Austin Prep’s Mission Statement emphasizes the importance of “hands to serve,” or the cultivation of habits of service to others in the spirit of Jesus Christ. At Austin, we are dedicated to the formation of the whole child: enlightening the mind, but never at the expense of engaging the heart.
Through the Service Program, students experience and share God’s love in concrete ways through their time, talents, words, and actions in ministry to others. Throughout the Austin Journey, in pursuit of Christ and in the service of those who are less fortunate, students come to realize that they receive far more than they could ever give. Service is an excellent opportunity to encounter people in love and charity, and as a result, learn more about oneself and God along the way.
6th Grade Egyptian Museum
A synthesis of student work in History, Theology, and English, this annual event is the culmination of students’ cross-curricular study of the Egyptian Civilization. Students create exhibits on artifacts, pyramid construction, and hieroglyphic painting, become docents on a niche topic of interest, produce a book-talk video, and explore the Israelite enslavement and Exodus in Egypt as they curate their museum. This hands-on approach to learning helps students apply content in context and develop into critical storytellers.
7th Grade Vocations Program
Seventh grade students immerse themselves in discipleship and what it means to live a life of faith. Students develop an appreciation for the special calling and ministry of vocations through conversation and small-group visits with priests and faithful lay leaders on campus and throughout the Archdiocese of Boston.
8th Grade DC Trip
The culmination of the Civics program is a weekend tour of Washington, D.C. The itinerary includes stops at key federal buildings, where students engage with guides, historians, and legislators who help bring class content to life. Students grow in their appreciation for the democratic process and deepen their connection to America’s cultural heritage in exploring a number of the Smithsonian Museums and visiting memorials around the National Mall.
Study Abroad in the United Kingdom
Students have the opportunity to participate in a three-week summer study abroad program housed at a boarding school outside of London. The Independent Schools Cultural Alliance allows students to experience the culture and history of the United Kingdom in a fun and interactive way. Visits to Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, a workshop at the Globe Theatre, and a tour of the HMS Victory, expand students’ cultural horizons and support their development as global citizens.