Welcome to our Campuses
Located in the heart of Collegedale the Greater Collegedale School System spans three campuses surrounded by Southern Adventist University and the Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist church.
Our elementary, middle and high school programs work collaboratively while teaching students day-to-day in their respective building.
At Collegedale Academy, we aim to provide an environment where spiritual growth and development among our students and staff is hailed and encouraged. Bible classes, chapels, mission trips, local community outreach, bible conferences and bible studies, form the foundation for our spiritual activities which are infused throughout our high school program. Day-to-day students volunteer to offer worship thoughts and music during our daily chapels, in addition to leading weeks of spiritual emphasis for elementary and middle school students. Bible classes encourage group discussion and discovery. CA students have the opportunity to participate in international mission trip activities. These trips have combined evangelism, music, medical and construction opportunities for our students. (Quote from our CA chaplain).
CA provides an academic program with three high school diplomas: regular, college prep and CA Scholars. Digital textbooks are used for most classes. Each year all students are issued the use of an iPad to enhance their learning through advanced and up-to-date mediums.
Core academic courses include: English I/II/III/IV, Algebra I/II, Geometry, Statistics, Pre-Calculus, Calculus (AP), Bridge Math, Advanced Geo Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, World History, US History, US Government, Economics, Physical Education, Wellness, Cardio-Strength Training, Team Sports, Acro-Force (select gymnastics team), Spanish I/II, French I/II, Art Appreciation, Sculpture, Drawing/Painting, Band, Orchestra, Jazz Band, Bella Voce (general girls choir), Frontmen (general boys choir), Opus (select mixed voice choir) Advanced Woods/Cabinetry, Home Maintenance, Digital Lifestyle, Multi-Media Design, Life Skills, Journalism, Personal Finance, Study Skills, Yearbook.
For students who excel in extreme, rigorous academics, CA Scholars may be an option. (Page on CA Scholars).
CA students may also take dual-enrollment classes through Southern Adventist University. Dual-credit classes include Anatomy & Physiology, Comp 101/102, and Music in Western Culture. Students attend these classes at CA and the classes are a part of their regular course schedules.
Southern Adventist University offers CA students the opportunity to take general education college classes for a discounted rate. These classes are offered on Southern's campus and must be attended by the student outside of their CA schedule.
Students can acquire university level math credits through CLEP and AP exams. We also administer the PSAT and ACT to our students. Our graduation rate is 98% with approximately 96% of our graduates going on to two or four year college and university programs. ACT results are also ahead of state and national averages.
Students at CA have a broad selection of activities to choose from - spiritual, academic (both afore mentioned) artistic, musical and athletic activities to choose from.
The Arts are an integral part of education. As part of the learning process fine art balances the curriculum to develop the whole intellect. Here at CA we are often complimented for our outstanding fine arts programs: band, jazz band, choirs, orchestra and visual arts. Parents can find our music groups in action several weekends per month in local Seventh-day Adventist Churches. Additionally, the musical instrument organizations take a tour every year up and down the east coast. Our orchestra has played at Carnegie Hall in New York City, in addition to playing and traveling in Chicago and Boston. Our band has most recently toured in Washington DC and Savannah; while the Jazz band makes many local appearances all year long, providing outdoor summer concerts and appearances in local parades. Our choir department often tours internationally and regularly makes a bi-annual trip. Past tours include praise concerts in Fiji, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Our music and art departments combined efforts every other year to present a full-fledged musical involving a large portion of the student body. The community relishes in these presentations with more than 1,400 people for four shows. Past shows include Music Man, Fiddler on the Roof, and Sound of Music. This spring CA's fine art's program will present Hello, Dolly. Watch for more details.
The over-all purpose of CA's visual art program is to provide the student with a basic understanding of visual arts, an appreciation of God as Creator and artist, and a discovery of self expression through the visual arts. The visual arts courses at CA deal with the nature of art, the evaluation of art, the processes and materials of art. Throughout the year art students will complete projects that will cover a variety of media and techniques and styles. Students are encouraged and provided venues to display their art publicly. In conjunction with the CA Music department, which produces a school musical bi annually, student have hands-on experience designing scenery, sets and providing stage management.
Students at CA have a variety of athletic options - individual and team sports, as well as intramurals and interscholastic sports. CA sports are golf, cross-country, tennis and track and field. Each year an intramural schedule is published for all students to participate in sporting/recreational activities with the entire student body. Our students are able to participate in interscholastic team sports including - girls volleyball, guys and girls soccer and basketball organized and managed by Collegedale Adventist Youth in Action (CAYA) Collegedale Church's youth program.
Collegedale Adventist Middle School
The CAMS academic program is built on a spiritual foundation from which academic, physical, and social development takes place. Students have Bible class four days a week along with a school-wide chapel assembly on Fridays. Students are taught and encouraged on how to lead out in spiritual settings. It is our custom for our middle school students to lead out in spiritual weeks of emphasis for the elementary students, just as the high schoolers do for them.
