Cathedral School of St. Mary’s is comprised of highly qualified teachers from Preschool through the 8th grade. Each CSSM Teacher provides a comprehensive and exciting curriculum, tailored to the interests, goals, and needs of their students, and designed to help students meet or exceed grade level standards. Each teacher is skilled in the art of differentiating instruction to benefit all students, from those who are struggling to meet grade level standards to students who are completing work that is above grade level expectations.
To support our dedicated staff, hard-working students and their families, Cathedral School of Saint Mary and the Austin Independent School District, offer additional personalized instruction and academic tutoring for students in need and provide opportunities for Professional Growth for the continued success and skill development of CSSM staff.
The CSSM school library is open Monday-Friday before the school day begins, 7:20-7:47 a.m. The library is available for any student who wishes to begin their academic day by reading peacefully in an environment that is warm and calm. Students may use the school laptop computers to work on their Lexia program, or to research topics for a report, curiosity, Science Fair project, etc,. Students may also use this time and space to study/prepare/take practice tests for the PSIA academic competition.
CSSM offers one-to-one and small group tutoring for any student, PreK-4 through 8th grade, in need of additional academic support. The goal of CSSM Skill Builders staff is to help students reach their highest potential academically while promoting student confidence in their unique abilities, gifts, and talents. Skill Builders may focus on individualized support for a student to help strengthen foundation needed to reach grade level standards, or may act as a tutor to guide students in successfully completing class projects, activities, or coursework. Most grade levels receive a hybrid of the two. CSSM Skill Builder sessions are scheduled during school hours.
CSSM Skill Builders focus changes with the growth and needs of Skill Builder students. A basic outline of each grade level focus is the following:
Pre-K 4 and Kindergarten Skill Builders focus on alphabet recognition and letter sounds, fine motor development, and math skills, such as, number recognition, ordering, classification, and basic addition and subtraction.
1st and 2nd grade Skill Builders focus on fine motor development, Language Arts: alphabet recognition, phonics, fluency, and spelling, and Mathematics: addition, subtraction, classification, and money.
3rd grade Skill Builders focus on strengthening skills in Language Arts of fluency, phonics, comprehension and Mathematics, such as, double digit addition/ subtraction and fractions.
4th and 5th grade Skill Builders focus on strengthening skills in Language Arts: fluency, comprehension, summarization, timeline, diagramming, spelling, and vocabulary development, and Mathematics: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
Middle School Skill Builders focus on strengthening skills in critical thinking, research, and the writing process, as well as,a continued focus on Language Arts and Literacy.
Title I & Title III Funding
Austin Independent School District offers a grant for CSSM students who live in the Austin school district and qualify for Title I and/or Title III assistance. In order to participate in Title I, Part A student services, the student must be living in the Austin school district and be at risk of failing to meet high standards in reading or math. CSSM students are selected based on student assessments of grade level standards. Title III students are limited English proficient, including immigrant children and youth. Title III language instruction is designed to help students attain English proficiency, develop high levels of academic attainment in English, and meet the same challenging State academic content and student academic achievement standards all students are expected to meet. CSSM uses this funding to provide additional tutoring and academic support for qualifying students.
AISD also provides funding for CSSM teachers’ Professional Development. Professional Development activities should provide opportunities for CSSM classroom teachers of Title I participants to increase their skills and knowledge in regards to providing optimum instruction to Title students. Using technology effectively and purposefully, research-based reading and math instruction, and improving the partner relationship between parents and teachers are just some of the topics available for CSSM teachers through the AISD Title II grant.
Austin Learning Center
Using the AISD Title funds, we have contracted ALC to provide individualized instruction for qualifying CSSM Title students. The goal of the ALC program is to help students in the areas of reading and mathematics. Students receive tutoring in a one-to-one or small group setting to maximize learning, and each student receives personalized tutoring with lessons designed around his/her individual needs.