Back to School Summer Portal
This page contains information helpful to new and returning families at Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart. We hope this will help in your preparation for the 2020–21 academic year.
Please check this page regularly throughout the summer as new information will be added periodically. Also, dates and programs may change or be altered due to COVID-19 safety restrictions and health guidelines.
- Lower School: K-Grade 4
- Middle School: Grades 5-8
- Health and Athletic Forms
- Music Selection
- One School Handbook
- HAWK Athletics Information (Grades 5-8)
- Extended Day Programs
- School Hours
- School Calendar
- Back to School Nights
- School Lunch Program
- School Uniforms
- Bus Transportation
- Contact Information
Summer SOAR and Reading Lists:
We are excited to announce our new Summer Online Academic Resource (SOAR) format which will serve as a bridge for students as we head into the upcoming academic year.
Princeton Academy will deliver a Weekly Schedule via email to families on Sundays. The Weekly Schedule is a shared Google Document and it will be housed with lessons and activities that offer a full-week schedule. The summer SOAR lessons will be delivered over a 6-week period starting the week of June 29 and conclude on the week of August 3.
While our Summer SOAR offering is optional, we wanted this experience to be similar to our distance learning approach, where each day, your boys will have two distinct sessions (morning and afternoon) that are divided by an outdoor recess plan and a screen-free lunch option.
Our Lower School educators are offering this partnership as an opportunity for boys to stay fresh with their existing skills and prepare for the coming grade level.
Please note that all lists below apply to the grade your son will be entering in the fall of 2020.
To keep their reading skills sharp over the upcoming months, Princeton Academy strongly suggests that our boys read for fun. Below are suggested reading lists for our students. Enjoy!
- NEW! In response to healthy and safety, we have expanded our 1:1 device program to include all lower school students. There will not be any shared carts. Chromebook or iPad devices will be provided by the school and are assigned to lower school students on a 1:1 basis.
- Families may want to consider child headphones with a microphone to help with periods of hybrid or distance learning. This is merely a suggestion, not a requirement, and an inexpensive model such as this one would be adequate.
Summer Academic Preparation:
Summer is a wonderful time for students to play, pray, rest, read, and spend time with family and friends. We are certain that your summer plans will include enriching learning activities for your sons.
Rising Grade 5 Students
As students transition from Lower School to Middle School, the Fourth Grade Team has prepared Summer SOAR activities for our rising fifth grade students as well. An email with a Weekly Schedule will be sent via email on Sundays from June 29 to August 3.
Princeton Academy will be utilizing IXL and Khan Academy in the upcoming 2020–21 school year.
- Chromebook devices are provided by the school and are assigned to middle school students on a 1:1 basis.
- PLEASE NOTE: We have updated the Middle School supply lists to include headphones with a microphone as a suggestion to help with periods of hybrid or distance learning.
NEW THIS YEAR! In order to improve our systems and health requirements, Princeton Academy will be using Magnus Health, a simple and secure online software for student health records . Our families will be able to submit all required Health Forms via this system. An email with more information will be sent to families.
With regards to the PreParticipation Physical Evaluation Form, all New Students and MS students participating in athletics must have a current physical on file with the school. Please note: all students enrolled in Grades 3 through 8 are required to have a current annual PreParticipation Physical Evaluation Form on file with the School Nurse. The physical must not be greater than 365 days old. This is required for participation on all field trips, after-school activities, as well as Athletics for applicable grades.
In addition, in an effort to streamline our protocols, we are requiring a Permission for Medical Care and Release of Medical Information form to be completed for each student annually.
Music Selection for Students Entering Grade 4 and Middle School (Grades 5-8)
Middle School Music Options:
Strings: The string class takes the knowledge built in previous years and applies it to the practice of playing a musical instrument and developing ensemble performance. Beginner-intermediate instrument technique for violin, viola and cello is taught, including instrument care, tuning, proper holding of the bow and instrument, and fingering. Rentals are available for approximately $130 for nine months through the Music and Arts Center in Lawrenceville, NJ. Contracts are provided by the school, and arrangements are facilitated by Mr. Wu.
Band: We offer lessons for the following band instruments at the beginner’s level: flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and percussion. However, if your son can play any other instrument at no less than intermediate level, and he is interested in joining the band, please contact me for scheduling a brief audition. Instrumental rentals are offered through the Music and Arts Center in Lawrenceville, NJ, for approximately $130-$190 per month.
General Music: The general music class continues to build upon the fourth grade music studies by playing on new instruments, as well as familiar ones, to further develop reading advanced rhythm combinations and all the pitches on the 5-line staff. Musical elements and terminology continue to be reviewed, and new aspects of music form are introduced.
Other Opportunities: In addition, all Middle School students, regardless of the music program they select, are eligible to participate in the winter musical and music liturgy.
In order for us to accurately plan for the three music tracks, it is important for you to return the form below and indicate which musical program your son is interested in taking next year.
Grade 4 Music Options:
Students entering fourth grade have the opportunity to choose between taking violin or general music. Both of our musical tracks are offered during the same academic period.
Violin: The string class takes the knowledge built in third grade general music and applies it to the practice of playing a musical instrument and developing ensemble performance. Basic instrument technique is taught, including instrument care, tuning, proper holding of the bow and instrument, and fingering. Violin rentals are available for approximately $140 for nine months through the Music and Arts Center in Lawrenceville, NJ. Contracts are provided by the school and arrangements are facilitated by Mr. Wu.
General Music: The general music class continues to build upon the third grade music studies by playing on new instruments, as well as familiar ones, to further develop reading advanced rhythm combinations and all the pitches on the 5-line staff. Partner songs, multi-part rounds, descants, and simple two part harmony songs continue to be sung. Musical elements and terminology continue to be reviewed, and new aspects of music form are introduced.
