St. Augustine Prep offers over forty clubs and extra-curricular activities to enhance students’ experiences over their four years at the school. A young man’s ability to creatively express himself, hone his leadership skills, and work collaboratively will serve him well both in high school and the years beyond. The school’s many extracurricular offerings allow students to broaden their interests and talents in ways that not only benefit the individual and the school, but also the local and global community.
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The Academic Team participates in the Quiz Bowl, a nationally-recognized knowledge game played between students of rival schools. The team’s members are all students who demonstrate not only academic merit, but also a competitive spirit.
Attendance based or by invitation.
The club celebrates the Arabic language and cultures. This club is for students taking Arabic Courses.
The club’s major focus is to take history outside the classroom and explore it in a much more personal way. Admission is not granted by merely signing a piece of paper. Candidates must maintain a high average in their history class and prove their proficiency in the subject by passing a test. We welcome and embrace those who display a passion to delve deeper into the roots of the greatest story in human history.
National Junior Classical League: St. Augustine Preparatory Chapter
As a member of the National Junior Classical League, the St. Augustine Prep Chapter upholds the NJCL requirements for induction into the Latin Honor Society. Students must maintain an A average in their current course of Latin study, must be a member in good standing of the National Junior Classical League, and must exemplify good citizenship. In addition to these national requirements, students inducted into the St. Augustine Prep Chapter of the Latin Honor Society must have held an A average for 3 consecutive semesters in their Latin studies, must hold a grade point average of similar high standard, and must truly exemplify what it means to be a Christian Gentleman.
We the members of the Junior Classical League, covenant to hand on the torch of classical civilization in the modern world. We believe an acquaintance with the civilization of Greece and Rome will help us understand and appraise this world of today, which is indebted to the ancient civilization in its government and laws, literature and language, arts and culture. We affirm the JCL experience develops responsibility, fosters brotherhood, promotes enthusiasm, encourages competition, inspires dedication and enriches our total growth.
Members learn the ins and outs of the United Nations and work together to create resolutions to world issues. They participate in Model United Nations Conferences once a month.
Members must come to meetings and participate in monthly weekend conferences.
The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of academics, leadership, service, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921. Juniors at St. Augustine Prep may become eligible to apply to the NHS upon completion of their fifth semester. Students must have a weighted cumulative GPA of 93 or higher and be in good disciplinary standing in order to be invited to apply to the NHS. Students are then required to supply evidence of community service and leadership by submitting a resume and essay for review. A committee of five faculty members reviews the NHS applications and makes a decision on membership.
Robotics is a meeting place for students interested in computers, technology, and engineering. The club aims to spread awareness and raise interest within our school about robotics and is open to all students. We will be working with circuits, robot kits, and soldering.
This club and honor society have an academic standard for acceptance. Please see your language teacher for more details. If you meet the standards of this group, you will be invited to join.
The TestosterTones are an audition-only ensemble made up of the best singers in the school. These 10-12 hand-selected students perform a variety of music, from Renaissance music to contemporary pop songs. It is highly recommended that these students also participate in choir during the school day. Rehearsals take place outside of class time and the ensemble performs at both school and community events throughout the year.
Requirements to participate:
- For TestosterTones – See Mr. Stenswold for Audition information. Students must attend scheduled rehearsals and performances.
Members of the art club come together to make artwork, help others with artwork, and even raise funds for the community’s less fortunate. Every December, members hold a fundraiser that raises money for underprivileged women and children in the community.
In the fall semester, St. Augustine Prep presents its annual school musical. Participation in the musical is open to any and all Prep students. Girls from our sister school are also invited to join. While each performer is expected to sing, dance and act, all levels of talent are welcome. Also, there is always a need for those with technical skills to serve on stage crew. As a member of the stage crew, one may be called upon to not only build, paint, or move scenery, but also work on aspects of both lighting and sound for the production.
Mass Choir is open to all students interested in singing in the choir during our weekly celebration of Mass. Students that participate in Mass Choir come early to Mass on Wednesdays to warm up and prepare for the ceremony.
Pep Band performs at all Prep home football games. Four rehearsals are scheduled in late August, and periodically scheduled through the fall semester during open periods. Any Prep student that can play a band instrument is welcome and encouraged to join. This includes all brass, woodwind, and percussion instrumentalists. In addition, the pep band performs Christmas Carols as a service project at the Bishop McCarthy Residence in Vineland in December.
DECA Inc., formerly Distributive Education Clubs of America, is a 501 not-for-profit career and technical student organization with more than 225,000 members in all 50 U.S. states, Washington, DC; Canada, China, Germany, Poland, Guam, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Spain.
The Student Government is comprised of elected students who serve as the leaders of the student body. Each class has four representatives that work on class-specific events. There is also an Executive Committee of juniors and seniors.
The mission of the Hermit Ambassadors is to identify needs in our community and provide assistance and good cheer in order to ignite hearts with the passion of Caritas.
Some of our activities include:
- Hosting children from St. John of God School for a Halloween Party
- Easter Egg Hunt and Spring party for the children of St. John of God
- Making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for a homeless shelter in Atlantic City
- Delivering Valentine Day treats for the lady staff and faculty at the Prep
- Providing needy families within the community with Christmas baskets of cheer
- Cookie-dough fundraiser
Activities of this community service (Rotary) club include working at Habitat for Humanity, coordinating a Halloween party at AC Boys and Girls Club, annual Valentine’s visit to the Bishop McCarthy nursing home, adopting needy families at Christmas, wrapping Christmas gifts for Carmelite nuns, supporting the Together Youth Shelter in Glassboro, running the Pennies for Patients competition between classes for Lymphoma and Leukemia Society, and fundraising (Sprang boys- CHOP)
- Skills: responsibility, creativity, Caritas, self-direction, brainstorming, logistical implementation of projects, commitment to a common goal, and teamwork
- Process to Join: sign up/attend meetings/attend at least one major project
Student Augustinian Values Institute
This is a club for the sports enthusiast. Sports are about competition, and for the high school male, they are the ultimate drama. The sports world and its athletes provide many polarizing scenarios that will be positively discussed in order to hone the social skills necessary to engage others in years to come about that which we love: sports. This club will prepare you for future water-cooler sessions, brotherly arguments, and conversations with fellow sports-minded peers.
In order to join the club, you must have a passionate interest in sports and a desire to engage in conversation with others who may possess a differing point of view.
This club participates in two service projects: Christmas Adoption Program and Charity March Madness Tournament
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Luke Grippo (2024) - Prep News
“A man of action” may be the proper phrase to characterize Luke Grippo, a proud member of the Class of 2024 and President of the Prep News club at St. Augustine Prep. Luke is as driven a student as they come and he has expanded his club to include a student-led morning news broadcast. It is safe to say that Luke’s passion for journalism is well-received and shared by his brothers. With over 20 students on the roster, the Prep News Club and “Good Morning, Richland” broadcast has both clubs busy with weekly meetings and film sessions. Members are even hoping to make the journey to several of the major news outlets in the Delaware Valley. Well done, Luke!