Northside is an independent Christian school, founded in 1975, providing academic training for Kindergarten (ages 2-5), Elementary (grades 1-5), Middle School (grades 6-8) and High School (grades 9-12). The school enrolls over 315 students from over 60 area churches. The Educational Administrator is a member of the Northside Baptist Church leadership staff. Three area supervisors, an Academic Dean, and an Administrative Assistant serve the school student body, staff, and faculty. The school is an integral ministry of Northside Baptist Church.
The Mission of NCS is to train and teach students to know, to love, and to serve the Lord Jesus Christ in His church.
Northside holds accreditation from SCACS (state-level: South Carolina Association of Christian Schools, Cognia (regional Advanced Education) and NACSAA (national: North American Christian Schools Accrediting Association). Teachers are also certified by SCACS or by the South Carolina State Department of Education.
90- 100 A ║Reporting: Quarterly, semester, annual (online averages daily)
80 – 89 B ║Year: 180 days Semester: 90 days Quarter: 45 days
70 – 79 C ║Day: 8:00-2:50 (K3-K5), 8:00-3:10 (1-5), 8:00-3:15 (6-12)
60 – 69 D ║High school class period: 45 minutes
0 – 59 F ║Half-day K3, K4, K5 meet from 8:00-11:15.
COLLEGE PREPARATORY DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS (25 units)
English 4 World Geography 1 Spanish 2
Mathematics 4 U. S. History 1 Fine Arts 1
Science 3 Government/Economics 1 Health 1
Physical Education 1 Speech 1
Bible (when enrolled) 4 Computer Science/Keyboarding 1
Northside also offers an Honors Diploma. Honors studies are available in English, mathematics, science, history, and Spanish. NCS offers a SC Minimum Requirements diploma but does not offer a Technical Preparatory course of study.
Rank in class is calculated at the end of the freshman year and every year thereafter. Dual Enrollment, Honors, College Preparatory, Academic Required, and Academic Elective courses are included. Non-academic requirements or electives are not considered in class rank. CP, Honors, and DE courses are weighted for GPA and class rank calculations.
Iowa Test of Basic Skills, COGAT, PSAT, SAT, ACT
ITBS Typical percentile ranking on total battery: 81st.
SAT Typical score: 1100. National average is 1013.
ACT Typical score: 283.1. National average is 207.7.
POST-SECONDARY ACTIVITY Five-year average
Percent of graduates attending four-year liberal arts/Christian colleges: 77%
Percent of graduates attending Trident Technical College: 15%
Percent of graduates not continuing their education until later: 6%
Percent of graduates entering the military: 2%
Charleston is one of America’s most historic cities, attracting thousands of tourists annually. The area benefits from a very active fine arts community. Situated here are the College of Charleston, the Citadel, Charleston Southern University, the Medical University of South Carolina, and Trident Technical College. The climate is mild in winter, delightful in spring and fall, and hot in the summer. Military installations are a vital part of the tri-county area. Robert Bosch, Boeing, Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, Blackbaud and other industries have stimulated growth in the area in a most significant way.
ACTIVITIES: FINE ARTS
- Northside emphasizes the Fine Arts since these are lifelong ministry skills for every student.
- Pre-school students have music enrichment each week and present several programs each year.
- Private piano and strings lesson are available for students in grades 1-12.
- Elementary choir is offered for young people in grades 1-5; Elementary band begins in fifth grade.
- Middle School Choir and Band encompass grades 6-8.
- Senior High Choir and Band complete the classroom musical training at NCS.
- NCS students compete in the South Carolina Association of Christian Schools Annual Fine Arts Festival with over 1,500 students participating. Winners advance to the American Association of Christian Schools Fine Arts Festival at Bob Jones University in Greenville with over 3,500 participants.
- In addition to the competitions, these bands, choirs, and ensembles delight us with formal concerts in the fall, winter, and spring.
- We provide some speech instruction to Elementary students. Junior High Speech is available and Senior High Speech is required.
- Art is one of the Elementary Enrichments and is a Middle School and a High School credit course.
- Elementary students have a structured physical education class each week. Students in grades 6-8 are required to take physical education daily.
- A fall soccer league for students in K5-Grade 5 practices during the week and plays on Saturdays.
- A spring basketball league for students in grades 2-5 practices and plays on weekdays.
- JV and Varsity Girls’ Cheerleading
- Fall sports: JV and Varsity Girls’ Volleyball and JV and Varsity Boys’ Soccer
- Winter sports: JV and Varsity Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball
- Spring sports: Boys’ Baseball and Girls’ Soccer.
- We compete in the SCACS Coastal Conference Division 2A.
- We have very active chapters of the NHS (National Honor Society) and ACHS (American Christian Honor Society) for outstanding students in grades 10-12. Character, leadership, service, and scholarship are all entry requirements.
- The FCTA (Future Christian Teachers Association) uses students as teachers’ aides. The Lord has called some of these young people into full-time Christian service because of this experience.
- The Fifth Grade has a three-day trip to Atlanta to celebrate their completion of Elementary School.
- The Junior Class hosts a formal Junior/Senior Banquet at one of Charleston’s well-known venues.
- The Senior Class takes a trip to the Wilds and Washington, DC and surrounding areas. Memories of all the sightseeing and fellowship are an essential part of the NCS alumni experience.