Learning Beyond the Classroom 

Faithful, Dynamic, and Wholesome

While classroom learning is central, we offer so much more at Arma Dei Academy. From academic field trips and STEM camps, to performing arts and athletic activities, we offer comprehensive and diverse experiences beyond the classroom. We recognize that all truth, goodness, and beauty are divine absolutes designed to develop biblical wisdom and Christian virtue by equipping students to know, love, and apply these absolutes to the world around them.


Discover Your Potential and Develop Your Interests

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math

Arma Dei offers a variety of STEM programs to 1st – 8th Grades throughout the year.

Students are able to integrate their knowledge from other subjects into their study of science to bring their learning full-circle.

Kindergarten students dissect owl pellets to enhance their reading of Owl Moon and first-grade students develop invisible ink similar to those used during the American Revolution.

While studying siege warfare in Ancient Egypt, second-grade students build a siege tower to protect assailants. Third-grade students construct aqueducts as they learn about Roman architecture. A team of fourth and fifth-grade students compete in a Lego robotic challenge against other Colorado teams.


Calligraphy is a life-benefiting skill. Our Arma Dei Calligraphy Club is here to help students learn and improve their calligraphy writing skills.


Chess is one of the oldest board games in the world. It is a simple game to learn but takes a lifetime to master.

Whether you are an experienced chess player or someone who is brand new to the game, you are welcome to join the ADA Chess Club.

Speech Meet

An annual in-house speech meet is held each spring. Students choose selections that inspire, illustrate strong moral character, and reflect truth to memorize and perform in front of a panel judges. All students in 1st-8th grades compete with their grade-level peers; winners advance to the regional speech meet. Students may choose a selection from a variety of categories – please click on the grade-level links below.

1st Grade
2nd Grade
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade
6th Grade
7th & 8th Grade
9th Grade

Speeches are judged on 9 separate qualities with a maximum of 5 points given for each characteristic. In scoring, it may be helpful to consider the descriptions below for each score:
1. Beginning
2. Developing
3. Satisfactory
4. Maturing
5. Strong

Judges should start with the assumption that a student begins his or presentation with a 3 or “Satisfactory” on each judging category. As the speech proceeds, the judge will score each category higher or lower based on the performance.

In general, the following descriptions apply to each ranking:

Beginning may require some prompting

  • May require some prompting
  • Little to no eye contact—looks down or stares straight ahead
  • May be difficult to understand or hear the presentation
  • Little or no emphasis of words, expression, or punctuation
  • Does not demonstrate an appreciation for or understanding of the selection

Developing Requires little prompting

  • Requires little prompting
  • Little eye contact—may look at the judges, but not the audience
  • May sound detached or monotone with little emphasis or variation; may appear stiff
  • May not demonstrate an appreciation for or understanding of the selection


  • No prompting required; the selection has been memorized
  • Speech is clear and understandable
  • Maintains eye contact with judges and audience
  • Some variety of emphasis and voice inflection observed; may or may not use gestures for emphasis.


  • Clearly knows and demonstrates an understanding of the piece
  • Maintains good eye contact with the judges and audience
  • Presentation flows well with natural emphasis and variety of voice inflection
  • Speaker is comfortable and natural; gestures are natural and not forced.


  • Excellent memory and delivery of the selection
  • Excellent eye contact with judges and audience
  • Speaker fully embraces the meaning and spirit of the selection
  • Voice, body stance, gestures demonstrate the speaker “owns” the selection

A maximum of 45 points can be earned on the scoring sheet. However, points are deducted for failure to follow all directions regarding introductions and/or explanations. Please read the scoring sheet carefully to be sure that deductions are made correctly. A maximum of 2 or 5 points may be deducted, depending on the category.

1. Practice your selection every day at home for your parents. Do your very best each time.

2. Stand up tall, with your hands comfortably at your sides in a relaxed posture. Look at your entire audience.Say the required introduction and then pause briefly before you begin the selection. At the end of the selection, hold your last motion or feeling for a few seconds. Then go back to your beginning position as you smile at your audience. Wait a few seconds before returning to your assigned seat.

3. Say your selection with appropriate expression or feeling. If your selection is a happy or sad one, be sure to show that feeling with your facial expressions and your voice. Other feelings that might go with your selection include fear, anger, wonder, worry, surprise or pride. Be sure your facial expression matches the feeling that you are trying to show. Have a friend, parent, or a teacher watch and listen to you and tell you whether you are emphasizing the correct feelings with your voice and your facial expression. Practicing in front of a mirror or having someone take a video of you may also be helpful.

4. The use of gestures will enhance your presentation if they are natural for your selection. Any gestures you use should add to your selection, making it more interesting, more believable, and more enjoyable for you and for your audience. Learn a few natural gestures right away, and practice saying your selection with them every time. Avoid stiff or unnatural gestures.

5. Be sure to speak slowly and clearly. Stop after each thought so that your audience can hear both the words and the thoughts you are expressing. Be careful to enunciate your words or to say every sound (beginning, middle, and ending) of every word in your selection. Using a voice recording device is a tremendous help in learning and practicing your selection. Since you will not be using a microphone, you need to make sure you are able to project your voice for an audience. You may want to practice in a large room and speak loud enough so that others can hear every word from across the room.

6. Since you have memorized and learned your selection, you should show confidence as you speak. Enjoy the experience of sharing what you have learned with the judges.