Our high school’s curriculum stimulates and supports students to experience what they have learned by promoting connection between core academic disciplines. Our goal is to help our students develop as independent lifelong learners. NWCS’ weekly schedule features a modified block schedule with a combination of 7 periods and block instructional days to promote active classroom learning. Every course is taught with a Biblically integrated mindset. No academic discipline or subject can truly be separated from God’s truth. Our instructors are state certified professionals in the areas of their expertise. They set an academically rigorous, yet loving tone, in the classroom combining traditional methods of instruction alongside 21st century educational best practices. Our teachers strive to be Godly role models who are passionate in their commitment to Christ and strongly encourage application of the truth students are learning into their everyday lives.
NWCS currently offers 7 AP courses in Biology, Chemistry, Government, Language, Literature, Stats and Calculus. The primary goal of AP classes is to prepare students for college level classes by exposing them to higher level content presented at an accelerated pace. Students who have completed AP classes repeatedly report that these classes were extremely valuable and made related classes in college much easier. Colleges look at the difficulty level of classes taken in High School when accepting students for admission. Students who have done well in AP classes are considered very desirable because they have already proven that they are capable of the level of work that will be required in college. In addition to receiving high school credit for these classes, there is also the opportunity to obtain college credit by taking the national AP test in May. We have had students enter college as second semester freshmen, third quarter freshmen and even one who entered as a first semester sophomore. This obviously translates to money saved by the family.
Dual Credit Classes
Through partnerships with local colleges, NWCS currently offers 14 dual credit courses that allow your student to obtain transferrable college credits for courses taken at NWCS! Students have the opportunity to have dual enrollment with Eastern Washington University and/or Spokane Community College, have a college student ID and access to the student portals. They can familiarize themselves with college grading systems, protocols and structures while maintaining friendships, activities and athletic eligibility and still benefiting from the Premier Christian Education you have already been blessed by. Each college in the high school course provides 5 college quarter credits or 3 semester credits and averages $325-350 per class, adding up to huge savings in time and money as your student enters college.
Northwest Christian Schools believes STEM education needs to be a priority. STEM education is active and focuses on a student-centered learning environment. Students engage in questioning, problem solving, collaboration and hands-on activities while they address real life issues. In STEM education, teachers function as classroom facilitators. They guide students through the problem-solving. STEM proficient students are able to answer complex questions and develop solutions for challenges and real world problems while applying the rigor of science, technology, engineering and math. STEM proficient students are logical thinkers, effective communicators and are technologically, scientifically and mathematically literate.
NWCS offers the following specialized stem classes alongside a host of rigorous math, science and technology courses:
- Bio Technology
- Structural Engineering and Design
- STEM Club
College & Career Readiness
Northwest Christian High School is committed to providing full service, Biblically-based college and career readiness tools designed to train NWCS high school students to identify and navigate their post-high school goals.
We use Naviance, a web-based resource for students and parents that provides students with college planning and career assessment tools that help align student strengths and interests to postsecondarygoals:
Learning style inventory, interest inventory, personality inventory, resume building
College search, application process, college major exploration, scholarship/financial aid resources
Personalized goals and tasks, journal entries, student planner
Our goal is to raise Godly leaders through:
- Internships & job shadow opportunities
- Exit interview strategies
- Resumes and portfolio building
- Business and community contacts
- Financial training & planning
- Senior seminars
- Presentation skill development
- FBLA membership
Coordinator: Chrissy Hoeksema
NWCS has a Learning Center (LC) that offers a wide variety of services available for any student who may benefit. The LC coordinator facilitates communication and implementation of individual learning strategies between students, staff and parents. Our goal is that each student receives the support they need to be successful at NWCS and beyond.