Discover, Imagine, Venture, and Explore (D.I.V.E)

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 apply scientific techniques while learning about marine sciences.

D.I.V.E. 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 care of the school’s Sea-Scope Tank. 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 and environmental sciences
  • Develop 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 scientific literature using print and electronic resources
  • Understand the ethics and environmental impacts of student and societal actions. Provide tools for marine life scientists to find resources with information on current research, news, etc. and to highlight the impact of their work in the marine life sciences.

Nature Postings

D.I.V.E. operates 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 appreciation of nature and science, creating experiences that l allows participants to decode the unspoken language of it. D.I.V.E.  teachers create unique adventures and discoveries for all participants fueled by their passion for education and their desire to incorporate nature as their classroom. The Nature Postings Squad is trained in multidisciplinary sciences and techniques. Their primary goal is to decode nature’s posting 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

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. (MINDS)

MINDS is a program focused on human anthropology and one that was designed to give students the opportunity to learn how civilization and expression of 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 dynamic classes strategically adapted to fit each grade level. The history of art is reinforced through creative and imaginative projects. Inspired by the philosophy of Reggio Emilia. The objective of this program is to learn about various artists and their respective time periods in order to gain an understanding behind the inspiration for their 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 learn different artistic techniques and the process of creating realistic images.

The curriculum for MINDS is designed by the Prado Museum and has been adapted specifically for Shelton Academy. Each month, students have the opportunity to engage in live digital conferences with the Prado Museum and the University of Navarra where they will receive  consistent support and additional guidance from trained professionals.

Model United Nations

Model United Nations (MUN), through Global Classrooms, is an innovative program that affords middle school students an exposure to the latest developments in political, economic, and social fields. Global Classrooms give students the opportunity to discuss and debate through interactive simulations and curricular materials, helping 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 to 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, Shelton Academy delegates have been honored with two Best Position Paper awards, an Honorable Mention for Distinguished Performance, and received special recognition for Outstanding Delegate. We invite you to visit the following links for additional information and to learn about past MUN experiences:

Mentoring

Our school is committed to offering a personalized and comprehensive education that enables students to achieve their fullest potential. Mentoring allows us to personalize our mission. It is the way we empower our students and help them with their individual needs. The goal is to mold our students into responsible, happy, and loving individuals. Through one-on-one conversations mentors encourage students to strive for academic excellence and to serve others through good deeds. The objective is for them to use their unique personal qualities to innovatively change the world for the better. Mentoring ensures each mentee feels understood, cared for, and positively challenged. Each student is assigned a trained Shelton faculty/staff member as a personal mentor. The mentor works together with the student to set realistic, challenging goals, along with the means to achieve said goals.

Some topics typically discussed during mentoring conversations include:

  • School work
  • Academics and the importance of doing one’s work well
  • Study habits and the love of 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 and respect for all
  • Responsibilities inside and outside the classroom
  • Formation and development of character
  • Time management
  • Integrity
  • Appropriate use of technology
  • Aspirations, hopes, dreams, and 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.

Middle School Electives:

Model United Nations (MUN)

Model United Nations is a simulation of the UN General Assembly and other multilateral bodies. In Model UN, students step into the shoes of ambassadors from UN member countries to debate current issues on the organization’s agenda. While playing the roles as ambassadors, student “delegates” make speeches, prepare draft resolutions, negotiate with allies and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the Model UN conference rules of procedure – all in the interest of mobilizing international cooperation to resolve problems that affect countries all over the world.  Annually, the city of New York welcomes thousands of students from hundreds of countries for the world’s largest MUN conference. This event takes place at the end of March and our delegates have the opportunity to participate for four days in this unforgettable event.

Logic and Strategy

In this class we discuss informal logic and different ways to recognize bad reasoning.  We use real life examples and analyze whether there is a fallacy or not. On the weeks that we discuss strategy, we do so by playing games that involve strategy. The first day we play, and on the second we add interjections to the game. This in order to discuss the different approaches and how applying different strategies can lead to competitive advantages. We discuss how some people play to win and others play to not lose. As well as how different decisions made during the game can reflect an individual approach to the game. These sorts of topics help instill in students a plethora of skills that will benefit them later in their lives.

