High School Academics

High School
Southern Maryland Christian Academy’s high school experience is dedicated to equipping our students to enter society to make an impact on the world for Christ. Through rigorous training beginning in ninth grade, students begin developing and understanding their God given gifts in every aspects of their academic experience. Students transition throughout the academic day with three 1-hour and twenty minute core subject classes and two forty-five minute elective courses. Our high school courses are aligned to national standards. Students have the opportunity to take over the college admission recommendation of course credit hours. In all four years of high school, students have the opportunity to earn four credit hours in all academic studies. Honors Mathematics and English courses are offered from ninth through twelfth grade as well as Advance Placement courses are offered beginning junior year. Southern Maryland Christian Academy has 4 tracks of high school completion: High School Certificate, General High School Diploma, Honors High School Diploma, and Scholars High School Diploma.

9th grade:
Southern Maryland Christian Academy’s ninth grade year sets a firm foundation for success towards graduation. All ninth grade students are required to take Computer and Document Processing for the 21st Century, a full year of Physical Education, and a half year of Health. Students begin their Science studies with Biology. Ninth graders are also required to take a half year of SOAR Study Skills to learn crucial skills to apply throughout their academic career. *See course catalog for more electives and course descriptions.

10th grade:
Southern Maryland Christian Academy’s tenth grade year continues developing the student into a lifelong learner. Applicable courses, such as Financial Literacy, is required in tenth grade. Elective options for a tenth grader expands to place emphases on student interest and the development of career knowledge. Students take Chemistry allowing students to choose a science course of interest their junior and senior year of high school. *See course catalog for more electives and course descriptions.

11th grade:
Southern Maryland Christian Academy’s eleventh grade year places independence of teacher and places more of an emphases on student dependency. Through the continuation of academic rigor, student options expand in History, Science, Mathematics, and English. Southern Maryland wants students, at this age, to begin to take ownership of their educational experience and allow the student options toward their goals after graduation. In the junior year, students are required to take a College and Career Readiness course that exposes students to life beyond high school. Students are exposed to the college application processes, financial aid, as well as SAT and ACT preparation training. *See course catalog for more electives and course descriptions.

12th grade:
Southern Maryland Christian Academy’s twelfth grade year strives to fully equip each student to take their place in society. All seniors have the opportunity to take a full academic course load receiving the most preparation for college entrance and meeting all college recommendations.   Through the continuation of academic rigor, student options expand in History, Science, Mathematics, and English. Seniors have multiple options of electives and advance placement courses that meet their interest. Forensics Speech and Life Skills courses are offered to all seniors. Though we encourage all seniors to take a full academic course load at SMCA, seniors who meet eligibility, do have the option to dual enroll at College of Southern Maryland earning college credits. Southern Maryland strives for all seniors to take ownership of their educational experience, to love knowledge, and love the experiences to gather that knowledge. *See course catalog for more electives and course descriptions.

High School Elective Offerings:
♦     Journalism
♦     Creative Writing
♦     Introduction to Robotics
♦     Physical Education
♦     Informative and Argumentative Speech
♦     College and Career Readiness
♦     Life Skills
♦     Economics
♦     Financial Literacy
♦     Keyboarding and Document Processing for the 21st Century
♦     Principles of Art
♦     Graphic Design
♦     Yearbook
♦     Sports Medicine
♦     SOAR Study Skills
♦     Health and Nutrition
♦     Drama/Productions
♦     Anatomy and Physiology
♦     Physics
♦     AP Government
♦     AP Human Geography
♦     AP Literature and Language
♦     Spanish 4

*See course catalog for more electives and course descriptions.

Summer Academic Opportunities:
At Southern Maryland Christian Academy, learning does not stop during the summer months. Each student entering sixth through entering twelfth grades are required to complete both a mathematics workbook and a summer reading assignment. These summer academic assignments are to support and ensure that all students maintain and review previous concepts learned to better prepare them for the upcoming school year. See student handbook for more information.

High School Bible Class

Southern Maryland Christian Academy’s bible classes advance from a firm foundation of biblical truth in ninth, expanding to discipleship and leadership by the student’s senior year.  Every bible class at Southern Maryland Christian Academy goes beyond the training aspect emphasized in middle school to equipping students to be ready to face a worldview from a biblical perspective.  Each bible class desires to equip students to be and become the mirror image of Christ from the core of their soul to ultimately becoming an influencing presences in society long past graduation.  The course of studied used in all high school bible classes is published from Wheaton Press.  Every course was “designed to equip students with the skills to study, interpret, and apply the Word of God to their personal relationship with Christ.  The curriculum is designed to root and establish students in their faith while equipping them to grow in spiritual wisdom and understanding. Students will learn what it means to walk in a manner pleasing to the Lord while increasing in spiritual wisdom and understanding. Students will be equipped to identify and apply a Christ-centered Theistic worldview while being equipped to personalize, articulate, apply and reproduce their faith in their circles of influence” (www.wheatonpress.com).

The following depicts a high schooler’s Bible course of study:

9th Grade:  From Skeptic or Seeker to Believer: Foundations of Faith 1 and 2
10th Grade: From Believer to Follower: Spiritual Formations and Leadership, Evangelism, and Discipleship
11th Grade: From Follower to Friend: Life of Christ as well as Philosophy and Theology
12th Grade: From Friend to Fisherman:  Doctrine and Apologetics and Culture and Theology