Signature programs

Discover, Imagine, Venture, and Explore

Shelton Academy’s D.I.V.E. is a unique marine biology and life science experience and the only program of its kind in the city of Doral!

D.I.V.E. incorporates:

  • Weekly hands-on study sessions at school
  • Maintenance of Sea-Scope Tank
  • Leadership Training
  • Field Study Trips
  • Lab Experiments
  • Family Camping Trips

The goal of the program is to achieve academic excellence through experiential learning. Enhancing the curriculum taught at Shelton, biologist apprentices participate in weekly hands-on study sessions where they put into practice scientific techniques in the process of learning about marine sciences.

The courses are entwined within Shelton’s curriculum with the purpose of nurturing marine biologists through discoveries, experiences, excursions, and encounters in order to promote environmental stewardship.

Study Sessions

  • Coastal nature hikes and explorations
  • Critter-catching using seine nets and bottom nets
  • Plankton collection using nets
  • Kayak adventures
  • Snorkeling excursions
  • Animal encounters
  • Visits to lab and animal rehabilitation centers
  • Camping trips

Sea-Scope Tank

D.I.V.E. incorporates the maintenance and animal care of the Sea-Scope Tank at the school. This lab portion of the program allows students to learn about water quality, biochemistry, lab techniques, and animal husbandry through hands-on activities and experiments. Teachers and students are responsible for the maintenance, animal care, and water quality of our Sea-Scope Tank. Students are also involved in the tracking information and data analysis collected during the Sea-Scope labs.

Learning Outcomes

Students participating in D.I.V.E. are expected to:

  • Understand and apply fundamental theories and concepts of the biological or environmental sciences.
  • Develop the inquiry and observational skills to formulate scientific questions.
  • Understand and develop basic experimental methodology, including the proper use of scientific analysis.
  • Evaluate evidence critically.
  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Research the scientific literature using print and electronic resources.
  • Understand the ethics and environmental impacts of student and societal actions. Provide research tools for marine life scientists to find useful resources with information on current research, news, etc. and to highlight the impact of the work they are doing in the marine life sciences.

Nature Postings

D.I.V.E. is run in conjunction with Nature Postings, Inc., established with the purpose of embracing nature and education through hands-on study sessions, interpretive programs, camping trips, retreats, encounters, adventures, camps, celebrations and more! The curriculum incorporates multidisciplinary approaches to the study and enjoyment of nature and science, creating experiences that will allow participants to decode the unspoken language of it.

The teachers create the most superb quality of unique adventures and discoveries our participants could ever have! They are passionate about education and love to use nature as their classroom. The NP Squad is trained in multidisciplinary sciences and techniques, and their most important goal is to decode nature’s postings messages and teach the students the knowledge of nature’s voice.

“We want our kids to learn, not memorize; we want them to explore and be engaged. We want them to be in a nurturing environment where they can spend quality hours. Academically, they are excelling and seeing the same material they would at any other top school but with the difference that they use technology, arts and music to integrate the kids learning. We recommend Shelton to anyone looking for a well-rounded curriculum and safe environment for their kids.”

Natalia Echeverri, Parent

Marvel. Illuminate. Notice. Dream. Share.

A program that focuses on human anthropology, was designed to grant our students the opportunity to learn how civilization and expression of its culture is interconnected with art history, music, and architecture. MINDS has been created in collaboration with the Prado Museum and the University of Navarra, in Spain.

The purpose of MINDS is to foster the love of art and culture through interesting and dynamic classes that have been strategically adapted to fit each grade level appropriately. The history of art will be reinforced through projects made by children using their creativity and imagination, instilled upon them by our school-driven philosophy of Reggio Emilia.

The objective of this art program is to learn about various artists as well as their correlative time periods, and to create an understanding of the inspiration of the created works. Students can begin to conceptualize the connection between various time periods and build upon the array of methods that have been created in conjunction with occurrences in history. Students will also be exposed to and educated on different artistic techniques as well as focusing on the process of creating realistic images.

