Sunrise Christian Academy
High School Graduation Course Requirements
Students may graduate from high school and be issued a diploma whenever the executive director determines that the student has met the requirements for graduation established by the Sunrise Christian Academy School Board.
1. High School graduation requirements for diploma: The minimum requirement for an SCA high school diploma is 25 units of credit. This includes credits earned in other approved high school programs for students enrolled in grades 9, 10, 11, 12.
a. One unit of credit in English every year a student attends SCA is required. English 9, English 10, English 11, and English 12 are included. See ESL, EPP offerings below. Four credits of English or equivalent is required.
b. One unit of credit in Bible every year a student attends SCA is required. Included courses: Bible 9, Bible 10, Bible 11, Bible 12, Bible 11H, Bible 12H, International Bible 1, and International Bible 2. International Bible 1 and 2 can be taken in either order and repeated.
c. Three (3) units of credit in Social Studies. World History, US History and US Government are required.
d. Three (3) units of credit in Mathematics at the Algebra 1 level or above. To meet the Kansas Board of Regents qualified admissions requirements, students should take 4 units including one in their 4th year of high school or meet an ACT math benchmark of 22. Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry are required courses. Business Math, Trigonometry, College Algebra/CollegeTrigonometry, and Calculus are acceptable units of credit in the years following the completion of the required courses. Students transferring in will be given a math placement test to assess their skill level as not all transferring school’s math courses have the same titles or scope and sequence. Other transferring math courses may be accepted for credit.
e. Three (3) units of credit in Science courses. Physical Science (name change from Basic Science), Biology, and Chemistry are required courses. To meet the Kansas Board of Regents Scholars requirements students should also take Physics. The Board reserves the right to accept higher-level science courses to meet the required 3 units.
f. Three (3) units of credit in Fine Arts and Physical Education. This requirement can be met with 2 units of Fine Arts and 1 unit of PE or 1 unit of Fine Arts and 2 units of PE. This requirement can also be met with extra-curricular participation. ¼ unit of PE will be granted for each season of a high school sport or cheerleading. ¼ unit of Fine Arts will be granted for participation in each drama production. One unit of fine arts will be granted for two semesters of Forensics.
g. One (1) unit of credit in Computer Science is required. That course is Computer 1. Junior High Computer is a prerequisite for this course, or High School Word Processing. A student can also pass a typing test administered by the Computer 1 teacher to be placed into the course without taking the prerequisite classes.
h. Two (2) units of credit in successive years of the same foreign language.
i. Two (2) units of elective credit. Additional credits beyond the requirements in math, science, history, computer science, fine arts and foreign language will count as elective credit as well as the following courses: Creative Writing, Home Economics (girls), Business, Yearbook, Debate (1/2 unit), Forensics(1/2 unit), Family & Consumer Science, Great Books, Speech (1/2 unit), Sociology (1/2 unit)
2. Substitution or waiver of credit:
a. Students attending Sunrise Christian Academy in the Precept Program and students attending with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) may earn graduation credit for those classes and with modifications as specified in the IEP. These classes are noted on the student’s transcript with a (P) following the course title. Students taking English in the Precept Program may file a request for required credits in foreign language to be waived.
b. English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)—Students who qualify for ESOL instruction may earn up to two units of credit toward the English requirements, while attending SCA, in English Proficiency (EPP) courses. These students must earn half of the required units toward the English requirements, while attending SCA, in at least English 10 and successive years as length of attendance dictates. Students may not earn credit in an ESOL course and an English course in the same year. Students do not earn credit for an ESL course.