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High School Courses of Study

Unit requirements by program type can be seen in chart form on the Graduation Requirements page.

Course Credits

A unit of credit is awarded in a subject when the course is successfully completed with a 70 percentile or higher average. A one-half (½) credit would be awarded for 5 units and one (1) credit would be awarded for 10 units of work. A one-half (½) credit course typically takes 90 days to complete and a one (1) credit course typically takes 180 days to complete.

Students are expected to be enrolled in at least five classes each year to be on target to complete high school graduation requirements in four years.  Switched-On Schoolhouse® or LIFEPAC® curriculum will be assigned.  Additional credits may be earned outside the Academy if they are pre-approved and meet the requirements as outlined below.

Transfer credits are accepted based on official transcripts and test results. Students who have taken high school courses through home schooling must show mastery on diagnostic tests in order to receive transfer credits. Documentation of course work and evaluation of mastery will be required for all courses, including those not tested.

Of the 24/26 credits required for graduation, students transferring from a public or private school must take a minimum of 4 of those credits with the Academy.  Home school transfer students may be required to earn additional credits with the Academy to receive a high school diploma if proper documentation of previous work is not provided.  In those cases, more than one year’s enrollment may be required.

Parents must list all high school courses taken previously for credit. These should be verified by an official transcript received directly from the transferring school.

Courses Outside Western Christian Academy

Students may earn additional credits in courses outside the Academy under the following conditions:

  • The course must have prior approval by the Academy.
  • The course must be scheduled for a specific time. Instructional time must be 4-5 hours per week.
  • The course must be considered part of the Academy required or elective curriculum with a credit value assigned to it.
  • The course instructor should have qualifications in the field of instruction.
  • A progress report form must be completed and returned to the Academy in order to monitor progress and give proper credit.
  • Adequate verification must be received to show that the course has been completed.
  • If the course is taken at a local school or college, a transcript must accompany the final quarter report.
  • Non-standard courses designed by parents, churches, etc., must include a content outline reflecting division of material into units, quizzes, a final test, and a list of materials that will be used.
  • Requests are generally not approved for classes that meet only once a week for actual instruction. Examples include instrumental/vocal music lessons, hobbies, work experience, sports, and fine arts classes.
  • Transcripts and grades should include a signature of the instructor.

 

 

College Preparatory Course of Study And Honors Course of Study

Western Christian Academy’s college preparatory course of study is designed to prepare students for entrance into most universities and colleges. However, because each college or university has its own entrance requirements, the student will want to consult with the school of his or her choice to tailor a high school program which meets the specific requirements of that institution.

  Required Subjects  (College Prep)

Credits

  English

4

  Math*

4

  Science

4

  History

4

  P.E & Health

2

  Electives (2 years of  Foreign Language)

8

  Total

26-27


* College Prep math should include Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and Pre-calculus
* One credit elective needs to be from the Fine 
Arts or Practical Arts category, and two credits of elective needs to be Bible courses.

General Course of Study

A student earning the general course diploma possesses credentials enabling them to attend community college, some vocational or technical schools, and possibly some universities. The Academy recommends that students completing the general studies attend a community college for two years concentrating on general education courses to prepare them to transfer to a four-year institution.

  Required Subjects (General)

Credits

  English

4

  Math*

3

  Science

3

  History

4

  P.E.& Health

2

  Electives

8

  Total

24


* One credit elective needs to be from the Fine Arts or Practical Arts category, and two credits elective needs to be Bible courses.

 

Vocational Course of Study

Performing Students working with an IEP commensurate with their achievement level receive one unit of credit for each 10 units completed per subject and one-half credit for each 5 units of study completed per subject.

Students must attain an achievement level at or above the 9th grade in order to qualify for an IEP diploma.  Students not at a 9th grade or above proficiency level at the time of graduation will receive a certificate of attendance.

  Required Subjects (General)

Credits

  English

4

  Math

4

  Science

4

  History

4

  P.E.& Health

2

  Electives*

6

  Total

24

 *Elective credits must include 2 credits in Bible.


Admission to Colleges and Universities

Students planning on pursuing higher education should research the entrance requirements of the particular school they wish to attend. The ACT or SAT examination is required for admission to many colleges and universities. These tests are usually taken during the spring of a student’s junior or senior year.

Upon written request, Western Christian Academy will send a copy of the student’s record to a college or university.

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