HIGH SCHOOL MISSION

It is the mission of Community Leadership Academy’s high school program to:

Challenge, Inspire, Equip, and Connect our students with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities necessary to fulfill their calling as the next generation of godly leaders.

  • Challenge — Our mission is to challenge and elevate students both academically and spiritually to a high level of excellence as godly leaders. 2 Cor. 8:7, Phil. 1:9-10, Phil 4:8.
  • Inspire — Our mission is to inspire students to seek, discover, and pursue their passions and follow God’s calling for their lives as leaders in their families, work fields, and communities. Col 3:23, Matt. 28:19-20, Rom. 12:1-2, 2 Tim 1:9
  • Equip — Our mission is to equip students through an advanced college preparatory program with the knowledge and skills necessary for success in their further education, ministry, and career choices. Prov. 2:6, 2 Peter 1:5-7
  • Connect — Our mission is to connect students with real life experiences, internships, and higher educational opportunities through our guidance and leadership programs. 2 Tim. 2:15, Prov. 1:5.

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HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMICS

Community Leadership Academy’s high school program is designed to provide an advanced college preparatory curriculum to fully prepare our students to excel in the halls of higher learning. Students will be provided a range of challenging academic classes including honors, Advanced Placement, and onsite dual enrollment classes. Additionally, an innovative internship component will connect students with real world volunteer and career experiences to enrich and deepen their learning.  Our academic program is bolstered by a biblical program of instruction which teaches students to think deeply, explore and understand the scriptures, and helps students develop a solid biblical worldview. Students will graduate from CLA with a fully accredited transcript detailing a challenging schedule of courses and with a resume demonstrating leadership and life experiences they have gained over the course of their four years of high school.

CAREER RESEARCH AND INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

The career research and internship program is designed to connect students with a range of first hand experiences in diverse career fields and equip students with the life and leadership skills they will need to succeed in their future educational and career pursuits.

Students in the 9th and 10th grades will be afforded shadowing opportunities each month to visit and explore a wide range of careers and begin to understand first hand what those careers are all about.  By their 11th and 12th grade years, students are able to apply for internships in a field of special interest to them, and they will work once a week as interns in that field.

Over the course of our 4 year program, students will receive instruction in writing a resume, developing a budget, communicating effectively by phone and email, and dressing professionally for success. They will develop interview skills, build a resume, and be afforded opportunities for growth through real world experiences. We believe these skills and experiences will set our students apart as they apply to even the most competitive universities of their choice and will prepare our students for success as the forge their way into their future careers as leaders ready to face challenges and act on opportunities.

BIBLICAL STUDIES

At Community Leadership Academy, we understand that preparing students for their future is about more than a focus on academics and college preparation. We believe that helping students grow in their faith is critical to their overall personal well-being in life and their future as godly and effective leaders. Our biblical program of instruction  teaches students to think deeply about their faith and gives students the tools they need to explore and understand the scriptures. Onsite instruction from caring and committed teachers aides students throughout the process of making their faith their own and seeing how it applies to their daily lives.

THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE

Our high school program involves 5 days of onsite instruction provided by certified and highly qualified teachers. A total of 8 class periods are offered to fit the students’ scheduling needs and facilitate their participation in afterschool sports and extracurricular programs. Students may choose between a flex period before 1st period (called our “Early Bird” period) or an optional 7th period class to complete their elective choice onsite. Students who choose the “Early Bird” period or who complete their electives through summer school or other means may choose to leave school after 6th period in order to participate in their afterschool extracurricular and athletic pursuits.

Students have the benefit of learning and growing in an uplifting environment which fosters their spiritual growth. They have opportunities to develop positive peer relationships which enhance and do not take away from their high school and learning experiences. Students will enjoy quarterly social events and monthly field trips. A fun atmosphere of doing life and learning together as a community is fostered.

Students have the advantage of smaller student-to-teacher ratios so that they get more attention and individual assistance than they would in a large program. Students are afforded opportunities for honors, advanced placement and dual enrollment classes to challenge them academically and help them build a solid academic portfolio.

Students will be afforded the opportunity for college road trips in the junior and senior years to allow them to explore their future educational opportunities. Students will have support through our guidance program as they apply to colleges and universities of their choice.

THE PARENT EXPERIENCE

Parents have the peace of mind in knowing their students are in a spiritually encouraging and academically challenging atmosphere of learning. Parents and students are supported in their planning for future educational choices through our individualized guidance program. Parents can know a transcript from Community Leadership Academy is fully accredited by the highest standard for accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Parents of student athletes will be pleased to know that Community Leadership Academy is an NCAA-approved high school program for future college athletes.

