Educational Program

Mater Dolorosa School's mission is to teach as Jesus did through word and deed. We strive to help all students to develop to their full potential spiritually, academically and socially. Our educational program follows the guidelines established by the Springfield Diocese as well as the Massachusetts frameworks for each subject area.

Our educational program is divided into three levels and curriculum is adapted to meet the needs of the:

primary (K - 2)
intermediate (3 - 4)
middle school level (5 - 8)

In addition to our standard curriculum, Kindergarten through Grade 8 students also enjoy weekly visits to the Computer Lab, Liturgical Music, Art, Spanish and Physical Education classes.  Students in Preschool learn Spanish basics as a class with their classroom teacher.

The Science Lab is equipped with Science Fusion Lab Kits for students in grades K-8.

Our Kindergarten Program includes a "hands-on" approach to learning. This means that children learn through great literature experiences, learning centers, math manipulatives, and "hands-on" science experiments. Children use the learning centers to learn, reinforce, and master skills being taught by the teachers. For more information on our Kindergarten Program, please contact the school.

Since we are a Catholic School, religious instruction is at the heart of our curriculum. Religion classes are taught daily in all levels. The Loyola series is followed throughout all grades. In all academic areas we stress the gospel values in the Franciscan tradition and model the teachings of Jesus in our daily interactions. We teach our students to respect and value the uniqueness of each person.

We offer a strong academic program that encourages students to develop to their full potential. Understanding that students have different learning styles and learn at different paces, teaching methods are adapted to meet the various ways that students learn. Extra help is always available before or after school.

Please visit our Preschool page for information on our three-year old and four-year old Preschool program.