Orchestra Workshop

The Orchestra Workshop course teaches students the structure, history, development, components, and performance of Symphony Orchestra. This class is also designed with the purpose of teaching students the cultural and social impact of Symphony Orchestra in the history of western society. It encourages students to serve as facilitators of Shelton Academy’s Symphony Orchestra. Ideally, all members of this class participate in the creative process of the orchestra as facilitators, musicians, and logistics assistants. Course content includes:

  1. Components of symphony orchestra
  2. Instrument sections of symphony orchestra
  3. History of symphony orchestra
  4. Repertoire for symphony orchestra
  5. Instrument performance
  6. Roles

Art for Life

Art for Life is a class designed for students to identify themselves with what they paint. On this course they learn to personalize their work, learning to believe, and value what they do and what they are capable of doing. Art for Life helps them develop their creativity and self-confidence.

Historical Biographies

Historical Biographies provide us with both a snapshot and a background to the social and political histories of the analytical method, whilst coloring and outlining it with reality. While this is of some academic interest, biography also creates a far more engaging and livelier platform for historical interest.

Chess Masters

This course provides the students with knowledge of the fundamentals of the game of chess. In this class they study all the piece movements, most common opening and closing strategies. It is a practical course where students compete amongst themselves and with others.

High School Electives:

Cinema

The twentieth century witnessed the evolution of cinema from visual art to a highly profitable business. The twenty-first century has on its hands the opportunity to rebuild the cultural development of this art. This course will help students to understand and then create the language of cinematography. Acquiring awareness of the impact of cinema in society will prepare them to be more awake in a market that prefers that they be passive and more proactive to generate a positive impact through this art. The main objective is to teach students how to communicate effectively through stories. Students improve their awareness regarding messages in cinema and/or television. They also develop a set of skills that allow them to navigate successfully through the society of communication.

Human & Artificial Intelligence

Technology is evolving faster than ever in human history. Thus, new tools, resources, and scenarios are able to be provided to our students. The world in which these students live is advancing and technology will have a fundamental role in its further development. This course aims to prepare our students to understand and apply the logic and schemes of technology and its role in creating a better world.

Leadership Skills I&II

The aim of this course is the professional development of the student. The objectives include: the development of the student’s critical thinking and analysis capability, team building and collaborative practice techniques, as well as the development of leadership skills using research based and innovative learning pedagogy. All employed in order to provide the students with the essential soft skills (core/essential) for their future.

Storytelling

From Aristotle to Hollywood to, day by day social media usage, stories are the most effective way of conveying a message. Storytelling is a sought-after skill and one of the most appreciated in the current job market. Desired in industries ranging from communications, to marketing, to entertainment, to many more. The techniques required to create an impactful story are readily available for those who want to master them. This elective subject uses active learning methodologies to provide our students with the knowledge and skills of the best storytellers.  Those who create meaningful messages reach meaningful audiences.

Houses

Similar to many traditional English schools, Shelton Academy is divided into four houses. Each house represents values and ideals aligned with the mission of our school. Siblings are typically assigned to the same house. The Houses of Shelton serve many important purposes such as communicating and encouraging a grasp of the school’s ideals. These strengthen the enthusiasm and spirit for Shelton Academy. They also serve to build community and develop a strong sense of belonging through tradition. They encourage leadership and school pride at, for example via House competitions. These events are “rallying points” throughout the year and are marked by festival days that include championships and spirited games.

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 to meet the needs and abilities of the students it serves. It provides a focus of highly regarded standards of excellence for students and faculty. The Honors Program curriculum features special courses and experiential learning opportunities. Furthermore, is designed so that honor requirements can also satisfy general education requirements. Admissions into the Honors Program is a rigorous endeavor reserved for 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 that calendar year. The criteria for the selection of honors faculty include exceptional teaching skills, the ability to provide intellectual leadership and mentoring, and demonstrated support for the mission of the Honors Program.

Formation

Education at Shelton Academy encompasses the use of the mind and soul. Religion is a required course at every grade level. The formation of our student’s Catholic identity is a priority and is ever present throughout every activity. Masses are offered on several occasions during the span of the school year as well as regular opportunities to access the Sacrament of Confession, faculty and parent supervised service projects, and various charitable outreach programs that benefit those most in need within our community. These programs and opportunities allow students to materialize their faith into practice. Note that the prayers and Catholic traditions that are practiced at Shelton Academy are in accordance with the liturgical calendar.

Honor Society

The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) recognizes students for their achievements in the areas of scholarship, character, leadership, and service. Membership is an ongoing responsibility and obligation to continue demonstrating these outstanding qualities, which result in a students’ selection. As part of their ongoing commitment to the values of NJHS, students participate in various community service projects throughout the year.

