Academics

High School

Welcome to Northside Christian High School

Northside Christian High School’s academics are challenging and designed to prepare students for the college of their choice. We believe in teaching students to think critically, to analyze, form an evidence based argument, and to expertly present their point of view. Our Academic Advisor and Guidance Counselor provide support and information for students and parents seeking knowledge and direction on colleges/universities and their admissions process. Representatives from various colleges and universities visit our school throughout the year. To help students be successful in the classroom, we offer four levels of learning.

Mr. Brandon Elam is our Middle and High School Principal. Above all, our goal is to teach children to seek the Kingdom of God and to glorify Him in all we do. We firmly believe in Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” We strive not only to instill Christ-like character in our students, but also to equip them in how to apply scripture to their daily lives.

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  • Photo of Brandon Elam

    Brandon Elam 

    Middle/High School Principal
  • Photo of Regina Artille

    Regina Artille 

    Middle/High School Assistant Principal

AP Academy

The NCS AP (Advanced Placement) Academy is a four-year program designed to meet the needs of the academically talented high school student. The program is very challenging as it combines dual enrollment and advanced placement courses into a single, mandatory curriculum.  Students must be highly motivated and parents should be aware of the higher expectations placed upon the student.  

Students earning an “A” in an Advanced Placement or Dual Enrollment Course receive a weighted GPA of 5.0. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • IQ of 120 or more as determined by official testing
  • Achievement scores at or above the 90th in all core academic areas
  • Completion of Algebra I by the end of 8th grade
  • Yearly or semester grades of 3.5 or higher in core academic courses
  • Teacher recommendations by three core academic teachers (English, Math, Science or Social Studies)
  • Personal qualities of leadership potential, spirituality and good character (evidenced in teacher recommendations and discipline record)

Honors Program

The Honors program is our most popular program due to its flexibility. If qualified, students are welcome to take an occasional Advanced Placement or Dual Enrollment course, but these courses are not mandatory in all core subject areas like the AP Academy.
 
An Honor student has more freedom in their schedule for electives. Like the AP Academy, students must be recommended for an Honors class because they move at a faster pace and require more individual work than a traditional class. Students earning an “A” in an Honors class receive a weighted GPA of 4.5.

Graduate Program

The Graduate program consists of grade level classes, all of which are designed to equip our students to succeed in a college environment. Like the Honors program, the Graduate program is a la carte – meaning students can take an Honors English class (if recommended) a graduate level Science or Social Studies Class and a Praxis class for math, if needed. Students earning an “A” in a Graduate class receive a 4.0 GPA. Graduate classes are not weighted.

Praxis Program

The Praxis program is designed for students with learning challenges.  Some of these students may have diagnosed learning disabilities, such as visual and auditory processing, dysgraphia, or ADHD, to name a few.  Students may apply for full-time Praxis classes, or they may sign up for individual Praxis classes, depending on “the right fit.”
 
Accommodations are provided to Praxis students, dependent upon individual IEPs or 504 plans. Students in this program receive a traditional high school diploma, as curriculum mimics regular classes, however class size, pace, and style of instruction may be adjusted to fit individual needs. Many in this program choose a college path upon graduation.