At Mount Calvary, we consider grade school to be 1st through 4th grade.  You'll find 5th grade on our middle school page because we strive to incorporate elements of both grade school and middle school so that the students are best ready for 6th grade.

1st Grade

  • Reading: Use decoding strategies, such as how to stretch it, chunk the word, use picture clues, and blend together.
  • Social studies: An extended unit on civil rights leaders like Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Ruby Bridges, and Harriett Tubman.
  • Science: Learn about plants, animals, environments, earth's resources, matter, and energy
  • Math: Start 2-digit addition and subtraction, graphs, measurement, and time.

2nd Grade

  • Reading: Gather in small groups for guided book clubs to learn reading strategies.
  • Math: Learn geometry, fractions, time, money, and 3-digit addition and subtraction.
  • Religion: As part of the Religion class, the second grade leads a chapel service once a year.
  • Goal Setting: Each day begins with a morning meeting where goals are discussed and key math and language arts skills are reviewed.

3rd Grade

  • Math: Focus on multiplication and division.
  • Art: Study famous artists and learn about different styles of art.
  • Writing: Develop writing skills with personal narratives, opinion paragraphs, informational texts and fiction texts.
  • Science: Research ecosystems and food chains.

4th Grade

  • Reading: Learn to think deeper about our reading, about the author's purpose for writing, find the central theme of a text, and use text evidence to support our answers.
  • Books read may include Mr. Popper's Penguins, Number the Stars, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Because of Winn Dixie.
  • Writing: Practice cursive letters and handwriting. Write a five-paragraph essay by the end of the school year.
  • Social Studies: Complete a final project on the history of the State of Wisconsin.


Other Grade School Highlights

  • 1st-4th graders look forward to their Center Street Park field trip at the end of the year.
  • 3rd-4th grades have been part of the Animal Ambassador Program at the Milwaukee County Zoo the past 17 years.
  • Music, art, physical education, and computer classes are incorporated in the weekly schedule.