♦ All classes have daily religion instruction. Students in the eighth grade prepare for and receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Students receive the Sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation regularly. Adoration with Solemn Benediction, Stations of the Cross, the May Crowning, and the Advent Jesse Tree are part of the prayer life of the entire Academy.
♦ Advanced/accelerated mathematics is offered in 5th through 8th Grades to those students who qualify with report card grades, placement test scores, and standardized test scores above the cutoff.
♦ The Middle School is at the forefront of technology. Students in Grades 7 and 8 currently utilize Google ChromeBooks in class and at home on a one-on-one basis. For the 2015-16 school year, the program will be expanded to Grade and future plans include implementation of all Middle School grades at the rate of one additional grade per year. Students use the Chromebooks for research, homework, and emailing teachers to communicate on assignments. The addition of the Chromebooks is part of the Academy's Technology Vision, which aims to equip students with the tools that they will use throughout the remainder of their educational careers and into their professional careers.
♦ All students in grades 4 through 8 have an account on the Academy’s Google Apps domain. This account enables students to collaborate on assignments electronically, submit assignments and receive teacher feedback electronically, and utilize a closed email system to share assignments. As textbooks come up for refreshment/replacement, the physical books will be replaced with electronic books in the grades where Chromebooks are implemented.
♦ Students further enhance their musical intelligence in the areas of music theory, music appreciation and the history of music and drama through weekly music classes.
♦ For physical education, the weekly classes begin to incorporate fundamental skills in team sport activities. In all of the grade levels, the spirit of good sportsmanship is stressed.
♦ Students in fifth grade continue to advance in language development, adding the reading and writing components of Spanish. Also beginning in Grade Five, students embark on a three year course of study equivalent to a high school level Spanish I course.
♦ Students have regularly schedule Research Skills class to supplement the research and writing skills that are covered in Integrated Language Arts.
♦ Students in Grades 6-7 take Latin once per week in addition to the weekly Spanish class; students in Grade 8 take Latin twice per week.