Academics

Third Semester

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.

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.




In order to ensure the health and safety of all travelers and to avoid potential problems while traveling domestically and abroad, all students are required to be fully vaccinated in order to take part in such trips.  As mandated, students must have proof of vaccination readily available when participating in courses requiring travel.


Per the U.S. State Department passports must have 6 months of validity remaining on them to use for travel. Therefore, if a passport is set to expire at any point in 2022, it must be renewed prior to travel on Third Semester trips in May and June of 2022.

Renewal dates are subject to your particular trip, but EF generally requires passport information 110 days before departure.

In the event that a student must quarantine during the trip, EF has provided for coverage under their Covid Care Policy. These benefits are provided at no additional cost to the traveler and are fully outlined on EF’s policy page.

https://www.eftours.com/health-and-safety#covid-care

Please note: Students traveling on non-EF tours are required to purchase a Private COVID Insurance Policy.  Information will be provided by the lead teacher of those non-EF tours.


If, at any time up to 110 days prior to departure, you decide that you no longer wish to travel, you have two options:

  • Receive a refund from EF, except for $500 (due to the need to reserve a flight and other travel accommodations)
  • Transfer your money (100%) into a voucher that can be used on a trip in 2023

Additionally, if travel conditions change due to COVID-related issues within the 110-day window and the scheduled trips are forced to postpone or reschedule, the same options (refund or voucher) will remain in place. These policies are explained in full under EF’s Peace of Mind Program.

https://www.efexploreamerica.com/help-center/policies/coverage-flexibility#programs

Please note: Students traveling on non-EF tours are required to purchase Private Trip Insurance.  Information will be provided by the lead teacher of those non-EF tours.

Parent Guide: https://www.efexploreamerica.com/eliterature/ea_parent_guide.pdf

EF Domestic Traveler Support phone number (for all outstanding questions that aren’t answered in the parent guide): 888-333-9756 (Mon-Fri 9-5)

All international courses are only open to underclassmen, seniors may not register for these courses at this time.  Third Semester trips are for students only, parents are not permitted to accompany any of the courses listed.


Click the drop-down menu below to view course descriptions and registration details

 




Price: $4,620

Student Eligibility: Open to underclassmen only (No Seniors)

Seats Available: 14

Lead Teacher: Mr. Grealis

Dates: (Tentative) June 1, 2022 – June 10, 2022

Registration: hermits.com/japan

Description:  Japan has had many identities through the centuries; its story is a fascinating one. Tokyo is the modern-day center of pop culture and business – explore it from the Harajuku shopping district to Akihabara electric town. Kyoto remains the most traditional of the big cities- visit the Golden Pavilion, Niji Castle, the often-photographed Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine, and the bamboo forest. The country has unsurpassed natural beauty—see it from the window of the high-speed shinkansen bullet train and in the majestic lakes and mountains of Hakone National Park. Experience this once isolated Eastern Culture and indulge in its Cuisine on what will definitely be the journey of a lifetime.

Parent Guide: https://www.efexploreamerica.com/eliterature/ea_parent_guide.pdf

EF Domestic Traveler Support phone number (to enroll by phone or for all outstanding questions that aren’t answered in the parent guide): 888-333-9756 (Mon-Fri 9-5)

Price: $6,355

Student Eligibility: Open to underclassmen only (No Seniors)

Seats Available: 4

Lead Teacher: Mrs. Shaner

Dates: (Tentative) June 28, 2022 – July 11, 2022

Registration: hermits.com/scandinavia

Description:  Discover the Scandinavian life! Unwind in a Finnish sauna and pedal through the colorful capital of Denmark to see firsthand why these Nordic countries have topped the UN’s World Happiness Report.  Your journey starts in Helsinki then heads to Stockholm to experience fika – the tasty tradition of sharing coffee with friends – and channel your inner-Nobel Laureate while there.  Your last stop is Copenhagen, an eco-friendly city that inspires fairytales and understands the importance of embracing life’s little pleasures.  End your trip in Berlin, where you’ll come together with other students and teachers to focus on The Impact of Sports & Wellness around the world.

Parent Guide: https://www.efexploreamerica.com/eliterature/ea_parent_guide.pdf

EF Domestic Traveler Support phone number (to enroll by phone or for all outstanding questions that aren’t answered in the parent guide): 888-333-9756 (Mon-Fri 9-5)


Price: $5,720

Student Eligibility: Open to underclassmen only (No Seniors)

Seats Available: 4

Lead Teacher: Mr. Boody

Dates: (Tentative) June 6 – June 16, 2021

Registration: hermits.com/southafrica

Description: Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, Cape Town
While this country’s spotted and striped inhabitants are memorable, it’s the social, political, and cultural lessons of South Africa that are sure to leave a lasting impression. Standing in Nelson Mandela’s former home adds powerful context to his fight for democracy and reconciliation, while Cape Town is a favorite destination for many thanks to its cosmopolitan atmosphere and stunning scenery. As you explore South Africa’s cultural diversity, remarkable wildlife, and natural landmarks, you’ll begin to understand the story of an entire continent.

