Academics

Academic Profile

Dual Accreditation

GRACE Christian School is accredited by both the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) as well as AdvancED (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools).  GRACE holds the highest rating with both of these organizations.

  •  ACSI: ACSI, headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is comprised ofACSI Logo nearly 24,000 member Christian schools in more than 100 nations. ACSI is a leader in strengthening Christian schools and equipping Christian educators worldwide, providing services through a network of 28 regional offices. The organization accredits Protestant PreK–12 schools. Learn more at www.acsiglobal.com.
  • AdvancED: AdvancED is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of PreK-12 schools and school systems to sacs_accred_seal_blkensure that all learners realize their full potential. AdvancED has expertise grounded in more than a hundred years of work in school accreditation. AdvancED is a trusted partner to 32,000 schools and school systems across the United States and 70 other nations. Learn more at www.advanc-ed.org.

Individualized Education

It is GRACE’s goal to enable each of our students to discover their passions and talents, to give them opportunities to expand their experiences and knowledge in all disciplines, and to participate in a diverse and inclusive community. GRACE produces graduates who are prepared to purposefully engage any community with zeal, curiosity, and humility; demonstrating a continuing eagerness to acquire knowledge and discover new opportunities.

Academic Rigor

GRACE provides students with a rigorous college preparatory academic program taught from a Christian worldview.  The high school curriculum provides the challenge of both honors and Advanced Placement® classes for the students that are gifted academically. Detailed information about the curriculum in each grade can be found on the Elementary School, Middle School, and High School pages of this website.

Colleges receive the 2016-2017 GRACE Christian School Profile along with GRACE transcripts when our students apply for admission. This profile document contains much of the information on this page along with specific information about our high school courses, test results and prior college admittances.

Of the 43 graduating seniors in the Class of 2016, 40 matriculated to a four-year college or university, 1 deferred acceptance to a four-year university to pursue a gap-year internship, and 2 matriculated to two-year institutions.

Digital Learning

GRACE uses technology to transform and accelerate educational opportunities for all students in transitional kindergarten through 12th grade. Launched in August 2011, our technology initiative provides laptop computers for each student in 4th-12th grades, a SMARTBoard interactive system in each elementary level classroom, and access to 3D printing technologies and software for all students in grades 7-12.

The technology goals for GRACE align with the National Education Technology Standards for the Digital-Age Classroom, and incorporates the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards throughout the curriculum. Our technology initiative dramatically advances student learning and increases opportunities for creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration. Technology tools are used to challenge students in higher-level thinking skills, inspire students to become lifelong learners, and prepare GRACE students for citizenship in the 21st-century world.

Engaging the World – Missions & Community Service

GRACE students of all ages have many opportunities to expand their understanding of the world beyond Raleigh, North Carolina. High School students serve local and distant communities and participate in international enrichment opportunities. During the last four academic school years:

  • 53 students participated in domestic missions trips to Kentucky
  • 83 students participated in international missions trips to Costa Rica
  • 51 students participated in enrichment trips to Canada, England, France, and Spain
  • 36 Czech Republic students visited the high school classes as part of an American enrichment program and one student from Spain enrolled as an exchange student.
  • Students volunteered in the local community, including two school-sponsored community service days, recording more than 8,982 service hours in the last four years.

GRACE hosts two annual charity events that have raised over $57,000 for local and international charities since their inception.

  • Hoops for Hope Charity Basketball Event: lifetime fundraising over $43,000 for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Started in 2009.
  • Love Where You Live Charity Event: lifetime fundraising over $14,000 for local and international charities. Started in 2015.

GRACE & Common Core

Over the past several years, GRACE has carefully monitored the development and changes that have resulted from the adoption of Common Core Standards by the public schools.  GRACE pursues academic excellence at every grade level and is committed to utilizing the best curricular resources in each grade and subject area. GRACE Christian School has not adopted Common Core and continues to provide students with a rigorous college preparatory academic program taught from a biblical worldview that exceeds Common Core Standards.  We do, however, have some comparison with these standards since Terra Nova, PSAT, SAT, and ACT are now Common Core aligned.

The instructional program at GRACE follows an established review cycle for all content areas and curriculum. Teachers use both traditional textbooks and supplemental digital resources to help students master the course objectives for each class. In the past five years, we have become more proficient in utilizing digital tools for instruction.

Specifically, GRACE differs from the Common Core methodology for math in that our elementary and middle grades continue to emphasize and teach students mastery of math facts as a foundation for all the math that will follow a student’s school career. The method of teaching subjects such as Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and higher level math classes at GRACE remains the same as in the past and follows a traditional approach. In subjects like math, the sequential nature of the material requires the use of traditional textbooks. The math books we adopted for use in the past met our course objectives with solid instruction, but did not include updated digital resources. Math teachers supplemented the text by providing student access to math-related websites that reinforced the topics taught in class and provided students with access to extra practice and supplemental instruction on each key concept. This year, new middle and high school math textbooks were adopted as part of the curriculum review cycle. New textbooks were purchased that are similar to previous versions, but also include digital resources and the inclusion of some common core topics, such as a greater emphasis on probability and statistics. While traditional content has not been removed from the series, additional material has been included that will appear on standardized tests. The new text is from the same publisher and is very similar to the previous edition.

GRACE will not adopt Common Core as the only set of standards for our school in any subject area as the high standard for curricular goals we have historically set for our students supersede the level and expectation of these standards. We are confident that GRACE students have always and will continue to receive academic instruction that far surpasses the minimum requirements set by Common Core. Additionally, our teachers remain committed to teaching every subject from a Christian perspective.