Denise Buckely

High School Principle


Message from the Upper School Principal

At ICS, we endeavor every day to live out what it means to be a “Christ-centered learning community.” In the high school, we are intentional about working together to create retreats, plan special events, and foster dynamic small groups in order to provide opportunities for meaningful connection and community. Field Study trips, the Fall Ball, Mr. ICS, Homecoming Week, Junior Senior Banquet, and service projects are just a part of what happens beyond the school walls here at ICS. But some of our favorite memories from the past year were those times when our high school students and faculty were engaged with our middle school and elementary age students, reading, playing, worshipping, and even praying together. Our goal is that every student in the high school is individually known and loved and challenged as a part of our ICS family.

At the same time, we desire not only to know and nurture our community of students, but we are passionate about learning. We work diligently to equip and inspire our students so that they will thrive in the world God has created. Learning is at the center of all that we do, and our high school faculty are not only expert teachers, but they also understand the power of Christian education to transform the lives and minds of our students. Our outstanding ACT scores as well as our college scholarship and acceptance letters are clear evidence of the excellence of the education here at ICS.  But it’s more than that. Together we’re building a worldview so that we can begin to see the world from God’s perspective as we embrace deep understanding and become critical thinkers.

And finally, above all, we desire to be Christ-centered in all that we do. Whether we’re competing on the basketball court, engaging in service projects around town, ministering across the southwest through our annual Music Tour, or performing on the stage, our desire is to worship God through every aspect of our lives. It’s who we were made to be!

So whether you’re a new high school student at ICS or you have been walking these halls since preschool, we’re glad you’re here!  We’re excited that you’re a part of what God is doing here at ICS.

Denise Buckley
Upper School Principal