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:
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.