High School Requirements

High School Information for Home-Educators
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  • Enrollment in our church-related school program is beneficial because we maintain permanent academic records of the student including transcript of subjects, grades, and credits (subject to verification by testing in case of transfer to public or accredited private schools). We also offer a high school diploma, whereas the only option with state registration is the GED (or HiSET).
  • Gateway students who "attend" a church-related school while instruction is provided in the home with the parent as the primary teacher are exempt from all of the home-school provisions of T.C.A. 49-6-3050. For those "desiring to conduct a homeschool covered by the provisions" of T.C.A. 49-6-3050 (a)(2)(C), the state offers registration and consequent testing. The tests offered by the state are public-school secondary end-of-course tests, the equivalent of comprehensive final exams.
  • For those with any possible college plans, Gateway encourages taking the ACT or SAT test. (Gateway High School Code is 431-421.) The ACT can be taken early in high school (after Algebra I) for use as a diagnostic tool. A high score can help in getting college scholarships. When the test is taken more than once, college acceptance is usually based on the highest score. The PSAT test can be taken in October. (To enter the National Merit Scholarship Compet ition for scholarships this test should be taken in the junior year [or sophomore year for those completing high school in 3 years].) For you students of analogies, National Merit Scholarship Corporation : college scholarships : : United Way : charitable giving.

Note: For those graduating after August 2017 Gateway will require 1 credit Bible, 0.5 credit Personal Finance and 0.5 credit Government. (These changes†, shown here, are to align requirements with the other departments of our school.)

College-Preparatory Course of Study
To graduate, a student must be enrolled at Gateway for at least 6 months. (See high school guidelines.)

Course Categories
Credits*
Notes
English
4
Includes all language arts. See guidelines.

Mathematics
(Including Algebra I, II & Geometry. Additional higher math suggested.)

4

Geometry or other advanced math course with Geometry as a major component.
.

Science, Natural/Physical
3
Must include at least one credit of Biology, Chemistry, or Physics with lab. General Science and Environmental Science typically do not satisfy college-entrance requirements. (Earth Science and Life Science are typically below high school level. Physical Science before 9th grade requires Algebra I.
U.S. History
1
May not be taken for high school credit before 9th grade.
Social Studies
1
May include World History, World Geography, Ancient History, European History or Modern History.
Single Foreign Language
2
Sign language does not meet this requirement
Visual and/or Performing Arts
1
May include Art, Music, Dance or an art or music appreciation or art or music history course, etc.
Bible†
1
 
Economics
0.5
Must include both micro- and macro-economics.
Government†
0.5
 
Personal Finance†
0.5
 
Health
0.5
Wellness transferred from previous school is considered 0.5 credit of Health and 0.5 credit of P.E.
Physical Education
1
Wellness transferred from previous school is considered 0.5 credit of Health and 0.5 credit of P.E.
Electives
2
Additional approved courses taken to meet total number of credits for graduation.
Total for graduation:
22
 

Gateway College-Preparatory Requirements

Completion of all high school coursework (22 credits minimum)
AND
ACT Composite score of 21 (or SAT equivalent) or acceptance by a college

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General Course of Study
To graduate, a student must be enrolled at Gateway for at least 6 months. (See high school guidelines.)

Course Categories
Credits*
Notes
English
4
Includes all language arts. See guidelines.

Mathematics

4
*Students graduating after Aug. 2012 must complete an additional math course for a total of 4 math credits.
Science
3
 
U.S. History
1
May not be taken for high school credit before 9th grade.
Bible†
1
 
Economics
0.5
Must include both micro- and macro-economics.
Government†
0.5
 
Personal Finance†
0.5
 
Health
0.5
Wellness transferred from previous school is considered .5 credit of Health and .5 credit of P.E.
Physical Education
1
Wellness transferred from previous school is considered .5 credit of Health and .5 credit of P.E.
Electives
6
Additional approved courses taken to meet total number of credits for graduation.
Total for graduation:
22
 

For students expecting to graduate in current school year, in upper right of Application and Grade/Attendance Reports, please write "Intent to Graduate (Month/Year)"; e.g., "May/2017"

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