Academics

Laying the Foundation

We all want the best for our children, right? It's our responsibility as parents to help them build their foundation on the rock - Jesus' word and love. So when they grow and the rains come, they will be strong and courageous in the Lord. At SKD, we focus on teaching not only strong academics, but social and emotional health and strong relationships with the Lord.

We work hard and play hard at St. Katharine Drexel – both are important for children’s development. Our curriculum is both comprehensive and challenging including areas of math, history, language arts, and science. Our small class sizes afford individual attention from teachers and specialists. We know that students learn and excel at different paces, and our teachers are prepared to meet your student where they’re at and lead them to academic success.

Our students at St. Katharine Drexel experience:

  • A curriculum that meets and exceeds Minnesota State standards.
  • A Christ-centered, Catholic learning community focused on a commitment of Christian service, academic excellence, and spiritual growth.
  • A learning experience that integrates traditional classroom learning with hands-on, experiential learning.
  • Teachers who are deeply committed and connected to your student's unique potential.
  • A focus on personal responsibility through service and love of others.
  • A learning environment and teaching team that recognizes and celebrates your student's diverse strengths and talents.

Our team at St. Katharine Drexel will come alongside you, the parents, to partner in your child’s academic and social development. We’re in this together, and we’re better together.

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What is different at St. Katharine Drexel?

With our small class sizes and family-type learning environment, your child will receive the personal attention they need, crave, and deserve.

We specialize in the Barton learning method for Dyslexic students, and meet each child where they are in their own learning process.

Your child will be seen, known, and loved at St. Katharine Drexel. Their SKD class will soon feel like family, giving your child the comfort they need to succeed in learning.

Specialized learning methods...really.

Our method of developing young minds.

When we say “specialized learning programs,” we mean it. At St. Katharine Drexel, we use the Barton System for reading and spelling instruction. Over 20 percent of students in the United States have dyslexia or dysgraphia, and the Barton System is a proven guide for academic success. For students who do not have a learning disability, this system is still proven to be one of the best to encourage reading and spelling progress.

“Over half of our teaching team is certified in the Barton System. We have faculty who’ve been teaching for decades and still find the Barton System to be the best. It allows us to serve students with and without a learning disability in the same classroom with the same tools.”
~Maria Heymans-Becker, St. Katharine Drexel Principal

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