Welcome to UC Academy Junior High! I have been a part of the UC Academy community for the past twelve years as a teacher and as a parent. This year, I have the privilege of serving our school community as the junior high principal. God called me to serve in the world of junior high twenty-four years ago, and I can honestly say that there is no other job I would rather have!
As a school, our mission is to educate students by integrating academic excellence with a Christian worldview, equipping them to impact their world for Christ. Our desire in junior high is to fulfill that mission. We challenge our students to grow academically, spiritually, and socially. We recognize that when our students arrive in 6th grade, they may feel uncertain about the changes awaiting them in junior high. They are faced with new experiences: changing classes, daily PE (and wearing PE clothes!), operating a combination lock, managing their daily classwork and homework, and even making new friends. We wish to walk alongside you and your student, through each challenge and success, as they grow through these experiences. Each year, we raise the bar as we strive for academic excellence for each student. During the student’s 8th grade year, we work to ensure that our students are not only ready for but will flourish in high school.
In addition to our strong academic program, we also focus on social and spiritual growth. Our junior high teachers mentor our students as they make the transition from childhood to adolescence. We encourage our students to take on more responsibilities for their studies and their choices; we want them to engage in their learning with curiosity and accountability. Each of our teachers works to develop strong relationships with our students, getting to know them and their families. We cultivate a Heart for Service in our students as we serve on our campus and out in our community in local service projects. We encourage each student to grow in his or her personal relationship with Jesus Christ and to learn more about his or her role in His kingdom as we look at each area of our curriculum through a Christian worldview.
We also believe that much learning can happen outside of the classroom, and our field trips reflect that philosophy. In addition to several small day trips, our students have the opportunity to take a “big” trip each year. Our sixth graders travel to the San Bernardino Mountains to discover what God has created in this ecological biome as they build lasting relationships through team-building activities and learn together in the great outdoors. Our seventh graders travel to Catalina Island to enjoy a marine science camp; hiking, kayaking, and snorkeling are some of the highlights of this trip. During their eighth-grade year, our students travel to Washington, DC, the Jamestown Settlement, Colonial Williamsburg, and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to learn about the Christian foundations upon which our country was built, the sacrifices that many have made for our many freedoms, and the structure of our government.
I am proud to call UC Academy home for me and for my own children. I encourage you to visit our campus and experience it for yourself. I would love to meet you and give you a tour of our school!