Grade Level Highlights: 8-12th

8th Grade

General:

  • Most 8th classes are held in a designated wing of the high school building to help ease into high school culture come 9th grade.
  • Students take Survey of Literature, Science 8, Georgia History, and Math (one of Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, or Honors Algebra 1), Bible, and P.E.
  • Bible is a survey class with a study of the Old Testament in the first semester and the New Testament in the second semester. 
  • Students receive a Chromebook to take home and use the entire school year.
  • Eighth graders participate with 9th through 12th grades in weekly chapel called “AXIS,” featuring student-led worship and ministry speakers. 
  • Students participate in Connect groups as they are teamed up with same gender juniors/seniors in mentoring groups to build community.
  • Each September, eighth grade attends the three-day “Encounter” retreat at Awanita Valley to encourage community and spiritual growth among the class. 
  • Students are matched as upper class “buddies” with younger students.
  • A historical trip to Washington D.C. is taken in the fall.

Electives:

  • French 1 is offered as an 8th grade foreign language elective.
  • Fine Arts electives include: Chorus, Drama, Intermediate Band, Percussion, Dance, Digital Media, Study Skills (through Selective Studies program), and Study Hall.
  • STEM is integrated into the Science curriculum with visits to the STEM lab.

Service:

  • Students are required to complete a minimum of 10 volunteer service hours as part of the MERGE program.

Extra-Curricular:

  • Sports include cross-country, cheerleading, volleyball, softball, swim, basketball, football, golf, soccer, track, JV baseball and tennis. 
  • Students in the 2nd semester of 8th grade may run for 9th grade student council, AXIS Team, and Journalism.
  • Students can audition for drama productions.

9th Grade

General:

  • Students receive a Chromebook to take home and use the entire school year.
  • Students take 9th Grade Literature/Comp, Biology, Algebra 1 or Geometry, PE & Health, Bible, Foreign Language (Spanish or French). At least two consecutive years of the same language are required in 9th – 12th grades. Honors classes are also available.
  • Bible classes are required. Options include studies of a book in the Bible or topical studies.
  • Students will take the PSAT every Fall.

Electives

  • Electives that are available include: Chorus, Art, Drama, Advanced Band, Percussion, Journalism, AXIS, Study Skills (through the Selective Studies Department), Graphic Design, Digital Photography, Film, Stage Production, Dance, STEM, Digital Media, Study Hall. Note: Some electives require experience, auditions, recommendations, etc.
  • Students participate in the weekly high school chapel called “AXIS,” featuring student-led worship and ministry speakers. 
  • Ninth graders are eligible to serve on the Axis team to help produce the weekly chapel service by application.
  • Students participate in Connect groups as they are teamed up with same gender juniors/seniors in mentoring groups to build community. 
  • Each September, ninth grade attends the three-day “Encounter” retreat at Look Up Lodge to encourage community and spiritual growth among the class.

Service:

  • A minimum of 10 volunteer hours are required as part of the MERGE program, which encourages students to develop a lifestyle of unselfish service to others.

Extra-Curricular:

  • Homecoming dances are held each year.
  • Students may serve on Student Council. 
  • Students are matched as upper class “buddies” with younger students.
  • Students can audition for drama productions, Girls’ Ensemble, AXIS Team.
  • Ninth grade can apply to be part of the Encounter Planning Team.

10th Grade

General:

  • Students receive a Chromebook to take home and use the entire school year.
  • Honors classes are available as well as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
  • Bible classes are required. Options include studies of a book in the Bible or topical studies.
  • Students will take the PSAT every Fall.

Electives:

  • Electives that are available include: Chorus, Art, Drama, Advanced Band, Percussion, Journalism, AXIS, Study Skills (through the Selective Studies Department), Graphic Design, Digital Photography, Film, Stage Production, Dance, STEM, Digital Media, Study Hall. Note: Some electives require experience, auditions, recommendations, etc.
  • Students participate in the weekly high school chapel called “AXIS”, featuring student-led worship and ministry speakers. Tenth graders are eligible to serve on the Axis team to help produce the weekly chapel service. 
  • Students participate in Connect groups as they are teamed up with same gender juniors/seniors in mentoring groups to build community.

Service:

  • A minimum of 16 volunteer hours are required as part of the MERGE program, which encourages students to develop a lifestyle of unselfish service to others.

