Christ School Academics
Our curriculum is designed to challenge and inspire all students to improve their skills in thinking, writing, and problem-solving. Each student is encouraged to pursue the most rigorous course of study appropriate for him, including opportunities for advanced study in all disciplines.
The Curriculum Guide (last revised July 2014) provides more detailed information about graduation requirements and course descriptions.
Unprecedented Classroom Experiences
Drone Project using Christ School's 3D Printer
Matt Lowe '15 knew early on that he wanted to build a drone for his final project in Introduction to Engineering Design and Principles this year. He printed the frame of the craft in Christ School's own 3D printer and spent countless hours building a custom drone, which soared above the football field lights and out of sight. In this project students learned how to remotely control a multi-rotor aircraft; the key principles of aerodynamics of propellers; the principles of electrical systems; and the principles of designing light, strong and effective frames. Check out more photographs from students' academic projects in our media gallery.
Projects that challenge our beliefs
This year, English Instructor Brent Kaneft challenged his AP Language and Composition course with an assignment called “This I Believe,” a project inspired by NPR. The assignment called for the boys to make a statement about something they believe and to write in support and explication of that belief in 500 or fewer words. Then they travelled down to Mr. McMurray’s music lab and recorded each boy reading his essay. Read more about this project and listen to their special reflections here.
Global Learning Adventures
Christ School provides opportunities for students to learn about international cultures, history, and politics through immersive service learning trips and educational travel experiences. This year, a group of 10 faculty and students from Christ School traveled halfway around the world for a 10-day adventure in China.
The group spent time with current Christ School students living in Beijing and Shanghai, while also exploring the cities of Xi’an and Suzhou. Highlights included climbing the Great Wall of China, viewing the more than 8000 Terracotta warriors, exploring the Forbidden City, cruising the Great Canal, and dining on delicious duck and dumplings! More photos of the Greenies in China can be viewed in our media gallery. Learn more about our service learning trips and summer travel opportunities.
Each year, Christ School invites speakers from varying fields of expertise to speak with students. Authors, cancer researchers, presidents of Universities, and the Governor of North Carolina have all shared their knowledge with the Christ School community during their visits.
This past fall, author Jaed Muncharoen Coffin (pictured top-left) spoke at Christ School as this year's Godwin-Hauser Resident Author. He is the author of A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants, a memoir which chronicles his experience as a Buddhist monk in his mother’s native village in Thailand. Read more about our speakers here