Quest for Education and Arts

Graduation Emphasis

Quest’s Graduation Emphasis Program


The graduation emphasis program is available to those students who have participated in Quest for Education and Arts during high school and have chosen to participate in the Quest Graduation Ceremonies at the end of their academic career.

These requirements are set forth by Quest for Education and Arts to show that the student has taken concentrated studies in these areas and has excelled in each discipline. During graduation, a cord is awarded. Medallions are also awarded, but require a greater contribution to the discipline in order to be awarded.

The value of graduation with an emphasis is evident in student awards and scholarships at colleges, higher acceptance rates into honors colleges, and greater rates of ability to pass CLEP and AP exams for college credit.

Additionally, employers recognize graduates who have maintained a core focus throughout high school and will occasionally count this as work credit and experience when considering employment.

We encourage all high school students to make an effort to graduate with an emphasis in an area they enjoy and want to pursue as a career. Below are the various areas and their requirements.


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Business and Finance
* Must complete 5 classes in the business track. Those can include: - Personal Finance - Young Entrepreneurship - Philosophy of Economics, Ethics, Economy and Entrepreneurship (dual dredit class) -Marketing and consumer behavior (coming to Quest 2018) - Accounting (Coming to Quest 2019) - Public speaking and human communications - Introduction to computer science and programming * Maintenance of a 3.5 GPA or higher in these courses. * Courses not taken at Quest require a petition process to be accepted in place of those listed. * Must participate in the Financial Face Off team at least 1 year during high school. * Must develop and market a product. Marketing plan and product or idea must be approved by the Quest business faculty. Actual execution of the marketing is required and an assessment of the success of the venture must be presented to the Quest leadership at least 1 month prior to graduation. * Completion of a minimum of a 2-month internship in either the accounting department or the marketing department at Quest. This will include at least 20 hours per month and can be done anytime over the 4 years of high school. * Additional honors medallions are awarded for any of the following: - Receiving awards of medals for competitions in business and entrepreneurship. - Completion of more than the 5 required courses for this cord - Serving as a TA or summer apprentice in any of the courses

Dance and Physical Education
* Completion to a proficient level (we will allow demonstration of proficiency in an area if a class has not been taken through Quest) in at least 2 areas consisting of the following courses: - Tap I - Tap II - Tap III - Advanced Tap - Beginning Classical Ballet - Intermediate Classical Ballet - Advanced Classical Ballet - Pointe - Irish Dance - Ballet Folklorico - Rhythmic Gymnastics - Acrobatics - Stretch and Strength - Jazz / Lyrical - Choreography - Tennis Team - Swim team (coming to quest in the future) - Soccer team (coming to quest in the future) - Football team (must be completed outside Quest) - Baseball / Softball team (must be completed outside Quest) - Karate * Each sport must be taken all 4 years of high school unless combined with another sport or dance.* Maintenance of at least a 3.5 GPA for all required classes where a grade is given. * Courses not taken at Quest require a petition process to be accepted in place of those listed. * No more than 2 excused absences per class or per team practice per semester. No unexcused absences will be tolerated for any of the 4 years of high school. Any unexcused absence will result in negation of the ability to graduate with a cord. * Demonstration of high proficiency as determined by the Quest dance faculty or coach of the chosen sport. A letter of merit describing the proficiency and commitment from the teacher or coach will be required if the activity has been completed through another organization. * Karate must have advanced sufficiently to have achieved at least 6 belt advancements over 4 years of high school. * Sports requires participation in competitive play each year * Dance requires participation in at least 2 public performances per year. * Additional honors medallions will be awarded for any of the following: - Students who serve as team captains for their dance team or sport. - Excelling students who serve as student instructors for dance classes prior to graduation.

Visual Arts
Completion of at least 6 of the following courses –(We will allow demonstration of proficiency in an area if a class has not been taken through Quest)ArtCetra 6-12Teen / Adult DrawingArt History3D ArtMosaics –coming to Quest in 2018 –2019Pottery –coming to Quest in 2018 –2019Film making Graphic DesignPhotographyAdvanced photography and digital artsMedieval Painting Illuminated art and calligraphyIlluminated Bible ArtworkPhotoshopAcrylicsWater colors –offered previously and will be offered againOil painting –future Quest ClassCostuming for drama –coming to Quest in 2018 –2019Sewing and Quilting –coming to Quest in 2018 -2019Maintenance of at least a 3.5 GPA for all required classes.Courses not taken at Quest require a petition process to be accepted in place of those listed.Participation in art activities must occur during all 4 years of high school.Demonstration of high proficiency as determined by the Quest art faculty in at least 2 areas of visual artsSculptingDrawing –different mediums can count as the 2 areas.PaintingDigital arts Film makingPhotographyCreation of an art piece to be given to a charitable organization for their use or to assist them through auction.Production of a formal art show displaying art pieces done by the individual student once during high school. A few collaborative pieces will be allowed but the majority of the show must be pieces created by the individual. This can be planned and displayed as a portion of the senior spotlight during baccalaureate and qualify for this requirement.Additional honors medallions will be awarded for any of the following:Students who elect to participate in competitions.Students who publish any art pieces.Students who do additional charitable art work for organizations amounting to at least 40 hours or more over the course of 4 years of high school.Excelling students who serve as student instructors for art classes prior to graduation..

