Training Christian Leaders

Student Enrichment

Academic Leaders Pursuing Higher Achievement and Success

High achieving middle-school students are given opportunities to apply for and participate in classroom experiences that are stimulating and address their cognitive, physical, emotional, and social needs. The ALPHAS program is available to 6th-8th grades and is a highly selective class. Students undergo an application process in which the students’ grades, test scores, and teachers recommendations, as well as an essay written by the student, are used to determine eligibility.

The goals of the ALPHAS program include the following:

  • To guide our students as they learn the value of attaining knowledge in their lives
  • To encourage learning for its own sake, rather than emphasizing the end results or accomplishments
  • To improve  the students’  research skills for accessing information
  • To sharpen  higher level thinking skills for processing it  
  • To develop creative thinking and problem-solving skills for flexibility in approach and generation of information
  • To refine communication skills when sharing information
  • To encourage and provide opportunities for leadership and develop those leadership skills within the students
  • To instill a passion for learning and competition

The curriculum is developed to challenge students who are gifted in one or more of the core content areas: math, science, social studies, and English. The students may choose to participate in all four areas or choose to participate in individual ones.

One core content area is covered each nine weeks.  The students are encouraged to participate in the curriculum decision making process as they learn how to take responsibility for their own learning. 

The role of the teacher is one of a facilitator who inspires and motivates the students to think outside the box, guides the students as they participate in the learning and problem solving activities, and assists the students to reach beyond their comfort levels in learning and take risks in learning.

Christian Leadership

When James and John asked to be seated at Jesus’ right and left, Jesus quickly corrected them and told them, “Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant…. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:43, 45).

As a Christian school, one of our most important goals is to train children from pre-school through high school to become servant leaders who will boldly and courageously impact their school, community, and world for Christ.  We endeavor to teach them to understand the ultimate truth of the Word of God and apply it in their daily lives by looking beyond themselves to serve others. 

To accomplish this goal, we offer many opportunities for students to grow spiritually and develop servant-leadership qualities.  The following is a list of some of the activities students take part in at SJCA:

  • Daily Bible instruction and prayer
  • Weekly chapel services with spirit-led praise and worship and engaging messages
  • A challenging curriculum that integrates Biblical principles and promotes a Christian world view
  • Meaningful service, missions, and outreach projects
  • Athletic competition that encourages spiritual growth and emphasizes teamwork
  • Student leadership organizations: Student Government, Junior and Senior Beta Clubs, Praise and Worship Teams
  • Christian musical and dramatic productions
  • Opportunities to worship through the fine arts

College Counseling

College counseling at SJCA is designed to assist our students to start thinking about and to prepare for life after SJCA through personalized and individual support.  We are proud to play a part in our students’ search for the college/university which will inspire their continued academic success and achievement. 

We strive to guide students as they refine their unique gifts and passions, discover their best self, and develop the competence necessary in order to keep pace and develop as leaders within the context of a complex and ever-changing world.

We guide students in taking ownership over their high school education and college planning process. Doing so will maximize their college options that will later become available to them.

The college planning process formally begins in the junior year. A combination of meetings, events, online resources, college visits and a College Prep class enables students and families to engage thoughtfully in the college process.  Opportunities to prepare for and strengthen the ACT/SAT scores are also a part of the counseling process during the junior year.

The college counseling office also engages freshman and sophomores in developmentally appropriate ways so that they, too, may be inspired to position themselves optimally for a broad range of college options. A week is devoted during the spring semester to guide the sophomores as they explore the college process and familiarize themselves with successful college prep/admission strategies.