Diploma Requirements
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Your education at Griggs International Academy offers everything you'd expect from high school: quality textbooks, instructional guides, lessons and exams to help ensure you're learning everything you need to know. Our lessons, teaching traditional subjects built on Christian principles, prepare you for life and independent study prepares you for college.

GIA offers two tracks for students earning a high school diploma:

  • Standard Diploma: 21 units 
  • College Preparatory Diploma: 25 units

Each two-semester class = 1 unit

The coursework is based on a traditional school year of 180 teaching days, but you will have 12 months to complete a full unit. This gives you the flexibility you need to build a schedule that works best for your learning style. Qualified students can even take college courses through Andrews University School of Distance Education. Check out our "Online College Credit" program for eligible sophomores, juniors and seniors!


Course Materials: Materials vary depending on the course. 

Lessons: Lessons might include a reading assignment from the textbook, a related activity and a written assignment. Assignments are submitted online to GIA teachers who evaluate the work and assign grades.

Exams: Each course varies, and students can expect multiple exams. Each course will have a review of material covered before each exam. When you have completed all lessons and assignments, submit an exam request and your proctor will receive sign-in information.  

Grades: Your final course grades are determined from your scores on assignments and exams, with a traditional grade scale of A through F.


  • Stay organized. Once you register for a course, you have 12 months to complete it. Tip! Set a completion date and stick to it. 
  • Ask questions. You may be taking distance courses, but staff and teachers are available to guide you and answer your questions.
  • Check for updates. Always read announcements and stay current with GIA news. You don't want to miss opportunities or reminders.
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