Facts & Features
High School Highlights
At Denton Calvary Academy, students in 9th through 12th grades attend classes on campus Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and work at home (the satellite classroom) following teacher-constructed assignments under the direction of their parents on Tuesday and Thursday. Students are responsible for completing the out-of-class assignments on their own time, with the counsel and supervision of parents. Because this structure encourages the development of good time-management and self-discipline, it therefore provides excellent preparation for college.
By the junior and senior years, students should be fairly independent and may choose to incorporate dual credit classes. The flexibility of the University-Model schedule provides upper class-men the opportunity to attend classes both at DCA and a local college and participate in extra-curricular activities or part-time jobs. Certainly, adjusting to a university-style schedule while in high school greatly reduces the time it takes to adjust to the schedule and academic rigor of college.
DCA’s secondary curriculum varies by subject depending on grade level. We use a mixture of Christian and secular textbooks. However, all curriculum is taught from a biblical world view. Refer to the booklist for more specific information.
The DCA recommended diploma plan requires the following credits:
- English – 4 credits
- Math – 4 credits (5 for the Distinguished plan)
- Science – 4 credits
- Social Studies – 3 credits
- Government – .5 credit
- Economics – .5 credit
- Foreign Language – 2 credits in same language (3 for the Distinguished plan)
- Fine Arts – 1 credit
- Computer – 1 credit
- Bible – 2 credits
- Electives – 3 credits (2 for Distinguished plan)
Courses beyond required courses can be selected from electives. Available electives include: Praise Band, Choir, Art, Home Economics, Study Skills, College Test Prep, Robotics, Computer Coding, Yearbook and Photography, other on-line courses as approved by administration.
In addition, juniors and seniors have the opportunity to fulfill some degree requirements with Dual Credit classes, giving them the ability to acquire credit for their high school diploma and get a head start on college core classwork. Conveniently, Dual Credit classes may be taken either at Texas Women’s University or North Central Texas College.
Student activities provide opportunities for DCA scholars to practice leadership skills, explore talents, and develop deeper friendships. Your educational experience at DCA is enriched and more fully developed through extra-curricular opportunities such as these:
Athletics – With high school teams in 10 different sports, DCA students have ample opportunities to benefit from participation in athletic competition.
Fine Arts – Our robust Fine Arts program offers students the opportunity to explore and develop their talents under the tutelage of instructors that are gifted in their own right.
The House System – The purpose of the House system is to provide a means of building unity, loyalty, and tradition over an extended period of time. It is designed to encourage and increase competition among students, and to create a supportive environment. It also provides leadership and mentoring opportunities. Where Student Council provides horizontal leadership and class unity, the House System provides vertical leadership and school unity.
The House System originated in British boarding schools where students actually lived in “house” units. DCA’s Houses are named after some of King David’s Mighty Men – Adino, Abishai, Beneniah, and Eleazar. The DCA high school and middle school student body is divided into four mixed-gender, mixed grade-level groups. All members of the same family are placed in the same house. The Houses do not replace grouping students by grade level for Pep Rallies and other traditional events.
Student Council – The DCA Student Council provides students with the opportunity to participate in a representative governing body at an appropriate level for students. Student Council members represent their classes while providing input, organizing, and implementing plans for special events throughout the year.
Class Retreats – Bookend retreats at the beginning of the Freshman and Senior years help build class unity and give students an opportunity to reflect on the paths ahead.
Drama Club – Students who have a passion for the stage or interest in behind-the-scenes work with lights, sound, sets and props are invited to join. The group competes in the TAPPS One-Act Play competition each fall and produces a full length play or musical each Spring.
National Honor Society
Drumline – High school students are invited to participate. Prior drumming experience is preferred, but not required.
TAPPS Art, Music, Academic & Speech Competitions – Calvary students in grades 9 -12 have the opportunity to compete against their peers from other Texas private schools in art, academics and speaking events.
Your role as a UMS secondary parent is extremely important! Although your children are nearing adulthood, they are not yet adults, and you should not give them total responsibility for their education. You must stay involved, continue to invest in your children and their education, and hold your children accountable. Keep in mind, this will take time. Don’t underestimate the crucial role you play.
