High School Course Requirements

Content Area9th Grade10th Grade11th Grade12th Grade
English
Math
Science
Social Studies
Bible
Elective: Language1 credit required. Spanish I recommended for 10th Grade, but can be earned during any High School Year. (Sign Language does not meet this requirement.)
Elective: Physical Education0.5 credit required. Can be earned during any High School Year. May be waived with participation in two seasons of a High School sport.
Elective: Health0.5 credit required. Can be earned during any High School Year. 0.25 credit must be First Aid/CPR.
Elective: Art0.5 credit required. Can be earned during any High School Year. Art credit may be waived with participation in an acting role in a theater production or participation on the Student Worship Team for two full years.
Elective: Personal Finance0.5 credit required. Can be earned during any High School Year.

Placement in Accelerated Courses

Honors and Dual Enrollment courses are available to all High School students, however parents and students should be aware they have rigorous course requirements. Inadequate preparation for this level of study may limit a student’s ability to succeed in the course.

Placement in Honors and Dual Enrollment Courses is determined by the following criteria:

  • Teacher Recommendation
  • Grade of 90% of above in the subject area in the previous year
  • Student’s attitude, work ethic and ability to complete assignments

College Credit Dual Enrollment

Through a partnership program with The College of Southeastern, GCS students 9th through 12th grade can receive college credit concurrently for the work done in their high school classes at Grace Christian School. Students who perform well during the first semester can apply to earn college credit during the second semester of Dual Enrollment eligible courses.

Eligibility:

  • 9-12th Grade student enrolled in a course with Dual Enrollment option
  • Earned 80% or above average during the first semester and maintained throughout the duration of the course

Enrollment Period:

End of 1st Semester (End of Nov through Jan) for the Spring Semester

Cost:

$245 per 3-credit hour course (1 Semester)


The College at Southeastern

GCS Dual Enrollment Courses

Algebra 2

  • H
  • DE
  • LSP
  • *
  • Math
  • Prerequisite: Algebra 1, Geometry
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th

Major topics include solving advanced linear equations and inequalities, graphing lines and curves, polynomials, factoring, quadratic and exponential functions, logarithms, and radical expressions. The goal is to assist students in developing a Biblical Worldview as a result of coming to understand that Math is a way of recording and expressing the laws and relationships God created for the universe.

Southeastern Dual Enrollment Course: MAT 1600 (Algebra II)

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Bible 10 – New Testament Survey

  • H
  • DE
  • *
  • Bible
Grades: 10th

Our tenth grade Bible course provides an overview of the background and content of the New Testament, with an emphasis on beginning to prepare students to study and interpret the Bible on their own. Students learn about the content, authorship, date of writing, and important background issues for each New Testament book. By studying the New Testament, students are exposed to the Gospel and continue to develop a Christian Worldview regarding the reading and interpreting of God’s Word and God’s world.

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Bible 11

  • H
  • DE
  • *
  • Bible
Grades: 11th

The eleventh grade Bible course surveys the major topics in Christian theology and their relationship to each other. It treats significant developments in contemporary theological discussions of God, Christ, the Spirit and the Church, grace and human destiny. Students successfully completing this course are able to: 1) describe specific theological doctrines and topics and the various interconnections between elements of Christian theology; 2) demonstrate a familiarity with key figures and movements in theology and 3) evaluate them critically.

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Cultural Geography

  • H
  • DE
  • *
  • History / Social Studies
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Students continue to develop their global perspective by examining the countries, cultures, and regions of the world. They will learn about country locations, cultural customs and traditions, as well as how cultures interact with other cultures. They will also learn to interpret geographic data and make predictions based on their interpretations.

Southeastern Dual Enrollment Course: GEO 2500 (World Geography)

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Environmental Science

  • H
  • DE
  • Science
Grades: 11th, 12th

Students study topics such as the basic principles of ecology and earth science, the relationship between humans and their environment, biomes, biodiversity, the impact of human populations on ecosystems, and agriculture. Students will also be challenged to brainstorm solutions to local, regional, and global environmental issues. Special emphasis is placed on being responsible citizens and stewards over all of God’s creation.

