Clubs, Programs, Electives

The Art Program is open to students in grades 5th – 8th as an elective. Students in grades 5th – 7th can choose the art elective for one semester only. Students in the 8th grade may choose art for the entire school year.

The focus of the counseling program includes the enhancement of communication among all individuals in our school. The program fosters relationships as a Christian community, helps to improve academic achievement, furthers student self-discipline, and provides guidance for social and emotional growth. Staff members and/or parents can make referrals to the counselors. Students may also visit the counselors on their own. If parents refuse counseling services for the child, they must notify the school in writing.

Cathedral-Carmel School has a fully equipped library which is available to all students and teachers. Students are able to use the wide variety of library materials and resources for study, reference, and enjoyment. Classroom work of the students is closely correlated with the school library, and each student learns proper use of the library and its resources. The library has a certified librarian and a full-time library assistant. The library uses a computerized card catalogue system, and students are able to check out books electronically.

The Accelerated Reading Program is a computerized reading software program that is utilized by students in grades 3rd – 8th. It enables teachers to manage literature-based reading by their students. Accelerated Reader’s main purpose is to motivate students to read more and to become lifelong learners who love to read. The program is also designed to help teachers assess reading comprehension and to aid in diagnosis and intervention. The Accelerated Reading Program has proven to be a successful component in the language arts curriculum and is a fine example of blending technology with literature-based reading.

The French elective is offered to students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.  French alternates with PE every other day and is one (1) semester in 6th grade and the full year in 7th and 8th grades.  To be accepted in the regular 7th grade elective class, students should have had French in 6th grade.  Students who participate in the French elective in 7th and 8th grade may receive one World Language credit in high school if they receive a passing grade both years.  Further, Accelerated Bilingual class is offered to students who qualify based on academic ability.  Those students need not have taken French in 6th grade.  The Accelerated Bilingual course consists of a full year combination ELA and French with French I taught in the 7th grade and French II taught in 8th grade.  It allows these students to participate in other elective offerings at CCS, including band, drama/speech, and art.  It also provides more elective options in high school as their World Language requirements for graduation have been fulfilled.

Handbell Choir is a mini-course designed to study the art of handbell ringing. Students should have some knowledge of music and must audition to be accepted into the class. The handbell choir is a full-year course and is offered to 8th graders. Handbell choir members perform for special liturgies and special programs on campus throughout the school year. Music class is offered as a semester elective in 7th grade and is a preparatory course for the Handbell Choir.

CCS offers a comprehensive band program for 5th-8th grade students who wish to learn how to play wind and percussion instruments.  The Cathedral-Carmel Band has engaged in extraordinary opportunities for music performance.  In 2016, the band travelled to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii to perform for the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  In 2019, the band travelled to New York City to perform on top of the USS Intrepid.  In addition, the band participates in numerous school events and church activities.  The CCS band program also includes a handbell ensemble, a percussion ensemble, and numerous chamber wind ensembles.    Visit our CCS band website.  2017-2018 Band Handbook