The mission of the St. Martin de Porres Academy is to break the cycle of poverty through education. In 1994 a group of business people came together to improve opportunities for urban young people. After an eight year experience of seeing countless students who were unable to pay the very modest tuition of the elementary school, they envisioned opening a private, tuition-free middle school for at-risk, low-income children from the New Haven area. The journey began with the initial idea in 2003 to the first day of school in September of 2005.
Today, 66 fifth to eighth grade students are enrolled, and the Academy has been fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges’ Commission on Independent Schools. We currently have 62 graduates in high school and 31 graduates in college.
In order to provide the
necessary support and structure for our students, our school model is: small
class size, an 10-hour extended school day, an 11-month extended school year,
90 minutes of reading per day, two healthy meals and two healthy snacks every day, and mandatory parental commitment.
Our students are in school an average of
24 hours per week or 850 more hours per year than their public school peers and
our attendance is 97%.
Each student attends five 70-minute
classes daily. Reading, writing, math,
social studies and religion meet 5 times weekly; all other class meet
between 3-4 times weekly. 5th & 6th graders have more time devoted to math and reading allowing
students time to devote to these subjects and teachers’ time to work
individually with students. Other subjects include art, music, and a foreign
language. Each student is required to
participate in cultural enrichment activities, an extended day program, summer
school and summer camp.
The Academy’s Extended Day Program is held 4 days a week,
consisting of exploratory activities in 4 categories: service, intellectual,
athletics and arts. A minimum of one activity from each programming component is
required by the end of the school year. This encourages students to explore new
areas that they might not initially be comfortable with. A pass/fail grading
system for activities is based on attendance, behavior, cooperation and
participation. Any student who does not pass their activity will not be given
credit towards their requirement.
Our extended day activities provide creative, enriching, and
fun learning experiences encouraging students to make positive choices at a
critical stage in their development. Athletic events with local schools help
develop a healthy spirit of competition while promoting good sportsmanship. Classes
in chess, drama, or cooking help students explore new avenues of
self-expression. Clubs such as the girls’ empowerment group address the
challenges facing pre-adolescents focusing on topics relevant to their changing
lives that include: identity, drugs and alcohol, and peer pressure. Cultural
field trips, social awareness education, community service and recreational
activities foster a sense of community.
The extended day program is vital to our mission to prepare
each student for college prep high school and college education, and ultimately
to succeed in life. It broadens the academic curriculum by giving each child a
continuum of experiences that will help them to build upon their strengths.
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Educate a child and you change a community. For the child, a good education means better career opportunities and higher lifetime earnings. College graduates enjoy better health and are more inclined to volunteer and vote. For the community, supporting our youths’ educational goals results in a stronger society.
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