K–5 Enrichment

The Richest Possible Academic Experience

Faithful Shepherd strives to give every child an opportunity for the richest possible academic experience. We use the Levels of Service Model to enhance and develop each child’s God-given gifts. We provide K-3 flexibly-grouped enrichment in math and reading. By providing enrichment as an integral component of differentiated learning, students are challenged to learn at their individual “sweet spot” so as to keep them engaged in learning and remain fulfilled in their pursuit of excellence.

Our team of specialized teachers collaborate to ensure all students are working to their fullest potential. For students in grades 4 and 5 who show high potential in math and/or reading and who are evaluated for placement in Level III Math and/or Level III Reading, Faithful Shepherd will provide the opportunity for a faster-paced curriculum and a curriculum that dives deeper into the content area. Our program uniquely provides students the opportunity to grow academically, while seamlessly integrating Level III Math/Reading Enrichment into the normal school day. This allows their learning needs to be met while continuing to develop normal relationships with their peers.

Faithful Shepherd strives to instill academic responsibility in our students; commitment by the students and families is a critical component of our academic community. Grades 4 and 5 Level III Enrichment students are required to maintain a minimum grade of a B in order to remain participating in Level III Enrichment. Students’ placement in Level III Enrichment will be evaluated on an annual basis. This insures the best match of the student’s learning needs and the acknowledgement that these needs may change over time.

K-5 Enrichment Program Services:

  • K-3 Level II Math and Reading Enrichment (flexible groups that meet 1-2 times/ week for 25 minutes)
  • Grades 4 and 5 Level III Reading Enrichment (daily)
  • Grades 4 and 5 Level III Math Enrichment (daily)

Grades 4 and 5 Level III Enrichment Identification Process

Level III Reading Enrichment Evaluation Criteria
Students in grades 4 and 5 qualify for Level III Reading Enrichment if they meet at least 5 out of the 7 criteria below:

  • NWEA Reading: 90th percentile or higher
  • Language usage: 90th percentile or higher
  • Current Reading class grade: 93 percent or higher
  • Fountas and Pinnell reading level: two grades or higher
  • Lexile: two grades or higher
  • Scales for Rating the Behavioral Characteristics of Superior Students (SRBCSS) in Reading, Learning, Motivation: 80% or higher in each category
  • Teacher recommendation/student work samples

Level III Math Enrichment Evaluation Criteria
Students in grades 4 or 5 may qualify for level III math enrichment if they meet the following criteria:

  • NWEA Math: 90 percentile or higher
  • Current Math class grade: 93% or higher
  • Scales for Rating the Behavioral Characteristics of Superior Students (SRBCSS) in Math, Learning, Motivation: 80% or higher in each category
  • Teacher recommendation/student work samples

At Faithful Shepherd Catholic School, we use Treffinger’s Level of Service Model as our K-5 Enrichment Program service framework. If you would like to learn more about this model, please click on this link: FSCS K-5 Enrichment Program.

K-5 Enrichment Teacher: Mrs. Friesen (lfriesen@fscsmn.org, Mrs. Friesen’s Website)