The Upper Campus principal and the college counselors are available to answer questions regarding class content and to give guidance regarding courses of study.
At least five students must be enrolled for any elective or AP® course to be offered. Honors courses are available in most subjects.
After the initial 10 school day window, students may not drop classes without penalty. After that time students will receive a Withdraw Passing (WP) or Withdraw Failing (WF) grade for that grading period. Second Semester students may not drop classes and will take the grade they earn for the class. These designations will stay on the student’s transcript. Students should meet with the administration at the end of a grading period to discuss options if they are failing a class and it is a graduation requirement.
The exception is a course replaced up to December 1st by an academic equivalent—for instance, honors physics replaced with college-prep physics or Algebra II replaced with Algebra I. In these cases, the transcript records the second, replacement course, and the former course grades are applied to the new course.
Dual Enrollment and Online Class Policy
Dual enrollment and online classes are allowed for the purpose of making up credits, accelerating to the next level of a subject, or for offerings beyond the scope of GRACE. Students may not take courses that are offered by GRACE, except when given explicit administrative permission. Students may use a study hall to work on such courses, but must remain in the study hall classroom. Only seniors may take dual enrollment courses off campus.
High School Honors Courses
Honors students have additional requirements such as additional homework assignments, quizzes, tests, or projects. Note: Students in honors classes that are taught separately (i.e. all students in the class are taking honors-level) may have different honors requirements than students that are taught in classes that combine honors and regular students.
Honors assignments may include:
- Extra higher level questions on tests
- Extra written assignments
- Research papers
- Current event applications
- Extra reading with analytical questions
- Assignments to prepare students for the rigor of AP and college level classes
- Online and technology based assignments
A class will be designated honors only when there is a regular course in the same subject area at the same grade level. All honors courses will have a comprehensive written final exam. One half extra point is awarded on the student’s GPA for completed honors classes.
Requirements for taking honors-level courses:
- Students should have an A or B in the prerequisite class.
- Students must have 3.0 GPA or higher.
- Students must have teacher recommendation (Administration will get these from teachers).
Enrolling in an Honors Class:
- If students cumulative grades drop to a C in an honors level class, they will no longer be eligible for honors in that class since they should be focusing on the regular work to get their grade back up.
- Students may only enter the honors program during the first two weeks of the school year.
- Students may drop the honors component at any time, but all grades earned to date will stand. (This includes any project, test or assignment for which the due date has passed.) Students must meet with the Principal to complete the “drop” process. Parent signatures will be required to drop out of the honors component.
High School Advanced Placement® Courses
Advanced Placement® courses provide students the possibility to earn college credit while in high school.
Admissions to Advanced Placement® Courses
General requirements include an A or B in a previous AP course; A or B average in the subject area of the AP® course or a 3 on a previous AP® test in the subject area; recommendation from the course instructor; appropriate test scores on standardized tests as used for placement; and a minimum 3.0 overall GPA. Advanced Placement® courses will have additional fees assessed for AP® testing.
Requirements for Successful Completion of Advanced Placement® Courses
Students are required to take the College Board AP exam in order to complete the course. The College Board charges a fee for each exam. Students should understand that additional work outside the class is necessary in order to score a 3, 4, or 5 on the AP exam and receive college credit. AP® students may be required to buy supplementary materials like study guides or novels. Students should anticipate at least one hour of additional homework per night for an AP® course.
Because AP® students are required to take the College Board AP® exam, they will not be required to take the GRACE final exam in that subject. If a student does not take the AP® exam, they will receive a zero for the exam in the AP® course. Students will not be required to attend any classes on the day of the AP® exam. AP® classes will continue the remainder of the year with graded work assignments.
Senior Exam Exemptions
Seniors with an A average (90 or above) in a class for the second semester and 6 or less absences in their senior year will be exempt from their final exam in that subject. Three tardies equal one absence.
