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Saint Matthias Announces Changes for 2015-2016 School Year

Last night, Principal Abbie Greer and Father Milton Jordan shared with the parents of The Academy of Saint Matthias the Apostle their new innovations for the 2015-2016 school year.  These new initiatives were outlined as the first steps in an ongoing process to ensure 21-century learners and leaders are fostered at Saint Matthias.  This was their first annual “State of the School Address.”  These decisions were made with consultation of the School Board and leadership of the Archdiocese of Washington.

Jesuit Spirituality

While continuing to follow the Archdiocese of Washington religion curriculum, Saint Matthias will now infuse their instruction with an Ignatian spirituality. Their focus will be on ensuring the education of the whole student. Their dedication to leadership formation will be formalized through this new spiritual focus. Saint Matthias will continue to build the network of support with Jesuit institutions locally and nationally.

Limited Class Size

The class size for the PreK and K will be a maximum of 12 students. For grades one to five, the maximum size will be 14 students. For grades six to eight, the maximum size will be 20 students. This individualized approach will allow educators to meet the needs of all students.

The Academy of Saint Matthias the Apostle will continue to use the Responsive Classroom approach for character education and community building. The school will also continue to use supplemental, online, differentiated mathematics program and a choice model for reading. They will also continue their partnership with Notre Dame University though the ACE program.

Dedicated on February 25, 1962, The Academy of Saint Matthias the Apostle serves students from preK (age four) to eighth grade.   In 2013, teacher Trina Coyle won the Golden Apple from the Archdiocese of Washington. At the end of last year, 80% of the students at Saint Matthias were reading at or above grade level.   The Academy of Saint Matthias the Apostle will be accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year beginning Monday, February 2, 2015 online through the school website.

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2 Responses to Saint Matthias Announces Changes for 2015-2016 School Year

  • Wow Abbie!! What a wonderful plan! It hit on everything a Catholic school should be. The emphasis on Ignatian spirituality will truly be a lifetime gift for all of your students. Limiting the class sizes, especially in PreK and Kindergarten is such a smart thing to do to ensure each and every child’s needs are met. Responsive classroom, differentiated math, and a model reading program will be great too. St. Matthias is so lucky to have such a dedicated, hardworking, and visionary person as you as principal. What a gift you are to students and parents alike!!

  • Sounds amazing! Wishing you every success. The children are lucky to have you.

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