J Term

Modeled after the college January term idea, “J-Term” is designed to increase learning opportunities for students. We offer classes and experiences not normally available, giving students an opportunity to learn in areas of passion, discover and develop their gifts, explore new ideas and skills, and consider where God may be leading them in their lives. The “block” nature of J-Term allows for focused, in-depth study and deeper relationships with teachers and a small group of students.

What is the basic program of J-Term?

All students receive credit and grades for J-Term. J-Term is required for each year at LRCA. Non-faculty instructors are also used and bring outside perspective and knowledge.

Do other schools use J-Term?

Yes, schools such as Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, Charlotte Christian School, Brentwood Academy, and Wheaton Academy all have a January or Winterim Term. Students at Cincinnati Hills Christian were asked, “What is the one thing you would never change about CHCA?” Across the board, “January Term” was the answer. Typically, students who have experienced “J-Term” rank it at the top of their high school experience. The concept is increasingly meeting the educational and developmental needs of students.

How does J-Term help regular semester classes?

Schools nd that the quality and results of regular semester courses are enhanced by having J-Term. Reasons for the positive effect on the regular semester courses include:

  1. Teachers tend to use time better, focusing all year on good use of time more than compensating for the J-Term. Since Little Rock Christian began J-Term, ACT scores have risen, and we have been named a National Blue Ribbon School for exemplary performance.
  2. Students are fresher and have better attitudes toward school in general, increasing productivity.
  3. Relationships are deepened with faculty and others that lay a foundation for stronger classroom experiences and lifelong relationships. Students tend to learn better where there are positive relationships.
  4. Students often develop life purpose or perspective which motivates studies.

J Term Trips

Message from J Term Trip Coordinator

Dear LRCA High School Parents 2016-2017,

Hello, my name is Terri Swedenburg and I am the coordinator for LRCA J-Term Trips and have trip information for you in preparation for 2016-2017.

First and foremost, I want parents to know what the trip options will be for the coming year during J-Term. Included with the overall description of each trip you will find pricing, as well as contact information for those heading up the trips.

It is my hope that advance information will help you to financially plan for your student to be able to take advantage of these wonderful travel opportunities. Please contact the teacher in charge of the trip in which you are interested to get an application. After your application has been turned in, you will be notified when your student has been accepted for travel. This acceptance will depend on trip guidelines including gender, grade level, order that applications are received, and maximum number of students for each trip, and LRCA Handbook. The Handbook states; "By understanding that trips are a privilege and, as a participant, the students represent Christ, his/her family, and LRCA, only students who are in good standing in regards to academics and discipline will be considered eligible."

We have six exciting J-Term trips for students. Three of our trips are educationally based, two are missions/equipping based trips, and one is combined with our J-Term Internship program. I truly believe that exposing students to the wonders of the world through travel and involving them in missions are life changing opportunities in which students learn to care outside the “world” of a teenager. I hope the information included helps you in making decisions for next year’s J-Term trips.


Terri Swedenburg

J-Term Trip Coordinator


Bahamas mission trip (Eleuthera, Bahamas) with United Servants Abroad. Our team will have the opportunity to share the Word with almost every school-age student on the island in one short week. Throughout the trip, students will lead presentations at elementary and high schools all over the island, lead a day of VBS at Zion Children’s Home (foster home), complete various jobs at Jordan Stone House, and experience a Bahamian Sunday worship service. Students will also have fun excursions such as seeing the Glass Window Bridge, visiting gift shops, eating at local restaurants, stopping for ice cream treats, and going to the beautiful pink sand beaches. The team will have daily devotional time together. This trip is open to all high school students grades 9-12. Tentative trip dates are January 2-9, 2017, and cost is approximately $1,725 (tax-deductible) and includes all meals on the island, lodging, baggage fees, and transportation.

For more information, email Ann Polson ann.polson@littlerockchristian.com.


Jamaica mission trip with Mission Discovery will include construction at Jamaica Christian School for the Deaf, conducting a Bible School for the children at the Eden Pre-School, helping care for babies and children at Blossom Garden Children’s Home, a time of worship and sharing each evening, staying in a hotel over-looking the beautiful Caribbean Ocean and a day of sight-seeing, swimming and shopping. The trip will last 7 days. January 1-7, and cost is approximately $1900. It is open to all high school students (9 – 12) and sponsors are Dave Sanders and Kay Daniels.

