St. Richard’s houses three divisions:
- Early Childhood – Pre-Kindergarten (3 years old by June 1), Junior Kindergarten (4years old by June 1), Kindergarten (5 years old by June 1)
- Lower Division – Grades 1-4
- Middle Division – Grades 5-8
Each grade level focuses on a consistent theme with a logical progression:
- Pre-Kindergarten: Exploring our Community
- Junior Kindergarten: Exploring the Natural World
- Kindergarten: Exploring the Big Wide World
Highlights include an emphasis on aesthetic development with broad cultural exposure, a strong inquiry-based science program that includes weekly visits to the science lab, four weekly French lessons, and a capstone project celebrated by the entire school community called Promenade En Velo. After studying French monuments and artists, students participate in a bike tour and stop by a French bistro and paint a Monet watercolor.
With hands-on activities designed to develop their skills in language arts, literacy, science, mathematics, art, and French, students progress at their own pace, building confidence in their ability to learn. We also concentrate on physical education, faith development, technology integration and social and emotional development, helping our students become well-adjusted, fit and joyous learners.
Building upon the foundation of the Early Childhood program, our "Graders" benefit from the continued emphasis on skills in language arts, literacy, science, mathematics, and French. Students continue to participate in array of field experiences, all school assemblies, chapel services, and traditions. Our community partnerships with The Children's Museum, The Indianapolis Museum of Art, and Indianapolis Public Library open the doors to meaningful learning experiences beyond the doors of the classrooms. Students are paired with younger and older students through our formal mentoring program and begin to form a deep appreciation of these relationships.
It's no wonder administrators at local high schools are clamoring for SRES graduates. In fact, 100% of our 2016 graduates were accepted to the school of their choice. The foundational Early Childhood and Lower Division years propel them into pivotal experiences that remain lifelong influences beyond St. Richard's. The Grade 5 French exchange program, Latin convention, Middle Division musical, and "We the People" competitions are just a few examples.
I have had the pleasure of working with many outstanding graduates of SRES. They are very well-prepared for the academic demands of Brebeuf. It is apparent that they arrive at high school having experienced academic rigor and deep, meaningful learning.
-Principal of Brebeuf Jesuit High School