On a given day at St. Edmund’s Academy, the eighth grader you see on the playdeck racing his Kindergarten buddy may have just turned in a 16-page research paper on the Great Depression and its impacts on banking in America. The fourth grader who performed her first solo in the Spring Concert displayed her unique invention in the fourth grade Invention Convention last week. And the teacher who helps two first graders work through their conflict after math class will be on the basketball court coaching the junior varsity boys after school.
Odd combinations? We don’t think so.
At St. Edmund’s Academy, we call them well-rounded students and teachers who combine their passion for their work with their compassion for others. As an independent, coeducational school for students in Preschool through 8th grade, St. Edmund’s Academy teaches students to follow our six Core Values while pursuing success in a rigorous academic curriculum as well as in athletics and the arts. Understanding that every child is an individual with unique strengths, St. Edmund’s Academy is a school where the racers and writers, the athletes and inventors, the mathematicians and musicians can thrive.
St. Edmund's Academy provides an exceptional independent school experience for Preschool through 8th grade students combining rigorous academic curriculum with enduring Core Values and rich tradition in a nurturing environment.
A St. Edmund’s Academy education is best understood through its six Core Values, which are woven into the daily life of the school. These values articulate the high expectations of St. Edmund’s Academy students and help build a strong sense of self for its students.
- Respect for the needs and feelings of others
- Understanding and appreciation of the differences among people
- The worthiness of service to others
- The importance of taking responsibility for one's own conduct
- The central role of honesty in relationships
- The value of setting high standards in all endeavors
Benefits of a Preschool – 8th Grade Education
St. Edmund’s Academy’s Preschool through 8th grade program has many benefits, starting with the social interaction among its students. We believe, and research shows, that it is good for younger students to have older role models to help them grasp the purpose and progression of their education. Our Upper School students (Grades 5-8) are given special opportunities to mature as leaders with a sense of accountability.
Research also demonstrates that eighth graders in Preschool through 8th grade schools post higher test scores, display higher grades in ninth grade, and are less likely to succumb to negative peer pressure. This doesn’t surprise us. Our faculty and administrators, trained in child development and elementary/middle school education, form strong bonds with our students. Those relationships help drive home to our students that their ideas and actions matter.
Students leave St. Edmund's Academy as strong members of our community, well-rounded and well-prepared for the challenges of secondary school.