The 50 Best Christian High Schools in America

Christian-high-school-studentsAmerica has over 16 million high school students. Of these, about 1.3 million attend 12,000 private high schools, the majority of which are religiously affiliated and explicitly Christian (see ref1 and ref2).

In this article, TheBestSchools.org showcases what we regard as the 50 best Christian high schools in the United States. This is not a ranking—the order of schools is alphabetical.

In selecting Christian high schools for inclusion on this list, we used the following criteria:

  • Coeducational day schools (no boarding schools)
  • Academic excellence
  • Extracurricular richness (fine arts, athletics, social activities, etc.)
  • Geographic and demographic diversity
  • Christian faith taken seriously.

In compiling this list, we took into account reviews by parents and students, especially if several negative reviews underscored the same concern (unchecked bullying, for example).

We thought that geographic and demographic diversity was important to this list because we wanted to highlight the best in Christian secondary education across America.

In other high school articles at TheBestSchools.org, we have tended to put a premium on academic excellence and rigor (see, for instance, “The 50 Best Public High Schools in the U.S.” and “The 50 Best Private Day Schools in the United States“).

best-school-seal-2But for families with students at Christian high schools, the overriding concern is to provide a rounded education that gives due respect to academics but refuses to idolize it, instead always holding faith at the center.

This article attempts to capture what is best and paramount for Christian high school education in America.

 

The 50 Best Christian High Schools in America (arranged alphabetically)

1. Alabama Christian Academy

Alabama Christian AcademyMontgomery, AL

With nearly 1000 students in Pre-K through grade 12, ACA is a college preparatory school founded by the Church of Christ in 1942. With an emphasis on college preparation and an active spiritual life, students begin each day with chapel that varies in format, but with aiding the spiritual maturation of the students as its goal.

All students have a daily Bible class. Frequently after chapel, students break into smaller groups for Bible study and discussion led by a faculty member or with select juniors and seniors who are members of SALT (Student Action Leadership Team) and were previously trained as small group leaders. Ninth and 10th graders can be members of LIGHT, which prepares them to become members of SALT. They receive training at Camp Chandler during a weekend retreat.

Students participate in a variety of community service projects, including Eagles for Christ Day where high school students go out before Thanksgiving and work with community agencies and groups. Bible teachers plan service opportunities throughout the year to continue this mission, as do the athletic teams.

Several AP classes are offered, as well as honors classes and dual-enrollment classes, through Faulkner University. Band, choir, art, and theater are offered as electives.

Students participate in a variety of sports, including golf and a bass fishing team that qualified to compete at the State level. In 2014, ACA had one male athlete sign with Auburn University and a female athlete sign with Texas A&M University. A female golfer—a junior—won the Greater Montgomery Open and an ACA senior was named a National Merit Finalist.

2. Archbishop Carroll High School

Archbishop Carroll High SchoolWashington, DC

Founded in 1951, ACHS combines faith and duty in a college preparation program that prepares students for life as a Christian professional. ACHS has always been an integrated school, accepting students of all races and religions. At its founding, ACHS was four years ahead of the Supreme Court who did not declare segregated public schools to be unconstitutional until 1955.

In 1989, three diocesan high schools were closed and merged with ACHS, which today enrolls more than 600 students.

The school provides a Writing Center to assist students in improving their academic and creative writing. The Freedom Writers are a group of students who stay after school working to improve their academic writing through the use of portfolios that chart their progress. A Poetry Slam allows poets to read their work aloud. Carroll poets visit local grade schools and hold writing workshops with younger students in a program called Young Poets to Young Poets. The school also produces a literary magazine, So It Shall Be Written.

An International Baccalaureate Diploma program is available that is a two-year course of study in seven areas. The IB diploma program also requires 150 hours of Creativity, Action, and Service. Some colleges will grant college credit to IB diploma holders and others actively recruit those with an IB diploma.

ACHS does not make community service mandatory for graduation; however, students who do not complete their mandatory community service hours are ineligible for extra-curricular activities in clubs or sports.

3. Asheville Christian Academy

Asheville Christian AcademySwannanoa, NC

ACA serves children in grades 6 to 12. The school is split into middle school (6–8) and upper school (9–12). Students in the upper school attend a leadership retreat if they are student government representatives or class officers. All students in the upper school may attend an overnight service retreat where spiritual teaching is punctuated by community service projects.

“Winterim” term is from the end of February to the beginning of March, during which time students participate in a variety of learning experiences like foreign missions or local internships. The possibilities are quite broad, but for international or national travel, early planning is necessary, so students are encouraged to register for their Winterim term at the beginning of the school year. Students do not need to leave home, however, in order to find enriching experiences during Winterim. Classes not offered during the regular school year are offered during this interval.

Students take field trips and overnight trips throughout the school year to enhance the curriculum. At the end of the school year, the upper school classes spend the day at Camp Cedarcliff having a day of fun and games.

An after-school EXCEL program is available for enrichment, offering sports, fine arts, and academic offerings in math, science, technology, and world languages. The PASS (Programs for Academic Support and Success) program strives to assist struggling students or students who have unique learning challenges.

ACA strives to help all students achieve academic success while developing a biblical worldview. Acquiring a biblical worldview does not occur solely in the classroom, however. From class trips and small groups who meet in faculty homes, to service retreats and class trips students are taught not just how to learn, but how to live as a child of Christ.

4. Barrington Christian Academy

Barrington Christian AcademyBarrington, RI

Although a small school, BCA provides a quality Christian education in a town of a little over 16,000 people. In addition to providing a spiritual refuge for children K–12 in Barrington, the school is attended by international students from South Korea, China, and Vietnam. International students live with families who volunteer to bring foreign students into their homes, and most foreign students graduate from BCA.

High school students at BCA take four years of math and English, three years of science and social studies, four years of Bible and earn two full credits in fine arts (over four years), P.E., and a language. Electives include various concentrations of religion and Bible, college preparation/independent study, choir, robotics, accounting, business law, nutrition and wellness, psychology, health, theater, various art classes, and woodworking. Seniors may take painting, art history or Senior Studio. AP courses are offered in history, chemistry, and English.

Chapel for grades 6–12 are held on Tuesdays from 8:30-9:15, when students are addressed by guest speakers, faculty, musical groups, or visiting missionaries, as well as BCA students. Chapel is also live-streamed through High School Cube–so anyone can watch it!

Students have the opportunity to take private piano lessons, participate in intramural sports or with one of 18 interscholastic teams, and participate in an instrumental or guitar ensemble, as well as in other clubs and activities.

BCA teams have won league championships in HS Girls Basketball and HS Baseball. Other interscholastic sports include soccer, basketball, softball, baseball and track and field.

In addition BCA has a notable high school choir that has been on two traveling tours and participates in the RI Music Educators Association competition each year.

Service projects include a wide array of activities that allow students to discover their personal gifts. These projects include building homes with the Perkins Center in Jackson, Mississippi, working with My Brother’s Keeper in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and delivering furniture to families in need, assisting with Christmas store preparations at the Providence Rescue Mission, and many others closer to home. For two years now BCA students have also traveled to Dominican Republic for a week-long mission trip, working with the Good Samaritan Hospital in La Romana.

5. Berean Christian School

Berean-Christian-SchoolKnoxville, TN

A K–12 school, Berean offers a faith-based academic program with daily Bible classes and weekly chapel programs. Students participate in service projects, including high school students ministering to the lower grade students.

A fall retreat offers students the opportunity for  fellowship and to grow spiritually while setting the tone for the school year. Students can participate in the creation of the yearbook, as well as the drama, music, band, and art programs.

Students are taken through an academic program that stresses excellence with a biblical worldview. The curriculum is aligned with state benchmarks and national standards. Berean does not offer football, softball, or baseball; however, Berean does have a co-op arrangement with Gibbs High School so that students may participate in those sports. Berean offers swimming, basketball, soccer, and volleyball.

The SOAR program works with students with special needs to help them achieve success and come to experience their full potential. It is an all-day program, separate from the rest of the school, with professional support from an educational psychologist and learning specialist.

Berean is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The school is a ministry of Berean Bible Church and is also a member of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association.