Southeastern Dual Enrollment Course: SCI 1600 (Natural Science)

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History 10 – Civics/Economics

  • H
  • DE
  • *
  • History / Social Studies
Grades: 10th

In Civics/Economics, students will study the responsibility of citizenship with discussion of the principles and mechanics of a constitutional republic. Areas discussed will include the Constitution, political parties and citizenship form a biblical perspective. Students will also investigate how basic economic principles work in countries, businesses and financial markets. American Government and Economics is designed to present American government and economics from a Christian perspective and to make students aware of the duties and responsibilities we have as American citizens as well as the privileges and blessings we enjoy. Students learn about the operations of our government, the protection and security provided by the Constitution, laws of the land and political relationships. Basic economic principles from the individual to the international scene are also examined.

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History 11 – United States History 1

  • H
  • DE
  • *
  • History / Social Studies
Grades: 11th

Many people simply consider history to be an archive of dates and facts to be memorized. But history is much more than that. It is a story about the lives of people and God’s redemptive work; it is “”HIS story””, God’s story. As students study our nation’s history, they will be invited to consider God’s wisdom, omnipotence, sovereignty, and benevolence within the scheme of our nation’s development and growth. Students will be challenged to think critically for the sake of analyzing historical events and critiquing the perspectives and choices of various historical figures. They will gain a clear outline of the major people, events, and developments that have propelled our nation toward being the nation that it is today. Students will focus on events happening between the following historical periods: New World – Reconstruction Era.”

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History 12 – United States History 2

  • H
  • DE
  • *
  • History / Social Studies
  • Prerequisite: History 11
Grades: 12th

United States History 2 is a contintuation of US History 1. Students study events happening from the Reconstruction Era to present day.

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Early Work Release & Internships

Students in the 11th or 12th grade who are in good academic, attendance, and disciplinary standing may apply for the privilege of signing out early in lieu of an elective to pursue an internship, job, or college study. This requires a parent signature on the appropriate form and administrative approval.

Career & College Promise

Courses are offered through Central Carolina Community College and Sandhills Community College. Students may leave early to attend the college course in person or they may complete online courses on campus in a study hall designated for this purpose. Career and College Promise courses are taught by college professors employed by the respective community college.

Eligibility:

  • 11th or 12th grade
  • Minimum 2.8 GPA
  • Test Scores (PreACT/ACT/PSAT/SAT)
  • GCS elective requirements for graduation have been met or waived

Enrollment Period:

  • April for the following Fall Semester
  • August for the following Spring Semester

Cost:

Tuition Free

Central Carolina Community College

Central Carolina Community College Contact:
Ben Thomas
bthom697@cccc.edu

Sandhills College

Sandhills Community College Contact:
Elizabeth Yarrington
yarringtone@sandhills.edu

Core Academic Courses
High School English Track (4 Credits)

English 1

  • H
  • LSP
  • *
  • English
Grades: 9th

English 1 is a study of literary genres that is aligned to state standards, created to engage and motivate students. Students apply effective reading strategies to a wide variety of literary and informational texts including the novel, short story, informational texts, drama and poetry. Throughout the course, students practice narrative, literary analysis, argumentative, and informational writing, as well as refine language skills related to writing, listening, speaking and viewing.

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English 2

  • H
  • LSP
  • *
  • English
  • Prerequisite: English 1
Grades: 10th

English 2 focuses on literature by and/or about people of diverse ethnic backgrounds. Selected pieces are organized into a genre-study style, beginning with short stories, research, and drama in the first semester, then wrapping up with a novel study, poetry, and culminating project in the second semester. Throughout, students explore themes of linguistic and cultural diversity by comparing, contrast. The students observe and listen critically and respond appropriately to written and oral communication. Conventions are essential for reading, writing, and speaking; therefore, instruction in language conventions and vocabulary will occur within the context of reading, writing, and speaking rather than in isolation.