High School Community Service Requirements
As a result of the value placed on developing a heart for service, GRACE requires all high school students to complete a minimum of 20 hours of community service each year they attend GRACE. Students are encouraged to exceed this minimum threshold and GRACE will record all community service hours submitted to the office. Cumulative service hours are listed on each student’s official high school transcript to be submitted with college and/or scholarship applications.
GRACE encourages students to complete 10 service hours each year outside of our school and the student’s local church. To assist students in achieving this goal and to expose them to a variety of ministries in our local community, GRACE organizes a Community Service Day each school year. Students will earn, on average, 4-5 hours on this day. Additionally, the site is a hub for organizations needing volunteers and a great resource for GRACE families to find service opportunities in our community.
- NHS Service: NHS students may not double count their required service and tutoring hours to satisfy the NHS requirement of service and the GRACE graduation requirement at the same time.
- Mission Trips: GRACE encourages students to experience the unique blessings and benefits that come with being part of a mission trip. Students who participate in a mission trip (with GRACE or another organization) may report 8 hours of community service per day of their trip excluding travel days.
- Receipt of Compensation: For a task to count as service, no monetary compensation may be received for the completion of that task.
- Serving in the Home: Service inside the home is a wonderful expression of family commitment, however household chores, babysitting, and similar family activities do not count toward the graduation requirement for community service.
- GRACE Athletics / Team Managers: Team Managers are recognized as a part of the team they are affiliated with and cannot submit service hours for this role.
- GRACE Athletics / Volunteering: Students who volunteer to work concessions at games, staff the admissions table, announce, live stream, or run the game clock may receive service hour credit.
- GRACE Events: Throughout the year, students may have opportunities to earn community service credit by serving at a GRACE event. These opportunities will be communicated to the students as they arise.
- GRACE Electives: Some fine arts elective classes involve committing to performances/events outside of normal school hours. These events are considered part of the instruction of the class and should not be submitted as service hours.
Documenting Service Hours
To receive credit for hours served, students must submit a Community Service Form to the office for each organization they are serving. Note: a form does not need to be submitted for the school-organized Community Service Day. Repetitive service for the same organization (weekly volunteering) may be listed on one form with appropriate dates and hours noted and should be submitted in a timely manner.
To check on the number of hours your student has accumulated, access ParentsWeb, click on Family Information, the student’s name and then Service Hours to see the list of hours recorded for both school-sponsored community service days, and additional service hours submitted to the office. For record-keeping purposes, community service hours for a given year begins June 1 and runs through the end of May each year.
High School Graduation Course Requirements
|Foreign Language||2 credits (same language)|
|PE/ Health||1 credit|
|Electives||4 credits (1 in Fine Arts*)|
|Community Service||1 credit (80 hours)|
*Students will take Art and Music Appreciation during their sophomore year unless the Fine Arts requirement has already been satisfied.
Graduation Ceremony Guidelines
The GRACE Commencement Ceremony is held the Friday before Memorial Day each year, usually in the Auditorium at Hope Community Church. If the venue is different, seniors and their parents will be notified.
Students will purchase their cap and gown from the school vendor. Information will be sent home to seniors when this happens.
In addition to their cap and gown,
- Red, White and Blue military cords (not stoles) may be worn at graduation if the student is Active Duty military.
- Athletic medals may be worn if received as All State Individual Recognition. Team championship medals may not be worn at graduation.
- NO DECORATIONS ARE ALLOWED ON THE CAPS OR GOWNS.
- Girls should wear dress shoes and modest attire (dress, skirt, dress pants are all acceptable). Boys should wear dark pants, dark dress shoes, dark socks, a white shirt, and a conservative tie. Boys should be clean-shaven and hair should be neat.
College Preparatory Track Graduation Requirements
A minimum 800-point SAT (combined Critical Reading and Math sections) and a minimum 2.0 GPA are required to graduate on the college preparatory track.
Non-College Preparatory Track Graduation Requirements
A student will graduate on a non-college preparatory track if they have not met the minimum SAT requirement, have more than one modified class in their high school career, or follow the non-college preparatory course requirements (may be viewed upon request)