A Private Christian School Engaging Hearts and Minds

Experiential Learning

Learning Through Doing

We believe in the importance of an experiential education - one that provides students with hands-on, out of the classroom opportunities to interact, explore, and relate with the subjects they are studying. Below you'll find descriptions of trips our students can be a part of, as well as a listing of local, national, and international service opportunities our students have and continue to be involved.

We have designed jterm to challenge students to expand their knowledge beyond present experiences and to encourage a love of learning.  This is accomplished by a small group of students working closely with a faculty member in various non-traditional experiential courses.  JTerm provides opportunities to fulfill the school’s mission through exploration in academics, arts, and the outdoors.

High School Trips

Fine Arts
All students taking a fine arts class at SBA (art, drama or choir) have the opportunity to participate in a trip to New York City every other year. This trip is scheduled during spring break and its goal is to further cultivate in our students the appreciation for fine arts. The students will be able to enjoy Broadway productions, visit the metropolitan museum and share their faith and talents as they perform with music and drama in local public schools.

Junior Class to Washington
All juniors at SBA have the unique opportunity to visit Washington for a week in January to further enrich their knowledge and understanding of their US History/Government classes.

Interact Club Service
Students in the Interact Club have the opportunity to participate in local community service projects, as well as, an international project.  In doing so, it allows students to:

  • connect with community leaders
  • develop leadership skills
  • make international connections
  • discover more opportunities to connect with Rotary, including Rotaract, RYLA, and Youth Exchange

Senior Class Mission Adventure
The senior trip is a mission adventure that our graduating seniors embark on with excitement and dedication! This trip allows our seniors to fulfill the Great Commission beyond the local area as they have the opportunity to go into the world and share the Gospel! It is also an opportunity for spiritual and personal growth. The students participate in daily devotions from the book of Philippians and experience the practical lessons of loving others, serving others, and considering others as more important than themselves. Last but not least, the students have the opportunity to appreciate other cultures. By immersing themselves in a culture and language other than their own, they get to see the body of Christ which transcends cultures, and they get to worship with believers in a cultural setting which is unique to the country they are visiting.

SBA students have participated in senior trips in the following countries: Greece, Mexico, Jamaica, and the Caribbean. Check out the video that our seniors put together highlighting their trip to Italy and Greece in 2015:

Service Opportunities

SBA students in grades K-12 participate in bi-annual service projects with the following ministries and agencies:

  • Argonne Square Park
  • Chattanooga Food Bank
  • Community Kitchen
  • Operation Christmas Child
  • SBA/SBC property
  • Siskin Children’s Institute
  • Widow’s Harvest
  • Hickory Valley Retirement Home
  • Hope for Chattanooga
  • Life Care of East Ridge
  • East Brainerd Baptist Church
  • Morning Pointe Assisted Living
  • Chattanooga Nature Center
  • South Dakota Indian Reservation
  • Haiti Rescue Effort
  • Invisible Child
  • Tornado Disaster Relief in Apison, Chattanooga and Trenton
  • The Lantern Assisted living
  • Avondale Head Start Center
  • Signal Centers
  • Creekside Assisted Living
  • AMG/Peru Childcare Centers
  • Chambliss Shelter 
  • McKamey Animal Shelter
  • Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home
  • Elmcroft Assisted Living
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Hope for the Inner City
  • Precept Ministries
  • Share Your Christmas
  • Supplies for U.S. Military
  • Salvation Army


Building On Our Students' Talents
At Silverdale, we believe and know that God creates each child in the image of Himself.  While all children have this in common, we also believe that each child is unique in many ways, including what their interests may be.  We offer enrichment classes, called B.O.O.S.T. or "Building On Our Students' Talents," where children are able to spend extra time learning about topics that interest them.  Some of the classes that we offer include:  

  • Chess Club
  • Praise Dance (worship through dance)
  • Art Classes
  • Science Experiment Classes
  • Nature Club
  • Creative Construction
  • Hand Crafts
  • History Club
  • Music (includes guitar and piano lessons)

Classes are offered in six-week sessions throughout the school year and may vary for each session.  Enrollment packets are sent home during the school year through each student's homeroom teacher.  If you have questions about the elementary enrichment program or might be interested in teaching a class, please contact Robin Williams.