Grand Rapids Christian High School

Academic Policies

At Grand Rapids Christian High School, students are challenged and supported in their studies in order to prepare them to be servants of Christ in contemporary society and to be equipped for their next education or work experience. Grand Rapids Christian High School provides a solid foundation by holding high academic expectations in all core courses. In addition, these courses

  1. Integrate a Reformed Christian worldview and understanding into instruction and assignments
  2. Follow the Grand Rapids Christian High School course syllabus
  3. Incorporate and implement Michigan high school course standards
  4. Incorporate modifications where appropriate
  5. Integrate college curriculum expectations where appropriate
  6. Apply Grand Rapids Christian Schools’ best instructional practices and curriculum standards
  7. Use school and state common assessments when available
  8. Integrate North Central Accreditation - "AdvancED" standards and goals

We expect our students to demonstrate knowledge of our Christian perspective and use this understanding as they are challenged to make decisions, raise questions, and examine real-life problems through the curriculum. We also expect students to be active participants in their learning, giving their best efforts toward developing a strong academic background for using their God-given potential to transform God’s world. We believe that students can be successful; however, much of the success depends on working in partnership with families. As part of that partnership, we have designed this Curriculum Guide to help parents understand the course offerings and policies at Grand Rapids Christian High School.

We ask parents and churches to partner with staff members in nurturing their adolescent’s spiritual, social, emotional, and academic growth through involvement in the learning process, through supporting the young adult’s spirit and spiritual formation, and through prayer for the school’s endeavors.

Diploma Requirements

REQUIREMENTS FOR A GRAND RAPIDS CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA

Students must complete four full years of high school studies. Ordinarily, the senior year must be completed at Grand Rapids Christian High School. Early completion of high school is not an option, regardless of credits earned in excess of the minimum requirements. A minimum of one full year at
Grand Rapids Christian High School is required for a Grand Rapids Christian High School diploma.

GRCHS students are required to take the Winterim session between semesters as part of full-year enrollment.

Students who terminate enrollment at Grand Rapids Christian High School with nineteen or more credits, at least 75% of which were earned at Grand Rapids Christian High School, may earn a Grand
Rapids Christian High School diploma under arrangements made with the school.

Students in the class of 2017 must complete 24 credit hours earned in full-semester classes for graduation. Students in the classes of 2014, 2015, 2016 must complete 23 credit hours earned in full-semester classes for graduation. At least 16 of these credits must be earned in courses not considered modified courses.

All students must complete the following designated curricular core course requirements in order to earn a Grand Rapids Christian High School diploma.

INCOMING NINTH GRADERS—Class of 2017:
Must take 24 semester credits for graduation.

APPLIED BUSINESS – 1 semester
       Economics – 1 semester
BIBLE AND THEOLOGY – 4 semesters
ENGLISH – 8 semesters
FINE ARTS – 2 semesters
MATHEMATICS – 8 semesters
PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH – 3 semesters
SCIENCE – 6 semesters, including 4 semesters of laboratory science
SOCIAL STUDIES – 6 semesters
         World Cultures – 1 semester
         Western Civilization – 1 semester
         American History – 2 semesters
         American Government – 1 semester
WORLD LANGUAGE – 4 semesters

INCOMING TENTH, ELEVENTH, AND TWELFTH GRADERS—Classes of 2014, 2015, and 2016:                                    
Must take 23 semester credits for graduation.              

BIBLE AND THEOLOGY – 4 semesters
COMPUTER COMPETENCY – 1 semester of Computer Applications or Economics, or passing the Computer Competency Test
ENGLISH – 8 semesters
FINE ARTS – 2 semesters
MATHEMATICS – 8 semesters
PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH – 3 semesters
SCIENCE – 6 semesters, including 4 semesters of laboratory science
SOCIAL STUDIES – 6 semesters
        World Cultures – 1 semester
        American History – 2 semesters
        American Government - 1 semester
WORLD LANGUAGE – 4 semesters


Students who have completed a required course in grade 8 may be exempt from the high school requirement only if the 8th grade course experience duplicates a GRCHS course and one or more of the following has been attained:

1.    A course grade of B or better and letter of recommendation from subject teacher

2.    A satisfactory score, as determined by GRCHS, on the Grand Rapids Christian High School placement test

3.    A minimum score of 85-90% on the specific GRCHS course exam
High School credit is not given for exempted courses.


REQUIREMENTS FOR A GRAND RAPIDS CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL BASIC DIPLOMA

The requirements for this diploma are the same as for a Grand Rapids Christian High School diploma with these exceptions:

•     There is not a limit to the number of credits earned in modified courses.

•     With prior approval, up to two credits may be omitted from the normal subject distribution requirement.


CLASS REQUIREMENTS

In grades 9 through 12, all students must take a minimum of 3 credits per semester (6 courses). Students in 9th, 10th, and 11th grades are to be supervised in class the entire school day. Parents of seniors may request a parent-excused hour for their student. Kent Career Technical Center students and early college students must take a minimum of 1.5 hours of credit at Grand Rapids Christian High concurrent with the off-campus classes.


ADDITIONAL CURRICULAR INFORMATION

A.   Grade Point Average - Grade Point Average (GPA) values are based on the semester grade given for all completed courses.

