Upper School

A University Christian education not only prepares students for college, but for all of life.

While our academic roots are in a thoroughly Biblical, college preparatory curriculum, we also strive to inspire students to dig deeper into their unique God-given talents and interests. Our programs include opportunities for Honors and Advanced Placement courses in each discipline, as well as exemplary Bible and elective experiences for a complete, high-quality education designed to prepare students for the calling God has placed on their lives.

Upper School

Our upper school centers around Truth and Transformation while celebrating our great Tradition. University Christian strives to provide a balanced educational experience for our 7th – 12th grade students.

University Christian offers two different diploma offerings; Standard and Honors (based on credits earned and cumulative GPA). Elective classes are available in a wide range of subject areas from Creative Photography to Advanced Weight Training. Our Middle School and High School are located in their own environment with staff whose focus is on quality academics and preparedness for future academic success.

List of 3 items.

  • Middle School (Grades 7-8)

    Middle school years can be challenging for both students and parents. We have found that our students best flourish in a consistent, loving environment with sound academics and a variety of activities in which they can participate.

    Our caring and committed faculty has built a middle school program designed to provide the balance necessary for students to grow spiritually, academically, and physically in a secure and safe setting. The UC middle school culture and curriculum prepares our students for high school, boosting our students’ confidence and preparing them for more responsibility. UCS offers 12 different middle school sports teams as well as middle school band and worship arts. A variety of activities and field trips help to enrich what is taught in the classroom. The eighth-grade year is capped with a trip to Washington D.C.
  • High School (Grades 9-12)

    Our high school program understands the value of these critical years as our students develop into young adulthood. Our focus is on spiritual growth, quality academics and preparedness for future success. Our academic day operates on a College Prep modified block schedule in which students take three to four classes each day lasting for 75 minutes each. Two grading periods (quarters) are in each semester, with both mid-term and final exams given at the end of each semester.

    The goal of the University Christian high school program is to be distinctively Christian in all that we do while providing the highest quality education, activities and experiences possible. University Christian offers two different diploma offerings; College Prep and College Prep Honors (based on credits earned and cumulative GPA). Biblical principles are integrated into every classroom as teachers incorporate the ultimate source of truth, God's Word, into each lesson. The caring Christian faculty and staff challenge students to think biblically and strive to equip them spiritually as they move forward in life after high school.

    Most importantly, we also strive to help our students mature spiritually during these important years. We assist our middle school students as they develop into Christian thinkers, with a biblical set of values that will stand up to peer pressure and the test of time. 
  • Upper School 1:1 Laptop Approach

    University Christian School strives to lead students into the 21st Century by providing daily encounters with cutting edge teachers, classrooms and technology. UCS has led the technology charge on Jacksonville's First Coast, becoming the first local 1 to 1 iMac school in our community. UCS provides each Upper School student (9-12) with an individual school owned device and 7-8th with an iPad, preloaded with all necessary apps and programs.

    At UCS, we utilize the iMac as an educational tool to facilitate:
    • Discovery (ask, explore, research, find)
    • Collaboration (group effort to solve a problem)
    • Innovation (unlocking doors and answers to students' questions)
    • Individualized Learning (challenging each student as an individual learner with specific gifts, needs and talents)
    • Digital Citizenship (developing an understanding of the appropriate use of technology in today’s world)
    Our expectation is that technology will assist us in creating an environment that challenges, enriches and expands the knowledge base of each student.


List of 6 members.

  • Photo of Angela Galyan

    Angela Galyan 

    Upper School Principal
  • Photo of John Sirmon

    Mr. John Sirmon JR. 

    Athletic Director
  • Photo of Candace Lautzenheiser

    Mrs. Candace Lautzenheiser 

    College and Career Counselor
  • Photo of Donna Dinsbeer

    Donna Dinsbeer 

  • Photo of Ashley Schoenfeld

    Ashley Schoenfeld 

    Administrative Secretary
  • Photo of Summer Hancock

    Mrs. Summer Hancock 

    Upper School Attendance & Reception

List of 24 members.

  • Photo of Fred Ball

    Mr.  Fred Ball 

    US History Teacher
  • Photo of Brittany Caldwell

    Brittany Caldwell 

    US English Teacher
  • Photo of Debbie  Christian

    Ms.  Debbie  Christian 

    MS English Teacher
  • Photo of Susan Cruz

    Mrs. Susan Cruz 

    English & Sign Language Teacher
  • Photo of Ryan Fuchs

    Ryan Fuchs 

    Physical Education Teacher
  • Photo of Ben Hetzel

    Ben Hetzel 

  • Photo of Elizabeth Hutton

    Elizabeth Hutton 

    Physical Education Teacher
  • Photo of Chitra Jacob

    Mrs. Chitra Jacob 

    STEM Teacher
  • Photo of Cassidy Kinsman

    Cassidy Kinsman 

    Director of Worship and Communications
  • Photo of Candace Lautzenheiser

    Mrs. Candace Lautzenheiser 

    College and Career Counselor
  • Photo of Laura Makouske

    Laura Makouske 

    MS Teacher
  • Photo of Cindy Martin

    Cindy Martin 

    US Math Teacher
  • Photo of Ann McGee

    Ms. Ann McGee 

    Art Teacher
  • Photo of Guillermo Milano

    Guillermo Milano 

  • Mr.  Richard Montgomery 

    US History Teacher
  • Photo of Liga Pavlovska

    Liga Pavlovska 

    US English Teacher
  • Photo of Diane Spann

    Diane Spann 

    Bible Teacher
  • Photo of Robert Steiner

    Mr. Robert Steiner 

    Science Teacher
  • Photo of Kimberly Tatko

    Kimberly Tatko 

    US Math Teacher
  • Photo of Tracy Taylor

    Tracy Taylor 

    Bible Teacher
  • Photo of Rhonda Trigg

    Mrs. Rhonda Trigg 

    Science Teacher
  • Photo of Bessie Wall

    Ms.  Bessie Wall 

    Spanish Teacher
  • Photo of James Watts

    Mr.  James Watts 

    MS Bible Teacher
  • Photo of Susan Weakley

    Susan Weakley 

    Science Teacher