The Basilica School of St. Mary Star of the Sea has an active and thriving "Buddy Program," in which older students are buddies to the younger students. At the beginning of each school year, the pre-K through third-grade, and pre-K through fourth-grade classes meet their seventh- and eighth-grade buddies. The program helps students build respect for one another. It provides an opportunity for younger students to work with the "big kids" to get familiar with The Basilica School and form long-lasting friendships. Buddy classes get together on a regular basis to provide an opportunity for the students to interact and mentor each other. Older students are responsible for their younger buddies at weekly Mass and during special occasions. They have an opportunity to become role models, to be a teacher to a younger student while still allowing them to be kids themselves.