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Graduation Requirements

College Prep for the College Bound

CHCA has two types of requirements so our students graduate fully prepared academically, socially, and spiritually.

Academic

25 Credits are Required:

4 English
4 Mathematics
3 Science
3 Social Studies
3 World Language

3.5 Christian Studies
1 Elective1

.5 Fine Arts
.5 Technology
.5 Speech

.5 Physical Education2
.5 Health
1 Intersession3

28 Credits are Recommended:

4 English
4 Mathematics
4 Science
4 Social Studies
4 World Language

3.5 Christian Studies
1 Elective1

.5 Fine Arts
.5 Technology
.5 Speech

.5 Physical Education2
.5 Health
1 Intersession3

1 PE courses may not serve as electives.
2 CHCA permits two full seasons of interscholastic sports, including cheerleading, to satisfy the PE requirement, provided the student take .5 credit in another area, not PE.
3 Students complete 4 Intersessions. Each .25 credit occurs during January or May terms.

Community Service

CHCA requires 120 volunteer hours with non-profit agencies; however, students typically graduate with an average of 200+ service hours.

Why have a community service requirement?

We believe students and society mutually benefit from volunteering. Through interacting with non-profits within our community and throughout the world, our students learn about themselves, develop new skills, build relationships, and gain a deeper cross-cultural understanding and appreciation.

Who do we serve?

At CHCA, we believe our commitment to follow Christ compels us to act on behalf of those who are vulnerable, so we ask our students to spend a minimum of 60 “direct contact” hours volunteering with people who are disabled, widowed, experiencing poverty, or oppression.

What counts?

Service completed through a non-profit agency, event, or person in the community who would be considered marginalized (i.e. homeless/low-income, handicapped, elderly, etc). Service is unpaid work for a non-profit/NGO.

What does NOT count: Babysitting (unless approved by the Outreach Office), training/practice time, or service completed for profit-making businesses/services, individuals who can pay for services rendered, and for family members (including family owned businesses).

Requirement Details:

  1. Students are to donate 50% or more of their community service hours in direct service to marginalized people groups. These hours are recorded as “direct contact” hours. Marginalized people groups are defined as the poor, elderly, handicapped, widows, orphans, and strangers (homeless). Direct service involves students engaging with people. Preparation for service is essential, but is not included within the 60 “direct contact” hours (50% of the 120 total hours) of the service requirement.
  2. Inclusive to the 120 community service hours, students are to complete two service immersion experiences, one of which must be a CHCA Upper School 9-12 Service Immersion. Students are to complete one service immersion by the end of their sophomore year and a second service immersion by the end of the first semester of their senior year (1 for 2 years enrolled; 2 for 3 & 4 years enrolled). Non-CHCA service immersions must be pre-approved by the Outreach Office.
  3. Service Immersion hours counted are those in which the student is engaged in direct service/ministry. Hours not counted in the 120 hour requirement are: training, travel, sleeping, eating, social time and recreation.
  4. Students lacking 30 service hours for each academic year (and at least 1 service immersion by end of sophomore year) will not be eligible for extracurricular activities (including practice, performances, meetings and games) until hours are completed and documented in the Upper School Guidance Office.
  5. Hours are to be completed outside of normal school hours or during PRT (Personal Responsibility Time).
  6. Submit record of hours immediately after service is completed using a Community Service Contract. If volunteering is on-going, please submit hours quarterly.