Grace International School is a college preparatory high school with a foundation in the US educational system. This system grants credits earned for courses successfully passed according to the Carnegie credit allocation system. Grades are determined by teachers in subject courses during the term. Although our curriculum is US based, we are a Christian international school and seek to meet the needs of our diverse student body.
GIS seeks to help all our students to be well-educated and prepared to transition to postgraduate educational institutions, whether in their passport country or wherever they desire to pursue higher education. As a result, students may choose which of the following graduation requirement options best support their plans for education after graduation from GIS. Parents must indicate which option they are following and sign a contract agreeing to the requirements and consequences of following that option.
Graduation Requirement Option A:
All students who are US citizens, hold dual citizenship with the US, or any student who plans to study in the U.S. must follow option A. Non-US citizens can choose option A or B depending on the country where they plan to attend university. Students choosing option A may choose from one of the following three tracks to earn a high school diploma from GIS. A minimum of 24 credits is required for graduation from GIS. Graduation is not an end in itself but a stepping stone to other opportunities. Because not all students have the same goals, the following tracks are provided to assist in planning a student’s GIS course of study.
Each track is not a rigid criteria but a guided suggestion depending on post-graduation goals. There is flexibility in changing tracks to meet changing goals. All educational plans should be in conference between parents, students, and the school counselor. All tracks lead to a high school diploma from GIS.
Track 1: High School Diploma Track
This track meets minimum requirements for a high school diploma from GIS. It will not be an adequate track to prepare for college entrance. It may be sufficient to lead to admission in community colleges or trade schools.
Track 2: College Prep Track
This track recognizes the current requirements of a rigorous schedule in the U.S. and prepares a student to apply and succeed in most colleges and universities. This track can include AP courses.
Track 3: AP College Prep Track
This track is the most rigorous schedule and prepares students for entrance into most colleges or universities. The credits listed are simply a suggested criterion and can be modified to meet individual situations. For a list of current AP courses offered at GIS contact the Academic Counselor.
|Subject Area||High School Track
|College Prep Track
|AP College Prep Track
|Religious Studies||0.5 for each year of attendance||0.5 for each year of attendance||0.5 for each year of attendance|
|English||4||4||4 including AP|
|Mathematics||2||3-4||4 including AP|
|Social Studies*||3||3-4||3-4 including AP|
|Science||2||3-4||3-4 including AP|
|Grade Point Average
|2.0 (required)||3.0 (recommended)||3.0 (recommended)|
*All students with U.S. citizenship are required to take at least 3.5 credits of Social Studies courses, one of which must be U.S. Government starting with the class of 2021.
Graduation Requirement Option B:
Students who are citizens from countries using standardized external exams may require AP courses for admission into universities and may use this diploma option. A diploma contract must be signed prior to pursuing this diploma. Parents and students should research the policies of their country and specific university policies to find out what courses they need to take and what AP scores will count for admission. Not all credits within a subject will be AP courses, but there are prerequisites for admission into an AP course and a usual progression building on prior material. For more information on course progressions please, visit the GIS website or contact the Academic Counselor.
AP courses may not be offered due to teacher availability or low student enrollment. Students who are US citizens are not eligible for this option.
|Subject Area||AP University Track Credits||AP Courses Offered
By subject area
|Religious Studies||0.5/year of attendance||Religious Studies credits are to be from GIS courses. Exceptions may be considered in case of transfer students.|
|English||4||English Literature & Composition||Students may take US or British Literature in 11th grade and AP English 12th grade with counselor & instructor prior approval.|
|Social Studies||3-4||European History, US History, World History, Psychology, Seminar|
|Science||3-4||Biology, Chemistry, Physics 1, Physics 2|
|Language**||National Thai students must take National Thai every year|
|Electives**||0-1.5||With prior permission a student may independently study an AP course not offered and take the exam. GIS is not obligated to provide resources or a teacher.||Electives depend on credits in other categories. Students must have 18 total credits with a minimum of 4 AP courses.|
|Minimum Total†||18||4||Total number of credits required for graduation is not reduced for transfer students.|
|Grade Point Average
**Please note that while language, digital technology, and a variety of elective courses are not required in this option, universities may expect or require that you have skills in these areas. Check the specific requirements of your country and university.
Notes for Specific Graduation Requirements:
- The ability to read and write is critical to all endeavors, especially to university admittance and continuing education. Therefore, GIS requires 4 years of English and students must take an English course every year.
- As a Christian school our religious studies courses are essential to fulfilling our mission and vision and achieving our GOALs. In accordance with ACSI accreditation policies, the teaching of religious study courses is a priority. Religious Studies credits are to be from GIS courses. Exceptions may be considered in case of transfer students.
- Option B requires a minimum of 4 AP course credits. Taking an AP exam does not constitute a course. Students may study an AP course for credit but stipulations are:
a. Academic Counselor approval
b. Must be completed from an accredited educational program
c. Must be listed by College Board as an AP Audit approved program.
*While language, computers, and a variety of elective courses are not required in this option, universities may expect or require that you have skills in these areas. Check the specific requirements of your country and university.
Rationale for Specific Graduation Requirements
The ability to read and write is critical to all endeavors, especially to university admittance and continuing education. Therefore, GIS requires 4 years of English.
As a Christian school, our religious studies courses are essential to fulfilling our mission and vision, to achieving our Global Objectives for All Learners (GOALs), and to keeping in accordance with ACSI accreditation policies.
The health course instructs students in information that is not included elsewhere in the curriculum and fulfills our GOALs of maintaining balanced, healthy lifestyles; exhibiting biblical self-esteem; and developing and maintaining healthy interpersonal relationships.