Health Sciences
Completion of the following courses –must include a minimum of 1 elective and 3 core For 2018 graduates, 1 elective will be accepted in place of the 3rd core class.Animal Sciences –pre-vet (Elective)Marine Biology (Elective)Life Sciences (Elective)Zoology (Elective)Nutrition (Elective)Psychology (Elective)College Bound Biology -Required coreHonors Health Care Biology –Required coreHistory of Medicine and disciplines in health care –Required core starting in 2019Maintenance of at least a 3.5 GPA in all these courses.Courses not taken at Quest require a petition process to be accepted in place of those listed.Completion of 40 hours of internship over 4 years of high school either in animal medicine or health sciences.Completion of a research project in health care 2 of the 4 years of high school. Can be an ongoing project over the 2 years. Must either result in publications or be presented at a juried event such as a science fair or a medical conference.Additional honors medallions will be awarded for any of the following:Excelling student who becomes a student instructor in medical science classes prior to graduation.Student TA or summer apprenticeVolunteer Services at the Red Cross or Indigent Health Care Clinics

Language Arts and Drama
There are 7 required courses for this cord. They must include2 writing classes, a literature class, a speaking class or drama, and an elective. Additionally, 2 years of the same foreign language will be required. oAcceptable writing classes can include;Essential writingHonors High School English year 1Honors High School English year 2Creative Writing and CompositionFreshman Sophomore English –Literature and writing -combo class only can count as either a writing or a literatureHonors Literature and Writing –combo class only can count as either a writing or a literature oAcceptable literature classes can include:Any of the literature and worldview classes at the HS level from the classical curriculumPoetryShakespeareAmerican LiteratureFreshman Sophomore English –Literature and writing -combo class only can count as either a writing or a literature.Honors Literature and Writing –combo class only can count as either a writing or a literature oAcceptable speaking classes can includeSpeech and debate class or participation of the competitive debate teamDramaApologetics with a significant debate component with multiple oral presentations. oAcceptable electivesAny required class beyond what is needed for the cordAny Journalism and yearbook participation Any film making course where significant dialogue is recorded or written by the student director.Playwright oAcceptable foreign language coursesGreek –2 yearsSpanish –2 yearsFrench –2 yearsLatin –2 yearsBiblical Hebrew –2 years –coming to Quest soonMandarin –2 yearsSwedish –2 years –Coming to Quest soonGerman –2 years –Coming to Quest soonMaintenance of a 3.5 GPA or higher in these courses.Courses not taken at Quest require a petition process to be accepted in place of those listed.10 hours of volunteer tutoring or teacher assistance in these courses over the course of 4 years of high school.Must write a formal essay describing something the student has been involved in during high school and how it has either positively or negatively impacted their life. Must make a convincing argument for their belief and submit it to the Quest leadership at least one month prior to graduation. It will be reviewed by the language dept staff or pastoral staff and others who have expertise in the area. If foreign language is being emphasized, the paper must be written in the language studied. OrOral presentation in leu of the essay above. A monologue at the fine arts festival will also suffice for this requirement. Proposed topics for the monologue will need to be approved by the Quest staff.Additional honors medallions are awarded for any of the following: oReceiving medals or awards on any national foreign language exams. Additionally, a 4 or 5 on an AP exam will count toward this award. oCompletion of more than 7 of the required courses. oServing as a TA or summer apprentice in any of the courses. oWinning a writing competition or essay contest resulting in a publication. oCompleting another 2 years in a second foreign language oCompleting a foreign exchange semester in another country learning the culture and language.

Mathematics
Completion of Higher Level mathematics courses including all the following: oAlgebra II oPrecalculus / Trigonometry oCalculus 1-2 oCalculus 2-3Maintenance of a 3.5 GPA or higher in these coursesCourses not taken at Quest require a petition process to be accepted in place of those listed.10 hours of volunteer math tutoring over the course of 4 years of high school.One required course can be replaced by completion of a mathematics-based research project that either results in publication or presentation at a juried research event.Additional honors medallions will be awarded to students to who do any of the following: oWho excel (GPA 4.0 with excellent written and oral communication skills) and become a student instructor in mathematics prior to graduation. oComplete Calculus AP exam AB or CB with a score of 4 or 5.

