Curriculum

The Upper School curriculum is focused on core courses in Bible, English, Math, Science, Foreign Language, and History, with a heavy concentration on the writing process, reading comprehension, and vocabulary development. A high value is placed on clear communication, with all departments working together to encourage and support each student’s personal and academic maturation.

Students move through courses in Math, Science, and Foreign Language in a sequence that is appropriate for their skills level. This option for acceleration ensures that grade level placements do not limit course selection. GCA offers honors courses in English and formal Advanced Placement courses in English, United States History, European History, German, Spanish, Calculus, and Studio Art.

A distinctive of the upper school is the opportunity students
have to participate in job shadowing, community service,
mission trips, and environmental studies during a one-week
experience called Winterim.


In order to graduate, students must earn a minimum of 26 credits in grades 9-12. Seven credits are available each year. Credits are awarded on a semester basis, not on the basis of the yearly average in each class. For a complete listing, including Course Descriptions, click HERE (edit)!

Course Offerings

MATHEMATICS (4 credits)

  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • Algebra III/Trigonometry
  • Statistics
  • Pre-Calculus
  • AP Calculus

Science (3 credits)

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • DE Biology 112
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Environmental Science
  • Physics
  • DE Chemistry 131

english (4 credits)

  • English 9 (Honors Option)
  • English 10 (AP Option)
  • English 11 (AP Option)
  • English 12 (AP Option)
  • AP Language and Composition
  • AP Literature and Composition
  • DE College Writing 109 & 110

SOCIAL STUDIES (3 CREDITS)

  • World History
  • Cultural Geography
  • U.S. History (AP Option)
  • AP European History
  • Government/Economics

Physical Education (1 CREDIT)

BIBLE (4 CREDITS)

  • Bible 9
  • Bible 10
  • Bible 11
  • Bible 12

FOREIGN LANGUAGE (2 CREDITS)

  • German I, II
  • AP German III, IV
  • Spanish I, II
  • AP Spanish III, IV

ELECTIVES (5 CREDITS)

  • 20th Century World History
  • Accounting
  • Art
  • Advanced Art
  • Appalachian Culture
  • AP Studio Art
  • Digital Arts
  • Photography
  • Advanced Band
  • Percussion 101
  • Choir
  • Worship Arts
  • Drama
  • Musical Theatre
  • Biblical Leadership
  • Business Management
  • Creative Writing
  • Fitness & Performance
  • The Game of Thrones & The Oval Office
  • Mathematical Minds
  • MS Office Business Applications
  • Personal Finance
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Speech
  • STEM I: Foundations
  • The Struggle is Real: the Fight for Equal Rights
  • Teacher Aide
  • Yearbook


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