Dominion Christian School was founded in 1996 and is committed to educating its students with “knowledge, truth, and wisdom” through the classical model. Dominion seeks to instill in each student a lifelong love of learning and to prepare each student for admission to selective colleges and universities. Dominion is a non-denominational, co-educational institution, currently enrolling approximately 200 students (2015), K-12.
Dominion prepares its graduates for selective college and university admissions through a demanding, liberal arts-based course of study. In addition to standard core courses, students develop highly refined critical thinking and rhetorical skills, culminating in a senior thesis. Dominion’s unique academic program is characterized by:
- Emphasis on persuasive writing and speaking
- Intensive study of the western tradition and its global interactions
- A concentration in the history of mathematical, scientific and philosophical ideas
- A Harkness (Socratic, round-table) teaching environment
- Exploration of classical literature (see reading list sampling, below)
As a condition of graduation, seniors must write, orally present, and defend a 10-15,000-word thesis before a panel of faculty members, experts in the fields of topics being presented, and an audience comprised of students, parents, and community leaders. Students research an approved subject and are mentored by faculty throughout the process. The Senior Thesis is the capstone of the rhetorical skill gained over four years.
Dominion’s curriculum is designed for college-bound students of above average ability. Prospective students take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE), and a mid to high stanine average is required for admission. Students are admitted to Dominion on the basis of three major criteria:
- Academic ability
- Family compatibility with the school’s values
- Student ability to positively contribute to the school culture
Dominion’s admission policy and process are need-blind, and approximately 10% of the operating budget is designated for need-based tuition assistance.
The 2017-2018 upper school faculty consists of eight full-time and five adjunct core course instructors, all of whom possess degrees in their fields.
Algebra I or Geometry
Rhetoric/ Public Speaking
* Indicates honors level course
**Elective options include Classical Guitar, Visual Arts, Athletics/Physical Education, Music & Art Appreciation, and Theatre
Humanities (integrated literature/history) – 8 credits
Math – 3 credits (including algebra 2)
Science – 3 credits (including biology, chemistry, and physics)
Foreign Language – 3 credits
Christian Studies – 2 credits (four ½ credit courses)
Rhetoric – 2 credits (four ½ credit courses)
Fine Arts – 2 credits (four ½ credit courses)
Athletics – 1 credit (four ¼ credit courses)
Electives – 2 credits
Total Minimum Required – 26 credits
In addition, all students study Latin in grades 3 through 8. High school credit is given for Latin I, Latin II, and Algebra I courses taken in middle school at Dominion.
Class of 2015 SAT Distribution
1790 to 2230
Advanced Placement Courses
AP Calculus AB AP Spanish Language
Dominion does not rank students.
Other Pertinent Academic Policies
- Credit is awarded on the basis of the frequency with which a course meets in a one- or two- week period.
- All core courses (humanities/integrated English and history; math; science; foreign language) are awarded 1 full credit (these credits are not divisible).
- Other required or elective courses may meet on a half-time basis and may be offered for less than 1 full credit. Quality points for less than full credit courses are calculated proportionally.
- All students must maintain a full schedule of at least five classes, regardless of the number of credits earned or the number of classes in the daily or weekly schedule.
A+ 97-100 4.3
A 93-96 4.0
A- 90-92 3.7
B+ 87-89 3.3
B 83-86 3.0
B- 80-82 2.7
C+ 77-79 2.3
C 73-76 2.0
C- 70-72 1.7
D+ 67-69 1.3
D 64-66 1.0
F 63 or below 0
Most of Dominion's courses are taught at or above an honors level. A one-half quality point “bump” is assigned to courses deemed especially reflective of the academic values in order to encourage students with strong aptitude and/or academic motivation to seek the most rigorous course of study, and a one-point quality "bump" is assigned to Advanced Placement classes.
Fine and Performing Arts
Dominion emphasizes instruction in the fine and performing arts throughout the curriculum as an expression of our commitment to an integrated, artistically informed understanding. Students in the upper school are required to enroll in a fine arts course each semester, and they elect music performance, theatre, or studio art courses. Students have been recognized in various local theatre festivals and competitions.