Each individual is uniquely created by God! This basic truth is emphasized in our instruction for all students. As a result, ALCS students learn to honor other people and to respect the rights and property of others. Training in these principles establishes a school atmosphere of discipline and order. This enables the ALCS faculty to devote more class time to actual teaching, thereby fostering academic excellence.
In addition, we recognize that a well-rounded curriculum supported by activities both in and out of the classroom provides the best opportunity for student to grow and mature as individuals. As a result we have many unique programs and activities for students to choose from.
Abundant Life Christian School is a chapter of the National Honor Society. Students from tenth, eleventh and twelfth grades are potential candidates for membership and will utilize their abilities and talents to be of Christian service to school, church, community or special organizations. Members are selected on the basis of character, leadership, scholarship and service.
Middle and high school students who are interested in serving others may elect to participate as an Elementary Mentor/Volunteer. This is an optional activity that comes with some responsibility and also many rewards. The middle or high school students will be helping in an elementary classroom once or twice a week for 10-30 minutes at a time. Students may help walking a classroom of elementary children from one classroom to another, listen to students read, review math facts, assist with lunchtime activities, or other special student needs. The commitment is not time-intensive, but the benefits are numerous. Students must have a personal desire to help others and enjoy working with younger students.
There are more than 30 million slaves in our world today. This is not just a problem overseas, but in the United States of America as well. Perhaps we’re not really the land of the free! ALCS Challenges Trafficking (ACT) is a student group which meets once a month on Saturday nights to learn about this issue, raise awareness of human trafficking, and pray for an end to trafficking.
ACT is passionate about justice and about what breaks God’s heart. Our group has partnered with WE International which is a Madison-based group that fights poverty and injustice in six nations. Our money raised through fundraisers goes to fight injustice through the work WE International does.
This group is open only to high school students due to the violent and serious nature of the issues we discuss and the documentaries we watch. ACT is very relational and a great opportunity for students to challenge their views of the world and learn about what God thinks of the evils of human trafficking.
Contact Mrs. Gruchow at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more or have questions.
Many great references on the Internet are available including the following which we feel rank among the best:
WE International - www.weinternational.org
Not For Sale Campaign - www.notforsalecampaign.org
International Justice Mission - www.ijm.org
In the spring, teams of ALCS middle and high school students volunteer up to an 8-hour day of service to others and collect sponsorships for each hour that they work. The students and their adult supervisor spend the day going to the homes of widows, the elderly, disabled persons, and other individuals and families with needs. Each team performs acts of service such as spring-cleaning, window washing, yard work, etc.
We serve the area churches that our students represent. In addition to churches, cooperating agencies nominating individuals to be served include: East Madison Monona Coalition for the Aging, Middleton Outreach Ministry, and the Stoughton Senior Center.
CareNet Pregnancy Center, Middleton Outreach Ministry, and Youth with A Mission (YWAM) are among the organizations that have been served by ALCS teams. Families and/or organizations from the communities of Belleville, Cottage Grove, Fitchburg, Madison, Middleton, Monona, Oregon, Stoughton, and Sun Prairie are generally included in the areas that we serve.
An elderly woman in Madison wrote, "What a glorious day it was today with sunny rays and you busy bees in my yard. Thank you so much for all your help. It was kind of you to do the spring-cleaning yard work. Bless you."
A Middleton widow commented, “Please let these young people know how much they reinforce our faith in the future generation.”
“I was so greatly blessed to have you share the busy Serve-A-Thon day with me! Your help put me so ahead of my yearly ‘spring duties.’ I was a joy to receive your blessing of service! Thank you so much.” - A single woman in Madison
Serve-A-Thon in Action
Student Field Trips
A very special part of our curriculum is providing experiences for our students that take them outside the confines of ALCS. We are deliberate to having such experiences in all three departments of our school: elementary, middle school and high school.
At the exit grade of each level (5th, 8th and 12th grade) we have overnight trips that combine academic, spiritual, social and even service opportunities for our students.These experiences range from 2 days to a week-long experience; they range from a 2-hour drive from school, to half-way across the United States; they range from rock climbing together as a 5th grade class to snorkeling as a senior class in the Gulf of Mexico. Each of these experiences yields a host of life-long memories for each of the students as well as the staff/parents that help chaperone.
We are proud of being able to provide these life-changing experiences for our student body.
High School Advance
Each year the high school students and staff attend an overnight Advance at the beginning of the new school year.
This gathering offers a wonderful opportunity for service, spiritual growth, fun, and Christian fellowship. Chapel times are traditionally a highlight of the year for many students. We are committed to working with any extenuating family circumstance so that every high school student may attend.
Many times we return to Lake Waubesa Bible Camp for these events. Activities and fun include use of the water slide, water craft, game rooms, ultimate Frisbee, football, basketball, worship, relaxing around the campfire, and hanging out with classmates.
5th Grade Timber-lee Class Trip
One of the highlights of 5th grade at Abundant Life Christian School has been the annual class trip in the fall to Timber-lee Christian Camp!
Timber-lee is a 600 acre classroom which offers the 5th graders the opportunity to participate in an overnight camp experience. Timber-lee has operated a year-round Christian camp with a mission to create engaging opportunities for young people to encounter Christ through a dynamic camp experience for years.
We anticipate our students will learn about many new things that will be studied in more depth as the school year progresses as well as have the opportunity to build relationships and have fun together on their 1st school-sponsored overnight trip.
8th Grade Trip
One of the highlights of 8th grade at Abundant Life Christian School has been the annual class trip. We have been at several locations throughout the years, most recently at Expeditions Unlimited.
We seek to provide programs at facilities in a camping environment with a trained service-oriented staff. Our goal is to use the Word of God to help initiate faith and cultivate maturity in Jesus Christ.
Senior Class Trip
Each spring, ALCS extends to our high school seniors the opportunity to participate in a senior class trip. The purpose of this trip is for graduating seniors to have a culminating event that exemplifies their experiences at ALCS (spiritual, academic, and social partnered with mission-oriented service.)
Specific objectives include:
- To progress in their personal relationships with Jesus Christ through fellowship, prayer, devotional times, and worship;
- To grow in knowledge and understanding;
- To progress in Christian living through fellowship with each other;
- To gain an appreciation and desire for wholesome recreation;
- To progress in Christian living through service to others.
The cost of the senior trip varies from $650 to $1,250 per student depending on whether it is a domestic or international trip. Travel, hotel, recreation, and most meals are included in the cost. Students can earn money toward their trip through participation in school-wide fundraising activities each year and a limited number of class fund-raising activities throughout their high school years.