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Summer Sports Camps: How They Can Be Beneficial

April 30, 2018
By Calvary Christian High School

Why You Should Consider Summer Sports Camps

Young boy participating in a summer sports camp

There are a lot of things that your child can do with their summer. Many spend their time traveling across the country, others swimming at the Clearwater City Pool or maybe Morningside Swimming Pool. You do, after all, live in Florida, so perhaps they just want to skip the pool all together and find a nice beach to relax on.

Relaxing in our area isn’t difficult. However, there are other things that your child can do with their summer that are more productive, like attending summer sports camps. At Calvary Christian High School, we host over a dozen summer sports camps that help students prepare for their season and learn new sports.

What Do We Do At Calvary Summer Sports Camps?

At Calvary Christian, we are proud of our strong academic record, but we also boast some of the best sports programs in the Clearwater area. Our baseball team is coming off of a perfect 30-0 state championship season, while our girls’ basketball team is coming off of a 17-8 season in which they reached the District semi-final game.

At our summer sports camps, we prepare our current and future athletes for their respective sports. We offer 13 camps, lasting anywhere from two-four days for 2-7 hours a day.

Who Can Participate?

These camps are to help prepare younger athletes for high school sports. As such, most of our camps are for 3rd-8th graders with the exception of our hitting and pitching camps for baseball (3rd-12th) and our upper-class volleyball camps (7th-12th).

We want our camps to develop athletes in both their athletic abilities and their devotion to Christ. We believe that sports are a great way to both have fun and develop team building skills that help you grow closer to your classmates and Jesus.

How Much Do They Cost?

Prices on the camps vary depending on length, experience, and sport. Most of our camps cost $100, but we also have camps as low as $50 and as high as $175. It all depends on what sport you are wanting to be involved with and what type of camp your child wants to participate in.

For example, you can sign them up for a two-day baseball camp focused specifically on hitting or pitching for $50, but the four-day baseball camp is $100.

Why Should My Child Participate?

For starters, it will get them out of the house and doing something active. While your kid might love swimming or being outdoors, just as many would rather spend their summer inside playing video games. But more importantly, it gives your child a chance to develop their skills as an athlete while also developing life-long friendships.

We also emphasize a Christ-centered focus to our camps. The motto of our athletic department is to be “devoted to Christ and play like a warrior.” We want to help your child grow closer to Christ through our athletic programs.

Sign Your Student Up Today

Our summer sports camps are a great way for your child to be active during the summer while also preparing for high school athletics. Sign them up today online or give us a call at (727) 449-2247.

Honors Courses: How Are They Different Than Other Courses?

April 25, 2018
By Calvary Christian High School

What Are The Biggest Differences Between Honors Courses and Normal Courses?

Students sitting in on honors courses

If you are a high school student, you have surely heard about honors courses. Whether it be from a friend who is in one of those classes or a teacher trying to get you enrolled in one, you can’t go more than a few weeks in high school without learning about them. But are they really that different from your regular courses? In today’s blog post, Calvary Christian High School will look at the differences between honors courses, AP courses, and normal courses.

What Are Honors Courses?

Essentially, an honors course is a class that is reserved for students who meet a certain academic requirement. That requirement can be a cumulative GPA, the passing of a prerequisite class or exam, or a teacher recommendation.  

Another key difference is in grading. Since honors courses are for more advanced students, they typically see a grading curve. This curve can vary, but it is typically a 0.5 point increase and those curves are why you sometimes see GPAs that are over 4.0

How Are They Different From AP and Normal Courses?

The biggest difference between honors classes and Advanced Placement (AP) courses is how they are valued. For starters, AP courses usually have a 1.0 point grading curve, which is a 0.5 point higher than that of an honors course. But another big difference is in the value of the course. Since AP courses can earn students real college credit and are developed by colleges, they are often more impressive to out-of-state colleges because they go beyond state curriculum.

Regular courses, on the other hand, don’t offer a resume or grading boost. While a high GPA is impressive to any college, regardless of honors and AP courses, it won’t carry as much weight as a high GPA that went through a more rigorous course load.

Are Honors Classes Worth It?

Absolutely! The question is less about whether or not they are worth it and more about whether or not you should take an honors course or an AP course. You can get into good colleges without advanced coursework, but having that advanced coursework helps a lot, especially when it comes to financial aid.

If your plan after high school involves college, especially if that college is more expensive, taking honors courses will go a long way to helping you not only get into the school you want but paying less to attend.