The curriculum for this initiative has been awarded by the Prado Museum and adapted specifically for Shelton Academy. At the culmination of each month, students will have the opportunity to have live digital conferences with the Prado Museum and the University of Navarra as a means of consistent support and additional guidance.

Model United Nations

Model United Nations (MUN), through Global Classrooms, is an innovative program that affords middle school students the opportunity to be exposed to the latest worldwide developments in the political, economic, and social fields. Global Classrooms gives students the ability to discuss and debate through interactive simulations and curricular materials, helping to build future leaders and citizens of the world.

MUN provides an exciting opportunity for students to role-play as delegates to the United Nations and simulate UN committees. As an MUN member, students participate in the international conference in New York City—the largest in the world—and have the opportunity to collaborate with hundreds of students from across the country and around the globe.

The “delegates” make speeches, prepare draft resolutions, negotiate with allies and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the MUN conference rules of procedure—all in the interest of mobilizing international cooperation to resolve problems that affect countries all over the world.

In the past, our Shelton Academy delegates have been honored with two Best Position Paper awards and received an Honorable Mention for Distinguished Performance, as well as a special recognition for an Outstanding Delegate.

We invite you to visit the following links for additional information and to learn about past MUN experiences:

Mentoring

We are proud to announce the implementation of the Mentoring Program at Shelton Academy. Our school is truly committed to offering a personalized and comprehensive education that will enable each student to achieve his/her own fullest potential. Mentoring is the way we personalize our mission; it is the way we empower each one of our students and help them with their individual needs. The ultimate goal of the program is to mold our students into responsible, happy, and loving people.

Through one-on-one friendly conversations, the mentor encourages the student to strive for academic excellence, to serve others through good deeds, and to use his/her unique personal qualities to innovatively change the world for the better.

Mentoring ensures each mentee feels understood, cared for, and positively challenged. Students participating in the program are assigned one of our own trained Shelton faculty/staff members as their personal mentor. The mentor works together with the student to set realistic, challenging goals, with the endgame of finding the right means to achieve those goals.

The program also seeks to assist parents in their job as primary educators. The mentor meets with the mentee’s parents (at least three times a year) to review their child’s progress and establish priorities. The role of the parents is critical for the success of the program (the role of the mentor is always subsidiary). The mentor, who knows the student in a different context, provides additional perspective to the parents. The mentor-parent conferences ensure that parents and school team up successfully. This, of course, helps the overall personal development of the mentee, as it has been proven by many other schools of reference.

Some of the topics discussed during mentoring conversations will typically include:

• School work
• Academics, Importance of doing one’s work well
• Study habits, love for learning
• Conflict resolution skills
• Self-knowledge
• Strengths and weaknesses
• Etiquette and human refinement skills.
• Social skills
• Friendships and relationships.
• Care for one’s own family, respect for all
• Responsibilities in and outside the classroom
• Formation and development of character
• Time efficiency
• Integrity
• Appropriate use of technology
• Aspirations, hopes, dreams, motivations
• Worries and concerns

Mentoring is tailored education!

Electives

We provide a multitude of options for students to broaden their educational horizons and expose them to a variety of options.

Model United Nations (MUN)

MUN is an opportunity for the students to work as a team, role-play as delegates to the United Nations, and simulate UN committees. These selected students spend the majority of the year learning about foreign governments, how to debate, and study current events taking place in different parts of the world. These students are then eligible for a chaperoned conference in New York City to debate their assigned topics with students representing other countries in the UN. The experience is unparalleled and sure to be eye-opening.

Italian

Our virtual approach to the Italian language is available for beginner to advanced level speakers. Regardless of your current fluency, the program tailors itself to fit the needs of each of its learners. Equipped with an individual progress plan and conversation exercises, this class will provide students the chance to expand their multilinguistic skills and create better job opportunities for their futures.

