The secondary academic program at KICS is a customized, rigorous, and U.S. accredited learning program that seeks to honor God's incredible design and develop the whole child – intellectually, spiritually, physically, emotionally, and socially. Teachers set high expectations for student achievement yet personalize instruction to meet the needs of each learner. KICS highly values relational teaching where teachers know their students’ stories and provide a classroom environment that allows for each student to flourish.
Middle School (Grades 6 – 8)
Middle school is a unique time in every student’s life, and we seek to tailor the learning program at KICS to their unique needs - building a solid foundation for success in high school and beyond. KICS middle school students will develop their essential knowledge and critical thinking skills in the core subjects of Math, English/Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Bible. All middle school students also take French as their World Language and will be placed in either Basic or Intermediate tracks according to their language skills upon entry into the program. In addition to these core areas of learning, students also have the opportunity to explore their interests outside of the classroom with electives in areas such as computer science discoveries, athletics, band, theatre, and art.
Please see the Secondary Course Catalog for more information on Middle School Courses.
High School (Grades 9 – 12)
In High School, KICS students will encounter a rigorous curriculum that prepares them for college and career. Beginning in grade 9, students are given opportunities to take Pre-AP courses as well as Advanced Placement (AP) courses. All 9th and 10th-grade students will build a solid foundation in English through Pre AP English 1 and 2. The skills obtained in these courses will better equip students to succeed in upper-level high school and college courses. The Pre-AP program helps students to develop critical thinking skills that are focused on four central principles, close observation and analysis, evidence-based writing, higher-order questioning, and academic conversation. Learn more about Pre-AP here.
KICS also offers Advanced Placement (AP) in core subject areas, Math, Science, Social Studies, and English/Language Arts, and continues to expand its AP program. AP courses are college-level courses that students can take in high school. These courses and the AP exams provide students with the opportunity to earn college credit before their freshman year of University and to stand out in college admissions. KICS students who are not ready for the challenge that AP provides can also choose to take high school level courses towards their KICS graduation. Learn more about AP on the AP Students website.
KICS is also proud to offer the prestigious AP Capstone Diploma program. This program consists of two core classes, AP Seminar and Research. AP Central summarizes this program by stating, “Rather than teaching subject-specific content, these courses develop students’ skills in research, analysis, evidence-based arguments, collaboration, writing, and presenting. Students who complete the two-year program can earn one of two different AP Capstone awards, which are valued by colleges across the United States and around the world” The first students who are striving to achieve this diploma will graduate in 2022.
Finally, whether AP or high school level courses, KICS seeks to provide a relevant curriculum that will spark student curiosity and engagement. U.S. based standards such as Common Core and Next Generation Science standards are utilized in all classes to inform instruction and ensure students are achieving the necessary knowledge and skills in each course. Curricular resources and learning activities are chosen with our context, our student body, and our vision in mind – to impact the world for Christ. Teachers also utilize data from assessments such as the PSAT and MAP tests to customize instruction to meet the needs of the learners in their classes. Students in high school at KICS have a growing number of options to shape their learning experience according to their gifts, interests, and college and career plans. Electives include athletics, band, theatre, choir, art, computer science, and more. KICS’ Graduation requirements also offer flexibility for students to take additional courses in areas of interest.
Please see the Secondary Course Catalog for more specific information on course offerings at KICS.
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