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English 3

  • H
  • LSP
  • *
  • English
  • Prerequisite: English 2
Grades: 11th

In English 3, students read and analyze works of American literature from colonial to contemporary times, including poetry, short stories, novels, drama, and nonfiction. The literary works provide opportunities for critical writing, creative projects, and classroom discussions. Students develop vocabulary skills and refresh their knowledge of grammar, usage, and mechanics in preparation for college entrance exams. This course prepares students for college.

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English 4

  • H
  • LSP
  • *
  • English
  • Prerequisite: English 3
Grades: 12th

In English 4, students read and analyze works of British literature from medieval times to more a contemporary view, including poetry, short stories, novels, drama, and nonfiction. The literary works provide opportunities for critical writing, creative projects, and classroom discussions. Students develop vocabulary skills and refresh their knowledge of grammar, usage, and mechanics in preparation for college entrance exams.

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High School Mathematics Track (4 Credits)

Advanced Functions and Modeling

  • STEM, Math, Technology & Trade
  • Prerequisite: Algebra 2
Grades: 11th, 12th

Advanced Function & Modeling is a junior/senior level class. Course includes analyzing data, applying probability concepts and using functions to model and solve problems. By the conclusion of AFM, students will be expected to express data using graphical, algebraic, numerical and other representations, thereby building fluency in mathematical languages.

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Algebra 1

  • H
  • LSP
  • *
  • Math
Grades: 9th, 10th

The main goal of Algebra is to develop fluency in working with polynomial equations including linear and quadratic equations. Students will extend their experiences with tables, graphs, and equations, utilizing technology to model and investigate mathematical concepts and ideas. Students will analyze situations verbally, numerically, graphically, and symbolically. Students will apply mathematical skills and make meaningful connections to God’s inherent order of the universe.

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Algebra 2

  • H
  • DE
  • LSP
  • *
  • Math
  • Prerequisite: Algebra 1, Geometry
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th

Major topics include solving advanced linear equations and inequalities, graphing lines and curves, polynomials, factoring, quadratic and exponential functions, logarithms, and radical expressions. The goal is to assist students in developing a Biblical Worldview as a result of coming to understand that Math is a way of recording and expressing the laws and relationships God created for the universe.

Southeastern Dual Enrollment Course: MAT 1600 (Algebra II)

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Calculus

  • H
  • Math
  • Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus
Grades: 11th, 12th

Calculus is designed to develop the topics of differential, integral, and multivariate calculus. Emphasis is placed on limits, continuity, derivatives and integrals of completion. Students will be able to select and use appropriate models and techniques for finding solutions to derivative-related problems with and without technology. The goal is to assist students in developing a Biblical Worldview as a result of coming to understand that Math is a way of recording and expressing the laws and relationships God created for the universe.

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Geometry

  • H
  • LSP
  • *
  • Math
  • Prerequisite: Algebra 1
Grades: 9th, 10th

This course provides students an opportunity to study zero-, one-, two-, and three-dimensional geometry, to use geometric models, to apply the properties of figures in problem-solving situations, and to use appropriate technology to solve geometric problems.

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Pre-Calculus

  • H
  • Math
  • Prerequisite: Algebra 2
Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th

In the Precalculus course, the students will be taught linear functions and their graphs, systems of linear equations and inequalities, polynomial and rational functions, trigonometric functions and their graphs, trigonometric identities and equations, complex numbers, exponential and logarithmic functions, sequences and series, and conics (if time permits). The main objective is to ensure that the students are prepared for a college/university level math course or Calculus, depending on their future plans.