Music
Completion of the following courses –oOrchestra or ensemble participation –for all 4 years of high schooloMusic instruction in any instrument –all 4 years of high schooloCompletion of at least 2 years of music composition or music theory classes during high school.Maintenance of at least a 3.5 GPA for all required classes.Courses not taken at Quest require a petition process to be accepted in place of those listed.Participation in a minimum of 4 community outreach events over the course of 4 high school years. Quest connects, Fall Gala or other documented events count towardthis requirement. Participation in Fine Arts Fest does not count because that is a required event. Events where the participant receives payment for services also DO NOT count.Performance of at least 4 solo pieces by memory over the course of 4 years is required. Participation in Fine Arts festival CAN meet this requirement.Additional honors medallions will be awarded for any of the following:Students who elect to participate in competitions.Students who write and publish one or more musical scores.Students who serve as concertmaster or principle players for their sections in any orchestra anytime during their high school career.Students who commit to forming their own ensemble group, turn in evidence of regular practice meetings and at least 3 performances during a 12-month period.Exceling student who becomes a student instructor prior to graduation.

Science
Completion of 4 years of Science Courses, 2 of which must be honors level. Qualifying courses include: oCollege Bound Chemistry oCollege Bound Physics oCollege Bound Biology –plant and animal emphasis oPhysical Science oMarine BiologyoZoologyoNutritionoEngineeringoNetworkingoProgrammingoHonors Inorganic Chemistry oHonors Organic Chemistry oHonors Medical Biology oHonors Planetary Science and AstronomyMaintenance of a 3.5 GPA or higher in these courses.10 hours of volunteer science tutoring over the course of 4 years of high school.Must participate in Science Fair with a completed project 2 of the 4 years in high school.Additional honors medallions are awarded for any of the following: oStudent TA or summer apprentice in any of the high school classes. oExcelling student who becomes a student instructor in any science class prior to graduation. oPublication of a scientific article or participation in the state level or higher science competitions. oCompletion of 6 or more of the required courses oCompletion of science-based AP exams with 4 or 5 points or passing of CLEP exams with scores above 90%.

Social Science and Humanities
Completion of 4 years of Social Science and Humanities Courses, 2 of which must be honors level or dual credit classes. Qualifying courses include: oHonors US history oHonors Government / Economics (must complete a full year course) oHonors World Geography oEuropean History –coming soon to Quest oDual Credit Ethics of Economics Class oWestern Civilizations oApologetics –any one course of the 4-year cycle oPhilosophy oPsychologyMaintenance of a 3.5 GPA or higher in these courses.Courses not taken at Quest require a petition process to be accepted in place of those listed.10 hours of volunteer social science or humanities tutoring over the course of 4 years of high school.Must participate in the history fair or make a geographical booth presentation or a historical booth and living statue presentation at the fine arts festival 2 of the 4 years in high school.Additional honors medallions are awarded for any of the following: oStudent TA or summer apprentice in any of the high school classes. oExcelling student who becomes a student instructor in any humanities class prior to graduation. oNational participation in a competition for history or geography. oPublication of an article or participation in the state level or higher history or geography competitions. oCompletion of 6 or more of the required courses.

Theology/Philosophy
Completion of 4 years of Theology/ Philosophy / Classical Christian Education Courses. Qualifying courses include: oApologetics –any two courses of the 4-year cycle oYear Long Bible Study oChristian Based Philosophy oLatin 1 oLatin 2 oGreek 1 oGreek 2 –coming to Quest later oGreek Reading groupoBiblical Hebrew –coming soon to Quest oLogic –9thand 10thgrade oRhetoric –11thand 12thgrade oCultural literature / worldview years 1-4 oHistorical literature / worldview years 1-4Maintenance of a 3.5 GPA or higher in these courses.Courses not taken at Quest require a petition process to be accepted in place of those listed.10 hours of volunteer tutoring or teacher assistance in these courses over the course of 4 years of high school.Must write a 5-paragraph essay in support of one doctrine of Christian faith. Must make a convincing argument for their belief and submit it to the Quest leadership at least one month prior to graduation. It will be reviewed by the pastoral staff and other faculty who have knowledge of proper writing and Additional honors medallions are awarded for any of the following: oReceiving medals on the national Latin exam oCompletion of 6 or more of the required courses oServing as a TA or summer apprentice in any of the courses.