Graduation Requirements

Starting with the Class of 2017, Graduation Requirements will be: 

PROVIDENCE SCHOLASTIC DIPLOMA (2017)

*Math: 4 Credits
Science: 3 Credits
English: 4 Credits
Social Studies: 4 Credits
**Foreign Language:      2 Credits
Logic: ½ Credit
Fine Arts: ½ Credit
Rhetoric/Oral Comm: ½ Credit  
Physical Education: ½ Credit
Health/Safety: ½ Credit
***Worldview: ½ Credit
General Electives:  4 Credits
Total Required: 24 Credits

* Algebra 1 taken during the PCCA 8th grade may count toward the Scholastic Diploma requirements

** High school foreign language taken in eighth (8) grade counts for high school credit

*** Worldview credit can be satisfied through taking one of several courses, such as:  New Testament Survey, Anthropology, or Apologetics

(Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 required for graduation)

 

DISTINGUISHED DIPLOMA (2017)

*Math: 4 Credits
Science: 4 Credits
English: 4 Credits
Social Studies: 4 Credits
**Foreign Language:      3 Credits
Logic:  ½ Credit
Fine Arts: ½ Credit
Rhetoric/Oral Comm: ½ Credit 
Physical Education: ½ Credit
Health/Safety: ½ Credit
***Worldview: ½ Credit
General Electives: 3 Credits
Total Required: 25 Credits

* Four (4) Math courses must be taken from ninth through twelfth (9th-12) grades toward the Distinguished Diploma

** Three full credits in foreign language study are required toward the Distinguished Diploma. High school foreign language taken in eighth (8) grade counts for high school credit

*** Worldview credit can be satisfied through taking one of several courses, such as:  New Testament Survey, Anthropology, or Apologetics

****At least three (3) Advanced Placement or Concurrent College level courses must be successfully taken during the tenth (10), eleventh (11), or twelfth (12) grades for a graduate to receive an Distinguished Diploma)

(Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 required to receive the Distinguished Diploma) 

Honor Graduate Distinctions for Both the Scholastic & Distinguished Diplomas:

Cum Laude: 3.5 GPA

Magna Cum Laude: 3.7 GPA

Summa Cum Laude: 3.9 GPA

In order for a PCCA student to be eligible for the Valedictorian or Salutatorian distinction, he or she must graduate with a PROVIDENCE DISTINGUISHED DIPLOMA.

Latin Award

Starting with the Class of 2017, a Latin award, a cord, will be earned by graduates who have successfully completed three credits of high school Latin language study.

Volunteer Hours

100 Hours of community service are required for High School students to graduate with full honors. Various acts of service count. Administration will decide what qualifies. Political activism of the student’s choosing up to 25 hours may be counted.

Athletic Participation Toward High School Credit

The first semester of a high school student’s athletic participation will satisfy the Physical Education graduation requirement. Up to two (2) additional General Elective credits may be earned by further athletic participation.

 

A PCCA student who has successfully completed the eighth grade is eligible to enroll in a community college, four-year college or university. With prior approval from the Upper School Administrator, high school students are allowed to enroll in college courses and shall be entitled to receive appropriate academic credit at Providence-Academy upon successful completion. Such courses will not be counted toward the student’s grade point average but will satisfy credits toward graduation at PCCA.

High school students who have taken home-school classes will receive credit toward graduation, but these courses will not count toward the Grade Point Average (GPA) or class ranking system. Reported class rank is based upon weighted GPA.

A passing grade in a formal driver’s education class will be awarded ½ Credit toward the General Elective requirement.