Calvary Christian Wants To Prepare You For The Next Step

At Calvary Christian High School, our mission is to provide you with the best education possible in a Gospel-saturated environment. We are able to do that with our advanced coursework and we want you to be involved. Give us a call today at (727) 449-2247 or contact us online for more information.

Private School: Five Tips To Get You Through The End Of The Year

April 20, 2018
By Calvary Christian High School

Five Tips To Help Get You Through The End Of The Private School Year

Private school students ready for summer

Let’s be honest. The last month or two of the school year is quite possibly the worst stretch of every single year. Everybody is anxious to make it to summer, and it’s easy to let down your guard on the school year. And while it’s common to get antsy for summer vacation, it’s also common for students to let their grades slip in the last few months of the private school year. Nobody wants that.

Lucky for you, Calvary Christian private school has the answers. Today, we’re going to look at five tips to help you get through the last two months of the school year.

  1. Buddy Up

No private school student wants their grades to slip and no student plans on being lazy the last few months of the semester. It just happens. That’s why it’s good to have some accountability as the semester begins to wrap up. Find a friend or two and keep each other accountable for homework and studying. It’s easy to procrastinate when nobody is pushing you. A buddy can provide the push you need.

  1. Don’t Forget To Sleep

As summer approaches and the spring weather comes out in full force, students are typically out with their friends more than they are in the winter. Pair that with studying for exams and finals, and your sleep schedule is shot before you even have time to recover. While studying is important and hanging out with friends is fun, don’t stay up too late. A rested brain is a happy brain.

  1. Stick To Your Schedule

Planning out your schedule is vital for your time management, and when finals start to pile up, you need to have a plan. Having a schedule also allows you to stay organized and make the most out of your time. Don’t let your anxiousness for summer get you out of your routine.

  1. Utilize Your TA’s

For those of you who don’t know, a TA is a teacher’s assistant, and especially at private schools, they are there to help get you through the year. They want to help! But they have to be utilized. If you are struggling to keep your grades up or even just struggling in preparation for a final, schedule an appointment with your TA. If you go to a private school, you have better resources than most. You just have to use them.

  1. Make Awesome Plans For Summer

Before school lets out, academics need to be your number one priority. But that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t get ready for an awesome summer. A great way to relieve stress and not allow anxiety to plague finals season is to allow yourself some time to step back from your school work, relax, and have some fun. While you might not be able to do any summer activities yet, planning them is a great way to relieve stress.

Contact Calvary Christian Private School For More Tips

Calvary Christian private school is dedicated to your wellbeing. In other words, we want to help! If you are struggling with your academics, get in touch with us today at (727) 449-2247 or get more information on academic help from our website.

Christian Preparatory School: What Are The Benefits?

April 17, 2018
By Calvary Christian High School

What Are The Benefits Of A Christian Preparatory School?

Young boy at a Christian preparatory school

Choosing how your child will be educated is among the most important decisions that a parent will make. In Florida, parents have more options than most, as there are only three states with more private schools. So, you are faced with a choice. Do you send your child to public school or private school?

Well, there is another option. A Christian preparatory school is a private school with a twist, and we believe this model can benefit your child. In today’s blog, Calvary Christian High School will look at the biggest benefits to attending a Christian preparatory school.

Your Child Is Getting An Elite Education

One stigma that often comes with private schools, especially Christian preparatory schools, is that they are sub-par academically, which couldn’t be further from the truth. Christian preparatory schools are among the highest ranking academic schools in the nation, as well as some of the most well-funded schools in the nation.

Your child won’t be put through a cookie-cutter program at a Christian preparatory school like Calvary Christian High School. In fact, your student will have the option of going through one of three curriculum programs that are all focused on preparing them for college.

Your Child Is Learning In A Safe Environment

One of the most common problems with public schools is bullying. Public schooling can be brutal, especially for teenagers struggling to find their identity. According to studies, students at private schools report extensive anti-bullying policies in their schools 19% more than public school students. Private school students also report a very accepting environment in their schools 11% more than those who attend public schools.

A Christian preparatory school takes that a step further by adding the Gospel into the mix. Students will be able to intermingle with fellow believers, creating a safer and more accepting environment.  

Your Child Is Learning The Gospel

The gulf between public and private school is pretty well publicized, but there are also differences between private schools and Christian preparatory schools, with the biggest being the Gospel. The thing that truly sets Calvary Christian High School apart from the rest of the private schools in the area is our dedication to the Gospel message. We want your student to get a top-tier education, but we also want them to learn about Jesus in the process.

