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Graduation Requirements

Dayspring Christian Academy is pleased to partner with parents as they prepare their children for college or career.

With character development at the forefront of a Principle Approach education, Dayspring Christian Academy’s standard of excellence continues through graduation. The requirements for graduation at Dayspring Christian Academy are as follows:

Graduation Requirements
Dayspring High School Diploma Dayspring Honors High School Diploma
GPA 1.5 or higher

Minimum Credits 28

Community Service Hours

PA State Requirements: 4 credits in English/Literature and History, 3 credits in Math, 3 credits in Science, and 1 PE credit during grades 9-12.

DCA also requires 4 credits in Bible.

GPA 3.75 or higher

Minimum Credits 31

Minimum Honors/AP Courses 8

Community Service Hours

PA State Requirements apply.

Required in grades 10-11: minimum of 2 credits in each of Honors/AP English, Science, and History

Required in grade 12: minimum of 2 Honors/AP courses

DCA also requires 4 credits in Bible.


All courses are used to determine a student’s grade point average (GPA) with few exceptions, including pass/fail courses and some independent studies. Beginning with the Class of 2021, AP/Honors courses will be weighted in the following manner:

A=5.0, B=4.0, C=3.0, D=2.0.

The Class of 2021 will be the first to graduate under the weighted 4.0 GPA, which will give students who take Honors/AP courses the ability to earn a GPA higher than 4.0; thus, the minimum GPA for an Honors High School diploma will increase from 3.50 to 3.75.

General Notes:

1. Not all courses are offered every year.

2. Lancaster County Career and Technology Center (LCCTC) and Thaddeus Stevens Early Enrollment Program (TSEE):

  • Grade 12 students must fulfill Dayspring Bible and Senior Thesis requirements, as well as meeting LCCTC or TSEE requirements. The students will receive 5.0 credits after the successful completion of requirements in addition to the Dayspring required credits.
  • Note: Generally, grade 11 students considered under special needs policy may attend the LCCTC Half-Day Program. The students receive 3 credits for a half-day program after the successful completion of LCCTC requirements.