St. John Greek Orthodox Day School, Tampa




Children have their own growth rate and learning patterns as they enter school for the first time. 

Through the medium of play children explore and experiment their way to develop creative thinking and problem-solving skills. Our classroom is one where curiosity and wonder stimulate an eagerness for learning and social interaction.

Our curriculum fosters total development: physical, emotional, social, and mental. 

Within the regular classroom students participate in early reading skills, math, science, religion, art and physical play stressing fine and gross motor skills.  Our preschool students also receive instruction from our enrichment teachers including, Spanish, music, art, physical education, computer and library. \

A major focus is on teaching the children to get along with love and respect for themselves and others.


Pre-Kindergarten children are curious and eager to learn. They are ready to absorb knowledge and develop a love of learning.

In the classroom, students are involved in a wide range of curriculum areas: phonics, math, literature, writing, reading, science, social studies, handwriting, art, music, physical education, technology, Spanish and social skills.   Teaching methods include a balance of direct instruction with center and play-based learning.  Pre-Kindergarten students enjoy outdoor recess at least once per day.

Report cards and progress reports are each sent home quarterly.  The goal is for every child to become an active, successful learner, well prepared for the next big step � kindergarten.


Kindergarten is the springboard for a child�s school career.  This is where students become more independent and responsible for managing their materials and work in the classroom.  This, too, is where the children continue to work on social skills.

In kindergarten the children build on the foundation laid in pre-kindergarten to begin reading.   Students study language arts, math, science, and social studies.  All subjects are presented in a variety of methods utilizing direct instruction, modeling, manipulatives, center-based learning, and self-directed study.

Kindergarten has a full day including enrichment classes in Spanish, music, art, physical education, technology, and library.

Report cards and progress reports are each sent home quarterly.

Grade 1

First Grade is where we develop a thirst for knowledge.  This is accomplished by teaching all subjects using various modalities of learning in order to reach all students through their particular learning style.

The self-contained class has a student population varying from a low of 13 to a cap of 18.  The academic program is comprised of phonics-based language arts, math, science, and social studies.  There are also numerous enrichment classes including art, music, computers, physical education, Spanish and religion.  

Parents receive Progress Reports every three weeks, Report Cards every nine weeks, and daily contact through a homework tablet which the student carries to and from school with written homework assignments as well as any concerns or news from the teacher.  This tablet is also used by parents to pose questions or request conferences.  Monthly newsletters are sent to keep parents informed of upcoming events, field trips, and all other school-related activities.

Grade 2

A love of learning, responsibility, acceptance of others, and a feeling of belonging to our school family are attributes that a student takes with him/her when leaving second grade.

The self-contained second grade class has a cap of 18 students. The core curriculum consists of language arts (reading, English, spelling, vocabulary and phonics), math, science, and social studies. Many different modes of teaching are used. Supplemental classes include art, music, Spanish, physical education, computer, religion, and library.  Exciting enrichment comes with our studies of dinosaurs, art history, and Shakespeare.  Students create a multi-media presentation, a famous artist calendar, and participate in the production of a William Shakespeare play.

Continuous contact with parents/guardians is achieved through phone calls, notes home, monthly newsletters, and conferences.  Progress Reports are issued every three weeks and Report Cards every nine weeks.

Grade 3

Third grade students spend the year �mastering� previously taught concepts, as well as learning new ones.  Cursive writing and multiplication are introduced. 

Third grade is a self-contained classroom with all academics taught by the homeroom teacher.  Curriculum areas include language arts (reading, spelling, phonics, grammar and writing), math, science, and social studies.  Students leave the classroom for supplementary classes including art, music, physical education, religion, Spanish, and technology.

The curriculum is enhanced with local field trips and an annual trip to St. Augustine or the Everglades .  Third grade begins the comprehensive Florida Studies program which continues through the eighth grade. Included in the curriculum are units on diversity, poetry, and Native Americans.

Third graders become fluent readers through practice, using a reading series, comprehension workbooks, class novels, enrichment activities, and library programs.  Students actively participate in the Sunshine State reading program.

Grade 4

Fourth grade is a year of transition.  Students become more responsible academically and socially.  Students are no longer learning to read, but now read to learn.

Academically students are challenged in all core subject areas with one teacher.  Core subjects include language arts (reading, spelling, English), math, science, and social studies.

