Academics

High School

Welcome to the rigorous and enlightening world of Concord Christian Academy academics. Romans 12:2 states, “Do not be conformed any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed, by the renewing of your mind.”

Concord Christian Academy presents a distinct approach to educating young men and women at a pivotal time in their lives. Coming alongside parents, our aim is to equip students to pursue excellence in academics, the arts, athletics, and most importantly in their relationship with Jesus Christ.  Our faculty and staff provide and foster an environment in which students are challenged to reach their highest potential while discovering how to think critically and express themselves effectively.

We offer an outstanding college prep curriculum including 18 campus dual credit courses as well as 10 online dual credit courses. The dual credit program enables students to make substantial progress towards their college degree before finishing high school. Students who begin taking courses in their junior year can earn up to one+ years of college credit by the time they graduate from high school.

Dual Credit Program

Concord Christian Academy offers one of the most comprehensive Dual Credit programs available in the United States. Dual Credit (DC) describes the opportunity for high school students to take a course taught on their school campus by Masters level teachers, and in doing so the student can earn both high school and college credit. Because of our particular situation, CCA has the privilege of offering 20 such courses, all of which are taught during regular school hours.

Currently CCA works in conjuction with the New Hampshire Community College and University system — specifically New Hampshire Technical Institute (NHTI in Concord) and Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU in Manchester). Or, students may take courses at NHTI, SNHU, NH Art Institute (NHIA in Manchester), or complete DC course offerings online through VLACS (Virtual Learning Academy Charter School).

Eligible CCA Faculty have been approved as adjunct professors (Masters level degrees in their particular field) are thereby granted the opporutnity to work with a mentor teacher from these institutions to whom they are accountable to manage and teach the program according to the provided class syllabi. (As appropriate, we are granted the freedom to integrate the Biblical worldview.)

The CCA DC program enables students to make substantial progress towards their college degree before finishing high school. In most cases, students who begin taking courses in their junior year can earn up to one to two years of college credit by the time they graduate from high school (the potential is there to earn up to 49 college credits).

What are the benefits of enrolling in a Dual Credit program?

There are many. Below are just a few of the benefits:

  • DC courses are useful in fulfilling the requirements of the Distinguished Scholars graduation program.
  • Convenience.  Most courses are taught on the CCA campus.  Students may also choose to take specialized courses at NHTI, NH Art Institute, or online depending on the course selections and schedule needs of students.
  • Close to home. Learn what college professors expect while still in familiar high school surroundings.
  • Low Cost. Taking DC courses cost less than regular college courses. Each has an additional fee of $150 per 3 or 4 credit course.
  • Student Success. Successful completion of college-level courses helps the student to be successful in making the transition to a college campus later. The DC program provides the academic rigor and challenges of college coursework thus assisting students in acquiring the confidence to succeed academically in college.
  • DC courses are fully transferable to many public and private colleges and universities.  Students should verify course transfer requirements with colleges to which they plan to apply.
How is “Dual Credit” different from high school “Advanced Placement (AP)” courses?

Both DC and AP courses are taught at the college level, however upon successful completion of the Dual Credit course (C or above), a student immediately achieves college credit. In an AP course, the student must pass the an end-of-year, or placement exam, to be eligible to apply college credit. In addition, sometimes a student must “petition” the college after attending one semester to accept the AP course as college credit, which in most cases, the college will do. Another difference is that Dual Credit courses are taught by faculty who hold at least a Master’s degree in the specific discipline he/she is teaching.  High school AP course instructors do not have to fulfill this same criteria.

How does one apply to take Dual Credit courses?

To qualify to take a DC course, a CCA student must be an upcoming junior or senior with a minimum of a “B” average in the subject most closely related to the DC course. Also, the student must exhibit mastery and proficiency in the areas of mathematics and language arts. Secondly, students must have demonstrated a strong sense of responsibility and initiative in completing work in a timely manner.

The Academy offers the following Dual Credit courses:
  • Mathematics
    • Pre-Calculus (4 credits) – on campus    Syllabus
    • Statistics (4 credits) – on campus     Syllabus
    • Calculus I (4 credits) – on campus    Syllabus
    • Calculus II (4 credits) – on campus    Syllabus
  • Science
    • Physics I (4 credits) – on campus    Syllabus
    • Physics II (4 credits) – on campus    Syllabus
    • Biology I (4 credits) – VLACS online
    • Biology II (4 credits) – VLACS online
    • Chemistry I (4 credits) – at NHTI
    • Chemistry II (4 credits) – at NHTI
    • Medical Terminology (3 credits) – VLACS online
    • Health & Nutrition (3 credits) – VLACS online
  • Social Studies
    • American History I (3 credits) – on campus    Syllabus
    • American History II (3 credits) – on campus    Syllabus
    • American Government (3 credits) on campus    Syllabus
    • American Politics (3 credits) – VLACS online
    • Intro to Criminal Justice (3 credits) – VLACS online
    • Microeconomics (3 credits) – VLACS online
    • Macroeconomics (3credits) – VLACS online
  • Language Arts
    • Composition (4 credits) on campus    Syllabus
    • Communications (3 credits) on campus    Syllabus
    • Creative Writing (3 credits) on campus    Syllabus
    • Introduction to College Literature (3 credits) on campus    Syllabus
    • American Literature II (3 credits) on campus    Syllabus
    • British Literature I (3 credits) on campus    Syllabus
    • British Literature II (3 credits) on campus    Syllabus
  • Technology
    • Software Applications (3 credits) on campus    Syllabus
    • Spreadsheets (3 credits) on campus    Syllabus
    • Interactive 3D Environments (3 credits) – VLACS online
  • Fine Arts
    • Intro to Music (3 credits) on campus
    • World Music (3 credits) on campus
High School Field Trips

New England has a plethora of field trip opportunities that enrich student learning and curricular objectives. Concord Christian Academy avails itself of the multitude of community, regional, and East coast resources that not only provide a vital component to a well-rounded educational experience, but help reinforce and cement learning objectives.

Field trips for the High School include:

Boston Museum of Science, Capital Center for the Arts, Currier Museum of Art, Discovery Center, Odiorne Point and Great Bay Estuary, NH State House, Supreme Court and other government offices, Washington D.C. (tour the Capital building , Arlington Cemetery, Lincoln Memorial, 2nd WW, Jefferson, Korean, Vietnam, Washington, and Iwo Jima Memorial, Smithsonian), New York City (Broadway musical, Statue of Liberty, 9/11 Monument, Empire State Building), 6 Flags – Kings Dominion, Gunstock ski area, Camp Berea, and Camp Sentinel.

RECOMMENDED SUMMER READING

Summer Reading List-9th-12th