The KICS calendar is divided into two semesters per school year. A student attending KICS in grades 9-12 will generally receive one half credit per class per semester for each passing grade (60% or better) earned.
A student attending KICS in grades 9-12 will generally receive 7.5 credits per year, including J-Term.
All graduation requirements need to be completed prior to graduation, based on the KICS timeline for Senior Finals and Online Coursework. This includes coursework, tuition and any other fees, and a successful completion of the Senior Defense.
In order to offer a rigorous college prep diploma, beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, KICS requires students to have a minimum of 25 credits in the following subject areas:
KICS Grades 9 – 12
|Foundations (Bible Classes)||4 credits|
|Language Arts||4 credits|
|Social Studies||4 credits|
|World Language||2 credits|
|Arts and Technology||2 credits|
|Physical Education||1 credit|
|Total Credits required for Graduation||25 Credits|
|Additional Graduation Requirements|
|J-Term Courses||1 course per academic year|
|Grade 12 Defense|
Foundations Graduation Requirement*
Students must take 1 credit (2 semesters) of the designated Foundations courses for each year of enrollment at KICS in order to graduate. This minimally includes all courses emphasizing biblical foundations, and one semester each of courses emphasizing personal wellness, financial literacy, college preparation, and leadership. Global Leadership is a required course for all graduating seniors. Students who enter KICS after the 1st Semester of their 9th grade year may have previous Foundations credits waived.
Language Arts Graduation Requirement
Students are required to complete 4 credits (8 semesters) of Language Arts in order to graduate which must include at least one writing intensive course.
Mathematics Graduation Requirement
Students are required to complete 4 Credits (8 semesters) of Math for graduation. This minimally includes courses emphasizing algebra, geometry, and advanced mathematical concepts.
Science Graduation Requirement
KICS students are required to complete 4 credits (8 semesters) of Science. This minimally includes courses emphasizing biology, chemistry, physics, and advanced scientific concepts.
Social Studies Graduation Requirement
Students are required to complete 4 credits (8 semesters) of Social Studies which minimally includes courses emphasizing geography**, world history, United States history***, and government.
World Language Graduation Requirement
KICS students are required to complete 2 credits (4 semesters) of a World Language. 4 credits (8 semesters) of World Language is recommended. At KICS this currently includes French or Mandarin, though transfer credits in other languages may be considered. Those who are eligible for online classes may also consider taking an alternative language online that aligns with their interests or future goals. Fees for alternative languages are the responsibility of the student.
Arts and Technology Graduation Requirement
Students are required to complete 2 credits (4 semesters) of Arts for graduation. This includes any combination of performing arts, visual art, computer science, and/or digital media. Students may choose to take more than 2 credits as additional electives.
PE Graduation Requirement****
Students must complete 1 credit (2 semesters) of Physical Education for graduation. Waivers are accepted for participation in athletics. Health and Wellness does not count toward this requirement.
J-Term Graduation Requirement
Students are required to complete .5 of a credit for a J-Term course for each academic year of enrollment at KICS. Students who enter KICS after their 9th grade year may have previous J-Term credits waived.
Grade 12 Defense Graduation Requirement
Successful completion of this culminating presentation is required for graduation.
Transfer Credits & Alternative Courses
- Any transfer credits or alternative course options taken in lieu of the KICS course offerings must be comparable and approved by administration.
- 75% of course credits for each content area must be earned through KICS (e.g. 3 of 4 Language Arts credits).
- Any student transferring to KICS who currently has not met the content requirements may be required to enroll in a credit recovery course prior to the start date at KICS. In some situations, a student may be able to enroll in a credit recovery course during the academic year, upon the approval of administration.
- Any alternative course or credit earned while enrolled at KICS must be approved prior to enrollment in the course. Otherwise there is no guarantee the credit will be accepted toward graduation requirements at KICS.
- Alternative courses or credits earned while enrolled at KICS may only be taken through institutions approved***** by KICS.
- Any student who fails to meet expectations in a KICS course (below 60% or has nine or more absences within a semester) may be required to enroll in a credit recovery course online before the start of the next school year. The fees for credit recovery course are the responsibility of the student.
In addition to these academic requirements, KICS recommends a well-rounded resume to be presented with the college application process. Some things could include:
- Community service
- Extracurricular activities
- Areas of passion and focus
*The Foundations track requirement begins with Grade 10 students in 2018-2019 (the class of 2021). All previous graduating classes are required to have one semester of Bible for each year enrolled at KICS. Students who enter KICS after the 1st Semester of their 9th grade year may have previous Bible credits waived.
**Beginning with Grade 9 students in 2018-2019 (the class of 2022) a course with geography emphasis is a graduation requirement.
