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, analyze, form an evidence-based argument, and expertly present their point of view. Our Academic Support provides information for students and parents seeking information 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.
The NCS AP (Advanced Placement) Academy is a four-year program designed to meet the needs of academically talented high school students. 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 higher expectations placed upon the student.
- 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)
Students earning an “A” in an Advanced Placement or Dual Enrollment Course receive a weighted GPA of 5.0.
The Honors Program is our most popular program due to its flexibility. If qualified, students are welcome to take an Advanced Placement or Dual Enrollment course, but these courses are not mandatory in all core subject areas like they are in 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 it moves at a faster pace and requires more individual work than a traditional class. Students earning an “A” in an Honors class receive a weighted GPA of 4.5.
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.
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 the 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.
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 to instill Christ-like character in our students and equip them to apply scripture to their daily lives.
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Mr. Brandon Elam
Middle/High School Principal