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Leadership and Board

Dear Friend,

Welcome to South Shore Christian Academy. First as a board member, and now as the Head of School and a parent, I see in SSCA a wonderful place, one that is committed to helping parents equip and shape their children—intellectually, socially, spiritually — so that they might live a life of leadership and service to God and neighbor. Each person here is dedicated to this important endeavor. It is why I love this school.

Every day you see the faculty investing in the lives of the students. They are driven by their desire to see the children live out their life of faith so that it brings goodness to the world. It is why they set high academic expectations, and it is why they come along side each student to help him or her succeed. Each of our teachers is degreed in their field, with many holding advanced degrees. We are a college preparatory school and have enjoyed placing our students in top colleges and universities, locally, nationally, and internationally. The courses taught in the upper school are oriented towards preparing students for the academic demands of college. For example, the renowned Harkness method, with its emphasis on critical thinking and discussion, is a staple at SSCA.

When you walk the halls of SSCA, you will notice that we prize both the arts and athletics. We believe that God created creativity and agility. Several of our students go onto receive awards and scholarships in the arts and in athletics. At SSCA we believe that every student is to experience and appreciate sport and art.

Our care for the students is evident in the attention given to each child’s spiritual growth. Our teachers are committed to Jesus Christ and want to see their students grow in the certainty of their faith. This is borne out in each classroom, where the teachers help students think about what it means to consider matters from a Christian perspective and then to live it out. You will see this in the one-to-one mentoring that occurs throughout the year. In other words, at SSCA, you can know that your child will be challenged and cared for in a manner that rightly places value on who he or she is as a person, as well as on the young man or woman he or she is becoming.

It is evident that we feel that gathering together should be occasions for joy. There is nothing as contagious as the laughter of children and young people. I see in SSCA a place where kids feel safe to be themselves, to explore what it means to be in a community, and to discover the power that comes from working together in serving God and serving others.

I invite you to come and experience SSCA for yourself. God has tasked us as parents with the responsibility of raising our children so that they will seek to honor God and contribute to His work in the world. You have found in SSCA an institution dedicated to excellence in supporting you in this vital work. We warmly welcome you to experience this for your own family – come visit us today!


Mark A. Jennings, PhD
Head of School

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The South Shore Christian Academy Board of Trustees acts as a governing body in formulating policy for the conduct of the school, refining and overseeing the school’s mission, guiding principles and statement of faith. The Board is also responsible for the stewardship of SSCA’s finances. It is recognized that God is the final authority, and the primary function of the Board is to seek the will of God and to serve as His instrument as the final earthly authority in all matters pertaining to the school. The Board is comprised of SSCA supporters with a variety of affiliations and backgrounds. Trustees volunteer their time, treasures and talents for the furtherance of SSCA’s mission.

Board Members:

John Sargent, Jr., Chairman

Richard Jamara, Vice Chairman

Joseph Ardayfio

Vivian Ling

Jonathan Nutter

Randall Aamot

H. Grace Cornish

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