HAWK Athletics Information (Grades 5-8)
Students in Middle School are eligible to play on Princeton Academy's athletic teams. If you are interested, please click here for athletics information.
Our Athletic Season Start Dates may be affected by COVID-19 safety restrictions and health guidelines. Please check back often for updates.
Tentative Fall Start Dates:
Soccer (A and B) and Cross Country: Monday, September 14
Golf: Monday, September 21
Please note that students in Middle School interested in participating in Princeton Academy Athletics must complete the necessary forms located in the Health, Athletics and Student Forms tab. All forms are due by August 31.
Please note that Extended Day Programs may be affected and altered due to COVID-19 safety restrictions and health guidelines. Check back often for updates.
MONDAY - FRIDAY
Supervised time in the library. Please bring your son to the library.
Before School Care is available from 7:00-7:50 a.m. Students must be enrolled in advance, however, drop-ins will be accepted if unforeseen circumstances arise. The charge for a one-day drop-in is $10. Drop-in billing will be mailed at the end of each month.
Please visit the Extended Day Programs page for more information.
MONDAY - FRIDAY
After School Care will consist of supervised, structured and unstructured playtime.
After School Care hours are 3:00-6:00 p.m. and is primarily for students enrolled in advance, however, drop-ins are welcome and will be billed on a day-to-day basis. Since we are concerned about the proper supervision of students after regular dismissal, any child who has not been picked up by 3:20 p.m. will be sent to the After School Care and the family will be billed at the rate of $15 for the first hour. If your son remains in After School Care beyond 4:20 p.m., you will be charged a drop-in fee of $30. Drop-in billing will be mailed at the beginning of each month.
Lower School Study Hall carries the same fee as an after school class and will be held 3:30-4:30 p.m. Lower School students who are not signed up for this class in advance, will not be permitted to use the library after school. Students are expected to respect the space as a quiet location for individual study and recreational reading.
For all students enrolled in After School Care and for those using After School Care "drop-in," there will be a $45 per hour late fee charged for any child who is picked up after 6:00 p.m. “Drop-ins” are not permitted in After School Classes.
On the registration form there are three fee scales. The top fee scale is for early morning drop off only. The middle fee scale is for regular After School Care only (not classes). The bottom fee scale is for Extended Day Classes only.
Any student enrolled in Extended Day Classes may attend regular After Care when the class ends until 6:00 p.m. at no additional charge on those days only.
Lower School promptly begins at 8:00 a.m. and dismissal is at 3:00 p.m. Students may be dropped off as early as 7:30 a.m. There is also an early morning drop off program, starting at 7:00 a.m., available as part of our Extended Day Programs. Extended Day Programs and Classes are available on full school days. Please note that fall offerings for Extended Day Programs will be available in late August.
Middle School homeroom begins promptly at 7:45 a.m. and dismissal is at 3:00 p.m. Students may be dropped off as early as 7:30 a.m. Extended Day Programs and classes and After-School Study Hall are also available on full school days. For a fee, there is also an Early Morning Drop Off program available. Please note that fall offerings for Extended Day Programs will be available in late August.
NOTE: Events are subject to change due to COVID-19 health and safety restrictions.
The One School Calendar can be found on our website. It includes orientation dates, school start dates, vacations, holidays, teacher workdays and early dismissals. It is regularly updated to include athletic events, special all-school events, field trips and other division-wide events. We suggest you bookmark this link to the calendar and set up calendar alerts via myAcademy (Parent Portal).
For quick reference of key dates, please click here to view our 2020–21 Preliminary Parent Calendar. Please keep in mind that this is NOT a comprehensive calendar. To see all events, please refer to our One School Calendar.
Back to School Nights
Please stay tuned for more information regarding Back to School Nights as we continue to evaluate the proper handling of events on campus due to COVID-19. We are committed to keeping our community safe and healthy.
Middle School Back to School Night - Monday, September 14, at 6:30 p.m.
Lower School Back to School Night - Wednesday, September 16, at 6:30 p.m.
Please note that school uniforms have been updated with the new school logo for the 2020–21 academic year. All new orders of uniforms should have the updated school logo. Uniform shirts that have the school seal and crest are acceptable and can continue to be worn by students during this grace period.
Uniforms may be ordered from Lands' End.
Used uniforms are also available at no charge in the Kalkus House. The Uniform Closet is on the second floor across from the Hawk's Nest School Store.
Please use the button below to view uniform guidelines by division.
NJ Application for Private School Transportation
In light of the pandemic, transportation districts are allowing schools to submit B6T Transportation Forms via email. To apply for bus transportation or reimbursement, simply download the 2020–21 B6T form, complete it at your earliest convenience, and email it to Admission Associate and Assistant to the Headmaster Judy Springer. Please note, New Jersey resident students in K-Grade 8 who live 2-20 miles from Princeton Academy are eligible for bus transportation.
Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart
1128 Great Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
Extensions by Office and Department
Admission Office, ext. 402
Advancement/Communications Office, ext. 401
Athletic Office, ext. 409
Athletic Hotline (609) 759-3054
Business Office, ext. 403
Extended Day Programs, ext. 121
Headmaster’s Office, ext. 509
Health Office, ext. 204
Lower School Office, ext. 100
Middle School Office, ext. 307
Secondary School Placement Office, ext. 211
Technology Office, ext. 207
Check out Princeton Academy's Summer Programs. There are exciting virtual offerings like Speech and Debate, Academy Prep and Camp Invention to name a few!
NOTE: Additional information will be added over the summer. Emails will be sent to all families announcing the addition of these items and any other files that are added to the Back to School Summer Portal at that time.
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