Educating the Arts

 “Being new to Seattle, we were searching for a school that was academically strong, with small class sizes, with a STEM plus the Arts focus, and a Catholic foundation. We feel very lucky to have found St. Monica and our daughter is thriving.” A. Poyet-Smith, parent

By the end of eighth grade, St. Monica students will be able to independently synthesize multi-disciplinary content to answer complex questions, investigate global issues, and develop solutions for real-world problems while applying the rigor of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics content in a seamless fashion. Specific attention will be given to intercultural competencies that honor all students, and our Catholic Faith.

Students across all grades at St. Monica Catholic School benefit from the belief that in order to successfully educate the whole child, Arts Education is critical. St. Monica is proud to support this vision by employing Specialists and supporting curriculum in Spanish Language and Culture, Art, Music, (all with dedicated classrooms and curriculum).

The “Critical C’s” of Collaboration, Cooperation and Communication are emphasized through project-based learning at St. Monica Catholic School. In the real world, content knowledge is interwoven, layered and sophisticated, not experienced in isolation such as in traditional education settings (separate math time, separate science time, etc.) We believe when children are encouraged to express themselves and take risks in creating art, they develop a sense of innovation that will be important in their adult lives. Studies show that there is a strong correlation between art and other achievement. Whether today’s St. Monica students go on to become artists, doctors or politicians, we know that the challenges their generation faces will demand creative solutions.