The John Ireland School curriculum reflects the mission, philosophy, goals of the school community, needs of the learners, and positive educational practices that enable all students to be confident and competent learners and citizens. Using a variety of strategies which have been modified for the learning abilities of each individual child, the teachers use the student’s personal interests, current textbooks, and resources available. John Ireland has written outcomes for subject areas.

Recognizing the gifts and talents of each child allows the teachers to teach to the whole child. The curriculum is structured to allow the child to set goals, experiment and experience hands-on activities, work in cooperative groups, present projects, and show responsibility by doing homework and meeting deadlines. We strive to develop a love for learning, the acceptance of ideas, openness to customs and cultures, and to create habits for life-long learning.

Through the awareness of current events, teaching trends and ideas, the administration and teachers stay current with curricular issues. The school community makes use of state and federal programs. Teachers utilize the resources available within the region and community. Our open door policy invites parents and volunteers to visit and view curricular instruction, as well as, become involved in our programs.

Recognizing the importance of technology in the students’ lives, we identify the current needs in a constantly changing world of technology. Using available resources we have added computer programs, and enriched lessons through the use of Internet.

At John Ireland School, we understand that each child learns in a different way. Therefore, it is essential to provide for varied learning styles in our teaching. We provide visual, auditory, spatial, tactile and kinesthetic experiences.

The students at John Ireland have many educational opportunities beyond the normal school day, which encourages them to reach their full potential. Science Fairs, poetry writing, art contests, and athletic events at the school and in the community allow students chances to explore talents not used everyday in the classroom. Enrichment activities, such as field trips, are used in conjunction with classroom teaching.

Our community provides a wide range of resources which aids our educational program. Gustavus Adolphus College students, parish members, fire and police officers volunteer their time and talents to educate and assist our students. The Treaty Site History Center, Arts Center, Cox House, and Gustavus Adolphus College are a few places we utilize to enhance the students’ education.

John Ireland Catholic School

The following attributes of John Ireland School (JIS) make us distinctly a Catholic school.

  • Programs in our school develop the “total” person – spiritually, academically, socially, emotionally, and morally.
  • Effective Catholic leadership is provided by the pastor/superintendent of the Church of St. Peter and the school principal.
  • The students receive excellent religious instruction. This is done through our current curriculum and integration of faith and values throughout all curriculum areas.
  • Students have an opportunity to attend liturgies and prayer services on a weekly basis in which they assume the responsibilities of different roles.
  • The students are involved in a variety of service projects such as Adopt-A-Grandparent Program,Santa Anonymous, food drives, the missions, etc.
  • Faith development as a life long process is stressed. JIS recognizes parents as the primary educators of their children, and at JIS we share in that partnership.
  • Each student is nurtured in an atmosphere of care and respect which is evident in our practices, programs, and school policies. Each child is treated as an individual made in the image and likeness of God.
  • The JIS mission statement and its philosophy give us direction.
  • JIS preserves and transmits to its students the traditions of the Catholic faith.
  • JIS parents are deeply involved in our school.

Academics Curriculum

  • religion
  • language arts
  • math
  • science
  • social studies
  • physical education/health
  • music
  • band
  • art
  • technology