6. Bradford Christian Academy

BCA studentsHaverhill, MA

Bradford Christian Academy provides rigorous college-preparatory academics customized to each student’s strengths, gifts, and challenges in an environment that nurtures faith. BCA’s 80 high school courses, including thirty AP and honors level classes, prepare 100 percent of graduates for college admission. Graduates receive an average of $30,000 per year in merit-based scholarships from colleges.

BCA offers students a wide range of extracurricular activities. The school’s theater program competes annually at the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild state-wide festival. Both high school soccer and basketball teams placed first or second in their leagues each of the past two years. The chorus recently performed at Carnegie Hall with the Houghton College National Sacred Honor Choir. Each summer, 9th and 10th grade students travel to the Adirondack Mountains for a 10 day wilderness adventure testing their limits, strengthening their friendships, and expanding their faith.

BCA takes seriously its responsibility to integrate faith and learning throughout the student experience. Students must complete four years of biblical studies and attend weekly chapels. Students contribute hundreds of hours of service each year significantly improving the lives of others in the larger community. Semi-annual mission trips to the Third World contribute toward an informed world-view about God’s Kingdom across cultures.

Students come from 30 communities in northeastern Massachusetts and southeastern New Hampshire as well as from South Korea, Europe, Vietnam, and China. Home school students may take individual courses and participate in extra-curricular activities. The school serves families from Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox traditions. BCA offers generous need-based financial aid to make the school affordable for families. BCA is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

7. Brethren Christian Junior and Senior High School

Brethren Christian High SchoolHuntington Beach, CA

The students at BCHS attend 100 churches in 47 different communities. International students also attend the school, but they must provide for their own living arrangements with a Christian family.

The school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Association of Christian Schools International. Ninety-five percent of all graduates go on to colleges across the United States, including Stanford, TCU, SMU, Purdue, and the U.S. Air Force Academy. Brethren Christian was first formed in 1947 and has moved several times since then. They are now in a long-term lease at a public school facility.

AP classes are offered in English, science, art, Spanish, government, math, and history. Every student takes Bible classes as part of the curriculum, but each grade studies a specific subject or biblical books that speak to the students where they are in life.

A group of leaders among the student body organize and plan the worship services on campus. Chapel meets every Wednesday at 9:30. At the beginning of the year, a half-day worship service is held which presents the scriptural theme to which the school will adhere that year. The day is celebrated with guest speakers, music, and fun activities.

In the spring of each year, students have a day of service during which students work on a community service project together. In 1991, two students who knew how to present puppet shows started the puppet ministry. Fifty students now make up the puppet ministry, traveling on mission trips and performing for chapel, an orphanage, and convalescent hospitals.

There are several other ministries, as well as  clubs, social events, and sports, in which students can participate.

8. The Cambridge School of Dallas

Cambridge-School-of-DallasDallas, TX

Philosophically, CSD believes that all students should be well-grounded in a biblical worldview, with exceptional preparation in academics, so that they can be positive influences in a world that is in cultural decline. Accordingly, the curriculum is exacting so that students will go on to be leaders of industry, but with a godly lifestyle that will positively influence the unbelieving world around them.

Each year seniors study a particular topic in depth, prepare an academic paper on the subject, and present and defend it to several professors. Out of all presenters, three finalists are chosen for a final presentation. The top presenter is awarded the Trivium Award. Through this program, students learn to become scholars.

Cambridge has an athletic program offering several sports, including rowing and golf. Students can expand their horizons through club offerings such as Chess Club, Acoustic Guitar Club, Christian Music Appreciation Club, and many others.

Neither academic nor athletic scholarships are offered, but financial support from donors allows 37 percent of students to receive partial or full tuition aid.

The upper school curriculum is specifically designed as college preparation. Consequently, several AP courses are offered. The PSAT is taken all years before the senior year and is used to choose which students will receive National Merit Scholarships.

9. Carmel Catholic High School

Carmel Catholic High SchoolMundelein, IL

Located on a 50-acre campus, CCHS’s 1400-plus students enjoy science and computer labs, 57 classrooms, and a library with a computer database, as well as facilities for sports, music, and art.

The curriculum is college preparatory, with 19 advanced placement classes are offered. Most students take four years of science, and a staggering 25 percent go on to pursue careers in science and engineering. The school has four times been named a Blue Ribbon School by the Department of Education.

Academic excellence is only part of the CCHS experience, as the school seeks to instill in students a respect for themselves and others while developing spiritually into the person God wants them to be. This spiritual teaching occurs deliberately and inadvertently through worship services and religious classes, but also through the way students are taught in their academic and elective classes.

Inasmuch as one of the school’s founding goals is to prepare children for college, CCHS provides abundant resources for college preparation, from planning guides and websites that offer financial aid, to websites that help students find the right college for them.

CCHS offers almost 40 electives classes in art and music with some of the courses being Advanced Placement classes (their AP is not restricted just to academic classes). French, Latin, Spanish, and Mandarin are offered, and AP classes in all but Mandarin are offered for the student who excels in languages.

Thirteen classes are offered in business from accounting to marketing. AP Microeconomics is also offered.

In the summer, regular classes are held, as well as workshops and athletic camps.

10. Central Christian School

Central Christian SchoolRedmond, OR

Accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International and the Northwest Accreditation Commission, CCS begins preparing students for college in 9th grade, but preparing students for life the moment they walk through the doors. Students are able to earn college credit while taking concurrent credit classes with Colorado Christian University Northwest Nazarene University.

Beginning in 1992, CCS presents a college preparatory, biblically based curriculum with the goal of building in each student godly relationships, academic excellence, and a godly stewardship.

Seniors may participate in a job internship program for one or two semesters, in which they will work in a community business with a professional as a mentor.

Students are offered a variety of electives to help them discover and use their gifts to glorify God. Volleyball, soccer, and basketball are offered for grades 9 to 12, and a Travel Club gives students the opportunity to travel to different parts of the world, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, France, Costa Rica, Greece, and the Bahamas.

CCS combines a rigorous academic program with a student life that is founded in biblical principles, so that students prepare not just for college, but for living a victorious Christian life.

11. Chapel Field Christian Schools

Chapel-Field-Christian-SchoolPine Bush, NY

Chapel Field has a 100-acre campus that serves both Americans and international students from Pre-K through 12. International students do not reside on campus, but rather with volunteer families made up of faculty, parents of CFCS students, and community members. An hour away from New York City, the school is also conveniently located near major Ivy League schools (Yale, Princeton, Harvard) and West Point Military Academy.

The school is accredited by the National Association of Private Schools and is incorporated under the University of the State of New York. The school takes students on field trips to Boston, New York, and Washington D.C.

CFHS wants its students to be involved in ministries and so has partnered with Youth Conquest with Christ, Matthew Twenty-Five, and BORN (Birth Option Relief Network). Students, with their teachers, have visited African orphanages and schools to bring food and life’s necessities, while bringing back some of the children to study at Chapel Field. They have also visited schools and orphanages in Honduras, visited veterans’ hospitals and nursing homes, and worked to help elderly people with the maintenance of their homes and yards, as well as assisting them with shopping.

Students must take English every year. There are also many options in science, math, history, and the fine arts. Students from Chapel Field have gone on to Cornell, Purdue, Oxford, Yale, West Point, Harvard, and many other colleges, universities, and academies.

12. Chapelgate Christian Academy

Chapelgate-Christian-AcademyMarriottsville, MD

At Chapelgate, located just outside Baltimore, students may take one or more of eight AP courses in social studies, science, and English. Seniors may attend local colleges and may also receive credit for a mentor program that is related to a career.

Typically, Chapelgate students score well above average on the SAT in reading, writing, and math. Graduates have attended college in dozens of universities across the U.S., including the Cleveland Institute of Music, Maryland Institute College of Art, Princeton, Penn State, the U.S. Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine and Naval Academies, and Clemson University, to name but a few.

Chapelgate seniors have been finalists and semi-finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program, the National Achievement Scholarship Program, the Maryland Distinguished Scholar Program for Academic Achievement, and the Maryland Distinguished Scholar Program for Talent in the arts. Almost every student who graduates from CCA goes on to college.

Chapelgate is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and the Association of Christian Schools International. The school is comprised of grades 6–12 and teaches a population that includes 16 percent international students and 31percent minority students.

