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Curriculum and Accreditation

Annunciation Catholic School is the only non-public school in the area that is accredited by the Mississippi Department of Education and the AdvanceEd (formerly known as Southern Association of Colleges and Schools). 

In compliance with the Diocese of Jackson, the Mississippi Department of Education, and the (new in 2012)Common Core State Standards** ACS provides the following:

Traditional Core Subjects:  Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies

Gifted Program:  All students participate in a school wide gifted program through the Atonomous Learners Model

Special Courses:  Art, Library, Music, Theatre and Physical Education

Technology:  Integrated technology program reinforces classroom content as students learn word processing, multi-media presentations,create databases and explore appropriate educational Internet sites.

Faith Formation: Daily religion classes, weekly liturgies, and sacramental preparation.

Support Services:  Part-time Testing/Special Needs Coordinator, Title I remediation, private piano, voice,flute and guitar, and After Hours program.  Support also provided on-site for identified students through The Columbus Municipal School District.

** Statement regarding Common Core

Instructional Strategies

Autonomous Learner Model (ALM): An innovative, research-based approach to learning that focuses on teaching students to be life long learners. 

Differentiated Instruction: A teaching concept in which the classroom teacher plans for the diverse needs of the students. 

Multiple Intelligences: A concept that allows the teachers to teach and assess students based on individual intellectual strengths and weaknesses. 

Personalized Learning: Small group instruction, remediation, independent projects and cooperative groups.

Arts Captivating Spirits (ACS): Through the use of art (including performing art), ACS is an instructional strategy that enriches the cultural education of our students and enhances all subject areas.  We have a team of teachers that were specifically trained to implement this unique approach throughout our school.
Annunciation Students Take International Approach to Learning
Columbus Dispatch: The sombreros were nearly as tall as the preschoolers wearing them, evoking smiles, a flurry of camera flashes and proud parents hefting iPads to video the youngsters.  

As the first notes of "La Cucaracha" filled the gymnasium at Annunciation Catholic School Thursday night, the pint-sized performers grasped their maracas and waited for the cue from music teacher Celsie Staggers.  At times, it was hard to tell who was having more fun, Staggers or her students. Click here to read more of article by Columbus Dispatch writer, Carmen K. Sisson.