Student Life

 
 

 

C R E W

Why Crew? Begin with the end in mind…Grace Academy Crew
Rowing has a tremendous amount of scholarship opportunities for students who are willing to look for them. Being part of a college crew team can be one of the best experiences of your life. Many coaches recruit based on academic history combined with the athletic potential of the applicant. Recruiting for a crew team is unique compared to other college sports. Due to Title IX, there are ample scholarships available for athletes who decide to commit fully to the sport. Most rowing coaches have a much higher academic requirement than what the NCAA requires.

Crew has two seasons, Fall and Spring. Practice is on Tuesdays and Thursday from 4:15P to 5:30P.  Two regattas are scheduled each season.  Opportunities to participate in Crew Camps during the summer are available.


FENCING

Grace Fencing Club Grace Academy offers fencing as an after school sport on Friday afternoons.  Maestro Jim Burcham from the Orlando Fencing Club comes once per week to help students improve their speed, balance, and sharp mindedness.  Students participate in a competitive fencing tournament during the school year.  Not only does fencing increase focus and cognitive thought processes, it also provides students the opportunity to participate in a niche sport that opens doors to possible scholarships.Grades K-3 meet from 3:00-4:00 pm; Grades 4-8 meet from 4:00-5:00 pm.

 

ENGINEERING
Engineering Logo

The motivation behind Engineering Club is to provide a positive image of engineering to students, engaging them in hands-on activities which could inspire them to choose a career in one of the many engineering disciplines.

Engineering Club is for grade levels 4-8 and is by teacher and/or administration recommendation only. Engineering Club meets on Fridays after school.


 

MATH COUNTS

The MATHCOUNTS Club PrMath Countsogram is a math enrichment initiative providing the structure and activities needed to encourage the formation of math clubs within schools. The program is designed to increase enthusiasm for math and to engage students using a variety of math activities. Students work to compete in The MATHCOUNTS Competition Program which is a national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program that promotes achievement through a series of fun and engaging “bee” style contests.  The program exists in all 50 states plus U.S. territories and the Department of Defense and State Department schools.

Math Counts Competition is for grade levels 6-8 but Level 5 students can participate in the club. Math Counts Club meets on Fridays after school.

CHESS

Two little boys playing chess Chess club is led by Steve Lampkin, the director of Learning Rx in the Ormond Beach area.  He is a chess master himself, and has started clubs in many of our local schools.  Students K-8 work on strategizing, patience, and problem-solving while learning to play a fair game with their peers.  Students exercise their brains each Friday morning from 8:00-8:40A. Why Chess? Here is a link to research that highlights some of the benefits to playing Chess (LINK).

 


 

OTHER ACTIVITIES AT GRACE ACADEMY

 

 

CAMP SOUTHWIND

The annual trip to Camp Southwind provides an experiential learning opportunity for students in grades 2-8.  This mandatory camping trip allows students to spend time outdoors and builds camaraderie among the students at Grace Academy.  Various learning projects will be completed during the day, while students also enjoy kayaking, swimming, sports activities, and a talent show.  We look forward to this trip every year as it is a unique and valuable learning opportunity for our students.

:: Camp Southwind 2013!

 

 

 

 

WASHINGTON D.C.

Our nation’s capital has so much to offer students regarding national history, remarkable discovery, and relevant issues relating to our county.  Every three years, students in grades 6-8 will partake in a guided tour of Washington, D.C. where they will be introduced to the Capitol building, the White House, the Smithsonian Museum, and Arlington National Cemetery.  A week is hardly enough time to explore this unique city and embrace the many experiences available to visitors.   Students will also spent a day in Amish County, enjoy an evening at a dinner theater, explore George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon, and cruise the Potomac River.  Careful planning for learning opportunities and site seeing options ensure this trip will be a memorable experience for your student.

 

 

 

ACADEMIC FIELD TRIPSGrace Academy Field Trips

Academic field trips can be an important—and enjoyable—element of learning. They often significantly enhance the content of a course by providing a type of information hard to convey in the classroom. Site visits contextualize or enhance historical or scientific data; interviews with participants, or observation of species, phenomena, or events often become an important part both of course content and the study of a discipline’s methodology.

We must use every educational tool to raise the academic levels of our children. Field trips occur during official school time and will therefore be employed as an important learning component.

Going to museums and cultural centers inculcates in children a love for the arts and their cultural heritage. A Stanford University study shows that a child with a love of the arts is four times more likely to have higher academic scores; three times more likely to be involved in student affairs; four times more likely to love reading and writing; and three times more likely to do volunteer work.