King’s Ridge students take basic knowledge and apply it to the action of observing the world around them, asking questions, connecting what they know with what might be, and beyond that, the learning takes off. These self-directed learners leverage technology and understand how God has an integral presence in their everyday world. In today’s smartphone, text-filled, social media world there is an increasing need to elevate the benefits of relationships and teach empathy. This sense of community, whether it be amongst two or twenty, is critical to the sense of belonging.
The term “college prep” becomes very real as students research colleges that will serve as both an ideal fit and a culture that offers relevant experiences and networks to provide them avenues for their next unique paths in life.
A tailor-made college application process is developed with the student and family in mind. Even before Upper School begins (in the eighth grade year), King’s Ridge students begin following a timeline for the college application process. Through a relational apprenticeship model students are counseled as to how to focus efforts and strategically plan a path that will place them in the best position possible to achieve their goals. On a parallel track, parents meet with the college counselor to understand their role in the college application process.
Internships and mentors are identified during these years to assist students as they identify their gifts and talents. Students also partner with Christian Life Associates, who act as role models to guide them in their Christian walk toward faith and servant leadership through community service, as well as national and international mission trip opportunities.