GUIDANCE PROGRAM

A guidance program which provides highly individualized attention and support to our students and parents is a hallmark of our high school program. Students will be given support during each stage of the college application process including test preparation, resume building, writing college essays, and applying to colleges and universities. Students will visit in-state and out-of-state colleges, trade schools, and universities throughout their high school years as they explore the pathway that is right for them and their future.

High School CURRICULUM

Please Note: Honors courses listed below may also be available at the standard level. AP and dual enrollment courses are based on teacher/administrative recommendation and subject to GPA and testing requirements.

Course offerings are subject to change.

2020-21 CLA High School Course Catalog

For a full description of course offerings, download the CLA High School Course Catalog for 2020-21.
Social Studies
Honors Cultural Geography (8th)
Honors World History (9th)
AP Human Geography* (10th)
Honors US History (11th)
Honors Government/Economics** (12th)

*Optional
**Additional DE options available for qualifying students

Science
Honors Earth Space Science (8th)
Honors Biology I (9th)
Honors Human Anatomy or Honors Chemistry I (10th)
Honors Chemistry I, DE or AP Environmental Science** (11th)
Honors, DE or AP Physics, Chemistry or Biology** (12th)

**DE and AP coursework available through TCC and FLVS for qualifying students.

Math
Advanced
Honors Algebra I (8th)
Honors Geometry* (9th)
Honors Algebra II (10th)
Honors Pre-Calculus or Advanced Topics in Math (11th)
DE College Algebra or AP Calculus** (12th)

*Algebra I is a prerequisite
**DE and AP coursework available through TCC and FLVS for qualifying students.

Math
Standard
Algebra I or Liberal Arts Math* (9th)
Liberal Arts Math* or Geometry* (10th)
Geometry* or Algebra II (11th)
Algebra II or Math for College Readiness** (12th)

*Algebra I is a prerequisite
**DE coursework available through TCC for qualifying students

English Language Arts
Honors English I (9th)
Honors English II (10th)
Honors English III or AP English Language Comp* (11th)
Honors American Lit, British Lit, ENC 1101 or ENC 1102** (12th)

*AP coursework may be available onsite for qualifying students
**DE coursework available through TCC for qualifying students

Bible
Honors Biblical Studies I (9th)
Honors Biblical Studies II (10th
Understanding the Faith – DE Credit (11th)
Honors Biblical Studies III (11th)
Honors Biblical Studies IV (12th)
Understanding the Times – DE Credit (12th)
World Language
Hon. Spanish 1A and 1B (7th-8th)
Spanish I or Hon. Spanish II* (9th)
Spanish II or Hon. Spanish III* (10th)
Honors Spanish III or IV* (11th)

*Additional World Language classes may be available through TCC or FLVS for qualifying students

Electives
HOPE PE/Health (8th, 9th, or 10th)
Music, Theater, or Fine Art Option (8th, 9th, or 10th)
College Success- SLS 1510 (10th or 11th)
Foundations in Personal Finance (10th or 11th)
Academic or General Electives, i.e. FLVS Driver Education, Computer Programming, Web Design, Law Studies, Journalism, Theatre and Film Production, and many DE electives* (10th, 11th and 12th)

*DE coursework available through TCC for qualifying students

NINTH GRADE SAMPLE CLASS SCHEDULE

Homeroom/1st Period 8:15 – 9:09 a.m.
54 min.
Honors English Language Arts I
2nd Period 9:11 – 10:02 a.m.
51 min.
Honors Geometry or Algebra 1
BREAK 10:02 – 10:11 a.m.
9 min.
BREAK
3rd Period 10:11 – 11:02 a.m.
51 min.
Honors Spanish 2
4th Period 11:04 – 11:55 a.m.
51 min.
Honors Biblical Studies I
LUNCH 11:57 a.m. – 12:33 p.m.
36 min.
LUNCH
5th Period 12:35 – 1:26 p.m.
51 min.
Honors Biology I
6th Period 1:28 – 2:19 p.m.
51 min.
Honors World History
BREAK 2:19 – 2:24 p.m.
5 min.
BREAK
7th Period 2:24 – 3:15 p.m.
51 min.
Flex Period:
HOPE PE or Fine Art Option

