One of the ways that Angelus Academy fosters the family spirit within the student body is through the buddy system. Every year, classes are paired—a younger grade with an older—and each child in the younger class gets an older class buddy. Angelus students sit with their buddies for weekly Mass, and buddy classes get together for events, crafts, and celebrations. Older buddies learn responsibility by being good examples for their young buddies. And the younger ones work hard to follow that example. It is always an exciting moment when the new fourth graders get to become older buddies for the first time—a sign that they are ready to continue the tradition and to become role models for another group of Angelus students.
Weekly School Mass
Reverent and responsible students in our upper grades have the opportunity to demonstrate leadership to the student body by assisting our priests and our school sacristan. Student lectors have the important job of proclaiming the Word of God to the people during Mass by reading the Bible lessons from the Lectionary. Boys in grades 4 through 8 are offered the chance to assist our priests during Mass as altar servers. These young men agree to agree to participate in all responses at Mass and during all Angelus Academy community prayer times, and they model reverent worship behavior for their fellow students. Student sacristans in grades 6 through 8 prepare the chapel and the altar for the priest before Mass, and they are responsible for neatening those areas and for cleaning and storing the sacred vessels after Mass.
The mission of Angelus Academy is to infuse young lives with the truth of Catholic teaching at the very beginning of their vocation as students. It permeates every aspect of school life, from the daily routine of classes to community and parish outreach.
Angelus Academy at a Glance
An independent Catholic school focused on intellectual and spiritual formation that offers a liberal arts education in the classical tradition
Average class size
20 students maximum per class
Students' test scores above average nationally
Mass, Confession, and Sacrament Preparation
Latin instruction beginning in third grade
After-school activities and clubs