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Upper School – 7th-12th

Upper School - 7th-12th Grades

Overview

Welcome to the upper school division of Central Christian School!

The upper school division is comprised of two sections. The first is grades 7-8, and the second is grades 9-12. Although both sections operate on the same bell system throughout the day and change classes seven times a day, only students in grades 9-12 receive credits towards graduation.

Central’s college preparatory curriculum is designed to challenge students academically. We firmly believe that strong academics are an essential key to succeed at the post-secondary level of education. We also place a strong emphasis on a student’s spiritual and social life as it relates to God’s calling on their lives.

Qualifying students may also take advanced honors classes and take advantage of our collage dual enrollment courses. Our leadership team, faculty, and staff are dedicated to helping each student reach their full potential in the world in which we live.

We also strongly believe in a Christian world view. This simply means that we challenge students on a daily basis to live out their faith in our community and every place they may go.

Michelle McDaniel
Assistant High School Principal

Upper School Curriculum

Bible Curriculum

The Life of Christ I

This course focuses on the life, times, geography, setting, and especially the message of our Savior. The content brings students face-to-face with the life and message of Jesus Christ. The course will include a thorough investigation of the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

Abiding in Jesus

This course continues the study of our Savior with a more in depth look on the life, times, geography, setting, and especially the message of our Savior. The course will include Jesus’ resurrection, ascension, and the mission of His church.

New Testament Survey

This course is a survey of the books of the New Testament from Matthew to Revelation.  Students will learn the history and background of each book, and basic principles and doctrines taught in each book.  Challenges are presented throughout the course for personal relevance and daily application.

Old Testament Survey

This course is a survey of the books of the Old Testament from Genesis to Malachi. Students will learn the history and background of each book, and basic principles and doctrines taught in each book. It explores the history of Israel and God’s relationship with His people.  A strong emphasis is placed on Leadership Principles, personal application, and lessons for Christians today.

Your Word is Truth

This course is a study of the attributes and characteristics of God revealed in His Word.  Students are challenged to a new level of relationship with God.

Biblical Communications

This course is to help students with public speaking, develop the art of listening, create a proper testimony, and lead a devotional.

Ethics and Apologetics

First semester students learn the aspects of defending our faith by facing the important questions concerning what we believe and why we believe it. Students are exposed to different world views, while being challenged to specifically define their own worldview as a Christian. In addition, morality and moral living is defined as students are challenged through a variety of scenarios to face life’s major and minor choices with Biblical doctrines applied.

Upper School English Curriculum

Introduction To Literature

Introduction To Literature

Of Places contains stories, poems, and plays grouped around the setting in which they occur. Each selection is read and evaluated to improve reading comprehension, develop an appreciation for literature, and to learn to read critically. Writing skills are addressed through curriculum from the Institute for Excellence in Writing and A Beka to prepare students for the SAT.

Themes In Literature

Themes In Literature

Themes in Literature by A Beka contains stories, poems, and plays grouped around the themes and messages found within their texts. Students read and evaluate these selections to improve reading comprehension, develop an appreciation for literature, and to read critically while applying truths found in the texts to their daily lives. Writing skills are addressed through curriculum from the Institute for Excellence in Writing and A Beka to prepare students for the SAT.

Elements Of Literature

Elements Of Literature

Elements of Literature contains stories, poems, and plays grouped around the elements of literature. Using a variety of genres, students learn to identify and employ various literary devices and to think critically about the value of each. Writing skills are addressed through curriculum from the Institute for Excellence in Writing and A Beka to prepare students for the SAT.

World Literature

World Literature

Masterpieces from World Literature contains selections from world literature arranged by the region and era from which they originated. Students will learn about many great authors and philosophers, including but not limited to Homer, Plato, Ovid, Descartes, Goethe, and Dostoevsy. Writing skills are addressed through curriculum from the Institute for Excellence in Writing and A Beka to prepare students for the SAT.