Calvary Christian Is The Best Christian Preparatory School In Florida

Picking a school for your child is difficult. We want to make that process easier for you.
Calvary Christian High School is the best Christian private school in Florida and we want your child to be a part of our family. Give us a call today at (727) 449-2247 or contact us online for more information.

Private Schools: Three Reasons Why Calvary Christian Is Different

April 12, 2018
By Calvary Christian High School

Three Reasons Why Calvary Christian is Different Than Other Private Schools

Students at a private school

Only three states in the United States have as many private schools as Florida, which means that if you are looking to enroll your child in a private school, you have quite a few options. For most Florida families, the question isn’t whether or not they can find a private school, but rather which one to choose.

In today’s blog, we are going to help you make that decision by giving three reasons that Calvary Christian High School isn’t your average private school.

  1. We Offer Multiple Curriculum Programs

On unique aspect of Calvary Christian High School is our graduation requirements and curriculum program. We offer three different programs: college preparatory program, honors college preparatory program, and advanced college preparatory program. Each of these programs has a different set of requirement both to stay in the program and to graduate from it.

The differences in these curriculum programs include grade point average, community service, and credit, with the most basic requiring a 2.0 GPA, 100 community service hours, and 26 credits to graduate. The advanced program requires a 3.5 GPA, 150 community service hours and 30 credits. These paths are designed to best prepare students of all calibers for college.

  1. We Offer Next-Level Extracurricular Activities

Most private schools offer a variety of extracurricular activities but none as extensive and rich as the activities at Calvary Christian High School. From spiritual development activities like chapels and mission trips to clubs and athletics, Calvary Christian doesn’t leave a stone unturned.  We offer 11 different clubs, 11 different sports for both guys and girls, and we offer one of the best student government programs in the state.

At Calvary Christian, we want our students to connect with each other outside the classroom, just as much as in. Not only do we want them to connect, but we also want them to excel. Our activities have a rich history, including state championships and award-winning programs.  

  1. We Are Unapologetically Christian

The biggest difference between Calvary Christian High School and most of the other private schools in the area is our spiritual position. Founded in 1999 by Calvary Baptist Church, Calvary Christian’s mission is to provide its students with a challenging college prep education that is unapologetically Christian. We do this through a robust amount of spiritual life programs and activities, including required chapels and Bible classes.

Calvary Christian Is The Best Private School In Florida

Calvary Christian private school exists to give our students a high-quality education while also allowing them to engage with the Gospel. We want your child to be involved! Contact us today at (727) 449-2247 or visit our website for more information.

High School Baseball: Five Benefits For Teenagers

April 09, 2018
By CCHS

Five Reasons Why High School Baseball Is Beneficial For Teenagers

High school baseball player

For many high schoolers, the extracurricular activities are what make the experience one that they won’t ever forget. As spring is in full swing, high school baseball will be back on the slate at high schools across the nation, and at Calvary Christian High School, our baseball team has a rich history of success and relationships. In today’s blog post, we’ll give five reasons why you should consider playing high school baseball.

  1. It Provides A Competitive Outlet

For most people, high school baseball is the highest level of athletics that they will ever perform. Just over 6% of high school athletes nationwide will go on to participate in NCAA sports, which means that competitors likely have one shot at playing sports at a high level. For high school baseball players, this is also true. If you are a competitor and love sports, play them now while you have the chance. You might regret not taking the opportunity to do so.

  1. It Can Potentially Result In College Financial Aid

While most athletes don’t go on to play at the college level, high school baseball players are among the most likely to do so. Only football has more participants at the college level than baseball, and 7.1% of high school baseball players go on to play at the college level. That is higher than the national average and the highest of the four major sports (baseball, basketball, football, and soccer).

That number goes up to 11.5% when you include NAIA and NJCAA baseball. Playing a college sport is fantastic as a competitor, but it will also help you pay for your college tuition in a very real way. The average scholarship for college baseball player is over $5,000 per year.

  1. It Is A Great Place To Build Relationships

Outside of the competition, the relationships you will build from playing high school baseball are among the biggest reasons to play. You will be given the chance to build lifelong relationships with your teammates as you travel across the area playing ball. Playing the games is why you try out, but the bus trips and dugout shenanigans are what you will remember most.  

