Even when the school day ends, the Academy keeps its doors open for children who opt to take advantage of the many opportunities for enrichment. The intramural sports program for Grades 1-5 and the Middle School interscholastic athletic program make use of the school’s extensive athletic facilities. There are a host of non-athletic offerings as well. Fourth and fifth graders may learn a range of recipes and prepare culinary delights in cooking class. Chess club for kindergarten through Grade 8 challenges a child’s intellect and gives students yet another opportunity to excel. Students may participate in tournaments that are open to the community, or be invited to compete on the Academy’s award-winning chess team, which has brought home a team trophy and individual medals from the Michigan Chess Association state championship each year it has participated.
Members of the Blue Crew, a group of fifth and sixth graders under the supervision of a faculty advisor, work the concession stands at home games, operate the scoreboard, make banners and signs, dress up as the school mascot, and generally help to build spirit.
Many fifth through eighth grade students participate on the Academy’s forensics team. Students compete in the categories of drama, poetry, declamation, impromptu, duo and multiple interpretation, and storytelling. Practices are held once a week after school as well as during school hours. Many alumni refer to the benefits of this training in and exposure to public speaking later in life, when they are giving presentations in high school, college or even their professional lives.
The Academy also offers an After Care program for parents who wish their children to spend a longer day with us on a regular basis. Students may attend the After Care program every day or simply when they are not involved in an after school activity.
Whatever the activity, students have yet another opportunity to learn valuable skills, spend time with friends, get to know faculty members outside of the classroom, and be a contributing member of the Academy community beyond the school day.