There are several roles you will fulfill as parents of 9th through 12th grade students. These include being:
- A guide for dependent study
- A guide for independent study
- Course monitor
- A project assistant
As a guide for dependent study:
You are to make certain that your son or daughter keeps up with the course material assigned and communicate to the instructor if difficulties should arise. In some cases, private tutoring might be necessary. Students are at a dependent age where disciplined study habits must be developed through positive encouragement and through the students’ growing awareness of personal consequences. It is expected that parents make the effort to know their children and understand their abilities. This is critical so that you will know how to help and what supervision to offer. Parents should help students to understand what it means for them to study independently. Review their assignment sheet with them. Make sure they understand what is expected and ask if there are any questions; allow them to attempt the assignment on their own. If help is needed, be available to assist. It is important to closely monitor their completion of assignments and their comprehension and progress in the class throughout this time to determine if more supervision and assistance is needed. Do not give too much independence.
As a guide for independent study:
You will have the opportunity to monitor the independent schoolwork performed by your child by providing additional guidance as needed. By 11th and 12th grade, independent study skills and disciplined planning for completing homework assignments is increasingly necessary. Courses offered will mimic that of a Jr. College program where independent study, research skills, time-management, a strong work ethic, and self-discipline are essential. This is the time when your children should hold primary responsibility for their schoolwork to facilitate ease of transition into college.
As a course monitor:
You will track the progress of your son or daughter and monitor how well they are doing in courses that involve equipment or expertise which necessitates that teaching be done in the classroom. Examples of these courses would be science labs, computer, foreign language, and extra-curricular activities. Of course, this role will require the least amount of time by the parent, but its importance cannot be understated. Parents need to show an interest and express this to their child. Are they becoming discouraged? Are they enjoying the class? What are the activities being done each day in class? What are they learning?
As a project assistant:
The primary responsibility of the parent is to track the progress of their son or daughter and to monitor how well they are doing. It is important that they have a sincere interest in their children’s class activities and express that interest to their children. Furthermore, help at home might be needed occasionally in support of a particular project. Parents should be available to offer this assistance which might include driving your children to the library, helping them gather materials for a project, assisting your children in finding resources, etc. Make sure your children are taking the primary responsibility and ownership in the project while you supervise and assist, so that your children are learning through the experience.
Given that a core goal of DCA is to train students in Godly character with consistency and loving accountability. In addition to daily chapels and classes taught from a Biblical worldview, DCA requires high school students to take two Bible classes.
The first, Life of Christ, is typically taken by freshman students. This Bible course will present the life of Christ beginning with His existence prior to Creation and His prophesied coming in the Old Testament; proceeding to His birth, His three-year ministry, death and resurrection; and finally extending to His current work in the world, second coming and eventual heavenly rule. The goal of the course is to establish foundational Christ-like character as students incorporate the teachings of Christ into their lives.
Seniors take Worldview. This class will offer a systematic comparison of various religions, sects, cults, and world views. Students will compare varying beliefs to those of Christianity in fundamental areas from theology and philosophy to law, politics, and history. The goal of this course is to equip students to maintain their Christian faith in the often hostile college environment and to engage critically and effectively with non-Christian ideologies.
When choosing a textbook, DCA’s goal is to put the very best resource into our students’ hands. We select Christian textbooks when they meet the highest academic standards. However, if a secular textbook does a better job of meeting the rigorous content requirements of a specific course, it may be our choice. Because textbooks are tools in teaching, they do not make up the entirety of the course. Our instructors are the key to much of our Biblical integration. They daily model their Love of God and His word and naturally impart this when teaching their subject matter. At DCA, students are challenged and equipped to think Biblically and critically throughout every academic discipline.
Denton Calvary Academy is a private Christian school, however, we are not affiliated with a specific denomination, and our students represent many different denominational backgrounds.
High School Resources (Click to View):
- Secondary Book List
- Academic Planning Guide
- Summer Reading
- Community Service Log Sheet
- NHS Bylaws
- Student Council Application
- Student Council Job Descriptions
General Resources (Click to View)
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