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Overview

Based on a semester system, students must complete 4 years (8 semesters) or longer in high school (Grade 9-12) with 51 credits in order to be eligible to graduate.

Students take 7 classes in 2 days (A day, B day) with each class meeting for 80 minutes. 

Transfer students may be granted credits for courses approved by the GPA from previous school grades. 

AP course can be completed by consulting with a school counselor after completion of the course.

GPA Standard High School Curriculum

English/Language Arts

Core Courses (year-long):
Introduction to Literature, World Literature, American Literature 
Elective Courses (semester-long):
Film as Literature, Contemporary Literature, Modern Literature, British Literature, Classical Literature, College Composition, Creative Writing

Mathematics

Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Statistics

Science

Core Courses (year-long):
Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry
Elective Courses (semester-long):
Environmental Science, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Medicine & Disease

Social Studies

Core Courses (year-long):
Ancient History, Modern History, U.S. History
Elective Courses (semester-long):
World History: Asian Studies, Sociology, Psychology, Economics, Political Science, AP Psychology, AP Microeconomics, AP Macroeconomics

Technology

Computer Science Discoveries, AP Computer Science Principles

Second Language

Chinese1, Chinese 2

Fine/Performing Arts

Art:
Introduction to Art, Drawing & Painting, Visual Art, Art History, East Asian Art, Illustration, Digital Art & Design, Sculpture
Music:
Introduction to Music, Symphonic Orchestra, Chamber Ensemble, Music Appreciation 1: Classical, Music Appreciation 2: Contemporary, Music Technology, Music Composition

Health

Health/P.E.

AP Courses

Literature, Calculus AB, Economics, Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History, Computer Science A (Java), Computer Science Principles (JavaScript)

ESL

ESL Extensive Reading, ESL Writing & Grammar, ESL Speaking/Listening, ESL Science, ESL Social Studies

Proposed Study Sequence

ESL

Semester 1

Semester 2

Reading

Reading

Grammar & Writing

Grammar & Writing

Speaking & Listening

Speaking & Listening

ESL Social Studies

ESL Social Studies

ESL Science

ESL Science

Mainstram Math, Music or Art

Mainstram Math, Music or Art

Middle School

MS Semester A

MS Semester B

MS Semester C

                             MS Semester D

MS English A

Ms English B

Ms English C

Ms English D

MS Social Studies A

                           MS Social Studies B
                           MS Social Studies C

                           MS Social Studies C

MS Science A

                               MS Science B

                               MS Science C

                               MS Science C

Math (Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, or Geomtery)
*Math placement is based off MAP test scores and/or previous school enrollment math courses.

       Math (Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, or Geomtery)
    *Math placement is based off MAP test scores       and/or previous school enrollment math courses.

Math (Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, or Geomtery)
    *Math placement is based off MAP test scores       and/or previous school enrollment math courses.

Math (Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, or Geomtery)
    *Math placement is based off MAP test scores       and/or previous school enrollment math courses.

MS Art

                                    MS Art

                                    MS Art

                                    MS Art

MS Music

                                  MS Music

                                  MS Music

                                  MS Music

MS Technology

                             MS Technology

                             MS Technology

                             MS Technology

9th Grade

4 Core Courses

3 Elective Courses

English

Social Studies

Math

Science

Electives

English

Health/PE

Introduction to Literature

Ancient History

Dependent on MAP Test/Previous Math
Course

Physical Science

This is student choice

Social Studies

Technology

Algebra 1

Health/PE*

Math

Art/Music

Geometry

Technology*

 Science

 Foreign Language

 Algebra 2

Art/Music

Foreign Language

10th Grade

4 Core Courses

3 Elective Courses

English

Social Studies

Math

Science

Electives

English

Health/PE

World Literature

Modern History

Dependent on MAP Test/Previous Math
Course

Biology

This is student choice

Social Studies

Technology

Geometry

Health/PE*

Math

Art/Music

Algebra 2

Technology*

 Science

 Foreign Language

 Pre-Calculus

Art/Music

Foreign Language

11th Grade

4 Core Courses

3 Elective Courses

English

Social Studies

Math

Science

Electives

English

Core Subjects Electives

American Literature

US History

Dependent on MAP Test/Previous Math
Course

Chemistry

This is student choice

Social Studies

Technology

English Elective

Social Studies Elective

Algebra 2

Physics

Technology

Math

Art/Music

Pre-Calculus

AP Biology

Art/Music

 Science

 Foreign Language

AP Calculus AB

AP Chemistry

Foreign Language

12th Grade

4 Core Courses

3 Elective Courses

English

Social Studies

Math

Science

Electives

English

Core Subjects Electives

English Elective(s)

Social Studies Elective(s)

Dependent on MAP Test/Previous Math
Course

Chemistry

This is student choice

Social Studies

Technology

Can opt out if met the minimum credit
requirement

Algebra 2

Physics

Technology

Math

Art/Music

Pre-Calculus

AP Biology

Art/Music

 Science

 Foreign Language

AP Calculus AB

AP Chemistry

Foreign Language

Can opt out if met the minimum credit
requirement

Can opt out if met the minimum credit
requirement

 

 

 

 

 

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate from the school or to participate in graduation activities and ceremonies, a student must be eligible for the diploma or certificate and be free of pending major disciplinary action.

Credit Standard

Students are required to attend eight semesters of high school in 9th through 12th grades and complete a minimum of 51 semester credits for graduation. These 51 credits must satisfy the specific departmental requirements described below:

Department Credits

Department

Credits

Language Arts

8

Mathematics

6

Science

6

Social Studies

7

Health/P.E.

2

Fine / Performing Arts

4

Technology / Computer

2

Foreign Language

4

Electives

13

Grades

Academic standards are high at GPA, and new students may find that expectations are higher than at their previous schools. The grading scale at GPA is as follows:

Percentage

Letter

GPA

93~100

A

4.00

90~92.9

A-

3.67

87~89.9

B+

3.33

83~86.9

B

3.00

80~82.9

B-

2.67

77~79.9

C+

2.33

73~76.9

C

2.00

70~72.9

C-

1.67

67~69.9

D+

1.33

63~66.9

D

1.00

60~62.9

D-

0.67

0~59.9

F

0.00

 

AP Courses Offered at GPA

The following is a list of current and previously offered AP courses at GPA.

  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • AP Microeconomics
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Computer Science Principles

Advanced Placement Policy

 

GPA offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses in order to help upper-level high school students with the opportunity to take on college-level coursework. AP classes are offered yearly, but not all classes are offered every year.

In order for students to take AP courses, they must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be in 11th or 12th grade. 10th graders may also take AP courses, but must consult with the school counselor and get approval before taking the course.
  2. Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 
  3. Taken the prerequisite courses for the following courses:

AP Biology → Must have taken Biology

AP Chemistry → Must have taken Chemistry

Students taking AP courses will get priority in signing up for AP exams (in May of the school year). Students are required to pay for the exam fees if they decide to take the AP exams. Exam registrations will be done through the school counselor.

 

*Affected by September 2020

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