CCA provides opportunities for students to take part in educational trips, missions, and community service around the world. Students are taught both Christian and secular worldviews to aid in their development of discernment and analytical thinking.

13. Charlotte Christian School

Charlotte Christian SchoolCharlotte, NC

CCS is a Christ-centered school with a flourishing fine arts department, a comprehensive athletic program, and a rigorous academic curriculum. Chapel is held every Thursday and upper level students may take Chapel Electives with a variety of topics of interest.

There are four different chapel times and the time for service depends on the student’s grade level. Bible lessons are given to all students daily as part of the curriculum. Additionally, there are student-led Bible studies on Wednesday mornings before school (called CELL groups: Christians Embracing Life and Leadership), giving students opportunities for spiritual leadership.

As part of the spiritual training and support, students in the upper grades travel to a Young Life–owned retreat center to spend two days and nights in chapel and fellowship with friendly competitions and free time to augment the retreat. Upper school students also spend one day in the second semester off campus for a spiritual emphasis day.

stephen_curryMultiple athletic activities are provided for student interest, including swimming, cheer leading, golf, lacrosse, and tennis. NBA star Stephen Curry was a Charlotte Christian Knight (see left).

The drama team competes and performs throughout the school year, and members must enroll in Honors Acting Studio. CCS also has a band that supports the athletic teams and participates in competitions. CCS also has a National Honor Society, a National French Honor Society, and a National Spanish Honor Society.

A Ladders to Success program helps students and parents transition from 8th to 9th grade, with particular emphasis on preparing both students and parents for the high school curriculum and graduation requirements.

CCS is a member of the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools and the Council on Educational Standards and Accountability. CCS is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which is recognized by the federal government as one of the highest accreditations a school can receive.

14. The Christian Academy

The Christian AcademyBrookhaven, PA

TCA offers a classical education that is more stringent than the curriculum required in public schools. Students don’t just learn facts, but tools that they will be able to use to be successful in college and their careers with a Christian worldview and a heart for service for God. 47% of TCA’s high school students take an AP class, with 81% of those students scoring a 3 or higher on the AP exams. Students of The Class of 2014 (27 in total) were offered over $2,285,000 in scholarships by the colleges/universities to which they applied.

Arts and athletic programs are offered so students can develop the gifts God has given them in performances and competitions. Athletes compete with other schools in the Tri-State Christian Athletic Conference. Two-thirds of students participate in the sports program.

All students take Bible courses and have a choice of electives in drawing, photography, praise dance, strength training, digital production, and several other electives in academics and the arts.

The state of Pennsylvania requires students to complete 21 hours for graduation, but TCA requires 25. Additionally, TCA offers online courses through Sevenstar Academy, which offers a Christian curriculum. Online courses may be taken for enrichment or remediation, as well as for courses not offered at TCA that the student needs or wants.

TCA partners with several organizations in the community to provide TCA students the chance to work in a ministry of service. Students also attend weekly chapel services where their spiritual life is augmented through teaching and music. Special chapels are also held on different occasions and students participate in Bible studies led by teachers once a week.

Once a week students also meet to worship through an informal service. Students who wish to participate in the prayer group meet twice a month to pray for TCA and the community. High school students have a retreat in October.

15. Christian Heritage School

Christian-Heritage-SchoolTrumbull, CT

In addition to the regular college preparatory curriculum, CHS offers online classes through Sevenstar Academy. At the physical campus, AP courses are offered in math, social studies, Spanish, and English. Bible courses offered include survey courses such as the New Testament, and subject studies such as Christian Ethics.

Students may earn college credit from the University of Connecticut in the Early College Experience (ECE) program. The classes are taught on campus by CHS faculty who are qualified adjunct instructors. If students earn a C or better, they will receive college credit that will transfer to many universities.

CHS is committed to the spiritual development of its students and seeing them mature in word and deed toward seven major goals of spiritual formation. This development is accomplished through the chapel program, retreats, service, mission trips, and special events, as well classroom instruction in which students receive a biblical worldview, but also study the Scriptures with a critical eye.

Student life includes numerous clubs to appeal to the widest variety of interests in things such as animation, art, bowling, drama, math, biking, reading, and clubs that use technology, to name a few. There is also a healthy athletic program and a visual and performing arts program. These programs, too, exist to teach students, to help them grow, and to honor God.

High school students must log 20 hours of community service per year, and some of these hours can be earned in the summer during mission trips. In the past, students have gone to Mexico, Honduras, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Israel, India, Rwanda, and Swaziland among other locations.

16. The Covenant School

The Covenant School DallasDallas, TX

Covenant serves children in a Christ-centered, college-preparatory educational program for students in grades K–12 in 40 zip codes throughout North Texas. In the 2012–13 school year, 512 students were enrolled in grades 7 through 12 with 70 full- and part-time staff.

Covenant participates in athletics through the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) and offers football, volleyball, cross country, soccer, basketball, track, golf, tennis, and baseball.

Covenant—which was founded in 1993 and has a campus of over 18 acres with 45,000 square feet of classroom space—is affiliated with the Association of Classical and Christian Schools, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, the College Board, the Texas Association of Non-Public Schools, and the Association of Christian Schools International.

Academics in the high school is of a classical nature with the typical academic courses being offered, along with art, drama, journalism, Latin, logic, rhetoric, music, physical education, Spanish, technology, and theology. Latin is required beginning in 3rd grade. Courses are taught on an honors level with the opportunity to take the courses as advanced placement classes. Class sizes are limited to 15 students.

The counseling office assists every student with the college admission process, including exploring financial aid and scholarships. It also assists them in researching colleges and college programs. An annual college trip to various colleges and universities is open to students in grades 9 through 11.

Covenant is a private, non-profit school that depends on the donations of individuals and foundations. As a result of generous donations, almost 30 percent of students at Covenant receive financial aid. Covenant was also honored to have one of its students named the TAPPS 2A Athlete of the Year.

17. Cumberland Christian Academy

Cumberland Christian AcademyMarietta, GA

Founded in 1989, Cumberland Christian Academy is a non-denominational, K3-12th grade Christian school. Accredited by the Association of Schools International, CCA additionally received “Accredited with Quality” by the Georgia Accrediting Commission. For 2014/2015, approximately 475 students enrolled in CCA.

CCA offers a college prep curriculum and effective college and scholarship planning with a 100% acceptance rate for the past four years. Recent acceptances have included the U.S. Naval Academy, Georgia Institute of Technology, U.S. Military Academy West Point, and many others. In 2014, CCA students received nearly $1 million in scholarships.

CCA strives to make Christian educational accessible to students from varying financial and ethnic backgrounds. CCA’s student body strongly represents African-American, Caucasian, and Hispanic populations. The diverse student body also includes students from Latvia, Romania, South Korea, China, Spain, Nigeria, Germany, and Vietnam.

Students can participate in contemporary worship, instrumental ensembles, photography, filmmaking, music theory, yearbook, art, as well as private lessons in voice, piano, violin, drama, and dance. Clubs include Patriot Ambassadors, Civil Air Patrol, BETA Club, International Club, and Patriot Voices. CCA’s athletic program has a long history of successful competition and league championships. Sports offered include basketball, volleyball, golf, soccer, cross country, baseball, and cheerleading. Soon CCA will launch both an equestrian team and a tennis team.

Home school students in grades 9–12 are offered a broad spectrum of courses at CCA—online, in the classroom, or a combination of both—through Cumberland Christian Virtual Academy (CCVA).

CCA is blessed to have a number of alumni on staff and count many other successful alumni among its graduates. These include filmmaker Stephen Kendrick, noted for Courageous, Fireproof, Facing the Giants and other productions.

In the summer of 2014, CCA purchased more than 30 acres of land with plans to build a new campus in the near future.

18. Eastern Christian School

Eastern Christian SchoolNorth Haledon, NJ

Enrollment in the high school is a little over 300 students, while the entire school (Pre-K through 12) has an overall enrollment of approximately 700 students. The school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and Christian Schools International. The majority of teachers are state-certified. All have at least a Bachelor’s Degree.

Students who are not college-bound or are struggling may take a basic course in each subject, while those who are advanced may take honors courses in each subject. College credit courses in the school have been approved by Seton Hall University, but most courses will transfer to other colleges. These courses are offered both in class and online.

