Extracurricular activities extend and enhance the SHPA experience.
All students are encouraged to participate in sports and clubs as these activities are designed to be extensions of the curriculum and opportunities for social-emotional growth and development. SHPA offers before and after school activities to both Elementary and Middle School students as appropriate and feasible throughout the year. These activities are fee-based and may be offered independently or in partnership with other programs; some activities may involve travel and competition. Information is posted to the school’s website, sent home with the students, and communicated to families throughout the year.
We offer several opportunities for Elementary School students to participate in activities both before and after school.
Kids Club Activities
- Exercise for fun
- Japanese language study
- Floor hockey
- Knitting club
- Outdoor games
- Board games
- Floor hockey
Suzuki Strings Music Program
SHPA has a professional Suzuki Strings Instructor who offers string instruction to our students two mornings each week. There is a fee for this program.
The Suzuki method of learning music is based on the central belief that all people learn from their environment and that learning music follows the pattern of learning language. The components of Suzuki music education are these:
- Music is best learned in community environments. This includes attending local concerts of classical music, developing friendships with other music students, and listening to music performed by others.
- Just as every child is expected to learn their native language around native speakers, every child is expected to be able to learn to play music well when surrounded with a musical environment.
- Students are encouraged to play from a very young age.
- Using well trained teachers who are competent performers is mandatory for all Suzuki programs.
- In the beginning, learning music by ear is emphasized over reading musical notation because a child learns to speak before learning to read.
- Memorization of all solo repertoire is expected.
- Music theory and note reading are left to the teacher.
- Regular playing in groups (including playing in unison) is strongly encouraged.
- Retaining and reviewing every piece of music ever learned is required.
- Frequent public performance makes performing feel like a natural and enjoyable part of being a musician.
- The parent of the young student is expected to supervise instrument practice every day.
All Seven Hills Preparatory Academy students (K – 8) are welcome to join Chess Club. We have two levels, Novice (beginners or non-tournament) players and Advanced (experienced or tournament chess player). Club meeting are two Saturdays a month with tournament days on the alternate Saturdays. There is an annual fee to participate. This is a competitive club and we encourage members to participate in School Chess Association (SCA) and United States Chess Federation (USCF) tournaments.
Child Care for SHPA students is available both before and after school through the Real Kids program at Cedar Valley Church. To learn more, please visit the Cedar Valley Church website.