Our Upper School serves students in grades 9-12. SouthLake Christian Academy believes that each student is created with a purpose and strives to help them discover and prepare for their post high school life. This starts with opportunities for service and leadership right here at school and in the community. After fist-bumping Dr. Kerlin at the front door, upper school students enter the building and gather around their lockers in an early morning tailgate. They reluctantly meander to A block after the first bell, where they have disciplined their mind to focus for ninety minutes on theirteacher, HUB TV, and Google Classroom. The break between A and B block has the hallways loud and bustling, with last minute cramming, eyerolls and Red Bulls. B block is the calm before the lunch time storm where students enjoy their hot lunch in the pavilion with their friends. The C block bell nudges the students back inside for dedicated learning, followed by a short break and more learning in D block. The 3:10 bell signals the second part of a student’s day; homework, tutoring, work and/or sports. Students end their day as they began, gathered with friends in a parking lot tailgate celebrating the day’s accomplishments.
Department Heads are responsible for curriculum choices at the upper school level. They attend premier conferences and stay informed of the latest research for curriculum best practices for their discipline. Curriculum decisions are research based and require an approval process. Our math teachers use Prentice Hall, Go Formative, and ALEKS. Our science teacher use Glencoe textbooks and a variety of traditional and online resources. Our world languages teachers use Prentice Hall, novels, and online materials. History teachers use Glencoe, and ELA teachers teach the novels appropriate for their grade level. AP teachers rely on the latest recommended AP textbook each year. As a Christian school, each teacher practices biblical integration of their subject matter in which they weave God’s truth into their lessons organically to help students better understand the nature and character of God. All classes follow curriculum maps that align to NC standards and reveal skills, content, and assessments.
The extracurricular life of an upper school student can be full and rich. Besides our Fine Arts and sports opportunities, SLCA offers clubs and organizations for students. Our most robust club, Student Mission Fellowship, offers service opportunities, weekly Bible studies and social events. Students who meet the requirements may be invited into SLCA’s chapter of National Honor Society and Beta Club. Our student government organization, Leadership Council, is active and offers elected student’s opportunities for growth. We have grade level Bible studies led by teachers, and clubs around specific interests; medical, Spanish, and robotics.