Stem Initiative

Summit Christian Academy began a STEM initiative in the 2013-2014 schoolyear and continues to expand that initial rollout.  Some of the highlights of the school’s initiative and continued rollout include:

Updating and upgrading the school’s infrastructure by tripling the broadband width to the internet

Installing campus-wide WIFI

Incorporating off-site cloud technology

Purchasing I-pad for all teachers 

Providing I-pad labs for all students

Adding 2 science labs

Expanding science course offerings to include astronomy, dual credit astronomy, forensics, dual credit physics, engineering overview, and a robotics curriculum

Expanding computer classes to include all grade levels Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade

Expanding the school’s technology/media center by building a new computer lab

These steps above are only a part of the school’s comprehensive strategic plan to equip, enrich, and empower Summit Christian Academy students for the twenty-first century.

 

Secondary Overview

Summit Christian Academy has achieved excellence in every area of school life from academics, behavior, school spirit, athletics, and fine arts. One reason for the secondary's success is stability. The secondary consistently has a high retention rate of faculty and administration. Stability provides the atmosphere where excellence can grow and flourish and where students can continue to realize the benefits of the ever-improving quality of Summit's education. Academically, the school continues to offer a standard track and an advanced track of math, English, and history that allows students to be placed where they can be challenged, but not frustrated.

Although quality academics are one of the priorities at Summit, the school provides a wide range of activities to ensure that Summit's students are well rounded. The school year begins with a retreat where the students get to have fun while getting to know each other and their teachers in a relaxed setting. The students participate in games and team competitions designed to build camaraderie and school spirit. During the year, students enjoy participating in Chess Club, Cinema Society, Robotics Club, English Club, and Impact Education trips. Impact trips not only continue the team-building process, but provide a venue where students can grow spiritually. In addition, the trips allow our students to grow in character as they bless other people. Character development is a key component to the overall Summit experience. Formal avenues of development occur during Bible classes, chapel, community service, and the integration of biblical principles throughout the curriculum.

Summit expects our graduates to be students who are academically prepared as lifelong learners, having acquired college-readiness skills, higher–level thinking skills, and study skills that they will need in college and beyond. Our goal is to graduate students with a Christian worldview who have a servant's heart and a desire to impact their world for Christ.

The Day in the Life of 6th Grade

The Day in the Life of 7th Grade

The Day in the Life of 8th Grade

The Day in the Life of 9th Grade

The Day in the Life of 10th Grade

The Day in the Life of 11th Grade

The Day in the Life of 12th Grade

 

The Day in the Life of Sixth Grade

Chapel: Wednesday mornings (9:35 am to 10:15 am)

Bible: An overview of the New Testament with more in-depth study of significant Bible passages which apply to students' lives

Prayer: Students pray daily. They are taught to pray by offering praise and thanksgiving, as well as praying for their needs and the needs of others.

Reading Concepts: Literature, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, synthesis, and inference

Accelerated Reader: A reading enrichment program which provides the opportunity for students to be assessed on comprehension skills

English Concepts: Grammar

Writing Technique: The Six Traits of Writing

Spelling/Vocabulary: Weekly word lists focused on vocabulary

Spanish:  Three days a week for 45 minutes.

Math: Mental math strategies, estimation, order of operations, introduction to algebra, decimals (add, subtract, multiply, and divide), measurement, fractions (add, subtract, multiply, and divide), geometry, integers and the coordinate plane, ratio, proportion, percent, and number theory

Social Studies: World history and geography.

Science: Sixth grade students begin this year with studies that will be expanded upon each consecutive year through eighth grade.

Specials: Every school day, students will attend at least one of the following: physical education, music, art, computer, or Impact Education.

Impact Education: The sixth grade learns about leaders of our faith to encourage them to live a life of service.

Lunch: Summit has a full-service cafeteria where intermediate students may either bring their lunch or purchase a hot lunch that is prepared on site.

 

The Day in the Life of Seventh Grade

Chapel: Wednesday mornings (9:35 am to 10:15 am).