  1. It Will Boost Your School Pride

School pride is sometimes harder to come by than you would think. Sure, we are all partial to our hometown and our schools, but getting involved in a sport will always help to give you a heightened sense of school pride. This is especially true of high school baseball at Calvary Christian. Our baseball team is coming off of a 30-0 state championship season and will seek to defend our title in 2018.

  1. It Is A Blast

There are always multiple factors to any decision, and trying out for baseball is no different. But without a doubt, the biggest reasons why you should try out is because playing a high school sport is an absolute blast. You won’t be able to replicate the memories with friends and the adrenaline of a big moment in any other activity.

Play High School Baseball At Calvary Christian

At Calvary Christian, we have a rich high school baseball history and we want you to be a part of it. Contact us today at (727) 449-2247 or visit our website for more information on our baseball program.

Calvary Christian High School Discusses ACT Preparation

March 20, 2018
By Calvary Christian High School

Calvary Christian High School: Preparing for the ACT

ACT at Calvary Christian High School

At Calvary Christian High School, we know that taking the ACT is one of the biggest moments of your high school career. After all, a good ACT score can get you into the top universities, as well as qualify you for scholarships. As a college-preparatory school, Calvary Christian High School is always looking for ways to improve our course offerings and prepare our students for the next phase of their lives. If you are wondering how you can prepare for the ACT, follow our advice below.

Buy at Least Two Study Books

Although there are plenty of ways to study for the ACT online, nothing works better than a good old-fashioned study book. When you are buying an ACT study book, be sure to look for reputable publishers, such as Kaplan or McGraw-Hill. Each study book should come with test-taking tips and practice tests. This familiarizes you with the format of the test and helps you get a feel for some of the concepts. Be sure to buy more than one study book so you receive experience with a variety of preparatory test questions.

Take an ACT Prep Course

Taking an ACT prep course is one of the best ways get ready for the test. Most courses offer test-taking advice, strategies for increasing your ACT score, and practice tests. This gives you several weeks to familiarize yourself with the test material. While there are many online courses available, classroom courses are shown to work the best. If you are interested in taking an ACT prep course, talk to a guidance counselor at Calvary Christian High School.

Select an ACT Tutor

If preparatory classes and study books are not boosting your ACT score, you might consider getting a tutor. An ACT tutor can motivate with you to study, discuss standardized test-taking strategies, and ensure you get the most out of your study time. Of course, tutors can get expensive, but consider it an investment in your future. After all, if you are able to boost your ACT score with the help of a tutor, you may receive scholarship money later.

Contact Calvary Christian High School

At Calvary Christian High School in Clearwater, Florida, our academic programs are dedicated to preparing students for a university education. Our curriculum is designed to encourage reason, critical thinking, and creative expression. In addition to ACT prep, we also offer honors courses, dual credit courses, and Advanced Placement options. To learn more about our academic programs, contact Calvary Christian High School today!

Calvary Christian High School Discusses ACT Prep

March 20, 2018
By Calvary Christian High School

Calvary Christian High School: Preparing for the ACT

ACT at Calvary Christian High School

At Calvary Christian High School, we know that taking the ACT is one of the biggest moments of your high school career. After all, a good ACT score can get you into the top universities, as well as qualify you for scholarships. As a college-preparatory school, Calvary Christian High School is always looking for ways to improve our course offerings and prepare our students for the next phase of their lives. If you are wondering how you can prepare for the ACT, follow our advice below.

Buy at Least Two Study Books

Although there are plenty of ways to study for the ACT online, nothing works better than a good old-fashioned study book. When you are buying an ACT study book, be sure to look for reputable publishers, such as Kaplan or McGraw-Hill. Each study book should come with test-taking tips and practice tests. This familiarizes you with the format of the test and helps you get a feel for some of the concepts. Be sure to buy more than one study book so you receive experience with a variety of preparatory test questions.

Take an ACT Prep Course

Taking an ACT prep course is one of the best ways get ready for the test. Most courses offer test-taking advice, strategies for increasing your ACT score, and practice tests. This gives you several weeks to familiarize yourself with the test material. While there are many online courses available, classroom courses are shown to work the best. If you are interested in taking an ACT prep course, talk to a guidance counselor at Calvary Christian High School.

Select an ACT Tutor

If preparatory classes and study books are not boosting your ACT score, you might consider getting a tutor. An ACT tutor can motivate with you to study, discuss standardized test-taking strategies, and ensure you get the most out of your study time. Of course, tutors can get expensive, but consider it an investment in your future. After all, if you are able to boost your ACT score with the help of a tutor, you may receive scholarship money later.

