In an extension of the school’s rich curriculum, SJA offers a variety of in-school and after-school classes to open new doors and awaken sometimes surprising new talents. We strive to bring in outside expertise in the fine arts, performing arts and a variety of other areas.
During the school day we offer a number of special programs including:
Music lessons on flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, saxophone and drums are available, through a fee-based program, to students in Grades 4-8. Each student has a one half hour lesson during the school day on a rotating basis. In addition, full band rehearsals are held once a week after school. There is a Beginning Band Program for the first year students and Advanced Band for students who have more experience. The musicians perform in concerts, and are called on to perform at school functions and church services. The band is under the direction of Mr. Christopher Hills who has been a band instructor for over 25 years.
Mr. Hills can be contacted at [email protected]
Battle of the Books
The Battle of the Books is a voluntary reading program for students in Grades 3-7, organized by parents in cooperation with the teachers. Students are given grade appropriate reading lists in November. They are required to read a specific number of books from that list during the school year to qualify for the competition. In the Spring, teams are formed and students in each grade compete in a fun “Jeopardy style” contest. The team that answers the most questions correctly wins.
Junior high students in grades 6 through 8 have the opportunity to participate in the annual Science Olympiad, competing against other area schools in a regional science meet. The challenging events range from bridge building to creating high-flying bottle rockets, and matching wits with other students to demonstrate knowledge of science topics such as anatomy, meteorology or ornithology. Preparation for these events stretches over several months, both in the classroom, and before and after school, as the practical application of science ignites students’ enthusiasm.
Honors Math Track
Advanced math students in junior high are offered an accelerated progam that offers pre-algebra in 6th grade, algebra in 7th grade and the possibility of attending an Honors Geometry class for junior high students at Evanston Township High School in 8th grade. Placement into these tracks is based on standardized test scores.
Other Enrichment activities include:
- Winter and Spring Musical Performances
- Annual Junior High Play
- Student Designed Year Book
- Representative Student Council for Grades 5 – 8
After School Activities
A wide range of specialized activities also are offered after school including:
- Chess Club
- Summer Learning Camps
- Young Rembrandts art classes
- Improvisational acting classes