Reading is important.  Fourth graders are part of the Sunshine State reading program.  Students are rewarded for their efforts in reading and comprehension.

Math starts with a full understanding of multiplication facts all the way through long division to adding and subtracting fractions with common denominators.  The science curriculum includes biology, physical science and chemistry.

English and social studies are an integral part of our studies.  The English curriculum emphasizes grammar and punctuation.  Social studies covers history from the earliest Americans to present day leaders, enhanced with the study of Florida �s history as a part of the Florida Studies program.  Off campus learning includes an overnight trip to historic St. Augustine or the Everglades and a marine laboratory experience at the Sarasota Mote Marine Aquarium.

The core curriculum is enriched with classes in art, creative writing, music, physical education, religion, Spanish, and technology.

Fourth grade is a rewarding and special year. 

Grade 5

Fifth grade is a year of preparation for Middle School. It is the last year students will have the same teacher for all the major subject areas.  Academics are the top priority, but many creative activities help to stretch the imagination.  

The reading curriculum utilizes a reading textbook and workbook, as well as reading appropriate novels together as a class. The students are involved in the Sunshine State Reading program and each day time is set aside for sustained silent reading.

Math takes the class to many different places to add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers, decimals, and fractions.  Students work with meters and feet, liters and quarts, grams and pounds, graphs, and mean, median, and mode. During the unit in geometry students construct and measure angles, circles, and perpendicular bisectors.

History explores America from the very first Asian migration to the Civil War.   In science students study plants, bugs, protons and atoms, chemical and physical changes, sound, and the weather.  The class will construct and launch rockets before the end of the year.

Students participate in science, social studies, and literature-based learning as part of the comprehensive Florida Studies program, including off campus learning opportunities in the fall and spring semesters.

The core curriculum is enriched with classes in art, creative writing, music, physical education, religion, Spanish, and technology.

Middle School Program

The Middle School Curriculum is an intellectually challenging, developmentally based program designed to meet the needs of early adolescent boys and girls.  Although the Middle School is organized by department, faculty work together on grade level �teams� to monitor student progress, to coordinate the teaching of skills, and to build upon interdisciplinary connections throughout the program.  The result is a cohesive �three year plan� that seeks to bridge the transition from concrete to abstract study, from young child to young men and women.


The mathematics program at St. John Greek is an interactive, investigative-driven mathematics curriculum that strives to meet the needs of all students at all levels of instruction.  It is a comprehensive program that includes number and operations, proportional reasoning, geometry, probability and data, with a focus on the development of algebraic thinking.  Math courses are offered in general math, pre-algebra, introduction to algebra and geometry, and algebra I (for high school credit). Students also learn to apply math to real life situations.


The exciting science program explores physical, earth, and life sciences. Hands-on work in our state-of-the-art science lab is supplemented with research reports, field trips, and science projects.  Many unique studies both in the classroom and off campus are integrated into to science curriculum to enhance the Florida Studies program.


English instills in students a life-long love affair with words.  Reading, writing and the study of grammar strengthen and enhance students� appreciation of the English language and their respect for fine literature.  The literature reflects a diversity of cultural as well as personal experiences.  With writing instruction emphasis is placed on revision and editing as important, necessary and standard steps in the writing process.  In the 8th grade, emphasis is placed on the 5-paragraph essay and a term paper in preparation for high school.


The sixth grade course begins with the evolution of humans into Homo sapiens, and follows the development of those people from Sumer through European Middle Ages, as the foundations for western civilization are laid.  Specific societies emphasized are Mesopotamia , Greece , Rome and the Middle Ages.

The seventh grade course strives to build geographic literacy.  To that end, students acquire a working vocabulary, utilize and improve map skills, gain knowledge about places and people around the world, and communicate that knowledge through writing.

The eighth grade U.S.History course incorporates both thematic and chronological approaches.  Beginning with an examination of our reasons for studying history and our impressions of the terms � United States of America � and �American�, we move into an exploration of the people who made this nation and how the physical country was pieced together.


All seventh and eighth graders participate in quarterly enrichment classes.  These classes provide a weekly opportunity to add different dimensions to their academic preparation for high school.  Quarterly classes include Conversational Greek, Creative Writing, Debate/Public Speaking, and Service Learning.

Physical Education

At St. John we try to develop the students mentally, physically and socially.

Classes in preschool through second grade play games and work on developing locomotor and non-locomotor skills.  In grades three through eight, games such as soccer, volleyball, hockey, softball, and basketball are played.

