Running Club: Girls and Boys in 3rd-5th grade have the opportunity to participate in Running Club. This is a program that not only gives the kids a chance to run together and learn life-long fitness skills, but the coaches also teach curriculum focused on relationships and teamwork and gaining a better understanding of themselves, all within an environment where life-long fitness is encouraged. At the end of the season, the members of the Club, along with family and friends, have the opportunity to participate in a 5K run.
Ski Club: ACS partners with Jenison Christian with the Ski Club. This opportunity allows middle school students to purchase a discount card that offers greatly reduced prices for skiing at Bittersweet in Otsego. For a small fee, round trip transportation is provided by JCS buses four to six times per winter. This is a great way to get to know students from another school as well. Discount passes will also be available to any families at ACS that is interested in skiing at discounted rates.
Chess and Game Clubs: Students in 4th-8th grade can be involved in the Chess or Game Clubs, which is after school for set amount of weeks each year. The clubs may be on opposite weeks or one club will meet weekly, followed by the other later in the school year.
Math Counts: Students in middle school are eligible to participate in Math Counts. This opportunity allows students who have an interest in math and want to be challenged to work with a teacher. This work prepares them for a math competition where they will compete against students from other middle schools in West Michigan in math activities and solving math problems. Typically, this group will meet in the morning right before school.
ACS is partnering with our feeder high school (Unity Christian High School), as well as local Eastern Ottawa Christian Schools, in creating a 5th-12th grade Robotics program. This program will be focused on VEX Robotics program. You can learn more by visiting the VEX Robotics website.
The 4th-6th grade Robotics group will be hosted at Allendale Christian, joined by students from Borculo and Lamont Christian Schools. The VEX program used for students in these grades is called VEX IQ.
The 7th-12th grade program will be hosted at Hudsonville Christian, which is central to the EOCS schools and close to Unity Christian. Our teams compete using VEX Robotics materials. The robots are designed, built, programmed and operated by a team of students. All aspects of the robot are intended to be handled by the students. The goal is to provide the necessary equipment for a team to succeed. The coaching and materials will be provided, but the coaches will not design and build for the students. Each team must maintain a notebook that records plans and accomplishments. At events, teams will compete using the current game with other teams on the field. They will also compete in timed skills events where they are the only robot on the field. Finally, they will present their engineering notebook and explain their robot to the judges. To learn about the current competition, visit the VEX competition page.