American Literature

American Literature

American Literature for Christian Schools from Bob Jones contains stories, poems, and plays from American literature arranged chronologically as well as a wealth of information about the social, political, and cultural events that shaped these works. Students will trace American literature from the diaries of the early settlers to the present day. Students learn to think critically about the factors that shaped the author’s work and evaluate the literary devices, themes, and messages found in each selection. Wordly Wise 3000’s excellent curriculum challenges students to improve their vocabulary which is essential to improving student’s writing and SAT scores. Grammar and composition are integrated through the use of curriculum from the Institute for Excellence in Writing.

Honors American Literature

Honors American Literature

This class will parallel the curriculum offered in the standard American literature class, but will offer a more in depth look at the subject matter. The honors class may also cover additional topics or some topics in greater depth. Due to the rigorous nature of Honors classes, the school awards a weighted grade point for this class.

Honors British Literature

Honors British Literature

British Literature for Christian School from Bob Jones contains classic works from British literature arranged chronologically. Students will understand the factors and movements that shaped both British literature and the English language. Wordly Wise 3000’s curriculum challenges students to improve their vocabulary which is essential to improving the student’s writing and SAT scores. Grammar and composition are integrated through the use of curriculum from the Institute for Excellence in Writing. Due to the rigorous nature of Honors classes, the school awards a weighted grade point for this class.

Upper School Science Curriculum

Honors Physical Science

Honors Physical Science

This class uses the Physical Science textbook from the Bob Jones curriculum. Students will learn about matter, energy, heat, chemistry, motion and forces, sound, light and color, electrostatics, magnetism, electricity, and electronics. Due to the rigorous nature of Honors classes, the school awards a weighted grade point for this class.

Honors Biology

Honors Biology

Students will utilize the Bob Jones curriculum  while doing an in-depth study of botany, human anatomy and physiology, life sciences, zoology, and cytology. Due to the rigorous nature of Honors classes, the school awards a weighted grade point for this class.

Earth & Space

Earth & Space

Students build and expand their knowledge of God’s creation with A Beka curriculum Science of the Physical Creation in Christian Perspective and Science, Earth and Space. Students learn geology, soil, erosion, fossils, oceanography, weather, Solar system, astronomy, environmental science, and physical science.

Honors Anatomy & Physiology

Honors Anatomy & Physiology

Students will utilize a college level text book which supplies a detailed study of the body’s anatomy and how the body systems work together. Students will study cell structure and functions, the heart, blood vessels and circulation, body tissues, body senses, body systems, and nutrition/exercise. Due to the rigorous nature of Honors classes, the school awards a weighted grade point for this class.

Environmental Biology

Environmental Biology

Students will learn the scientific principles and concepts to enable understanding of the earth’s interconnected systems, to identify and analyze environmental problems, and evaluate the risks associated with these problems. The major topics to be emphasized include flow of energy and cycling of matter, interconnection of all life, the stability and change in an ecosystem, conversation and resource allocation, and the evaluation of human activity and technology.

Honors Psychology & Scientific Research

Honors Psychology & Scientific Research

This is an introductory psychology course to the study of human thought and behavior from a Christian perspective. Some of the topics covered include human development, perception, learning and memory, personality, psychopathology, therapeutic approaches, and social psychology. Due to the rigorous nature of Honors classes, the school awards a weighted grade point for this class.

Physics

Physics

This college preparatory course covers in depth all of the topics normally presented in the first two semesters of an engineering physics course. Some of the topics covered include Linear Motion, Motion Graphs, Motions with Constant Acceleration, Projectile Motion, Conservation of Momentum, Pascal’s Principle, Archimedes Principle, Circular Motion, Hooke’s Law, Vibrating Systems, Plane and Convex Mirrors, Inertia, and Pendulum.

Chemistry

Chemistry

This course uses experimentation, observation, and problem solving to reinforce a study of atomic theory, bonding, chemical periodicity, metric, measurement, chemical reactions, and the primary states of matter. Student use mathematical skills to analyze and synthesize quantitative data and to solve problems.

Upper School History Curriculum

Introduction to World History (History of the World through a Christian Perspective Fourth Edition.)

Introduction to World History (History of the World through a Christian Perspective Fourth Edition.)

This course studies the beginning of world history to the twentieth century with emphasis on the eastern hemisphere. Students also study geography, map skills and current events. Discussions of politics, economics, science, fine art and church history are included.

