9th - 12th Grade High School Program
Recognizing the rising academic potential of our high school student body, the Patriot Scholars program was created to facilitate the development of these elite students in becoming the most marketable to the top Universities in the nation. This program is made up of approximately the top 10% in each grade level, with goals for them to become full Bright Futures Qualifiers, AP Capstone Certified, and achieve a strong HS resume of community service. The Patriot Scholars program was developed to foster our three pillars of Faith, Character, and Success and includes enrichment opportunities in the summer and throughout the school year, as well as, additional academic and service requirements. We believe through program participation, our Scholars will be equipped to graduate as versatile, academically advanced future leaders.
5 Attributes of a Patriot Scholar
Continuing firmly or obstinately in a course of action in spite of difficulty
or opposition. A Patriot Scholar will be faced with deadlines, long hours studying, multitasking, additional stress, and the occasional missed social activity. Despite all of these obstacles, it is our duty to stay the course set out before us.
As Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Adapt to the prevailing level of light and become able to see clearly. A Patriot Scholar must keep their focus on their future goals with imagination and wisdom always remembering that God has an ultimate plan for them.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Not deterred by danger or pain; brave. Throughout their journey, a Patriot Scholar may at times endure academic, social, emotional, spiritual, or physical challenges or fears. Whether it be overcoming the fear of public speaking, stepping out of our comfort zone, or trying something new, a Patriot Scholar should embody courage in the face of these challenges.
In Deuteronomy 31:6, God reminds us to “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you or forsake you.”
Giving or showing firm and constant support or allegiance to a person or institution. A Patriot Scholar should be loyal to their school, never speaking poorly but instead looking for ways to give back and improve the campus culture. Additionally, a Patriot Scholar must be loyal to their fellow Patriots through words and actions that uplift and encourage one another.
“Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor.” Proverbs 21:21
Concerned more with the needs and wishes of others than with one’s own. A Patriot Scholar should always be vigilant to those in need in their school, home, or community. What good is academic or personal success if you cannot use those successes to serve others. Patriot Scholars should be characterized for their servant’s heart.
Isaiah 58:10 says, “And if you give yourself to the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then your light will rise in the darkness and your gloom will become like midday.”
THE SYMBOL OF THE LANTERN
The symbol of a Florida Christian School Patriot Scholar is the lantern. Fundamentally, a lantern provides light. Light, in its context, helps to lead the way forward, towards the future and pushes aside the surrounding darkness. American Patriot, Paul Revere, used the lantern as a bold and courageous signal to alert patriots of the impending British invasion. In the same way, God reminds us to be a ‘lantern’ in our daily lives shining His light to all around us. Matthew 5:14-16 says, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” As Patriot Scholars, God has given us academic abilities, gifts, and talents that shine in each of us. The lighting of this lantern serves as a challenge and goal to use those gifts and talents as a light in our home, school, and community.
Expectations for a Patriot Scholar
- Maintain the minimum GPA required in high school credit courses (4.0 Cumulative Weighted & Unweighted)
- Obtain a minimum score of:
- 900 on the PSAT 8/9 in 8th grade
- 1000 on the PSAT 8/9 in 9th Grade
- 1100 on the PSAT 10 or PSAT/NMSQT in 10th Grade
- 1200 on the PSAT/NMSQT in 11th Grade
- Take the required AP or Honors courses during each school year
- Maintain a high standard of conduct
- Earn a minimum of 12 Scholars points a year (earned by attending Patriot Scholar events)
- Participate in a Summer Enrichment Opportunity or Internship
- Annual Program Fee is required
Goals for Students in the Patriot Scholars Program
- Florida Bright Futures Academic Scholars Eligibility (4.0 GPA/1300 SAT)
- Strong High School Resume (400+ Community Service Hours)
- AP Capstone Certified Diploma
Scholars Road Map to Success
- STEM related field trips and clubs
- Professional Guest Speakers
- Community Service Opportunities
- Leadership Opportunities (Key Club, Class Officers, etc.)
- College Visits starting in 10th grade
- Summer Enrichment Opportunities: Internships, Dual Enrollment, Seminars for College Apps, etc.
- College Application Stipend Opportunities
- Guidance for scholarships
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