Religious Studies and Spiritual Formation at Saint Anne School are rooted in our core belief in the importance of the education of the whole child — mind, body, and spirit. At every grade level, our curriculum carefully follows the framework and standards of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in the four major themes of Catholic religious education: Scripture & Christian Life, Sacraments & Worship, Morality & Social Justice, and Christian Faith & Practice.
The spiritual journey begins in Kindergarten, with introduction of key concepts and values. In second and third grade, students prepare to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion which are celebrated as a class with ceremonies in the spring. Students in all grades have the opportunity to participate in school-wide Masses every Friday morning, taking turns in the preparation of the readings and rituals of these Masses.
Last year, teachers embarked on a new catechetical certification process through the University of Dayton. In this new program, all teachers started five courses in Catechetical Formation, which will continue over the next few years, and be supplemented with multiple seminars, observations, and other avenues of professional development. Teachers will complete coursework in the fields of Catholic Doctrine, Christian Morality, Scripture, Sacraments, Liturgy, Prayer, and Conscience.