K-8 promotion and retention is determined by multiple data points including but not limited to: content grades, NWEA MAP assessments, Interim Assessments, Reading Assessment, Write Score Assessments, i-Ready tests, Final Exams, and Milestones scores or a replacement for Milestones should the state test be suspended or waived. A historical perspective is also considered. Note: The Milestones results are more heavily weighted as this is our only teacher proctored assessment. Parents are provided an opportunity to appeal all retention decisions. See the GCA Promotion and Retention Policy.
Grade level placement is based on the total number of credits the student has earned. Students must earn the number of required credits prior to the start of the school year. Mid-year grade level changes are not permitted.
Students are required to complete 23 Total Credit Hours:
4 units of English/Language Arts (a full unit of American Literature and Ninth Grade Literature and Composition are required)
4 units of Math (Math 1 or GPS Algebra 1, Math II or GPS Geometry and Math III or GPS Advanced Algebra shall be required, the fourth unit of math must be chosen from the list of GPS/CCGPS/AP or dual enrollment courses)
4 units of Science (a full unit of Biology; one of Physical Science or Physics; one unit of either Chemistry, Earth Systems or Environmental Science and one additional science unit are required)
3 units of Social Studies (a full unit of United States History; one unit of World History; ½ unit of American Government/Civics and ½ unit of Economics are required)
3 units of CTAE/World Language/Fine Arts: A total of 3 units shall be required. If a student plans to attend a 4 year college/university the student should take 2 consecutive years of the same World Language