From Shalom Christian Academy's High School Principal Dr. Patty Flood
High school is a time of growth and opportunity. Students are moving along the maturity continuum and starting to fine tune their interests. While they have moved out of those “middle school years”, there is still important development happening in a different way as they begin to gain increasing independence. High school students begin to explore that independence as they gear up for adulthood and see themselves as a larger part of their community and world.
Effective Christian education is not simply a process of adding chapel and Bible class to an academic curriculum, but the mission is to forge a mindset to transformation that begins through a relationship with Jesus Christ and is nurtured and developed deliberately and strategically through a curriculum and through relationships that confront and challenge a secular worldview.Dr. Patty Flood
The high school faculty assists and expects students to carry more of their workload without as much supervision from parents in meeting deadlines and carrying through on projects. Study halls can become very useful for students as they visit the Learning Commons to complete research or get extra help from a teacher.
High school practices character traits throughout their years: responsibility, self-control, kind words, gratitude, inquisitiveness, integrity, diligence, and consideration. Students have chapel each week where they learn more about these traits as well as more about serving and loving God. Various talents are used at chapel through student-led worship teams and assistance in sound. Small groups meet intermittently for a more in-depth topic discussion.
High school offers a variety of extracurricular activities and electives such as band, art, drama, Chorale, mini terms, basketball, soccer, cross country, and volleyball. Students have a digital media class where they are introduced to various forms of technology assisted forums including graphic design, photography, and video editing. They learn to play the guitar in music appreciation class.
Technology increasingly becomes an engaging tool for students as well as a convenience in turning in and assigning homework. Teachers use interactive whiteboards as a teaching tool. Google Classroom is also used for assignments. A computer lab is available for projects and laptop carts are implemented in the classroom. Students may also Bring Their Own Device (BYOD).
Along with core subjects such as language arts, math, science, social studies, and Bible, students take part in Learn to Serve which gives them an opportunity to minister to others in various tasks throughout the school. Some are “buddies” with elementary classes and others help
Effective Christian education is not simply a process of adding chapel and Bible class to an academic curriculum, but the mission is to forge a mindset to transformation that begins through a relationship with Jesus Christ and is nurtured and developed deliberately and strategically through a curriculum and through relationships that confront and challenge a secular worldview.
Dr. Patty Flood