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Elementary (K-5)

A variety of strategies and projects are used to teach the academic subjects. These include: analyzing, writing, memorizing, performing, summarizing, sequencing, interpreting, and critical thinking. Special activities include: creating stories, poems, book reports, essays, recitations, dramatizations, and dioramas. Specialized instructors in art, music, library, technology, Spanish, and physical education supplement instruction by classroom teachers. In language arts, students progress from basic writing skills to full expression, from the ability to read to a love of reading. They receive continuing instruction in grammar, spelling, capitalization and punctuation and are also exposed to increasingly challenging literature in a full range of writing styles, topics and cultures. Instruction in math is aimed at enabling students to develop mathematical understanding and procedural skills that ensure readiness for math at the college and career level. Through carefully sequenced instruction students learn to reason abstractly and quantitatively. They are able to construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. Manipulatives are used in mathematics to facilitate concept development and logical reasoning, and to apply mathematics to problem solving. Skills developed in language arts and math are applied in social studies, religion and science.

Middle School (6-8)

Students in grades 6th–8th learn in a departmentalized setting taught by teachers who specialize in particular subject areas. A cross-curricula team approach is used in our middle school program. Students learn time management skills, note-taking skills, gain self-confidence and ultimately are prepared in every way for quality high schools. In middle school, students move to separate classes for instruction by subject specialists. Middle school students continue to pursue accelerated curricula in math, science (laboratory courses), and English. Specialized instructors in art, music, technology, Spanish, and physical education supplement instruction by classroom teachers. Middle school students use their Chrome Books to write, collaborate and access the Internet in all subjects. Technology integration is achieved through project-based learning. Instruction is enhanced with interactive technology, video streaming, and through project-based learning, including 3D printing. Students have the opportunity to study advanced topics in mathematics and language arts.

Elementary (K-8) Curriculum and Standards


We adhere to the Archdiocese of Washington Catholic Schools Office curriculum and standards. This curriculum meets and exceeds the curriculum requirements for the Maryland State Department of Education. The curriculum contains educational framework designed to develop 21st century skills. All curriculum standards reflect a continuum of learning from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade. The ADW continuously update curriculum documents to ensure they are academically challenging and developmentally appropriate to encourage and nurture life-long learners.


Our Catholic faith is central to our curriculum and permeates the life of the school. The students are given daily religious instruction to support their spiritual growth. This instruction utilizes daily prayer, devotion, and opportunities to serve others. Preparation for the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Reconciliation is the central focus in second grade. Confirmation preparation spans the seventh and eighth grade years, with students being confirmed in the spring of their eighth grade year.


For grade and subject specific standards, please refer to:

ADW Catholic School Curriculum Standards


The Scantron Performance Series is an adaptive, computer-based diagnostic tool administered to students in Grades 2 through 8 three times a year—September, January, and May. Scantron testing provides data in reading, language arts, word analysis, vocabulary, language mechanics, spelling, mathematics, and mathematics computation to measure how well students master the concepts and skills being taught. The results provide individual skills assessments to assist with small-group placements. These assessment tools also compare our students’ scores to others across the country. For Archdiocese of Washington regional level test score data, please refer to: Reading and Math Regional Report


The Faith Knowledge Assessment is a Catholic standards-based developed by the Archdiocese of Washington and administered annually in the spring. The test is administered online through Scantron’s Achievement Series to students in Grades 3 through 8. The assessment ensures mastery that the Catholic faith is taught in a complete, systematic, and consistent way.


St. Martin's is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which is a division of AdvancED, one of the largest accreditation agencies. St. Martin's also holds membership in the National Catholic Education Association, the Association for Supervision Curriculum Development, the International Society for Technology in Education, and the International Reading Association.