The Tie Ceremony

Students in grades five through eight wear a tie each day. Shortly after the start of their final year, 8th grade students receive a different tie as an outward sign of their leadership at the Academy.  In the last few years, 8th grade classes have chosen a bow tie to set them apart as school leaders.

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Emerging Leaders

8th grade students model leadership to the classes following behind them.  In Advisory, they take the lead in initiating 5th grade students to the Academy's procedures and traditions. 8th grade students lead weekly chapel services and step outside of the school to serve as readers and mentors to kindergarten students at a local public school.

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Looking Forward To High School

From the time they arrive at the Academy, our students sights are directed toward preparing for high school.  Beginning in the 7th grade, students are assigned a high school placement counselor who begins talking with students and their families about the application process including applying for financial aid, and choosing the right high school for their student. Families attend the high school fair in 7th grade to start to become familiar with the wide variety of choices available, and return to the fair in 8th grade to help them finalize applications for the right schools.


High School Fair

Independent, boarding and competitive-admission public high schools from all around the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond come to the Academy in early September to speak with our students and their families about the special characteristics of their school. Families learn about the academic program, admissions process, financial aid, extracurricular activities and each school's individual culture.


Results Day
The admissions process, beginning with the Fair and flowing through school visits, application submissions, and testing dates, comes to completion in late winter when our students learn to which schools they have been accepted. Watch Alexis' reaction as he opens his acceptance to the Baltimore School for the Arts. 




Graduation is a community-wide celebration of the motivation, achievement and success of our 8th grade celebrated at the site of our founding, Saint Ignatius Church. Recently, prominent Baltimore business, government and cultural figures like Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Rep. Elijah Cummings and Mr. Eddie Brown have inspired students, families, friends and sponsors, sending these talented students off to high school.