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Griggs provides a full curriculum for Kindergarten through Grade 12.
 

Griggs International Academy is accredited and approved by:

  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools, Colleges, and Universities.
  • Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventists for Schools, Colleges and Universities.
  • Approved as a non-public school by the Maryland State Board of Education for Kindergarten, Elementary, and High School.
     

Grades K - 5 courses are all paper-based.
Grades 6 - 8 are paper-based or online.
Grades 9-12 are online. 

The enrollment packet has detailed information on which courses are available in which format for grades 6-8.
 

Take into consideration the resources available. If there is reliable Internet and working technology, online courses are convenient and efficient. If technology is intermittent, or there is a learning preference, GIA offers paper courses that may sometimes take longer to process. Due to the extra processing, paper courses cost more. 
 

To be eligible for a high school diploma through Griggs International Academy, a student must have successfully completed a minimum of 6.0 units for the College Preparatory (College Prep) diploma and 5.0 units for the Standard diploma in alignment with Middle States Accreditation standards. The last three units must be completed with GIA during the student's senior year.
 

College Preparatory Diploma

  • Requirements: 25 units
  • 4 units of English (must include one unit of American Literature)
  • 4 units of math (must include Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 or higher level math course). GIA requires 4 units of math for College Preparatory Diploma 
  • 4 units of science (must include one life science and one higher level science)
  • ½ unit of Health
  • 1 unit of Physical Education
  • 3 units of social studies (must include U.S. History and American Government)
  • 1 unit of Computer Literacy
  • 1 unit of fine arts
  • 2 units of modern languages (must be same language)
  • 4 units of religion (1 unit of religion required for each 5 units taken with GIA or may be petitioned)
  • ½ unit of electives
  • Minimum 20 hours per year of community service
  • ACT/SAT test scores (required)

Standard High School Diploma

  • Requirements: 21 units
  • 4 units of English (must include one unit of American Literature)
  • 3 units of math (must include Algebra 1; if Pre-Algebra is completed an additional math credit is required)
  • 3 units of science (must include one life science)
  • ½ unit of Health
  • 1 unit of Physical Education
  • 3 units of social studies (must include U.S. History and American Government)
  • 1 unit of Computer Literacy
  • 1 unit of fine arts
  • 4 units of religion (1 unit of religion required for each 5 units taken with GIA, may be petitioned)
  • ½ unit of electives
  • Minimum 20 hours per year of community service
  • ACT/SAT test scores (recommended)

 

Q: How much time do I have to finish a course? 

Students in the U.S. have a year from date of enrollment to complete their coursework. International students have 18 months to allow for delays in textbook shipments and other unforeseen circumstances.

Students who require extra time for their coursework are granted an automatic free 6-week extension. At the time of a course deadline, an email will be sent notifying students of this extension. After the 6-week grace period, the student will lose access to the course, and will need to contact GIA for an extension. See Catalog/Handbook for fees. 

Yes. Qualifying sophomores, juniors and seniors have the opportunity to earn university credit through Andrews University. More information is available here.

Yes. GIA is an accredited program and most Universities will accept our diplomas. 

Yes. We are proud of our international status and welcome online students from around the globe. 
 

There are over 30 certified teachers who grade and evaluate student assignments and exams for GIA.

GIA is happy to work with students by administering a placement exam. Depending on the results of that test, an education plan can be implemented. No matter what placement is recommended, there are minimum requirements for diploma-seeking students.
 

All textbooks can be purchased through our online bookstore MBS
 

Most elementary GIA courses require textbooks.  The majority of high school courses do not.  Please consult the MBS bookstore for course supply requirements.
 

Q: What are the technical requirements for online courses? 

Griggs Online features are now optimized when using the most recent versions of Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox browsers.
 

GIA offers open enrollment. Your start date is the day your enrollment is finalized.
 

Yes. GIA offers open enrollment, so courses are available at any time of year.
 

Yes. We have students who take a single course or up to a full course load.

Credit recovery courses are for students who have failed a course and need to get back on their educational track. Credit recovery allows students to keep their class schedule, and saves time because they don't have to wait till the next school year to retake a course.

Yes. Parents/legal guardians may sign up for a monthly payment plan for up to 8 months. The person responsible for the student's finances must be 18 years of age or older. 

You can request your report card by emailing the K-8 Director at griggsk-8@andrews.edu. High school transcripts can be requested here

A = 93-100
A- = 90-92
B+ = 88-89
B = 83-87
B- = 80-82
C+ = 78-79
C = 73-77
C- = 70-72
D+ = 68-69
D = 63-67
D- = 60-62
F = 59 and below

Grades for current courses are available at any time on Griggs Online.
 

Challenge exams are granted on an individual basis for certain courses. There is a $100 per semester fee for grades 9-12 challenge exams.
 

Students must find a qualified proctor, and notify GIA of their selected supervisor at the time of enrollment. Qualified proctors include school faculty and administration, librarian, registrar, testing center staff, pastors, and guidance counselors. A proctor cannot be a member of student's household or family.
 

Exam times vary by course. Testing time ranges from 90 minutes to 3 hours. 
 

Yes. GIA offers alternate testing for failed exams.  Fees apply. See Catalog/Handbook for details. 

Junior High Alternate Exam Form

High School Alternate Exam Form

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