The Archdiocesan curriculum guidelines, consistent with the State of New Mexico standards, are followed for the teaching of all secular subject areas. The curriculum is marked by current content and fresh approaches to methodology. We strive to offer a program which makes use of many sources of reading material, a wide variety of audiovisual and technology tools and a multi-text approach to the content areas.
St. Therese School is part of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe Catholic School System and is located in the heart of the North Valley of Albuquerque. The School was founded in September 1947 by a group of nuns – intent on bringing a Catholic based education to the North Valley. Before the actual school was built, a Quonset hut was loaned to the school. Using this, a tent, and a garden hose as a drinking fountain, one hundred fifty students began their educational journey at St. Therese. Later that same year, a combination school and church building was built and today that same building serves as the office, computer lab, library, and elementary classrooms. Over the years, St. Therese School has grown in size along with the St. Therese Parish. The building that once served as the Parish Hall now serves as the Middle School Building.
The great school staff, the Church and its Pastor remain closely united and work together to better the education of all the students at St. Therese School. In the past, the parish Vicar has not only offered spiritual guidance but also acted as the schools Spanish teacher.
Although the St. Therese Parish, serves the North Valley Community, the school serves students from all parts of the Middle Rio Grande Community. Students attend the Parish Mass on Thursday mornings and First Friday Eucharistic Adoration. On the first Sunday of each month, the students and their families attend the parish mass to demonstrate their support and appreciation to the members of the parish.
St. Therese offers classes from Pre-K to 8th grade with an emphasis on religion and core academic subjects. Class sizes are small, with 18 students being average per class. In Pre-K and Kindergarten, education assistants are utilized to help manage class size and insure our young students receive the appropriate help in both academic and religious subjects. Communication is key in any child’s education and parents are encouraged to actively participate in their child’s educations. St. Therese maintains an open door policy where students and parents can discuss educational concerns with the teachers and faculty. Where many of our public schools are loosing their music and PE programs, St. Therese has both a dedicated music teacher and physical education teacher. Students participate in music, Spanish, Computer, Library, and PE activities each week.
St. Therese has religion classes everyday. This allows students to relate their secular classes to their Catholic faith. Students use the teachings of the Church in their everyday life. They attend Mass, do community service, distribute food to the poor, and collect clothing to clothe the homeless. Service projects, retreats and spirituality are a part of the learning process at St. Therese Catholic School.
Over the years, St. Therese School has built a strong Athletic program. With the help of a dedicated Athletics Director, the school is able offer its students from 5th to 8th grade on a variety of athletic opportunities. Year in and year out, our volunteer coaching staff work with the students on core skills and teach the importance of team work and good sportsmanship.
St. Therese also has a rich tradition in music, enlightened by our Catholic Faith. Along with music class, students have the opportunities to join guitar, violin, and piano classes/clubs. Band has also become a treasured aspect of St. Therese School.
In addition to music opportunities, students have another language to put focus. Spanish is offered to all students in pre-k to 8th grade.
Students from kindergarten and above are encouraged to join our group of cheer leaders. The girls support our home volleyball and basketball games.
St. Therese Catholic School tests students in grades K-8 in March to determine growth and to respond to the learning needs of the students. These results are used for placement purposes for St. Pius X High School and to determine learning requirements for the year.
Assessments are made at the beginning of the school year to help identify learning needs. Curriculum is adapted to meet these needs. The students at St. Therese Catholic School regularly score two grade levels above their peers nationwide. Because we do accept students with learning needs, we will not post grades as this score will not reflect the true learning that is taking place in the classroom.