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The Glenn J. Kimber Academy has one of the highest high school graduation standards in the country. First, students must pass the National Testing Center (NTC) High School Diagnostic Test with a score of Freshman in College or higher in each of the 20+ academic areas tested. The diagnostic tests evaluate students in specific areas of Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Writing Skills, and Literature & Arts.
Second, students must submit a thesis of 4,000 facts of history. These facts are taught in the classroom using a method called “Hook Dates.” Students are able to “hook” historical personalities and events to previously chosen, corresponding dates. As the students practice and use recall in class, writing the thesis for graduation becomes an excellent way for them to really know and understand the history of the world. The thesis requirements are:
At Kimber Academy, students are tested three times a year. From the diagnostic test scores, Kimber Academy personnel can generally tell when a student is academically ready to start taking university independent study in a particular subject, regardless of age.
Inasmuch as most students are academically ready in some subjects before they are ready in all subjects, this testing system allows students to begin their college work as soon as they can while they are still attending their basic high school classes at the Academy or in the Distance Learning program.
A score of 145 or higher in every subject of a general unit, usually qualifies a student for independent study. In the general unit of Math, for example, the student must also score 145 or higher in each specific subject (numeration, fractions, decimals, statistics, algebra, etc.).
These options represent avenues to be explored which lead to college/university matriculation. Students should check with the Admissions Officer of the college(s) in which they are interested.
Accreditation and College Entrance
One of the most frequently asked questions by parents is whether or not Glenn J. Kimber Academies are accredited private schools, and how their students can get to college. Kimber Academies are not accredited. In years past, most colleges required students to complete accredited class work in a number of academic fields before they could enter college. In more recent years, this policy has changed as more and more schools have given passing grades to students based on attendance, rather than how well they know the material.
To enter most colleges and universities today, students are admitted on the basis of their SAT or ACT scores. When students have attended accredited High Schools, their course GPA must be submitted along with their ACT/SAT score. If credits and scores are high enough, the student is admitted. However, if students have not attended accredited schools, they are admitted as “Non-Traditional Students,” based on their test scores.
There are at least three different ways Non-Traditional Students are allowed entrance into colleges and/or universities:
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