Academics

Christian College Prep School in Silicon Valley

Academics

The King’s Academy offers a variety of academic curricula, with choices tailored to the individual student’s talents and aspirations. Students, with the help of academic and college counselors, are encouraged to choose the curriculum that best suits them, whether it be a challenging all-around course of study or one tailored to a more specific interest or goal.

TKA offers 10 honors courses and 18 AP courses, some of which students can begin taking their freshmen year.

Teachers use a variety of instructional strategies that promote active learning. Students encounter direct instruction, hands-on labs, Socratic seminars, and group projects throughout their day. As part of the TKA’s 1:1 technology program, students bring their own device, within school specifications, and use a variety of applications that enrich learning and engagement. Caring and passionate teachers help make the learning environment positive and encouraging at all grade levels.

The King’s Academy High School Graduation Requirements

Subject Area   

Total Credits

Bible 10-30 (Dependent upon year entered)
Math† 30
Science 30
English 40
Social Studies 40
World Languages* 20
Physical Education (9th grade must take PE) 20
Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) 10
Electives     20 (minimum)
Credits Required for Graduation
240 credits, plus 140 hours TKA-Approved Service

 

  • Yearlong classes = 10 credits; semester-long classes = 5 credits
  • Of the 150 credits required for UC eligibility, 70 credits must be taken in the last two (2) years of high school.  In order to qualify for UC eligibility, students must have a C or higher in all required courses.
  • *Two (2) years of the same language are required.  Three to four (3-4) years is highly recommended. World languages taken in junior high may be counted toward high school graduation requirements.
  • †Pre-Algebra will not be awarded high school credit. Completion of math sequence through Algebra 2 is required to be considered college preparatory.

College and Academic Planning

The King’s Academy places a high value on counseling our students throughout the academic and college planning process. The College and Academic Counseling program begins in the freshman year and emphasizes a sound foundation for academic and extracurricular planning. During the sophomore year, an academic counselor schedules a one-to-one meeting with every student and their parents for comprehensive academic planning and advising for college admissions, including SAT/ACT test planning. Junior year, each student is assigned a personal college counselor who remains with the student through the senior year.

TKA's ratio of student to college counselor is 50:1, far lower than the 250-to-1 ratio recommended by the American School Counselors Association. This low ratio enables a highly personalized college counseling experience.

Our comprehensive program includes individualized counseling, informational presentations at each grade level, student workshops on essay writing and applications, and guest speakers on topics such as financial aid. State-of-the-art online tools are available for our students and families to navigate the college admissions process successfully. TKA counselors work closely with families to find colleges and universities that are best aligned with a student’s academic and extracurricular interests, career aspirations, and financial aid requirements. The primary goal is to help students find the best “fit”  institution, enabling them to apply their God-given gifts to pursue their goals with confidence and maturity. 

Service

Service has been a core component of the mission and values of The King’s Academy since the very beginning of our school. Moreover, service is an integral part of the educational experience at TKA. Through the lens of service, education and learning make the most sense and provide the greatest purpose and meaning for life. 

For TKA, the goal of service is not to go somewhere and simply perform a service, but rather to return transformed into a servant leader for life.

TKA’s service program takes students to destinations all over the globe. TKA has sent service groups to Belize, Brazil, Ecuador, Guatemala, India, Japan, Malawi, and Mexico, as well as here in the United States to Kentucky, Louisiana, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley. Students continue to testify how service rises to the top as one of the most impactful elements of their TKA education. High school students are required to fulfill 35 hours of service per year, which can be fulfilled by participating in a school-led service trip each spring. Students are strongly encouraged to join their classmates and staff to experience the unique bonding offered by TKA service trips. If unable to attend a school-led trip, students may fulfill their service requirement by receiving prior approval for alternative service projects.