Art Program / Contests
Weekly art instruction for primary and intermediate grades introduces the basic concepts and vocabulary in the field of art in a sequential manner keyed to the student’s growth and development. The foundation skills of working with art media and equipment are introduced and built upon. Drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and crafts are included. Whenever possible art instruction is tied to units of study in the academic curriculum. Fifth grade, for example, studies American art while learning about the colonial period in social studies.
Students are encouraged to participate in regional art competitions, the Diocesan Art Fair, and other competitions. Under the direction of the art teacher and as part of Southwest Airlines “Adopt a Pilot” program, a group of students recently painted a mural in the pilots’ lounge of Orlando International Airport.
Opportunities for additional art instruction are presented in the form of after school small group classes and summer art camp.
The ACA band program features two different bands. The beginning band is open to all students in 4th grade and above and requires no musical experience. The advanced band is open to any student with at least one year of experience, or six months of private instruction.
Both of the bands at ACA are wind bands which include flutes, clarinets, oboes, saxophones, trumpets, French horns, trombones, tuba, and percussion. There are no pianos, violins or guitars in a wind band but any experience on those instruments is greatly helpful with the beginning students.
In the ACA band program, not only will your band student learn their particular band instrument, they will also learn art of musical performance. Many techniques are taught to mitigate nerves during a performance, which also transfers to many other aspects of life including test taking, college/job interviews, and more. Your student will also be on the road to learning a life long skill that they can pass down to their children, and grandchildren. They will learn leadership skills, and develop a special camaraderie with their fellow band members.
For more information please contact our Band Director, Dee McAfee via email
Weekly instruction in music helps students develop a love of music and how it can become an important part of their lives. Various aspects of music are introduced through song and movement activities. Songs are introduced in relation to special holidays and units of study as well as part of a study of different genres: classical, jazz, rock and country. An understanding of music notation is mastered through instruction with various instruments.
Opportunities for additional music instruction are presented in the form of after school small group classes and summer music/drama camp.
Athletic programs play an important role in the total educational experience offered at Annunciation Catholic Academy. They are one more way in which ACA helps each student realize the full range of his or her talents and abilities. Elementary students at Annunciation have the opportunity to participate on various non-competitive teams.
Catholic Youth Sports (CYS)
CMAC and CYL have combined to form Catholic Youth Sports. Under the direction of the Diocese of Orlando Office of Schools, the Catholic Youth League (CYL) has merged with Catholic Middle School Athletic Conference (CMAC). Both programs shall operate under the name of Catholic Youth Sports (CYS). The program will have a recreational division for students in grades PK4 – 5 and a competitive division for students in grades 5 – 8. The middle school sports offered are boys and girls soccer, track, basketball and volleyball. The sports offered for PK4 – 5 are soccer, flag football, girls lacrosse, 3 v 3 soccer, basketball.
For more detailed information, visit WWW.CATHOLICYOUTHSPORTS.ORG.
The ACA community includes many enthusiastic fans who show wonderful school spirit. Our colors are blue, silver and white. Our mascot is STARS (Students and Teachers Always Reaching for Success).
Video from our Feeding Children Everywhere project.
Mindful of the Gospel mandate to serve others, especially the poor and neglected, students at Annunciation Catholic Academy participate in many service projects throughout the year. Student involvement ranges from kindergartner classes holding an annual bake sale to National Junior Honor Society students visiting the pediatric units of local hospitals. Food drives during Lent and Advent are common, as are collection of clothing and school supplies for our sister school in San Juan de la Maguana in the Dominican Republic. Every time we engage in a fundraising activity for ourselves, we tithe to another worthy cause. Over the years the ACA community has contributed to building a new school after the tsunami in Sri Lanka, building a well in Nigeria, feeding the homeless in our local community and providing books for migrant students in neighboring public schools. These projects are all reminders of the many blessing we have received from God and our need to share these blessings with others.
Mary’s Helpers Rosary and Prayer Group
Mary’s Helpers is a rosary-making group that has been meeting since 1997 for the purpose of making rosaries for the missions and Ministry to the Sick. More than one thousand rosaries have been made by children in grades three through eight. Many rosaries have been given to parishioners who are homebound, in the hospital, or in nursing homes. Missionaries in foreign countries often request rosaries, and the group has sent them to such far-away places as Sri Lanka, Nigeria, India, Zimbabwe, and Kenya. The club often receives letters from the missionaries, thanking them for sending the rosaries, which are used to teach people about the life of Jesus and how to ask our Blessed Mother to pray with and for them.
Throughout the year after-school classes are offered in a variety of areas. The purpose of the classes is to allow students to explore new fields and enhance their existing interests. There are typically four sessions throughout the year with classes meeting once per week during the session. Activities vary each session. Some sessions have included: karate, golf, cheerleading, arts & crafts, photography, chess, and tennis.
As a service to parents, Annunciation Catholic Academy offers extended care before and after school each day. Morning care offers supervision to children arriving at school between 7:00 AM and 7:30 AM. After school care is offered from the close of the school day until 6:00 PM. Prices are very reasonable and include an afternoon snack.