Academic Extras

Our goals are to:

  • Offer programs across the curriculum- math, language arts, science, social studies, geography, etc.
  • Provide academically advanced students with additional academic challenge and an opportunity to transfer their learning skills to new material and situations.
  • Offer programs that appeal to students’ curiosity, create excitement in learning and give students a sense of confidence in their abilities.

To meet these goals, Saint Ambrose offers a wide variety of academic activities designed to meet the needs of our students’ talents and interests. These activities include:

Extra!- this is a pull out program for academically advanced students in grades 2-5 taught by our enrichment coordinator. Material is taught in six week units. with each grade meeting one hour per week. Units include topics in science, geography, math, language arts, social studies, etc.

Math Masters/ Math Counts- these state and national math programs allow students in grades 5-8 to work through challenging math problems and compete in math meets.

Math Masters – is a state program open to advanced math students in 5th and 6th grades. Students work on challenging math problems throughout the year and compete in a regional competition in the spring.

Junior High Math League- students in grades 7 & 8 meet weekly before school and compete in monthly math meets.

Junior High Math League/Math Counts – participating students in grades 7 and 8 meet each week to prepare for monthly math meets with area schools. Math Counts is a state/national competition open to those students who have participated in the Jr. High Math League.

Academic Triathlon- this state sponsored program allows students in grades 5-8 to use their creativity, knowledge and teamwork skills in a competitive group setting.

Science Fair- students in grades seven and eight study the scientific method and explore a topic of their choosing for our Science Fair in January. Eighth grade projects are judged and winners move on to a regional competition.

Word Masters- a nationally recognized vocabulary/critical thinking program fro grades 3-5.

National Geographic Bee- this national bee is open to all students in grades 4-8.

Quiz Bowl- this is a knowledge bowl competition for 8th grade students.

Junior Great Books- this program exposes children in grades 1-5 to great pieces of literature from various cultures.

Art Adventure- is a program coordinated by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts which allows students to learn about and appreciate art themes, mediums and artists.

Scrabble Scramble- students in grades 6-8 meet weekly for an hour before school and move between various scrabble boards and opponents.

Tap Tape Trivia- students in grade 8 meet weekly before school to participate in general knowledge competition around a variety of themes.