Prince Avenue Christian School places great value on co-curricular opportunities as an integral part of a student’s holistic college preparatory experience.
The term “co-curricular” is deliberately used in the place of “extra-curricular” because opportunities such as fine arts, athletics, academic team, and service organizations are an important part of a Prince education, not simply an extra activity.
Grade Level Spiritual Retreats
Each year Prince Avenue has a Spiritual Retreat for each grade level of the middle school and high school. These retreats are simply time off-campus where we can focus on spiritual issues and spend time together praying. Our goal is to encourage our students to focus on spiritual things and to begin to value the ministry of praying for the school and one another. Generally each retreat will have a speaker who presents a central theme and small group discussions led by members of the senior class. Our Spiritual Retreats have proven to be valuable times of helping our students grow as individual Christians and helping them develop unity as a class.
Prince Avenue Christian School consistently looks for opportunities for the student body to minister to our community. Ministry opportunities are organized through school organizations, clubs, and classes, and all students are encouraged to participate. Some of these ministry opportunities are:
- Canned Food Drives
- Middle School Performing Arts Visits to Nursing Homes
- Letters to Service Members
- Third Thursday Food Bank
Each middle school student at Prince Avenue will have the opportunity to participate in several academic competitions throughout the year with an opportunity to advance based on their performance. These often include competitions such as the A.C.S.I. Geography Bee, A.C.S.I. Spelling Bee, and Math Olympics.
Prince Avenue’s Middle School Academic Team gives students an opportunity to glorify God through the use of their intellectual gifts and talents. Students participate as a team in academic competitions several times throughout each semester. These competitions help challenge students to pursue knowledge both in and out of the classroom.
Duke TIP Program
Each year, a select number of 7th-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.
National Junior Honor Society
National Junior Honor Society is a national recognition program for middle school students who have excelled in academics, leadership, citizenship, character, and service. It provides an outlet for students to use their God-given gifts to serve in the community and in the school. Members pledge to maintain a high scholastic standing, to endeavor to be a Christ-like leader, and to give of themselves in service to others. Service projects members have participated in during the school year include a toiletry goods drive for the Sparrow’s Nest homeless shelter; a canned food drive for Athens; letters to servicemen and women overseas; new-student ice cream social, and others.
The Prince Writing Team is comprised of 4th-6th grade students who meet after school twice a week. Students participate in a writing master class in which they learn specific skills and then submit their writing for adjudication in the ACSI Writing Festival.