2015 ACA School Profile Report

 

Headmaster – Dr. Dan Carden                                                    Events Coordinator – Meagan Randall                           

School Facilitator – Janie Carden                                              Elementary Administrator – Barbara Pippins

Guidance Counselor – Diane Jones                                          Athletic Director – Rob Cain

Admissions Director – Nancy Hastings  

 

MISSION AND VISION

American Christian Academy exist in partnership with parents to instill Christian Character and Academic Excellence

American Christian Academy is committed to graduating young men and women of strong Christian character who are academically prepared to succeed in college or career in fulfillment of their God-given destiny and to engage the society for Christ into which they are moving.

AFFILIATIONS

We have been fully accredited by AdvancED formerly the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1990 and we are a member of the Association of Christian Schools International. We are also members of the Alabama High School Athletic Association.

SCHOOL HISTORY

American Christian Academy was founded in 1979. We moved to 701 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Northport in 1984 with an enrollment of 110 students. We moved to our current location in 2002. We are a coeducational school operated as a nonprofit, nondenominational, independent Christian organization. The school is governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Directors comprised of parents of current students. We provide services for children from pre-kindergarten (starting at age two) through twelfth grade. Currently, our student population consists of 1000 students.

ADMISSIONS

Admission to American Christian is based on academic records including transcripts and standardized test scores, teacher recommendations, entrance exam scores for grades 2 - 12, parent and students interviews, and a discipline report for grades 6-12. ACA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or national origin.

FINANCIAL AID

Financial aid awards are needs based and handled by the independent organization Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST). Awards are limited and are made on a first come – first served basis.

SCHOOL CALENDAR

The school operates under a two-semester system. Each semester consists of two, nine week quarters. The school day for 7 – 12 grades is divided into six, one-hour periods rotating through seven classes with five minutes between classes. School begins at 8:00 AM and ends at 3:00 for grades K4-6th and 3:15 PM for grades 7-12. We offer afterschool daycare for K4-6th until 5:30pm and an afterschool study hall for grades 7-12.

ACADEMIC PROGRAM

American Christian Academy provides a rigorous academic program which provides our students with the courses requisite for college admissions. Students are provided courses that provide them a strong, Christian liberal arts education. Honors and AP courses are available for those who are motivated to handle the more demanding requirements of these classes. We offer a variety of online classes through Ignitia (Alpha Omega Publishing) . Students may also avail themselves of dual enrollment classes through Shelton State Community College and the Early College of the University of Alabama.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

In order for a student to graduate from ACA and be awarded a diploma, a student must earn the following credits (Carnegie Units)

4 English                                               4 Mathematics

4 Social Studies                                   4 AR (Reading)         

4 Science                                               4 Bible

1 unit of Computer                               1 Foreign Language (two of same language for Honors Diploma)  

1 Fine Arts                                             5 Electives 

Honors diplomas are awarded to seniors who take at least Eight Honors, AP, and/or dual enrollment classes that are available. They must have two units of the same foreign language.

HONORS AND AP CLASSES OFFERED:

HONORS ENGLISH 9 AND HONORS ENGLISH 10

AP ENGLISH 11 AND AP ENGLISH 12

AP US HISTORY AND AP US GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

HONORS ALGEBRA I, GEOMETRY, ALGEBRA II, PRECALCULUS

AP CALCULUS

HONORS CHEMISTRY AND HONORS PHYSICS

HONORS SPANISH II, HONORS SPANISH III, HONORS FRENCH II, HONORS FRENCH III

GRADING SYSTEM

ACA grading system is based on a hundred point scale. Passing grades range from a low of 60 to a high of 100. An A is awarded for numerical grades from 90 – 100. A B is award for numerical grades from 80 – 89. A C is awarded for numerical grades of 70 – 79. A D is awarded for numerical grades from 60 – 69. Any numerical grades 59 and below are awarded an F. Grades are awarded for each quarters work with semester averages posted to the transcript.

Grade Point Average and Class Rank

Only semester grades are calculated into a weighted GPA on a 4 point scale.

Class rank is determined by the following quality point scale for final grades:

A - 4        B - 3        C - 2        D - 1       F – 0

Classes are weighted based on difficulty. Honors classes are weighted .1, AP classes are weighted .25. Dual Enrollment classes are weighted .2.  For example, an A in an AP class would be a 5.00.

All academic subjects are included in the GPA. All students in a particular grade level are ranked by their cumulative grade point average from highest to lowest. In the event of duplicate GPA scores the numerical average will determine the rank. Honors classes and college level classes receive more quality points.

In many cases, numerical averages are used to determine eligibility to honor societies, and class awards. Semester grades, reported numerically, are used in these calculations.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Members of the 2015 graduating class were offered $3,059,320.00 in academic, athletic, and special achievement scholarships.

RECENT ACA GRADUATES

American Christian graduated 69 students on May 17, 2015. Current senior class has 57 students.    

GPA Average

GPAs for the 2015 graduating class ranged from a high of 4.292 to a low of 1.837. The average GPA for the class was 3.06.

ACT Participation – Sixty-seven of our 69 2015 seniors participated in the ACT program with the following average results

ACT                English                Math             Reading               Science            

21.7                  22.4                    20.0                 23                        21                  

Comparative scores for the State of Alabama;

ACT                English                Math             Reading               Science         

19.1             18.8               18.4           19.7                  19.1

COLLEGE MATRICULATION 2014

University of South Alabama                                     University of Alabama                              Birmingham Southern      

Shelton State Community College                           Marion Military Institute                            DePauw University  

University of West Alabama                                      Auburn University

Mississippi State University                                      Abilene Christian College

Central Alabama Community College                    Samford University

University of Alabama Huntsville                              Azusa Pacific University

Colleges and Universities attended by Past ACA graduates

University of Alabama                                                Auburn University                                                     

United States Naval Academy                                  Samford University

Huntingdon College                                                   Belmont

Clemson University                                                    University of Montevallo

Birmingham Southern College                                College at Charleston

University of South Carolina                                      University of Mobile

Mississippi State University                                       Harding College

University of Southern Mississippi                           Covenant College

University of Tennessee at Knoxville                        Bryan College       

University of Georgia                                                   Union University

University of North Alabama                                      Jacksonville State

Loyola University                                                          University of Mississippi

Stillman College                                                          University of Paris (The Sorbonne)

Bevill State Community College                               Mississippi College

Shelton State Community College                           Wallace State Community College

Georgia Institute of Technology                                United States Air Force Academy

National Merit Scholars – 5 (4 of the 5 have been since 2004)

Scholarships Offered To Seniors:

2015 - $3,059,320.00

2014 - $4,047,668.00

2013 - $1,455,715.00

2012 - $2,891,853.00

2011 - $1,586,939.00

2010 - $1,880,160.00

2009 - $2,107,124.00

2008 - $1,857,206.00

2007 - $   834,447.00