Academic Requirements

 
ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS  FOR GRADUATION
    To receive a diploma from Mount Pisgah Academy, a student must be in attendance at least the last semester, taking no less than four credits from this school. All school work must be completed before the student will be permitted to receive a diploma. Students who meet criteria for “summer graduate” status may be allowed to march upon staff approval only.  With Academic Standards approval, a student may take a maximum of up to two transfer credits to fulfill graduation requirements following the last semester in residence.  The credits must be completed within six months following the last semester in residence.  
    A student who has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above through the first semester of his/her senior year will be graduated with recognition; those who have a grade point average of 3.5 or above will be graduated with honors; those maintaining a grade point average of 3.75 or above will be graduated with high honors.
    A minimum of 21 credits are required for graduation. Graduation requirments are included on this link: Diplomas

Yearly Academic Progression
    Mount Pisgah Academy uses the following yearly academic progression to determine which classes students should take each year. Some required classes may be taken any year but should be included as early as possible. Any cross-scheduling must be approved and will depend on the student’s work schedule. All efforts will be made to accommodate schedules for transfer students.


Ninth Grade
Bible I
English I
Algebra I or Algebra 1/2
Earth Science
Physical Education
Computer Literacy


Tenth Grade
Bible II
Biology
English II
World History
Math (Algebra I, Geometry, or Algebra II)
Spanish I


Eleventh Grade
Bible III
American History
English III
Math (Algebra II or Geometry)
Chemistry or Physical Science
Spanish II


Twelfth Grade
Bible IV
English IV
Health, 1 semester
Government, 1 semester
Economics, 1 semester
Elective College Courses


ACCELERATION
    The general policy of the Southern Union Conference is to require four years of education on the secondary level for graduation. Exception may be made to accommodate outstanding academic ability, as well as social and spiritual maturity.
1. A student who wishes to accelerate and graduate in three years must meet all the four-year graduation requirements.
2. Diplomas will be granted to students only when full graduation and curriculum requirements are met. The last two semester periods (two units) must be taken in residence.
3. A GPA of 3.5 and a composite score in the 85th percentile or above on TAP must be met at entrance into the program. A student will be dropped from the accelerated program at the end of the 1st semester of the accelerated year that he/she falls below a 3.25 GPA.
4. Application must be made in writing before the beginning of the sophomore year in order for the school to outline the student’s curriculum.
5. Initial approval must be made by the Academic Standards committee in writing when the program begins, with final approval for graduation to be made in writing at the beginning of the final year.


AUDIT COURSES
    With the approval of the Academic Standards Committee, students may take classes on an audit basis. Class attendance is expected but examinations and reports may be omitted. With the approval of Academic Standards Committee, the student may change a class registration from audit to credit or from credit to audit only during the first three weeks of instruction. No credit is given for classes audited.

CHANGES IN CLASS SCHEDULE
    After the first three weeks of a semester, a student must have approval from the Registrar and a parent to change his/her class program. After three weeks, a grade of Withdraw Pass or Withdraw Fail will be given for a class which is dropped. A class may not be dropped after nine weeks.

CITIZENSHIP
    A well-adjusted, well-oriented, conscientious Christian student should be a good citizen of his/her country, community, home, and school. A good citizen is willing to observe sensible and reasonable regulations as matter of honor.  Each student will receive a grade in citizenship based on Progressive Discipline records and Administrative Council discipline.

CLASS STANDING
Senior
    To be eligible to join and continue in the Senior Class, the student must meet the following requirements:
1. By the end of the junior year a student must have 7 or less credits to complete.
2. Official transcripts from schools previously attended recorded in the registrar’s office before the student will be allowed to go on senior class trip.

Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen
    To be eligible to join the junior, sophomore, or freshman class, the student must meet the following requirements:
1. Be taking enough class work to have earned at least 15, 10, or 5 required credits by the end of the junior, sophomore and freshman years respectively.
1. Official transcripts of previous work done in other schools must be recorded in the registrar’s office.