ECS students who take the SAT routinely outperform other students in the state, as well as nationally. Ninety-three percent of ECS students take the SAT.

International students come from Taiwan, Italy, Korea, Bolivia, Japan, Honduras, India, and China. ESL classes are provided, and students live with a Christian family, known as the “homestay family.”

Chapel meets every Wednesday morning. Chapel services are planned by the Bible and Worship class that is led by the Bible and Worship class teacher. Students may also take an Experiencing Missions class, in which they study the culture of the countries to be visited, read mission books, and complete group and team-building projects. Prior to departure, students attend a retreat to help them prepare. Areas visited in the past include Puerto Rico and Uganda.

Students are required to complete hours of service in their last three years of school. The program is called Faith in Action and the hours required decrease each year.

In addition to band and choir, students may join the orchestra which competes in state and regional contests. The school also has an outstanding art program.

19. Evangelical Christian School

Evangelical Christian SchoolCordova, TN

ECS is a K–12 school where high school students attend chapel weekly and Bible classes daily. Student-led Bible studies allow discipleship and leadership between older and younger students under the oversight of the student government. The Servant Leadership Institute allows faculty and students to fellowship in a variety of venues.

Potential students and parents of potential students may visit the website and post a question that will be answered by a student. All high school students are required to join some type of school activity so that students will be challenged to do their best in all activities, and learn self-discipline and the value of personal commitment.

Students may join service clubs such as the Service and SKI Club, Key Club, and the Servant Leadership Institute (SLI), to name only a few, where each organization participates in service-oriented projects. Class Service Days are organized by the SLI.

Fine arts at the school include the visual arts, theater, choral music, instrumental music, and the digital arts. A variety of sports are offered through the athletic department, including golf and boys’ decathlon. The baseball team won the state championship in 2013.

ECS offers a curriculum that includes 28 honors/AP/Dual Enrollment classes. The pass rate for AP exams at ECS is 88 percent, while the national average is 59 percent. In 2014, five graduates were recognized by the National Merit Program. The Class of 2013 received scholarships in the amount of $8.8 million from 49 colleges and universities in 17 states.

Dual accreditation is held with the Southern Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS).

20. Fox Valley Lutheran High School

Fox-Valley-Lutheran-High-SchoolAppleton, WI

With ACT scores that surpass both the national average and the state average, students at FVL have access to a fine college preparatory program that includes a STEM Academy (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) for each of the four years of high school. Students accepted into the STEM Academy begin with the Introduction to Engineering class.

FVLHS offers a variety of college credit options through CAPP, and school partnerships in chemistry, psychology, biotechnical engineering, aerospace engineering, digital electronics, calculus, English literature, economics, and US History. AP testing is also available in many subject areas including English Literature, English Language, Spanish, Chemistry, Physics, and Music Theory. Three languages are available as part of the school curriculum: German, Latin, and Spanish.

The school is accredited by the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod School Accreditation, the National Council for Private School Accreditation, and Wisconsin Religious and Independent Schools Accreditation.

Students who are academically behind their peers are provided Guided Studies, a program which gives students extra help in the form of special classes, study halls, and a mentoring teacher.

It is the students’ spiritual lives that take priority, however. Each student takes religious classes and classes are taught through the view of God’s infallible Word. Students have chapel on every day except Wednesday, when they participate in personal Bible reading. Every day at FVL begins and ends with prayer. Every year a Scriptural theme is chosen and emphasized throughout the school year.

Students are given opportunities to share their faith and put their faith into action in leadership and volunteer service. Students do not receive graded credit for completing their service projects, but they receive an ungraded credit on their transcripts. Students may also participate in church and community service projects.

21. Front Range Christian School

Front Range Christian SchoolLittleton, CO

Groups from two churches met together in 1993 to create an academically superior school with students and staff dedicated to Christ and creating a spirit of critical thinking and creativity.

In 1994 Front Range Christian School was opened with 36 students and three full-time teachers. Grades 7 through 10 were added in 2000 and in 2002, the 7th through 12th grades moved into a new facility. In 2003, the school received full accreditation and had its first graduating class. Today, the school has nearly 400 students, who are being prepared to make a major impact on the world for the glory of God.

On Wednesdays, there are two chapel services: one for elementary and one for junior and senior high students. On the second Wednesday of every month, known as “GO! Wednesday,” students and staff go out into the community in a service capacity. The school sponsors seminars for families on issues pertinent to raising a Christian family in today’s world.

In addition to a variety of sports offerings, students may participate in a fall play or a spring musical; private music lessons are offered after school for a fee. Fine arts classes include drama, dance, photography, video production, band, choir, and visual arts.

Clubs cover the interests of most students with things such as Tech Team, Climbing Team, Cycle Team, Ski and Snowboard Club, and several others. In the summer, there are special interest and enrichment camps for different grades.

Even though FRCS prepares students academically for college, it also takes seriously the needs of all students, so special programs are offered for students with learning disabilities as well as students who are gifted.

22. Holland Christian High School

Holland Christian High SchoolHolland, MI

Students at all campuses gather regularly to sing, pray, and worship the Lord. It doesn’t end there, however, as prayers and devotions can also happen in the classroom. All students participate in service to the community, with an increasing number of hours required as the students grow older. The school partners with many missions so that students have a wide variety to choose from, to use the gifts God has given them.

Every student is assigned a laptop so that technology is seamlessly integrated into classes. In fact, HCHS received the Apple Distinguished Program award for 2013–14 and 2014–15 for giving the students a rich learning environment and for their exemplary use of technology in an innovative way.

The Michigan Merit Exam, or MME, is the required state assessment test for Michigan. Holland students last took this test in the 2012–13 school year, scoring almost double the state average in math, writing, reading, science, and social studies. From 2009 to 2013, Holland students also scored higher than the state average on the ACT, and there have been 15 National Merit Scholars from HCHS over the past seven years, with two winners.

Students gifted with musical instruments can take classes in band and orchestra. There is also an impressive visual arts department. Additionally, students may join choir and theater. In 2014, the HCHS one-act play team won the contest—their fourth win!

In sports, there are 21 teams for boys and 19 teams for girls.

23. Jesuit High School

Jesuit High SchoolPortland, OR

Jesuit High School is a Catholic school that provides a solid education combined with a vibrant student life that emphasizes social and spiritual growth, as well as community responsibility. Students attend masses and retreats and have access to faith support groups in which they meet with faculty advisers to share stories of faith.

Service to the community is part of the curriculum at Jesuit High, and freshmen are asked to make a commitment to join a club, go to a coffeehouse or athletic event, attend brown bag lunches or school plays, or learn about other cultures, so that they will find a place at JHS where their gifts can develop and grow. There are over 40 clubs available, from Strings Club to Video Game Design Club.

With an enrollment of over 1,000 students, JHS is the largest Christian school in Oregon. While Oregon law allows students in private schools to participate in sports at the high school that they would normally attend, JHS has a large enough program to compete athletically with other schools of like kind and size. The school offers several sports for both men and women, including soccer, ski racing, swimming, golf, lacrosse, tennis, and other traditional sports.

Located southwest of downtown Portland, JHS is conveniently located off a major highway and in between several suburban neighborhoods.

24. Jim Elliot Christian School

Jim-Elliot-Christian-SchoolEnglewood, CO

Every student at Jim Elliot Christian School chooses a faculty member to be his or her mentor. The student may choose to meet with that mentor any day of the week in the 25 minutes preceding first period. Mentors sometimes have lunch with their students and even get together with them outside of school.

Named after a missionary who was killed by the tribe to which he had gone to minister, the founders worked together to open the school in 1991; the initial class consisted of only 23 students from 20 families.

The school is affiliated with the Association of Christian Schools International and potential students are invited to visit the school and attend classes for a day to see if it is the school they want to attend. Parents are invited to a tour of the school.

Families and community are important to JECS, so the school year begins with a picnic for families and staff for relaxation and fellowship.

Graduates from JECS have not only gone on to colleges around the U.S., but around the world. After college, some graduates have gone on to the mission field, while some others have joined the military.

In addition to the core academic classes, students at JECS have different athletic pursuits to choose from, as well as theater, art, and dance.  Service days are scheduled for students and staff to work together on community projects as a part of the curriculum.