Soccer

Sports provide children with important lessons on personal values. Students that choose this option will learn game fundamentals, actively practice endurance and strength, resistance exercises, and the value of teamwork. This elective is inclusive to all skill levels and designed to help even the newest of athletes improve their dexterity and skillset.

Journalism

Within the journalism class, these students are granted the chance to be active members and voices of Shelton Academy. We encourage all members to explore their creative passion by collaborating on the student-made yearbook, a photojournalism experience and a chance to allow others to view the world through your eyes, creative writing assignments, and posing a strong social media presence for the school. This class is a great choice for those that take interest in written and artistic expression.

Band

This elective was created for students that have a true appreciation for music and its fundamental benefits. Not only will this class help enhance the students’ ability to play instruments, but it will also be an opportunity for students to learn methods to improve their practice, even in their own homes. All music enthusiasts will have the chance to be exposed to music theory knowledge as well.

Vocal Ensemble

This class is a great option for students interested in enhancing their vocal performance. Equipped with music theory knowledge and appreciation, students will learn and practice the skills of projection, articulation, and pronunciation to improve overall performance qualities. Regardless of your level of experience, this elective has something to offer each of its participants.

ASSEMBLIES

Formal Monday Assemblies are part of the Shelton Experience. Every Monday morning the entire student body along with faculty gather in the “Piazza” for a time together that includes: reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, singing of the National Anthem, a brief presentation from the Headmaster, and general announcements led by our Student Government.

Houses

Similar to many traditional English schools, Shelton Academy is divided into four houses; each house representing values and ideals aligned with the mission of our school. Siblings are typically sorted into the same house. The Houses of Shelton serves many important purposes: they communicate and encourage the embodiment of the school’s ideals; they strengthen the enthusiasm and spirit for Shelton Academy and give the community a strong sense of belonging to a tradition and family; the house competitions are “rallying points” throughout the year marked by festival days that include competitions and spirited games; the houses encourage leadership and a sense of pride at Shelton Academy.

Our Shelton Academy Houses are:

• House of Valor:       Representing courage and caring
• House of Amicus:   Representing forgiveness and friendship
• House of Fidelis:     Representing leadership and loyalty
• House of Persisto:   Representing perseverance and patience

 

Honors Program

The Honors program offers well rounded educational experiences that meet the needs and abilities of the students it serves. It provides a locus of visible and highly reputed standards and models of excellence for students and faculty. The curriculum features special courses and experiential learning opportunities and is designed so that honors requirements can, when appropriate, also satisfy general education requirements.

Entrance into the Honors Program is a rigorous endeavor for those highly motivated students whose academic abilities and talents span across the entire curriculum spectrum. To qualify for the Honors Program, students must have exceptional performance in regular classes in addition to an NPR or LPR greater than 90% on a local standardized test administered within one calendar year.

The criteria for the selection of honors faculty include exceptional teaching skills, the ability to provide intellectual leadership and mentoring for able students, and support for the mission of honors education.

Spiritual Life

Education at Shelton Academy is a matter of both the mind and the soul. Religion is a subject at every grade level and the formation of our students’ Catholic identity is a priority in all of our activities. Mass is offered on several occasions throughout the year and there are regular opportunities for the Sacrament of Confession. Students are also provided many occasions to put their faith into practice through faculty and parent supervised service projects and other charitable outreaches to those in need within our community. Prayer and Catholic traditions are practiced at school, according to the liturgical calendar of the year.

Honor Society

The Junior Honor Society is an organization recognizing students for their achievements in the areas of scholarship, character, leadership, and service. All of the attributes are considered in selection of the candidates in the Society. Membership is an ongoing responsibility and an obligation to continue to demonstrate those outstanding qualities that result in a students’ selection. As part of the students’ ongoing responsibility, they take part in various community service projects throughout the year.

