Graduation Requirements

A minimum of one year attending FBS is required for graduation.  The records of students transferring from other high school programs will be evaluated and appropriate requirements established for graduation.  The student’s high school grade level is based on credits earned as follows:
Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
9th grade
10th grade
11th grade
12th grade
0 to 6 credits
7 to 13 credits
14 to 20 credits
21+ credits

At the high school level, a student will continue to advance to the next grade as far as his homeroom is concerned.  The credits earned, however, determine his actual grade level.  Credits earned outside the normal school day or year must be approved by the administration in advance. High school students are required to have a full day schedule. Four Bible credits are required for graduation.  For a student transferring from a school not requiring Bible, the administration reserves the right to waive Bible credits in those cases.  The measure of a credit consists of at least 140 hours of instruction per unit of credit. One unit of credit is given for one school year’s work meeting one academic hour each day for the school year.  A student’s semester grades will be averaged for the course, producing a year average.  Students must have a passing year average and sufficient attendance in that course to receive credit for the course.

The SAT I or ACT College Board test is required for graduation.  One of these tests must be taken by the student as a junior or senior prior to graduation.  Official score reports must be sent to and received by the school before the diploma can be issued. 

The cumulative grade point average (GPA) will be used to determine valedictorian, salutatorian, and honor graduates.  Grade point averages will be calculated on an un-weighted, 4-point scale from the student’s final grades in 9th – 12th grade classes:

A 4  D 1
B 3  F 0
C 2
The distinction of honor graduate will be given to graduating seniors with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, regardless of diploma earned.  The graduating senior with the highest cumulative GPA and who has earned the academic diploma will be honored as valedictorian.  The graduating senior with the second highest cumulative GPA and who has earned the academic diploma will be honored as the salutatorian.  Both valedictorian and salutatorian must attend Faith Baptist School as full-time students.  If the top two graduating seniors (who have earned academic diplomas) have the same GPA, then the cumulative numeric average will be used to determine the valedictorian (highest numeric average) and salutatorian (second highest numeric average). 
 
Diplomas

An academic or a general diploma may be earned.  Four history courses including United States history, American government, and Virginia history are required for both the general and academic diplomas.  Science courses offered for high school credit are Earth science, biology, chemistry, and physics.

The academic diploma requires completion of math courses as listed in either academic track #1 or academic track #2.  Courses must be taken in sequence.  High school credit must be earned for each course.  The academic diploma will be awarded to students with a cumulative 3.0+ GPA and the required 27 credits.
The current graduating class will need to meet the following general diploma or academic diploma requirements:
ACADEMIC DIPLOMA     
COURSE
    CREDITS REQUIRED                                                        
English………………….
Math…………………….    
4
4
Academic Track #1
Geometry
Algebra 2
Pre-Calculus
Calculus
Academic Track #2
 Algebra 1
 Geometry
 Algebra 2
Precalculus
History…………………..
Science………………….
Foreign Language………
Physical Education…….
Fine Arts………………..
Electives………………..
Bible……………………..
 
Total Credits Required..    
4
4
2
2
1
3
3
 
27                
GENERAL DIPLOMA
COURSE        CREDITS REQUIRED    
English……………………
Math……………………..
History…………………..
Science………………….
Foreign Language………
Physical Education……..
Electives…………………
Bible………………………
 
Total Credits Required…
 
4
3
4
3
1
2
4
3
 
24