Beyond the School Day

The Academy

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Parish Plus would like to introduce The Academy. The Academy will serve as the umbrella for all academic programming taking place outside of the regular school day.

These classes and programs are for students from PreK-12th grade, both from Parish and from the greater Dallas community. Future programs will include workshops and learning opportunities for adults as well as for our existing student audience. The Academy is directed by Dr. Ann Morgan, who currently oversees the Parish Virtual program. She can be reached via email if you have any questions.

Once summer programs are finalized you will be able to find them under the Browse Programs button in the top right corner. On the programs page you will be able to filter your search specifically for The Academy, along with other filters such as grade level or date. You will need to click on the Programs drop-down menu on the left side of the page and select the filters that apply to your search.

Our Programs

Many existing classes will now be housed in The Academy, including the summer for-credit offerings formerly known as Parish Virtual courses. As the classes we offered evolved, in part due to lessons learned during pandemic-induced virtual school and life, leadership of the program felt that Parish Virtual, or PV as it was often called, was no longer the most accurate description of the offerings. We have new ideas about how we can advantage students with innovative learning that goes beyond the previous model of Parish Virtual. As we developed new courses for Summer 2023, we realized that the program title “Parish Virtual” no longer encapsulates the breadth of exciting learning opportunities our students will be able to experience. The amount of on campus in-person, synchronous and asynchronous learning varies by course, so please look over each course to learn how it will be taught. We invite you to see our program!

There will be non-credit choices in summer 2023 offered by The Academy for students in all academic divisions. Many will be aligned with the schedule for Parish Summer, so that families can select an Academy course for half their child’s day and Day Camp, a specialty or other “for fun” class for the other half. This approach to summer provides a balance between vacation mode and the dreaded summer brain-drain! Other workshops that are not best suited for a traditional day camp schedule will be offered in alternate formats. A few of the programs will be familiar, we’ve just moved them! Examples include Upper School Onboarding, Math, Reading or Writing and World Language workshops as well as updated versions of the “Get Ready” lower school camps. Other programs will be new for 2023, and we invite you to preview them on February 3rd and register on February 7th.

In addition, there are non-credit, school-year outside-of-school-day classes offered by The Academy this spring. These classes include Reading & Writing Workshop, Fun with Math and Hola Amigos for Lower School students and both SAT and ACT Prep for Upper School students. We will have a greater selection of workshops and classes offered in future school years as we expand this program. These programs can be enrolled in now (unless full), see our Programs page for more information.

All non-academic classes can be found under Extend or Parish Summer, depending on the time of year.  Included in those programs are our year-round offered programs: Explorations, Extended Care, Athletic Academy, Dance Academy (led by Jessica Robinson) and the Music Academy and Parish Drives (led by Andrew Jennings) as well as our Parish Summer Day Camp and school year PreK Extension. All questions regarding Extend or Parish Summer should be directed to Jessica Rodriguez.

The Study will continue to be the location for Lab and Link under the leadership of current director Phillip Page.

Taking Honors Biology over the summer allowed me to be able to take AP Chemistry, and next year, AP Physics over the course of junior and senior year. I get to focus on my preferred classes without worrying about completing the required science classes during the school year.

Rivers G. '23

Taking a summer course allowed me to explore the nuances of World Religions in a manner simply not possible during the school year. The course truly opened my eyes to a new understanding of religiosity and global ideologies, which greatly impact modern political and social discourse.

Ren S. '23

Due to my choice to take Health the summer before my freshman year, I was able to both double up on math classes and take a year-long computer science class (COOP).

Christopher F. '23
Ann Morgan.

Director of The Academy

Ann Morgan

Ann is the Director of The Academy and is in her 5th year at Parish. In addition to overseeing The Academy, Ann teaches all levels of Latin in the Upper School; she also serves as the Subject Area Coordinator for World Languages. As Director of The Academy, Ann coordinates with Parish faculty to offer a wide range of courses to our students over the summer through innovative blended learning environments; she oversees course offerings, scheduling, and program development. Ann has a M.Ed. in Educational Technology from University of Arkansas, as well as a Ph.D. in Classics from University of Texas at Austin.

Contact The Academy

Have questions about The Academy? Reach out to our team – we’d love to hear from you!