Our School

Delmarva Christian High School is a non-denominational, regional Christian high school, serving students in grades 9 through 12. In the school’s twelfth year of operation, enrollment has grown to 210 students. The 48-acre campus includes practice and playing fields and a school educational building, complete with 17 classrooms, two (2) science labs, nurse’s office, cafeteria with kitchen, and a Student Union with a library. The most recent addition to the campus is a 27,000 square foot Arts & Athletics Center that houses offices, classrooms, green screen studio, training/weight room, men’s and women’s locker rooms, stage, second Student Union, and three regulation-size basketball/volleyball courts.

Academics

DCHS teachers have developed an academic curriculum that is unique to our school. The classically-oriented curriculum is taught at the college preparatory level and offers Advanced Placement courses in English, social studies, science, and math. Online and on-campus dual enrollment college courses are also offered to high school juniors and seniors. For those in need of focused assistance in a particular area of study, DCHS provides a learning enrichment program, known as LEaP. Moreover, academic support for all students is provided through after-school academic coaching and special needs support. All students use iPad technology and are tested annually with the Terra Nova Achievement Test, 3rd Edition. Junior-year students take the PSAT; and, before graduating, students take the SAT and are encouraged to take the ACT.

Academic Highlights

DCHS students have several unique educational opportunities as they pursue God’s plan for their lives:

J-Term

The DCHS J-Term enables students to explore God’s calling while pursuing their passions. The activities and mission ministries take place between the fall and spring semesters over a 2-3 week period of intensive Christ-based study and work. Learn More

Science Olympiad

DCHS consistently wins the Sussex County Trophy and Spirit Awards. Learn More.

iLearn

DCHS has partnered with several universities to offer online and on-campus dual enrollment college courses for high school Juniors and Seniors. Learn More.

iPad 1:1

All DCHS students use iPad technology as a coursework tool.  DCHS is the first school in the State of Delaware to offer a one-to-one iPad technology program. Learn More.

SAT Scores

DCHS students earn the highest SAT scores in Sussex County. *SAT score data is derived from the State of Delaware School Profile website. Learn More.

LEaP

Under the leadership of a certified special education instructor, the Learning Enrichment Program (LEaP) offers DCHS students the opportunity to focus on an area of academic concern as well as learn organizational and study skills critical to school, life, and success. Pathways to success are created for all LEaP students. Learn More.

Graduation Requirements

Students must earn a minimum of 32.25 credits, perform a minimum of 100 hours of co-curricular service to the community, and successfully complete the Senior Thesis Project (STP) in order to earn a DCHS diploma. The Senior Thesis Project (STP) consists of a 25-page APA formatted research/reflection paper, a tangible product/process, and an oral presentation/profession.

Minimum Graduation Requirements: Bible (4), English (4), Social Studies (4), Math (4), Science (3), Technical/Electives (6), Senior Thesis Project (1), Physical Education (1 1/2), Fine Art (1), Health (1/2), Foreign Language (2), Computer (1), and Driver’s Education (1/4).

Advanced Placement Courses

 

AP courses are college-level courses offered in high school. Currently, DCHS offers the following AP courses:

AP Chemistry
AP Calculus A/B
AP U.S. History
AP English Literature & Composition
AP World History

Grading System

 

Students with a GPA of 93 or higher per semester earn Honor Roll status.

A 93-100
B 86-92
C 75-85
D 70-74
F Below 70

Certification/Accreditation

DCHS teachers must be certified by the state of Delaware (or reciprocal state) or be certifiable by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). DCHS received accreditation by ACSI and Middle States in 2008.

Block Schedule

DCHS operates in a block schedule format. Students are enrolled in four courses during the seventeen-week fall tri-mester ending right before the Christmas holiday. Students return for a two- to three-week J-Term course; a course that provides opportunities for intensive study of a particular subject or ministry area. The J-Term is followed by the spring tri-mester in which students enroll in four more classes of study that conclude in June. The tri-mester system enables a deep study of each subject in a manageable format and provides students the opportunity to tailor their schedules to meet their individual needs.

