Students have the opportunity to participate in the following extracurricular activities contingent upon maintaining a C average in subjects and a C in conduct and effort: student government, academic decathlon, altar servers, and our after school art program.
Student government is organized and developed so that it not only provides services to the school, Church, and community, but also develops responsibility in the students and enables them to become more effective leaders in the democratic process and in a Christian society. Faculty members act as advisors to the council which consists of a committee of middle school student leaders. They organize food and toy drives for the needy, run a recycling program, organize pep rallies and middle school dances, and hold fundraisers to pay for assemblies and “fun days” for the student body.
Students who show a dedication to academics are invited to participate on the Academic Decathlon team. The 10 members study their chosen curricular areas of mathematics, English, literature, art and music, social studies, religion, science and prepare for Logic and Super quizzes. The Diocese-wide competition is held in March. The Diocese champions are invited to the state competition.
Children are naturally curious, and we foster this curiosity through our art program. Art is important for children especially during their early development. Research shows that art activities develop brain capacity in early childhood. Art engages children’s senses in open-ended play and supports the development of cognitive, social-emotional, and multisensory skills. As children progress into elementary school and beyond, art continues to provide opportunities for brain development, mastery, self-esteem, and creativity. The arts teach children valuable learning skills that can be used in life
St. Barbara has an art teacher on campus who works with each class once a week. They explore drawing, painting, design, architecture, ceramics, and pottery.