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Spring programs for middle school

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Spring programs for middle school/programas de primavera para escuela intermedia

To register for middle school programs, contact Sarah Lessard at

As you scroll, you will find program descriptions in these categories: 

  • Academic Programs 
  • Exploration Programs 
  • February Break 

Academic Programs– Grades 6, 7, and 8 

Crusade Adventure and Academic Program (CAAP) 
This popular and long-running Crusade Adventure and Academic Program will challenge middle-school learners to explore, solve problems, develop critical thinking skills, and have FUN. Participants embark on a variety of (occasionally ridiculous) investigations, activities, tasks, and stunts that require them to collaborate, set goals, and get creative, then connect what they’re learning to their homes, schools, and communities. Participants also work directly with college-aged student mentors, explore justice-based leadership topics, and build foundational literacy and discussion-based skills.   

*Each Crusader can complete this program in person only once.   

Program details:   
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
March 5 – May 14 (off on April 23)   
Roger Williams Middle School  

Math Academy   
The Math Academy provides support for Crusaders who feel less confident in their math coursework. Our goal is to ensure that each Crusader has a chance to practice key foundational skills to become more successful math students, problem-solvers, and critical thinkers. The instructors will not only provide individualized learning opportunities but will engage the Crusaders in teamwork and hands-on math games and activities!   

Program details:   
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – noon 
March 5 – May 14 (off on April 23)       
Central High School   

Writing Academy   
Join our BRAND-NEW Writing Academy! Many Crusaders and parents have asked for extra support with being able to produce stronger pieces of writing. This program is designed to help build your foundational skills of grammar, sentence structure, and organizing your thoughts. You will not only work on how to make sure you are answering a prompt correctly, but also how to put your thoughts on paper, edit your own writing, and engage your readers more effectively.   

Program details:   
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – noon 
March 5 – May 14 (off on April 23)     
Juanita Sanchez Education Complex 

Mystic Aquarium Cru Club   
In this STEM course Crusaders will have the opportunity to explore both the vast variety of species at Mystic Aquarium as well as careers in aquarium science including water quality, life support, exhibit design, marine animal rescue, fish & invertebrate care and research. Crusaders will interact with aquarium professionals, investigate the animals in their care and engage in work behind-the-scenes to gain a unique perspective on the careers essential to the success of a world class aquarium. This one-of-a-kind program is the perfect opportunity to test the waters of a career in marine biology.   

Program details:   
Cru Club: After school; virtual with advisor 
Field trip: In person at Mystic Aquarium 

STEM Nights   
This is an opportunity for parents to work with your Crusader on a STEM project together! The work will be a collection of hands-on activities that help you better understand some of the learning opportunities that you Crusader has with us.   

Program details:   
In person at your school 

Exploration Programs   

Early High School Knowledge – Grades 6 and 7 
This program will expose our younger Crusaders to what to expect in High school. We will focus on types of High Schools, what “test optional” means, financial aid and support, as well as what changes will occur when transitioning from Middle to High School.    

Program details:   
March, TBD 

High School Conference – Grade 8 
Our High School conference is offered to 8th graders as a day of workshops that will ensure they feel prepared to transition from Middle to High School. Workshops will include graduation requirements, HS Crusade program expectations, and Social-Emotional information. Our goal is for Crusaders to walk away with confidence to begin their High School years and feel supported by the Middle School team.    

Program details:   
April and May 
In person at Nathan Bishop Middle School 

Career Exploration (Day / Speaker Series) – Grades 6, 7, and 8 
Crusaders will explore careers and learn about educational requirements for different fields by listening to career speakers in a variety of fields and asking questions about career and educational choices.   

Program details:   
February, March, April 
Virtual late afternoon offerings 

College Visits/Tours – Grades 6, 7, and 8 
College Crusade middle school advisors will lead students on virtual tours of local colleges/universities and provide information about academic programs offered, student-to-professor ratio, student life, and financial aid information. Tours are interactive, with opportunities for students to ask questions, participate in fun quizzes about the institutions and more.   

Program details:   
Virtual late afternoon offerings 

Cru Club – Grades 6, 7, and 8 
After-school Cru Club is offered at each school with an advisor as an extended learning opportunity. Crusaders will meet and get to know fellow Crusaders along with their advisor. Cru Club workshops can include, STEM, financial literacy, homework help, tutoring, life skills, early college knowledge, and more. 

Program details:   
January – March; April – June 
In person at your school (May be virtual depending on location) 

February Break    

Launch – Grade 6 
This program is designed to welcome all new Crusaders to the College Crusade. Learn about the Crusade, meet our advisors, and discover fun ways of enhancing your study skills!     

Program details:   
In person, TBD 

STEM Camp  Grades 7 and 8 
Crusaders will have the opportunity for a weeklong program dedicated to hands-on activities meant to explore the various fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).   

Program details:   
In person at Nathan Bishop Middle School