The Saturday Academy at Salesian High School began its 12th year on October 29th. Sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the Saturday Academy is an enrichment program for boys and girls in grades 6, 7, and 8, from local Catholic, private, and public schools and is an extension of the American History Academy program at Salesian High. This year over 140 students from 39 different schools are registered in the program.
The Saturday Academy meets for six Saturday mornings through December 10th. At this current session, classes cover the history of the American Revolution, the Civil War, and World War II in interesting and engaging ways. There are also art classes based on American culture, a class on the history and culture of 20th Century decades, classes about science fiction, cinema and women in American culture, as well as historic crimes in American history. Every year, the Academy welcomes reenactors and Fr. Dave Moreno, SDB, and Mr. Alex Papace, Civil War reenactors, will visit the students with artifacts and demonstrations.
The goal of the Saturday Academy is to get the students excited about American history and to create a life-long love of history in each of them. The Saturday Academy teachers, made up primarily of Salesian High faculty, are amazed every year to see the student lobby full of middle school students early on a Saturday morning eager to learn about history!