Academics

Our Curriculum

The Omaha Catholic School Consortium Dual Language Academy at the former St. Stanislaus School is an educational model that brings together native English speakers and native Spanish speakers so they may learn together and serve as language models for one another. Our Curriculum is designed to challenge all students to be disciples of Jesus Christ by empowering them to reach their fullest potential through quality academics, spiritual, and social experience.

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Curriculum Objectives

Community Centered

We are focused on helping students become bilingual and biliterate learners.

Academically Focused

Our curriculum promotes academic achievement, giving students an advantage among their peers.

Forward Looking

Designed to increase sociocultural competence and cross-cultural understanding.

Faith-Based

Faith isn't just a part of our curriculum, it is the reason for our existence and the foundation for everything we do and say.

Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools

The Dual Language Academy curriculum is based on Boston College’s Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools.

According to TWIN-CS, “This initiative, grounded in research and leadership by Boston College faculty and other university researchers from around the country, supports schools in the implementation and assessment of dual-language immersion models in Catholic school classrooms around the United States. The TWIN-CS network is composed of principals, teachers, field mentors, parents, board members, and other leaders from Catholic schools across the country.”

The Dual Language is one of 15 schools across the country participating in the program.

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Measuring Success

Across the Omaha Catholic School Consortium students experience a robust curriculum that includes study in traditional coursework and dual language immersion designed to challenge our students and provide an exceptional learning environment.

SUCCESS DATA
Enrollment Growth Since 2013
23%
Graduates Attend Catholic High School
78%
Average Tuition Savings
58%
Students Perform In Top 25% Nationally
25%

Tuition

At the Archdiocese of Omaha, we believe that all families who want to provide their children with a Catholic education should have the opportunity. Financial aid is available from a number of private and parish-based programs. This aid is not required to be repaid. It is not a loan, but rather a direct reduction in the amount of tuition owed. In the last year alone, over $10 million in financial aid was awarded to families throughout Northeastern Nebraska.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does dual language immersion benefit our students?

In most cases, learning another language enhances a child’s English ability. Children can learn much about English by learning the structure of another language. Common vocabulary also helps children learn the meaning of new words in English. Experimental studies have shown that no long-term delay in native English language development occurs in children participating in second language classes, even in full immersion programs. In fact, children enrolled in foreign language programs score statistically higher on standardized tests conducted in English. A number of reports have demonstrated that children who have learned a second language earn higher SAT scores, particularly on the verbal section of the test. One study showed that, by the fifth grade of an immersion program, students outperformed all comparison groups and remained high academic achievers throughout their schooling.

What is Dual Language and what is it to Omaha Catholic Schools Consortium schools?

Dual Language Two Way Immersion (TWI) is an educational model that integrates native English speakers and native Spanish speakers for all or most of the day, with the goals of promoting high academic achievement, first-and second-language development and cross-cultural understanding for all students. In DL TWI programs, language learning takes place primarily through content instruction. Academic subjects are taught to all students through both English and Spanish. As students and teachers work together to perform academic tasks, the students’ language abilities are developed along with their knowledge of content area subject matter.

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How did you select the location for the Dual Language Academy?

The building, St. Stanislaus, was chosen to host our Academy based on location and accessibility. It is located in a central spot, near both schools with quick access to the interstate. Preschool, Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Academy classes will be housed at the St. Stanislaus campus. Grades 2-8, as they are established, will be housed at both Our Lady of Lourdes and Sts. Peter and Paul.

How is this program similar to or different than what Omaha Public Schools is offering in its Dual Language Program?

Given that early childhood education is essential in the growth of children, we made the decision to begin with our preschool and prekindergarten programs. We believe that beginning with our youngest learners will be advantageous as it will start the language immersion earlier, increasing our student’s academic growth. The foundation of our Catholic faith makes our program unique and special.

Why is this offered to only pre-school through first grade and not all grade levels?

An incremental approach was chosen as it will enable us to focus our time and resources to ensure the greatest student success with strong language acquisition, bi-cultural education, and faith foundation. As the Academy grows, our plan begins with preschool, preK, and kindergarten and includes the addition of one grade level each year until we have a full Preschool-8th grade program.

How does this Dual Language program fit into the overall vision and plan for the Consortium Schools?

Consortium schools, as part of our Continuous Improvement plan, continually seek and research best educational practices. Dual Language Immersion is a strong, research-based educational practice that has proven success. Education is essential to support our Universal Church. The Consortium has always strived to produced highly educated faith-filled leaders who are stewards for our community and world, and the Dual Language Immersion model aligns with this vision.

Continued Learning

Once a child has completed the first grade, our partner schools Sts. Peter & Paul and Our Lady of Lourdes continue the dual language track in grades 2 - 8. Both schools, along with the Dual Language Academy, are part of the Archdiocese of Omaha Catholic School Consortium.

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