Organizational Structure of St. Matthew School

At St. Matthew School, both teachers and students are organized according to a unit system. There are two units:

  • Primary Unit Preschool, Kindergarten and Grades 1 and 2
  • Intermediate Unit: Grades 3, 4 and 5

A faculty member from each unit is selected by the unit members or is appointed by the principal. This person serves as a leader of the respective unit. Faculty unit leaders meet with the unit teachers at least once a month. The principal and the unit leaders constitute the coordinating committee of the school.

Provisions for individual differences in grades 1-5 is accomplished through school grade grouping. Presently, students are school grade grouped in reading and math. As a rule religion, guidance, science and social studies are taught by the home room teacher.

In all grade levels, music, physical education and art are taught by a specialist. We also employ a remedial teacher, media specialist and band instructor.

Accountability of the Administration and Staff

In all aspects of school administration, the principal and faculty are accountable to the Dubuque Archdiocesan Office of Education both for the content and the process of the educational program. These are continually monitored by a representative of the Archdiocesan Office of education who visits the school and is in close communication with principal of the school.

Every five years, St. Matthew School administration and faculty are required to conduct a self-evaluation of its educational program. This is followed by a day of monitoring by a team consisting of principals, teachers, and Archdiocesan Office personnel. A written summary of the team’s findings and a list of recommendations for improvements are sent to the school for study and implementation.

In addition, the Metropolitan Office of Catholic Education coordinates the activities of all the Catholic schools in Cedar Rapids and Marion. This office serves as a liaison with the public school system and with the Archdiocesan Office.