Parent Guide: https://www.efexploreamerica.com/eliterature/ea_parent_guide.pdf

EF Domestic Traveler Support phone number (to enroll by phone or for all outstanding questions that aren’t answered in the parent guide): 888-333-9756 (Mon-Fri 9-5)




Price: $2,335

Student Eligibility: Open to underclassmen only (No Seniors)

Lead Teacher: Mrs. McHugh

Dates: May 31, 2022 – June 4, 2022

Registration: hermits.com/florida

Description: Hemingway. Key lime pie. Six-toed cats. The Florida Keys have many claims to fame but the greatest among them? The 1800 miles of mangrove tree shoreline that shelters and protects over 6,000 species. And the keys don’t stop there—with the 3rd largest living coral barrier reef system in the world, the Florida Keys harbors an ecosystem like no other. Explore the caves of central Florida, marshes and swamplands via airboat, visit Manatee lagoon, and snorkeling at the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, an underwater park and the first of its kind in the U.S.

Parent Guide: https://www.efexploreamerica.com/eliterature/ea_parent_guide.pdf

EF Domestic Traveler Support phone number (to enroll by phone or for all outstanding questions that aren’t answered in the parent guide): 888-333-9756 (Mon-Fri 9-5)

Price: $2,272

Student Eligibility: Open to underclassmen only (No Seniors)

Lead Teacher: Mr. Laws

Dates: June 1, 2022 – June 6, 2022

Registration: In-Person • January 11, 2022 – January 14, 2022 (First Deposit: $500)

Description: Participants will explore 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.

Price: $1,552

Student Eligibility: Open to underclassmen only (No Seniors)

Lead Teacher: Mr. Wooster

Dates: May 1, 2022 – June 3, 2022

Registration: hermits.com/DC

Description:Explore the Smithsonian (National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of Natural History) Korean War Veterans Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Visit Arlington National Cemetery and witness the changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and the Library of Congress.

Parent Guide: https://www.efexploreamerica.com/eliterature/ea_parent_guide.pdf

EF Domestic Traveler Support phone number (to enroll by phone or for all outstanding questions that aren’t answered in the parent guide): 888-333-9756 (Mon-Fri 9-5)

Price: $1,399

Student Eligibility: Open to underclassmen only (No Seniors)

Lead Teacher: Mr. Renzulli

Dates: May 30, 2022 – June 4, 2022

Registration: In-Person • January 11, 2022 – January 14, 2022 (First Deposit: $500)

Description: Explore the Halls of Fame for Baseball (Cooperstown, NY) Football (Canton, Ohio), Hockey(Toronto, ON) and Rock & Roll (Cleveland, Ohio)! Take in a pair of Major League Baseball games at the SkyDome (Toronto Blue Jays vs. Chicago White Sox). Stop at Niagara Falls and enjoy the Hornblower Niagara Cruise!

Price: $1,410

Student Eligibility: Open to underclassmen only (No Seniors)

Lead Teacher: Mr. Rodio

Dates: May 29, 2022 – June 3, 2022

Registration: In-Person • January 11, 2022 – January 14, 2022 (First Deposit: $500)

Description: Compare the socio-economic impact of casino gambling in Las Vegas and Atlantic City by spending time behind the scenes. You will explore the various parts of the entertainment and hospitality industry by visiting and touring hotels in both Atlantic City and Las Vegas.

Price: $850

Student Eligibility: Open to underclassmen only (No Seniors)

Lead Teacher: Mr. Carmichael

Dates: June 6, 2022 – June 10, 2022

Registration: In-Person • January 11, 2022 – January 14, 2022 (First Deposit: $300)

Description: Explore the wonders of the Empire State from Niagara Falls to the Erie Canal.



Price: $1,000

Student Eligibility: Open to underclassmen only (No Seniors)

Lead Teacher: Mr. D’Amico

Dates: May 31, 2022 – June 9, 2022

Registration: In-Person • January 11, 2022 – January 14, 2022 (First Deposit: $300)

Description: Experience college-level training at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College. 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! You will eat what you cook which will consist of various entrees, appetizers and tons of desserts!

Price: $750

Student Eligibility: Open to underclassmen only (No Seniors)

Lead Teacher: Mrs. Marshall

Dates: May 31, 2022 – June 9, 2022

Registration: In-Person • January 11, 2022 – January 14, 2022 (First Deposit: $300)

Description: Let’s “keep it local” on this action-packed Jersey Shore third semester. We will be tubing,deep sea fishing, dolphin watching, kayaking and seining, parasailing, completing a ropes course and skimming through a world of avian wonders with a salt marsh safari.

