Curriculum

The academic programs offered at MHT follow Diocese of Phoenix curriculum guidelines.  Utilizing differentiated, small group, and traditional instructional methods, our teachers are able to present the core curriculum in a manner that produces confident, active, and life-long learners.

 Curriculum includes:

  • Reading
  • Great Books - K though 8
  • Scholastic Reading Counts!
  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Religion - Faith and Life Series
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Spelling/Vocabulary Skills

 

Primary Grades

 

MHT employs a phonetic approach which ensures strong readers ready to comprehend increasingly difficult text.

Through the Great Books Program students develop skills for participation in the Shared Inquiry Method which enhances and perfects their critical thinking skills and ability to articulate ideas through group discussions.

Title 1, a federally funded program, is available to students, K-5, needing extra help developing his/her reading skills. Students who meet the district qualifications may receive help, regardless of family income.

Upper Grades

To prepare our students for high school, and maximize student learning time, fifth through eighth grade core classes are structured in a traditional, departmental manner. On a weekly average students receive:

  • 240 minutes in English and Math
  • 210 minutes in Reading
  • 200 minutes in Science and Social Studies

Following the diocesan standards, MHT has developed a math program that builds a strong foundation for basic mathematical skills which prepares our students to meet the high expectations required as they progress through school.

Should a student need extra help developing their math skills, MHT offers a Math Lab for grades 5-8 after school which is included in student tuition.

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"Our educational work should go this way to achieve harmony - harmony in all the boys and girls who have been entrusted to us; inner harmony, the harmony of their personality. It is by working in a hands-on way, imitating God, molding the lives of those kids like clay, that we achieve harmony and rescue them from the dissonances perennial darkness. Harmony, by contrast, is bright and clear; it is light. What we have to achieve is the harmony of a heart that grows and that we accompany in this educational journey."

~ Pope Francis (then, Cardinal Bergoglio – April 18, 2012)