Academics

Academic Excellence

The ultimate objective of any learning experience is educational excellence. Excellence involves more than the mere assimilation of facts; it encompasses and impacts the whole person – intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, socially, physically, and creatively.

The educational experience at Grace Christian School is built upon the timeless truth of God’s Word – The Holy Scriptures. With this eternal foundation, our school complements the teaching of the Christian home and church. This powerful triad produces a strength of character that enables today’s youth to transcend the pressures of a secular society and transform the world through Biblical thought and action.

Grace Christian School shapes the minds, hearts, and bodies of its students and instills in them the wisdom, knowledge, and servant leadership required to succeed in today’s dynamic and changing world. GCS assists you in preparing today’s youth for tomorrow’s future by focusing on these three areas:

SPIRITUAL A positive nondenominational environment encourages your child to read and love God’s Word, to experience a personal relationship with God, and to respect and serve others.

ACADEMIC Foreign languages, fine arts, a 10,000-volume library, and an up-to-date computer lab complement strong phonetic reading and math curriculums. Special student programs and weekly chapel allow all children to prepare and perform today for tomorrow’s success.

PHYSICAL Soccer, baseball, basketball, cheerleading, golf, softball, and volleyball enhance a strong physical education program. Our goal is to build skills to teach good sportsmanship and to honor God.

Outstanding Faculty

Our teachers are equipped with the skills to teach, the compassion to nurture, and the creativity to make the academic challenge a road to discovery. All teachers and staff members are expected to be positive role models and to exhibit Christian values. We are more excited about the professional faculty and staff who have chosen to make Grace Christian School their career home. Teaching and the educational milieu is our top priority, and has become the basis of a strong and rigorous academic program. To achieve this type of atmosphere, we strive to hire teachers who meet simple criteria: mastery in their subject area, an affinity for the learner, strong teaching skills, and a love for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

In meeting these criteria, our faculty is our “Living Curriculum.” As teachers, we partner with parents in the education of students for Kingdom service and ministry. Our goal is to equip students for a lifetime of serving, and we believe that God calls people to be doctors, lawyers, scientists, business owners, and scores of other professionals for the sake of the Gospel of Christ. We take this goal very seriously and are proud to serve as educators of students who are changing the world.

College Counseling

Grace Christian School’s Guidance Program mission is to provide an environment of individualized support that encourages and strengthens each student’s ability to make positive choices in his/her life, both from an academic as well as a personal perspective.

As a college preparatory school, Grace Christian School is committed to helping students gain entrance into the best colleges fit for a student’s unique college, career and life goals. GCS’s Upper School offers a comprehensive guidance program which partners with parents in the development of adolescents for college. College and academic advising is provided by the GCS Guidance office throughout a student’s time in high school.

GCS’s students have been accepted to the following universities in the last three graduating classes:

  • University of Florida
  • Clemson University
  • Michigan State University
  • Florida State University
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of South Florida
  • Liberty University
  • University of Missouri
  • State University of New York
  • University of North Florida
  • University of Tampa
  • Concordia University
  • Eckerd College
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Florida Southern University
  • Saint Leo University
  • Trinity Baptist College
  • Lagrange College
  • Chowan University
  • Orange Coast College
  • Oral Roberts University
  • State College of Florida Manatee- Sarasota
  • Southeastern University
  • Pensacola Christian College
  • Pasco-Hernando State College
  • Sante Fe College
  • Santa Monica College
  • and many more…

Electives and Clubs

Since its inception in 1974, Grace Christian School has emphasized academic rigor, while teaching from a biblical worldview.  GCS provides engaging and creative learning, combined with a structured and caring environment.  As a learning community, we encourage each student’s intellectual, spiritual, social, physical, and emotional growth by applying biblical truth in the context of real life.

The lower school primarily uses A Beka books in the delivery of coursework . The Middles and Upper School uses A Beka books, as well as, BJU press textbooks in conjunction with the latest educational technology to deliver a rigorous academic program that empowers our students to excel in higher education.