***Beginning with Grade 11 students in 2018-2019 (the class of 2020), all students will be required to take a course emphasizing U.S. history whether or not the student is a U.S. citizen.
****The reduction in the PE requirement from two credits to one credit goes into effect immediately for the graduating class of 2019.
*****This includes, but is not limited to, North Star, Keystone Online Schools, Trinity International University, and Letourneau University.
The middle and high schools recognize scholastic achievement with an Honor Roll on a 5.0 grading system. There are two levels of honor:
Honors 3.50 – 3.79 GPA, no grade lower than a C
High Honors 3.80 – 4.00+ GPA, no grade lower than a B
GPA and Honor Roll are calculated at the completion of each semester. All classes are considered in determining the Honor Roll. A weighted GPA scale is used as follows:
As a Christian school, KICS will make every effort to ensure that academic honesty and integrity will be maintained. Academic dishonesty is out of harmony with the scriptural principles that KICS seeks to uphold.
The following kinds of academic dishonesty and their definitions are not intended to be exhaustive; rather they are an example of inappropriate academic behavior.
This includes taking words, data, ideas, and other’s statements, without proper acknowledgment, and presenting them as one’s own. This includes copying and pasting any part of someone else’s work and submitting it as your own.
This includes the use of improper means to gain credit or advantage. Forms of cheating include: improper possession of unauthorized aids in an academic exercise or examination, the fabrication or falsification of data, the submission of the same work for credit in more than one course without permission, looking at another student’s work during an examination; copying another student’s work for an assignment; or parents, siblings or other person doing student’s work.
- Participation in Academic Dishonesty
This is assisting or attempting to assist another student in an act of academic dishonesty. This can include: permitting another student to look at one’s own work during an exam or in an assignment where collaboration is not allowed, providing information or material to another student for the purpose of academic gain, or parent’s or others completing assignments or homework on behalf of the child.
- False accusation
This is when a student falsely accuses another student of other forms of academic dishonesty.
All work is expected be handed in on time. In the case of a student absence, they have one day to make up the work for every day they were absent.
In Secondary, if an assignment is turned in one day late, the most the student can receive is 75%. If an assignment is turned in two days late, the most the student can receive is 50%. Any assignments turned in after two days will receive a 0%.
Communication of Policy
Because academic integrity is important, it is necessary that teachers discuss the issue of academic integrity in their classrooms and explain how KICS policy applies in each of their courses. Teachers should make every effort to discourage and prevent dishonesty in any form. A student is responsible for the academic integrity of work submitted. Ignorance of academic integrity standards will not be considered a valid excuse or defense. If a student is ever in doubt about a potential issue of academic integrity, the student should consult with his or her teachers.
Reporting Academic Dishonesty
All cases of suspected academic dishonesty must be reported to the appropriate Principal and Director. Additionally, cases of confirmed academic dishonesty should be reported to the parent or guardian of the offending student. A record of confirmed academic dishonesty shall remain in the student’s file for one year. Should a repeat offence occur within the one year, the original offense and subsequent offense shall remain on record for an additional two years.
Secondary School Consequences
When a student engages in academic dishonesty, including cheating, plagiarism, or collusion he or she is in violation of KICS’ rules.
For Secondary, the consequences for dishonesty are universal, and not necessarily specific to one class. Consequences will be as follows:
- First Offense – On the 1st offense, the student may receive a “0” for the examination or assignment. The offense will be reported to the appropriate Principal, Director and the parent/guardian. The Principal will call a conference with parents and student. A warning letter will be placed in the student’s file.
- Second Offense – If a 2nd offense occurs at KICS, whether this is in the same class or if it’s a first offense in a different class, regardless of the class, the student will receive a”0″ in the course where the offense occurred, and will not receive credit for the course. The student may also be subject to suspension and Academic Probation.
- The student will need to make this course up, at their own expense, in order to fulfill the graduation requirements. When the credit is recovered, it will be noted as credit recovery, and will replace the “0” on the transcript.
- The offense will be reported to the appropriate Principal and Director and the parent or guardian. The Director will call a conference.
- Third Offense – If a third offense of academic dishonesty occurs at KICS the student is subject to suspension, expulsion or enrollment being revoked from KICS. The appropriate Principal, Director and the parent or guardian will be notified. Should expulsion occur, the KICS School Board will be notified.
Primary School Consequences
- First Offense – For Primary, when a student engages in cheating, dishonesty or collusion, on the first offense, the student may be asked to redo the assignment or a make-up assignment. The student may be expected to serve detention at recess, during lunch or after school. The appropriate Principal will be notified and parents will be contacted.