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High School Science Track (3 Credits)

Biology

  • H
  • *
  • Science
Grades: 9th, 10th

Biology is the study of life. Throughout this course, students will study different aspects of God’s creation – including macromolecules and organic chemistry, cells, DNA, genetics, evolution/creation, ecosystems, etc. The goal of this course is for the students to develop an understanding of and appreciation for the diversity, complexity, and unity of life and to gain an understanding of how God’s Creation supports and verifies God’s Word. Connections between the topics covered in class and real-world problems or events will be made, so that students can understand the importance of studying Biology. There is a lab portion to this course.

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Chemistry

  • H
  • *
  • Science
  • Prerequisite: Physical Science, Algebra 1
Grades: 11th, 12th

Chemistry is the study of the matter that makes up our universe and the different changes that matter undergoes. Throughout this course, students will study different aspects of chemistry and how it relates to our everyday lives. The goal of this course is for the student to gain an understanding of basic chemistry concepts such as the history of chemistry, the makeup of matter, atomic structure, molecular bonds, solutions, chemical properties and reactions. There is a lab portion to this course.

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Environmental Science

  • H
  • DE
  • Science
Grades: 11th, 12th

Students study topics such as the basic principles of ecology and earth science, the relationship between humans and their environment, biomes, biodiversity, the impact of human populations on ecosystems, and agriculture. Students will also be challenged to brainstorm solutions to local, regional, and global environmental issues. Special emphasis is placed on being responsible citizens and stewards over all of God’s creation.

Southeastern Dual Enrollment Course: SCI 1600 (Natural Science)

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Physical Science

  • H
  • *
  • Science
Grades: 9th

Physical science is a survey course, covering basic chemistry and physics, which provides students with a solid foundation they need to complete more advanced science courses throughout high school. There is a special emphasis on the history and nature of science, as well as how we can glorify God by studying His creation. Students will use math and problem-solving skills to investigate the marvels of God’s handiwork. Students will participate in a variety of laboratory experiments and small projects to reinforce that they learn in class. Topics covered include matter and non-matter, basic chemistry and atomic structure, magnetism, dynamics and kinematics, electricity, and light.

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High School Social Studies Track (4 Credits)

Cultural Geography

  • H
  • DE
  • *
  • History / Social Studies
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Students continue to develop their global perspective by examining the countries, cultures, and regions of the world. They will learn about country locations, cultural customs and traditions, as well as how cultures interact with other cultures. They will also learn to interpret geographic data and make predictions based on their interpretations.

Southeastern Dual Enrollment Course: GEO 2500 (World Geography)

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History 10 – Civics/Economics

  • H
  • DE
  • *
  • History / Social Studies
Grades: 10th

In Civics/Economics, students will study the responsibility of citizenship with discussion of the principles and mechanics of a constitutional republic. Areas discussed will include the Constitution, political parties and citizenship form a biblical perspective. Students will also investigate how basic economic principles work in countries, businesses and financial markets. American Government and Economics is designed to present American government and economics from a Christian perspective and to make students aware of the duties and responsibilities we have as American citizens as well as the privileges and blessings we enjoy. Students learn about the operations of our government, the protection and security provided by the Constitution, laws of the land and political relationships. Basic economic principles from the individual to the international scene are also examined.

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History 11 – United States History 1

  • H
  • DE
  • *
  • History / Social Studies
Grades: 11th

Many people simply consider history to be an archive of dates and facts to be memorized. But history is much more than that. It is a story about the lives of people and God’s redemptive work; it is “”HIS story””, God’s story. As students study our nation’s history, they will be invited to consider God’s wisdom, omnipotence, sovereignty, and benevolence within the scheme of our nation’s development and growth. Students will be challenged to think critically for the sake of analyzing historical events and critiquing the perspectives and choices of various historical figures. They will gain a clear outline of the major people, events, and developments that have propelled our nation toward being the nation that it is today. Students will focus on events happening between the following historical periods: New World – Reconstruction Era.”

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History 12 – United States History 2

  • H
  • DE
  • *
  • History / Social Studies
  • Prerequisite: History 11
Grades: 12th

United States History 2 is a contintuation of US History 1. Students study events happening from the Reconstruction Era to present day.