As a graduation requirement, each student must take a five-day, cross-cultural mission trip to grow in their understanding of God and learn how to bring the Gospel to different peoples.

25. Judge Memorial Catholic High Schools

Judge-Memorial-Catholic-High-SchoolSalt Lake City, UT

Judge Memorial is accredited by the Western Catholic Education Association and co-accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission. Judge Memorial partners with 150 agencies in the region to provide students with a variety of opportunities to perform community service.

Judge Memorial partners with the Teton Science School in Jackson, Wyoming, to provide students with a specially designed academic curriculum. The curriculum at JMCHS is college preparatory, with advanced placement classes in a variety of subjects including theology and world languages. Courses integrate technology and help students to develop critical thinking skills.

Because many students wish to go to college on athletic scholarships, JMCHS helps students from the beginning of their freshman year throughout high school to obtain the necessary coursework and planning in order to apply for a Division I athletic college program. The class of 2014 earned almost $22 million in scholarships and renewable grants.

Fifty-one percent of that class graduated with honors and are slated to attend 67 different colleges in 27 states and the District of Columbia. Overall, the class of 2014 received numerous academic awards, including one senior who was named a U.S. Presidential Scholar semi-finalist and two commended students who were National Merit Finalists.

Judge Memorial believes in fostering faith and education to develop the gifts of each student. Although it is a Catholic high school, Judge Memorial welcomes students of all faiths; about 65 percent of the student body is Catholic.

For the 2014–2015 school year, JMCHS has instituted a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program, in which students will bring the technological instrument with which they will perform research and technological projects.

26. Lincoln Christian

Lincoln Christian SchoolLincoln, NE

At Lincoln, the focus of the curriculum, athletics, and all school activities is God. All activities should bring glory to God. Students and faculty are learning to pray and be strengthened by the Holy Spirit through prayer. Curriculum and instruction are based on the Bible.

Lincoln Christian School, which has been teaching the children of Lincoln since 1951, is accredited by the North Central Association, the Association of Christian Schools International, and the State of Nebraska. It is Lincoln Christian’s desire that children obtain an excellent education and that the leadership be good stewards of the money and the children.

AP classes are offered in calculus and dual credit for Honors English. Lincoln Christian students have been honored with appointments to Military Academies, named National Merit Scholars, Regent Scholars, Engineering Scholars, and more.

International students are welcomed at LCS; they stay with a Christian family while attending the school.

There are clubs and activities for students that include the yearbook and student newspaper, the student council, drama, and others. Students attend Chapel on Fridays and the Chapel Worship Team prepares and conducts the chapel service. One week out of every year, students participate in Spiritual Emphasis Week, when they spend a week in worship and prayer.

Musical groups include choir, Varsity Image (a choral group), Junior Varsity Remix/Wired (a junior high choral group), marching band, a jazz band, orchestra, and strings. Athletics include football, cross country, tennis, golf, and others.

Students at Lincoln work in public service projects, including a fund raiser to raise money for shoes for poor children.

27. Little Rock Christian Academy

Little Rock Christian AcademyLittle Rock, AR

LRCA is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools, the Arkansas Non-Public Schools Accrediting Association, Advance Education, and the Council of Educational Standards and Accountability. AP courses are offered in math, social studies, psychology, English, science, and music. Electives include accounting, journalism, yearbook, musical theater, jazz band, orchestra, computer web design, ceramics, digital video, and the choice of five languages including ASL and Mandarin Chinese.

The school is a member of the Arkansas Activities Association, and students may participate in 14 different sports. There are several clubs in which students can participate.

In the past five years LRCA has had 31 National Merit Scholars, three National Achievement Awards, and an ACT College Readiness Award. It was also named a Blue Ribbon School in 2012.

Students take a series of classes in Biblical Worldview, in which they read the works of secular scholars and analyze those writings in light of what the Bible has to say. This course develops critical thinking skills and helps students develop a biblical worldview. Students attend chapel once a week, and the core values of the school are based upon scripture and qualities of Christ: truth, wisdom, and knowledge.

Every January students attend a mini-semester (two weeks) called the “J Term,” in which they are offered courses in morning and afternoon classes. Each half-day session is worth a quarter credit. Off-campus trips and full-day courses are worth a half credit.

Classes change each year, but classes that have been offered in the past include small engine repair, archery, scuba diving, Chemistry with Kids, ice skating, and local missions. Upperclassmen may choose to perform an internship observing and working with a professional in the community.

In the past, students have taken mission trips to the Bahamas and Jamaica and educational trips to Great Britain and France.

28. Living Word Christian School

Living Word Christian SchoolO’Fallon, MO

Living Word integrates Christian truth into all courses and activities taught by fully qualified teachers who teach over 80 different classes, including AP courses and dual-credit, college credit courses. The class of 2012 received over $5 million in scholarship money for college and 95 percent of students went on to a higher education.

The class of 2012 logged 13,166 hours of community service. The class of 2013 accepted scholarships from over 20 different colleges and universities. High school students are offered a wide variety of social and merit clubs and organizations, as well as a wide variety of athletic pursuits including dance, golf, and swimming teams.

Campus life is based upon five pillars: Spiritual Growth, Academic Excellence, Relational Development, Distinguished Athletics, and Artistic Expression. Students must accumulate 130 community service hours while enrolled at CHS. In addition to the core courses and electives, students take classes in personal finance, computer, health, and speech.

The school actively assists students in their preparation for college, including college planning and scholarship information. It is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement.

29. Lynden Christian High School

Lynden Christian High SchoolLynden, WA

Lynden Christian serves students in Pre-K through 12, and is a parent-run school managed by a Board of Directors elected by parents and supporters of the school.

The school opened in 1911 with 72 students. A junior high was added in 1930, and later an elementary school. In the late 1970s, a building for agricultural and industrial arts was built. A place for worship and fine arts and a strength and fitness center have been added since 2000.

In 2006, Lynden Christian merged with Evergreen Christian School. The consolidated school is not affiliated with any one church, but has students who come from 80 different churches. International students are also welcome and live with an approved host family. The school is a member of Christian School International, Northwest Christian Schools International, and Washington Federation of Independent Schools.

Students attend chapel every Thursday and have a seven-period day on MWF. On Wednesdays students attend odd numbered classes and on Thursday they attend even numbered classes. School begins at 8:30 and dismisses at 3:15. There is a bus service for students, but students of age may drive their own cars to school after registering their vehicle.

Advanced Placement classes are offered in English and math. SAS (Special Academic Services) provides remediation in reading and math. The Discovery Program assists students with learning deficiencies and helps them find the learning style that best fits their skill level.

While the school wants to prepare students who are going to college, the school is for all students so that they can be prepared for life as a Christian adult. The course catalogue outlines different paths students can take; those going on to college are encouraged to choose their paths carefully in light of what they want to be in life.

30. Mansfield Christian School

Mansfield Christian SchoolMansfield, OH

Students at MCS attend chapel weekly, but that is only a starting place for spiritual growth. Parents are encouraged to discuss and study Scripture with their children and teachers integrate Christian principles into their teaching.

Students are members of community groups called FORGE that have members from all classes, grades 7 through 12. The groups are led by students who are appointed, but while it is not mandatory, groups are encouraged to engage in activities and spiritual interactions outside of the FORGE group to aid in their spiritual formation. Additionally, students take a Bible class every year in a scriptural curriculum that builds upon itself.

Ohio law provides a post-secondary option whereby a student may take a college course for dual credit for free; however, if the student drops out or fails the course, the parents have to pay the cost of tuition and books. MCS offers honors and basic programs with a wide variety of electives and AP courses.

Sophomores, juniors, and seniors, upon filling out the appropriate paperwork, may take time off to go visit a college. It is recommended that students visit at least two colleges and not to wait until their senior year.

MCA has several sports teams that compete with other private schools. Students may choose to pursue a diploma through independent study. If so, they are still considered students and can participate in the extra-curricular activities of the school.

An average of 90 percent of all graduating classes go on to college after graduation.

31. Metro Christian Academy

Metro Christian AcademyTulsa, OK

MCA is accredited by the Oklahoma State Department of Education, as well as AdvancED, and is a member of the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association. The school was formed in 1983, and teachers are committed Christians who deliver lessons from a Christian viewpoint.

