Local parents who are looking for an alternative to the traditional public school experience for their elementary and middle school-aged children may want to consider visiting and learning more about St. Theresa School in Hellertown.
A fully-accredited Catholic school which is open to students of all faiths, smaller class sizes for children in Pre-K through eighth grade mean students at St. Theresa’s receive more attention from teachers when they need–and will benefit from it–most.
A St. Theresa School education takes place in a supportive learning environment that is both rigorous and nurturing, with an innovative buddy-mentor program that promotes positive interaction not only among classmates, but also between students in different grade levels.
St. Theresa’s educators understand that a changing cultural landscape combined with the omnipresence of social media has resulted in increased antisocial behavior among some students, which is why they are vigilant and responsive to all incidents in which any student is unkind to another individual.
The school’s principal, Deacon Peter Schutzler, also has experience with one of the best-known bullying prevention programs available in the U.S. today, the Olweus program, which is designed to improve peer relations and make schools safer, more positive places for students to develop and learn.
Its Catholic identity is rooted in Christ-centered values which emphasize the dignity of each person. They provides the most important elements of a St. Theresa School education; how people treat one another. The school also has a heavy emphasis on teaching the STREAM (Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering, Arts and Math) curriculum.
Students at St. Theresa’s may also begin studying Spanish in kindergarten, which is much earlier than they would begin to learn any foreign language in a public school setting.
Some other noteworthy highlights of a St. Theresa School education include:
- Differentiated learning
- 1:1 technology (grades K-2 use tablets, grades 3-8 uses Chromebooks)
- Science Dissection Program for grades 5-8
- Hands-on science activities for grades K-4
- Greenhouse learning environment in the spring
- After-school activities and clubs for grades K-8
- Gym, music and art courses available
- Instrumental music program for grades 3-8
- Field trips for Pre-K through eighth grade students
- Immersion Theatre Program with Sing for America
- Participation in the Lehigh Valley Science and Engineering Fair
- Participation in Choices, Women in Engineering
If you like what you’ve read so far, the staff at St. Theresa School staff–including the school’s principal, Deacon Peter Schutzler–would love to meet you and learn more about your children’s unique educational needs.
Enrollment is always open and school tours as well as shadow days are available, along with transfer grants.