B.   Adding Classes Late - Generally students may not add courses after the first three full days of the semester.

C.   Courses Taken Outside Grand Rapids Christian High - A student who is deficient in hours may take one course per semester in another approved school. Such courses must be approved by the school administration prior to being taken.

D.   Outside Credits - Transfer students’ academic status will be determined upon enrollment at Grand Rapids Christian High School. Academic records from previous schools will be used for placement and graduation requirement decisions. However, courses, credits, and grades from other schools will not appear on a GRCHS transcript. In addition, grades from outside schools will not be used to calculate the student’s final GPA. The students’ GRCHS transcript will consist of course work, credits, and grades completed at GRCHS.

E.    Criteria for Valedictorian

       1.    The student(s) who has (have) attained the highest cumulative GPA of the graduating class at the conclusion of seven semesters.

       2.    Student(s) must have earned majority of credits through seven semesters at Grand Rapids Christian High School.

F.    Early College - A student who wishes to take early college courses for which the school does not offer an equivalent course must submit a written request signed by the parent stating the reason for the request and giving a brief description of the class(es) to be taken. This request must be submitted when a student submits his/her course requests for the following year. The request will be reviewed by a committee consisting of the student’s counselor, chairperson of the appropriate department based on the college course requested, and the registrar. The committee will grant or deny the request.

        Criteria used by the committee will be:

        1.    Demonstrated excellence (normally GPA 3.0 minimum) in the subject area.

        2.    Significant work already accomplished in the subject area.

        3.    Psychological, emotional, or social issues which may be pertinent to the request.

        High school credit is not given for early college courses.

G. Kent Career Technical Center Students - Students who desire to participate in Technical Center programs must work out schedules and programs with their counselor. These programs are considered to be auxiliary programs available to all area high schools. Since the Kent Career Technical Center is not a credit-granting institution, all participants must be enrolled in and attend classes at GRCHS.

H.   Independent Study

When a student is enrolled on a regular basis at Grand Rapids Christian High School:

       1.    Independent studies are available to 11th and 12th graders only. Ordinarily, to be considered for an independent study, a student must have at least a 3.3 grade point average in the department under whose management the independent study would take place.

        2.    No credit for independent study will be granted without the study having been given prior administrative approval.

        3.    Usually a maximum of one course (.5 credit) per semester is allowed as an independent study for a student.

        4.    To qualify for an independent study during the regular school year, a student must be enrolled in at least five courses (2.5) credits in the regular program. Summertime independent studies are also permitted.

        5.    Credit for an independent study will be awarded on a pass/fail basis. No letter grade will be awarded for use in the student’s cumulative GPA.

        6.    An independent study must be supervised by a GRCHS teacher.

        7.    Cost for an independent study course (.5 credit) will be assumed by the family. Families will pay the cost of an online course or 3% of yearly tuition for a GRCHS-developed course.


When a student is not attending Grand Rapids Christian High School on a regular basis:

        1.    Credit will be granted only if the study is conducted under the jurisdiction of a recognized online high school program or by a Grand Rapids Christian High School teacher.     These arrangements must be made in advance through the high school administration.

        2.    Credit for an independent study will be awarded on a pass/fail basis. No letter grade will be awarded for use in the student’s cumulative GPA.

        3.    A charge of 3% of full-time yearly tuition will be assessed for each semester course (.5 credit).

        4.  Under these arrangements, no more than four credits will be granted to any student.

I.     Replacement Credit

        1.    In order to receive replacement credit, the course must be retaken within one year.

        2.    In order to receive replacement by retaking a course, permission must be granted by the administration prior to the beginning of the semester. Generally, such permission will be given if the original grade was C+ or lower or if an educational need is apparent.

        3.    When a replacement credit is given, the grade of record will be the replacement grade.

J. Grade Modifications

        1.    Students may require modifications to course work in individual cases. These modifications may reflect special learning needs or honors challenges.

        2.    Teachers will consult with students, counselors, and parents about the use of modifications. Such modifications will require administrative approval.

        3.    Parents or guardians will receive notice of these modifications.

        4.    Modifications will be reflected in course grading and noted on the student’s permanent school record.

        Implications for M Grade Modifications

        1.    If more than twelve courses are modified, the student is placed on a basic diploma track.

        2.    Students and parents should be aware of NCAA (Division I and II) rules for athletes that prohibit accepting modified courses for first-year college athletes.

        3.    Modifications can be applied only to GRCHS courses. Course grades may be modified by using a 60% grading scale or alterations to course work.

        Guidelines for Honors Modifications

        1.    Identification: Academic departments develop criteria for an honors modification. In addition to the High School Placement Test for entering 9th graders, the criteria may include teacher recommendations, student application, GPA requirements, specific expectations by the department, grades in the discipline, motivation and interest, independent learning skills, and the need for further academic challenge.

        2.    Grading: GRCHS has high expectations for the quality of student’s honor (H) grade work. Both assignment and course grades should reflect the quality of work completed. If a student withdraws, the grades received in H assignments may be averaged into the final course grade.

K.   Grading Irregularities – International students with limited English proficiency may be given credit/no credit grades for their first semester at Grand Rapids Christian High School. Some 9th grade students placed in the special support program may receive credit /no credit grades during their first marking period.

 

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