Honors World Geography (World Geography in Christian Perspective from A Beka)

Honors World Geography (World Geography in Christian Perspective from A Beka)

This course covers world geography and its importance to a nation’s history, progress, and cultures. Students discuss how geography not only affects the history, daily life, religion, and culture of a society, but also how geography influences current international politics, business, and issues. Due to the rigorous nature of Honors classes, the school awards a weighted grade point for this class.

Honors Ancient World History(World History and Cultures in Christian Perspective from A Beka)

Honors Ancient World History(World History and Cultures in Christian Perspective from A Beka)

This course covers the rise and fall of numerous world civilizations throughout ancient times through the Middle Ages (Creation – AD 1500). Students learn ideas and discoveries of ancient and medieval figures, and how these events worked together lay the foundation for the modern world. Students are required to read and discuss major ancient works (i.e. Gilgamesh, Iliad/Odyssey, Histories) Due to the rigorous nature of Honors classes, the school awards a weighted grade point for this class.

Modern World History (World History and Cultures in Christian Perspective, A Beka)

Modern World History (World History and Cultures in Christian Perspective, A Beka)

This course covers the history behind the creation of today’s global society, covering the High Middle Ages (c. 1000) to present day. Students learn how relatively recent historical events have created the modern world and how they still affect modern society today. Major topics include medieval society, the rise of the Catholic Church, the crusades, the Renaissance, rise of Modern Nations, discovery of the New World, Protestant Reformation, colonization/Atlantic slave trade, rise of nationalism, the scientific and industrial revolutions, American Revolution vs. the French Revolution, Imperialism, and World War I.

Honors Early U.S. History (United States History in Christian Perspective: Heritage of Freedom, A Beka)

Honors Early U.S. History (United States History in Christian Perspective: Heritage of Freedom, A Beka)

This course covers United States history from the discovery and exploration of the New World through the beginning of World War II. The main purpose of this course is to illustrate, examine, and analyze how our country was founded, America’s subsequent domestic and international achievements and conflicts, and how America rose to be a superpower on the brink of modern history. Important historical themes discussed include colonialism, representative government, Revolutionary War, capitalism/free enterprise, westward expansion, slavery/abolition, the Civil War, the Age of Industry, Imperialism, World War I, roaring twenties, and the great depression. Due to the rigorous nature of Honors classes, the school awards a weighted grade point for this class.

Honors Modern U.S. History (United States History in Christian Perspective: Heritage of Freedom, A Beka)

Honors Modern U.S. History (United States History in Christian Perspective: Heritage of Freedom, A Beka)

This course covers modern United States historical events and affairs from the outset of World War II to present day. The main purpose of the course is to examine how the United States conducted itself as a superpower over the past 70+ years. Important topics include the domestic and foreign affairs of following administrations – F. Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, L.B. Johnson, Nixon, Carter, Reagan, G.H.W. Bush, Clinton, G.W. Bush, and Obama. Students are involved in in-depth discussions/debates on current U.S. events. Due to the rigorous nature of Honors classes, the school awards a weighted grade point for this class.

Upper School Math Curriculum

Pre-Algebra

Pre-Algebra

Students move from the concrete concepts of arithmetic to the abstract concepts of Algebra. Students will begin to develop the understanding for more advanced mathematics.

Honors Algebra-I

Honors Algebra-I

This basic course is designed to prepare students to be successful mathematical problem solvers. Concepts include: basic Geometry, operations with signed numbers, symbols of inclusion/order of operations, algebraic equations and word problems, exponents/roots, combining like terms, polynomials, and graphs of literal equations. Due to the rigorous nature of Honors classes, the school awards a weighted grade point for this class.

Honors Geometry

Honors Geometry

This course is designed to provide students with a clear understanding of two-dimensional and three-dimensional figures and the relationships among them. Geometry applies to all figures and all physical objects, not just lines, angles, triangles, other polygons, and circles. The course operates within a coherent mathematical system. Starting from the assumed properties of points, lines, and angles, the book systematically develops the general properties of congruence and similarity and applies them to deduce specific properties of the common figures. Proofs are gradually introduced as students learn how to write 2-column and paragraph proofs. Indirect proofs and coordinate geometry proofs are also covered. Due to the rigorous nature of Honors classes, the school awards a weighted grade point for this class.

