Primary Grades 2-3

The Primary Department consists of three second grade classes and three third grade classes, each with a maximum of 20 students.  Students attend seven academic classes each day including at least one specials class.  Specials classes include art, computer, music, Spanish, physical education, and library/media center. Students in second and third grades progress from learning to read in their early childhood years to reading to learn! 


The second grade’s focus is on the preparation for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist.  Topics covered are sacramental preparation, the sacraments, the Trinity, prayer, the commandments, the Church, the Mass, the Church year, Mary, and the saints.

The third grade year focuses on the Church, including the Trinity, the apostles, the Church year, the sacraments, miracles, parables, prayer, Mary, and the saints.

All primary students attend Mass once a week with their grade.  All-school Mass is attended on Holy Days of Obligation and for special events, as well as on the first Friday of each month.  Primary students visit the Adoration Chapel during the year.


Areas covered in the second grade curriculum are single, double, and triple digit addition and subtraction, place value, number patterns, comparing and ordering numbers, money, time, graphing, representing and interpreting data, geometry, measurement, fractions, and multiplication.

Areas covered in the third grade curriculum are addition and subtraction facts to the thousands, place value and number patterns, time, money, comparing, ordering, rounding numbers, collecting, recording, and representing data, probability, geometry, fractions, multiplication, division, decimals, and measurement.

The Simple Solutions program is used as a supplement to the math curriculum.


Language arts integrates reading, phonics, English, writing, spelling, and handwriting.  Both second and third grades focus on reading strategies, reading skills, spoken and written language, the writing process, and mechanics and conventions of writing at the appropriate grade levels.  The “6+1 Traits of Writing” is used as the writing model in all areas of the primary curriculum.  It provides a common language for teachers and students to communicate about the characteristics of writing and establishes a clear vision of what good writing looks like.


The areas of study for the second grade are states of matter, energy, habitats of Georgia, the solar system, weather, and the life cycles of plants and animals.  The areas of study for the third grade include the scientific method, rocks and minerals, weathering and erosion, magnets, heat energy, habitats/ecosystems, and pollution and the environment.


The second grade social studies program focuses on Georgia. Students learn about the symbols, historical figures, geographic regions, and major rivers of Georgia. The second grade also covers the concept of government and the need for rules and laws.  The third grade social studies program focuses on map skills, Ancient Greece and democracy, historical figures, economics, government, and landforms.