CORRESPONDENCE STUDY
    Any student desiring to take correspondence work, or summer school courses, must submit a written request to Academic Standards Committee prior to applying for such work. Except under unusual circumstances, permission will not be granted to take those courses that are offered in the school curriculum. Correspondence courses taken during the summer should be completed before registration at the beginning of the fall term. Students will not be admitted to a class standing to which such work would entitle them until the work is completed and a transcript is in the registrar’s office.
    When due to unavoidable conflict in one’s program, a correspondence course is approved, it will count as a part of the regular class load. This applies also to approved independent study.
    Recognizing the growth of interest in study by correspondence and the educational value of such study, the following standards have been adopted:
1. Under normal circumstances it is recommended that not more than six semester periods taken by correspondence be accepted as credit toward graduation. Additional correspondence study may be taken for enrichment purposes.
2. All correspondence study should have prior written approval of the school administration which is to be requested to accept the credit.
3. All correspondence tests can and should be supervised at Mount Pisgah Academy or an agreed upon church or church school during the school year.
Life Skills
    When offered, Seniors will choose one mini life skills class for one semester of their senior year. These vary from year to year, but have included the following: Art, Cake Decorating, Child Care, Computer Graphics, Construction, Cooking, First Aid/CPR, Geocaching, Home/Car Maintenance, Master Guide/Pathfinders, Mechanical Engineering, Golf, Personal Finance, Photography, Principles of Accounting, Rock Climbing, Sign Language, Sewing, Leadership and Ministry, and Welding.

CREDIT BY EXAMINATION
    A student may, at the discretion of the Academic Standards Committee, take a proficiency examination in selected subjects. Academic credit will be given if the examination results are satisfactory to the committee. An examination fee may be charged.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE CREDIT
    A student may receive credit in a foreign language by examination under the following conditions:
A student who by reason of nationality or previous experience suggests proficiency in the use of a foreign language may receive credit in this subject as a result of passing an approved proficiency test.
Second year credit may be granted to a student with further testing and with approval of the administration in consultation with the teacher.


GRADE REPORTS
    Grade reports are issued to parents or guardians and to students at the close of each school period of nine weeks. Progress reports are also posted to EdLine, a secure website accessible by parents and students. All semester grades are recorded by the school on the student’s permanent record. Final semester grades are held until account has been cleared.

GRADING SYSTEM
   The letter system of grading is used:
   A-: 90-92    A: 93-96    A+: 97-100
   B-: 80-82    B: 83-86     B+: 87-89
   C-: 70-72    C: 73-76    C+: 77-79
   D-: 60-62    D: 63-66   D+: 67-69
   F:0-59
   FA-failure due to absences
   I-incomplete
   P-pass.

HOME SCHOOL
    Home schooled students must provide a portfolio showing what they have completed. The portfolio should include course outlines, sample work, an explanation of how grades were determined, and final exams. Standardized test scores may also be included. A form, which can be obtained from the Registrar, must be completed showing textbooks or computer software programs used, number of days and minutes per week spent in class and grades given. Academic Standards Committee will review all records and determine acceptability of each course. Students may also be required to take proficiency tests in each high school subject they wish credit for, depending on the material presented in the portfolio.  Southern Union policy requires a transcript from an accredited institution for grades to be included in the cumulative GPA.

HONOR POINTS
    A system of honor points is used to determine a student’s general scholastic standing. Honor points for each unit of credit are given as follows: A-4.0, B-3.0, C-2.0, D-1.0, F-0. Honor cords, worn at graduation, are given based on a student’s cumulative Grade Point Average through the end of the first semester of the senior year.

INCOMPLETES
    A grade of “Incomplete” is given when, for legitimate reasons, the student is unable to do sufficient work in any given period to receive a satisfactory grade. Period and semester incompletes must be removed within two weeks after the period or semester has ended except by action of the Academic Standards Committee. If work is not made up at the end of the specified period, the registrar will request a grade from the teacher on the work completed.
    Students may not take tests before the test is given to the entire class, even when granted permission to leave for a break early. Final tests must be taken before credit for the class will be given.


MINIMUM CLASS SIZE
    Six is the smallest number of students for which a class will be offered except when such a class is necessary to meet graduation requirements, or at the discretion of the Academic Standards Committee.

SCHOLASTIC PROBATION
    A student who is failing in two or more of his/her subjects may be placed on academic probation. Continued failure may become a basis for dismissal.

STUDENT LOAD
    A minimum load includes at least 4 classes. Academic Standards Committee must grant permission for a student to take less than four, or more than six, classes per semester.

TRANSCRIPTS
    One transcript of credit will be issued without charge. A transcript will not be issued if the student has an unpaid account at the academy. Written requests are required for transcripts which are being sent to anyone other than an educational institution.

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