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UPPER SCHOOL - STUDENT LIFE
 
 
ANNUAL UPPER SCHOOL RETREAT (GRADES 9 - 12)
The 2-day POPCS Upper School retreat is a tradition for our private school that includes all students, teachers and administrators in Upper School. The retreat is a powerful way for the Upper School students to connect and is extremely rewarding for students and faculty alike. Activities include sharing the word of God and engaging in recreational and mental exercises to build stronger relationships; student-to-God, student-to-student, teacher-to-student, and administrator-to-student. This year’s retreat will be October 10 and 11, 2018 at Lakeview Camp and Retreat Center in Waxahachie.
 
ADVANCED PLACEMENT CAPSTONE
Prince of Peace Christian School has been chosen to implement the Advanced Placement Capstone (AP Capstone) program. POPCS is pleased to be one of 300 schools in the nation approved to offer this program. The AP Capstone degree is an innovative diploma program that equips students in honing their skills in independent research, collaborative teamwork, and communication. Similar to the prestigious International Baccalaureate diploma offered elsewhere, the Capstone diploma will distinguish POPCS scholars as being among the brightest and most accomplished students in high school as they prepare for college.
 
UPPER SCHOOL ANNUAL SENIOR TRIP
A highlight for every senior at our Christian school is the year-end senior trip to Walt Disney World in Florida. Seniors in good standing travel with school advisors and faculty for four days and nights to a selected destination. It has become a way for the Senior class to reminisce about high school and spend time together before they head off to college.
 
ACADEMIC & COLLEGE GUIDANCE
The Academic and College Guidance department serves all students in a variety of ways. Every student will meet with the counselor at least once during the school year. Students may discuss class choices, PSAT, ACT, and SAT testing, college options and choices, college scholarships and any other matters of interest. Counseling services assist in facilitating communication between students and families by offering guidance and career counseling during Upper School and for college. To make an appointment, parents may call at 972.598.1073 or email Nancy Whitley, Director of Academic & College Guidance.
 
CARE AND CONCERN COUNSELING
To prepare a student for service and success, Prince of Peace Christian School considers the whole child's well being as a part of our exemplary education. As School Counselors, Michelle Dwyer and Gary Prindiville seek to provide daily support and resources for mental, emotional, wellness, and spiritual health for POPCS students, families, and school personnel. Should you child need mental or emotional support they are happy to walk alongside them through any struggles they might be experiencing. Mrs. Dwyer and Mr. Prindiville are certified School Counselors. Mrs. Dwyer is currently working on her certification as a Family Life Educator and Mr. Prindiville is working toward licensure as a Professional Mental Health/School Counselor for the state of Texas. Care and Concern Counseling is available for our private school's Lower, Middle, and Upper School students. Please email Michelle Dwyer  or call 972.598.1068 and/or email Gary Prindiville or call 972.598.1058 for information. The Care and Concern Counseling office is located in the Fine Arts Center hallway near the art studio, the direct line is 972.598.1118.
 
OFF-CAMPUS LUNCH
Junior and Senior students have the opportunity to enjoy an off-campus lunch. Senior students will have two off-campus lunches a month; Juniors will have one off-campus lunch a month during the second semester. Parents must give their permission during the registration process for students to participate in off-campus lunches.
 
ACADEMIC SUPPORT
The POPCS Academic Support program develops strategies to help students gain confidence and succeed in their academic pursuits. Each Christian school student is supported and is helped to excel while they commit to and accept an active role in their personal success. For information on this program contact Alaina Cordina.
 
COLLEGE VISIT DAYS
Junior and Senior students are permitted to be absent from school to visit prospective colleges.  Juniors are allowed two days; Seniors are allowed three days.  Arrangements need to be made through the Upper School Office one week in advance.
 
FLIK INDEPENDENT FOOD SERVICES 
We are pleased to partner with Flik Independent School Dining (FlikISD) as our on-site lunch provider.  Flik prepares fresh food each school day in our beautiful POPCS kitchen and dining hall.  Chef Christopher and his staff offer healthy, nutritious (often locally sourced), and nourishing food and is committed to building strong bodies and sharp minds.  The Flik meal plan is included in the POPCS cost of tuition.
 
With an eye for innovation and detail, Flik serves the POPCS community with campus-wide nutrition programs that educates and encourages students to make lifelong healthy food choices.  Students with special culinary needs have access to talk with nutritionist or Chef Christopher about accommodations to provide safe offerings.

Chef Christopher Email 972.598.1164
Davita Lister, Food Service Director Email 972.598.1164

Check out our POPCS School Menus and learn more about Flik Independent Dining Services.

 
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES - ACADEMIC & CLUBS
National Honor Society Robotics TAPPS Art & Academic Competitions
Yearbook Bleacher Creatures (Spirit Club) Book Club
Student Council CIA - Cultures in Action POP Theatre Company
International Thespian Troupe #8188 Hype Club Literature Club
National Charity League Science Club Sign Language Club
Young Men’s Service League Conspiracy Theory PSIA
Praise & Worship Team Model UN Photography
  Tail End (Newspaper) AV Club