Signature programs

Discover, Imagine, Venture, and Explore

Shelton Academy’s D.I.V.E. is a unique marine biology and life science experience and the only program of its kind in the city of Doral!

D.I.V.E. incorporates:

  • Weekly hands-on study sessions at school
  • Maintenance of Sea-Scope Tank
  • Leadership Training
  • Field Study Trips
  • Lab Experiments
  • Family Camping Trips

The goal of the program is to achieve academic excellence through experiential learning. Enhancing the curriculum taught at Shelton, biologist apprentices participate in weekly hands-on study sessions where they put into practice scientific techniques in the process of learning about marine sciences.

The courses are entwined within Shelton’s curriculum with the purpose of nurturing marine biologists through discoveries, experiences, excursions, and encounters in order to promote environmental stewardship.

Study Sessions

  • Coastal nature hikes and explorations
  • Critter-catching using seine nets and bottom nets
  • Plankton collection using nets
  • Kayak adventures
  • Snorkeling excursions
  • Animal encounters
  • Visits to lab and animal rehabilitation centers
  • Camping trips

Sea-Scope Tank

D.I.V.E. incorporates the maintenance and animal care of the Sea-Scope Tank at the school. This lab portion of the program allows students to learn about water quality, biochemistry, lab techniques, and animal husbandry through hands-on activities and experiments. Teachers and students are responsible for the maintenance, animal care, and water quality of our Sea-Scope Tank. Students are also involved in the tracking information and data analysis collected during the Sea-Scope labs.

Learning Outcomes

Students participating in D.I.V.E. are expected to:

  • Understand and apply fundamental theories and concepts of the biological or environmental sciences.
  • Develop the inquiry and observational skills to formulate scientific questions.
  • Understand and develop basic experimental methodology, including the proper use of scientific analysis.
  • Evaluate evidence critically.
  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Research the scientific literature using print and electronic resources.
  • Understand the ethics and environmental impacts of student and societal actions. Provide research tools for marine life scientists to find useful resources with information on current research, news, etc. and to highlight the impact of the work they are doing in the marine life sciences.

Nature Postings

D.I.V.E. is run in conjunction with Nature Postings, Inc., established with the purpose of embracing nature and education through hands-on study sessions, interpretive programs, camping trips, retreats, encounters, adventures, camps, celebrations and more! The curriculum incorporates multidisciplinary approaches to the study and enjoyment of nature and science, creating experiences that will allow participants to decode the unspoken language of it.

The teachers create the most superb quality of unique adventures and discoveries our participants could ever have! They are passionate about education and love to use nature as their classroom. The NP Squad is trained in multidisciplinary sciences and techniques, and their most important goal is to decode nature’s postings messages and teach the students the knowledge of nature’s voice.

“We want our kids to learn, not memorize; we want them to explore and be engaged. We want them to be in a nurturing environment where they can spend quality hours. Academically, they are excelling and seeing the same material they would at any other top school but with the difference that they use technology, arts and music to integrate the kids learning. We recommend Shelton to anyone looking for a well-rounded curriculum and safe environment for their kids.”

Natalia Echeverri, Parent

Marvel. Illuminate. Notice. Dream. Share.

A program that focuses on human anthropology, was designed to grant our students the opportunity to learn how civilization and expression of its culture is interconnected with art history, music, and architecture. MINDS has been created in collaboration with the Prado Museum and the University of Navarra, in Spain.

The purpose of MINDS is to foster the love of art and culture through interesting and dynamic classes that have been strategically adapted to fit each grade level appropriately. The history of art will be reinforced through projects made by children using their creativity and imagination, instilled upon them by our school-driven philosophy of Reggio Emilia.

The objective of this art program is to learn about various artists as well as their correlative time periods, and to create an understanding of the inspiration of the created works. Students can begin to conceptualize the connection between various time periods and build upon the array of methods that have been created in conjunction with occurrences in history. Students will also be exposed to and educated on different artistic techniques as well as focusing on the process of creating realistic images.

