Pikes Peak Christian School

Christ-Centered Excellence

Pikes Peak

High School Graduation Requirements

Pikes Peak Christian School offers two diploma programs for high school graduation. In addition to the Regular Diploma Program, eligible students may choose the Advanced Diploma Program. The administration strongly recommends that students complete the requirements of the Advanced Diploma Program. Students must have written parental permission to pursue either diploma program.
 
One unit of credit is equal to two semesters of course work. Classes that meet daily for 45 minutes earn one unit of credit over two semesters. Classes that meet for 45 minutes on alternating days earn half a unit of credit in two semesters. Classes meeting for 90 minutes on alternating days earn one unit of credit over two semesters.
 

Regular Diploma Program

English: 4.0 credits
Mathematics: 3.0 credits***
  · Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, Statistics
Science: 3.0 credits
  · Earth Science, Biology, Botany/Zoology or Chemistry
Social Studies: 4.0 credits
World Language: 2.0 credits
Health: 0.5 credits
PE: 1.0 credits*
Speech: 0.5 credits
Bible: 2.0 credits**
Electives: 3.5 - 7.5 credits****
TOTAL: 23.5 - 27.5 credits
 

Advanced Diploma Program

English: 4.0 credits
Mathematics: 4.0 credits
  · Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-calculus or Honors Pre-calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, and/or Statistics
Science: 4.0 credits
  · Earth Science, Biology, Botany/Zoology or Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology or Physics
Social Studies: 4.0 credits
World Language: 2.0 credits
Health: 0.5 credits
PE: 1.0 credits *
Speech: 0.5 credits
Bible: 2.0 credits **
Electives: 3.5 - 7.5 credits****
TOTAL: 25.5 - 29.5 credits
 
* Athletics participation is a ¼ PE credit for each completed sport, up to a maximum of ½ cumulative credits.
** Students are required to take a Bible class every year they are enrolled at PPCS. This requirement is adjusted for students transferring from a school that did not require Bible.
*** Students are recommended to have 4 credits of math to avoid remedial math courses in college.
**** Elective credit requirements due to schedule change in 2016
        · Class of 2016 - 3.5 credits
        · Class of 2017 - 5.5 credits
        · Class of 2018 - 6.5 credits
        · Class of 2019 and beyond - 7.5 credits
           - 1 full credit must come from Fine Arts Electives
 

Outside Course Credit

Any courses taken outside of PPCS will only be credited to a student’s transcript for the purposes of:
   · The normal transfer of credits for a newly enrolled student from another school
   · Making up a previously failed course for credit
   · Advancing in a subject area in order to take a higher level course at PPCS
Parents and students should always contact the school prior to taking a summer or online course in order to know if the course meets PPCS requirements.

 

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