College Partnerships

Saint Anselm College

Student volunteers from Saint Anselm College provide energy and dedication to our nurturing community at Saint Benedict Academy in a variety of capacities.
Saint Anselm Nursing Student Warren talks about germs with Kindergarten students as part of his clinical rotation.

Saint Anselm Nursing Student Warren talks about germs with Kindergarten students as part of his clinical rotation.

Saint Anselm College students utilize Saint Benedict Academy as a service-learning site for the community engagement component of their coursework in Education, Graphic Design, Nursing, Photography, Psychology, Sociology, Theology, and Visual Art. Still other student volunteers share their time by assisting at our Afterschool Program and our extracurricular athletics and enrichment programs. In the fall semester of 2014, two Saint Anselm students completed a service learning project at SBA for their Liberation Theology Class. To read more about that project, click here. This spring, we had several Education students complete observation hours and one who had an internship in Grades 2 and Kindergarten. IMAG0868Saint Anselm students interested in volunteering during the school day or as part of our Afterschool Program should contact Dan Whalen, Saint Anselm College Class of 2017, the Site Placement Coordinator for Saint Benedict Academy.

The New Hampshire Institute of Art

One of the highlights of the Saint Benedict Academy education program is our partnership with the New Hampshire Institute of Art. In this successful, long-running program, students at Saint Benedict Academy have the opportunity to learn from instructors in the NH Institute Art Educator Preparation Program. In this unique and challenging program, students are presented with the creative opportunities beyond a regular classroom, as well as the chance to use a variety of media including clay, pastels, and acrylics. Mrs. LaPalme, Saint Benedict Academy 6th Grade Teacher, explained “The students are able to express themselves in a creative, hands-on manner where they are to follow a model provided by the teacher and can freely go about it in their own way.” Fourth grade teacher Mrs. Hauck reflected on the ways the program has enriched the education of her students through the weaving of art into the curriculum: “The Institute Art students have willingly coordinated their art lessons with our curriculum on many occasions.  Because we study New Hampshire History in fourth grade, the students have been able to learn about the art of the Abanaki people and the significance of shape and color in the decorative aspects of their pottery and weaving.  They also learned basket weaving in the Abanaki tradition using reeds and decorative beading.  Learning about the tradition of stamping patterns onto fabric using dyes and vegetable root cutouts, students stamped Abanaki inspired prints onto fabric which was then turned into quilted hot pads that students gave as gifts on Mother's Day.  These Art Institute students have also provided a valuable opportunity for deeper appreciation of the history and culture of the earliest people to settle this area by sharing their stories and legends with the students during the art lessons.”

Southern New Hampshire University

Student volunteers and visitors from Southern New Hampshire University enrich our school community through two different outreach programs. The Math Buddies Tutoring Program is available for several weeks each spring. SNHU students in the Middle School Mathematics Education program act as tutors for SBA students to reinforce mathematical concepts explored in the classroom. Teachers confer with parents in referring students to this exceptional free resource to strengthen their math skills. The Global Village Partners is an initiative that Saint Benedict Academy is piloting with the International Student Office at SNHU in the 2013-2014 Academic Year. The program was initially conceived by Saint Raphael's pastor Father Jerome Day, O.S.B. The program was designed through a collaboration of SBA faculty and administrators, SNHU faculty, and the International Student Services Office. In this program, international students from SNHU are paired with classes at SBA. The international students visit their SBA class five times during the school year to help open the children's eyes to the amazing world around us. The international students speak about and lead activities on such topics as geography, cultural history, family, food, and the arts. To learn more, click here to view an article published in the Union Leader.