Religion is taught as an academic subject in all grades, and Catholic doctrine is emphasized in all areas of instruction, as well as in attitudes and conflict resolution on the playground. Students attend Mass every Friday with the entire school and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation once a year. Prayer services and para-liturgies are held on several special occasions throughout the year for students and families, and our Junior High students attend several retreats throughout each academic year with their classes.
Our SPBS academic curriculum follows California state, Los Angeles Archdiocese standards, and Common Core State Standards guidelines in core subjects, i.e English Language Arts and Mathematics. In addition to the core academic curriculum, SPBS employes Enrichment Teachers and offers: computer/technology instruction for all grades, physical education classes each week, a school-wide art/art appreciation program, a music/choir program, Spanish language classes for all grades K-8, Accelerated (Honors) Literature for students who qualify in Grades 6 - 8, along with Accelerated (Honors) Mathematics for students in Grades 7 and 8 who meet certain requirements, and a Resource Program for students experiencing difficulty in succeeding in specific academic areas. SPBS provides Peer Math Tutoring free of charge for students in Grades 5-8 on Mondays and Wednesdays, in the Library after school.
SPBS is proud to provide a well-stocked, fully-automated Library staffed by a full-time Librarian and part-time Library Aide, who coordinate our software-based Reading Renaissance ("Accelerated Reader") program in collaboration with the teachers. SPBS provides an up-to-date Science Lab for our Junior High students, and we offer numerous extra-curricular activities, altar serving and various Valley Catholic Schools League team sports for students in Grades 5-8.
As part of our English Language Arts curriculum SPBS provides a standards-based school wide writing program, and sponsors an annual Spelling Bee and Geography Bee. The Bee winners go on to compete at the County and/or State level. Junior High students who meet certain requirements are invited to participate in Academic Contests at local Catholic high schools during each academic year.
After-school extra curricular classes, such as golf, Irish Step Dancing, Ballet Folklorico, small group music classes, boy/girl scouts, and chess, are offered for additional fees.