At Foundation Academies we strive to instill in our students the core values of caring, respect, responsibility and honesty.
Socials & Trips
Our students work hard every single day; when we think about enhancing their enrichment outside of the classroom, we seek ways to broaden their experiences within and beyond their city limits. We focus on enhancing their learning with exposure to other settings such as Broadway musicals, the Franklin Institute, college tours, and Medieval Times. We also want our students to have chances to unwind and just be kids. Socials, dances, bowling, and snow tubing are just a few examples of how our students have fun throughout the year. We even have students create their own professional music video that emphasizes performance art, creativity, and fun.
Student athletes are always students first. When their academics are in good standing, students have the opportunity to join numerous teams that our organization offers – both on site and through city partnerships. In our athletics program, we emphasize that healthy competition is a good thing; it fosters sportsmanship, grit, teamwork, and school pride.
We offer middle school co-ed soccer, co-ed basketball, and co-ed cheerleading. We also have high school boys & girls soccer teams, cheerleading, and boys & girls basketball. We also partner with Trenton Public Schools for other sports such as track, wrestling, and football. Students can also participate in tennis through our partnership with the New Jersey Tennis League.
Activation of both sides of the brain. That’s one of many benefits that students reap from our extensive strings program. Music classes begin in kindergarten, with strings study introduced in fourth grade. Students learn to play a string instrument of their choosing from the violin and viola to the upright bass and cello. Our students are challenged in new ways when it comes to responsibility and focus, and they can also be seen in a new light outside of a traditional classroom. Oftentimes, we find students who may struggle with academics excel in the strings program. And while students build their musical competency, they also learn motivation, responsibility, and leadership along the way. At the high school level, with support of a certified instructor, orchestras are often student-lead. We consider our strings program pivotal in developing the whole child.
Cultivating students of character is a high priority throughout the organization. At the primary level, students engage in character-building activities in areas of our core values: caring, respect, responsibility, and honesty. As scholars develop, we continue our focus on the core values and add nuances of character development such as self-advocacy, communication, community awareness and engagement, and honoring their heritage. Students participate in advisory groups – small, teacher-led, communities that focus on academic growth and lessons in core values. Students also have community circle, in which they come together as a grade-level to apply those core value lessons into their everyday interactions. Peer mentorships are also established at the middle school level, which partner struggling students with positive mentors. All of these efforts contribute to our goal of recognizing our students as individuals, and empowering them to take ownership of their development and destiny.
Civic Service Learning
Civic service learning is an important component of high school life and serves as a platform to service learning and social justice. Students explore what social justice means through several lenses and explore local issues within their communities. This oftentimes requires our students to work in teams in order to develop projects, identify community partners, and write grant proposals. Our students are able to pitch their proposed projects to a panel of donors to solicit donations and see their ideas reach fruition. This happens in conjunction with additional service opportunities, as all students must complete at least 40 hours of service work in order to graduate.