Honors Algebra II

Honors Algebra II

This course is designed to teach students to be successful mathematical problem solvers.  Mathematical problem solving is simply the use of mathematical concepts in new situations.  Teaching concepts is the first task.  This course reviews and develops advanced applications on all topics covered in Honors Algebra 1.  In addition, this course covers abstract geometric concepts, and introduces and covers trigonometry including rectangular and polar coordinates.  Due to the rigorous nature of Honors classes, the school awards a weighted grade point for this class.

Honors Advanced Math & Trigonometry

Honors Advanced Math & Trigonometry

This course continues the development begun in Algebra I and Algebra II. Practice in the fundamental skills of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry is provided while advanced topics are introduced and practiced. Logarithms are introduced and developed with exponentials. Heavy emphasis is given to all phases of trigonometry. Other topics that are covered in depth include matrices, determinants, arithmetic and geometric series, conic sections, higher-order polynomial equations and functions. Due to the rigorous nature of Honors classes, the school awards a weighted grade point for this class.

Honors Pre-Calculus

Honors Pre-Calculus

This course is designed to give our students hands on experience to pre-calculus materials. A heavy emphasis is given to all phases of trigonometry. Other topics that are covered in depth include matrices, determinants, arithmetic and geometric series, conic sections, higher-order polynomial equations and functions. The main objective of course is an intensive review of materials covered in Algebra II and Trigonometry. Due to the rigorous nature of Honors classes, the school awards a weighted grade point for this class.

Honors Calculus

Honors Calculus

This course contains an intensive review of the topics from Algebra, Trigonometry, and Analytic Geometry, and contains an in-depth coverage of all the topics normally taught in the first two semesters of a three semester Calculus sequence. These topics include limits, continuity, the derivative, differentiability and integration. By the conclusion of this course, students will have the understanding that is necessary for success in upper-division mathematic courses. Due to the rigorous nature of Honors classes, the school awards a weighted grade point for this class.

Personal Finance

Personal Finance

This course teaches students a variety of money management skills that are useful now and will be throughout their lives. Students learn how to create a budget, use a checkbook, calculate tax withholdings from a gross pay, calculate depreciation on a vehicle as well as maintenance costs and vehicle insurance, etc.

Electives

Spanish I

Spanish I

Students experience real-life language and proper grammar with reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities. Students also learn culture and history.

Spanish II

Spanish II

Students further develop mastery of vocabulary, oral communication skills, and grammatical structure.

Advanced Art

Advanced Art

Students are introduced to mixed mediums and techniques in drawing, with an emphasis on using computer software for projects. Exposure will include water colors, oil pastels, soft pastels, acrylic, clay and up cycled sculpture. Students participate in two collaborative group art projects, as well as individual projects throughout the year. Secondary students attend art daily to receive college level art curriculum with exposure to all mediums including pencil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, and pottery. Students complete weekly assignments which can be found on the CCS Art website. At the conclusion of the year, students’ artwork is displayed on a secure page of the website.

Digital Photography

Digital Photography

Students will become well rounded in the fundamentals of digital photography.  Four areas of instruction will be emphasized: How cameras work, how composition works, how lighting works, how to use photo editing software.  Students will receive basic instruction, demonstration, and see samples of the desired outcome.  They will be allowed to go outside and shoot assignments, based on what they are learning.  Students have the choice to enter into GICAA’s Regional Competition.

7th Grade Bible – The Life of Christ I

7th Grade Bible – The Life of Christ I

This Bible-centered course, Explore the Bible: The Life of Christ I focuses on the life, times, geography, setting, and especially the message of our Savior. The content brings students face-to-face with the life, message, and claims of Jesus Christ. This class includes a thorough investigation of the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

8th Grade Bible – The life of Christ II

8th Grade Bible – The life of Christ II

This Bible-centered course, Explore the Bible: The Life of Christ II focuses on the life, times, geography, setting, and especially the message of our Savior. The content brings students face-to-face with the life, message, and claims of Jesus Christ. This class includes Jesus’ resurrection, ascension, and the mission of His church.