Academic life at CAMS, in balance with our spiritual focus and well-rounded approach, builds and prepares our students to be academically challenged and supported while having the opportunity to be contributing members of our school and community. It is our goal for each student to grow during their middle school years to achieve intellectual, emotional and mental readiness in preparation for Academy/High School. Our teachers and administration are dedicated to the students’ growth in and outside of the classrooms. Our credentials include accreditation with the Adventist Accreditation Association (AAA), the Middle States Association and CAMS has Adventist EDGE school status.
Our students are very involved in music and art. At CAMS students develop their fine art skills with a variety of choices: art class, select choir (Caroliers), strings orchestra, bell choir (Collegedale Ringers) and both intermediate and advanced band. Each CAMS music group performs quite regularly throughout our local churches, in musical festivals and on periodic tours.
Here at CAMS our students have a variety of athletic programs to choose from. We offer school intramural sports as well as a teams sports program. CAMS intramural sports are flag football, soccer, basketball, volleyball, badminton and floor hockey. Team sports include gymnastics (AcroFlyers) cross-country, girls volleyball, soccer, basketball, golf, tennis. Our interscholastic teams compete in the Independent School Conference (ISC).
A.W. Spalding Elementary School
Here at AWS we strive to help grow our children into a close relationship with Jesus Christ. We have a school chaplain, as well as a volunteer chaplain program. Bible classes are taught daily along with weekly school wide chapel services. Each fall and spring the students participate in weeks of spiritual emphasis - know as week of prayer. AWS also encourages and provides opportunities for a variety of community service projects.
A very practical way AWS teaches and models a relationship with Jesus, is through our weekly "Super Friends" program. These class meetings teach the students proactive friendship; how to build strong friendships and be a good friend to others.
As on all the GCSS campuses, AWS is a Christian community of learners dedicated to extraordinary accomplishments. AWS seeks to inspire its learners to think deeply, live fully, serve unselfishly, and love God completely. AWS offers two classrooms of each grade level offering standard academic classes in language arts, reading, math, social studies and science. Additionally, computer, music, art, library and PE classes are standard curriculum for every grade level.
AWS students participate in assessments and testing, including Dibels, the Iowa Assessment and ERB Authentic Writing Assessments. Each year all students' math and reading skills are assessed with Aimsweb. Our students traditionally rank high in all areas, and exceptionally high in writing and reading skills.
Our teachers regularly participate in professional development trainings throughout the summer months. They continually update their practices and curriculum to best serve our students. Teachers use a variety of teaching methods to reach the variety of learning styles of the students that make up each classroom.
AWS offers a wide variety of enrichment classes that make our school a great place to be. Each student participates in fine arts (art and music), outdoor/environmental education, computer concept skills, reading time in the library, and physical education.
Music class gives the students an appreciation of music and allows them to experiment with voice and instruments. Additionally, Private music lessons are available and often can be taken during the school day. Private lessons taught at AWS include voice, stings, piano and guitar. Art class stimulates children’s creativity and aids in their overall development through painting, drawing, art games, mosaics, sculpture, creative writing and literature.
Environmental education enables children to enjoy and gain a greater appreciation for God’s handiwork through outdoor exploration.
We also offer technology that reinforces children’s learning experiences through educational activities in math, reading, language, science, and geography.
Our library encourages our students to broaden their interests and fall in love with reading. During weekly visits, they learn to check out books, listen to stories and participate in hands-on activities. Our Readiness Skills prepares our students for the next step in their academic careers by expanding their math, language, motor and social skills.
We make sure our physical education provides organized instruction that teaches our students coordination, teamwork and how to follow multi-part directions. We also offer technology that reinforces children’s learning experiences through educational activities in math, reading, language, science, and geography. Our library encourages our students to broaden their interests and fall in love with reading. During weekly visits, they learn to check out books, listen to stories and participate in hands-on activities.
We make sure our physical education provides organized instruction that teaches our students coordination, teamwork and how to follow multi-part directions.
AWS offers intramural sports after school for all students regardless of grade or ability level including soccer, basketball and flag football. Additionally, cross country is available for all students in grades 3-5 with the same interscholastic league CAMS participates in, the Independent School Conference (ISC).
Early Childhood Educational Center - a program of AWS
ECEC creates an atmosphere that encourages a positive, supportive and Christ-like environment that promotes a child’s self-esteem and sense of security. The program follows the NAD recommended program Pebbles which is comprised of faith-based lessons that encourage children to develop a relationship with God.
At every age, students learn in different ways and at different rates. Our teachers are especially sensitive to the individual learning style of each child, and allow children to excel at their own pace. ECEC utilizes best practices in early childhood education where children can spontaneously ask questions, investigate, create and explore new ideas.
ECEC is unique because we offer an enrichment program where students can expand their skills and develop a love for learning by participating in educational opportunities offered to all the students on the AWS campus. ECEC students have the same in school opportunities as the AWS students including: library, computer instruction, art, physical education and music. This is a good opportunity for them to spend time preparing to transition into a traditional classroom setting.