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For more than a century, St. Norbert School has prepared its students for a life of success by immersing its students in a continuous learning program from preschool through eighth grade. Our students benefit academically and social- emotionally from the individualized attention, support, and opportunity small classes afford. In fact, each year our graduates have opportunities to enroll directly into Geometry, Spanish II and Honors English courses their freshman year of high school.
With an array of clubs, no-cut athletic teams, and other extra-curricular opportunities to choose from, our students develop the critical life skills they need to thrive during their time at St. Norbert School and beyond.
Contact our admissions department at [email protected] to discover how you can make a difference in your child's life with a St. Norbert education.
We are proud to offer daily bus service from Holy Cross Parish in Deerfield to St. Norbert School.

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K - 2 Literacy Results Are Off the Charts!

The new literacy program implemented across grades K - 2 had a powerful impact on student learning.

Reading is a fundamental skill for success in school and in life. At St. Norbert School, we believe every child has the right to read. Our research-based curriculum explicitly teaches students how to decode written text (read) and encode spoken language (write). All students receive explicit, systematic instruction with progress monitoring.This ensures that each child learns to crack the code of alphabetic text and develops into a highly capable reader and writer.

During the 2022-2023 school year we implemented a new phonics program called UFLI Foundations. The UFLI program is based upon research that found effective early literacy instruction works best when it:

  • "Develops awareness of the segments of sounds in speech and how they link to letters,
  • Teaches students to decode words, analyze word parts, and write and recognize words,
  • Ensures that each student reads connected text every day to support accuracy, fluency, and comprehension" (UFLI, 2022).
The results after one year of implementation were extraordinary.  The average growth of our kindergarten class was near two times the average growth of kindergarten students nationally. 

Building Knowledge to Bolster Reading Comprehension

Learn how faculty at St. Norbert School are deepening students' background knowledge and strengthening reading comprehension at the same time.

Research suggests that the most powerful way to advance students’ reading comprehension skills is to ensure they have access to learning opportunities that build background knowledge in science, social studies, and the arts. 

After one year of UFLI Foundations implementation, faculty at St. Norbert School are collaborating to create experiential science and social studies modules for students in grades 1 and 2.  The goal is to provide a shared content-based experience for all students, while differentiating reading content at each child’s instructional level.  This model of teaching and learning ensures that all students have access to rich knowledge-building experiences and relevant reading material at his/her instructional level.

What does this look like in action?

In September and October, students investigated the life cycle of the pumpkin. Together, all students:

  • Learned how to use scientific tools (i.e. magnifying lens, measuring tape, balance scale)
  • Made observations about signs of summer and signs of autumn
  • Investigated the attributes of pumpkins and gourds
    • Measurement
    • Weight
    • Color
    • Shape
    • Texture
  • Estimated how many seeds were in a pumpkin
  • Opened the pumpkin, extracted the seeds, and counted to compare their estimate to the actual number of seeds
  • Learned how to create a bar graph to show the number of seeds in each pumpkin.

Separately, mixed-aged groups conducted reading research on:

  • The life cycle of a pumpkin
  • How seeds grow?
  • How seeds move
  • Life at a pumpkin patch
  • The difference between a pumpkin and a gourd.

In November, students began an engineering-based learning journey that investigated the attributes of strong structures and strong teams.  Challenges included:

  • The Tallest Standing Structure
  • Investigating Shapes
  • The Strongest Shape
  • A Chair for Bear
  • Building a House for the Gingerbread Boy & Girl

What students learned about building strong structures:

  • The engineering design process
  • Tall structures need a strong base
  • The strongest shape is a triangle
  • The history of the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • How to create a blueprint
  • How to take a project through the engineering design cycle

What students learned about building strong teams:

  • A strong team listens to one another’s ideas.
  • A strong team learns from their mistakes.
  • A strong team cooperates.
  • A strong team uses teamwork.

The "Building Strong Structures and Building Strong Teams" learning journey concluded with a challenge from the gingerbread boy and gingerbread girl.  See below for the exciting outcomes.



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