New Testament Survey

New Testament Survey

This course is a survey of the books of the New Testament from Matthew to Revelation. Students learn the history and background of each book, and basic principles and doctrines taught in each book. Challenges are presented throughout the course for personal relevancy and daily application.

Old Testament Survey

Old Testament Survey

This course centers on the book of Judges, exploring the history of Israel and God’s relationship with His people. A strong emphasis is placed on Leadership Principles, personal application, and lessons for Christians today.

Attributes of God

Attributes of God

This course is a study of the attributes and characteristics of God. Students are challenged to a new level of relationship with God.

Apologetics/Ethics

Apologetics/Ethics

First semester students learn the aspects of defending our faith by facing the important questions concerning what we believe and why we believe it. Students are exposed to different world views while being challenged to specifically define their own worldview. Ethics is offered the second semester. Morality and moral living is defined as students are challenged through a variety of scenarios to face life’s major and minor choices with Biblical doctrines applied.

Health

Health

This course provides students with understanding of a person’s basic needs. Students learn to care for themselves physically, spiritually, emotionally, and socially.

Physical Education

Physical Education

Students exercise and are actively engaged in physical activities that encourage physical development. Emphasis is on developing long-term habits that lead to a healthy and fit adult lifestyle.

Team Sports

Team Sports

Students compete together in various team sports. It is taught in conjunction with Physical Education with an emphasis on teamwork and sportsmanship.

Beginning Computer

Beginning Computer

This course is designed to help students develop skills in the areas of word processing, desktop publishing, and internet research strategies. The skills acquired in this class will help students with computer related projects throughout high school and college.

Year Book

Year Book

Students create the CCS yearbook while developing skills which include planning, layout, production, digital photography, digital imaging, graphic design, advertising, sales, and marketing.

A.C.T. /S.A.T. Prep

A.C.T. /S.A.T. Prep

This is a sixth period, one semester, and one-half credit class that prepares students to take the A.C.T/S.A.T. The first nine weeks students will learn the essentials for taking the A.C.T. and the following nine weeks students will learn how to prepare to take the S.A.T.
Practical applications such as understanding what is taught on the A.C.T./SAT and how to improve score through taking retired tests are some of the ways students prepare for these tests.

Music

Music

All Upper School music students may participate in music class daily for 50 minutes. Using National and Georgia Standards for Music Education as a guide, students learn to sing or play alone and with others, use good tone to express themselves musically, and learn the language of music notation.

Advanced band/Orchestra

Advanced Band/Orchestra

Working at an accelerated pace, students who audition well for the Advanced Band have the opportunity to perform challenging and entertaining pieces. Concepts in music theory, history, aural skills, composition, and improvisation are developed. A wide variety of instruments are welcome in the Advanced Band, including all woodwinds, brass, and percussion, as well as guitars, basses, violins, violas, and cellos.

Jazz/Pep Band

Jazz/Pep Band

As an extra-curricular course, Jazz/Pep Band meets after school one day per week for one hour. Students who audition well for Pep Band arrange and perform chart-topping hits that build the enthusiasm of Crusader fans during basketball season. The Jazz Band portion of this course allows students to refine their skills in improvisation, allowing more freedom of musical expression. Genres studied and performed include swing, blues, Latin, funk, and rock.

Private/Group Lessons

Private/Group Lessons

Students in any grade level are given the option to take private lessons on campus one day per week for either 30 minutes or 1 hour in the following instruments: voice, piano, guitar, bass guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, violin, cello, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba, percussion.

Chorus

Chorus

This is a one-semester course offered to 6th-12th graders that explores choral music from a wide variety of cultures and time periods through study and performance. The core curriculum emphasizes the basics of vocal technique, sight-reading, music theory, and music history. The class will meet after school two days a week for one hour. Students in chorus will be expected to perform at the Christmas program and Spring concert.

Study Hall

Study Hall

This is a seventh period class designed to help students get a jump-start on homework and studying for exams. Students do not receive credit for this class. It is particularly beneficial for students involved in after-school activities.

