What makes us unique

  • Technology – All of our Junior High students (6,7,8) have laptops for use during the school day.  We have 6 interactive white boards,  25 ipads and 25 mini-ipads for student use, and Chromebook carts, of which students have regular access.  Our building was rewired for the internet in 2014.
  • Inquiry Based Learning – Student-centered, inquiry-based, real world approach to teaching and learning.
  • Balanced Literacy – Reading instruction is at the student’s unique level using trade books, the Reading Street series, and units designed to meet their needs.
  • Small Class Size – all K-8 classes capped at 25 and/or have the availability of a “floating” aide for assistance during the day.  PreK classes are capped at 20 and have both a teacher and an aide.  Kindergarten classes have a teacher and aide, also.
  • Inclusive Education – St. Matthias implements an inclusive education model to engage and support students with a wide range of learning styles, interests, background, and readiness levels. To read more about inclusion and what it looks like at St. Matthias, click here.
  • Before and After School Program.
  • Spanish instruction – Preschool to 8th Grade.
  • Aspire– Students in grades 2-7 are tested each year in Reading, Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies to learn how their test scores compare to others across the country.  Scores are available on request.
  • Teacher Development – Our teachers participate in Professional Learning Communities, develop units involving Common Core standards, and participate in International Baccalaureate training. Teachers are also involved in training to make more effective assessments of students and make needs-based interventions. Teachers administer AIMS Web testing to each child in grades K-8 to evaluate phonics, reading fluency and comprehension.  Additionally, our preschool teaching assistants are participating in a training course, funded by Big Shoulders, to receive a Level I Early Childhood Education Credential.
  • Loyola University – St. Matthias School enjoys a close relationship with Loyola through participation in a number of its initiatives.  Among these include participation in the “All Are Welcome Program” and as a site for students in the School of Education participating in their Literacy coursework from September through November.
  • International Baccalaureate  Middle Years Program (IB-MYP) – The Junior High at St.  Matthias School is the only IB Program in an Archdiocesan  Elementary School.  Our graduates enjoy acceptance to some of the most prominent high schools in the area.