- Second Offense – On the second offense, a conference will be called with parents to discuss progressive discipline, including suspension.
- Third Offense – On a third offense, enrollment may be revoked.
KICS has established academic probation standards to ensure that we can meet the educational needs of our students and to ensure that students and families are taking seriously the education that KICS provides.
Student acceptance to KICS is based on the assumption that programs being offered meet the needs of the student. When, in the judgment of the Administration, in consultation with the teaching staff, programs and personnel resources do not adequately meet the needs of a student, the school must assess its ability to meet the needs manifested. Efforts will be made to partner with parents to provide support systems in order to facilitate student success. These supports can include, but are not limited to testing, tutoring, specific study times, additional assistance, provision of supplemental resources, access to online grades, the repetition of a full school year, and ongoing communication with the teacher and administration. If supports are not successful, a student may be placed on Academic Probation where supports will continue.
The objectives of Academic Probation are:
- To help students work towards achieving their potential.
- To help students develop appropriate behavior, socialization and study patterns.
- To identify if the student’s learning and behavioral needs can be met by KICS.
- To monitor students if there are doubts about their ability to cope in the next year
Enrollment Trial Period
Based on a student’s previous school records and the results of a school entrance test, new students may be placed on an enrollment trial period if considered necessary by the Director. Parents will be notified of this in writing at the time of enrollment. These students have one semester to align their output with school wide norms and will receive the appropriate supports from the list above. In exceptional circumstances, this initial trial period may be shortened or extended, and is on a case-by-case basis.
Secondary School Students
It is expected that Secondary School students enrolled in KICS’ academic program make positive and consistent progress toward the completion of graduation requirements. Students unable to maintain sufficient progress may be placed on Academic Probation. Written and verbal evidence supporting a case for academic probation must be gathered. This should clearly demonstrate one or more of the following:
- An inability to maintain a minimum of 70% in each course.
- Repeated disciplinary concerns.
- A lack of work ethic and effort to accomplish educational objectives at KICS.
- Significant and repeated failure to complete work and meet deadlines
- Educational needs which the school is not able to meet satisfactorily.
During the period of Academic Probation, efforts will be made to address academic or behavioral difficulties, and parent conferences will take place. Written communication will delineate the reasons for the Academic Probation placement and will clearly state student goals. Academic Probation for secondary school students normally lasts one quarter.
Students showing satisfactory progress will be removed from Academic Probation following their achievement of academic or behavior goals. Should progress be marginal, the Director may grant a discretionary extension. Students showing limited progress may have their enrollment terminated. Upon termination of enrollment, parents will be notified of their right to appeal the decision and may appeal to the KICS Board in writing within one week of notification.
Primary School Students
Primary School students are also expected to maintain academic and behavioral progress towards goals designed to equip them for Middle School. In cases where students are not maintaining sufficient progress toward this goal, parents will be engaged in a conference to determine the best course of action. After a semester, if, in the judgment of the Director and Principal, in consultation with the teaching staff and the parents, determines probation is necessary, written and verbal evidence supporting a case for Probation will be gathered. This should clearly demonstrate one or more of the following:
- An inability to maintain a minimum of 60% of all indicators and skills (in core subjects) at an S (Satisfactory) or E (Excellent)
- Repeated disruptive behavior
- A record of disciplinary concerns (2 or more incidents of major misconduct)
- A lack of work ethic and effort to accomplish educational objectives at KICS.
- Significant and repeated failure to complete work and meet deadlines
- Educational needs which the school is not able to meet satisfactorily
Primary students on probation will have:
–One quarter to show marked improvement for behavioral purposes.
–One semester to show marked improvement for academic purposes.
During the period of Probation, efforts will be made to address academic or behavioral difficulties, and parent conferences will take place. Written communication will delineate the reasons for the Probation placement and will clearly state student goals.
Students showing satisfactory progress will be removed from Probation following their achievement of academic or behavior goals. Should progress be marginal, the Director may grant a discretionary extension. Students showing limited progress may have their enrollment terminated. Upon termination of enrollment, parents will be notified of their right to appeal the decision and may appeal to the KICS Board in writing within one week of notification.
Students are normally re-admitted each year following the successful completion of the previous year. However, re-admission is not automatic. Students who have been previously placed on Probation and are not making acceptable progress may not be re-admitted. If a student’s academic or behavioral progress takes a sudden and serious negative turn near the end of school year, the student may be placed on Probation to begin the new school year. In this case, a parent conference will be held prior to the completion of the present school year, and all other protocols with regard to Probation will be followed.
The Director will inform the school board of the names of all students placed on Probation and any student whose enrollment has been terminated.