Spiritual Life

Spiritual Life

The spiritual life of our upper school students is of utmost importance. As a Christian school, that is why we exist. Students participate in daily prayer and daily Bible classes led by staff trained in Biblical studies.

Technology

Fine Arts

Our Upper School students have several opportunities throughout the year to display their God-given talents in front of parents and classmates. These special programs range from Christmas productions to music recitals. Plan on attending these events now. It will bless you more than words can express.

College Advisement

COLLEGE COUNSELING

Central Christian strives to provide parents and students with resources on colleges and to help students say organized during the college planning process and to help students stay organized during the college planning process. During this process, we encourage parents to visit campuses with their child. We also encourage you to be very thorough in reviewing the admissions and financial aid applications for each school you are considering.

OUR GUIDANCE AND PLACEMENT STAFF WILL:

  • Meet with parents and students to identify colleges of interest that compliment the students academic, spiritual, and extracurricular desires.
  • Write letters of recommendation for students admission and scholarship applications.
  • Review a students application if requested.
  • Provide transcripts, evaluations, and recommendations if requested.
  • Advise students on the process of registering for college entrance exams.
  • Provide students with test preparation resources.

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PREPARING FOR COLLEGE - FAQ'S

 1. What Should I do to Prepare for Starting my 9th Grade Year in High School?
Read through the College Handbook from Central Christian to find out what to do before starting your 9th grade year. Topics include what to do before starting high school, writing a resume, writing activities, when to take the SAT/ACT, and visiting college campuses.

2. When Should I Take the SAT?
Students are strongly encouraged to take the SAT test if their PSAT scores are stronger than their ACT scores. Dates for the test and registration information can be found on-line or from the school office.

3. Should I Take the ACT Test Also?
We encourage students to take the Act. The ACT is an achievement test that measures English, math, reading, and science skills. Some students perform better on the ACT than on the SAT. Dates for the test can be found on-line or from the school office.

4. How is My GPA (Grade Point Average) Calculated?
Grade point averages are calculated at the end of each semester by our Head of School, our Academic Counselor, and our Assistant High School Principal. Students should feel free to discuss their GPA with our Academic Dean, Mrs. Shelly Smith at any time. Please keep in mind that secondary schools do not always calculate the GPA using the same format as we do. Eligibility for HOPE is recalculated by the Georgia Finance Commission to determine a student’s eligibility.

5. How Can I Benefit From the Georgia Hope Scholarship Program?
The HOPE Scholarship Program is available to all students entering college who meet the minimum requirements of having a cumulative  high school GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Hope Finance Board will make the final determination as to who qualifies for the Hope grant. They may use a different formula to determine a GPA. We certainly admonish every student to have the highest high school GPA as possible for grades 9th-12th to make certain you are eligible to receive the grant. In addition, a student may qualify for the HOPE GRANT which does not require a certain GPA. The HOPE GRANT assists students seeking a technical certificate or diploma rather than a college degree.

6. How Do I Apply for the HOPE Scholarship?

A student must complete a Georgia Student Finance (GSFAPPS) electronic application, or a paper HOPE Scholarship and Grant Application (printable from www.gacollege411.org) or a current year free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be considered for the HOPE Scholarship payment. It is only necessary that a student completes one of the three applications and no other forms or applications can serve as a substitute.

For eligibility requirements or to apply, visit gacollege411.org and click the HOPE Information link found on the right side of the main page.

In addition, students attending college in Georgia should also submit the application for Georgia Tuition Grant (gafutures.org) .

7. What Do Athletes Need to Know?
Student athletes who plan to enroll in a Division I or II college should register with the NCAA Clearinghouse to determine academic eligibility. Students should register at the end of their 11th grade year after completion of six semesters of high school coursework. The clearinghouse registration form and  guidelines are available online @ NCAA.org (ncaa.org/ecwr2/ncaa_ems/ncaa.jsp) eligibility

College Counseling

Central Christian strives to provide parents and students information on college resources and to help students stay organized during the college planning process. During this process, we encourage parents to visit campuses with your child. We also encourage you to be very thorough in reviewing the admissions and financial aid applications for each school you are considering.