High school students give of their time in community service. Chapel is held once a week, and parents are welcome to attend, just as they are on the mission trips. Prayer requests are shared through email so that students and their families can pray for those in need.

High school students take Bible classes and also study different worldviews, as well as financial literacy from a biblical perspective. Students also take courses in apologetics and Biblical Focus in Literary and English Studies, as well as a class in missions and another in worship.

Students in visual arts study drawing, photography, and design, and learn to create paintings, ceramics, and sculptures. The concert choirs participate in competitions and perform in chapel and at public performances. Music students can also take band, jazz band, and music theory. The Speech and Drama department produces a musical every spring. The Praise and Worship class performs at chapel and mainly performs sacred music.

Each year Metro students receive multiple scholarships: 230 were awarded to the class of 2013, totaling over $8 million.

Graduates go on to colleges and universities across the U.S., including the University of Alabama, Bethel University, TCU, SMU, Texas A&M, and the Tulsa Technology Center.

32. Mount Zion Christian Schools

Mount Zion Christian SchoolsManchester, NH

Academics at Mount Zion are Christ-centered, and a biblical viewpoint is found in all courses. Community service projects, outreach programs, and local and international missions are part of the Faith in Action portion of student spiritual life. Students in grades 8 through 12  participate in mission trips along with their parents.

In addition to Faith in Action, students attend a weekly chapel service in which they can participate actively through the Student Worship Team that heads the group praise and prayer. The pastor teaches from the Scripture and guest speakers are frequently invited. The Student Worship Team is made up of upperclassmen who are committed to a close relationship with God and living a godly life.

Students are required to take a Bible class as part of the curriculum.

In addition to the typical sports, Mount Zion offers skiing as part of their sports program. Students are expected to be good citizens in the classroom and on the sports field. Students who achieve the level of Good Citizen are allowed to relax in the student lounge and listen to music, play games, and fellowship with friends when teachers give them lounge time. Students who achieve the level of Model Citizen are allowed to run for school leadership positions.

Upperclassmen may join a work/study program where they will receive real-world work experience and earn money to save for college.

The school is a member of the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association.

33. Noah Webster Christian School

Noah Webster Christian SchoolCheyenne, WY

Founded in 1988, NWCS began with six students and one teacher in a garage, and by 1990 had an enrollment of 18 with two additional teachers.

The school created their statement of faith and based their philosophy of education on the belief that Jesus Christ is the author of all truth, which is found in the Word of God.

The K–12 school is committed to providing affordable, Bible-based education to children in Cheyenne; it includes children from 20 area churches. Students graduating from NWCS are college-ready in algebra, English, and the social sciences as is evidenced by ACT scores.

The Student Council participates and encourages community participation in fund-raising activities to sponsor a school-wide field trip during the last week of school.

NWCS is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International; however, the high school has not yet achieved accreditation.

34. North Idaho Christian School

North Idaho Christian SchoolHayden, ID

NICS provides a solid liberal arts education that includes Biblical Studies and a weekly chapel service. Seniors may take seven college credits per semester.

It is NICS’s goal to educate students in such a way that they will be able to succeed at the college level and examine worldviews in an analytical way to discern the philosophical errors of secular thinking. NICS employs qualified instructors who present a Christian worldview through their teaching.

NICS offers several electives, as well as athletics. The school is one of the founding members of the Mountain Christian League, which was formed in 1999 by Christian schools in Idaho and Washington. In addition to clubs and organizations in which students can participate, there are special events planned, such as student retreats, mission trips, and speech meets.

The Digital Learning Academy offers online learning classes through the school’s computer lab. Students may make up courses they need or sign up for dual enrollment classes from local accredited colleges. These classes offer flexibility. Additionally, homeschool students may sign up for some classes at NICS for a reasonable fee.

Classes last 18 weeks and meet four days a week, Monday through Thursday. Homeschool students are considered part-time students.

35. Oak Grove Lutheran School

Oak Grove Lutheran SchoolFargo, ND

Although some Christian schools have chapel once a week, or even not at all, Oak Grove students attend chapel every day so they can worship and hear biblical messages as a community. All students take Bible classes and a Christian Studies class and each class has a different focus.

Service projects vary from year to year and in many cases are the ideas of students at the school. Students have raised funds for disaster relief for areas hit by hurricanes, tsunamis, and tornadoes. There are a few projects that the students participate in every year, including helping the elementary students gather money for the Ronald McDonald house. Students take one to two mission trips per year, either within the U.S. or overseas, or both.

OGLS is Accredited with Commendation by North Dakota and accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Students typically score higher than the state and national averages on achievement tests. Ninety-six percent go on to college.

Students may take dual credit courses through Concordia College; AP courses are also available.

International students come from Japan, Haiti, South Korea, the Congo, India, Cambodia, and China. While there is no boarding at the school, the school does take applications from families who want to host an international student.

36. Pella Christian High School

Pella Christian High SchoolPella, IA

Accredited by the State of Iowa Department of Education, Pella Christian High School was established in 1939. The school serves children in grades 9–12 and has an enrollment of approximately 260 students. All teachers hold teaching certificates from the state of Iowa.

PCHS students attend an eight-schedule class day with weekly chapel and intramural times scheduled each week. The school offers college credit courses in cooperation with Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), which offers online course opportunities for PCHS students, as well.

PCHS admits international students who, upon acceptance, live with a host family. Students have come to Pella from South Korea, Brazil, Ukraine, China, and many other countries.

Pella offers a college preparatory program with AP classes in several subjects across the curriculum. Electives include woodworking, drafting, small engines, Mandarin, graphic design, and several others. Extra-curricular activities include sports such as clay target shooting, drill team, and tennis, as well as more academic courses like drama, forensics, mock trial, and chamber choir. There are many other sports and other types of electives available.

Each January one week is set aside for specialized classes, trips, or internships, providing students with unique learning opportunities. Students are also required to complete 10 hours of service per year to allow them to discover their personal gifts and interests while learning the joy of serving others, thus making Kingdom Service a life-long habit.

Chapel meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Guest speakers and other presentations are scheduled by the Chapel Planning class, which meets every day during second period.

37. Plumstead Christian School

Plumstead-Christian-SchoolPlumsteadville, PA

The Bible curriculum at PCS is quite extensive, with courses on Exegesis, Theology, Christian Virtue, Apologetics, and several others, including courses on specific books in the Bible. The academic curriculum is also rigorous, and students at PCS take the state assessment required by the No Child Left Behind Act. PCS is ranked as one of the top-scoring schools in the state on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment.

AP classes are offered in English, history, math, science, and Spanish. Dual credit classes are offered on campus in partnership with Bucks County College and are open to all high school grades. In cooperation with Pennsylvania Cyber School, online classes are available for juniors and seniors.

The number and variety of electives is vast, with almost 30 courses in art alone. There are also electives in computers, athletics, and music. Additionally, high school students enjoy several social and spiritual activities, including a senior class trip and a senior mission trip.

Students attend chapel at least once a week and must have four credits of Bible to graduate. Instructors teach all courses with a Christian worldview; the spiritual growth of students is one of the primary goals of the school.

PCS is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

38. Porter-Gaud School

Porter-Gaud SchoolCharleston, SC 

Three separate schools—originally established in 1867, 1908, and 1931—were combined in 1964 to form the Porter-Gaud School. Upon entering the upper school, college planning begins and courses and activities take on a deeper concentration as students begin to explore their professional areas of interest. Opportunities increase for student competition, public performance, learning, and service.

The cornerstones of PGS are faith and honor. Students are expected to act honorably and to show respect to others of different religions. The motto of the school is WATCH which stands for Words, Actions, Thoughts, Character, Habits. The school chaplains oversee the moral character development and religious instruction of the students, as well as their worship. Chapel is held every other week, and during this time Jewish students attend the Jewish Life program (occasionally there are special chapels that all students attend).

Every Monday students may attend a Bible study during lunch. Approximately 90 students attend weekly, but it is not required. Students discuss topics from the Bible, eat pizza, sing, and worship.

