The Director of Student Services offers guidance counseling to help students develop and grow in their academic, social, and spiritual lives. A systematic approach helps students identify personal strengths and weaknesses and to make both short-term and long-range plans. Specific services include:
Assisting each student in creating a “Student Development Plan” for high school. Each plan identifies strengths and weaknesses, personal academic, athletic, and career goals, spiritual walk and goals, and other facets. The plan will be used as a “map” for the student’s growth through the high school years.
- Course selection and development of student schedules
- Coordinating student testing for national and regional tests
- Assistance with student assessment and planning
- Administration of a career exploration program
- Coordinating student attendance at annual college fairs
- Maintenance of student transcripts and records
- Providing seminars for parents and students on SAT and AP testing and the college and financial aid application process
National Honor Society
In an effort to recognize and encourage academic achievement while also continuing to develop character among our students, Atlantic Christian became part of the National Honor Society and Junior National Honor Society in the fall of 2012. The National Honor Society has established a reputation for excellence among the academic community. This reputation is the result of years of commitment to student achievement.
Membership in the National Honor Society and the Junior National Honor Society is both an honor and an obligation. Students in the 7th, 8th, and 9th grades may apply for membership in the Junior National Honor Society by meeting the 3.5 minimum GPA requirement and demonstrating service, leadership, and exemplary character. Students in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades must have a 3.8 minimum GPA to apply and have the requisite service, character, and leadership qualifications. An induction ceremony is held each fall.
Through various National Honor Society Chapter service activities, members maintain and extend the qualities that won them selection. These qualities include: scholarship, service, leadership, and character.
Atlantic Christian School has partnered with several individuals and businesses to provide scholarships to assist students in pursuing their academic goals. Various scholarship opportunities are made available to 8th and 12th grade students at the end of each academic year.
8th Grade Scholarship Opportunities
Christian Education Essay Scholarship Opportunity
Graduating Senior Scholarship Opportunities
Crossroads Fellowship Leader Scholarship
Mayor McCullough Public Scholarship
Mazzitelli Memorial Music Scholarship
The 5 14 Award Scholarship
The Compass Award
Each year students are given the opportunity to attend local college fairs. These college fairs include the National College Fair that makes a stop in Atlantic City and the National Christian College Fair.
The school annually conducts a systematic program of standardized achievement testing of students at various grade levels. Students in grades 1-11 are administered the Terra Nova test in the spring. The results of the Terra Nova test are provided to parents. The school administration reviews and analyzes the test data to identify strengths and weaknesses in the school’s academic program and to develop an action plan for change.
To prepare our students for entrance college exams, our high school students are given the opportunity to take both the PSAT and the PLAN at ACS. This allows our students to increase their SAT scores as well as having valuable support in college and career planning.
Atlantic Christian seeks to assist students who are struggling academically by providing a variety of specialized programs and resources. These programs include: student testing, supplemental instruction, basic skills, speech therapy, and teacher’s aides. Parents and students will meet with the Director of Student Services to determine which services are appropriate to meet their needs.
For more information about Student Services, please contact Susan Smith, Upper School Principal/Guidance: firstname.lastname@example.org.