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Graduation Requirements

In accordance with established guidelines in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the school Board of Greenbrier Christian Academy, a student is required to complete a minimum of 22 credited courses. The majority of GCA students earn a college preparatory endorsement by completing additional credits in math, science, and foreign language in the context of elective courses. Each student must complete 24 hours of approved community service for each year they are enrolled (grades 9-12). All students must take the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) or comparable test prior to graduation administrated here. Additionally each student must take the SAT or ACT before receiving a diploma, regardless of his or her plans for college. Senior students must participate in a cumulative Worldview Panel experience with senior teachers and senior administration, including a comprehensive written component reflecting on the student's worldview perspective. All students are required to maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 ( numeric average—73) on a 4.0 scale to qualify for graduation.

Advanced Diploma Course Requirements

English: 4

Mathematics: 4

  • (Algebra I, AFDA, Algebra II, Additional adv. math elective)

Laboratory Sciences: 4

  • (Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, Additional credit)

Social Studies: 4

  • (Geography, World Studies, US Hist., US Gov't.)

Health & Physical Education 2

Economics/Personal Finance 1

Electives 7

  • (Including Bible 11 and 12, three credits in foreign
    language, and one in Fine or Practical Arts)

Weighted Credits

Honors: Students in grades 8-12 are eligible to receive weighted credits for honors level work in core subject areas. After successful completion of the course, the student's grade (quality) points for the course are increased by 0.5 point, and the transcript is modified to reflect the honors credit.

Advanced Placement Program: Advanced Placement courses are offered at the Academy in accordance with the curriculum and standards set by the College Board Advanced Placement Program. AP classes are considered comparable to college level courses and therefore, carry one additional quality point in the GPA. Minimum GPA criteria, academic performance, and faculty recommendation are all considerations for admission to an AP course. Summer preparatory assignments are required. Due to the academic rigor of the advanced placement classes, administrative approval must be granted for any student desiring to take more than two AP courses simultaneously. All students enrolled in an AP course are required to take the corresponding AP exam in May of the school year.

The following Advanced Placement courses are offered as student interest and staffing permits: AP European History, AP English Literature and Composition, AP English Language and Composition, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Calculus AB, AP U.S. History, and AP U.S. Government.

Greenbrier Christian Academy is proud to have had many AP Scholars, AP Scholars with Honor, and AP Scholars with Distinction from among its student population. These distinctions are awarded by the College Board to recognize outstanding performance on multiple national Advanced Placement examinations.

Dual College Credit Program: Senior students who meet minimum academic criteria may be eligible for enrollment in college credited classes through the Academy's association with various colleges and universities. Online courses may be approved for dual credit with advanced review by the Student Services Office. Additional information is available through the Student Services Office.

Academic Endorsements

Greenbrier Christian Academy believes that students are gifted in different ways and should be recognized for their various strengths within the academic, spiritual, and social realms. Students may elect to demonstrate their areas of interest by working toward additional recognitions to be associated with their high school diploma. Students may earn a high school diploma with a Distinguished Scholar Endorsement and/or a College Preparatory Diploma with Subject Distinction. Interested students should inquire in the Student Services Office.

Some of the schools attended by GCA alumni are listed below. This list is not exhaustive.

Appalachian Bible College
Asbury College
Auburn University
Baptist Bible College
Baylor University
Bob Jones University
Brevard College
Bridgewater College
Bryn Mawr College
Campbell University
Cedarville University
Christopher Newport University
Cornell University
Chowan University
Clearwater Christian College
Clemson University
Coastal Carolina University
College of William & Mary
Columbia University
Columbia International University
Cornell University
Duke University
East Carolina University
Eastern Mennonite College
Elon College
Ferrum College
Florida Institute of Technology
Gardner-Webb University
George Mason University
Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Grove City College
Hampton University
Hampden-Sydney College
High Point University
Howard University
Indiana State University
James Madison University
King College
Lancaster Bible College
Lee University
Liberty University
Longwood University
Lynchburg College
Mars Hill College
Messiah College
NASCAR Technical Institute
Norfolk State University
North Carolina State University
Ohio State University
Old Dominion University
Oral Roberts University
Piedmont Bible College
Radford University
Randolph Macon College
Regent University
Samford University
Savananah College of Art & Design
Seton Hall University
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Sweetbriar College
Tennessee Temple University
Texas A & M University
University of Alabama
University of Chicago
University of Georgia
University of Kentucky
University of Mary Washington
University of North Carolina
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburg
University of Richmond
University of Texas
University of Virginia
University of Virginia at Wise
University of Wyoming
U.S. Air Force Academy
U.S. Naval Academy
Vanderbilt University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Military Institute
Virginia Tech
Virginia Wesleyan College
West Virginia University
Word of Life Bible Institute
Yale University