Special Academic Programs at St. Dominic Elementary and Middle Schools
LIU Post Enrichment Program
The Center for Gifted Youth was established at LIU Post in 1979 and brings together two important elements of education for the gifted: extraordinary teachers and university-level facilities. These two factors, combined with an administrative and psychological team schooled in the needs of gifted children, give the Long Island University program unique strengths in producing positive benefits for young people admitted to the program. Through our partnership, St. Dominic students that qualify will receive a discounted rate for the programs which include a wide range of alternatives from math and science to humanities and history.
Waterfront Center Partnership
The Waterfront Center is a unique program located on Oyster Bay Harbor where our children come face-to- face with the local marine life and learn about our coastal environment. Whether classes are on the beach or in the classroom our students have the opportunity to learn about Horseshoe Crabs, Stars of the Sound, Seashells and Sea Creatures, as well as other marine organisms found at the bottom of the Oyster Bay Wildlife Refuge.
STEM and PLTW Programs
Our STEM program introduces students in grades K - 8 to a variety of digital skills, as well as an introduction to coding. An Introduction to Robotics program is planned for 2021. Students in grades 3-5 participate in Project Lead The Way (PLTW), which brings a transformative Learning Experience to students with engaging, hands-on classroom STEM lessons which empower students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills they need to thrive. St. Dominic's is building pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science that engage students in hands-on activities, projects, and problems; empower them to solve real-world challenges; and inspire them to reimagine how they see themselves.
St. Francis Hospital Partnership
St. Dominic Middle School students share an experience with St. Dominic High School students by participating in a unique program with St. Francis Hospital's heart surgeons. St. Francis Surgeons bring a full dissection lab to our Dolan Science & Communications Building, during which students work side-by-side with world class surgeons to explore the biology of the human body.
High School Level Classes
Students in 8th grade are offered High School Regents courses in Algebra and Earth Science, as well as the FLACS exam in Italian or Spanish. By successfully completing these courses, many of our students are able to begin high school with advanced courses in these subjects, opening up more opportunities for elective courses in High School.
St. Dominic Communications Club
In our professional grade Television Studio, middle school students will be able to participate in a new Communications Club in 2021. The Club will introduce students to multi media production using video and audio equipment to produce student broadcasts for the school community.