In addition to the standard curriculum, students have the opportunity to participate in the following activities:
Power of the Pen
Each year, 7th and 8th Grade students who demonstrate a flair for writing prepare for this creative writing competition which is held on district, regional and state-wide levels. Students compete against students from other schools by writing in varied genres about an array of topics. In each of the last five years, St. Dominic students have made it all the way to State level competition, recognizing their writing abilities as among the best in Ohio.
St. Dominic 7th and 8th Grade students regularly compete in area science fairs, including the Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair (NEOSEF) and the Western Reserve Science Fair, where they frequently are nominated to State of Ohio competitions.
St. Dominic offers Lego Robotics for students in Grades 5-8. Depending on interest, the school may field more than one team. Practices take place in the fall and culminate in a regional competition each December.
St. Dominic offerd NUMATS (Northwestern University Midwest Academic Talent Search) above grade level testing for qualifying students in Grades 3 through 8. NUMATS gives these students access to special enrichment programs to engage and focus their abilities.
Scripps Spelling Bee
Each year, St. Dominic holds an in-school spelling bee for the 6th, 7th and 8th Grade spellers. The winner of this competition advances to the Scripps Spelling Bee, hosted annually by the Plain Dealer.
National Catholic Veterans’ Essay Competition
7th and 8th Grade students seeking extra credit in English may compete in this annual essay contest. Every year since 2012, St. Dominic students have placed first in the State of Ohio. One of those students placed first in the nation for her patriotic essay.
Students in Grades 5 through 8 may elect to write for this quarterly newspaper, written by and for St. Dominic students. Each student is given an assignment to create a story for a different aspect of school life. Each issue is edited first by students, then by teachers.