Sunday, January 27, 2019 T14 ST. JOHNS COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL College prep, redefined Since 1953, St. Johns Country Day School has been helping First Coast families raise children who are inquisitive, creative, inspired and inspiring. With its amazing faculty, first-rate academics, robust visual and performing arts, exciting trip opportunities and championship athletics programs, St. Johns is perfectly positioned to help you prepare your child not just for college, but for life. Academics Rigorous coursework combined with the Character Foundations personal development course and rich fellowship and intern programs give St. Johns students ample opportunity to stretch, learn and grow. Fellowships allow students to conduct deep-dive explorations of particular topics through customized, self-directed courses of study that integrate academics, interactive projects, online studies, career internships and service. St. Johns is also one of only a handful of local schools to offer The College Board’s AP Capstone program — an innovative diploma program that helps students develop the skills that matter most for college success: research, collaboration and communication. Arts St. Johns’ robust visual and performing arts programs encourage students to explore the arts and cultivate creativity and growth among students of all skill levels. Last year, 35 student-artists were recognized for 64 artworks in the prestigious annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition. Band, choral and handbell programs couple with dance and the dramatic arts to ensure that the school’s beautiful 600 seat Performing Arts Center has a robust schedule of events. Athletics St. Johns students excel both in and out of Rigorous coursework combined with the Character Foundations personal development course and rich fellowship and intern programs give St. Johns students ample opportunity to stretch, learn and grow. [PHOTO COURTESY ST. JOHNS COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL] the classroom, as its top notch athletics program proves. It’s hard to miss the Spartans in the sports news as the school’s Girls Varsity Soccer team has been the state champs for seven straight years now and local press regularly lauds the school’s soccer, baseball, softball, basketball, cross country and other teams. The school’s location (just off Doctors Lake) facilitates its rowing program and the championship swimming pool, track and two gymnasiums — plus soccer, football, baseball and softball fields St. Johns Country Day School 3100 Doctors Lake Drive, Orange Park (904) 264-9572 SJCDS.net — round out the athletics facilities. Visit today Come learn more about this beautiful school and community and how it can help your family. St. Johns Country Day School serves children from age 3 through Grade 12 on 26 beautiful acres in easily accessible Orange Park. Call or click today to schedule a personal tour: sjcds.net/tour or (904) 264-9572. Applications for the 2019-2020 school year now being accepted.
OLD PLANK CHRISTIAN ACADEMY Caring teachers, excellent Christian curriculum and succeeding” is “Smiling how Principal Gary Griffis describes a new student at Old Plank Christian Academy. “It is amazing to watch a new student who is nervous about attending a new school find a place of success and friendship at our awesome school.” Griffis also said, “One of our goals is to create a positive atmosphere and climate where students can quickly adjust, acclimate and succeed.” The motto, “Where Students Succeed with Excellence,” permeates the OPCA family. The students at Old Plank Christian Academy know that success is At Old Plank Christian Academy, the teacher-to-student ratio is 18:1 and the school offers a curriculum from pre-K (age 3) to 12th grade. [PHOTO COURTESY OLD PLANK CHRISTIAN ACADEMY] the only option. OPCA highly encourages family involvement in the school. “Parent involvement is one of the keys to extraordinary student success," said Griffis. "Parent involvement is welcome!” According to the Rev. Larry McGinley, pastor of Old Plank Road Baptist Church, the primary goal of OPCA is to teach students to live a successful Christian life by learning and applying the principles of the Bible. “Our ministry is to lead people of all ages to faith in Jesus Christ and disciple them,” McGinley said. Secondly, the academy is committed to cultivating success spiritually, academically and socially through caring, degreed teachers and excellent Christian curriculum. The teacher-to-student ratio is 18-to-1 and the school offers a curriculum from pre-K (age 3) to 12th grade. OPCA Elementary students are challenged with creative teaching methods using the ABEKA curriculum. They also enjoy enrichment, computer, library and recess. The Old Plank Christian Academy Middle and High Schools offer rigorous academic courses designed for college preparatory study. Electives include computer, sign language, band, chorus, weightlifting, home economics, physical education and others. The OPCA Defenders have a wide variety of varsity and JV athletics. Football, volleyball, basketball, soccer, cross country, baseball and girls softball are all played competitively (winning many Old Plank Christian Academy 8964 Old Plank Road, Jacksonville (904) 783-6942 OldPlankCA.com district and state titles). Old Plank Christian Academy is accredited through the Florida Coalition of Christian PrivateSchools Accreditation, Inc. The FCCPSA proudly maintains an accreditation partnership agreement AdvancED/SACS. Old Plank Christian Academy is also accredited by the National Association of PrivateSchools, and graduates are readily accepted into accredited colleges and universities. T15 Sunday, January 27, 2019