Academic excellence is not just the ability to perform, achieve, or excel at scholastic activities. While academic excellence is identified with achieving good grades, academic excellence is more than just report card marks. Knowledge in the 21st century changes rapidly. Academic excellence is the maximum development of intellectual capabilities so that one might serve others with specifically developed skills. This is where “academic excellence” and “spiritual excellence” intersect. Students strive to achieve academic excellence so that they find purpose and meaning in their place in the world as it relates to others.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Phillippians 4:8)