To Be a Leader
Whether your daughter is a leader on the court, in the classroom or in the community, Academy students believe that they have the power to make a difference.
Participation in the organizations, clubs and activities at the Academy serves to assist all students in the development of talents and capabilities beyond what is covered in the academic curriculum. Students have the opportunity to pursue and broaden their interests, work together, and give service to others. Organizations at the Academy are strongly committed to service as an integral part of the overall philosophy which encourages students to develop initiative, leadership and both personal and social responsibility. Participation is voluntary and students select their clubs and activities according to their preferences and their abilities.
In addition to academic growth, parents will witness spiritual growth in their daughters. This faith formation is accomplished through many venues, including religion classes, Mass, prayer services, retreats and community service. Students in the High School enroll in religion class each semester at the Academy. Throughout the course of the year, the entire Academy community gathers to celebrate the Eucharist in all-school Masses, as well as special class Masses. Each class also participates in a grade-level retreat each year, culminating in the overnight 12th-grade retreat. Retreats are intended to assist students in developing a deeper understanding of their faith and the ways to express that faith in daily living.
Clubs are divided into four groups - Gold, Blue, White and out-of-school clubs and activities. It is recommended that every student have at least one in-school club. Students who choose only one Blue club or one White club have a study hall on the alternate week. Clubs are generally open to all students; however, some clubs do have prerequisites for membership. Once a student has registered for a club, she will not be permitted to change her selection for the current school year. Honor societies are by invitation only and have specific criteria.
Mini-Course Week is a special enrichment program for all high school students that takes place in the spring of each year. The week is always popular amongst the students as they celebrate the completion of the third quarter. Students are offered the opportunity to enroll in courses that vary in scope from educational experiences not available during the school year to leisure activities. In recent years, students have learned everything from Bollywood dance to yoga. Popular courses include a trip to the Hyatt hotel to learn all about the hospitality industry, Legal Talk with experts from Tampa Bay’s legal community and Medicine Women, featuring alumnae in the medical field. During the week, girls may also apply to attend one of eight mission trips or travel as far as Europe for a week immersed in a new culture.
Academy students have the opportunity to participate on the following teams: basketball, crew, cross country, golf, Jaguarettes dance team, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field and volleyball. The cheerleading program is run through Jesuit High School.