Category: Academics

High School

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Introduction

Zion Christian High School includes grades nine through twelve. With a reputation for academic excellence (see test results link) and a strong commitment to Reformed, Christian principles, the high school has seen substantial growth in recent years.

Diploma Types & Course Offerings

Beginning with the class of 2015, Zion Christian High School will grant three types of diplomas to graduating seniors.

The General diploma is intended for students who are either college bound or planning on entering directly into the workforce. The General diploma is earned by completing the usual course requirements in Mathematics, English, Science, Social Studies, Bible, Fine Arts, and Physical Education. A certain number of elective credits is also required.

The Vocational diploma is intended for students who demonstrate a need for academic accommodations, as determined by the Learning Enrichment Services (LES) staff. To earn a Vocational diploma students take mathematics and English classes designed for the work place and daily life, rather than taking some of the usual higher-level classes in those subjects. Students who earn a vocational diploma may - based on student attitude and LES staff recommendation - also take modified versions of some of the standard classes. A Vocational diploma does not preclude a student from going to college but is intended for those who are less likely to make an academic career his or her immediate choice.

The Honors diploma is intended for students who are not only going to college, but also wish to be as competitive as possible in seeking admission to more demanding academic environments and in seeking scholarships. To earn an Honors diploma, students must pass the most challenging courses offered at Zion, especially in Mathematics, English, Social Studies, and Science.

Course requirements for each diploma type are as follows:

 

 

CREDITS

EARNED

 

 

VOCATIONAL

 

 

GENERAL

 

 

HONORS

Credit

Required

Credit

Required

Credit

Required

Business (0.5 credits required)

Database Management

0.5

 

 

YC

 

 

YC

 

 

YC

Presentation Concepts

0.5

   

YC

   

YC

   

YC

Spreadsheet Analysis

0.5

   

YC

   

YC

   

YC

Word Processing

0.5

   

YC

   

YC

   

YC

Office Assistant

Varies

   

YC

           

Teacher Assistant

Varies

   

YC

           

English (4.0 credits required)

American Lit

1.00

 

 

 

 

 

Y

 

 

Y

British Literature

0.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Y

College Literature & Composition

0.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Y

Composition

0.50

 

 

YC

 

 

Y

 

 

Y

English/Composition

1.00

 

 

Y

 

 

 

 

 

 

English for the World of Work

1.00

 

 

Y

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intro to Literature

1.00

 

 

YC

 

 

Y

 

 

Y

Intro to Journalism

0.60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speech

0.50

 

 

Y

 

 

Y

 

 

Y

Composition- Vocational Track

0.50

 

 

YC

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intro to Literature- Vocational Track

1.00

 

 

YC

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fine/Applied Arts (1.0 total credits required, 0.5 credits must be fine arts)

Art I

0.60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art II

0.40

                 

Band

0.60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choir

0.40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yearbook

0.40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vocational Tech Center Programs

Varies

               

 

Foreign Language (requirement varies)

     

No Credit Required*

 

1.0 credits required*

 

2.0 credits required

Spanish I

1.00

 

 

 

 

 

Y

 

 

Y

Spanish II

1.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Y

Spanish III

1.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mathematics (requirement varies)

 

 

 

4.0 credits required

 

 4.0 credits required

 

 5.0 credits required

Accounting I

0.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounting II

0.50

                 

Advanced Logic

0.50

               

Y

Algebra I

1.00

 

 

YC

 

 

Y

 

 

Y

Algebra II **

1.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Y

Calculus I

1.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consumer Math

1.00

 

 

Y

 

 

 

 

 

 

Geometry **

1.00

 

 

 

 

 

Y

 

 

Y

Intro to Logic

0.50

 

 

 

 

 

Y

 

 

Y

Math for the World of Work

1.00

 

 

Y

 

 

 

 

 

 

Personal Finance

0.50

   

 

         

 

Pre-Algebra

1.00

 

 

Y

 

N

N/A

 

N

N/A

Pre-Calculus

1.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Y

Algebra I - Vocational Track

1.00

 

 

YC

 

 

 

 

 

 

Physical Education (1.0 credits required)

Health

0.50

 

 

Y

 

 

Y

 

 

Y

Physical Education

0.50

 

 

Y

 

 

Y

 

 

Y

Religion (4.0 credits required)

Christian Doctrine

1.00

 

 

Y

 

 

Y

 

 

Y

History of Christian Doctrine

1.00

 

 

Y

 

 

Y

 

 

Y

Intro to Apologetics

0.50

                 

New Testament Survey

1.00

 

 

Y

 

 

Y

 

 

Y

Old Testament Survey

1.00

 

 

Y

 

 

Y

 

 

Y

Science (3.0 credits required)

Biology

1.00

 

 

Y

 

 

Y

 

 

Y

Chemistry ***

1.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YC*

Earth Science

1.00

 

 

Y

 

 N

N/A

 

 N

N/A

General Science

1.00

   

 

   

 

   

 

Physical Science

1.00

 

 

Y

 

 

Y

 

 

Y

Physics ***

1.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YC*

Physiology

0.50

               

 

Social Studies (3.0 credits required)

Civics

0.50

 

 

YC

 

 

Y

 

 

Y

Modern History

0.50

                 

Postmodern International History

0.50

 

 

 YC

 

 

Y

 

 

Y

U.S. History

1.00

 

 

Y

 

 

Y

 

 

Y

World History

1.00

 

 

Y

 

 

Y

 

 

Y

Civics- Vocational Track

0.50

 

 

YC

 

 

 

 

 

 

PM Int'l History - Vocational Track

0.50

   

YC

           

 

Y = Yes
YC = Yes, with a choice between this course or another listed as "YC" within the same department

* Though Zion does not require two foreign language credits for "General" and "Vocational" track students, the Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC) does. Students who do not meet the MMC may be ineligible for state and federal scholarships, grants, and loans.

** Though Zion does not require Algebra II for "General" and "Vocational" diplomas and does not require Geometry for "Vocational" diplomas, the MMC does. Students who do not meet the MMC may be ineligible for state and federal scholarships, grants, and loans.

*** It is strongly recommended that college-bound students take both Chemistry and Physics

 Graduation Requirements

NOTE: Departmental graduation requirements vary based on diploma type. Requirements listed in the chart below are based on the General diploma.

Department

Requirements 

Business
 0.5
English
4.0
Fine/Applied Arts *
1.0
Foreign Language
1.0
Mathematics **
4.0
Physical Education
1.0
Religion ***
4.0
Science
3.0
Social Studies
3.0
Electives
5.5
Total
27

 

*

½ credit of fine arts is required, while the second half of the requirement may be completed either in fine arts or applied arts.

**

Students will receive a mathematics credit for Algebra I regardless of whether it is taken in eighth or ninth grade.

***

Transfer students are required to complete the equivalent of one religion credit at Zion Christian School for each year in which they are enrolled at Zion Christian School.

   
  Courses meeting five days per week earn 0.5 credits per semester. Courses meeting fewer than five days per week are adjusted accordingly. Courses meeting three days per week will earn 0.3 credits per semester, while courses meeting two days per week will earn 0.2 credits per semester. Exceptions will be made from time to time due to the level of outside work required.
   
  In order to graduate from Zion Christian School, each graduate must spend at least the senior year on campus full-time and fulfill all required course work. Exception to the above may be made with Board of Directors approval.

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