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History 9 – World History

  • H
  • *
  • History / Social Studies
Grades: 9th

World History is a survey course, which will connect the beginnings and foundations of world history to the current state of our nation and world. Throughout this semester, students will examine various civilizations throughout history and study the transitions of influence and power between these peoples. This course will expand the student’s knowledge of various ancient and modern cultures as well as introduce them to the foundations of multiple revolutionary movements involving knowledge, religion, and technology. As they study, students will travel around the world and across time to learn from and about several early civilizations (including the Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians), Medieval Europe, Asia, and Africa. Students will also monitor the effects of major transitions and movements as they affect the development of the modern world. It is the intent of this course to expand student knowledge of the history of the world as well as train them to understand from where our current world has come – religiously, culturally, and geographically.

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High School Bible Track (4 Credits)

Bible 10 – New Testament Survey

  • H
  • DE
  • *
  • Bible
Grades: 10th

Our tenth grade Bible course provides an overview of the background and content of the New Testament, with an emphasis on beginning to prepare students to study and interpret the Bible on their own. Students learn about the content, authorship, date of writing, and important background issues for each New Testament book. By studying the New Testament, students are exposed to the Gospel and continue to develop a Christian Worldview regarding the reading and interpreting of God’s Word and God’s world.

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Bible 11

  • H
  • DE
  • *
  • Bible
Grades: 11th

The eleventh grade Bible course surveys the major topics in Christian theology and their relationship to each other. It treats significant developments in contemporary theological discussions of God, Christ, the Spirit and the Church, grace and human destiny. Students successfully completing this course are able to: 1) describe specific theological doctrines and topics and the various interconnections between elements of Christian theology; 2) demonstrate a familiarity with key figures and movements in theology and 3) evaluate them critically.

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Bible 12

  • H
  • *
  • Bible
Grades: 12th

The twelfth grade Bible course is about the ideas that construct our worldviews. Everyone has a worldview, which helps them interpret the world around them. Christianity has an explanation for reality, but so does Islam, Secularism, Marxism, and Postmodernism. Each of these worldviews is founded upon a pattern of interconnected ideas. Students will learn how worldviews dictate how we interpret and respond to issues like stem-cell research, abortion, transgenderism, human rights, poverty, technology, etc. Make no mistake, these worldviews are at war. This course opens students’ eyes to the factions competing for our hearts and minds. The stakes couldn’t be higher. Because all humans are sinners, the worldviews developed apart from God will be sinful and flawed. But with the Christian worldview, we get God’s perspective on the challenges we face and how to best deal with them.

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Bible 9 – Old Testament Survey

  • H
  • *
  • Bible
Grades: 9th

The Bible tells us the grand story of redemption and is our final authority for all of life. Ninth graders explore the Old Testament and the theme, “Jesus is both the Agent of and Goal of Creation.” By studying the Old Testament with this in mind, students are exposed to the Gospel and begin to develop a Christian Worldview regarding the reading and interpreting of God’s word and God’s world.

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Elective Offerings

GCS High School students may explore their interests through the following quarterly electives. Electives are taught the last period of the day, Monday through Friday. Students will select their preferred and secondary electives in March for the upcoming school year. Every attempt will be made to enroll students in their preferred electives. Elective choices should reflect a firm decision. It is highly unlikely that a course change will be made if a student receives their preferred electives.

Bible Study: NAU:Origins by Jonny Somerville

  • E
  • Bible, Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

NUA:Origins aims to provide a learning environment that empowers young people to engage with Christianity. The series will consist of eight episodes looking at the nature of God and our identity, the meaning of Jesus’s death, prayer, the Scriptures and a closer look at those who encountered Jesus. We have called it NUA:Origins because of the cultural fascination with superheroes origins stories. We love to find out the back story of people’s lives.

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Intro to Sign Language

  • E
  • English, Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

This is an introductory level sign language course that establishes a novice range of communication skills. This course emphasizes the cultural practices distinct to those that approach the world from a visual perspective.

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