The SmArT Christian School curriculum comprises of a required core of studies fundamental to a complete academic education. Elective courses are designed to fit the special needs and interests of the individual learner. Instruction is offered in all subjects required for entrance to higher learning institutions.
Classroom groups are small enough to permit individual instruction, and students are placed in sections suited to their skills levels. Accelerated sequences and advanced courses offer particularly able and well-prepared students opportunities to progress at rates commensurate with their abilities and ambition. Most departments offer courses at or above the level of college preparation.
First year, entering students are expected to complete all placement material, including counseling and a diagnostic test in English and mathematics. The materials are used by the school to aid in proper academic placement and recommendation for course levels. New students are also asked to complete, to the best of their ability, a course selection form indicating the courses they wish to take during the coming year. Although performance and information provided on the placement material may alter somewhat a student's preliminary selections, it is helpful for planning purposes and for the student to know the level he or she expects to enter.
Course recommendation and placement may be independent of the student's previous grade-level; therefore, through placement in advanced or accelerated course studies, students may fulfill requirements early.
Early attainment of prerequisite courses may increase opportunities for college-level or other elective courses. For full enrollment at a given grade level, students must have earned credit for all the required work at the previous grade level, or its equivalent. Students' grades and course placements are determined by the kind and number of course credits they have earned.
SmArT Christian School incorporates international scholars in its student body. It therefore provides some initial, specialized courses in English and U.S. culture and civics in which the language proficiency demand is less exacting; nonetheless, all students at SmArT Christian School, including international students, are expected to perform competently in the school's required curriculum.
Each student has an assigned counselor, a faculty member expected to guide the student in shaping a well-designed, long-term academic program. In planning a program of studies, the student's needs and aspirations, insofar as they can be identified, are carefully considered, alongside the necessity of meeting diploma requirements. The student's needs may include strengths and weaknesses revealed by previous academic performance and aptitude tests, college and career plans, and character and personal development.
The student meets with his or her counselor during orientation prior to the opening of school in September in order to review and approve the stu-dent's course selections. From time to time during the academic year, the counselor reports to parents concerning the student's growth and progress. At the end of the Spring semester, after students and their respective counselors prepare course selections for the coming term, a copy of the student's course selections are shown to parents. The counselor then welcomes any comments and suggestions parents offer.
Smart Academy/Christian School's academic program is based upon the premise that students are capable of studying independently, responsibly and with self-direction. Students are normally expected to carry five courses each term. Uppers or Seniors who face an unusually demanding term occasionally are advised to cut back to four courses, provided at least three of these courses are advanced. A student may take more than two courses per term in one department with permission from the administration.
Academic assistance is available from classroom teachers, peer tutors and the faculty members at the Academic Support Center (ASC). Students who are experiencing academic difficulty should first seek help from their classroom teachers. Peer tutors are available to help with specific courses, while the ASC faculty generally works on developing and augmenting students' study skills.