TENTH GRADE SAMPLE CLASS SCHEDULE

Homeroom/1st Period 8:15 – 9:09 a.m.
54 min.
Honors Geometry or Honors Algebra II
2nd Period 9:11 – 10:02 a.m.
51 min.
Honors English Language Arts II
BREAK 10:02 – 10:11 a.m.
9 min.
BREAK
3rd Period 10:11 – 11:02 a.m.
51 min.
AP Human Geography* or Honors Spanish 2
4th Period 11:04 – 11:55 a.m.
51 min.
Honors Spanish 3 or FLVS Elective Option**
LUNCH 11:57 a.m. – 12:33 p.m.
36 min.
LUNCH
5th Period 12:35 – 1:26 p.m.
51 min.
Honors Biblical Studies II
6th Period 1:28 – 2:19 p.m.
51 min.
Honors Chemistry I
BREAK 2:19 – 2:24 p.m.
5 min.
BREAK
7th Period 2:24 – 3:15 p.m.
51 min.
Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance
(Fall Semester)

*Another FLVS Elective may substitute for AP Human Geography
**FLVS Elective options include Driver Education, Computer Programming, Web Design, Law Studies, Journalism, Theatre and Film Production, AP electives and more.

ELEVENTH GRADE SAMPLE CLASS SCHEDULE

 

Homeroom/1st Period 8:15 – 9:09 a.m.
54 min.
Honors PreCalculus or Honors Algebra II
2nd Period 9:11 – 10:02 a.m.
51 min.
Honors American History
BREAK 10:02 – 10:11 a.m.
9 min.
BREAK
3rd Period 10:11 – 11:02 a.m.
51 min.
AP English Language Composition or Honors English 3
4th Period 11:04 – 11:55 a.m.
51 min.
Honors Biblical Studies 3
LUNCH 11:57 a.m. – 12:33 p.m.
36 min.
LUNCH
5th – 7th Period 12:35 – 3:15 p.m.
160 min.
Dual Enrollment Science or Other Academic Elective at TCC Campus (MWF)
Executive Internship (T/Th)

TWELFTH GRADE SAMPLE CLASS SCHEDULE

 

Homeroom/1st Period 8:15 – 9:09 a.m.
54 min.
Honors Biblical Studies IV
2nd Period 9:11 – 10:02 a.m.
51 min.
Honors U.S. Government and Economics
BREAK 10:02 – 10:11 a.m.
9 min.
BREAK
3rd Period 10:11 – 11:02 a.m.
51 min.
Honors English Literature
4th Period 11:04 – 11:55 a.m.
51 min.
Advanced Topics in Math
LUNCH 11:57 a.m. – 12:33 p.m.
36 min.
LUNCH
5th – 7th Period 12:35 – 3:15 p.m.
160 min.
Executive Internship and/or
Dual Enrollment Electives

High School Clubs and Extracurricular Activities

High school students have the opportunity to participate in sports, clubs, and a variety of extracurricular activities. The current list of activities needs not limit our students. Students who wish to start a new club of interest to them just need to identify several other students who also wish to participate and recruit an adult club sponsor (teacher or parent who has been background checked) and submit the request to form a new club in their area of interest. Also, students who wish to participate in a high school sport which CLA does not currently offer may do so through their home zone public schools. Some of the CLA clubs or extracurricular activities that CLA high schoolers have enjoyed thus far include:

  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (not only for athletes)
  • National Honor Society (by invitation, based on grades and character)
  • Drama Club
  • Yearbook Club
  • Journalism (an elective class)
  • Theater (an elective class)
  • Running Club
  • Track and Field (sport)
  • Basketball (sport)
  • Girls Volleyball (sport)
  • Cross Country
  • Bible Journaling Club
  • Music Ensemble (an elective class)
Social events such as holiday parties, game nights, and dances also add to the high school experience. These are planned periodically throughout the year and open to all high schoolers.

Annual retreats serve to deepen the spiritual and social bonds among students. Annual class trips such as touring New York City, serving in an malnutrition center in Guatemala, as well as in-state and out-of-state college road tours enable CLA high school students to make memories together while exploring life beyond their immediate communities.

DRESS CODE

Community Leadership Academy’s prescribed dress code and personal appearance is meant to promote modesty, respect, and cleanliness; be appropriate; and reflect a standard of excellence. There are no uniform requirements for high school but students are required to dress professionally once a week. Learning to dress and present themselves professionally is important for their success as the go forward in internships and college interviews.

UPPER SCHOOL HANDBOOK

The Upper School Handbook is the best place to find all CLA policies in detail.