Discover, Imagine, Venture, and Explore (D.I.V.E)

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 apply scientific techniques while learning about marine sciences.

D.I.V.E. 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 care of the school’s Sea-Scope Tank. 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 and environmental sciences
  • Develop 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 scientific literature using print and electronic resources
  • Understand the ethics and environmental impacts of student and societal actions. Provide tools for marine life scientists to find resources with information on current research, news, etc. and to highlight the impact of their work in the marine life sciences.

Nature Postings

D.I.V.E. operates 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 appreciation of nature and science, creating experiences that l allows participants to decode the unspoken language of it. D.I.V.E.  teachers create unique adventures and discoveries for all participants fueled by their passion for education and their desire to incorporate nature as their classroom. The Nature Postings Squad is trained in multidisciplinary sciences and techniques. Their primary goal is to decode nature’s posting 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

“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.(MINDS)

MINDS is a program focused on human anthropology and one that was designed to give students the opportunity to learn how civilization and expression of 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 dynamic classes strategically adapted to fit each grade level. The history of art is reinforced through creative and imaginative projects. Inspired by the philosophy of Reggio Emilia. The objective of this program is to learn about various artists and their respective time periods in order to gain an understanding behind the inspiration for their 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 learn different artistic techniques and the process of creating realistic images.

The curriculum for MINDS is designed by the Prado Museum and has been adapted specifically for Shelton Academy. Each month, students have the opportunity to engage in live digital conferences with the Prado Museum and the University of Navarra where they will receive  consistent support and additional guidance from trained professionals.

Model United Nations

Model United Nations (MUN), through Global Classrooms, is an innovative program that affords middle school students an exposure to the latest developments in political, economic, and social fields. Global Classrooms give students the opportunity to discuss and debate through interactive simulations and curricular materials, helping 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 to 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, Shelton Academy delegates have been honored with two Best Position Paper awards, an Honorable Mention for Distinguished Performance, and received special recognition for Outstanding Delegate. We invite you to visit the following links for additional information and to learn about past MUN experiences:

Mentoring

Our school is committed to offering a personalized and comprehensive education that enables students to achieve their fullest potential. Mentoring allows us to personalize our mission. It is the way we empower our students and help them with their individual needs. The goal is to mold our students into responsible, happy, and loving individuals. Through one-on-one conversations mentors encourage students to strive for academic excellence and to serve others through good deeds. The objective is for them to use their unique personal qualities to innovatively change the world for the better. Mentoring ensures each mentee feels understood, cared for, and positively challenged. Each student is assigned a trained Shelton faculty/staff member as a personal mentor. The mentor works together with the student to set realistic, challenging goals, along with the means to achieve said goals.

Some topics typically discussed during mentoring conversations include:

  • School work
  • Academics and the importance of doing one’s work well
  • Study habits and the love of 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 and respect for all
  • Responsibilities inside and outside the classroom
  • Formation and development of character
  • Time management
  • Integrity
  • Appropriate use of technology
  • Aspirations, hopes, dreams, and 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.

Middle School Electives:

Model United Nations (MUN)

Model United Nations is a simulation of the UN General Assembly and other multilateral bodies. In Model UN, students step into the shoes of ambassadors from UN member countries to debate current issues on the organization’s agenda. While playing the roles as ambassadors, student “delegates” make speeches, prepare draft resolutions, negotiate with allies and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the Model UN conference rules of procedure – all in the interest of mobilizing international cooperation to resolve problems that affect countries all over the world.  Annually, the city of New York welcomes thousands of students from hundreds of countries for the world’s largest MUN conference. This event takes place at the end of March and our delegates have the opportunity to participate for four days in this unforgettable event.

Logic and Strategy

In this class we discuss informal logic and different ways to recognize bad reasoning.  We use real life examples and analyze whether there is a fallacy or not. On the weeks that we discuss strategy, we do so by playing games that involve strategy. The first day we play, and on the second we add interjections to the game. This in order to discuss the different approaches and how applying different strategies can lead to competitive advantages. We discuss how some people play to win and others play to not lose. As well as how different decisions made during the game can reflect an individual approach to the game. These sorts of topics help instill in students a plethora of skills that will benefit them later in their lives.

