ACADEMICS | HIGH SCHOOL
At Cascade Christian we don’t just prepare students for college & careers –
we prepare them for life!
Academics at Cascade Christian High School are designed to prepare students for a successful future beyond their four years within our walls and we feel it is important to honor our students who excel in the rigorous course of study found at CCHS.
General Graduation Requirements
A total of 3 credits from Careers & Technology Education (CTE), The Arts, or Second Language is state mandated. Cascade Christian High School requires that one of the three required credits be from The Arts category, 1/2 credit specifically from Fine Arts, with other 1/2 credit from either Fine or Applied Arts
Choose a Course that is Right For You
This course is best suited for the student who is not anticipating attending college or university.
- Four math credits
- Four science credits
- At least two years of foreign language (three often preferred)
Additionally, most universities will not accept a grade lower than a “C” in core classes. Students and parents are strongly encouraged to check with any specific university they are interested in attending no later than the start of the student’s junior year to ensure they will meet the admission requirements of the university. The following is a suggested timeline for achieving the recommended course of study.
To earn the Scholars Diploma, a student must earn a cumulative, non-weighted grade point average of 3.5 or higher, have no “D” grades and no more than two “C” grades on their transcript, and have completed the required 27 credits to receive a diploma. In addition, the following requirements must be met:
- Four credits of high school math (e.g., Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 and Pre-calculus)
- Four credits of high school science
- Three credits of a foreign language
- Three of the required 27 credits must be from Advanced Placement (AP) courses
Below is the suggested course of study for the Scholars Diploma:
College Credit Now
All Cascade Christian High School students have the opportunity to earn college credit throughout their high school careers. These credits can be earned at a significantly reduced cost. The options available to earn college credit are:
- Take a CCHS Advanced Placement (AP) course and earn a 3 or better on the AP exam; and/or
- Take a CCHS course that offers credit through Southern Oregon University (SOU).
“The University of Oregon accepted 60 credits that I earned while attending Cascade Christian High School. I am considered sophomore status as a first year student at UO. Having so many of my general education requirements out of the way has allowed me to work toward a double degree in International Studies and Art History, while allowing me to have free time to work and explore courses I want to take just for fun.” ~ Jacob (CCHS Class of 2015)
Advanced Placement (AP) courses are designed as college level classes with the opportunity for the student to earn college credit by achieving an acceptable score on the AP exam administered in May of each year. Taking the AP exam costs approximately $92 per exam. All students taking AP classes are required to take the AP exam. Students may opt to also pay for concurrent credits, if available. The work for AP classes is greater than that of general track courses. If interested in learning more, please inquire during your individualized tour or admissions interview.
Students who earn a grade of “A” for the duration of the AP class will be publicly honored their senior year with an honorary cord to keep and to wear with their graduation robes at baccalaureate and graduation. While honors and AP classes do require more work, they do not receive weighted grades. This is in accordance with the policy of most high schools and is the preference of almost all colleges. Additionally, students who earn a non-weighted 4.0 GPA will receive a cord at baccalaureate to keep and wear at graduation.
From Southern Oregon University (SOU):
- AP Calculus AB (SOU Mth 251, 252)
- Statistics & Probability (SOU Mth 243, 244)
- Pre-Calculus (SOU MTH 111,112)
- AP English 12 (SOU ENG 104, 105)
- AP US History (SOU HST 250, 251)
- AP World History (SOU HST 110, 111)
- 8 – AP English 12 (SOU ENG 104 & ENG 105)
- 8 – AP World History (SOU HIST 110 & HIST 111)
- 8 – AP US History (SOU HIST 205 & HIST 251)
- 8 – AP Calculus AB (SOU MTH 251 & MTH 252)
- 8 – Statistics & Probability (SOU MTH 243 & MTH 244)
- 8 – Pre-Calculus (SOU MTH 111 & MTH 112)
Students can earn an additional 24-28 college credits by receiving a score of 3 or better in the following course on an AP exam:
- 8 – AP English 11
- 8 – AP Calculus BC
- 8-12 – AP Spanish Language & Culture
For a total of 72-76 possible college credits.
For more information about CCHS’s College Credit Courses, contact Cascade Christian High School’s College and Career Counselor, Jeff Olson at 541-772-0606 or [email protected].
Recognizing Academic Achievement
Students are nominated by teachers and administration in the school and are selected based on the following qualifications:
- Must be a junior or senior
- Must have a minimum of two teacher recommendations (for any or all categories nominated)
- Must have the approval of the administrator (for any or all categories nominated)
- Must be in the top 10 percent of their class in one or more of the following areas:
- Academics – based on accumulative GPA
- Leadership – must be actively involved in community service or ministry-related activities
- Fine Arts – must be actively participating in music, art, or drama
- Athletics – must be actively participating in school team / individual sports and /or intramurals
- Christian Service – must have a clear Christian service and Christian testimony and must be actively involved in community service or ministry-related activities.
A student’s official transcripts will not reflect a weighted GPA. A preliminary Valedictorian / Salutatorian ranking will be determined at the end of the first semester of the senior year. The determination of the Valedictorian /Salutatorian will be made based on grades at the end of the third quarter. Pass/Fail classes are not calculated into a student’s GPA. AP or Honors classes that are taken at another school are not weighted in GPA calculations to determine class rank. This is to ensure a level playing field for all Valedictorian and Salutatorian candidates.
Not only are Cascade graduates ready to take the next step to higher education; they have a foundation that prepares them for success in the workforce and are equipped to handle whatever life may bring their way.
Grace Cascade Christian Schools has been dualy accredited by ACSI and by AdvancED, a regional accrediting group for public and private educational institutions in the Northwest. OFIS, the Oregon Federation of Independent Schools, is another service and legal advisory group to which Grace and Cascade belongs.
Grace Cascade Christian Schools ACSI Accreditation is valid through June 30, 2021
Grace Cascade Christian Schools AdvancEd accreditation is valid through June 30, 2021