We're proud to offer co-curricular and extracurricular opportunities led by SAA faculty, staff, parent volunteers, and enrichment partners who are deeply committed to the education and development of our students beyond the classroom.
Mission of Extracurriculars at SAA
Extracurriculars at Science & Arts Academy strive to cultivate a sense of belonging, foster school spirit, increase collaboration with students in different grade levels, and provide opportunities for students to connect with teachers outside of the classroom. Our objective is to provide every student with the opportunity to take advantage of at least one learning opportunity beyond the classroom that will enrich his/her school year experience. We accomplish this by delivering high value programming - diverse options at low costs on the SAA campus - to our students.
Participation & Impact
Current or former faculty and parent volunteers facilitate 90% of offerings and 4 of every 5 students participate in at least one school sponsored extracurricular each year, demonstrating our community’s deep commitment to cultivating the academic abilities, creative talents, and emotional growth of students beyond the classroom.
SAA recognizes the challenge of balancing extracurricular involvement with the concern of over-scheduling. The school understands that students and families have varied interests and goals, logistical challenges, and other circumstances that dictate participation levels. We encourage students and families to participate at a level that feels right for them. Student and parent satisfaction is continually assessed through surveys and other feedback mechanisms, and informal program observations are conducted periodically.
We’re appreciative of our families who give generously of their time, talent, and treasure to our extracurricular programs. Volunteerism takes many forms: leading a semester or yearlong activity, providing snacks for competitions, transporting students to off-site events, and more. Participation in extracurriculars is contingent on students maintaining good academic standing and adhering to the same behavioral expectations as the regular school day.
Every school year year we look forward to providing a wonderful extracurricular experience to our student body, whether it be on stage, in the lab, on the field, or somewhere in between! For questions about our extracurricular program please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-827-7880.
Below are some of the extracurricular opportunities offered to SAA students.
Basketball Team (5th-8th)
Varsity and JV teams compete against local schools. SAA’s middle school basketball teams are for students of any playing experience level.
Cross Country Team (5th-8th)
SAA’s middle school cross country teams are for students of any running experience level. and JV teams compete against local schools.
Soccer Clinics (JK-3rd)
Non-competitive clinics use positive reinforcement to teach children soccer skills in a fun, engaging, and educational environment.
Language & Culture
Certamen Team (6th-8th)
The Certamen Team gives students the opportunity to compete with schools in their region on questions related to Latin language, Greco-Roman mythology, history, and culture.
Club Español (JK-8th)
Spanish immersion classes taught by Excellerate Learning Academy. Students learn basic conversational Spanish and about the culture.
Mandarin Class (JK-8th)
Students learn about Chinese culture through games, dress, and history by a local Chinese teacher (originally from Taiwan). This class is for anyone who is excited to learn about the language and culture - no previous Mandarin experience needed!
Theatre & Music
Middle School Musical (5th-8th)
Students may choose to participate in the annual after-school musical production as a cast member or work in the technical crew. Past productions include Lion King, Jr., Willy Wonka, Jr., and Beauty and the Beast, Jr.
Middle School Play (5th-8th)
Students may choose to participate in the annual after-school play production as a cast member or work in the technical crew. Past productions include The Enchanted Bookshop, Seusspeare: Hamlet, and The Birds.
Private Music/Voice Lessons (JK-8th)
Students can take private piano, flute, saxophone, violin, viola, and voice lessons from individual instructors.
Community Problem Solvers (5th-8th)
Students learn powerful lessons about creating change, dealing with local authorities and organizations, and making a positive impact on real problems in the community.
National Junior Honor Society (7th-8th)
Members are inducted into this international student organization for excellence in scholarship, service, and citizenship.
Positive Learning Environment Student Task Force (4th-8th)
Members promotes positive activities amongst the SAA student body.
Student Advisory Board (5th-8th)
Middle school members share their perspective on school issues with the school's leadership..
Student Council (5th-8th)
Student leadership program that promotes service at both SAA and in the local community.
Student Library Assistants Board (5th-8th)
Members recommend and implement improvements to the school's library program.
3rd-4th Grade Math Club
This club is for students who love math and want more challenge, or for those who want to improve their problem solving skills. For five months students participate in the monthly MOEMS (Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle School Students) meets and learn how to solve the problems they worked on for the meet and share ideas with others in the club.
K-2nd Grade Math Club
Enrichment based math activities for younger students to complement the school day curriculum.
Mental Math Abacus Training & Speed Math (K-8th)
The Mental Math - Abacus Training method (MMAT) is an innovative approach to math and taught by experienced mathematician.
Middle School Math Club (4th-8th)
The Middle School Math Club is a welcoming environment for those students who love math, but who aren’t interested in competitions in math. The club works on fun activities during the year and participates in both MOEMS and Purple Comet Math Meet along with the Middle School Math Team.
Middle School Math Team (5th-8th)
Varsity and JV teams prepare for and compete in several math contests and meets.
Elementary Science Olympiad (3rd-4th)
A standards based STEM program and segue into the middle school division that incorporates hands-on activities combined with traditional learning methods. ESO makes an excellent segue for students who decide to pursue the middle school division of Science Olympiad.
Girls Excelling in Math & Science (1st-2nd girls)
This science, math, and engineering club for girls builds, creates, problem solves and does experiments with a focus on science, math and engineering.
Science Enrichment Program (JK-1st )
Mad Science encourages scientific literacy in children in age when science is as vital as reading, writing, and arithmetic through unique, hands-on science experiences for children that are as entertaining as they are educational.
Rigorous, standard-based science challenges across an array of STEM disciplines. Students participate on teams in various events with coaches throughout the competitions during the year.
Strategy & Additional Enrichment
Chess Club (1st-8th )
SAA’s Chess Club allows for students to meet to improve their skills and learn from others.
Chess Enrichment Program (1st-8th)
CHESS-ED provides this professional chess program that is fun, exciting and dynamic. The program will provide the novice, the continuing student, and the advanced player with chess knowledge that will move each of them to a new level of expertise.
Cooking Classes (JK-4th )
Our professional chef instructors from Sticky Fingers Cooking guide kid chefs by providing safe, entertaining, hands-on learning throughout the class, but it’s the kid chefs who do the prepping and cooking!
Girl Scouts (K-5th girls)
Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors have fun while developing leadership skills and participating in service learning projects that benefit the school, community, and world.
For a complete list of extracurricular offerings and details for the 2021-2022 school year, please contact the school office.