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Curriculum & Class Info

Private & Catholic Elementary School in Branford, Convenient to New Haven, East Haven, North Branford, Northford, Madison and Guilford

First Grade

The first grade curriculum covers lessons in religion, math, writing, reading, science and social studies. Among other things, children learn about the various symbols of the Church and the aspects of Mass, addition and subtraction, handwriting and spelling, new vocabulary words as well as effective reading comprehensive and communication, describing the different animal habitats and the life cycles of animals and creating, reading and interpreting simple maps.

Second Grade

Religious lessons include the unconditional love and forgiveness God showed through His Son and what is means to belong to a parish. Science themes will delve into the differences between solids and liquids as well as understanding units of measurement. Social Studies teaches students how to be good citizens by setting and following rules and learning about the structure of local and national government. In Math, students will begin to understand place value, how to tell time and more. In addition to reading and spelling high frequency words and decoding words for fluency, students will participate in music, art, computers, library, gym and Spanish.

Third Grade

In our third grade classroom we learn how to work together in a positive, cooperative group setting, emphasizing respect for self and others, with God as the center of our life. Through differentiated instruction students are given learning opportunities that are designed to be challenging, meaningful, and engaging in order to meet their individual needs. Creative writing, academic games, plays, proj ects, hands-on activities and technological resources are provided so that each child can meet with success in all areas of the curriculum. Focusing on a positive environment enriched with understanding, kindness, and patience we learn how to make good choices and live by our Gospel values.

Fourth Grade

In our fourth grade classroom we value and respect one another as unique children of God with our own special talents and abilities. We collaborate with partners or in groups to share and explore our gifts. By doing so, we practice the virtues of learning to listen when someone is speaking, commenting on what we have heard, and offering suggestions in a kind way. In addition to our regular academic classes, we enhance our curriculum by playing games (all subjects), reading independently each day, project based learning activities, singing songs, and integrating technology. Above all, we spend time discussing the weekly Gospel message, role playing those lessons, and sharing our common values as a prayerful Christian community.

Additional Curricula

The following curricula cover multiple grades:

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About Us

Since 1961, Saint Mary School has been providing the Branford, Connecticut community and neighboring towns of New Haven, East Haven, North Branford, Northford, Madison and Guilford with a quality Catholic education.  Whether you are a current student, parent, faculty member, alumni or interested in becoming a part of our community, welcome to the online home of Saint Mary School!

 As witness to our Catholic faith, Saint Mary School of Branford strives to develop every child in a nurturing, academic environment, emphasizing religion, respect and responsibility.

NEASC Accreditation

Saint Mary School is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and welcomes children and adolescents of all faiths, ethnic groups and backgrounds. 

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) - The Nation’s Report Card - shows that Catholic school students achievement in Math and Reading are higher than national averages.