Southwest Christian is a college preparatory school committed to providing a rigorous, research based core curriculum coupled with extracurricular opportunities that will prepare our students for successful college careers. Beginning with our early childhood curriculum and continuing through the senior year of studies, our programming is systematically aligned with state and national standards. Content and course offerings are reviewed on a three-year cycle to ensure that instruction is most current and relevant to the needs of college bound students.
Southwest Christian teachers are content specialists. Instruction and assessment are intentionally designed to support the developmental stages of each age group. Trained in differentiated instruction, the implications of multiple intelligences, Understanding by Design strategies, and Essential Questions, our teachers apply current research on learning and cognitive development to their lesson design.
Beginning in middle school our curriculum diversifies, providing accelerated options for qualifying students. High school credits can be earned and students are encouraged to explore the arts and athletics at a deeper level. During this critical time in their lives, special attention is given to the unique social and emotional needs of this age group.
The academic options continue to expand as SCS students begin their high school careers and as we prepare them for college. With attention to college entrance exams and performance expectations, our guidance department and college counseling office partner with students and families to design academic plans that provide the greatest opportunity for each student. Freshman and sophomores are encouraged to consider honors classes in preparation for Advanced Placement and dual credit classes in the Junior and Senior years. We offer 22 on-campus dual credit courses in partnership with Colorado Christian University and LeTourneau University, and students have the additional opportunity to challenge themselves by taking any of our 11 Advanced Placement (AP) courses. These classes are taught on our campus by our qualified faculty. An academic support program is also available for students who have been diagnosed with a learning disability or ADHD.
Central to our mission of being globally minded is recognizing our responsibilities as global citizens. As students begin the study of world languages in elementary school with Mandarin Chinese and Spanish and students are able to with both languages throughout all four years of high school.
We are preparing our students to be Christian leaders in the world. In building our understandings of cultural competence, we include our responsibility to make the world a better place. Our Bible department provides outreach opportunities both locally and globally through service projects and our Minimester program. In addition, we include a service hour component in our graduation requirements.
We are very proud of our students’ academics successes and acceptances to competitive colleges and universities each year. We celebrate our athletic championships, and we are honored by our recognition and awards in the arts. In all of these achievements, however, we remain focused on our Christ-centeredness. Through this lens, we consider the kind of individuals we are trying to nurture, the kind of society we want to create, and the kind of world understandings we want to build. We are in the business of transforming lives for the glory of God.