In all our work, recreation, and interaction with one another, we - the staff, parents, and students - strive to exhibit character that is consistent with the teachings of Christ. This identity is at the heart of our day-to-day lives here at South Hills Academy. It is the basis of our family atmosphere, and it is the foundation of our approach to helping students develop into strong, successful adults by the time they graduate from high school.
Becoming Effective Communicators
Another fundamental aspect of successful people and of our daily operations at South Hills Academy is effective communication. Teachers work to constantly provide students with opportunities, models, and feedback for the development of outstanding communication skills. Students learn to read, write, listen, and speak effectively in a variety of situations by participating in stimulating projects and activities organized by the teacher, in student-run activities, and in informal interactions with fellow students and teachers.
Becoming Socially Engaged
We believe strong social engagement is vital for the prosperity of individuals and society, and so we guide our students to develop the habits and skills of beneficial social engagement which will allow them to live more fulfilling lives as adults and to contribute to the spread of Christian values and to the continued improvement of our society. Through lessons in the classroom, modeling by our staff members, participation in field trips and projects, and experience working and playing with their schoolmates, our students will learn to respect the rights and value of others, to understand and appreciate diversity, to build positive relationships, and to assume responsibility for making beneficial contributions to their communities.
Becoming Critical Thinkers
Critical thinking is a skill that is even more necessary in the age of information and technology. With all of the information that constantly bombards us, we need to know how to find the truth and separate it from untruth. SHA equips students with a strong foundation of truthful knowledge and with skills to gather, process, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information using a variety of strategies. By the time students graduate from high school, SHA wants students to have the confidence and ability to successfully navigate the sea of information to make sagacious decisions, solve problems, resolve conflicts, avoid falling prey to deception and falsehood, and continue to discover the truth.
Becoming Global Citizens
Recognizing that our world is becoming smaller and more globalized, SHA nurtures students into global citizens, adults who have a solid understanding and appreciation of the current situations and peoples of the world and who are capable of interacting with people of different cultures in a beneficially collaborative and synergistic manner. Being global citizens also means upholding our responsibility to help take care of our world and to promote peace, mutual respect, and goodwill in all our actions and interactions.