The school offers a balanced life of both academics and activities. The extracurriculars are encouraged but are not mandatory because it should be a fun and learning experience, not something a student should feel forced to do. A lot of clubs and sports programs are offered. For the upper school, we have Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball, Football, and more sports teams. If someone is more creative than athletic, then they have the option to choose from Wellness Club, Mock Trial, DECA, IB, Yearbook and the Newsletter Club. For the younger kids, they have the opportunity to work on their hobbies like piano practices, yoga, reading, and much more. The extracurricular opportunities are beneficial for improving social skills, developing new interests, and getting out of the everyday routine a student tends to go through.Students at St. Jude's Academy are among the brightest out there. Each one of us has a certain outlook on life and we encourage each other's passions and ambitions. All of us are treated equally and with respect. My younger sister and I both agree that St. Jude’s has one of the most enthusiastic and caring environments out there. Friends are from well-mannered families with backgrounds from all around the world. I have come to understand a lot about other cultures as well as having the opportunity to share my own. Having a small student body makes everyone closer to each other. The students at St. Jude’s will be remembered fondly, even as I move on to University.
There are several teams and clubs to participate in at St. Jude's. I am a member of the soccer team, DECA chapter, Mock Trial team, and Model UN. Each club and team is effectively led, be it by teacher or student. To me, one of the most important things about extra-curricular activities within the school is that students are not restricted to what the administration offers. We can write proposals for clubs, and start them with the help of teachers. We are encouraged to be very competitive, and we are coached very well. I have had a number of personal successes. We were second place in the Peel Regional Mock Trial tournament last school year, and I was a top 20 finalist at DECA ICDC in Anaheim, California. We are all motivated to become better students, and participating in these activities certainly allows this to happen.
At St. Jude’s they want to make sure their students are learning but having fun as well. So they have provided extracurricular activities for students to join. Some of the things we have for the upper school include Mock trial, Newsletter, Wellness Club, DECA, etc. For sports, we have Volleyball, Soccer (boys and girls), football and others. For the younger kids, they have piano lessons, yoga, reading and more. These help students improve their social skills, discover new interests, and experience something new and fun.