OUR GUIDANCE AND PLACEMENT STAFF WILL:

  • Meet with parents and students to identify colleges of interest that compliment the students academic, spiritual, and extracurricular desires.
  • Write letters of recommendation for students admission and scholarship applications.
  • Review a students application if requested.
  • Provide transcripts, evaluations, and recommendations if requested.
  • Advise students on the process of registering for college entrance exams.
  • Provide students with test preparation resources.

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Preparing For College Testing For College Searching For College Paying For College

Preparing for College - FAQs

1. What Should I do to Prepare for Starting my 9th Grade Year in High School?
Read through the College Handbook from Central Christian to find out what to do before starting your 9th grade year. Topics include what to do before starting high school, writing a resume, writing activities, when to take the SAT/ACT, and visiting college campuses.

2. When Should I Take the SAT?
Students are strongly encouraged to take the SAT test if their PSAT scores are stronger than their ACT scores. Dates for the test and registration information can be found on-line or from the school office.

3. Should I Take the ACT Test Also?
We encourage students to take the Act. The ACT is an achievement test that measures English, math, reading, and science skills. Some students perform better on the ACT than on the SAT. Dates for the test can be found on-line or from the school office.

4. How is My GPA (Grade Point Average) Calculated?
Grade point averages are calculated at the end of each semester by our Head of School, our Academic Counselor, and our Assistant High School Principal. Students should feel free to discuss their GPA with our Academic Dean, Mrs. Shelly Smith at any time. Please keep in mind that secondary schools do not always calculate the GPA using the same format as we do. Eligibility for HOPE is recalculated by the Georgia Finance Commission to determine a student’s eligibility.

5. How Can I Benefit From the Georgia Hope Scholarship Program?
The HOPE Scholarship Program is available to all students entering college who meet the minimum requirements of having a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Hope Finance Board will make the final determination as to who qualifies for the Hope grant. They may use a different formula to determine a GPA. We certainly admonish every student to have the highest high school GPA as possible for grades 9th-12th to make certain you are eligible to receive the grant. In addition, a student may qualify for the HOPE GRANT which does not require a certain GPA. The HOPE GRANT assists students seeking a technical certificate or diploma rather than a college degree.

6. How Do I Apply for the HOPE Scholarship?
A student must complete a Georgia Student Finance (GSFAPPS) electronic application, or a paper HOPE Scholarship and Grant Application (printable from www.gacollege411.org) or a current year free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be considered for the HOPE Scholarship payment. It is only necessary that a student complete one of the three applications and no forms or applications can serve as a substitute.

For eligibility requirements or to apply, visit gacollege411.org and click the HOPE Information link found on the right side of the main page.

In addition, students attending college in Georgia should also submit the application for Georgia Tuition Grant (gafutures.org) .

7. What Do Athletes Need to Know?
Student athletes who plan to enroll in a Division I or II college should register with the NCAA Clearinghouse to determine academic eligibility. Students should register at the end of their 11th grade year after completion of six semesters of high school coursework. The clearinghouse registration form and guidelines are available online @ NCAA.org (ncaa.org/ecwr2/ncaa_ems/ncaa.jsp) eligibility

Dual Enrollment Financial Policy

Although Central Christian School strongly encourages and supports students who participate in Moving on When Ready (M.O.W.R.)/dual enrollment courses, our school cannot offer discounted tuition for students taking M.O.W.R./dual enrollment courses. Our school must pay for full time teachers to teach the courses M.O.W.R. students take at Central. That requires full tuition to pay those salaries. Even though we are a non-profit organization, our school has an operating budget that will not allow us to give discounts.

In addition, students taking dual enrollment courses are able to do so because they are enrolled at an accredited school like Central Christian. If a student takes a college course on their own (not enrolled at Central) they would pay $1,076 for a regular three hour/credit course (using University of West Georgia figures) plus the cost of books. That is the equivalent of one college course and one course at Central. If that course had a lab it would cost almost $300 more. Most students take several M.O.W.R. courses from their college of choice. If taken independently, the tuition, fees, and cost of books quickly approach and surpass the cost for tuition at Central when students are taking multiple college courses. If taken as a Central student, the cost is covered because of their enrollment at Central.