Grades 1-8

Skip Navigation LinksGrades-1-8

children working on projects

Home > Academics > Grades 1-8

 First through Eighth Grade Core Curriculum

​The curriculum at Mary Queen of Apostles School is aligned to the Pennsylvania State Standards and the Diocese of Greensburg curriculum guides. Children have core subjects of religion, mathematics, language arts, science, and social studies. The language arts program consists of reading, English, vocabulary, spelling, writing, and in the primary grades, phonics.

Special classes considered part of the core curriculum include art, music, computer, health, physical education, Italian, and for the primary and intermediate grades, library. 

 The Arts at MQA

Fine Arts at Mary Queen of Apostles include a weekly art class for students in kindergarten through eighth grade; a weekly general music class for those in kindergarten through third grade; a weekly liturgical music class for K-8; general music or intermediate​ chorus for fourth through sixth graders; and an option for music credit in grades seventh and eighth by selecting chorus or music exploration. MQA also offers free instumental lessons for students in third through eighth grades.  MQA has an excellent band program.


Mary Queen of Apostles School offers special programs to students in kindergarten through eighth grade connected to the curriculum. The programs are meant to develop interests, build problem solving and collaboration, integrate science, technology, engineering, art, and math, and build on student strengths.

child using microscopeA pre-engineering program, Project Lead the Way from Rochester Institute of Technology, is part of the science curriculum for students in grades six, seven, and eight. The middle school program includes computer aided drafting and design, automation and robotics, and digital electronics. 

Students in fourth, fifth and sixth grade are offered semester and year-long activities as electives. These activities  include newspaper, design technology, robotics, analog gaming, conductive sewing, coding, and more. 

Students in the primary grades are coding in computer class. They are also coding using hands-on activities that promote the process, logic, and sequence of thinking a puzzle through multiple iterations. They use BeeBots, Puzzlets, Lego We Do, K'nex Programmables, and resources. 

Four-year preschool offers a makerspace day each month to explore thinking and creating with BeeBots, Gearation, Magformers, and other building systems.

MQA now offers a Saturday Make Me a Maker six-week sessions twice a year for early learners with an adult.  These sessions are for those 2 and a half through 5 years old.

Rounding out the STEAM curriculum component, MQA offers students extra-curricular opportunities to participate and compete in Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science, Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair, and First Lego League Robotics.

 Humanities at MQA

Students in kindergarten through eighth grade learn how to research, write, create projects, and present them. Students also work collaboratively and in cross- curricular content areas to learn and share and present. Performances are used to demonstrate understanding. Student books are created. Student museums are used to share information. With our new SMALLab, students can share learning through movement!

Students in grades seven and eight are required to select a topic in history, research and write about it, and create a project as part of the Social Studies and English curriculum.

The history project may be selected to become a National History Day project. This extra-curricular competition is a wonderful way to experience the process of research, writing, presentation, and defense of a thesis. MQA also has a Forensics Competition Team and a Reading Team that competes in the Westmoreland Interscholastic Reading Competition. Students many also represent MQA in the Spelling Bee. ​​​