The curriculum for this initiative has been awarded by the Prado Museum and adapted specifically for Shelton Academy. At the culmination of each month, students will have the opportunity to have live digital conferences with the Prado Museum and the University of Navarra as a means of consistent support and additional guidance.

Model United Nations

Model United Nations (MUN), through Global Classrooms, is an innovative program that affords middle school students the opportunity to be exposed to the latest worldwide developments in the political, economic, and social fields. Global Classrooms gives students the ability to discuss and debate through interactive simulations and curricular materials, helping to build future leaders and citizens of the world.

MUN provides an exciting opportunity for students to role-play as delegates to the United Nations and simulate UN committees. As an MUN member, students participate in the international conference in New York City—the largest in the world—and have the opportunity to collaborate with hundreds of students from across the country and around the globe.

The “delegates” make speeches, prepare draft resolutions, negotiate with allies and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the MUN conference rules of procedure—all in the interest of mobilizing international cooperation to resolve problems that affect countries all over the world.

In the past, our Shelton Academy delegates have been honored with two Best Position Paper awards and received an Honorable Mention for Distinguished Performance, as well as a special recognition for an Outstanding Delegate.

We invite you to visit the following links for additional information and to learn about past MUN experiences:

Mentoring

We are proud to announce the implementation of the Mentoring Program at Shelton Academy. Our school is truly committed to offering a personalized and comprehensive education that will enable each student to achieve his/her own fullest potential. Mentoring is the way we personalize our mission; it is the way we empower each one of our students and help them with their individual needs. The ultimate goal of the program is to mold our students into responsible, happy, and loving people.

Through one-on-one friendly conversations, the mentor encourages the student to strive for academic excellence, to serve others through good deeds, and to use his/her unique personal qualities to innovatively change the world for the better.

Mentoring ensures each mentee feels understood, cared for, and positively challenged. Students participating in the program are assigned one of our own trained Shelton faculty/staff members as their personal mentor. The mentor works together with the student to set realistic, challenging goals, with the endgame of finding the right means to achieve those goals.

The program also seeks to assist parents in their job as primary educators. The mentor meets with the mentee’s parents (at least three times a year) to review their child’s progress and establish priorities. The role of the parents is critical for the success of the program (the role of the mentor is always subsidiary). The mentor, who knows the student in a different context, provides additional perspective to the parents. The mentor-parent conferences ensure that parents and school team up successfully. This, of course, helps the overall personal development of the mentee, as it has been proven by many other schools of reference.

Some of the topics discussed during mentoring conversations will typically include:

• School work
• Academics, Importance of doing one’s work well
• Study habits, love for learning
• Conflict resolution skills
• Self-knowledge
• Strengths and weaknesses
• Etiquette and human refinement skills.
• Social skills
• Friendships and relationships.
• Care for one’s own family, respect for all
• Responsibilities in and outside the classroom
• Formation and development of character
• Time efficiency
• Integrity
• Appropriate use of technology
• Aspirations, hopes, dreams, motivations
• Worries and concerns

Mentoring is tailored education!

Electives

We provide a multitude of options for students to broaden their educational horizons and expose them to a variety of options.

Model United Nations (MUN)

MUN is an opportunity for the students to work as a team, role-play as delegates to the United Nations, and simulate UN committees. These selected students spend the majority of the year learning about foreign governments, how to debate, and study current events taking place in different parts of the world. These students are then eligible for a chaperoned conference in New York City to debate their assigned topics with students representing other countries in the UN. The experience is unparalleled and sure to be eye-opening.

Italian

Our virtual approach to the Italian language is available for beginner to advanced level speakers. Regardless of your current fluency, the program tailors itself to fit the needs of each of its learners. Equipped with an individual progress plan and conversation exercises, this class will provide students the chance to expand their multilinguistic skills and create better job opportunities for their futures.