At different times of the week there are other Bible studies led by one of the chaplains and these meetings are for age- and gender-specific groups. A Girls Leadership Initiative provides young women with the opportunity to develop into tomorrow’s leaders while creating a bond with one other through workshops, skill-building in leadership, networking and assertive self-expression, and an annual leadership conference.

Although community service is not required, it is promoted through opportunities presented to the students by the Director of Community and student leaders from the junior and senior class. Students participate in school-wide projects, as well as larger projects, such as Relay for Life and Race for the Cure, which benefit the wider community.

39. Presbyterian Christian School

Presbyterian-Christian-SchoolHattiesburg, MS

Presbyterian Christian School educates children in elementary, middle, and high schools. In the high school, honors, AP, and dual credit courses are offered (a total of 85 different credit courses), along with three languages, Bible courses, field trips, weekly Chapel services, music, drama, and a wide variety of art courses, all taught with from a biblical worldview.

Students may choose an honors track, a college prep track, or a two-year college track. Homeschool students may also attend PCS part-time.

PCS participates in many competitive sports and has several clubs and organizations in which students can participate. The school holds the highest accreditation in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Southern Association of Independent Schools, and the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools.

PCS has four schedules to accommodate different programs, such as Chapel, assemblies, and clubs and organization meetings.

PCS provides a comprehensive college preparatory education punctuated by a biblical worldview, so students will grow in intellect, morality, and social conscience to impact their world for Christ and become Christian leaders.

40. Rehoboth Christian School

Rehoboth Christian SchoolRehoboth, NM

Located in the heart of Navajo country, Rehoboth Christian School honors the culture and contribution of the Navajo Nation to the tapestry that is America.

In the lower schools, a Navajo Code Talker Communications Center—which houses the library and Code Talker museum—is distinctively Navajo and is evidence of the school’s commitment to incorporate Navajo culture and history into the curriculum. Visitors to the website can purchase a DVD on the Code Talkers for use in the classroom.

RCS serves an economically depressed area. Therefore, in addition to selling Code Talker and choir DVDs, as well as a book on Rehoboth, the school also sponsors a Saturday Sale at a local church where every item costs a dollar. The sale is operated by volunteers, with proceeds going to the tuition assistance program.

Rehoboth employs highly qualified personnel and offers AP and college courses. The Navajo language is taught, as well as Navajo government. Seniors keep a digital portfolio and—along with the juniors—have an adult mentor. Every student has a faculty adviser.

Students attend chapel each week, and a Christian point of view is incorporated into every lesson. Students participate in community service, band, and choir ministries, as well as a yearly mission and service trips.

Every senior class chooses a Bible verse to represent their class. Seniors go on a trip each year and fund raisers are held so that all students can afford to go.

Students may participate in an agricultural program headed by the horticulture teacher, in which they working and observe ponds and grasslands. In addition to the more typical sports, RCS offers a ropes course which makes available climbing towers of four different sizes. In 2008, an indoor ropes course was built in the gym.

41. Rice Memorial High School

Rice Memorial High SchoolSouth Burlington, VT

Rice Memorial is a college-preparatory, Catholic high school. Around 425 students attend Rice from all over northern Vermont. Approximately five percent of Rice students are international, representing a dozen different countries. Over 90 percent of graduates go on to a four-year college. Students may receive a $5000 scholarship at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont, for every year spent at Rice.

In academics, Rice offers eight Advanced Placemen and 12 Honors courses, as well as an online program that allows teachers to post homework assignments which are also accessible to parents. Athletically, there are 14 sports in which students can participate. Last year, Rice teams won five state championships!

Some of the electives offered at RMHS include Graphic Design, Jazz Ensemble, Ceramics, and Digital Imaging. Additionally, for a student’s English and history credits, there are a variety of writing, literature, and history courses to choose from. An online writing lab gives students tips on writing and research, as well as resources they can use in their writing.

As part of the campus ministry, students travel to areas in the U.S. that have been hit by natural disasters, offering aid through Habitat for Humanity. Locally, students work through several organizations to minister to the hungry, the elderly, and the homeless.

RMHS student members of the National Honor Society serve as after-school peer tutors. Upperclassmen can be part of a leadership group that plans retreats, activities, and community service projects. They serve one hour a week in the Campus Ministry office.

There are multiple clubs to appeal to all interests and tastes. Once a year Stunt Nite is held and each class competes with a stage performance prepared and coached by parent volunteers. Each class is allowed 30 minutes on stage. Stunt Nite is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year.

42. Rocky Bayou Christian Academy

2013_RBCS_236 copyNiceville, FL

Rocky Bayou Christian School has grown in enrollment from 22 students in 1973 to over 750 in grades K3 through 12. A campus in Destin, Florida currently serves grades K–6. Buses provide service to Okaloosa, Walton, and south Santa Rosa counties.

The Academy (grades 7-12,) serves as the upper school, and boasts almost 1000 alumni.
Weekly chapel services afford students worship and fellowship, while God’s Word is taught in Bible classes and is integrated into the curriculum for each subject area. Leadership Trek trains young people as Christian servant-leaders and forms the basis for a prefect-based Student Government Association. Students, alumni and faculty participate annually in mission trips to third world countries for multiple ministry adventures, including school devotions, street evangelism and construction work, often for orphanages.

The Academy Fine Arts program offers symphonic, jazz and praise bands, choir, art, and drama. Students participate in Academic teams, Bible Quiz team, Spanish, Beta, Junior Classical League, Mu Alpha Theta and Lego Robotics, along with Thespians, Tri M, Art, Photography, Culinary, Missions and Chess clubs. Math, computer, debate, etymology, Latin, mythology, history, Spanish, spelling and writing competitions offer the chance to compete on local, state, and national platforms.

The Athletic program offers 23 varsity sports and 12 middle school sports, as well as elementary intramural sports.

The Special Services Department offers smaller class sizes, specialized curriculum, and individualized intervention for students with developmental delays and/or learning disabilities. Therapy Services not only provide intervention for students registered in the department, but also provide various accredited therapy sessions to all students needing intervention. RBCS serves as a National Institute for Learning Development model school.

In addition to summer school and summer day camp, the summer program offers science, robotics, SAT math and English prep, college application, band, dance, reading, sports, chess , remedial reading and scrapbooking camps.

43. Saint Thomas More High School

Saint-Thomas-More-High-SchoolMilwaukee, WI

Unique to STMHS is a Biomedical Sciences department in which students can learn about, and participate in, hands-on projects in the fields of human medicine, physiology, genetics, microbiology, and public health. During their coursework, students learn about a variety of careers in the biomedical sciences.

The four-year program culminates in a capstone course called Biomedical Innovation, in which students work on an independent project with a mentor or adviser from a university, hospital, research institution, or the biomedical industry.

An innovation begun in 2010 is the distance learning program through which students may take courses not offered at STMHS, thus expanding the STM curriculum immensely. The online courses are offered through the eAchieve Academy of Wisconsin, which is part of the Waukesha School District.

The academic program is rigorous. Through a partnership with Project Lead the Way (PLTW), students may take classes in engineering and technology, including software usage, robotics, aerodynamics, and space-life sciences. STMHS students can earn college credit for their engineering classes.

English classes are designed to instruct students in grammar, literature, and all forms of composition so they can graduate with competence in all writing styles.

Spiritually, students are given opportunities each year to serve the community through ministries for the elderly, the poor, youth, the homeless, and other groups in the community who have a need to which students can minister.

Retreats are planned not just for students, but for families as well. Each summer students are given the opportunity to make a pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi, Italy.

44. Sioux Falls Christian Schools

Sioux Falls Christian SchoolsSioux Falls, SD 

While students must have 24 credits to graduate, to be eligible for the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship, they must take one credit extra in both science and math and two credits in a CTE (career and technical education) course or a language. The CTE Academy has a wide variety of courses to choose from, such as carpentry, drafting, accounting, broadcast technology, automotive electronics, aviation and flight, robotics, welding, and many more.

In addition to the CTE Academy, students may take courses online if they are not offered at the physical SFCS campus. AP courses are offered in English and social studies. Students must also take three and a half credits of Bible classes (there are several to choose from).

International students are welcome and must live with a host family. If the student is not well versed in English, he or she may have to audit classes for the first semester. International students may participate in SFCS activities which include community service; however, the decision to let an international student play sports depends on the student’s visa type and how long he or she has resided in America.

