At Blessed Sacrament School, we are proud of our academic accomplishments.
Our school is accredited through the Michigan Association of Non-public Schools (MANS). This year, our accreditation is up for renewal. An accreditation team is scheduled to be at our school on April 27-28, 2017. Our accreditation is based on meeting the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools. Our school is also a member of the National Catholic Education Association.
Our school follows the subject area curriculum established by the Diocese of Saginaw. The Diocese has vetted and adapted the Common Core Standards to meet our rigor and tradition of Catholic school excellence.
We presently have established standards in English Language Arts and Math. These standards also include a guide of what is taught in every grade, Kindergarten through 12th Grade. Standards in Social Studies and Science are under review. At this time, we are following the Michigan Standards in Science and Social Studies as the standards for these curriculums.
The teachings of Jesus Christ continue to be at the core of what we do, and who we are. Each individual grade level focuses on specific beliefs of our faith. The beliefs taught at each grade level by be found by clicking on the grade level link:
We, at Blessed Sacrament School, are committed to not only accountability in our classroom teaching, but to also tailor instruction to meet the needs of our students. The tool that we use to assist in that is NWEA. NWEA is a nationally recognized series of assessments that we administer in September, January, and May of each year, in Kindergarten through 5th Grade, to monitor teaching progress, and also to identify students in need of remediation or enrichment. We assess in the areas of Reading, Math, Language Usage, and Science.
To assist parents with understanding the results of the NWEA assessments, we provide the NWEA Parent Toolkit.
The current State of Michigan Assessment, in Grades 3-5, is The Michigan Student Test of Educational Performance (M-STEP). Presently, there is not a state assessment given to all Kindergarten through 2nd Grade students. For the 2015-2016 school year, when correlating our NWEA scores in Reading and Math with Michigan averages, 80% of our Grades 3-5 students would have met or exceeded the state proficiency target in Reading, and 72% in Math. For the 2015-2016 school year, the state average in Reading was 48%, and 41% in Math.