04: Academics

Academic Expectation: Victory Life Academy is not a permissive academic program.  This means that the student will need to organize and regulate his/her time in order to achieve success. Students should earnestly give themselves to their studies as they will need to later in their life’s work. Good study habits begin with the proper attitude in the heart by receiving course assignments “as from God” and doing it “as unto the Lord.”

The student has the major responsibility to participate in school in a manner that demonstrates respect for others, respect for his/her studies and respect for the Lord and His desires to develop the student into a positive, happy person.  Proper attitudes and conduct within the classroom, during athletic competitions, and at school activities are expected at Victory Life Academy.

Correspondence Classes: Correspondence courses will be allowed where there are subject deficiencies and lack of credit.  Elective courses not offered at VLA may also be accepted for credit.  All courses have to be pre-approved by the academic advisor.

Dual Credit/Concurrent Classes:  Students must meet state requirements and qualify for college entrance before they will be allowed to take classes off campus.

Students must meet the dual credit requirements of the college they elect to attend.

  1. Government – Course can be taken at VLA or college. Only one semester required.
  2. English – College Composition I and Composition II for English IV.
  3. Math – College Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus, etc.
  4. Preapproved electives

*Students will be given one high school course credit per three-hour dual credit class.
*College courses will NOT be considered weighted grades.
*All college courses will be included on their high school transcript and the grades will be figured in their overall GPA considered in class ranking.

Grade Reports: Report cards are issued on a nine-week basis one week following the close of the grading period.

Grade Value:  Teachers determine the goals of instruction for their courses and evaluate student achievement accordingly. The letter grades a teacher assigns to students represents that teacher’s estimate of how well the student has met course standards based on the evaluation methods.

Victory Life Academy’s Number/Letter Scale:

A = 90 – 100
B = 80 – 89
C = 70 – 79
D = 60 – 69
F = Below 60
P = Pass
I = Incomplete

Credit will be awarded on a semester basis. Any exception must be approved by the academic administrator.

Graduation Requirements:  Curriculum for the high school level is based on the Texas State Board of Regents requirements to enter a university in the State of Texas. A student must acquire 26 credits in high school in order to graduate.

Core Classes for High School Credit

Discipline Core Subjects
English Language Arts

Four credits:

• English I • English II • English III • English IV


Four credits:

  • Algebra I
  • Algebra II
  • Geometry

• An additional math credit


Four credits:

• Biology
• Chemistry
• Physics
• An additional science credit

Social Studies

Four credits:

  • U.S. History (one credit)
  • U.S. Government (one-half credit)
  • Economics (one-half credit)
  • World History (one credit)
  • World Geography (one credit)
Physical Education One credit
Languages Other Than English Two credits in the same language
Fine Arts One credit
Speech One-half credit from either of the following:
• Communication Applications
• Professional Communications (CTE)
Electives Five and one-half credits
Total Credits 26

Service Learning: 50 service hours per year of enrichment approved service is the goal.

Graduation Ceremony Participation:  In order to participate in any graduation ceremony at Victory Life Academy the students must complete the following:

  1. All grades will be reviewed by the Academic Administrator during the school year. If class credits are in danger of being lost, parents will be contacted, and a plan of action will be made.
  2. Any recovery credits for classes failed during the 1st semester of their senior year must be completed by March 1st of their graduating year. This allows for lessons and final tests to be graded and returned for posting from the accredited institutions.
  3. All discipline records must be in good standing with the VLA Administration Team.

Recovery Class Policy:  Victory Life Academy will provide recovery classes.  The cost for the recovery course through VLA is available in the Academy office.

All recovery courses must be completed in a timely manner as set by the Academic Administrator.


  1. Philosophy:
    1. Anyone who hopes to achieve academic excellence must understand that homework is a vital part of academic growth. Victory Life Academy is committed to providing all of our students with the tools necessary for academic as well as spiritual success.
    2. The amount of homework that is necessary depends upon the particular courses being studied and the student him/herself. Homework is an extremely important part of any skill-building subject. Math, science, foreign languages, reading, and language arts all involve building basic skills that are essential for continued development.  Slacking off in any skill-building process is very costly. On the other hand, the student who practices diligence in the lifelong process of problem solving and memorization reaps benefits that can scarcely be counted. Parents, who have questions regarding the homework level for their child/children, are encouraged to visit with the appropriate teacher or administration.
  2. Late Work:
    1. Daily Assignments: Must be turned in at the time specified by the teacher (this includes class assignments due at the end of the hour).
    2. Assignments one day late may earn a 70% as the highest score. Assignments that are two days late may earn a 50% as the highest score. Assignments that are three or more days late must be completed but will result in a 0% score.
    3. Extended Daily & Special Assignments: Extended daily assignments are assignments given on one day and due two or more days from the assignment date (e.g., assigned on Monday and due Thursday). Special assignments include term papers, projects, etc. These assignments must be turned in at the time specified by the teacher.  A grade of zero may be given if the assignment is not turned in at the specified time.
    4. Assignments during absences: (1) The student is responsible to get all make-up assignments upon returning to school. (2) Students will be given one day for each day’s absence to make up the assignment.
    5. Exceptions for late work based on extenuating circumstances may be made by administration.

Requirements for Honor Roll are as follows:

  1. Administrator’s Honor Roll – must receive all A’s on report card for the school year (including weighted classes)
  2. Principal’s Honor Roll – must receive all A’s and B’s on report card for the school year (including weighted classes)

Progress Reports:  Progress reports are released midway through each grading period.  Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled two times during the school year to discuss the student’s progress.

  • Testing:
    PSAT, ASVAB, ACT, and/or SAT- students will begin college preparatory testing at the Freshman and Sophomore levels. All Seniors are encouraged to take the ACT.
  • Iowa Based Achievement Test- In the spring of each year, K through 11th Grade students are administered the Iowa Based Achievement Test.

Valedictorian & Salutatorian:  The valedictorian and salutatorian are chosen on a grade point average based on seven and one-half semesters in high school (9th, 10th, 11th grades and the first three nine weeks of the 12th grade); and five and one-half semesters in middle school (6th, 7th grades and the first three nine weeks of the 8th grade).  For graduation ceremonies, two honor students will be selected to deliver the valedictorian and salutatorian speeches.  Two other honor students will be selected to deliver the invocation and benediction.  These students will be voted on by administration based on their class rank, leadership, character and school attendance.

Grading Scale:

A = 90 – 100 (4.00)
B = 80 – 89 (3.00)
C = 70 – 79 (2.00)
D = 60 – 69 (1.00)
F = 00 – 59 (0.00)


Weighted Courses
Includes Calculus, Pre-Calculus and all Advanced Placement (AP) classes 

A = 90 – 100 (5.00)
B = 80 – 89   (4.00)
C = 70 – 79   (3.00)
D = 60 – 69   (2.00)
F = 00 – 59   (0.00) 


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