St. Norbert School provides a dynamic, nurturing environment that allows students in 5th through 8th grade to become critical thinkers as they continue to develop emotionally and morally. Students are encouraged to work cooperatively, share their opinions, and become active learners with teacher instruction and guidance. The students are expected to learn and grow as individuals, recognize their God-given talents and skills, and become responsible stewards to their community.
Living an active faith-filled life is woven daily into the curriculum of the Upper School. Students take leadership roles in the monthly liturgies, feasts of Mary and the saints, and celebrations of the liturgical seasons. The sacrament of Confirmation takes place every year for the 6th grade students. Our students engage in meaningful service activities as an extension of their sacramental commitments.
The Upper School curriculum is a rigorous high school preparatory program consisting of religion, English language arts, math, science and social studies. Research skills are emphasized and enhanced across the curriculum through the use of individual iPads. An Honors math program is offered to those students who qualify according to the criteria established by the Office of Catholic Education of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Students acquire hands-on science experience and foster critical thinking and problem solving skills in the state-of-the art science laboratory.
St. Norbert School follows the academic guidelines prescribed by the Office of Catholic Education of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools. Click here for specific curriculum information.
Creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving abilities are enhanced through weekly participation in art, library and music classes. Good health, the value of competition and good sportsmanship are emphasized in physical education. The 7th and 8th grade students participate in a dual foreign language program of Latin and Spanish in preparation for high school.
St. Norbert School aspires to educate the whole child by providing appropriate learning opportunities within a Christ-focused atmosphere that enable each student to become an active, competent learner. Within a small classroom environment, our teachers provide a strong foundation in academic skills while nurturing each student’s moral, spiritual, physical and social development. Students are encouraged to ask questions, seek answers, and to learn from their teachers and peers.
Our Catholic faith is what brings St. Norbert School together as a community and is conveyed in all aspects of the students’ academic life. The students participate in monthly liturgies, feasts of Mary and the saints, and celebrations of the liturgical seasons. The sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist are annual events for our second grade students. A spirit of community service is an integral part of student life and all students are encouraged to embrace service as part of their baptismal call.
The K-2nd grade curriculum consists of religion, social studies and science with a strong focus on English language arts and mathematics. The integration of one: one iPad technology in the K-2nd grade classrooms allows for the reinforcement of basic, formative skills as well as exposure to various learning tools and applications.
The students in Grades 3 through 4 continue to expand and deepen their studies in English language arts enabling them to grow in the areas of reading, language, writing, speaking and listening across the curriculum. Our students build upon their prior mathematical knowledge to develop their higher level problem-solving and calculation skills. Opportunities for development of reading strategies, reinforcement of math concepts and reasoning, written language enrichment and interest-based research are available with student-dedicated iPad technology in the classroom.
St. Norbert School follows the academic guidelines prescribed by the Office of Catholic Education of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools. Visit for http://www.catholicschools-phl.org/curriculum/elementary-school-curriculum for specific curriculum information.
The students’ research and communication skills are enhanced with weekly library classes. They continue to expand their knowledge base in Spanish. Music and art classes provide a creative outlet as well as foster an appreciation of musical and artistic styles. The students’ fine and gross motor skills are strengthened as is their awareness of healthy lifestyle habits within their physical education classes.
The students in the SNS kindergarten classroom grow spiritually, academically, physically, and socially in a caring environment that embraces diversity. With Christ as their model, the students learn the importance of service to the Catholic Church and their community. The kindergarten program emphasizes those foundational “learning to learn” skills critical to the academic success of every student. The kindergarten curriculum consists of religion, math, integrated language arts, social studies and science. The handwriting program is a developmentally appropriate approach to letter formation. Students entering kindergarten should reach the age of five by September 1st of that academic year.
5 Full Days (Mon-Fri): 8:00am-3:00pm
CARES available for after-school supervision
All Kindergarten students are required to wear the St. Norbert School gym uniform with sneakers each day.
- Physical Education
The kindergarten classroom is equipped with SMART Board technology which is used daily. Additionally, the students have access to iPads for individual use within the classrooms to complement direct teacher instruction.
We provide a developmentally appropriate learning experience in a loving and nurturing Christian environment which follows the guidelines of the Office of Catholic Education of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
The SNS Pre-K4 uses “Opening the World of Learning” curriculum by Pearson. Academic readiness is emphasized through child-initiated learning centers, small group instruction, sensory integration and play.
Students entering Pre-K4 should reach the age of four by September 1st of that academic year.
5 Full Days (Mon – Fri): 8:15 am – 3:00 pm CARES available for an extended day – 7:45 – 8:15 am & 3:15 – 5:30 pm (Fee involved)
5 Half Days (Mon – Fri): 8:15 – 11:30 am Lunch Bunch option until 1:15 pm; $10 a day, cash only.
Program option change may occur in January in consultation with teacher.
All Pre-K4 students are required to wear the St. Norbert School gym uniform with sneakers each day.
- Physical Education