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       High School Graduation         Course Requirements

Students may graduate from high school and be issued a diploma whenever the Superintendent determines that the student has met the requirements for graduation established by the Sunrise Christian Academy School Board.

Graduation Commendations: 

  • High Honors: 3.9 unweighted GPA, 5 Honors classes

  • Honors: 3.0 unweighted GPA, 5 Honors classes

  • Distinction: 3.5 unweighted GPA

           **Highest weighted GPA of students attending SCA all four years of high                   school determines Valedictorian and Salutatorian. 

25 Credits Required

Bible (4),  English (4), History (3), Science (3), Math (3), Language (2), Computer Science (1), Fine Arts/PE (3), Electives (2) 

High School graduation requirements for diploma: 

1.  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, and 12. If the required units of credit are not earned in four-years’ time, a student may enroll fulltime for a fifth year in order to complete the required units of credit.

                  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


                   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. Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry are required courses.                                       Algebra 1 taken prior to the 9th grade can receive a high school                              credit but will not meet the requirement of 3 units taken while in                                 high school.  The student will need an additional high school math                           course.  Business Math, Trigonometry, College Algebra and College

                       Trigonometry, 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. Fine                       Arts courses include Art, Advanced Art, Choir, Band, Orchestra,                                   Theater Production, Debate/Forensic (1/2 credit each), Set                                             Construction, and Music Appreciation.

                 g. One (1) unit of credit in Computer Science is required. That course is

                   Computer 1.

                 h. Two (2) units of credit in successive years of the same foreign


                 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, Cooking/Sewing (1/2 unit each),

                    Business/Economics, Yearbook, Family & Consumer Science, Great

                    Books, Speech (1/2 unit), Engineering Technology, and UAV Drone. 

2. Substitution, retake, or waiver of credit:

                  a. A student attending Sunrise Christian Academy in the Precept                                 Program and a student 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. A student                             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)—A student who                                qualifies for ESOL instruction may earn up to two units of credit                                  toward the English requirements, while attending SCA, in English                                Proficiency (EPP) courses. The student 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. A student may not earn credit in an ESOL course and an                            English course in the same year. Students do not earn credit for a                            Sunrise ESL course. Foreign language credits are waived                                              automatically for ESOL students.

                c. A student transferring in for the final year of high school may                                    request the second successive unit of foreign language to be                                    waived. This waiver may be granted in the event that no foreign                              language credit has been earned prior to the transferring year or if                        one credit has been earned in a foreign language Sunrise does not                        offer. If granted, the student will take one year of a foreign language                      that is offered at Sunrise. If the student wishes to continue in a                                  language not offered at Sunrise, a student may also request to                                complete the second successive year of that foreign language via                          an approved online course.

               d. A student may request to retake a course while in high school. The                          highest of the grades received will be counted for credit and GPA                            calculation. Both course grades will appear on the student’s                                      transcript.


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