Extra-Curricular:

  • Students are eligible for all JV and varsity sports, including cross-country, cheerleading, volleyball, softball, swim, basketball, football, soccer, track, baseball, tennis and golf. 
  • At the beginning of the school year, tenth grade attends the three-day “Encounter” retreat at Sharptop Cove with eleventh and twelfth grade to encourage community and spiritual growth. Tenth graders are eligible to help lead Encounter. 
  • Students can audition for drama productions. 
  • Fall and Homecoming dances are held each year.
  • Students can serve on Student Council. 
  • Students are matched as upper class “buddies” with younger students.
  • Students can audition for drama productions, Girls’ Ensemble, AXIS Team, Encounter Planning Team.

11th Grade

General:

  • Students receive a Chromebook to take home and use the entire school year.
  • Honors classes are available as well as the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) class “Construction, Engineering and Architecture.” Providence also offers multiple AP courses.
  • Bible classes are required. Options include topical studies of a book in the Bible or topics such as ethics and apologetics.
  • Students will take the PSAT every Fall.

Electives:

  • Electives that are available include: Chorus, Art, Drama, Advanced Band, Percussion, Journalism, AXIS, Study Skills (through the Selective Studies Department), Graphic Design, Digital Photography, Film, Stage Production, Dance, STEM, Digital Media, Study Hall. Note: Some electives require experience, auditions, recommendations, etc.
  • At the beginning of the school year, eleventh grade attends the three-day “Encounter” retreat at Sharptop Cove with tenth and twelfth grade to encourage community and spiritual growth. Juniors are eligible to help lead Encounter. 
  • Students participate in the weekly high school chapel called “AXIS”, featuring student-led worship and ministry speakers. Eleventh graders are eligible to serve on the AXIS team to help produce the weekly chapel service. 
  • Students participate in Connect groups as they are teamed up with same gender juniors/seniors in mentoring groups to build community. Eleventh graders are eligible to apply to be Connect group leaders.

Service:

  • A minimum of 16 volunteer hours are required as part of the MERGE program, which encourages students to develop a lifestyle of unselfish service to others. 

Extra-Curricular:

  • Fall and Homecoming dances are held each year, as well as prom in the spring.
  • Students are eligible for all JV and varsity sports, including cross-country, cheerleading, volleyball, softball, swim, basketball, football, soccer, track, baseball, tennis and golf. 
  • Students can audition for drama productions, Girls’ Ensemble, AXIS Team, Encounter Planning Team.
  • Eleventh graders may apply to serve as a Student Ambassador at the end of their tenth grade year. This service club gives tours to prospective families during the school year and serves as ambassadors to new students.
  • Students can serve on Student Council. 
  • Four days of the school year are available for college visitations.
  • Students are matched as upper class “buddies” with younger students. 

12th Grade

General:

  • Students receive a Chromebook to take home and use the entire school year.
  • Honors classes are available as well as the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Senior Capstone. Providence also offers multiple AP courses.
  • Bible classes are required. The Senior Level Bible class is Systematic Theology.

Electives:

  • At the beginning of the school year, seniors attend a weeklong “Encounter” retreat at Sharptop Cove to encourage community and spiritual growth. Seniors are eligible to help lead Encounter. 
  • Students participate in Connect groups as they are teamed up with same gender juniors/seniors in mentoring groups to build community. Seniors are eligible to apply to be Connect group leaders.
  • Students participate in the weekly high school chapel called “AXIS”, featuring student-led worship and ministry speakers. Seniors are eligible to serve on the Axis team to help produce the weekly chapel service. 
  • Seniors can have lunch off campus on Wednesdays. 

Service:

  • A minimum of 16 volunteer hours are required as part of a required Senior project.

Extra-Curricular:

  • Students are eligible for all JV and varsity sports, including cross-country, cheerleading, volleyball, softball, swim, basketball, football, soccer, track, baseball, tennis and golf. 
  • Seniors take a trip to Lost Valley Ranch in Colorado for five days in the Spring.
  • Students can serve on Student Council. 
  • Students can audition for drama productions, Girls’ Ensemble, AXIS Team.
  • Fall and Homecoming dances are held each year, as well as prom in the spring.
  • Students are matched as upper class “buddies” with younger students.
  • Four days of the school year are available for college visitations.