• Academics at Northside Christian School

    Northside Christian School student working in class.Characterized by college preparatory curricula, Northside has the ministry of equipping students with the necessary skills and content to help him/her realize their full God-given potential.  The high academic expectations for the child set in a Christian environment enhance student learning.

    In a society of constant change the curriculum and programs are designed to meet the changing needs of students. Programs such as the “Distinguished Scholars” program at the high school enable NCS to meet the unique needs of the academically talented. The Praxis program at the high school level is intended to give students with kinesthetic learning styles an environment in which to be successful.

    Northside Christian School graduates have been accepted at state universities, private colleges and universities and military academies across the country.

    Our Academic Goals:

    • to provide a Christian education that strives for academic excellence, which will enable all to proceed to a level of higher learning or training to which they may aspire and of which they are capable,
    • to inspire youth with a love for learning,
    • to teach the basic foundations in language arts, foreign language, social sciences, mathematics, science, and the practical and fine arts,
    • to teach critical thinking and problem solving skills,
    • to teach good study habits,
    • to promote character development, good citizenship and leadership

    Framework for Learning

    Young man studyingNorthside Christian School has developed a program that is based on a general theory of learning and is implemented through the use of three specific learning frameworks. This intentional approach provides the opportunity for students to become more self-directed in their learning and is commensurate with many of the strategies used in “3-D Learner”, one of the school’s partner organizations.

    Both programs assume that students learn in different ways and that specific frameworks for learning provide opportunities for all students to reach their potential. High school teachers have received training in methods related to implementing this approach to learning. As teachers plan their lessons, they consider the following general theory of learning:

    • Provide flexibility in the learning environment of the students so that the natural processes of the brain will be activated, supported, enhanced, and maintained.
    • Provide for a reality-related, belief-system based curriculum that uses questions.
    • Provide for high-input learning in non-verbal as well as verbal forms.
    • Provide for the reduction of fear in students and provide for the encouragement of risk-taking.
    • Provide opportunities for student talking and communication.
    • Provide frequent feedback on student direction.

    The first learning framework that is used is specific to the discipline being studied, i.e. English, algebra, biology, history, music, etc. The second is a learning framework that considers the thinking levels, from lower to higher. As teachers plan their lessons, students assignments, and tests; they are determining the levels of thinking that will be required, and will be communicating that information to the students.

    This makes expectations of student work much clearer to the students and increases the possibility for their success. The understanding of this framework by the students is extremely helpful to them in taking their college qualifying exams and in being successful at the college level.The third learning framework is one that is used to help students consider the presentation of their work.

    The entire Framework for Learning- (76kb download in Adobe Acrobat format) document is available for reading.