Soccer

Sports provide children with important lessons on personal values. Students that choose this option will learn game fundamentals, actively practice endurance and strength, resistance exercises, and the value of teamwork. This elective is inclusive to all skill levels and designed to help even the newest of athletes improve their dexterity and skillset.

Journalism

Within the journalism class, these students are granted the chance to be active members and voices of Shelton Academy. We encourage all members to explore their creative passion by collaborating on the student-made yearbook, a photojournalism experience and a chance to allow others to view the world through your eyes, creative writing assignments, and posing a strong social media presence for the school. This class is a great choice for those that take interest in written and artistic expression.

Band

This elective was created for students that have a true appreciation for music and its fundamental benefits. Not only will this class help enhance the students’ ability to play instruments, but it will also be an opportunity for students to learn methods to improve their practice, even in their own homes. All music enthusiasts will have the chance to be exposed to music theory knowledge as well.

Vocal Ensemble

This class is a great option for students interested in enhancing their vocal performance. Equipped with music theory knowledge and appreciation, students will learn and practice the skills of projection, articulation, and pronunciation to improve overall performance qualities. Regardless of your level of experience, this elective has something to offer each of its participants.

ASSEMBLIES

Formal Monday Assemblies are part of the Shelton Experience. Every Monday morning the entire student body along with faculty gather in the “Piazza” for a time together that includes: reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, singing of the National Anthem, a brief presentation from the Headmaster, general announcements from the Student Government, and ends with the singing of a hymn from the Student Book of Songs.

Similar to many traditional English schools, Shelton Academy is divided into four houses; each house representing values and ideals aligned with the mission of our school. Siblings are typically sorted into the same house. The Houses of Shelton serves many important purposes: they communicate and encourage the embodiment of the school’s ideals; they strengthen the enthusiasm and spirit for Shelton Academy and give the community a strong sense of belonging to a tradition and family; the house competitions are “rallying points” throughout the year marked by festival days that include competitions and spirited games; the houses encourage leadership and a sense of pride at Shelton Academy.

Our Shelton Academy Houses are:

• House of Valor:       Representing courage and caring
• House of Amicus:   Representing forgiveness and friendship
• House of Fidelis:     Representing leadership and loyalty
• House of Persisto:   Representing perseverance and patience

Honors Program

The honors program offers well rounded designed educational experiences that meet the needs and abilities of the students it serves. The admission criteria establish students with exceptional performance in regular courses with a NPR or LPR greater than 90% on standardized testing can be enrolled. Performance during the honors program is as important as the admission criteria, students must perform at a minimum of 90% for satisfactory completion.

The honors curriculum, established in harmony with the mission statement, meets the needs of the students in the program and features special courses and experiential learning opportunities. The curriculum is designed so that honors requirements can, when appropriate, also satisfy general education requirements. The program provides a locus of visible and highly reputed standards and models of excellence for students and faculty.

The criteria for selection of honors faculty include exceptional teaching skills, the ability to provide intellectual leadership and mentoring for able students, and support for the mission of honors education.

Spiritual Life

Education at Shelton Academy is a matter of both the mind and the soul. Religion is a subject at every grade level and the formation of our students’ Catholic identity is a priority in all of our activities. Mass is offered on several occasions throughout the year and there are regular opportunities for the Sacrament of Confession. Students are also provided many occasions to put their faith into practice through faculty and parent supervised service projects and other charitable outreaches to those in need within our community. Prayer and Catholic traditions are practiced at school, according to the liturgical calendar of the year.

Honor Society

The Junior Honor Society is an organization recognizing students for their achievements in the areas of scholarship, character, leadership, and service. All of the attributes are considered in selection of the candidates in the Society. Membership is an ongoing responsibility and an obligation to continue to demonstrate those outstanding qualities that result in a students’ selection. As part of the students’ ongoing responsibility, they take part in various community service projects throughout the year.