SFCS has been ministering to Haiti since 2012 through Mission Haiti. SFCS sponsors 200 students in Haiti at $75 per person. For this amount, each sponsored student will be educated, fed, given school supplies, and medical treatment. SFCS is building a Christian School in that country, as well, and students and staff may spend a limited amount of time in Haiti working for the missions. The school also sponsors missions to New Mexico and a local mission distributing shoes to the needy.

There are many fine arts courses in music, drama, and art in which students can participate. Every year, theater students put on a one-act play for competition, as well as a musical.

45. Trinity Christian School

Trinity Christian SchoolMorgantown, WV

Whereas most private schools begin with an elementary school and build on that foundation until they have reached K–12, TCS began as a grade 7–9 school. Another grade was added each year resulting in the first graduating class in 2001. Alliance Christian elementary school merged with Trinity in 2005, and their campus is now nestled in 37 acres. It is accessible to students in four counties in West Virginia and two counties in Pennsylvania.

The school has numerous facilities, including, but not limited to, a chapel, a full-size gymnasium, three science labs, two art studios, and an outdoor learning center. The school has approximately 300 students, one-third in the high school.

Prayer and worship is an integral part of education at TCS. Weekly chapel services and daily Bible classes promote Christ as the center of campus life, with prayer in the classroom a common occurrence throughout the day. Student life is enriched with field trips and clubs, as well as an annual Fall Community Outreach Day during which students and teachers provide service on campus or through local ministries.

Fourteen AP courses are offered and every year there is at least one AP scholar. There have been five National Merit finalists since 2003. Trinity students score above the national and state averages on the SAT and ACT.

Graduates have attended many fine colleges, including Bryn Mawr, Domus Academy in Milan, Italy, Duke University, Northwestern Medical School, Oxford College of Emory, Penn State, Savannah College of Art & Design, the U.S. Air Force Academy, University of Virginia, West Point Academy, Wheaton College, and many others.

46. Valley Christian High School

Valley Christian High SchoolChandler, AZ

For an education that ministers to the whole child, a parent cannot go wrong with Valley Christian High School. From athletic programs and social clubs to requirements for community service, VCHS prepares children for life as a Christian in the working world. Whether students are college-oriented or not, there is a place for each child at VCHS.

In 2006, VCHS began a program for students with special needs. Whether they have learning disabilities, variances in learning styles, or are gifted and talented, the VINE (Valley’s Individual Needs Enhancement Program) seeks to make a place for every child and every learner. For students who are college-bound, AP courses are offered, and the school is accredited through the Association of Christian Schools International.

The school opened in 1982 and serves students in grades 9 through 12. Over 95 percent of students go on to higher education after graduation.

The students who attend VCHS come from 80 different churches in the community and attend daily Bible classes and devotionals, weekly chapel services, Spiritual Emphasis week, Bible studies, prayer groups, and Christian service days.

During the summer, students can attend athletic camps, a musical theater workshop, robotics camps, and art camps.

47. Valley Christian School

Valley Christian SchoolMissoula, MT

VCS serves about 240 children in Pre-K through 12 on an eight-acre campus with over 54,000 square feet in facilities. The school also operates an internet school called Eagle Christian School that usually has about 70 students enrolled every year.

VCS is accredited by the Montana Office of Public Instruction. About three-quarters of their graduates go on to a four-year college. Students from VCS outperform the state average and the national average in SAT reading, math, and writing scores.

There are 14 teachers for the 60 students. The students are divided into 8 gender, but not grade, specific groups. Each group is assigned to a teacher of the same gender for BDT, or Bible Discipleship Teams. BDTs meet three periods a week for personal devotions, outreach and Bible memory for a student’s entire high school career.

AP courses are offered in English, Science, and Math. Students have the choice of several fine arts classes, including guitar, jazz band, and publications. Students may also take courses in business technology or electronics, as well as Spanish.

On the state assessment, VCS 10th graders scored in the 93rd percentile, while students across the state only scored an average of 55 percent. VCS students scored in the 93rd percentile again in reading, while the rest of the students in the state averaged approximately 83 percent.

VCS is a member of the Montana High School Association (MHSA), so VCS students may compete at regional and state level in vocal and instrumental music. Students have been chosen to try out for the All State Band and Choir; they may also letter in band and choir.

Again, VCS’s membership in MHSA allows their students to compete in athletics. Sports offered include volleyball, soccer, basketball, tennis, and track.

Anonymous donors provide money to be used for tuition so many families qualify for financial aid. About 40 percent of students receive some sort of financial aid.

VCS is a member of the American Christian Schools International.

48. Veritas Christian Academy

Veritas Christian AcademyChesapeake, VA

Dedication to students does not stop at the borders with VCA, which has an international program with students from across the globe. VCA’s philosophy of education is adapted from Douglas Wilson’s The Case for Classical Christian Education. What is taught is a rigorous program based upon the wisdom of Scripture and founded in grammar, logic, and rhetoric.

Grammar—a foundational subject in every discipline—is the starting point in all courses. In math, for example, the grammar would be addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Logic is critical thinking which comes after memorization so that students know how to analyze what they have learned, while rhetoric has to do with how students present what they have learned, whether verbally or in writing. As it is put in the book of Proverbs: Students should then grow in wisdom, understanding, and knowledge.

Students have available a variety of clubs, athletic, and fine arts activities at ACA that enrich student learning. Students put on a musical every year and participate in several sports, which include swimming, golf, and tennis. Honors classes are offered that prepare students to take AP exams.

VCA is a member of both the Association of Classical & Christian schools and the Virginia Council for Private Education. Their athletic program is a member of the Hampton Roads Athletic Conference. VCA is also affiliated with 13 local businesses that enrich the education of VCA students in a variety of ways.

Summer camps in multiple academic areas are also offered.

49. Whitefield Academy

Whitefield_frontLouisville, KY

Whitefield Academy is a PreK–12 school with over 780 students and 75 full-time faculty members. Whitefield is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), AdvancED and is certified by the Kentucky Board of Education through the Kentucky Non-Public Schools Commission. Whitefield Academy is a Christ-centered, Biblically-based college preparatory school that challenges students to academic excellence and spiritual vitality.

Whitefield Academy’s Preschool is one of only a few accredited in Louisville. Students are expected to be active in their local churches and encouraged to participate in community service programs and missional outreach events.

High School students can choose to participate in a variety of courses and activities; such as choir, band, orchestra, yearbook, drama, student council, weekly chapel programs, spiritual life leadership team, class retreats, and mission trips. Desiring to develop well rounded students, Whitefield fields numerous athletic teams which includes golf, tennis, swimming, and competitive cheerleading, to name a few.
Forty-two students graduated in 2014, earning more than $4.3 million in scholarships. Based upon test scores over the past five years, Whitefield ranks as one of the top Christian schools in Kentucky.
Whitefield Academy, which started in 1976, bases its educational philosophy on the centrality of the gospel and is a ministry of Highview Baptist Church. Small enough to be family, large enough to make a difference.

50. Zion Christian Academy

Zion Christian AcademyColumbia, TN

Zion Christian Academy began in 1979 and has grown to a campus of almost 500 students with over 50 teachers. The college preparatory program has seen graduates go on to colleges and universities such as West Point, Vanderbilt, Purdue, Auburn, Penn State, the University of Tennessee. among others. All faculty members are certified teachers and the average student-to-teacher ratio is 16-to-one.

Started by Zion Presbyterian Church and located in a rural setting of more than 45 acres, ZCA is non-denominational. Students attend weekly chapel services and volunteer in many service-related projects. Students also participate in mission work around the world and the junior class takes part in a planned mission trip each spring, usually somewhere in the southeastern U.S.

Students may participate in drama, instrumental and vocal music, and the visual arts. Several after-school clubs are available for students, including Rocket Club, Philosophy Club, and many others. Athletically, many sports are offered, including golf, cross country, and trap shooting, to name a few.

ZCA is accredited by the American Christian Schools International and AdvancED (formerly known as SACS). ZCA offers math, science, and AP courses. Students at ZCA have the highest ACT scores in the area and average in the top 20 percent nationally.

 

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