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Challenging, fun, life-changing, deep, communal, inspiring, practical. . .all these words and more can be used to describe the J-Term experience at LRCA. J-Term gives high school students an opportunity to serve, to travel, to learn in areas of passion or interest, to go deeper into a subject, to practice skills, to grow spiritually, and to develop new relationships, new insights, and a renewed enthusiasm for learning. Some of the most memorable experiences of high school life are created during J-Term each year.

J-term 2020 Course Catalog

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2019-2020 J-term Experience

J Term Trips - January 2020

We will have incredible course offerings on campus, as well as individual internship opportunities for 10th-12th grade students, but some of the more immersive experiences available to students during J-Term are our stateside and international trips! Exposure to the wonders of the world through travel and involvement in missions is most certainly a life-changing experience that broadens and deepens our students, teaching them to care outside the “world” of a teenager.  


We have six exciting trips available for students this year.  Three of our trips are educationally based, two are missions-based, and one is a mission/worship experience available to senior students only. I hope the information included helps you in deciding whether to participate in one of our J-Term trips.


If you would like to sign up for one of these trips, please contact the teacher in charge of the trip and complete the application they provide.  Early trip sign-ups are helpful in coordination and cost projection, and may confer a discounted price for your trip. 


Please remember 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 discipline will be considered eligible for a J-Term trip.

Ireland - The Emerald Isle

Ireland - The Emerald Isle (.5 Credit)  


Open to students in grades 10-12


On this 10-day trip coordinated through EF Tours, students will discover why Ireland's culture, geography, and history have been capturing imaginations and inspiring writers for centuries. In Dublin, they will walk in the footsteps of giants like Jonathan Swift and James Joyce, exploring elegant Georgian squares and bustling streets before traveling along the Wild Atlantic Way, discovering the Ring of Kerry and the Cliffs of Moher, and taking in the rugged beauty of the Emerald Isle with all their senses. At every turn, students will be enticed to savor the wit and down-to-earth spirit of the locals.  Students will travel through Dublin, Galway, Killarney, and Cork.


Cost: $3,500.00 (approximate)


Faculty Contact: Laurie Biggs -

Bahamas - Servants Heart and Service


Bahamas - Servants Heart and Service  (.5 Credit)


Open to students in grades 9 -12


On this 8-day mission trip to Eleuthera, Bahamas, coordinated with United Servants Abroad, students will have the opportunity to share the Word of God with almost every elementary school-aged student on the island! Throughout the trip, students will lead presentations at elementary schools, assist with youth events at local churches, complete various jobs at Jordan Stone House, and experience a Bahamian Sunday worship service. This trip packs in a variety of fun excursions, such as seeing the Glass Window Bridge and Leon Levy Preserve, visiting gift shops, eating at local restaurants, stopping for ice cream treats, lounging on beautiful pink sand beaches, and participating in other local activities that are available during our trip dates. The team will have daily devotional time together. 


Cost: $1,875.00


Faculty Contact: Ann Polson -

Jamaica - Serving the Least of These


 Jamaica - Serving the Least of These (.5 Credit)


Open to students in grades 9 -12


On this 7-day mission trip, students will partner with Mission Discovery and the Jamaica Christian School for the Deaf, ministering to hearing impaired and special needs children. This project includes both construction work and sharing the love of Christ with the residents of the school. The team will also lead a Children’s Bible School in the community of Eden, Jamaica, as well as spend time caring for residents at Blossom Garden Children’s Home, an orphanage for more than 70 children.  One of the highlights of this trip is spending time at the Westhaven Home for the severely disabled. The last day in Montego Bay will be spent enjoying the beautiful beach at Doctor’s Cave.


Cost:  $1,950.00


Faculty Contact: Stefan Jones -

Washington, D.c. - Foundations of Freedom


Washington, D.C. - Foundations of Freedom (.5 Credit)


Open to students in grades 10-12


Join us to learn more about our Christian heritage in America! Come explore how Biblical truths and principles have permeated the fabric of our history and culture as Americans. We will visit memorials and sites dedicated to the early formative years such as Mt. Vernon, the historical city of Alexandria, the Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln Memorials, as well as the Ford Theatre.  We will learn about America’s military history by visiting the Arlington National Cemetery as well as memorial sites commemorating WWII, Iwo Jima, Korea, Vietnam, and 9/11. We will explore the legacy of FDR and MLK as we visit their memorials and will also consider the importance of ambassadorship on Ambassador Row. One of our most important days will be spent on the Capitol grounds and culminating in a tour of the White House.  The Smithsonian, the Holocaust Museum, and the Museum of the Bible are sure to provide fascinating insights as well. You will return from this trip with a greater appreciation for the sacrifices that have been made in the past to ensure our freedom as Americans and as people of Faith.


Cost: $1,900  *includes transportation, lodging, and meals


Faculty Contact:

Faith Best - 

June Hendren - 

New York - Experience the Arts of NYC


New York - Experience the Arts of NYC (.5 Credit)


Open to students in grades 10-12 - priority given to students with an interest in the arts


Come experience the myriad of artistic and cultural opportunities afforded by NYC. Students will tour major monuments and architectural sights including the 911 Memorial, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Central Park, and Rockefeller Center. We will attend multiple Broadway shows, an opera, and multiple museums. We will also attend church at the Brooklyn Tabernacle and hear the famous Brooklyn Tabernacle choir perform. Students will attend Broadway-style workshops and talk-backs with Broadway actors. They will also tour the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Biennial, and the Museum of Modern Art.  This 6 night, 7-day trip will help expose students to college and career possibilities in the arts. 


Cost: $2,200 (approximately) *covers round-trip airfare, hotel stay for 6 nights, breakfast 6 days, 4 additional meals at New York’s favorites, and excursions. 


Faculty Contact: Melanie Buchanan - 

Passion Conference


Passion Conference (.25 credit)


Seniors only


The focus of the Passion conference is to inspire students (18-25) to live so their journey on earth counts for what is most important in the end, the fame of the One who rescues and restores, and the privilege we have to amplify His name in everything we do. Passion is more than a conference. More than an event. More than a feeling. Passion is saying goodbye to lesser things and saying yes to Jesus, the One whose name is above every name. This year’s 3 day event (Dec 31-Jan 3) in Atlanta, Georgia features Ravi Zacharias, John Piper, Louie Giglio, Lecrae, Kari Jobe, Tim Tebow, HIllsong United, and others.


Cost: $700 (Approximate)


Faculty Contact:

Amanda Glenn -

Bubby Harrell - 

J Term Courses


J-Term will begin on January 6 and end January 13.  Regular classes resume January 14. With the exception of one or two full day class offerings, students will select two classes for J-Term, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Students will request classes in Renweb, similar to registering for regular classes according to the assigned day.  See below for deadlines and contact information. The booklet will contain more detail.



J-term  Course Catalog

J Term Internships

J-Term Internships are now open for students in grades 10-12.  Students must apply for internships online and be approved before being accepted into the Internship Program. Students are not permitted to intern an immediate family member (i.e. mother or father).  Submit application for internships here.