Academics

Life-Long Learner

In addition to rigorous, college-preparatory coursework, St. Augustine Prep students participate in a variety of unique programs that complement their academic studies and prepare them to be contributory members of their world.

Third Semester

St. Augustine’s Third Semester program is an innovative academic experience that fosters empathy and global engagement. Third Semester courses offer Prep students a chance to study in an immersive environment which may include foreign travel, practical or professional study, social work, or intense academic research.

Current Third Semester programs include:

 

Tier 1

Central and Eastern Europe

Travel through the Iron Curtain and World War II to gothic cathedrals and ancient cities that are now more vibrant than ever! Berlin mixes historical significance, rich culture and exciting cosmopolitan energy. Prague, which escaped the bombs of World War II, woos you with old-world charm. Bratislava, which boasts its castle, is a stopping point through the scenic Tatra Mountains. Viena, with its art, culture and history, is considered the Paris of the east. And in Krakow and Budapest, two of Europe’s most underrated cities, architectural gems wait around every corner.

Italy over Thanksgiving/Christmas 

Spend four/five nights in Sorrento with daily breakfast, three dinners, and a trip along the coast for a spectacular lunch; and four nights in Rome, daily breakfast and two dinners, as well as a half-day bus tour of the city. Trip insurance and Pompeii entrance are included. We need to start planning now to make flight arrangements. All are welcome.

Switzerland/Germany

Explore Switzerland and Germany in a nine-day tour! Visit hydroelectric plants and take part in hands-on learning of alternative energy. Students will have the chance to walk the grounds of the BMW production headquarters and take a look at how manufacturing has changed with their new Eco-challenge. Additionally, a bike tour of beautiful Munich, Germany and the Olympic Park will be offered. A deposit of $100.00 must be made by October 10, 2018!

Peru

Experience an adventure of a lifetime in Peru! Explore Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley of the Inca, and A Journey of Self-Discovery in the magical city of Cuzco. Stay in culturally authentic hotels serving authentic and delicious cuisine. Sow seeds of brotherhood (and food) in the barren borderlands around the capital City of Lima using Permaculture principles. A $350.00 deposit must be made upon registration!

Washington State of Mind

This trip will take us from Philadelphia into Seattle, WA. We will visit the Boeing Plant, Microsoft Headquarters, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. We will take an Underground Tour of the Seattle City Centre, and visit the famous Space Needle and Pike’s Place Market. We will also spend a day visiting Mt. St. Helen’s and the site of the Volcanic Eruption in the late 1980s.

Spain Exchange

The Prep and OLMA students will travel to Madrid in January and spend three weeks living with a host family and attending school. They are immersed in the language and culture of Spain. While in Spain the students visit the monumental cities of Toledo and Segovia as well as touring Madrid. Students who participate in the exchange not only dramatically improve their Spanish skills but also experience cultural and personal enrichment that only living in another culture, immersed in a different life and education system, can offer. The students return to the United States as more confident, mature and worldly Augustinians. 

Australia Exchange

Our students will have the opportunity to travel to the “Land Down Under.” Up to ten students will spend up to three weeks with host families while going to school with their Australian, Augustinian counterparts at the Villanova College in Queensland. For downtime, the students will have the luxury of visiting the Steve Irwin Zoo, camping out on the beautiful beaches of Queensland, as well as surfing lessons. On the way home the men will be treated to a two day stay in Sydney. There they will see a show at the Sydney Opera House before starting their trip home!

 

Tier 2

Disney Business & Leadership

What skills and habits are necessary to evolve as an independent thinker and as a great leader? What are the paths that leaders choose in order to shape and to impact their relationships, attitudes and business results?  Participants will explore these questions and more as they uncover leadership strategies, techniques and behaviors that set Walt Disney World® Parks and Resorts leaders apart from all the rest as well as provoke career planning, goal setting and independence. This program offers practical training for students who aim to be productive leaders in their communities and careers.  Students will listen to presentations given by Disney Leadership Teams and Disney Imagineers through Disney’s “Yes” program and seminars.

Historic Boston/NE Colleges Tour

Historic Boston and Boston Colleges Third Semester will include a tours of the United States Naval Submarine Museum in Groton, CT, the Kennedy Museum, a Boston City Duck Tour, Fenway Park (possible game), a walk on the Freedom Trail as well as a visit to several local colleges including Boston College, Boston University, Merrimack College, Northeastern University etc. The college tours are subject to change based on their college calendars.

Economies of the Casino Industries: Las Vegas/Atlantic City

Compare the socio-economic impact of casino gambling in Las Vegas and Atlantic City by spending time behind the scenes! Students will explore the various parts of the entertainment and hospitality industry by visiting and touring hotels in both Atlantic City and Las Vegas. Students will learn about the hotel, culinary, security and entertainment sectors of the industry as well as how each of the cities takes a different approach to attracting and keeping customers. We will get tours of hotels in both cities, seeing the various suites, buffets, shows and security areas. Students will learn what it is like to keep a large scale operation such as a casino-hotel running smoothly.

Hall of Fame

Visit the Football, Baseball, Hockey and Rock Halls of Fame, As well as PNC Park (Pirates’ Stadium), Progressive Field (Indians’ Stadium), Rogers’ Center (Blue Jays’ Stadium). Students will understand the historical and important values each of these halls offer. Unwind with additional visits to Niagara Falls, The CN Tower, and Hershey Park.

Performing Arts (Disney)

The jazz band will perform in Disney in Orlando, Florida providing a wonderful opportunity to highlight St. Augustine Prep.

