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Core Values


Students will be taught that the Bible is the ultimate and final authority in all decisions. Biblical principles will be integrated into every subject for the purpose of training students to develop a biblical worldview. Students will learn how to use this worldview as a lens through which to interpret events, set goals, and gain wisdom.


Students will be taught to pursue excellence in every aspect of their lives. Realizing that every work is to be an act of love and service to the Lord, mediocrity in attitude, work, or effort will not be accepted. This spirit of excellence will be seen in the students’ relationships, use of resources, and acts of service, thereby developing a lifelong pattern of excellence.


Students will be taught the importance of serving others. Just as God values all life, regardless of ethnicity, abilities, or age, so the students will learn to value all humanity as a gift from our loving heavenly Father. This attitude will be developed through learning effective and loving communication and by actively serving others.


Students will be taught that people are created for the purpose of bringing glory and honor to God, that salvation through the blood of our risen Lord Jesus Christ is the only way to obtain eternal life, and that the message of salvation must be brought to a lost and dying world. Students will learn by example how to effectively communicate that message and to defend their faith in the world in which they live.


Students will be taught by example how to live a consistent Christian life, both on campus and off, showing integrity in all areas of their lives.

Quick Facts

Southside Christian School (SCS) located in Clayton, NC currently serves over 260 families with over 390 students K4-Grade 12. 

  • SCS is a college-preparatory school offering a number of honors courses in our high school program.

  • In addition to a rigorous, college-preparatory academic program with a Biblical worldview, SCS has a vibrant athletic program with middle and high school athletic teams for both boys and girls. 

  • SCS is an independent Christian school that serves Christian families for the education of their children.
  • SCS is a Discipleship School – each family who enrolls a student is Christian by faith and is active in a local Bible-believing church of like-faith.

Accreditations and Associations

Southside Christian School is fully accredited through the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and Cognia. 

SCS is affiliated with the National Honor Society. 

SCS athletic teams are a part of the NCCSA Conference, AA East Region.

SCS Administration


Mrs. Jenene Davis, Head of School

Mrs. Jenene Davis holds a Bachelor of Science in Religious Education from Faith Theological Seminary and a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from Liberty University. 

Mrs. Davis joined the team at Southside Christian School in 2006.  Throughout her years of service, Mrs. Davis has been steadfast in her love for the ministry of SCS.

You can reach Mrs. Davis by email at Jenene Davis — Head of School


Mr. Chris Dentel, Upper School Principal

Mr. Chris Dentel serves as the Upper School Principal. Mr. Dentel has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a minor in History from Toccoa Falls College, a Master of Education in Teaching and Learning from Liberty University, and a M.B.A. from the University of Mississippi. He has been working in education since the 2004-05 school year and has filled different roles in schools in North Carolina and Qingdao, China.

You can reach Mr. Dentel at: Chris Dentel — Upper School Principal


Mr. Andrew Coffman, Upper School Assistant Principal

Mr. Andrew Coffman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies from Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville, FL and a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership from Bob Jones University. He brings over a decade of education and coaching experience from both public and Christian schools. Mr. Coffman has also served as the Youth Pastor at his local church for 11 years. The most exciting part of working at Southside Christian School for Mr. Coffman is the opportunity to serve the Lord by impacting students for Jesus Christ.

You can reach Mr. Coffman at: Andrew Coffman — Upper School Assistant Principal


Mrs. Jessica Knott, Elementary School Principal Intern

Mrs. Jessica Knott is a native of Johnston County and currently resides in Clayton with her husband, two children, and goldendoodle Hattie Mae. She has a BS in Elementary Education from East Carolina University and is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Educational Leadership. She joined the Southside family last year as a second grade teacher. This year she will be working alongside Mrs. Davis as she prepares to take on the role of Elementary Principal. Her previous experience includes public education, homeschooling her own children, and working in the preschool setting. In addition she has worked as a teacher’s assistant, taught summer school, and tutored a variety of grade levels. Jessica and her family are members of Cross Point Community Church of Knightdale. There she serves on the Women’s Ministry Team, helping to plan and facilitate events for the women of the church and surrounding community. She also serves their First Time Guests.

You can reach Mrs. Knott at: Jessica Knott — Elementary School Principal Intern


Mrs. Emily Cain – HR Administrator

Mrs. Emily Cain studied Business Administration at NC Wesleyan College and Medical Office Administration at Nash Community College where she earned multiple certifications in Medical Finance Administration.  In addition to her cheerful and professional disposition, Mrs. Cain has served the SCS Community for over 6 years and brings over 17 years of experience in Executive Administrative Assistance and Organizational Support to the Upper School.

You can reach Mrs. Cain at: Emily Cain — HR Administrator


Mrs. Emily Holley – Admissions Director

Mrs. Emily Holley has a BS in Science Education and a BA in chemistry from East Carolina University. She taught chemistry and physical science to high school students. After being a stay-at-home mom, she taught at a church preschool and was a preschool director for 8 years. Mrs. Holley and her husband have been married over 23 years and both of her children graduated from SCS. She loves the Lord, meeting new prospective SCS families, and serving to help others in their work. 

You can reach Mrs. Holley at: Emily Holley — Admissions Director


Mr. Zach Moreno – Athletic Director

Mr. Zach Moreno was called to make a difference in the lives of young people, during his senior year of high school. He has been a youth pastor for 14 years and is stepping into a new area of life as a Christian school teacher. Along with teaching Bible, health and PE, Mr. Moreno organizes chapel, coaches soccer, and is the head of the athletic department.

You can reach Mr. Moreno at: Zach Moreno — Athletic Director

Locations and Directions

Southside Christian School is located on two campuses in Clayton, NC.

Mount Moriah Church pic

Elementary School (K4-Grade 5) is located at Mount Moriah Baptist Church

3000 E Garner Road, Raleigh, NC


Upper School (Middle 6-8 and High 9-12) is located at Amelia Church

1696 Amelia Church Road, Clayton, NC

SCS Employment

Are you looking for a dynamic work environment in which to share the love of Christ with your colleagues and students? SCS is experiencing a high level of interest by families seeking a Christ-centered education. We are always eager to meet like-minded educators with a desire to share their faith and provide an excellent education and we are growing.  

If you are looking for a vibrant community in which to serve, the first step is to email a cover letter and resume to Emily Cain, SCS HR Coordinator at We look forward to connecting with you to find a position that is suitable for your education and experience.

Opportunities for the 2024-25 school year:
Elementary School Teacher
High School English Teacher
High School Science Teacher
STEM Teacher
After School Care Employee
MS Girls’ Volleyball Head Coach
Substitute Teachers