Academic Profile


Grace Preparatory School (GPS) is a small, private, Christian school located in Stafford, Virginia. Grace Prep serves students from six counties in Northern Virginia, including Stafford, Spotsylvania, Prince William and beyond. We serve a suburban community with parents who work in major cities (Washington D.C. and Richmond) in the military, government and business sectors.


Grace Prep, certified by the National Association of University-Model® Schools (NAUMS), employs a unique educational model that combines the best of traditional education with a strong partnership between the school and the home, in which the student is the greatest benefactor. Secondary students attend classes on campus in the central classroom three days a week and continue their studies in the satellite classroom on alternate days. On-campus class sizes are limited to 20:1 for high school students, which allows for greater instructional effectiveness and better use of classroom time, and satellite classroom study is monitored by parents who foster incrementally greater independence and responsibility in the later school years. Parents work under the direct supervision of the professional educator (teacher) who provides all direct instruction in the central classroom. University-Model® students are well-prepared to responsibly manage the rigors of a college schedule and curriculum. The administration and board of Grace Preparatory School work directly with the Executive Director of the National Association of University-Model® Schools, an AdvancED accredited educational corporation. Through its certification process, Grace Prep is held accountable for strong standards in academics, character development, student activities, and school administration and governance.


Grading periods are divided into two semesters, each comprised of two terms. A final grade for each class,consisting of the average of a semester’s two terms, is given at the completion of each semester and is the only grade recorded on the student’s permanent transcript. The two semester grades for a course stand alone; they are not averaged. Grades and grade point averages (non-weighed) are calculated according to the following scale:

A student’s GPA based on a 4.0 scale is available upon request.

GPS Grading Scale (2012-13 forward)
A+ = 98 -100 4.5
A = 93-97 4.0
A- = 90-92 3.7
B+ = 87-89 3.3
B = 83-86 3.0
B- = 80-82 2.7
C+ = 77-79 2.3
C = 73-76 2.0
C- = 70-72 1.7
D+ = 67-69 1.3
D = 64 — 66 1.0
F = 63 and below 0


Grace Preparatory School currently offers two diploma options, a Standard Graduate Diploma, intended to prepare students for entry into somewhat less competitive colleges or universities, and an Advanced Graduate Diploma intended to prepare students for entry into more competitive colleges or universities.

Grace Preparatory School’s diploma requirements are aligned to graduation requirements established by the State of Virginia.

Grace Prep is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ASCI) and is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS CASI) through AdvancED.


Transcripts reflect all course work done at the high school level. Credit is given for transferred coursework, but only grades achieved at Grace Prep are reflected in the student’s GPA.


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