All classes are challenged physically by working on specific exercises such as sit-ups, push-ups, and running from just a few laps to up to one mile.

We work on the mental aspect by quizzing students on rules and specific questions connected to the activities going on.  In Middle School each class takes tests on the sports activity being covered.


Elementary � As technology has shortened the distances between countries, communication becomes critical, hence the introduction of a second language.  For us in Florida Spanish is the target language.  In pre-school and elementary classes our students become familiar with vocabulary of things common to them.  Through the use of instruction including songs, tapes, and videos our students get a good foothold in the language.

Middle School � In Middle School the students are introduced to grammar.  They acquire more tools for expression.  With additional verb tenses and vocabulary to round out their language experience, our students are well prepared for high school.

Fine Arts

Fine Arts class is an opportunity for all students at St. John to explore the fine arts, focusing on art, music and dramatic arts.   Students will be asked to experience and participate in various art forms as well as learn to be critical listeners and audiences.  Students will also create and perform within the classroom setting and for our school community. Each class is designed to meet the needs and abilities of the students.

Visual Arts  - Art has long been looked upon as a means of fostering creativity in children.  It has a positive role in the development of intellectual and creative growth.  When children create a drawing or a painting they are actively involved in a complex process.  Our Visual Arts Program is a viable means of leaning these different elements of art so that children will be able to develop to their fullest potential.  Our program provides the framework for helping students learn the characteristics of the visual arts by using a wide range of subject matter, symbols, meaningful images, and visual expressions to reflect their ideas, feelings, and emotions, and to evaluate the merits of their efforts.  Student work is proudly shared with the St. John community at the annual Salute the Arts festival each spring.

Musical Arts, Preschool through 5th grade - All students at St. John actively participate in singing.  Singing is a routine part of Fine Arts class and this musical talent is applied daily in chapel.  There are numerous all-school performance opportunities which feature our students� talents including Halloween plays, Grandparents� Day program, Christmas program, Famous Author Day, the annual Salute the Arts celebration and end of the year class programs.   Many musical concepts are introduced and reinforced including pitch, rhythm, tempo, dynamics, unison, rounds, and harmonies.   Both rhythm and percussion instruments are used and the recorder is taught in 4th and 5th grades.  Particularly in the younger classes, movement is used to enhance musical experiences.

Chorus, 3rd-5th grade - Students who are interested may participate in the St. John Singers.  This chorus, open to students in grades 3-5, meets weekly during regular school hours.  This allows the more serious singer to experience strong choral training and performance opportunities.

Middle School Chorus/Drama - All middle school students at St. John must meet their music class requirement either through Chorus/Drama or Band.  Chorus/Drama provides the student the experience of rehearsing and performing with an ensemble, tackling one to three-part singing.  Students are also experience the art of drama � expressing oneself through the voice and body.  Many dramatic styles and concepts are introduced including storytelling, dramatization of stories, puppetry, reader�s theater, poetry, improvisation, character sketch/monologue, blocking and staging terms and application, and performance.

Middle School Band - All middle school students at St. John must meet their music class requirement either through Chorus/Drama or Band. The concert band is composed of flutes, clarinets, alto saxophones, trumpets, trombones, baritones, and percussion.  The focus is to develop individual skills on a specific instrument and other skills necessary to be a member of an ensemble.  Students are expected to practice daily for at least 5-10 minutes.  Sectional rehearsals are offered before school for those who would like to participate. 


The main purpose of the computer technology courses at St. John is to teach computer skills and sharpen technical savvy. All grade levels have a technology class in their curriculum. Each class is designed according to the age group's needs and abilities.  General topics include operating systems, windows, electronic communications (email, chat, discussion boards, online journals), word processing, spreadsheets, databases, graphic art, power point, and web development. 

Computer Technology is often integrated with the classroom curriculum using Internet resources, word processing to prepare reports and papers, creating tables and graphs, and power point presentations, applying this new 'everyday' technology to practical applications.


Students begin each day by attending a chapel service that includes the reciting of the Lord�s Prayer and a reading from the Gospel.

Religion at St. John is taught in all grades.  The teachers in the preschool through kindergarten grades teach their own material.  All the other grades are taught individually by a religion teacher in a non-denominational manner.  We encourage religious beliefs and character by using developmentally appropriate curriculum materials which foster discussion and self-examination.




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