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Upper School Division

Grades 9-12

Grades are considered to be very important in the lives of TKA students.  Only students who have the ability to succeed are admitted to The King’s Academy and our dedicated staff makes every effort to encourage the student and motivate them to academic excellence. Read on to learn more about the requirements for graduation from Upper School.

The academic year is divided into two halves, or semesters.  Each semester is divided into two grading periods of approximately nine weeks each.

Grade Policy (Middle & Upper School)

Grades are to be considered to be very important in the lives of TKA students.  Only students who have the ability to succeed are admitted.  Therefore, all students are expected to succeed.  Effort is made to encourage students and motivate them to academic excellence.

The academic year is divided into two halves, or semesters.  Each semester is divided into two grading periods of approximately nine weeks each.

A student’s performance on homework, class work, quizzes, special reports, projects, classroom participation and examinations may be included in the determination of the student’s grade in each class.

Most course work completed at TKA will be graded by the teacher using a scale of 0 to 100.  These numbers correspond to the following letter grades:

Grading Scale (Adopted August 2006)

A = 93-100
B = 85-92
C = 75-84
D = 70-74
F = 0-69
P = Passing (70-100)
N = Not For Credit

Teachers have the option of adapting the scale to meet a particular need, provided the upper school director or elementary/middle school principal approves the revision and it is communicated clearly to the students.

Honors Diplomas

The purpose of an Honors Diploma is to encourage and recognize outstanding academic achievement. In order to earn an Honors Diploma a student must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • 2 Advanced Placement courses
  • 2 Additional honors courses
  • Two 4-year sequences within a specific discipline*
  • 25 hours of community service per year of attendance

A student who meets each of these criteria and earns a 3.5 weighted grade point average (GPA) will graduate with High Honors. A student who meets each of these criteria and earns a 3.9 weighted GPA will graduate with Highest Honors.

*A 4-year sequence is obtained by earning 4 credits in one of the following areas of study: math, science, social science, foreign language (can be a combination of more than one language; e. g., two years of Spanish and two years of Latin or three years of Spanish and one year of Latin, etc.), art, drama, or a combination of 4 credits in performance based music courses (music, choir, orchestra).

Graduation Requirements

Students who attend The King’s Academy are expected to follow a rigorous academic track that meets or exceeds the requirements for admissions to most major universities.

International students must complete two years of study in regular English that takes them through the equivalent of English 11 (junior-year English). A student who achieves a score of 550 or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language, or a comparable score on a nationally recognized standardized test, shall be determined to have met this requirement.

Students are encouraged to plan their academic programs according to college preparatory standards. These standards are designed to exceed the entrance requirements at the University of Tennessee. Since college and university admission requirements vary greatly, individual college and university catalogs should be consulted.

In addition to the course requirements, a student must have an approved attendance and conduct record. The academy reserves the right to refuse a diploma to a student whose conduct record is unsatisfactory and who, in the opinion of the academy, as a graduate, would poorly represent the academy.

The minimum number of credits required for graduation is 24. The following is a list of the minimum course requirements for graduation:

Requirements for Classes Graduating in 2013 & Later