Colleges receive the 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.
The 57 seniors comprising the class of 2020 received 175 acceptances to 84 unique colleges. This fall, the GCS Class of 2020 attended 25 different colleges in 10 states and 1 foreign country. 96% of our 2020 graduating seniors plan to earn a four-year degree; 87% matriculated directly to a four-year college and the remaining 13% entered community college with plans to earn an associate's degree or to transfer to a year-year program.
GRACE Christian School is accredited by both the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) as well as Cognia (formerly AdvancED). GRACE holds the highest rating with both of these organizations.
- ACSI: ACSI, headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is comprised of 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.
- Cognia: Cognia is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of PreK-12 schools and school systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. Cognia has expertise grounded in more than a hundred years of work in school accreditation. Cognia is a trusted partner to 32,000 schools and school systems across the United States and 70 other nations. Learn more at www.cognia.org.
Detailed information about the curriculum in each grade can be found on the Upper Campus and Lower Campus pages of this website.
Students in GRACE’s Lower Campus program (TK-6th grade) experience hands-on learning, differentiated instruction, and an active, collaborative learning environment. In the youngest grades, students are given the tools and the knowledge to solve age-appropriate problems by learning how to share, take turns, and develop the understanding that every person is worthy of respect and kindness. As students progress in their academic career, students gain foundational skills in reasoning while learning how to communicate with coherent arguments, and demonstrate personal responsibility.
Upper campus students are provided with ample occasions for self-advocacy, collaboration and practical opportunities to think critically. Resolving conflicts respectfully, learning to prioritize, and investigating the application of academic subjects to world issues is a priority of the instructional program. Advanced Placement® and honors classes are balanced with opportunities to participate fully in fine arts, athletics, and community outreach. All are designed to encourage our students to develop their strengths and find God’s plan for their lives. Our goal is for GRACE students to graduate spiritually mature, academically prepared, and mentally confident.
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 life beyond the classroom.
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 each academic year, GRACE upper campus school students have the opportunity to participate in domestic and international service trips as well as enrichment trips to historic European countries. Additionally, GRACE has established a foreign exchange relationship with a Czech Republic secondary school hosting a group of students each fall, and with New Oasis, hosting secondary students from China.
Students are encouraged to care deeply and consistently for their local communities through volunteerism, and through GRACE-sponsored community service days each year. Students have recorded more than 10,000 service hours in the last five years. Since 2009, GRACE has also hosted Hoops for Hope, a charity basketball event that has raised over $100,000 for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.