High school students are required to complete the following courses for graduation:

Core Courses:

Class Course Code Credits
8th:
Algebra 1 Honors 1200320 1
Earth/Space Science 2001320 1
Total: 2
9th:
Algebra 2 Honors 1200340 1
Bible 1 REL1210 0.5
English 1 Honors 1001320 1
Physical Science Honors 2003320 1
Spanish 1 0708340 1
US Government Honors 2106320 0.5
World Geography 2103300 0.5
Total: 5.5
10th:
Bible 2 REL2243 0.5
Biology Honors 2000320 1
English 2 Honors/World Lit. 1001350 1
Geometry Honors 1206320 1
Spanish 2 0708350 1
World History Honors 2109320 1
Total: 5.5
11th:
Bible 3 REL2300 0.5
Chemistry Honors 2003350 1
English 3 Honors/American Lit 1001380 1
Economics Honors 2102320 0.5
Philosophy Honors 2120910 0.5
Trigonometry Honors 1211300 1
Total: 4.5
12th:
Bible 4 REL3191 0.5
English 4 Honors/British Lit. 1001410 1
Health/Fitness 0800300 0.5
Senior Home Economics 8800510 1
Life Management 8502000 0.5
US History Honors 2100320 1
Total: 4.5
Total Core: 22

Elective Courses:

Note: Six (6) credits are needed from the list below in order to meet graduation requirements.
One (1) credit must be in Performing Arts and one (1) in Physical Education
Class Course Code Credits Class Course Code Credits
Art 1 0104370 1 Journalism 1 1006300 1
Art 2 0104370 1 Journalism 2 1006310 1
Art 3 0104380 1 Journalism 3 1006320 1
Art 4 0104390 1 Journalism 4 1006330 1
Brain Bowl 1 1007330 1 Music Ensemble 1 1303440 1
Brain Bowl 2 1007340 1 Music Ensemble 2 1303450 1
Brain Bowl 3 1007350 1 Music Ensemble 3 1303460 1
Brain Bowl 4 1007360 1 Music Ensemble 4 1303470 1
Business Math 1205540 1 Physics 1 Honors 2003390 1
Physics 2 2003410 1      
Choir 1 1303300 1      
Choir 2 1303310 1 Pre-Calculus Honors 1202340 1
Choir 3 1303320 1      
Choir 4 1303330 1 Spanish 3 0708360 1
Spanish 4 0708370 1      
Computer 1 0200300 .5      
Computer 2 0200310 .5 Speech 1 1007300 .5
Computer 3 0200330 .5 Speech 2 1007310 .5
Computer 4 0200340 .5      
Sign Language 1 0717300 1      
Consumer Math 1205370 1 Sign Language 2 0717310 1
Criminal Law 2106375 1 Team Sports 1 1503350 .5
Team Sports 2 1503360 .5      
Drama 1 0400310 .5 Team Sports 3 1503360 .5
Drama 2 0400320 .5 Team Sports 4 1503360 .5
Drama 3 0400330 .5 Team Sports 5 1503360 .5
Drama 4 0400340 .5 Team Sports 6 1503360 .5
Team Sports 7 1503360 .5      
Home Ec 1 0500500 .5      
Home Ec 2 0500510 .5 PA/PF:    
Home Ec 3 0500520 .5 PE:    
Home Ec 4 0500530 .5 Total:    

Dual Enrollment

We are pleased to announce that Grace Christian has entered into agreement with TRUETT MCCONNEL UNIVERSITY in Georgia for a new type of high school dual enrollment option.

Along with our already established classes thru Southeastern University (on campus) and our off campus dual enrollment thru HCC, Grace will offer an exciting online dual enrollment program.

All of these options are fully accredited by SACS.  This means that these college courses will be accepted by all institutions of higher learning.

Look for more information this summer about how to get your student signed up.

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