National Blue Ribbon School
Savannah Christian Preparatory Middle School—National School of Excellence, 2014
Savannah Christian Middle School is recognized for its academic excellence, outstanding faculty, and supportive parents. Every year its students score in the nation’s top quartile on the Stanford Achievement Test, resulting in a large contingent being chosen to participate in the Duke University Talent Identification Program. The dedicated faculty teaches a core curriculum consisting of English, science, mathematics, and social studies. Every student also participates in an exploratory program. Courses such as Bible, study skills, art, Spanish, French, current events, band, chorus, drama, journalism, Crossfit, robotics, and creative writing offer students chance to explore other areas of interest during their time with us at Savannah Christian Middle. Additionally, the Middle School offers Honors Spanish I for high school credit to qualified 8th graders. The school provides a well-equipped Media Center. Students and faculty are provided with resources to support these opportunities.
The school’s athletic program consists of tennis, basketball, football, golf, soccer, and track for boys, as well as tennis, golf, JV cheerleading, competition cheer, softball, soccer, volleyball, and track for girls. The program is designed for maximum participation by all of the student body.
Savannah Christian Middle School is proud of the support given to us by our parents. Through the Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF), and the Raider Athletic Booster Club. Our parents and teachers form a unique partnership dedicated to the academic, physical, and spiritual well-being of our students.
Savannah Christian Middle School works hard to accomplish our mission as we seek “to develop the whole person to the glory of God.”
Dr. Linda Roberts
The school’s science department is one of the best in the Savannah area. All 3 science teachers hold advanced Master’s Degrees from accredited universities. Thus, students in all grades build on their natural inquisitive skills daily in science.
Savannah Christian Middle School uses an incremental approach to mathematics. Each skill in the building block, as well as problem solving, is explored and practiced daily. The Saxon Math series is implemented for the sixth and seventh grades.
Eighth graders are divided into three levels:
- Pre-Algebra, using Passport Math (providing a bridge between Saxon and the Algebra I test used by the upper school, McDougal Littell’s Algebra I)
- Accelerated Algebra using Algebra Structure and Method (a classic, traditional approach)
- Honors Algebra I which teaches concepts
Pre-Algebra and Accelerated Algebra I students are well-prepared for ninth grade Algebra I, spending most of their time on concepts and the basics of Algebra as well as critical thinking skills and analysis. Honors Algebra students receive a high school Carnegie unit for the course and are at ease with the graphing calculator, assisting with their transition to more advanced, complex math course offerings at the Upper School.
Teachers imbed grammer instructives on a regular basis into their lesson and ####. A strong background in the understanding of mechanics and proper usage of the English language prepares our students to write well in all subject areas
Duke TIP is in its 35th year of identifying gifted students and offering support to enrich their educational needs. Savannah Christian Middle School is pleased to announce that invitations to participate in Duke TIP are mailed to qualified candidates during September. Congratulations to everyone who qualified to participate in this very selective program.
How do I qualify?
You must have scored at the 95th percentile or higher on an accepted subtest or total battery/composite of a grade-level standardized achievement test, aptitude test, mental-ability test, approved state criterion-referenced test OR have a standard score at or above 125 on the full scale or composite score on an IQ test that is no more than two years old. The two most recent test administration scores are accepted. For most 7th grade students this represents either the 6th grade or the 5th grade scores. Students need to qualify in only one of the acceptable composite or subtest areas.
What should I do when I get my invitation?
Visit the Duke TIP website to find information about the benefits of being a Duke TIP participant and to register. Use the information in your letter to fill out the online registration form. If you do not have internet access, you may also register by filling out the paper application included with your letter and mail it directly to Duke TIP. If you have any questions, please contact your Duke TIP advisor, Ms. Emily Dixon, middle school counselor.
After you register, please let Ms. Dixon know that you have decided to accept your invitation to participate in Duke TIP.
Savannah Christian Middle School offers one of the most innovative elective offerings in the United States with our “Initiatives Program”. Through the Initiatives Program, experts in fine arts and athletics from the community provide services daily to students to earn elective credits. Students who choose Initiatives Classes enjoy the benefit of taking lessons such as piano, ceramics, voice, baseball, soccer, speed/agility/quickness training, and illustration that are built into the school day rather than taking similar lessons after school. This allows more time in the evening to spend with family and the opportunity to begin meaningful homework where rigor and quality work are a requirement for all. Typically, over 30 percent of students participate in the fee based Initiatives classes each semester. Initiatives offerings are fluid, and they may change from semester to semester depending upon student interest and instruction availability.
At SCPS we are changing the face of regular physical education class and getting the most from our students through CrossFit. Our Mission at SCPS CrossFit Inspiration is to develop the whole person to the glory of God. In everything we do, we strive to put Him first and ourselves second.
Each and every day we work to become better in whatever we do. We are the first K-12 school in the nation to instill CrossFit in our daily curriculum and are seeing RESULTS. Why follow the same path when you can make the path? At SCPS CrossFit Inspiration we are developing our students into healthier and stronger versions of themselves. We are advocates for health and fitness and our goal is to make sure our students know how to move properly to ensure independence and active lifestyles their whole life.
Dear Middle School Parents,
We are officially a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School announced by the former United States Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. Three hundred and thirty-six public and private schools across the country now share this 2014 honor with SCPS. Furthermore, I wanted you to know that our school is the ONLY private middle school – grades six through eight- to win Blue Ribbon in 2014! That’s correct-We are the only private middle school in the country to receive this award for 2014! Obviously, this speaks volumes about our wonderful students, parents, and teachers for the excellence taking place here every day. The middle school received this award based on standardized test scores from the spring of 2013 with our students scoring in the top 15% in the nation as well as our foreign language program which exceeds the required stipulations as set forth from the program.
It is my hope that we continue to demonstrate our desire to be the best in all that we undertake here at Savannah Christian Middle School with the Lord’s blessing and favor!