Orchestra Workshop

The Orchestra Workshop course teaches students the structure, history, development, components, and performance of Symphony Orchestra. This class is also designed with the purpose of teaching students the cultural and social impact of Symphony Orchestra in the history of western society. It encourages students to serve as facilitators of Shelton Academy’s Symphony Orchestra. Ideally, all members of this class participate in the creative process of the orchestra as facilitators, musicians, and logistics assistants. Course content includes:

  1. Components of symphony orchestra
  2. Instrument sections of symphony orchestra
  3. History of symphony orchestra
  4. Repertoire for symphony orchestra
  5. Instrument performance
  6. Roles

Art for Life

Art for Life is a class designed for students to identify themselves with what they paint. On this course they learn to personalize their work, learning to believe, and value what they do and what they are capable of doing. Art for Life helps them develop their creativity and self-confidence.

Historical Biographies

Historical Biographies provide us with both a snapshot and a background to the social and political histories of the analytical method, whilst coloring and outlining it with reality. While this is of some academic interest, biography also creates a far more engaging and livelier platform for historical interest.

Chess Masters

This course provides the students with knowledge of the fundamentals of the game of chess. In this class they study all the piece movements, most common opening and closing strategies. It is a practical course where students compete amongst themselves and with others.

High School Electives:

Cinema

The twentieth century witnessed the evolution of cinema from visual art to a highly profitable business. The twenty-first century has on its hands the opportunity to rebuild the cultural development of this art. This course will help students to understand and then create the language of cinematography. Acquiring awareness of the impact of cinema in society will prepare them to be more awake in a market that prefers that they be passive and more proactive to generate a positive impact through this art. The main objective is to teach students how to communicate effectively through stories. Students improve their awareness regarding messages in cinema and/or television. They also develop a set of skills that allow them to navigate successfully through the society of communication.

Human & Artificial Intelligence

Technology is evolving faster than ever in human history. Thus, new tools, resources, and scenarios are able to be provided to our students. The world in which these students live is advancing and technology will have a fundamental role in its further development. This course aims to prepare our students to understand and apply the logic and schemes of technology and its role in creating a better world.

Leadership Skills I&II

The aim of this course is the professional development of the student. The objectives include: the development of the student’s critical thinking and analysis capability, team building and collaborative practice techniques, as well as the development of leadership skills using research based and innovative learning pedagogy. All employed in order to provide the students with the essential soft skills (core/essential) for their future.

Storytelling

From Aristotle to Hollywood to, day by day social media usage, stories are the most effective way of conveying a message. Storytelling is a sought-after skill and one of the most appreciated in the current job market. Desired in industries ranging from communications, to marketing, to entertainment, to many more. The techniques required to create an impactful story are readily available for those who want to master them. This elective subject uses active learning methodologies to provide our students with the knowledge and skills of the best storytellers.  Those who create meaningful messages reach meaningful audiences.

Similar to many traditional English schools, Shelton Academy is divided into four houses. Each house represents values and ideals aligned with the mission of our school. Siblings are typically assigned to the same house. The Houses of Shelton serve many important purposes such as communicating and encouraging a grasp of the school’s ideals. These strengthen the enthusiasm and spirit for Shelton Academy. They also serve to build community and develop a strong sense of belonging through tradition. They encourage leadership and school pride at, for example via House competitions. These events are “rallying points” throughout the year and are marked by festival days that include championships and spirited games.

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 to meet the needs and abilities of the students it serves. It provides a focus of highly regarded standards of excellence for students and faculty. The Honors Program curriculum features special courses and experiential learning opportunities. Furthermore, is designed so that honor requirements can also satisfy general education requirements. Admissions into the Honors Program is a rigorous endeavor reserved for 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 that calendar year. The criteria for the selection of honors faculty include exceptional teaching skills, the ability to provide intellectual leadership and mentoring, and demonstrated support for the mission of the Honors Program.

Formation

Education at Shelton Academy encompasses the use of the mind and soul. Religion is a required course at every grade level. The formation of our student’s Catholic identity is a priority and is ever present throughout every activity. Masses are offered on several occasions during the span of the school year as well as regular opportunities to access the Sacrament of Confession, faculty and parent supervised service projects, and various charitable outreach programs that benefit those most in need within our community. These programs and opportunities allow students to materialize their faith into practice. Note that the prayers and Catholic traditions that are practiced at Shelton Academy are in accordance with the liturgical calendar.

Honor Society

The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) recognizes students for their achievements in the areas of scholarship, character, leadership, and service. Membership is an ongoing responsibility and obligation to continue demonstrating these outstanding qualities, which result in a students’ selection. As part of their ongoing commitment to the values of NJHS, students participate in various community service projects throughout the year.