Athletics

DCHS is a member of the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (DIAA), the Diamond State Conference, and Maryland’S Eastern Shore Interscholastic Athletic Conference (ESIAC).  DCHS students earned All-Conference and All-State honors in the school’s first year of play and the Royal Boys Basketball team has celebrated many ESIAC Tournament Championship wins. Boys basketball, girls basketball, soccer, ladies volleyball, and track teams have also competed in the State Championship Tournaments bringing home multiple pole vault State champions.

Formation of sport teams such as golf, swim, and tennis is dependent upon student interest.

Girls Sports

Volleyball
Field Hockey
Cross Country
Basketball
Indoor/Outdoor Track
Swim
Cheerleading
Lacrosse
Softball

Boys Sports

Soccer
Cross Country
Basketball
Indoor/Outdoor Track
Swim
Lacrosse
Baseball

ExtraCurricular Activities & Growth/Leadership Opportunities

As DCHS continues to grow, the school will continue to offer more courses and extracurricular activities to assist students in discovering the gifts and talents God has given them. Following are fine art elective courses and extracurricular activities offered at DCHS:

Band
Math League
Science Olympiad
Business Internships
Music
Student Leadership Council
Culinary Arts
National Honor Society
Visual Arts
Industrial Arts
Performing Arts
Yearbook
Service Projects

College Acceptances

98% of DCHS graduates are successfully pursuing college degrees. DCHS graduates have been accepted to the following colleges and universities:

Arizona State University Gordon College Southeastern University
Baptist Bible College Grove City College Southern Wesleyan University
Belmont University High Point University St. Mary’s University
Bridgewater College Hofstra University St. John’s University
Campbell University Houghton College Swarthmore College
Cedarville University Indiana Wesleyan University Temple University
Clearwater College King’s College The University of South Florida
Chesapeake College Lancaster Bible College Toccoa Falls College
Clearwater College Lee University Towson University
Colorado Christian University LeTourneau University Union University
Concordia College of New York Liberty University University of Delaware
Corban College & Graduate School Lynchburg College University of Findlay
Davis & Elkins College Manhattan College University of Maryland
Delaware State University Mansfield University Univ. of Sciences–Philadelphia
Delaware Tech Marion Military Institute Valley Forge Christian College
Delaware Valley College Messiah College Valley Forge Military Academy
DeVry University Millsaps College Vanguard University
Drexel University Multnomah Bible College & Seminary Villa Julie College
Eastern University Nyack College Virginia Union University
Eastern Mennonite University Palm Beach Atlantic University Virginia Wesleyan University
Eastern Nazerene College Paul Smith’s College & Forestry Wake Forest University
Elizabethtown College Philadelphia Biblical (Cairn) University Washington College
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Radford University Washington Bible College
Erskine College Regent University Wesley College
Frostburg University Rocky Mountain College West Liberty State College
Full Sail University Rutgers University West Virginia Wesleyan College
Geneva College Salisbury University Widener University
George Washington University Shenendoah Univ and Conservatory Wilmington University
Georgia Tech Shepherd University York College

Frequently Asked Questions

How many students attend DCHS?

Our student body has grown from 60 students our first year to over 200 students enrolled this past year.

What kind of certification is required for DCHS teachers?

DCHS teachers must be certified by the state of Delaware (or a reciprocal state) or be certifiable by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).

Is DCHS accredited?

DCHS is dually accredited by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Association of Christian School International.

Do students take the Delaware State Test (DSTP)?

No. Our students are tested annually with the Terra Nova Achievement Test, 3rd Edition. This tool monitors student achievement and gives valuable feedback to teachers, parents, and students. Junior-year students also take the PSAT; and, before graduating, students take the SAT and are encouraged to take the ACT.

Does the school provide transportation?

Bus transportation is available for an additional fee, contingent upon the requirements of the student body. Area pick-up points are used. We can help coordinate carpooling for families, if necessary.

Do DCHS students have to wear uniforms?

We have a clearly defined dress code that specifies the type and color of clothes that a student may wear. Modesty, professionalism, and appropriateness are the guiding principles to the DCHS dress code.

What kind of curriculum does DCHS use?

Our teachers have developed an academic curriculum that is unique to the school. The curriculum is classically-oriented and taught at the college preparatory level. Partnerships with several universities enable dual enrollment opportunities for juniors and seniors.

Academic support is provided for all students through after-school academic coaching. Extracurricular courses, internships, and J-term provide additional opportunities for technical and work-related experiences and mission ministries.