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 2018 - Booklet & Courses

J Term Trips

Message from J Term Trip Coordinator

March 31, 2017

Dear LRCA High School Parents 2017-2018,

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 2017-2018.

As we look ahead to next year’s school year it is the goal of this email to accomplish several things.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 the 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 seven exciting J-Term trips for students.Four 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 elementary school-age student on the island in one short week. Throughout the trip, students will lead presentations at elementary 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, Leon Levy Preserve, visiting gift shops, eating a local restaurants, stopping for ice cream treats, going to the beautiful pink sand beaches, and participate in other local activities that are available during our trip dates. 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 1-8, 2018, and cost is approximately $1,750 (tax-deductible) and includes all meals on the island, lodging, and transportation; excludes airport meals and baggage fees. For more information, email Ann Polson at ann.polson@littlerockchristian.com.


Jamaica participants will be leaving on January 2 for a week long mission trip. We will be split the time there in several different places. We will do construction at the Jamaica Christian School for the Deaf, care for orphans at Blossom Garden, and minister to the severely handicapped at West Haven home. We will spend our last day relaxing on the beach before returning home January 8, 2018. This trip is open to anyone 9-12 grade and the approximate cost is $1950. We should have room for 35 which may fill quickly after the beginning of school. If you are interested in joining us on this trip, get a registration form from Mr. Sanders in the high school, Room 833. We are looking forward to seeing how God will work through you this next trip. Email Dave Sanders dave.sanders@littlerockchristian.com


France: Loire Valley to Normandy. Students will fly from Little Rock to Nantes in western France to begin their discovery of the lush and elegant Loire Valley. In this area of France, often referred to as the Playground of the Kings, we will tour two of the region’s most famous castles, Amboise and Chenonceau, and explore some ancient subterranean grottos. After leaving the Loire Valley, we will tour the famous 13th-century Cathedral of Chartres before heading to Normandy in the northwestern corner of France. We will tour the Beaches of Normandy where America’s involvement in strategic battles turned the tide of World War II. Time spent at the American Cemetery and the World War II memorial in Caen will be moving reminders of the ultimate sacrifice made by so many to ensure the freedoms we enjoy today. No visit to Normandy would be complete without a walking tour of the town of St. Malo, and a visit to Mont-Saint-Michel, an 8th-century monastery that is surrounded by water at high tide. This eight-day tour includes round-trip airfare, two meals per day, all-inclusive insurance, and hotel accommodations. Approximate travel dates are December 31, 2017-January 7, 2018, and the approximate cost is $3,895.00 (tips and spending money not included). Students in grades 10-12 will be accompanied by faculty chaperones. Please contact Heather Tarpley at heather.tarpley@littlerockchristian.com.


Ireland is a beautiful country with rich, rolling hills, a welcoming, friendly atmosphere, and an ancient history that stretches back to the Vikings and into modern American culture. This educational trip to Ireland will focus on literature, history, and culture, and take students on a tour of some of the best sights this little island has to offer. We will visit the old Viking city of Dublin, home to Trinity College and the Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript of the four gospels that’s said to have saved the message of Christianity in western Europe. We will see the last port of the Titanic in Cork, kiss the Blarney Stone atop Blarney Castle, and witness the majesty of the Cliffs of Moher. The cost for this trip includes airfare, accommodations, two meals a day, all-inclusive insurance, entrance to special attractions, and a professional and private tour guide to answer all our questions for this nine day excursion. The cost is approximately $3,350 and does not include any tips or spending money. This trip is open to male and female students from grades 10-12, and we will be traveling from December 31, 2017 to January 8, 2018. Any questions or concerns can be directed to Laurie Biggs at laurie.biggs@littlerockchristian.com.

New York City

New York City-Experience the Arts: Come experience NYC. Students will tour major monuments and architectural sights including the 911 Memorial, Central Park, and Rockefeller Center. We will attend multiple Broadway shows, worship with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, tour Julliard and TISCH schools, and multiple museums. This trip allows students to tailor excursions to their particular interest in either visual arts or performance arts. Performance arts students will attend Broadway-style workshops and talk-backs with actors while visual arts students tour the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Biennial, and the Museum of Modern Art. This 5 night, 6 day trip will help expose students to collegiate and career possibilities in the arts. Open to 10th through 12th-grade students with priority given to students with an interest in the arts. The cost is approximately $2,000 and covers round-trip airfare, hotel stay for 5 nights, breakfast 5 days, dinner 4 days, and all excursions. For more information please contact Melanie Buchanan melanie.buchanan@littlerockchristian.com

Passion 2018 (limited to Class of 2018)

PASSION CONFERENCE/CONCERTS 2018 (Must be 18 by Jan. 1st 2018) PASSION is an annual gathering of 18-25 year olds in Atlanta, Georgia, rooted in the confession of Isaiah 26:8. Passion exists to glorify God by uniting young adults in worship, prayer, teaching, and care for others and for a 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 matters most. This a great opportunity for seniors to meet, fellowship, worship and witness college students and young adults who are on fire for the Lord and hopefully inspire them to return each year and/or stay close to the Lord when they leave home. We have had a great group of alumni that have returned each year after having experienced this their senior year.

This year we will leave on 12-31 and enjoy New Year’s Eve in the beautiful city of Atlanta. We will then enjoy touring the Aquarium and Coke Museum on Monday and begin the conference Monday night. We will return on Thurs., Jan. 4th. This will count as the full J-term for the student or they could even have a couple of days to do an intern if so chooses. The cost is around $595 (depending on the number of participants) for the New Year’s Day, Conference/concert ticket, hotel and transportation for the 5 days. If you have any questions feel free to contact Susie Thompson, susie.thompson@littlerockchristian.com. There are also a number of students who are glad to tell you about the trip and their growth and experience if you are interested in references.

J Term Internships

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