We pride ourselves on our daily focus on the core mission of St. Paul's to form our students into passionate disciples of Jesus Christ. Beginning from the very first Pre-3/4 classes all the way through 8th grade, students will gain a basic foundation of faith and love for Christ and His Church; learn to respond to God's call in prayer, mercy, and justice; and begin their lifelong calling as disciples of Christ.
Religious education at St. Paul's moves beyond the textbook, teaching students through the use of sacred art, regular daily prayer (beginning of day, midday, and end of day), instruction in the life of the saints, school-wide retreats, weekly Mass, Rosary club, and opportunities to perform Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. This dedication to the life of faith equips our young people with the necessary skills and knowledge to bring their faith to the rest of the world.
St. Paul's School utilizes the "Image of God Catechetical Series" for Preschool and Kindergarten and the "Faith and Life Catechetical Series" for 1st through 8th grades.
These dynamic curricula, rich in the truths of the Faith as presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, come from Ignatius Press and are both approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and aligned with the Diocese of Boise's religious education guidelines.
Students 3, 4, and 5 years of age learn who they are in relation to God and creation. Their dignity of being a child made in the image and likeness of God is stressed while children learn basic bible stories which illustrate the basics of the Catholic Faith.
Your student will build on the foundation of lessons learned in early childhood, students in the first through third grades come to know our Father in heaven, His Son, Jesus, and what life with Jesus looks like, giving special emphasis on God's love and mercy. Children in the second grade prepare for their first sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.
Students delve deeper into the story of Salvation History and continue learning about how Jesus is "concealed" in the Old Testament and "revealed" in the New Testament.
Children come to understand their faith on a more profound level through study of what Catholics believe. The Creed is the framework for this study.
The middle school years bring on a maturity in faith where students learn specifically what it means to follow Jesus with their lives through a study of Christian morality, the Beatitudes, and the Holy Mass.
Students continue their education in Salvation History which was introduced in the fifth grade and take a deeper look at the seven sacraments as channels of God's grace in their lives.
In their last year at St. Paul's, students engage in the study of what is "church" and what is the "Church," including Her rich history. They are further invited to follow the call to holiness through examinations of virtue, works of mercy, vocations, and social justice.