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Elementary School (1st-5th) at St. Margaret School

At St. Margaret School, we are dedicated to equipping our elementary students with the skills and knowledge they need to excel not only in their current academic pursuits but also as they transition into Middle School and beyond. Through a comprehensive curriculum and a range of specialized activities, we foster critical thinking, creativity, and a love for learning that lay the foundation for continued success.

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Our elementary program utilizes a variety of strategies and projects to teach academic subjects, ensuring that students are engaged and challenged at every step of their educational journey. From analyzing and interpreting texts to performing dramatizations and dioramas, our students develop essential skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and effective communication. In addition to classroom instruction, our students benefit from specialized instructors in art, music, library, technology, Spanish, and physical education.

These dedicated professionals supplement classroom learning by providing unique opportunities for creative expression, cultural exploration, and physical development, enriching the educational experience and preparing students for the diverse challenges of Middle School. By providing a supportive learning environment, challenging curriculum, and opportunities for personal growth and exploration, St. Margaret School empowers students to reach their full potential and thrive in all aspects of their educational journey.

Elementary School By The Numbers

Student to Teacher Ratio in Grades 1 & 2

Student to Teacher Ratio in Grades 3-5

Different Zip Codes Represented

Total Number of Students in the Elementary School

Elementary School Overview

At St. Margaret School, our commitment to preparing students for success in Middle School is evident in our comprehensive approach to education. Through a variety of strategies and projects, including analyzing, writing, performing, and critical thinking, students develop essential skills that serve as the foundation for academic achievement. In language arts, students progress from mastering basic writing skills to cultivating a love of reading and engaging with challenging literature across various genres and cultures. 

Similarly, in math, students develop a strong foundation in number sense and problem-solving, utilizing manipulatives to deepen their understanding and apply mathematical concepts to real-world situations. As students progress through each grade level, their knowledge and skills continue to evolve, ensuring they are well-prepared for the academic rigors of Middle School and beyond.

FAQs about Elementary School

Daily Schedule

Grades 1-5 hours are from 8:05 am to 2:55 pm.


(times vary by grade level)

Morning announcements and prayer

Social Studies


ELA / Reading

Snack and Recess


Student Activities
  • Sports:
    • Basketball- boys and girls
    • Soccer – boys and girls
  • Chorus
  • Band beginning in grade 4
  • 5th grade Student Ambassadors

Subject Areas

As a distinguished Catholic school located in Bel Air, MD, St. Margaret School is dedicated to providing our elementary students with a robust academic foundation. Our elementary curriculum prioritizes the foundational subjects of Religion, Mathematics, and English Language Arts, ensuring students develop a strong academic footing.

In Religion, students follow the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s curriculum, fostering values and community. Mathematics instruction encompasses fundamental concepts such as counting, subitizing, and measurement, laying the groundwork for numerical fluency. English Language Arts instruction cultivates curiosity, active reading, and vocabulary development, promoting strong communication skills.

Alongside these core subjects, our curriculum also includes enriching opportunities in Science, Instructional Technology, Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts, Physical Education/Health, and World Languages. Through these additional subject areas, students engage in hands-on exploration, critical thinking, creativity, and global awareness, further enhancing their educational experience.


“Bringing Good News” is the Archdiocese of Baltimore Religion Curriculum for Elementary Schools. This standards-based curriculum serves as a guide, a road map for both teachers and students as they embark on a journey, which will provide them with the knowledge and understanding of the faith as witnessed in the teachings and the traditions of the Catholic Church. The curriculum is built on the Six Tasks of Catechesis: Promoting Knowledge of the Faith; Liturgical Education; Moral Formation; Teaching to Pray; Education for Community Life; and Missionary Initiation, and is aligned with the Assessment of Catholic Religious Education (IFG: ACRE).

By the completion of first grade, students will master a variety of skills, including:

  • Define the meaning of faith as a gift from God that enables us to know God and follow him.
  • State that the Old Testament tells of God’s people before the birth of Jesus.
  • State that the New Testament contains the Gospels, the Good News of Jesus.
  • Identify sacraments as signs of God’s love for us.
  • Recognize Jesus’ presence with us in the bread and wine that become his body and blood.
  • State that God gives us the ability and the freedom to choose right or wrong.
  • Understand that we are called in a special way to care for the poor and the suffering.

By the completion of second grade, students will master a variety of skills, including:

  • Recognize that there are three Persons in one God: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit that make up the Holy Trinity.
  • Show an understanding of the Resurrection, that God raised Jesus from the dead.
  • Identify and define the seven sacraments as signs of God’s love and the means to strengthen our relationship with God.
  • Understand the Real Presence of the Risen Jesus in the Eucharist under the form of bread and wine.
  • Express that we are given the gifts of free will and that our choices affect the lives of others.
  • Explain that God created us to know, love, and serve Him.

By the completion of third grade, students will master a variety of skills, including:

  • Recognize the Commandments as rules God gave us because he loves us.
  • Explain that people are called to forgive others and work toward understanding.
  • Explain the major seasons of the liturgical (Church) year.
  • Recognize conscience as a guide to distinguishing good and evil.
  • Identify Mary as an intercessor for us with God.
  • Articulate that all people are called to holiness by living their lives close to God.

By the completion of fourth grade, students will master a variety of skills, including:

  • Describe the Holy Spirit as proceeding from both the Father and Son as perfect love and wisdom.
  • Define sin as choosing to turn away from God and examine sin’s effect on our lives.
  • Recognize the Mysteries of the Rosary are meditations on different events in the life of Christ and his Blessed Mother.
  • Compose prayer from each of these categories: blessing and adoration, contrition, petition, intercession, thanksgiving, and praise.
  • Identify the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.

