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Squires Program

The Squires Program is available to students of Father Judge High School who need additional academic assistance during their freshman year. This program is intended to assist students through the transition into high school experience. The Squires have a full freshman roster of courses, but have a supervised period once a day to reinforce their retention and skills.  The selection of appropriate students is based on several criteria, including standardized test scores and elementary school grades. 
Essential features of the program include: 
  • Optional attendance at the Summer Acceleration (Bridge) Program: This summer program is intended to provide additional academic exposure (Math, Reading, and Study Skills); familiarity with the Father Judge environment; introduction to expectations of teachers; and an opportunity to meet future classmates. It is held late June and July. 
  • Critical Thinking Course: The Squires students do not take a foreign language their freshman year. Instead, these students are enrolled into an additional reading class, titled "Critical Thinking", which is offered through collaboration with Cora Services, Inc. 
  • Enrichment Class: The Squires are scheduled to attend the Fr. Brisson Center one period a day. During this time, students are provided with the opportunity to complete assignments and study in a supportive environment where faculty are readily available to provide assistance if needed. In addition, the students are explicitly instructed in various study skills and strategies. 
  • Extracurricular Activity: It is the expectation that students in the Squires program participate in at least one extracurricular activity in order to allow him the opportunity to fully experience all that Father Judge has to offer. 
  • Parental Involvement: It is essential that parents are a vital member of the team, attending scheduled meetings throughout the year; regularly checking Power School; maintaining communications with teachers; and supporting the students throughout the year. 
  • Tutoring: The Squires may take advantage of the tutoring by the Brisson Center after the school day.