High School Academics

Southern Maryland Christian Academy’s high school experience is dedicated to equipping students to enter society to make an impact on the world for Christ.  Through rigorous academic training beginning in ninth grade, students begin developing and understanding their God given gifts in every aspect of their academic experience.  Students transition throughout the academic day with three one hour and twenty minute core subject classes and two forty-five minute elective courses.  All high school courses are aligned to national standards.  Students have the opportunity to take over the college admission recommendation of course credit hours to be considered a highly qualified college applicant.  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.  Dual Credit course are offered to all high school students.  SMCA partners with Colorado Christian University to offer students the ability to earn college credit while enrolled in High School.  SMCA has four tracks of high school completion: High School Certificate, General High School Diploma, Honors High School Diploma, and Scholars High School Diploma.

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.  Honors Geometry or Algebra 1 is offered to ninth grade students.  Heavy focus is placed on Fundamentals of Literature and advanced grammar skills.  Elective options for all ninth graders expand to place emphases on student interest and the development of career knowledge.

*See course catalog for more electives and course descriptions.

Southern Maryland Christian Academy’s tenth grade year continues developing the student into a lifelong learner.  Applicable courses, such as Financial Literacy, are required in tenth grade.  Students take Chemistry allowing students to choose a science course of interest their junior and senior year of high school. Honors Algebra 2 or Geometry begins the students more abstract knowledge of mathematics and the integration of technology capabilities in math are a focus.  Elements of Literature continue student’s literature exploration and the continuation of advanced grammar work are emphasized in every subject.

*See course catalog for more electives and course descriptions.

Southern Maryland Christian Academy’s eleventh grade year places independence of teacher and places more of an emphasis on student dependency.  Through the continuation of academic rigor, student options expand in History, Science, Mathematics, and English.  Course options allow more student input.  Southern Maryland wants students, at this age, to begin to take ownership of their educational experience and allow each 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 participate in the college application processes, researching financial aid and scholarships, as well as SAT and ACT preparation training.

*See course catalog for more electives and course descriptions.

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.  All graduates have the option to take courses that would label them as a highly qualified college applicant.  Each senior is required to participate in a Senior Capstone experience. (See Signature Academic Programs for more information.)  Through the continuation of academic rigor, student options expand in History, Science, Mathematics, and English.  Seniors have multiple options of electives, advance placement, and dual credit courses that meet their interest.  Southern Maryland strives for all seniors to take full 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.

Southern Maryland Christian Academy’s bible classes advance from a firm foundation of biblical truth in ninth grade, 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 presence in society long past graduation.  All high school bible classes are dual credit courses, emphasizing that while students earn 1 high school bible credit, they may also earn 3 elective college credits for each bible class they take while at SMCA.  The course of study used in all high school bible classes is published from Wheaton Press©.  Every course is “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 track course of study:

9th Grade


From 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:
Philosophy and Theology and  Life of Christ

12th Grade


From Friend to Fisherman:
Christ and Culture and Doctrine and Apologetics