Homeroom: Every morning at 8:00 am. Devotions and character development

Core Courses:

  • Bible: New Testament Study, "To the Ends of the Earth," gives an in-depth look at the Book of Acts.
  • Literature Readings: Selected fiction and non-fiction literature with media, poetry, and drama connections
  • History: Texas
  • Science: Life Science
  • Math: 7th Grade or Honors Pre-Algebra
  • Fine Arts: Art or Theater Arts
  • Technology: Computer

Accelerated Reader: A reading enrichment program which provides the opportunity for students to be assessed on comprehension skills

Clubs: Chess club

Spanish:  Three days a week

Competitions: Art Festival, Math Olympics, and Spelling Bee

Sports: Girls volleyball, boys football, girls and boys basketball, boys and girls track, and cheerleading

Study Hall: The last period of each day

Teacher Tutoring: During study halls or after school by appointment

Trips/Activities: 7th grade orientation, two-day retreat, three-day Impact Education trip to Burnet County, and spirit week.

Schedule: Eight 45 minute periods

Communication:

  • School newsletter: emailed on Fridays and posted on website
  • RenWeb: specific class website; each class has homework and gradebook access
  • Progress reports: mid-quarter
  • Report cards: quarterly
  • Parent conference: October
  • Email: access to all teachers

Testing: TerraNova Achievement Test


The Day in the Life of Eighth Grade

Chapel: Wednesday mornings (9:35 am to10:15 am).

Homeroom: Every morning at 8:00 am. Devotions and character development.

Core Courses:

  • Bible: Old Testament study of an in-depth look of the Book of Judges
  • Literature Readings: Selected fiction and non-fiction literature with media, poetry, and drama connections 
  • History: United States (from the colonial period to reconstruction)
  • Science: Earth and Space Science
  • Math: Pre-Algebra or Honors Algebra I
  • Fine Arts: Art or Theater Arts
  • Technology: Computer

Accelerated Reader: A reading enrichment program which provides the opportunity for students to be assessed on comprehension skills

Clubs: National Junior Honor Society and chess club

Spanish:  Three days a week.

Competitions: Art Festival, Math Olympics, and Spelling Bee.

Sports: Girls volleyball, boys football, girls and boys basketball, boys and girls track, and cheerleading

Study Hall: The last period of each day

Teacher Tutoring: During study halls or after school by appointment

Trips/Activities: Two-day retreat, four-day Impact Education trip to Giddings, Texas, and spirit week.

Schedule: Eight 45 minute classes

Communication:

  • School newsletter: emailed on Fridays and posted on website
  • RenWeb: specific class website; each class has homework and gradebook access
  • Progress reports: mid-quarter
  • Report cards: quarterly
  • Parent conference: October
  • Email: access to all teachers

Testing: TerraNova Achievement Test

The Day in the Life of Ninth Grade

Chapel: Wednesday mornings (8:05 am to 9:00 am)

Homeroom: Every morning at 8:00 am. Devotions and character development.

Core Courses:

  • Bible: New Testament Survey
  • English: English I
  • Literature Readings: Selected novels, poems, and short stories
  • Social Studies: World Geography
  • Science: Biology
  • Math: Algebra I or Honors Geometry
  • Fine Arts: Art, Theater Arts, Yearbook, Film, Band, Choir
  • Foreign Language: Spanish I and Spanish II
  • Technology: BCIS

Clubs: National Junior Honor Society, chess club, student council, and cinema society

Competitions: Art Festival, Yearbook, Theater

Sports: Girls volleyball, boys football, girls and boys basketball, boys and girls track, boys and girls cross country, boys baseball, and cheerleading

Teacher Tutoring: After school

Study Skills: MLA Format

Trips/Activities: Two-day retreat, five-day Impact Education trip to New Orleans, spirit week, homecoming, and prom.

Schedule: A/B block.

