminates in the 8th grade week-long trip to Washington DC each spring.

Middle School Trips

  • JP II Outdoor Educational Lab | Students in 6th grades participate in the annual October field trip in Annunciation Hills. Managed by Archdiocese of Denver, this outdoor educational facility in the mountains near the old Camp Malo provides our students with hands-on learning in astronomy, ecosystems, orienteering and hiking.
  • Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI) | Students in 7th grade embark on this four-day adventure to Catalina Island, California to study marine biology, dissect squid, observe sharks, kayak, snorkel, go on geo-hikes and explore sea life in the Pacific. The trip includes a tour of and overnight experience aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach.
  • Washington D.C. | After completing a spring Social Studies project, students in 8th grade visit our nation’s Capitol for a week-long adventure. During this trip they meet a senator, tour the Newseum, National Museum of African American History and Culture, colonial Williamsburg and various historical landmarks, including the Vietnam Memorial where they place a flower in memory of a soldier they researched prior to leaving school for Washington. The students also attend Mass at the Washington National Cathedral.

Academic Enrichment


Catholic values and themes are taught in the weekly hour-long Art class.

Areas of concentration over the years include:

  • Developing small motor coordination
  • Improving hand-eye coordination
  • Drawing basic geometric shapes
  • Combining lines and shapes in drawings
  • Problem solving
  • Art history: developing an art vocabulary
  • Learning about and understanding other cultures through art
  • Drawing the body with proper connections of limbs
  • Exploring painting: learning to make secondary colors
  • Experiencing a wide variety of media methods


The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of other art. As a combination of sacred music and words, it forms a necessary or integral part of solemn liturgy (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1156).

Music is pervasive in our world. It is a universal means of individual expression that transcends language. It is a part of every culture and of all creation. Music is important in its own right because of the value that it has in educating the whole child and because of the power that it has in bringing people to God, and in the history of the Catholic Church.

Music Standards:

  • Sing alone and with others
  • Perform on instruments alone and with others
  • Improvise melodies, variations, and accompaniments
  • Compose and arrange music within specific guidelines
  • Read and notate music
  • Listen to, analyze, respond to, and describe music
  • Understand the relationship between music and other disciplines
  • Understand the relationship between music, history, culture and our Catholic faith


We provide once-a-week drama classes for each elementary grade, and Drama Club for well-behaved 4th through 8th graders. We will be expanding and deepening the challenges for our students as our drama program matures.

The elementary classes expose students to age-appropriate aspects of performance – dance, character creation, script writing/play making, and even very basic (and safe) stage combat.

Drama Club practices for the school performances, which include a Christmas special and spring musical. In the past, the Drama Club has prepared stage readings for the Tell-Tale Heart and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

Computers/Library Science

Elementary students visit the library with their classes weekly. All students may have a total of three books checked out for two weeks. Additional books may be checked out for longer periods of time for classroom projects and papers.

Students in pre-kindergarten through second grade have story time with the librarian to improve reading comprehension skills as well as learning about popular and classic authors and books.

At SHJ, we have the most current technology to set students up for success with 21st century skills.


Spanish classes for the elementary school are offered once a week for a period of 45 minutes each. Elementary Spanish is divided into two sections: upper and lower elementary. Lower elementary includes Kindergarten through 2nd grade, and upper elementary includes grades 3rd through 5th.

Lower Elementary

We reinforce what the student has learned in Pre-Kindergarten. We learn about farm animals, wild animals, shapes and forms, pets, our family, numbers from 0-30, some adjectives for comparison, how we feel, days of the week, months, and seasons. The students will learn the Sign of the Cross and the Glory Be in Spanish

Upper Elementary

We reinforce what the students have learned in Spanish in the previous years. We learn about food items, greetings and farewells, how to introduce ourselves, numbers from 0-1000, Spanish-speaking countries and their capitals, what we like and don’t like, and the names of places around town. We will also learn the use of adjectives, regular verbs and conjugation in present tense. The students will learn the Hail Mary and the Our Father in Spanish. Students in 5th grade will work on a project, and presentation relating to a Spanish speaking country.

Physical Education

Elementary School Curriculum includes the following components:

  • A comprehensive physical education program designed to introduce and explore skills and concepts that emphasize the development of the total child
  • Developmentally-appropriate physical activities that promote self-worth, encourage cooperation and self-control, and lead to choices that promote a healthy lifestyle
  • Movement activities involving rhythms, gymnastics, fitness, and games/activities
  • Age-appropriate fitness and wellness concepts and activities.

Middle School Curriculum includes the following components:

  • A comprehensive program that promotes mastery of skills introduced in elementary schools in a wide variety of physical activities and experiences
  • Instruction in more complex skill and movement patterns that enhance participation in individual and team sports skills, dance, and gymnastics
  • Participation in a variety of activities that allows students to explore and apply information essential for a lifetime of individual fitness and wellness.