Contact Calvary Christian High School

At Calvary Christian High School in Clearwater, Florida, our academic programs are dedicated to preparing students for a university education. Our curriculum is designed to encourage reason, critical thinking, and creative expression. In addition to ACT prep, we also offer honors courses, dual credit courses, and Advanced Placement options. To learn more about our academic programs, contact Calvary Christian High School today!

How To Make The Most Out Of Your Private School Experience

March 08, 2018
By Calvary Christian High School

Private School: Making The Most Out Of Your High School Years

Private school hallway

High school can be a stressful time for many students. While there are students who love their high school experience, just as many struggle to find the right balance between school, work, and social life. For private school students, it is important to take advantage of your high school years and get the most out of the experience. Not only are the high school years some of the most formative, they can also be some of the most memorable. In today’s blog post, Calvary Christian High School will look at what students can do to get the most out of their private school experience.

Focus On Your Studies

Stay with us, students. We know that school work isn’t exactly what you think of when considering your perfect high school experience, but that doesn’t make it any less important. Maintaining your grades is vastly important when it comes time to look at colleges and apply for scholarships.

But beyond the grades, focus on the subject matter in your classes and learn. Read a lot of books. Take advantage of this unique opportunity you have to focus almost solely on your education and enjoy it.

Get Involved In Extracurricular Activities

This is more like it. Extracurricular activities are often the best part of the high school experience, even more so for private schools. As a student, identify what you are interested in and get involved. At Calvary Christian High School specifically, you can get involved with the film society, student government, or even the pre-med club.

Then there are athletics. If you aren’t participating in a sport, you can still be a part of the madness by supporting your teams. There are few things like the atmosphere of a high school football or basketball game and this isn’t different at a private school. For athletes, don’t take your playing days for granted. Work hard and make the most out of your high school athletics experience.

Develop Relationships

Typically forgotten in the shuffle are the relationships you will build at your private school. While it is hard to find the right balance between school, work, activities, and friends, it’s important to make time for those relationships. At Calvary Christian High School, we want to see biblical, life-long relationships built.

Connect With Calvary Christian’s Private School

Everybody is going to have a high school experience. It’s up to you whether or not you make it a memorable one or a forgettable one. At Calvary Christian High School, we want your private school experience to be one that both prepares you for the future and promotes you to enjoy where you are now. Contact us today at (727) 449-2247 or visit our website for more information on admissions.

Are Honors Classes Worth It?

January 15, 2018
By Calvary Christian High School

Students Taking Honors Classes

Should I Take Honors Classes?

It’s the beginning of the year and you’re signing up for classes. Your teacher recommended that you take some honors classes this year. But you’ve heard they’re more work and more challenging. Should you take them? This is a situation that a lot of our students are in, and it’s a fair question. Are honors classes worth the extra time and effort? The short answer is, absolutely. But that’s not the most convincing argument, is it? That’s why today in the Calvary Christian High School blog, we explain why you should definitely take advantage of the opportunity to take honors classes.

The Opportunity to Get College Credit

First, let's get the most obvious benefit out of the way. Some of our honors classes give you the opportunity to earn dual-credit for both high school and college. This means when you get to college you’ll possibly be able to take less general education classes, which saves you money and lets you take classes focused on your major sooner. Who can argue with that?

Prepare for College

Not all honors classes offer dual credit, but all of them will help you better prepare for college. These classes are structured in a way that is similar to a class you might take in college. As a college preparatory school, we’re able to give students this advantage by offering these courses. So although they’re more challenging and time-consuming, when you take your first college class, you’ll be much more prepared and confident.

It Looks Great on a College Application

We’re talking about college a lot here, but it’s important! You probably have a few colleges in mind that you want to apply to, and maybe some of the colleges aren’t the easiest to get into. If a college admission office sees that you have taken a variety of honors classes in high school, it can help your case when trying to get in.

Challenge Yourself

Another great benefit of honors classes is it gives you the opportunity to really challenge yourself and learn the subject matter. If you’re not feeling challenged enough in your regular classes, it’s possible to get bored and not fully absorb the lessons. If you’re actively engaged with your class and the lessons, you’ll take a lot more out of it.

Honors Classes at Calvary Christian High School

Calvary Christian High School has an incredible staff of teachers, and our honors classes will make sure you’re more than prepared when you make the jump to college. For more information on these classes, click here, or contact a member of the enrollment staff.

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