Communication:

  • School newsletter: emailed on Fridays and posted on website
  • RenWeb: specific class website; each class has homework and gradebook access
  • Progress reports: mid-quarter
  • Report cards: quarterly
  • Parent conference: October
  • Email: access to all teachers

Testing: TerraNova Achievement Test


The Day in the Life of Tenth Grade

Chapel: Wednesday mornings (8:05 am to 9:00am)

Homeroom: Every morning at 8:00 am. Devotions and character development

Core Courses:

  • Bible: Mastering Bible Study Skills
  • English: English II
  • Literature Readings: Selected novels, poems, and short stories.
  • History: World History
  • Science: Chemistry 
  • Math: Geometry or Honors Algebra II
  • Fine Arts: Art, Theater Arts, Yearbook, Film, Band, Choir
  • Foreign Language: Spanish II and Spanish III

Clubs: National Honor Society, chess club, student council, and cinema society.

Competitions: Art Festival, Yearbook, Theater.

Sports: Girls volleyball, boys football, girls and boys basketball, boys and girls track, boys and girls cross country, boys baseball, and cheerleading

Teacher Tutoring: After school

Trips/Activities: Two-day retreat, five-day Impact Education trip to Oklahoma, spirit week, homecoming, and prom.

Schedule: A/B block.

Communication:

  • School newsletter: emailed on Fridays and posted on website
  • RenWeb: specific class website; each class has homework and gradebook access
  • Progress report: mid-quarter
  • Report cards: quarterly
  • Parent conference: October
  • Email: access to all teachers

Testing: TerraNova Achievement Test and PSAT


The Day in the Life of Eleventh Grade

Chapel: Wednesday mornings (8:05 am to 9:00 am)

Homeroom: Every morning at 8:00 am.  Devotions and character development

Core Courses:

  • Bible: God's Plan of Redemption
  • English: English III (Standard, AP, Dual Credit)
  • Literature Readings: Selected novels, poems, and short stories
  • History: U. S. History (Standard or AP)
  • Science: Chemistry (Standard or Honors)
  • Math: Algebra II or Honors PreCalculus
  • Fine Arts: Art, Theater Arts, Yearbook, Film, Band, Choir
  • Foreign Language: Spanish III and Spanish IV

Test Prep: ACT/SAT Prep

Clubs: National Honor Society, chess club, student council,  and cinema society

Competitions: Art Festival, Yearbook, Theater

Sports: Girls volleyball, boys football, girls and boys basketball, boys and girls track, boys and girls cross country, boys baseball, and cheerleading

Teacher Tutoring: After school

Trips/Activities: Two-day retreat, six-day Impact Education trip to Washington DC, spirit week, homecoming, and prom

Schedule: A/B block

Communication:

  • School newsletter: emailed on Fridays and posted on website
  • RenWeb: specific class website; each class has homework and gradebook access
  • Progress reports: mid-quarter
  • Report cards: quarterly
  • Parent conference: October
  • Email: access to all teachers

Testing: TerraNova Achievement Test, PSAT, Advance Placement (AP) Testing

The Day in the Life of Twelfth Grade

Chapel: Wednesday mornings (8:05 am to 9:00 am)

Homeroom: Every morning at 8:00 am.  Devotions and character development

Core Courses:

  • Bible: Understanding the Times
  • English: English IV (Standard or AP); Speech (Dual Credit)
  • Literature Readings: Selected novels, poems, and short stories
  • Social Studies: Government and Macro Economics (Standard or AP)
  • Science: Physics (AP or Dual Credit), Astronomy (Standard or Dual Credit), Forensics
  • Math: Statistics or Calculus (AP)
  • Fine Arts: Art, Theater Arts, Film, Band, Choir
  • Foreign Language: Spanish IV

Clubs: National Honor Society, chess club, student council, and cinema society

Competitions: Art Festival, Yearbook, Theater

Sports: Girls volleyball, boys football, girls and boys basketball, boys and girls track, boys and girls cross country, baseball, and cheerleading

Teacher Tutoring: After school

Schedule: A/B block

Trips/Activities: Two-day retreat and a seven-day Impact Education trip abroad

Communication:

  • School newsletter: emailed on Fridays and posted on website
  • RenWeb: specific class website; each class has homework and gradebook access
  • Progress reports: mid-quarter
  • Report cards: quarterly
  • Parent conference: October
  • Email: access to all teachers

Testing: Advance Placement (AP) Testing.

 

2016-17 Secondary Handbook