Considering JICS?

Finding the right spiritual and educational fit for your loved ones is an important decision. Here we provide some insight into who we are and what we are about at JICS to help you decide.

Finding a "Good-Fit" Partnership 

Choosing a school is one of the most important decisions you make for your child. Knowing that your child will probably spend 10,000+ hours in a classroom before the age of 14, you want to be sure you are making the best choice for your child. Even more importantly, finding a school that reinforces the biblical beliefs taught in your home that are integrated into your child's education is a critical component of Godly parenting.

What makes JICS distinct is our focus on both cultivating a strong Christian worldview while also providing a rigorous academic program. While many schools will sacrifice one for the other, know it is possible to address both areas in the classroom. Our teachers have been trained to integrate biblical instruction in all courses of study in a natural way. This allows students to develop a mindset to live out what they believe in every area of their life.

As you consider the best fit for your child, we encourage you to review the beliefs and values of James Island Christian School as you make the best decision for your child. Carefully read through the most frequently asked questions to learn more about JICS. For additional information, you may schedule an individual tour and request to meet with the Head of School.

Who We Are

James Island Christian School exists to provide an opportunity for academic excellence within a Christ-centered environment that complements the teaching of the home and the church.  Everything we do is aligned with our four core values:  Christ-Centered, Biblically-Based, Academically Excellent, and Service Driven.  Our ultimate goal is to prepare the next generation to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and to be exactly who He created them to be, both academically and spiritually.

With low teacher to student ratios, we offer a curriculum that integrates faith and learning.  Qualified teachers follow a curriculum that is aligned to standards, ensuring that students are prepared at the end of each grade for the next level.  The curriculum is presented through hands-on activities, age appropriate technology, collaboration, and differentiated lessons.  All students have a daily Bible class and attend regularly scheduled chapel time where students learn to worship, pray, study the Bible, and apply all they have learned.

Using a whole child approach, in addition to the academic and spiritual focus, the physical growth of our students is addressed with an offering of a variety of sports beginning at age 3 with our Junior Lions program.  Grade 5 students can be part of competitive volleyball, basketball, swimming, soccer, and tennis teams.
Our campus spans approximately six acres on beautiful James Island and encompasses a multi-complex including a well-equipped science lab, computer lab, and gymnasium.

Our Beginnings

James Island Christian School began out of a vision of having a private Christian school that was academically excellent while at the same time using God’s Word as the foundation for all subject matter.  In 1994, after many months of prayer and planning the school opened its door for the first time. James Island Christian School was established by families of James Island Christian Church as a next generation ministry to help serve and partner with families in raising their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

In 1995, James Island Christian School received its first full accreditation through the South Carolina Independent School Association and received AdvancEd Accreditation in 2014. In 2020 we will be adding accreditation with Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).  We are also an active member of Christian Schools International (CSI).

What Makes Us Different?

Bibilically Integrated Curriculum

 All of our classes, from infants to 8th grade are biblically integrated.  We strive to use every opportunity to combine faith and learning in order to allow the Christian faith to direct the educational experience.

Diverse Student Body

Our student body is diverse – including students from different races, different socio-economic levels, and different first languages.  Our families come from all across Charleston and Berkeley County.

Whole Child Approach

We believe in addressing the needs of the whole child – spiritually, emotionally, academically, and physically. Our classrooms are filled with activities that meet all learning styles, behavior is addressed using scripture, and we offer a full range of sports for ages 3 to grade 8.

Family Enviornment

We are a family.  Our focus is not only on the student, but the whole family, believing that parents are an essential, primary piece of the education of their children.  We believe in investing in and supporting the whole family through prayer, activities, collaboration, and more. We believe in knowing the student and the family, not just having a student in a chair in a classroom.

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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does James Island Christian School exist?
James Island Christian School exists to provide an opportunity for academic excellence within a Christ-centered environment that complements the teaching of the home and the church.
How rigorous are your academic programs?
Our program is aligned with national standards to prepare students for a college preparatory high school experience.
What is the deadline for admissions?
We have a rolling enrollment, but to guarantee a spot, you should apply by May 31.
What are the core values of JICS?
Christ-Centered, Biblically- Based, Academically Excellent, Service Driven
What is meant by a philosophy of Christian school education?
We believe a Christian worldview can be woven into everything we teach, from language arts and science to physical education and art. We apply this worldview to our conversations, discipline, and curriculum.
Can I talk to a parent who currently has a child in your program?
Yes, we have parents and Board members who are available to share their experience and stories.
Is financial assistance offered?
Yes, on a case by case situation based on proven financial need for K5-8th Grade.
Are our young ones kept safe and secure throughout the day?
We have a closed and secure campus with cameras in each room, practice all safety drills, and have a School Resource Officer that regularly visits our campus as well and is on call at all times.
How diverse is your student population?
Staff and students from a variety of populations - White, African American, Asian, Hispanic, etc. There are also a variety of socio-economic levels and education levels in our JICS family.
What are our options for before and/or after school care?
JICS offers a Before and After School Program between the hours of 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Is there a nurse on campus to address medical concerns?
We do not have a registered nurse on campus, however, our front office works closely with parents and the Department of Health. We also have a physician on our school board that provides guidance in regards to health related policies and issues.
How do we set-up an appointment to visit?
Click on the "Schedule a Tour" button or call the school direct for an appointment. We are happy to show you around.