Our School

In 1977, the Paul Anderson Youth Home established its on-campus school, Paul Anderson High School.  The school has dual accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) through AdvancED and also the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Our school offers a wide range of classes and individualized tutoring to provide each student with academic options for their future. With a curriculum that is tailored to each student, we seek to “meet them where they are” and challenge them for the future.

Mission

Paul Anderson High School seeks to pursue academic excellence by integrating Biblical truths into all academic subjects, which are taught by experienced staff who implement ample resources and modern technology to provide a safe and nurturing environment conducive to learning.

Vision

Paul Anderson High School strives to provide a positive educational experience for each student to maximize academic potential that glorifies God and provides options for them to be an asset to any community.
Colossians 3:17  And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Values & Beliefs

  1. Pursuing excellence through the integration of Scripture into all curricula: imparting Christian character qualities by teaching the discipline of submission to the Lordship of Jesus Christ (II Timothy 3:16)
  2. Designing individualized, accelerated, cutting edge programs and curricula that make learning fun & exciting in a safe and nurturing environment (II Timothy 2:15)
  3. Building confidence by offering opportunities to succeed in academic achievements, educational experiences, and making positive memories while preparing for the future (Exodus 31:3 and Proverbs 1:5)
  4. Encouraging a young man to desire accountability and to develop his gifts, talents, and leadership qualities in order to become a decision maker; an independent thinker, and a good citizen (Colossians 3:23)
  5. Measuring progress and retention in academic areas by formative and summative assessments (Jeremiah 17:10)
  6. Maintaining consistency and agility while valuing stakeholders’ and partners’ well-being and development (Luke 16:10 a)
  7. Using critical data and information about key systems, processes, and results in order to monitor performance, set goals, and make effective changes that ensure the perpetuation of the school (Philippians 3:13 b)

Frequently Asked Questions About Our School

What curriculum is used?

A number of different curriculums are used depending on the subjects being taught. All curriculum is developed to support the individual needs of the students and prepare them for their future. Paul Anderson High Schools follow the standards through Georgia Dept. of Education.

What areas of the Paul Anderson Youth Home fall under the school?

The school is primarily responsible for helping implement the mental component of the Paul Anderson Youth Home. This is accomplished by developing individualized curriculum for each student. We strengthen each student in the areas of need to best prepare them for a successful future in the home, community, and work place. The behaviors that are the focus of the mental component are: work ethic, participation, fore thought, and spiritual growth.

What is the student / teacher ratio?

8/1

What is the training / background of the teachers?

All teachers are qualified to teach in their subject area either by a bachelors degree or equivalent industry training and experience. Our teachers are certified through the Association of Christian International Schools. Two of our teachers have Bachelor’s degrees. Seven of our teachers have Master’s degrees. The Headmaster has a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and 24 years of experience in education.

Average class size?

A third of our classes have greater than 9 students while the remaining classes have fewer than 9 students.

How is a plan developed for each young man and what is it based on?

We develop a specialized program of study for each young man. It is based on his past educational experience, grade performance levels, staff and parental input, and basic assessments performed prior to and after his acceptance into the Paul Anderson Youth Home program. The Headmaster completes an advisement sheet checking credits completed and credits needed. His program of study will be based on credits needed. To earn a diploma, the student must have 23 total credits: 4 in English, 4 in Mathematics, 4 in Science, 3 in Social Studies, 2 in Foreign Language, 0.5 in Health, 0.5 in PE and other electives.

What is the difference in the two academic tracks (GED and diploma) and how is that track placement determined?

Since we work with 16-21 year olds, we often have young men come to us with a diploma or a GED. If a young man has at least 10-12 “core” credits from another high school, he could be eligible for a high school diploma. The track the student takes is based on overall performance at the PAYH, staff and parental input, ability, and effort. The focus is on preparation for the future so we spend a great deal of time on biblical studies, English, math, money management, speech and communication, and life skills which benefits all students. Parents and staff see the benefits of a GED and support this decision if it is the best option for the young man. A GED is accepted by all technical colleges and the majority of two year colleges. If a young man wants to further his education, the only limiting factor is him.

When and how is a young man eligible to enter the school?

All of the young men are enrolled in school upon their acceptance into the Paul Anderson Youth Home family. Biblical Studies, P.E., Memory Work, and Preliminaries are the first courses in which he will be enrolled.

What courses are available?

English

  • Advanced Composition
  • American Literature/Composition
  • British Literature/Composition
  • Contemporary Literature/Composition
  • Literary Types/Composition
  • Multicultural Literature/Composition
  • Ninth Grade Literature/Composition
  • Tenth Grade Literature/Composition
  • World Literature/Composition
Mathematics

  • Advanced Algebra
  • Algebra I
  • Algebra II
  • Business Math
  • Consumer Math
  • Geometry
  • Mathematics of Industry & Government
  • Money Management
  • Pre-Calculus
Science

  • Biology I
  • Biology II
  • Botany
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science
  • Food & Nutrition Through the Life Span
  • General Horticulture & Plant Science
  • Geology
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Physical Science
Social Studies

  • American Government/Civics
  • Comparative Religions
  • Current Issues
  • Economics/Business/Free Enterprise
  • Local Area Studies/Geography
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • United States History
  • United States History in Film
  • United States & World Affairs
  • World Area Studies
  • World Geography
  • World History
Physical Education:

  • PE I
  • PE II
  • PE III
  • PE IV
  • Physical Conditioning
  • Health
Foreign Language

  • Spanish I
  • Spanish II
Biblical Studies

  • Biblical Studies I
  • Biblical Studies II
  • Biblical Studies III
  • Biblical Studies IV
Electives

  • Drama
  • Family & Life
  • Music
  • Yearbook
  • Mechanics
  • Technology
  • Outdoor Education

What grade level is the average boy when he enters school?

The average young man comes to us as an eleventh grader but we have found that their level of performance in reading, writing, and math is typically four grade levels behind. The Paul Anderson Youth Home individualizes the curriculum of each young man to meet him “where he is at” and close the academic gap.

When is tutoring provided?

Tutoring is provided on an as needed basis which is dependent on the needs of the student. Most tutoring sessions are one on one and can cover any subject.

How is a boy's academic progress reported?

Parents have on line access and are able to see their student’s grades at any given time. The access also allows parents to print unofficial transcripts.

How many months a year does the school operate?

We operate on a twelve month “year around” school schedule. We have three school semesters. The summer semester is shorter in length much like a college summer semester.

What is the objective of the Outdoor Education Program (OEP)?

To reward and challenge young men who have excelled in the regular Paul Anderson Youth Home program. The goal is to teach leadership and appreciation of God through outdoor adventure and education.

Outdoor skills and experiences coupled with spiritual application is the focus of the program as we seek to replace negative habits with wholesome activities.

Activities participated in:

  • Backpacking
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Climbing
  • Cooking
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historical Info.
  • Land Navigation
  • Plant and Animal Studies
  • Wilderness First Aid