A list of middle school / high school courses by grade is available for students and their parents and can be accessed in this handbook in the Academic Overview section.

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.

Drop/Add Policy

Drop / Add Policy – Any Upper Campus student (7th-12th) may drop/add for 10 school days with faculty and parent signature. The Drop/Add Form is found in this handbook in the Forms section.

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
    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 recommendations (Administration will get these from teachers).

For classes that have a Regular and Honors Section:

  • If student’s 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

Year-Long Classes: Seniors with an A average (90 or above) in a class for the second semester and 6 or fewer absences in that same class will be exempt from their final exam or in the case of a capstone they will not be required to present in that subject. Three tardies equal one absence.

Semester Classes: Seniors with an A average (90 or above) in a class for the second semester and 3 or fewer absences in that same class will be exempt from their final exam or in the case of a capstone they will not be required to present 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 will communicate service opportunities on the GRACE website or in #AmazingGRACE Newsletter. Additionally, the site http://activategood.org/ is a hub for organizations needing volunteers and a great resource for GRACE families to find service opportunities in our community.

The Community Service forms are found in this handbook in the Forms section. Note: Parents should not sign off as the student’s supervisor for community service.

Service Guidelines

  • 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 a 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

English 4 credits
Science 3 credits
Mathematics 4 credits
History 4 credits
Bible 4 credits
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.
  • 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)

Early High School Graduation Policy

This policy applies to high school students who are eligible to submit a request for permission to graduate early from high school in three years defined by the below requirements. This request would not be a common practice; however, a policy has been developed for these rare instances.

The following procedures must be followed when a student elects to submit for early graduation:

  • The student and parent (s) must meet with administration to discuss and present their request for early graduation; all requests need to be made by the end of the third quarter of the sophomore year in order to be considered;
  • The Academic Council and Head of School will review the request and determine whether to proceed;
  • For a student to be eligible for early graduation, all graduation requirements must be met, even for the year that is being skipped. These include: 4 Bible, 4 Math, 4 English, 4 Social Science, 3 Science, 2 Foreign Language, 1 PE/Health, 1 Fine Arts elective, 3 other Electives, 80 Community service hours, (Junior and Senior seminar are required classes that may be done virtually)
  • Academic credit check: A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required to apply for early graduation, with no lower than a “C” for any course listed on the high school transcript to date;
  • In order to graduate early, a student must complete six (6) semesters or three years of high school attendance and have successfully completed the terms of the GRACE Christian School Graduation Requirements;
  • The student and parent/guardian will complete the request form for early graduation and submit it to the high school principal;
  • The student and parent/guardian will conference with the counselor and high school principal once the request has been submitted;
  • Students and parents will sign an agreement with the administration on all details of early graduation;
  • The administration will establish a tentative final course schedule and the student must continue to meet the specified requirements in the agreement.

Opportunities for Earning Credit for Early Graduation

  • Students may take multiple subject area courses concurrently in order to complete all requirements
  • Students may enroll in Sevenstar Academy online to complete courses and receive the biblical worldview integration.

Evaluation Criteria for the Early Graduation Application Consideration

  • The student does not intend to graduate prior to completing at least six semesters of high school. (After 11th grade)
  • The student is declaring no later than the first day of the student’s first semester as a junior.
  • The student must have no lower than a “C” in any course prior to the time of application.
  • The social and emotional maturity of the student will be considered.
  • The student’s attitude toward early graduation and post-high school plans will be considered.
  • Evidence of a well-planned post-high school program within the student’s ability to achieve will be considered.
  • Evidence that the high school program has prepared the student for post-high school opportunities will be considered. Such preparation includes academic standing, extracurricular activities, regularity of attendance, etc.
  • Parent/Guardian support will be considered.

Remaining Eligible Once Approved

  • Once approved for early graduation, the student must maintain a minimum “C” average in the remaining courses and no lower than a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Failure to do so will result in the student being required to remain enrolled with a full schedule through the end of their fourth year.
  • Once approved for early graduation, the student must meet with his/her counselor twice each year to monitor progress. A student’s plan may be terminated or adjusted at any meeting if criteria are not being met.
  • A student will be declared ineligible to graduate early if he/she does not meet the graduation proficiency requirements.
  • If an early graduate intends to participate in the graduation ceremony, they must indicate that intention on their final checkout form completed the last day of the previous year’s attendance, if not sooner. Early graduates’ names will be included on the graduation program.

Additional Senior Privileges

  • Students may participate in all senior class events.
Last modified: 19 April 2022