ACADEMICS
The academic year is divided into two semesters. Each semester is made up of two nine-week quarters. Quarterly grade reports are available at the parent/teacher conferences scheduled for the end of the 1st quarter and midway through the 3rd quarter. Semester grades are sent home and recorded to the student's official transcripts. Final exams will be given in high school courses.

BCS GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
You must complete 24 credits of high school courses in order to graduate from BCS. Course requirements:
Bible—4 CREDITS Bible for each high school year in attendance at Birchwood Christian School to graduate.  

Language Arts—4 CREDITS
English 9-1, English 9-2, English 10-1, English 10-2, English 11 (American Literature & Composition), AP 11th English Language and Composition, and English 12 (British Literature & Composition), AP 12th English Literature and Composition  

Social Studies—4 CREDITS World History-one year, U.S. History-one year, United States Government/Law-one year; Alaska Studies—one semester, Economics-one semester; AP US History (optional for Junior and Seniors with Administration approval)-one year. Students may waive the .5 credit social studies requirement by completion of Level III of a world language (Latin, French, German, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish).  

Mathematics—4 CREDITS Eight semesters of Mathematics (Algebra I-one year, Geometry-one year, Algebra II-one year, Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Basic Math, or Consumer Math—one year) are required.  Students must complete course work containing or founded in Algebra I Level math skills or demonstrate Algebra I level skills by examination.  Note:  Basic Math and Consumer Math do not meet requirements for students pursuing an Alaska Performance Scholarship via a Math & Science Curriculum.  

Science—4 CREDITS Eight semesters of science credit are required. Two semesters must be in Biology. Two semesters must be in physical science. Two semesters must be in Chemistry.  Two semesters must be in a science elective: Anatomy & Physiology, Marine Biology, or Geology. Note:  All science courses offered meet requirements for students seeking an Alaska Performance Scholarship via a Math & Science Curriculum.    

Physical Education/Health Education—1.5 CREDITS Two semesters of a physical education class to fulfill graduation requirements and  one semester of Health Education.  

Electives—2.5 CREDITS Electives may include additional courses in Language Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, Technology, Fine Arts, World Languages, Music, and PE. Total of one credit in BIBLE for each year in attendance at BCS in the high school to graduate.
 Total Graduation Credits: 24 credits  ( More details on Page 17 of the Student Handbook)

SYCAMORE: (Online grade book) Parents are encouraged to monitor student progress and current grades through SYCAMORE. Weekly assignments and grades will be posted regularly.

Chapel: A regularly scheduled worship and/or teaching time will be set aside each week for all of our students.