The headmaster says starting a team to plan graduation is one of the exciting new things in addition to academics and sports.
Eight students will make up the newly added senior class at Seven Rivers Christian School, which now runs from prekindergarten for 3-year-olds to 12th grade.
"I just get goosebumps thinking about it," said the school's headmaster, Cathy Swartz. "What a neat group of kids they are, too."
Two of the seniors have been at Seven Rivers since the school opened in 1988 and they were in the first grade. One has been there for eight years. Four came as high school freshmen. And one is new. "She just moved here from up North," said Swartz.
The school core and elective courses for high school students include those that can be found in the public schools, as well as some that cannot. Core subjects are algebra I and II, geometry, trigonometry, precalculus, biology I and II, physics, chemistry, world history, American history, economics, American government, recent European history, Bible doctrines, New Testament survey, systematic survey (a general overview of the Bible), apologetics ("being able to defend your faith," Swartz said), and language arts I-IV.
Bible apologetics, precalculus and physics were added this year to accommodate seniors, Swartz said.
As electives, students can take music composition, art, drafting, band, chorus, Latin, keyboarding, teacher's assistance program, Spanish I and II, physical education, psychology, drama, yearbook, logic and media interpretation. In media interpretation, Swartz said, "We want the students to interpret the media using Christian values."
The seniors also are benefiting from their proximity to Central Florida Community College. "Several of our seniors are taking course work after school at CFCC," said Swartz, "five of them." And one other student is participating in dual enrollment with Withlacoochee Technical Institute.
In sports, "We really didn't add anything just geared for seniors," Swartz said, but softball and baseball are new this year in addition to basketball, soccer, volleyball, track, golf and cheerleading. Also available after school is the chorus club.
Swartz says that home-schooled children are now welcome at Seven Rivers Christian School. They can apply to take any particular course in which they are interested or may need.
There are exciting new things besides academics and sports going on, now that the school has seniors. A graduation team has been put together. "Daniel Webster is coming to speak at our graduation ceremony," Swartz said.
The yearbook will have a hard cover for the first time. The senior class will have the privilege of leaving campus for lunch, and this year, Swartz said, "We'll have a prom." Plus they would like to start an alumni association.
The senior class is a goal the school has been moving toward for many years, and now that it is finally here, Swartz is thrilled. "It's so emotionally charged around here," she said.