Academy boys in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade have expanded opportunities to build upon their critical thinking, social/emotional intelligence, and leadership skills that will help prepare them for high school and beyond. These final three years of their Academy career will be a time where their Bond of Brotherhood will be strengthened, forging friendships that often last a lifetime.
The program in the Middle School is arranged by departments to offer a planned sequence of courses. History, mathematics, language arts, and science courses are required to be taken in sequence. Students are provided a wide range of elective courses designed to enrich and focus on student interests. Fine arts and foreign language are available as an elective or core class. Middle School students participate in physical education or athletic classes daily.
San Antonio Academy believes that the more a student is involved with his school, the more he will be connected and motivated in all areas of his academic life. SAA encourages students to participate in a wide range of school sponsored extracurricular activities and teams to build relationships with his school and peers.
I don’t think I really understood how amazing you are, nor realized how much of an impact you were making on me. You are a school like no other. With amazing teachers, ideals, and curriculum, you raised us all to be outstanding young men.
– 8th Grader; Class of 2020
Homework and Daily Routine
Homework is a regular expectation for boys in Middle School on Monday through Thursday and occasionally over the weekend. Homework is given to reinforce classroom learning and establish good study skills and responsibility. Students should expect approximately 90 minutes of homework on weeknights and additional time for independent reading requirements.
A consistent daily/weekly routine is very beneficial for most children. Boys need guidance in managing after-school time and responsibilities. A parent’s ability to establish a regular place and time for homework is important for their son to successfully learn independence. The time invested in enforcing homework routines when boys are young will be rewarded later when homework help becomes more difficult for parents. Boys also need unstructured time each day for play. SAA encourages students to participate in school sponsored sports. Teachers are aware of important games and competitions so they are able to make adjustments to homework requirements. It is also essential that growing boys have a nourishing breakfast each day and a consistent, appropriate bedtime on school nights.
Addressing Academic Difficulty
SAA believes students should have access to high-quality instruction every day and in every class. It is understandable with a rigorous curriculum some boys may have a period of time when the school’s program is particularly difficult.
To assist with short-term challenges, any student in grades 3 through 8 may visit teachers for no-cost tutoring in their subject from 3:30 to 4:00 PM, Monday through Thursday. At times, the school may recommend that a student receive longer-term private tutoring, or parents may choose this option on their own. When tutoring takes place, the classroom teacher should be aware and able to communicate regularly with the tutor. A student who would like to work with an outside tutor or therapist on the school campus must receive permission from the Office of Student Services. Generally all tutoring should be done after school. If parents choose to utilize outside specialized practitioners, it may be possible to coordinate therapy during the school day by contacting the Director of Student Services.
Students with an identified learning disability may be eligible for academic accommodations. For further information about this topic, see The Guide to Academic Accommodations. Academic accommodations are not a guarantee of success or provide an unfair advantage.
When school lets out at 3:30 PM, Middle School boys have the opportunity to attend Homework Club or school-sponsored competitive sports such as football, track, baseball, golf, tennis, and more.