Coastal History of Virginia

The Coastal History of Virginia will explore this historic region beginning with the Jamestown colonists’ landing at Cape Henry. Central to our journey will be the epic clash of the ironclads in 1862 off Hampton Roads. In addition, we will journey to Fort Monroe and the Naval base at Norfolk. As David Farragut said, “Damn the Torpedoes, full speed ahead!”

 

Tier 3

Environmental Stewardship

The Environmental Stewardship Third Semester is for students who enjoy the outdoors and all it has to offer right here in New Jersey. Serve the community and learn about preserving NJ’s natural future. Students will participate in efforts to maintain and beautify local park trails, grounds and recreation areas and enjoy outdoor team building activities such as hiking, ropes course climbing, zip lining, canoeing and kayaking with certified instructors, wind boarding, fly casting, tree planting, archery tag, and frisbee golf and more. Try new activities, have fun outdoors, and help build community connections through service work.

Culinary Arts: Atlantic Cape Community College

This course is designed to provide the student with a fundamental overview of the foodservice industry. It will be a college-level training experience at the Academy of Culinary Arts School at ACCC. You will work with a world-renowned chef who is a faculty member at one of the top culinary arts schools on the east coast. The student will have the opportunity to sit at the chef’s table for lunch for a tasting of all foods made each day. The training will end with the cooking and serving of a buffet luncheon in Careme’s Restaurant. Each student may invite guests to the luncheon.

Saint John of God (Service )

This Third Semester program gives our  Prep students an opportunity to interact, in a positive and caring way,  with children and young adults who have special needs. St. John of God, located at 1145 Delsea Drive, in Westville NJ, is a most distinguished facility established for the care and education of children and young adults with special needs and handicaps. Both challenging and rewarding, this program provides our students with an opportunity to share their compassion and skills with these very special people under the direction of experienced caregivers, in both a classroom setting and in an on-site workshop. Assignments may include day-care situations (caring for youngsters) to helping the older teens with their daily schedule at St. John of God, to assisting handicapped “day-workers” who take on special assignments in the workshop for local businesses and private individuals.

In the Forest with Forrest

Students will go on a 5-day camping excursion in the beautiful Bass River State Park. While there, students will enjoy Kayaking, Nature Hikes, Ropes Course, Campfires and more. Students will learn various outdoor living techniques and about the local South Jersey Ecosystem.

Visual Arts: Camden County Community College

Ignite your creative skills in the Visual Arts with instruction and projects in Drawing, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, & Ceramics! One day will be dedicated to each subject combining hands-on practical experience with presentations on contemporary and historical artists. In addition, students will take a trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art!

Settlement to Skyline (Philadelphia)

Two weekends (Dec/Jan) with transportation, Hotel, event/exhibit tickets and dinner included. Study the History of Philadelphia’s roots and take a Colonial Era walking tour. Visit the Museum of the American Revolution, the Constitution Center and Independence Hall. Take a City Walking tour, see the Museum of Art, the Eastern State Penitentiary, and dine in Rittenhouse square. Finally, study the history of the BIG 5 and tour Penn /Drexel and attend a game at the Palestra!

Cultural Cuisine

Taste what the world has to offer in Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Latin and Asian cuisine. The course takes place on various times throughout the school year on weekend and after school.

Sports Management

This course meets throughout the year and offers various academic, athletic and service events to enhance your sports management and communication skills. You will become versed in the business and management side of professional sports and use those lessons learned to create your own franchise (final project). In addition, you will receive an in-depth overview and hands-on experience of how the Prep prepares its campus for some of the main events this year! 

Our Nation’s Vets

We will meet at the Vineland Veterans Home to provide any service the staff needs and to learn from the Veterans who have given so much in their youth protecting our country through their personal stories. In the past, we have helped put on barbecues, casino activities, movies, bingo and assist in Mass at the home.

Mental Toughness

Success in life requires people to be mentally tough.  This is the ability to persevere in the face of physical and psychological adversity.  It requires confidence, courage, performance-based results, and a tolerance to adversity.  This course seeks to help students develop mental toughness through physical and mental challenges.  It has high-adventure activities and is based on military organization.  

Excel in Math (SAT & Algebra II Preparation)

Work out your anxiety and frustration. The target population is for those who have had Algebra I and Geometry. Raise financial awareness of the student through real-world math applications. Raise career and college awareness of the student with reference to math. Increase student ability and understanding of the Ti-84 based calculator and perhaps MS Excel.

Comedy Central

Research the evolution of comedy and its influences on society by viewing and discussing CNN Documentaries and several comedy movies that illustrate the concepts they will learn in this course. Take in all that you have learned and seen to be able to write and produce your own comedy movie.

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Signature Programs at St. Augustine

Caritas Project

The Caritas Program is a service-oriented requirement of 100 or more hours through which rising seniors enrich the local and/or global community. Projects are entirely student-designed and student-driven and may be completed individually or in small groups. Recent endeavors include Costa Rica Lacrosse & Service, Summertime Swing Music Tour, and The Garden Project at St. Mary School.

Unitas Program

The relationship between teacher and student is vital to nurturing curiosity and a passion for learning at St. Augustine. Unitas connects freshmen with faculty advisors who support their students in their quest for knowledge.

Third Semester

The Third Semester Program allows underclassmen to become students of the world outside the classroom. Whether engaged in learning opportunities locally or internationally, students are forever changed by these dynamic experiences.