New Covenant Christian Academy
High School Program Handbook
The following information is selected from the NCCA High School Program Handbook.
Diploma Program Overview
Founded in 1994, New Covenant Christian Academy's Diploma Program provides academic support for home schoolers nation-wide and internationally in the seventh through twelfth grades. We are not state or federally funded, nor is our diploma accredited or regulated by government standards. Taking this position ensures that the academic and religious freedom we and your children enjoy is not compromised. Our intent is to assist parents as they educate and train their students toward academic and vocational excellence allowing the Bible to inform all subjects. We're pleased to say that students graduating from NCCA have been accepted at both public and private colleges and universities nationwide.
The Diploma Program provides the following services:
- Assistance with course and curriculum selection
- Two 45-minute advising and evaluation sessions, one at the end of each semester
- Two 30-minute advising sessions at the parent's request at the end of the first and third quarters
- A report card for students in grades 7-8
- A transcript for students in grades 9-12
- Complimentary achievement testing
- Telephone/e-mail support to answer brief questions throughout the year
- Unlimited letters of recommendation to colleges
- Unlimited transcript creation as requested by prospective colleges and universities
- Transfer of all previously earned credits
- Maintenance of your transcript for future access indefinitely
- Credit recovery and transcripting of previous school years at a special hourly rate
- Additional appointments, if requested by the parent, at a special hourly rate
- A diploma awarded at a commencement ceremony when graduation requirements are met
High School Graduation Requirements
Two requirements must be met for your student to earn and be presented a New Covenant Christian Academy diploma:
- Completion of twenty-six units as outlined in this handbook
- An account balance that is paid in full. Note: In addition to normal tuition, twelfth grade students are billed an $85 senior fee.
(1 Unit = 1 year of study; ½ Unit = 1 semester)
|Total Units Required||26|
Course Standards and Suggestions
Suggested Yearly Schedule
Transfering Course Work
NCCA's Diploma Program transcripts have been accepted by private high schools and some public schools. However, there is no uniform policy regarding the transfer of units within the public school system. Districts are free to set their own policies.
If you anticipate transferring to an on-campus school, meeting with the vice-principle of curriculum or a counselor of the prospective school is recommended. This will clarify which courses, if any, will be accepted before beginning the Diploma Program.
Students may utilize a number of options available through public schools, private schools, online schools, support groups, or community colleges to compliment home instruction and meet graduation requirements. Because there is no uniform standard for these courses, the Diploma Program Advisor will evaluate the courses in light of NCCA's requirements and award units. Plan to submit an official transcript or grade report with coursework for evaluation, if needed, to your Diploma Program Advisor.
Simultaneous Enrollment in Community College
Home schooled students who are 16 or 17 years old may earn high school units and college credits simultaneously by attending classes at a community college. Chemistry, physics, calculus, foreign language, composition, and vocational training are some of the courses of interest to home schooled students. Call the Office of Admissions at your local community college for details regarding admission.
It is each parent's responsibility to provide an official copy of the college transcript to their Diploma Program Advisor upon request in order for the course work to apply toward high school graduation requirements. Awarding high school units for community college courses is dependent on the course level and credits.
|Courses numbered 100 and above:||3-4 credit hour course receives ½ unit for high school|
5-6 credit hour course receives 1 unit for high school
|Courses numbered 1 to 99:||8-9 credit hours of coursework receives 1 unit for high school|
All students are required to maintain a "C" or better average for each academic semester.
A formal graduation ceremony is held each June at a local church in the Portland/Metro area. While all graduates and their families are invited to participate, attendance is optional. Graduates wear the school colors of hunter green caps and gowns. Parents join their graduate on the stage to receive the diploma and speak a blessing or charge to their son/daughter. A reception follows.
Each year one or more valedictorians are chosen by Diploma Program Advisors. If attending the graduation ceremony, this student may be asked to deliver a commencement speech. Along with this honor, many colleges award valedictorian scholarships. For students to be considered for this honor, the qualifications are:
- Enrolled in the Diploma Program for 3 years
- Dedicated to and demonstrating academic excellence
- Involvement in extra-curricular activities and community service or ministry
At the completion of the final appointment for the school year, a transcript copy showing semester grades, units earned and cumulative grade point average (GPA) is mailed to the student's parents. A copy of this transcript is kept electronically and maintained by New Covenant Christian Academy. Upon request, official transcripts are sent to colleges within two weeks of the request.
Middle School (Grades 7-8)
Courses completed by seventh and eight graders in the Diploma Program help prepare them for high school. Grades based on daily work, quizzes, tests, and projects are recorded at the end of each semester. Students may earn high school credit if the books they are using are the same as those used in grades nine to twelve.
A report card is mailed to the student's parents after the final appointment at the end of the school year. This report lists grades for courses completed during the year and is kept electronically and maintained by New Covenant Christian Academy.
Testing at Home
Tests are to be administered by a parent. To maintain grade integrity, tests are typically given as closed book, but some exceptions may be made. Open book tests or re-tests must be approved by the Diploma Program Advisor. This type of test must be clearly noted as such on the Record of Grades form.
Keeping Records at Home
Keeping accurate records of completed course work is essential in the Diploma Program. To receive units, a Record of Grades or Course Journal form, or another means of approved documentation (spread sheet, word processed records, etc.) must be completed and submitted to your Diploma Program Advisor for each course the student is taking. Typically, the Record of Grades form is used for courses in which the student is to receive a letter grade, and the Course Journal for pass/fail courses. Parent signatures at the bottom of each form are required to insure the integrity of these records.
A link to these downloadable PDF forms will be emailed to you after the application process is complete. You can then save these documents to your computer for future use. These forms are the intellectual property of Basic Skills, so please keep them only for use with the Diploma Program and only for your family.
Record of Grades Form
As mentioned above, this form is typically used for courses in which the student is to receive a letter grade. Use a separate form for each graded course. This grade may be based on a combination of daily work, quizzes, tests, and special projects as determined by the parent and their academic advisor. This work must be scored and recorded on the form by the parent. Enter each activity on the form as follows:
- Quarter The quarter (1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th) for which this activity grade should be applied
- Date The date of the activity
- Activity Identify the activity
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