High School

Grades 9-12

Preparing for life's next chapter.

The Warrior Experience prepares high school students for spiritual and academical success in the next stage of life. They are challenged to explore their own personal beliefs, deepen their faith, develop critical thinking skills, and gain a solid foundation for pursuing their career goals, whether they attend college or enter the workforce directly after graduation. RCS offers opportunities for involvement in service projects, retreats, and other activities to further explore and grow their gifts and leadership skills. Our goal is to help our students prepare to be successful in life marked with passion, wisdom, curiosity, and a vibrant Christian faith. 

Why Ridgefield Christian?

  • Well-rounded, challenging, Christ-centered education
  • Service and mission projects
  • Opportunities to develop spiritual gifts and leadership skills
  • Strong sense of community and support 
  • Daily devotions, prayer, and weekly chapels
  • Encouragement to live out one’s faith in daily life and make a positive impact in the world
  • Academic studies in literature, mathematics, writing, science, history, government, finance and economics, Bible, and theology
  • Electives in art, music, foreign language, computers
  • Honors, AP, and dual-credit courses
  • Competitive athletics
  • Preparation for college and career
  • Academic advising and guidance counseling

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Graduation Requirements

Standard Graduate Requirements (28.0 credits min)

  • 4.0 Bible credits (or 0.5 credit for each semester enrolled at RCS)
  • 4.0 English credits
  • 4.0 Mathematics credits (Required: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II)
  • 4.0 Social Studies credits (Required: World History, American History, Economics/Government)
  • 3.0 Science credits (Required: Physical science, Biology)
  • 1.0 credit Computer Science (can count towards mathematics, science, or elective requirements)
  • 0.5 credit  Fine Arts (ex. art, choir, or theatre)
  • 0.5 credit Oral Communications
  • 0.5 credit  Health and Safety (requires CPR)
  • 0.5 credit  Physical Education (Athletics can count for 1 semester of PhysEd)
  • 7.0 elective credits
  • One semester of a digital learning class (relates to format, not content)

Honor Graduate Requirements

Standard Graduation Requirements plus

  • Earned 2.0 credits of foreign language
  • Earned GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • 4 semesters enrolled in an AP or college credit/dual credit course
  • Involved in a co-curricular club/activity or sports team for at least 4 semesters
  • Completed additional 15 hours of service over required hours

What Our Parents Say

RCS was the perfect transition from homeschool to college for both our daughters, who have since graduated from Ridgefield. We love the small class sizes, Christian environment and Biblical education it provides for our son, too.
M. Reid

Earning College Credit

RCS students working toward graduation requirements may earn college credit while completing their high school work on one of three ways:

  • Advanced Placement (AP) courses/exam
  • Concurrent enrollment classes
  • Online classes offered by partner institutions

Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement (AP) courses are available each year based on teacher availability and student enrollment. AP courses meet rigorous specifications mandated by the College Board. These courses are designed to be challenging and are geared to serious students. AP courses make for competitive resumes, and high-test scores provide a nationwide metric for universities to compare students within certain subjects.

Students earn college credit by achieving a score between 3 – 5 on the AP exam at the end of the year. NOTE: Not all colleges accept AP credit, and those that do offer varying amounts of credit based on scores and specific majors. Students with a GPA of at least a 3.0, a 90 average or better in prerequisite classes, and a willingness to work hard are eligible to enroll in AP classes.

Concurrent Enrollment

Concurrent college courses afford the opportunity to earn transferable college credit while simultaneously earning high school credit for the same course. Concurrent rates are significantly less expensive than typical college rates. This saves families money and frees students to take more courses that interest them or are required. Concurrent enrollment does not necessarily provide a more robust college application. Three semester hours of college credit taken by a student are counted as a half-credit on their RCS transcript.

Online Courses

Eligible juniors and seniors who  may take online classes through partner universities or colleges. Juniors may take up to two courses per semester and seniors may take up to three courses per semester. 

As a normal rule, students taking an online class will be enrolled in an independent study class period as a part of their schedule. This allows students to work on their online courses during the school day while on campus. Grades for these courses will be added to the student’s transcript.

All fees must be paid to the particular college providing the course. Students are responsible for communicating with their professor(s) and obtaining their own online course materials or textbooks.