By the completion of the fifth grade, students will master a variety of skills, including:

  • Understand that the Church teaches that Jesus Christ is truly God and truly man.
  • Identify and describe the major liturgical feasts and seasons of the Church year.
  • Identify all human life as sacred and precious to God, made in God’s image and likeness.
  • Understand that faithfulness to prayer and worship helps us to lead a moral life.
  • Identify that the Church teaches that we must work for a more just and fair society and world.

The curriculum for all elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore includes the following units:

  • Counting and Cardinality
  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking
  • Measurement and Data
  • Numbers and Operations in Base Ten
  • Geometry
  • Numbers and Operations

Catholic educators never forget that our schools exist to bring our students to Christ. By continuing to implement new standards that are challenging, we work to fulfill the promise of quality Catholic education that educates the whole child, both mind and soul.

By the completion of first grade, students will master a variety of skills, including:

  • Understand and apply properties of operations and the relationship between addition and subtraction.
  • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract.
  • Measure lengths indirectly and by iterating length units.
  • Tell and write time.

By the completion of second grade, students will master a variety of skills, including:

  • Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction.
  • Work with equal groups of objects to gain foundations for multiplication.
  • Relate addition and subtraction to length.
  • Work with time and money.
  • Represent and interpret data.

By the completion of third grade, students will master a variety of skills, including:

  • Understand the properties of multiplication and the relationship between multiplication and division.
  • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.
  • Develop an understanding of fractions as numbers.
  • Geometric measurement: understand concepts of area and relate area to multiplication and to addition.

By the completion of fourth grade, students will master a variety of skills, including:

  • Use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems.
  • Gain familiarity with factors and multiples.
  • Generate and analyze patterns.
  • Understand decimal notation for fractions, and compare decimal fractions.
  • Draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles.

By the completion of fifth grade, students will master a variety of skills, including:

  • Write and interpret numerical expressions.
  • Perform operations with multi-digit whole numbers and with decimals to hundredths.
  • Convert like measurement units within a given measurement system.
  • Geometric measurement: understand concepts of volume and relate volume to multiplication and to addition.
  • Graph points on the coordinate plane to solve real-world and mathematical problems.
  • Classify two-dimensional figures into categories based on their properties.
English Language Arts

The English Language Arts Curriculum for the Archdiocese of Baltimore is designed using the Catholic, College, and Career Ready clusters as its foundation. Through literature, this course of study fosters students’ Catholic identity, shaping them to be models of Christian living for others. This curriculum is fully integrated with our Catholic faith. We provide students with a curriculum that is rigorous and rich in literature, oral and written language, grammar, writing, vocabulary, informational literature, and multimedia/technology.

By the completion of first grade, students will master a variety of skills, including:

  • Use reading strategies to determine central themes, develop understanding, identify and utilize various text features, determine key ideas, and describe connections.
  • Become proficient readers with the capacity to comprehend texts across a range of types and disciplines.
  • Identify basic features of print, such as the alphabetic principle, phonological awareness, phonics, decoding, and blending.
  • Write opinion pieces, informative/explanatory texts, and narratives and should participate in shared research and writing.
  • Participate in collaborative discussions; communicate effectively using a variety of tools; demonstrate efficient relay of information; and produce complete sentences appropriate to the task and situation.

By the completion of second grade, students will master a variety of skills, including:

  • Use an inquiry process to locate, evaluate and use sources based on accuracy, authority, and point of view to explore a question/topic, synthesize and share findings, and give appropriate credit/ citation.
  • Select and use an appropriate format to effectively engage the target audience in a topic, point of view, argument and/or creative work.
  • Analyze and evaluate information, ideas, or objects to develop a point of view, make predictions, or draw inferences
  • Identify and define a problem situation and work through a procedure to determine viable and appropriate solutions and next steps and carryout as applicable.
  • Generate and develop ideas, solutions, and connections to create something original/ novel that is meaningful or useful.

By the completion of third grade, students will master a variety of skills, including:

  • Students will use the text presented orally and visually to engage in collaborative discussions with peers.
  • Students will learn to write in cursive and will learn and apply spelling patterns and standard English language conventions.
  • Using vowel digraphs and diphthongs.
  • Compare and contrast historical fiction from various cultures.
  • Understand the use of dialect within the literature.

By the completion of fourth grade, students will master a variety of skills, including:

  • Through reading a diverse array of literature and informational text, students are expected to analyze the structure of the text, compare and contrast, and refer to the evidence in the text to interpret, integrate, explain, and describe their reading perspective.
  • Students should show an ability to write informative, opinion, and narrative pieces with clear and coherent writing. Using the writing process, students will develop and strengthen their writing skills.
  • Research skills should be practiced over an extended period of time, using evidence from various texts to support, analyze and reflect on the research.
  • Students should participate in a range of class discussions, posing specific questions, paraphrasing the text, and giving support for their opinions.
  • Instruction should focus on correct punctuation, capitalization, multi-meaning words, and figurative language.

By the completion of fifth grade, students will master a variety of skills, including:

  • Demonstrate a command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
  • Summarize a written text read aloud or from the information presented in a variety of media and formats, including visual, quantitative, and oral.
  • Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in the story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic and be able to summarize the text.
  • Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
  • Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation; additionally, produce more substantial research projects demonstrating an understanding of the subject.
Additional Subject Areas

The following subject areas are currently under revision across the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Please contact the school directly if you would like more information regarding these standards and essential skills.

  • Science
  • Instructional Technology
  • Social Studies
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Physical Education/Health
  • World Languages

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