Upper School

Classical Academics

We offer a high quality classical education for children of all ages, from preschool through high school.  We are grounded in the time-tested classical approach to education. Students naturally progress through four stages of education:

Pre-Grammar (Preschool-Second Grade): Basic math and literacy skills, including a phonics-based reading program.

Grammar (Grades Three-Six):  Building a foundation of knowledge in classic literature, math, grammar, history, the Bible and more.

Logic (Grades Seven-Nine):  Training students in how to think and reason logically, both formally and informally, in every subject area.

Rhetoric (Grades Ten-Twelve): Developing students’ ability to communicate truth persuasively in every area of life.

We believe that as students move through these stages, they build a foundation of knowledge, develop true understanding and then learn to cultivate wisdom.  Knowledge, understanding and wisdom are the three elements of Biblical education.  CLICK HERE for more information.

“For the Lord, gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6 (ESV)

Spiritual and Social Development

Life is more than academics.  A Classical education prepares children for all areas of life. At New Covenant Christian School, we disciple our students to be followers of Jesus Christ in many ways:

  • Bible Classes
  • Daily Prayer and Weekly Chapel
  • Community Service
  • Leadership
  • Social Events and Activities

Upper School

Seventh, eighth, and ninth graders are considered logic stage students. They receive formal logic instruction along with the other required subjects. NCCS students are placed in the math class that best suits their ability level, which means there is flexibility if your child is stronger or weaker in math. Tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade rhetoric students attend a formal rhetoric class. Juniors and Seniors are required to write and present a thesis paper — a yearlong project.

The Upper School day begins at 7:30 a.m. when homeroom starts. Students begin arriving at 7:15 a.m. Each day is divided into seven periods, each period 50 minutes long.

What is the the History of the House System

The House System is modeled on the traditional House or College Systems of older European schools and it is the basis for the “College System” in many large universities. It is still in place in many European and British schools and has enjoyed something of a resurgence in classical Christian schools in the United States since the 1980’s. The individual houses at NCCS will be named for faithful men from early periods of history in the Christian church—Athanasius, Augustine, John Calvin and Martin Luther. The names have been chosen because these are men who remind us of the struggles that the early and Reformational churches faced as they sought to be faithful in the face of opposition. They are also reminders of the faithfulness of God in working in and through His church to build and establish His kingdom.

The lives of obedience that these men exemplify are encouraging to His people and are worth imitating because they point us ultimately to the faithfulness of Christ. Every year, the students in their respective houses will be regularly reminded of their house namesakes so as to encourage them to emulate those who have faithfully gone before.

How Does the House System Work?

Each house is led by an 11th or 12th grade student who serves as the House Captain. The Captain is responsible for managing house operations and is accountable to the Faculty Student Leadership Advisor.

The Housemaster, who plays a support role, is a faculty member whose primary responsibility is student advising, in terms of academic, personal and spiritual matters. In a typical week, the houses will meet to discuss house business and to work on house functions. The meetings take place with all of the members during homeroom; both students and faculty attend the meetings.

The NCCS Houses also serve as the basic structure for formal student leadership within the school. Each House elects officers including a House Delegate. The House Delegate and the House Captain from each House then serve on the Student Leadership Council (SLC) where they work with faculty and administration to plan, organize, and manage many Upper School activities such as social events, service projects, and competitions.

The competition between houses ends at the end of each school year with the awarding of the House Cup.

Would you like to learn more?

CLICK HERE for the Upper School Handbook

CLICK HERE for Tuition, Payment Options and Financial Aid.

Parents are welcome to visit the school, see the classroom and facilities, and observe a class in progress.  If you would like to schedule a visit, please call our Upper School Office Manager, Lisa Stone at 410-420-7727 or by e-mail at Lisa.Stone@ncpres.org

Upper School Campus
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
1515 Emmorton Road
Bel Air, MD  21014

Academic/College Guidance

We are located at the Upper School in Room 210.

“For I know the plans I have for you, to prosper you and not to harm you!” – Jeremiah 29:11

College Admissions Representatives Visiting Our School:
College representatives have visited from several colleges already this year (Bob Jones, Messiah, Wheaton and Pensacola Christian University to name a few). Watch here for upcoming visits from Eastern University, Liberty University, and Geneva College. More will be coming in the spring! Parents and students can notify the guidance counselor if there is a particular college of interest that they wish to have visit.

Scholarship Opportunities

Be sure to check out www.fastweb.com for scholarship resources!

Where have our students been accepted?

Note* Colleges in bold are where our students chose to attend

Albright College | Anderson University |Arcadia University | Community College of Baltimore County | Belmont University | Cairn University | Cedarville University | Drexel University | Eastern University | Elizabethtown University | Geneva College | Gordon College | Goucher College | Grove City College | Harford Community College |  IUPUI | Keystone College | Lancaster Bible College  | La Salle University | Liberty University | Loyola University Maryland | McDaniel College |Mercyhurst University | Messiah College | McDaniel College  |Patrick Henry College | Randolph Macon College | Regent University | Resselaer Polytechnic Institute | Salisbury University- Honors College |  Seminole State College | Seton Hall University | Shepherd University | Taylor University | Towson University | University of  Arizona |University of East London  | University of Maryland-Balto Co. | University of Maryland College Park  | University of Delaware | University of  Minnesota | University of Notre Dame | University of the Sciences | Virginia Weslyan College | Wake Forest University | Waynesburg University | Wesley College | Westmont | Wheaton College | York College

2015-16

Our first alumni have graduated from college! One has earned a B.A. in English and will begin teaching this year at NCCS! Our most recent graduates have started pursuing higher education at their respective schools and our current senior class is gearing up for applying to colleges. The 10th and 11th grades took the PSAT at NCCS on 10/14/15. We are pleased to say that we have had NCCS students qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program in the past and are excited to see what the future holds for this year’s test-takers!

Relevant Links

CLICK HERE to register for the SAT.

CLICK HERE to register for the ACT.

CLICK HERE to see what you need to do when starting the college application process?

Do you want to print a helpful checklist for applying to colleges? CLICK HERE >>

Are you applying to a “prestigious” college? What does academic prestige really mean? Read the article Prestige Versus Education. CLICK HERE to download.

Need information from our Guidance Counselor? Please email Mrs. Shon Miller at shon.miller@ncpres.org.

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