Our Lady of Mercy Academy

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Bldg. 2 - Intermediate School Division

Grades 2 through 4
Our Intermediate School Division is located in Building Two of the school. In every subject area, the curriculum our students follow exceeds the New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards. All courses conform to the Newark Archdiocese School Office Curriculum Guidelines. Our students consistently exceed local and national averages in standardized test scores.
Second Grade
The goal of second grade is to build upon and strengthen the skills learned in first grade while introducing new and more complex concepts. Heavy emphasis is placed on reading, mathematics, and communication skills. Phonics, vocabulary and comprehension are stressed in the second grade reading program. As with the first grade curriculum, the reading program is comprised of three separate classes. The students meet with their Math Drill class weekly to develop and challenge math skills based on their aptitude level. Manuscript writing is introduced. Religion classes help the students as they prepare to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist.
Third Grade
Each core subject in this curriculum offers opportunities for enrichment and reinforcement. In addition to math fundamentals, students study measurement, geometry, fractions, multiplication, decimals and probability. The students continue to meet weekly for multi-level math instruction. A strong emphasis is placed on writing skills, usage, and spelling. Traditionally, our third graders reenact the Nativity at our Christmas concert.
Fourth Grade
This rigorous academic program consists of all major subjects with the continued three-level, reading curriculum. Weekly science, writing and math labs help the students become independent thinkers and effective communicators. Our fourth grade students learn to take notes in outline form, organize data, analyze information and read for a purpose ― all necessary skills for success in Middle School.