Elementary School

Bede’s K – 5 student community participates in a challenging curriculum that strives to educate the individual child through customized approaches to Reading, Math, English, Social Studies, and Science.

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All students receive advanced STEM opportunities in the classroom and in after school programs through the University of Pittsburgh’s Science Lab, Carnegie Mellon’s “Moving 4th into Engineering”, the annual Geography Bee, Science Explorers, and more.

Students enjoy diverse language, art, music, and other enrichment programs throughout the day, promoting a sense of community and peer to peer learning.



The Science Program is hands-on with plenty of opportunities for exploration and experimentation. Students have the opportunity to participate in Science Explorers quarterly in order to participate in more hands-on experimentation.

Social Studies

Students study different cultures and regions in the classroom and do a number of dimensional projects throughout the year to help them better understand their role in their respective communities.


Students begin to learn to express themselves with language in addition to taking classes to help them with handwriting, composition, and thought processing.


Students are encouraged to do weekly reading logs and to read aloud to peers on a daily basis. The curriculum provides a wide variety of stories and opportunities for discussion and analysis.


The students at St. Bede get an individualized approach to their elementary math instruction.



Older elementary school students are given the opportunity to explore experimentation and logistical reasoning.

Social Studies

Students in the upper elementary grades are able to explore the meaning of the past in relation to how we are as a society modern day. Discussions, games, and other challenges are implemented to make the study of social studies collaborative and interesting.


Students at the upper levels in elementary school are encouraged to be creative with their approach to writing. The grammar instruction becomes more rigorous, and students are taught note-taking and other skills.


Through a group reading and collaborating approach, students begin to gain a better understanding of literature and what appeals to them. They are responsible for several book reports a year.


Students work at all levels and collaboratively in order to make sure all concepts are understood and applied.

Accelerated Reader Program

Reading is one of the most important skills children will ever learn. The child who reads well and loves to read-will excel in school and achieve personal growth.

The most important goal regarding Accelerated Reader (AR) is to encourage a love for reading by developing confidence through practice. Research demonstrates that reading practice is the most important factor in a student’s literacy development. Literature-based reading practice allows students to perfect the reading skills they learn so that they can move beyond the struggle of decoding text and begin reading for learning and pleasure.

Accelerated Reader is an individualized reading program for students. It is only one part of the total reading program at St. Bede. It allows teachers to set goals, track growth and monitor comprehension.

We have 10,000 Accelerated Reader quizzes available at St. Bede and over 15,000 books. The book levels range from 0.2 to 12.0, so we have a wide variety of books for students to select. We encourage students to choose books within their reading level that are of interest to them. The love of reading will develop when students are not frustrated by the text in the books they select. Accelerated Reader is a wonderful tool for allowing this love of reading to happen.

Accelerated Reader has three main objectives:
1) Dramatically improve student reading performance
2) Additionally improve student’s critical-thinking skills
3) Instill in students a lifelong love of reading

Elementary School Art Program

Children are encouraged to express themselves creatively through a variety of media. They study a wide variety of artists and offer their own interpretations on the different movements in Art History.

Elementary School Music Program

In addition to a number of different performance opportunities throughout the year, the children learn the recorder in grades 3, 4, and 5, and they study different music forms and styles from both a composition and appreciation perspective.

Elementary School Students also participate in a weekly Physical Education Program; Foreign Language Weekly in Italian, French, or Spanish; Computers; Spelling; Religion; and Library Programs to include the Book It Program, designed to foster a love of reading.