Middle/High School Student Life
Developing well rounded students who are equipped to be world changers requires that the Jackson Christian School experience include many student opportunities. Students can engage in a variety of groups and activities. Engaging in extracurricular activities such as weekly chapel, spiritual emphasis week and class retreats is mandatory for all students. For example, over 80% of JCS middle and high school students participate in at least one of our 27 athletic teams. See the athletics page for more information. Other extracurricular activities are based on student interest and in some cases auditions or other requirements.
Weekly Chapel is part of the JCS student experience. Area pastors, youth pastors and spiritual leaders in our community are frequent guest speakers. Middle and high school students enjoy separate chapel times and topics that are relevant for their age and spiritual development.
Student Praise and Worship Band provide an opportunity for student involvement in high school. Praise and worship band allows students to use their God-given gifts while receiving leadership training.
Spiritual Emphasis Week is an intensive week long series of chapels and other events to help students drill deeper in their spiritual walk and personal commitment to Christ. A guest, national youth speaker who is skilled in teaching and challenging teens is the featured speaker. The week includes a parent meeting as well.
Student Led Bible Studies take place before school and during lunch and are often an outgrowth of Spiritual Emphasis Week.
Christian Service is a student responsibility. Acts of service are required at JCS as part of the Bible Class curriculum. While some opportunities are offered through the school, students are encouraged to engage in service according to their gifts and interests. The ACTS model is used to define the service that is required of students during middle and high school. Acts of Service Form
National Honor Society (NHS)
Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors who qualify academically are invited to apply for membership in the National Honor Society. Recommendations from teachers and the student’s pastor are required. NHS members participate in group activities and enjoy occasional special privileges. NHS sponsors the annual Red Cross Blood Drive each spring. NHS members are required to log community service hours to maintain their membership. NHS Community Service Form
International Student Ambassadors Club
International students are part of the fabric of Jackson Christian Middle and High school. To provide the best American experience possible the International Club matches JCS International students with 9-12 grade domestic student mentors. Club members participate in monthly activities that give our international students a sampling of American life. Mentors commit to befriending our international students and helping them become comfortable within American school and Jackson Christian School culture. Students are invited to apply for membership in the club the spring of each year.
Sophomore, Junior and Senior students serve as mentors to new middle school students through the mentoring program. Incoming sixth grade and other new middle school students are matched with a high school mentor. Mentors agree to help their student acclimate to middle school academically, socially and spiritually. Interested students are invited to apply to become a mentor in the spring.
Royal Players is a traveling drama ministry team that is both a class and an extra-curricular activity. In addition to producing the annual Variety Show and the school play, the Royal Players perform and minister at churches and schools for seven months of the year during their annual tour. Auditions take place in the spring during course scheduling. Current Royal Players Tour Schedule
Honors Choir and Jazz Band
Honors Choir and Jazz Band are classes and also offer special performance opportunities throughout the year. Auditions take place in the spring during course scheduling.
Concerts and Shows
Three main performance opportunities are offered annually with other events scheduled from time to time as well. The Christmas and Spring Concerts are music department events. The Annual Variety Show is the JCS talent show. Auditions are held in the fall for all kinds of talent. Auditions are open to middle and high school students.