For more information, email Dave.Sanders@littlerockchristian.com

Costa Rica

Costa Rica: On this 10-day trip, students will revel in the myriad of Costa Rica’s unparalleled natural and cultural beauty. They will explore many of Costa Rica’s famous landmarks and do fun activities such as kayak on Lake Arenal while enjoying a splendid view of the mile-high Arenal Volcano, relax in the naturally heated nearby Hot Springs, hike to La Fortuna Waterfall, horseback ride and zip line in Monteverde, which contains a spectacular range of flora and fauna in six distinct ecological zones, spend an entire day at Manuel Antonio National Park, on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast, which encompasses rugged rainforest, white-sand beaches and coral reefs and it’s renowned for its vast diversity of tropical plants and wildlife, and enjoy a whitewater rafting excursion on the Sarapiquí River, just to mention a few! The cost, $ 2,935 – $3,020 depending on the number of students who sign up ,includes round – trip airfare, hotel accommodations, a full-time bilingual EF tour director, insurance, three meals daily, entrance fees to all attractions and guided sightseeing.

If you are interested in this trip, please visit http://www.eftours.com/ and enter this tour number: 1777511BZ. If you would like to secure a place on the trip, you may enroll right away.

If you have any questions, please contact Araceli.johnston@littlerockchristian.com or call EF Tours at (800) 665 - 5364


The J-Term England Tour offers students 8 days in beautiful, extraordinary Great Britain. The tour focuses on the rich historical and literary legacy of Great Britain that has had such a profound influence on our great nation. Price includes roundtrip airfare, 7 nights’ accommodation, breakfast and dinner meals, professional tour guide, all-inclusive insurance, and entrance into all special attractions. Students will travel around southern England to see timeless landmarks such as Stonehenge, Warwick Castle, and the Roman city of Bath, literary sites such as Shakespeare's home and Oxford, where Tolkien and C.S. Lewis exchanged ideas, and historical landmarks like Salisbury Cathedral where the Magna Carta is kept and the HMS Victory that destroyed Napoleon's fleet at Trafalgar. This tour will allow your student to learn and experience the people, places, and significance of this wonderful country. Approximate cost; $3,200 - $3,600. includes round – trip airfare, hotel accommodations, insurance, a full-time EF tour director, two meals daily, entrance fees to all attractions and guided sightseeing. (Tips and spending money are not included in the approximated trip cost) Price may vary slightly due to number of students enrolled. This wonderful adventure is open to male and female students, grades 10-12.

Please contact Matthew Foster for more information.


Venice, Bologna, Florence, Assisi- To visit Italy is to be immersed in the beauty of classical times, with its magnificent monuments and churches that offer a glimpse into the vibrant and rich history of western civilization. This 8 day educational trip will offer students a chance to touch history and experience the Italian culture as we are led on guided tours in some of the world’s most famous cities. Price includes airfare, 6 nights of accommodation, private tour bus, two meals a day (lunch is not included), professional and private guided tours with entrances into the Doge’s Palace, St. Peter’s Basilica, Bologna University (the first in the world!), St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral, the Academia of Florence, and Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral. Students will also have the opportunity to visit and tour other key cultural and historical sites. In addition to examining historical sites, the tour will soak in contemporary Italian culture while enjoying Italian cuisine, shopping, and impromptu explorations of Venice, Florence, Bologna, and Assisi. The cost is approximately $ 3,000.00- $3,500.00, includes round – trip airfare, hotel accommodations, insurance, a full-time bilingual EF tour director, two meals daily, entrance fees to all attractions and guided sightseeing. It is open to 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students and will be chaperoned by members of the high school faculty and staff (11th and 12th grade students will be given priority, but 10th grade students will be allowed to go as long as slots are available).

For more information contact, rebecca.howell@littlerockchristian.com or visitwww.eftours.com/1851000RK

Passion 2017 (limited to Class of 2017)

Passion 2017, a ministry of 268 Generation, is a Gathering of 18-25 year olds and their leaders in Atlanta, Georgia. Rooted in the confession of Isaiah 26:8, Passion exists to glorify God by uniting students in worship, prayer, and justice for spiritual awakening in this generation. From its start in 1995, the passion movement has had a singular mission- calling students from campuses across the nation and around the world to live for what matter most. We will leave the morning of Jan 1 and return the morning of Jan 5. The cost is $350-$500 (based on the number of registrants; more details later) which includes the conference, hotel and transportation. For more info visit https://secure.268generation.com/passion2016/ or Patrick.salman@littlerockchristian.com.

J Term Internships

J Term Internships

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J Term Courses

J Term Courses

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