Student & Parent Life
The Fr. Sauer Academy school year begins in late August and ends in the second half of July. The students are expected to be in attendance throughout the school year.
7:00 AM: Transportation to school provided for students
8:00 AM: Doors open/Breakfast Served
8:30 AM: Class begins
2:50 PM: The day ends and students are transported home
Students will be supervised at all times during the hours specified. Supervision is not provided before or after the scheduled time.
Students will receive instruction each week in the following subjects: religion, writing, social studies, science, mathematics, literature, reading, physical education, social emotional health and life skills. Studies of music, art and technology will also be incorporated into the curriculum.
Homework is an integral part of the student experience and will be assigned every day. We ask parents to verify that homework assignments are completed every day as it increases communication between the teacher and the parent while also benefiting the student. Homework reinforces learning in the classroom and also helps students to develop independent study habits. Additionally, students must read 20-30 minutes each night at home so that they can reinforce vocabulary acquisition throughout the year. Reading for fun should always be encouraged!
The Fr. Sauer Academy is committed to assisting students with transportation to and from school each day when possible. We have a limited bus service available for families living more than 3 miles from school.
Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided at no cost to the students or families.
It is the responsibility of the parents/guardians that their child is dressed in complete uniform every day. Students must present a clean and organized appearance. The uniform must be worn correctly; clothing that is too loose or too tight is not allowed. Inappropriate dress, hairstyle, or accessories will not be tolerated.
The uniform will consist of khaki slacks, a navy-blue polo shirt, a Fr. Sauer Academy sweatshirt and white or black tennis shoes.
Living the Fr. Sauer Academy Values
As a Jesuit School, students are encouraged to grow in the Grad at Grad characteristics of being Loving, Open to Growth, Religious, Intellectually Competent, Committed to Doing Justice, and Called to Leadership.
In order to encourage our students to grow, we focus on our daily actions which we call our Values—Persist, Love, Lead, Unite, Serve, and Seek. Each month, a student from each class who exemplifies the Fr. Sauer Academy Values will be given the Student of the Month Award and recognized in our Monthly Newsletter.
We encourage our students to concentrate on being open to learning and pushing themselves to be better classmates and students. Having a Growth Mindset is essential for success in all that we do.
The Team: Parent-Teacher
Communication between the parent and teacher is vital for your child’s education. The Fr. Sauer Academy encourages and recommends informal conversations with teachers. Any information or questions regarding your child’s behavior at home or at school are most welcome. Please let us of any special events or occasions in the life of your child (birth of a sibling, death of a relative, etc.). Parents are welcome to call the school to make an appointment with a teacher at any time during the school year.
Parents who are more involved in the educational process create a better experience for all, and cooperation with the school is an essential part of your child’s education. Participation includes:
- Attendance at the monthly community meetings
- Attendance at parent-student-teacher conferences (at least twice a year)
- Interest in your child’s work and checking it nightly
- Checking to make sure your child reads at least 20–30 minutes every night
Program Support for Graduates
We expect that students who successfully complete the curriculum at the Fr. Sauer Academy go on to the high school at St. Ignatius and, later, college. The Fr. Sauer Academy will make every effort to prepare our students for these goals. That effort does not end when students graduate. Once Academy students move on to the high school program at St. Ignatius, they will find support from the Equity and Inclusion Office, the Counseling Department, as well as various Affinity Groups on campus. We also encourage graduates to remain connected with the Fr. Sauer Academy community through volunteering and attending community social events throughout the school year.
Based upon demonstrated need, families will receive aid for the full cost of the Fr. Sauer Academy ($25,000 per year) for three years. In return, we ask that families commit their time—by attending monthly community meetings, adhering to the demands of the academic calendar of classes and activities, limiting use of television at home, encouraging the development of English language skills and nightly reading and reviewing classwork and tests.
We also ask that families understand their students’ classes by checking their Canvas and PowerSchool accounts weekly. This will allow parents to see the work that is being done in class and to help the school support the academic progress that needs to happen each day. Students who fall behind will need support from their teachers, and their families, in order to successfully reach the benchmarks for each academic semester.