The AACS Upper School program has a strong focus on both academics and character development. Our students also continue their journey to identify and develop their God-given talents and skills. We offer a competitive athletic program, outstanding performing and visual arts, many activities and clubs, and service and travel opportunities
Our academic program is college preparatory. 97% of AACS graduates go on to college and the students' SAT scores are consistently above county, state, and national averages. Students are expected and encouraged to do their best.
In addition to the curriculum requirements, each senior is required to complete a Senior Practicum. This is a year-long effort incorporating practical work with local communities and/or organizations in a field of study or interest to the student. The Senior Practicum consists of three major requirements to be completed by each Senior with a subject matter based on a specific, real-world problem of the student's choosing:
- A Research Paper
- A Related Service Project
- A 45-minute Presentation to an audience of peers and parents with a question-and-answer component
Service to our community and world continues to be a foundation at our Upper School campus. Some of the organizations our Upper School students have served include the Lutheran Mission Society, Annapolis SPCA, Way Homes, Hope for All, Samaritan Women, Heritage Christian Church, the Annapolis Crisis Pregnancy Center, Sarah's House, Sunrise Assisted Living, Harmony House, the JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute, and many missions throughout the world.
Our graduates continue to tell us the the relationships they develop with faculty and friends while at AACS is at the top of their list of what they love about the school. Our faculty and staff care about what students learn as well as who they become, and mentoring is as important as teaching. There are also many opportunities to make friends with a wide variety of student life events.
Upper School Principal
Robert McCollum joined Annapolis Area Christian School in 2013 as its Upper School Principal. During the prior five years, Mr. McCollum served as a missionary with Resourcing Christian Education International in the roles of Director of Academics (2010 - 2013) and Secondary Principal (2008 - 2009) at El Camino Academy in Bogota, Colombia. Previously, Mr. McCollum worked at Glenbrook High School District 225 in Glenview, Illinois as Associate Principal (from 2005 to 2008) and Mathematics Instructional Supervisor (from 1999 to 2005) and as a Mathematics Department Coordinator of the Naperville Community Unit School District 203 in Naperville, Illinois. Mr. McCollum began his career as a mathematics and science teacher. Mr. McCollum earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education-Mathematics and a Master of Education degree in Educational Administration from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.