High school division

Welcome to the High School Division of Genesis Preparatory School!

The purpose of the high school is to prepare each of our Genesis Prep students for the college years and beyond. Since the founding of Genesis Preparatory, 100% of graduating seniors have been accepted into some of the finest centers of higher education that American has to offer. Students are encouraged throughout their years in the high school to challenge themselves through Honors, Advanced Placement, and College dual-enrollment courses. We are proud that many of these options will offer our students an opportunity to earn college credit before they graduate.

At GPS, we offer small class sizes in order to focus on each student’s individual needs. One of the true differences between Genesis Prep and many other independent schools is that we combine the small class sizes with numerous opportunities for fine arts, athletics, and extracurricular participation. While many other high school students are forced to choose between athletics and drama, for example, that is not the case at GPS. In fact, we encourage students to experience as many different opportunities for enrichment and development as possible. Our top athletes are also often our best musicians, our lead in the school productions, and a key part of the student council. If you’re looking for a challenging curriculum combined with a rich set of intellectual, social, and extracurricular opportunities, Genesis Preparatory School is the perfect choice for you.

Upper Division Curriculum

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 24 credits during their 9-12th grade years.* Dual enrollment coursework at area colleges is an option if the student maintains a 3.0 GPA, passes the College Placement Test (CPT), and receives a recommendation from the Head of School. Students may dual enroll only in courses not offered at GPS. Students must complete one online course for graduation.

A student must be in attendance full time during the senior year, and he or she must pass all required subjects.

Students must complete 150 REQUIRED Community Service Hours for graduation.

To the right is a list of the minimum requirements needed for graduation. Many students will exceed the minimum number of credits needed during their course of study at GPS.

*Although a student may take a high school level course and earn a credit during middle division curriculum, that credit is not counted toward the 24 required credits during high school. Such courses are offered to students during middle school in order to advance a student’s learning progress, not as a way to complete high school credits early.

Course Required Credits
Foreign Language
Fine Arts
Physical Education
Health/Life Management

Grades are a professional evaluation by the teacher and allow for all facets of a student’s work to be included: tests, quizzes, homework assignments, semester exams, class participation, effort, and attitude. As a result, a grade may not necessarily reflect a strict average of quiz, test, exam, and assignment grades, but rather a combination of all above factors. Report cards are issued quarterly. The grading scale for each grade is as follows:

Please note that there is a 25-point reduction in the grade each day for assignments that are turned in late. Late assignments will not be accepted after the fourth day. Students that have an excused absence must turn in a note from a doctor or a parent to the school office.

Honors coursework earns an additional 0.5 to the final course grade. Advanced Placement (AP coursework) earns an additional 1.0 to the final course grade. College coursework earns an additional 1.0 to the final course grade.

New students will be tested at the end of the school year and placed in the appropriate classes for the new school year. Existing students will be evaluated by the teacher and Head of School for placement for the new school year. Honors classes follow a rigorous curriculum to prepare students for AP coursework. Stuents must maintain  a B average or higher. If a student falls below a C+ average on their quarter grade, the teacher and advisor may recommend that a student be moved out of an Honors class.


The Advanced Placement Program is administered by The College Board, a national non-profit membership association. GPS is a member school offering AP courses. Courses are taught by GPS faculty and are comparable to first-year college courses. At the conclusion of an AP course, students must take the corresponding AP Exam to receive full AA college credit. AP Exams are three-hour multiple choice and essay question exams given in May. Exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 5, with 3, 4, or 5 considered a “qualifying” score. The exam fees are collected second semester of the school year.

The College Board cites these benefits to Advanced Placement Courses:

  • Students have the opportunity to study a subject in-depth at the college level, so they will be more prepared for college-level work.
  • Students receiving a qualifying grade on an AP Exam may be eligible for advanced placement or course credits at the vast majority of colleges and universities in the United States. Acceptance of the college course credit depends on the policies of the particular college or university where the student enrolls, but are often accepted by accredited institutions.
  • The AP Porgram offers a number of awards to students for outstanding performance on AP Exams. This achievement is noted on the AP transcript and recognized by colleges.

AP courses are open to those students who meet the requirements specified for each course. All students taking an AP course at GP must sit for the exam or take a final. AP courses that have been offered previous at GPS include AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Calculus, AP US History, AP Biology, and AP Chemistry.

Dual enrollment courses are opportunities for high school students to earn college or technical credit with institutions that GPS has agreements with. Dual enrollment students are enrolled in both high school courses at GPS and college credit courses, taught at an institution of higher learning, which all count toward high school graduation.


Genesis Preparatory School requires students to take the following entrance examinations so that they are well-prepared for scholarship and college entrance opportunities.

Grades 9 and 10: PSAT in October

Grade 11: PSAT/NMSQT in October, SAT in January & ACT after January

Grade 12: As needed to improve scores

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