Price: $750

Student Eligibility: Open to underclassmen only (No Seniors)

Lead Teacher: Mr. Ney and Mr. Maisonet

Dates: May 31, 2022 – June 9, 2022

Registration: In-Person • January 11, 2022 – January 14, 2022 (First Deposit: $300)

Description: This course seeks to help students develop mental toughness through physical and mental challenges.  It is based upon high-adventure activities and military organization.  Sample activities: Paintball and a Ropes Challenge Course.

Price: No Cost

Student Eligibility: Open to underclassmen only (No Seniors)

Lead Teacher: Ms. D’Amico

Dates: May 14, May 21, May 31 – June 3, June 4

Registration: TBA

Description: This course will take place on Saturday’s from 8:00 am-2:00 pm. you will have the opportunity to help with the construction of a new home. With assistance from skilled construction supervisors, you will work together on a build site. Tools and building materials will be provided. Safety training and a printed certificate of a passing score are required in order to participate.

Price: No Cost

Student Eligibility: Open to underclassmen only (No Seniors)

Lead Teacher: TBA

Dates: May 31, 2022 – June 9, 2022

Registration: In-Person • January 11, 2022 – January 14, 2022

Description: What happens when innovation and exploration in space become open to entrepreneurship? Let’s find out when we anchor these concepts with space Exploration!

Price: No Cost

Student Eligibility: Open to underclassmen only (No Seniors)

Lead Teacher: Mr. Blystone

Dates: May 31, 2022 – June 9, 2022

Registration: In-Person • January 11, 2022 – January 14, 2022

Description: Every day will be a different experience in which you will be of service to your neighbors in the surrounding communities, gain a sense of purpose and perhaps enable the discovery of a new passion or interest.

Price: No Cost

Student Eligibility: Open to underclassmen only (No Seniors)

Lead Teacher: Mrs. Wilkinson

Dates: May 31, 2022 – June 9, 2022

Registration: In-Person • January 11, 2022 – January 14, 2022

Description: Prepare for the SAT in the comforts of Richland’s Proud and Peaceful Glen.  This SAT Prep course will concentrate on the finer points of SAT reading, vocabulary and writing skills along with math practice.

Price: No Cost

Student Eligibility: Open to underclassmen only (No Seniors)

Lead Teachers: Mr. Stenswold and Mrs. Chapman

Dates: May 31, 2022 – June 9, 2022

Registration: In-Person • January 11, 2022 – January 14, 2022

Description: Film is one of our most prominent art forms. In many ways, it is a reflection of our culture, as it is a primary means of entertainment and escape. The study of film has often centered on the visual components with little attention given to the role that music plays. The purpose of this course is to obtain an increased awareness of the many aspects of film and the unmistakable role of a film’s soundtrack. Partnering the understanding of films’ narrative structures, cinematic elements, and historical contexts with the functions of their scores will enhance your appreciation of films as a whole, allowing you to more fully appreciate the art and craft of film. Let’s watch, and listen, to some movies!

Price: No Cost

Student Eligibility: Open to underclassmen only (No Seniors)

Lead Teachers: Mr. Hale

Dates: May 31, 2022 – June 9, 2022

Registration: In-Person

Description: ***NEW COURSE OFFERING*** We are the diamond of South Jersey! Work alongside our staff to learn and to appreciate how to maintain the complexity of our campus from the ground up to the buildings. Learn the basics in painting, handling and repairing small power equipment and for creating landscape and student areas.

Price: No Cost

Student Eligibility: Open to underclassmen only (No Seniors)

Lead Teachers: Mr. Scaffidi

Dates: May 31, 2022 – June 9, 2022

Registration: In-Person

Description: ***NEW COURSE OFFERING***Learn about New Jersey’s law enforcement agencies: their responsibilities, activities, hiring requirements, physical requirements, dangers and career opportunities. Guest speakers from a variety of units such as Arson and Bomb, K-9 , CSI, major crimes/homicide Swat, and Narcotics/Undercover will undoubtedly captivate your interest.

Price: $175

Student Eligibility: Open to underclassmen only (No Seniors)

Lead Teachers: Mr. Kiedasch

Dates: May 31, 2022 – June 9, 2022

Registration: In-Person

Description: ***NEW COURSE OFFERING*** Dogs, cats, birds, turtles, ferrets, mice, hamsters, even fish (tropical or just plain goldfish), all can be part of your family. Learn the responsibility of properly maintaining and caring for shelter animals, as well as your own, through feeding, walking, cleaning, and playing with them. Learn about the importance of spaying and neutering animals as a means of population control, the horrors of animal cruelty and the legal ramifications of abusing an animal. Visits will include the Funny Farm Rescue and Sanctuary.


2021-22 Third Semester Course Catalog

 

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.