The Barnabas Program is a mentor program in which Prince Avenue high school students are paired with Prince Avenue lower school students to help and encourage them. The overall goal of the Barnabas Program is to enhance and develop the community between lower and upper school students thus increasing unity among the body of Christ at our school. The course is called Barnabas which translated means “son of encouragement.” The program provides a platform for students who are sophomores, juniors, and seniors to learn about service by teaching and mentoring students in the lower school.
The Barnabas program began in 2008 through the vision of a former Prince Avenue student, Miss Anne Barron, who felt called to encourage the Prince upper school community to operate as Christ’s hands and feet while ministering to the socialization, spiritual, and academic needs of the lower school students. I Kings 22:13 states: “Then the messenger who had gone to call Micaiah spoke to him saying, ‘Now listen, the words of the prophets with one accord encourage the king. Please, let your word be like the world of one of them and speak encouragement.’”
Prince Avenue teachers integrate Biblical principles and worldview into all subject areas. God’s design is evident in all subject matter, and teachers are very purposeful in their instruction.
All Prince Avenue Lower School grade levels or classes plan and implement a “mission project” as a way for our school to reach out to the community and to give our students the opportunity to serve others as a part of their education and daily lives.
Elementary students have the opportunity to compete in Spelling Bees, Geography Bees, Math Olympics, and Creative Writing Contests.
Fourth and fifth grade students are introduced to our Academic Team program. At this level, students practice once per week after school, and participate in various events in our region.
Duke TIP Program
Each year, a select number of 4th and 5th grade students are given the opportunity to participate in the Duke University Talent Identification Program based on their superior achievement test scores.
The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically gifted and talented youth. Duke TIP works with students, their families, and educators to identify, recognize, challenge, engage, and help students reach their highest potential.
Accelerated Reader Program
Prince Avenue Christian School uses the Accelerated Reader Program to enhance students’ reading skills. The process is simple…students read a book, take a quiz, and get instant feedback about their progress. Teachers can use the students’ progress to evaluate reading skills.