At TPCHS, we emphasize core studies in Bible, reading, literature, writing, math, science and social studies to create a challenging academic environment that instills confidence. To complement the college preparatory PBL program, TPCHS will develop and implement four specialized programs: School of Fine Arts, School of Applied Sciences, School of Leadership, and a School of Biomedical Sciences. These programs will further enhance creativity, team-building, problem-solving and innovative thought processes. Whether students are college-bound, plan to learn a trade or enter the workforce directly, there is an academic path for their success.
Our course requirements form the basis for our student academic program, but there are a number of ways for students to build an exciting program that allows them to follow their individual passions and explore new interests. Whether they are college bound, plan to learn a trade or enter the workforce directly, there is an academic path for their success.
Through programs such as Exploration Trips, Project Lead the Way, and Aviation course options students can learn to "explore beyond the box." All students have the chance to travel to deepen their skills, explore God's calling on their life and experience local ministry in Indianapolis first-hand. Our sophomores, juniors and seniors may choose from a wide variety of biblically based high school courses, AP or dual-credit courses offering both high school and early college credit. And let's not forget MakerSpace - our 21st Century version of Industrial Arts & Home Economics programs. In MakerSpace, students can work with 3D printing, design using technology, utilize laser cutters, sewing machines, hand tools and electronics to create & build, testing their ideas to learn through success and maybe sometimes failure.
Our goal as teachers is to offer a curriculum that interests, engages and inspires our students, one that speaks to the broad-ranging curiosity of children, invites active exploration, awakens creative response and builds a sense of self awareness. Our departmental structure and innovative facility design not only allows us an opportunity to collaborate with colleagues in our field both across and within our divisions, it creates and fosters an environment in which we are constantly challenging ourselves as educators, learning from one another's experiences, reassessing our roles in the classroom and adapting our curriculum to meet the ever-changing and individual needs of our students in today's world.
The current job landscape and all the trends suggest that for the next decade that five skills should be a priority:
- Self-management: The ability to manage one’s time, awareness, attitudes, and learning is more important than ever. A growth mindset (self, learning, awareness, interactions meta-awareness of perceptions, etc.) is far more important and critical to success in the future of a young individual.
- Project-management: We live in a project-based world. About half of high school graduates will enter the freelance economy and experience project-based careers. Many others that take jobs will manage their work in projects. All young people should learn how to deliver value by managing multi-step activities—and often doing it in teams.
- Teamwork: The complexity of every profession has transcended the expert craftsmen. The ability to collaborate and deliver in teams is critical in almost every sector. As jobs are augmented, working with smart machines is a new aspect of teamwork. Self-management and managing social interactions are the foundation of social and emotional learning.
- Entrepreneurship: An appreciation of the importance of effort, what Carol Dweck, author of the best-seller Mindset, calls a growth mindset, is the foundation of enterprise. Employers (and customers) would recognize this as hustle. Knowing how to get work (marketing) and deliver value (project management) is important for all whether self-employed or working for others.
- Design thinking: Adaptive challenges (problems we’ve never seen) will be more prevalent and prominent. Design and computational thinking (attack skills for complexity) are essential. The ability to walk into new situations and know what to do, where to start and how to approach the challenge. This requires iteration, development of solutions and analyzing possible outcomes.
Obviously, literacy and numeracy continue to be critically important but it’s increasingly important how they’re applied also known as creative know how.
At TPCHS students will learn to; live Biblically, think critically and creatively, exhibit strong numeracy, speak with confidence, read with understanding, write with clarity, practice effective problem solving, hunger for discovery and investigation, lead with excellence, and impact the world for Christ.