Admissions FAQs

Admissions FAQs

Is Grace accredited?

Grace Community School is jointly accredited by ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) and AdvanceEd, as well as being certified by CESA (Council on Educational Standards and Accountability). Grace Community Elementary School was awarded the 2017 National Blue Ribbon School and Grace Community High School was awarded the 2015 National Blue Ribbon School by the Department of Education, recognizing academic excellence and high student achievement. Less than 1% of all schools in the nation are awarded this designation.

What’s the Grace faculty like?

The faculty of GCS is one of our greatest assets. Our teachers have an average of 15.3 years of experience and 32% have advanced degrees. At the elementary level, every family meets with their child’s classroom teacher for a personalized discussion. Junior high teachers are available daily for study hall from 2:55 p.m.- 3:25 p.m. for academic help. The high school campus teachers are available every morning at 8:00 a.m. – 8:55 a.m. for small group tutoring and review.

What are the school hours?

Grace Elementary

  • Half day: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Full day: 8 a.m. to 2:55 p.m.-3:20 p.m. (staggered according to grade level)
  • Fridays: Early release from 1 p.m. to 1:40 p.m. (staggered according to grade level)

Grace Middle School

  • Full day: 8 a.m.-3:25 p.m.
  • Full day: 8 a.m.-3:25 p.m.
  • Fridays: 8 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Grace High School

  • Full day: 8:55 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
  • Fridays: 8:55 a.m.- 12:35 p.m.

What’s the typical class size?

Our goal remains to offer a student to teacher ratio that fosters students’ success. Our Junior Kindergarten is limited to 16 students. A Kindergarten class is limited to 18 students. During 1st-8th grade, the class size is 24. High School Advanced Placement and Honors classes may have as few as 10 students.

How do you foster the spiritual growth of your students?

“He answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Luke 10:27

This verse sums up our desire for spiritual life at GCS. From classroom learning to high-intensity athletics, from art exhibits to community service projects and mission trips, we strive to LOVE our Lord and glorify Him in every possible way. Academics at Grace are taught through the lens of the Bible, and curriculum is biblically based for every single class.

Is there diversity on campus?

GCS has made an intentional effort to grow in our diversity as evidenced by annually increasing percentages over the last five years. In 2015, GCS became a certified SEVIS school and is admitting International students on a limited basis.

How much is tuition?

Enrollment Fee (one-time)

  • $400, upon acceptance

Junior Kindergarten (2, 3, and 5 full or half-day options)

  • $3,454 – $7,337*

Kindergarten (5 full or half-day options)

  • $6,820 – $8,987*

Grades 1 – 4

  • $7,953 – $13,255*

Grades 5 – 8

  • $9,365 – $15,609*

Grades 9 – 12

  • $9,695 – $16,159*

Grace University Grades K – 6

  • $4,912 – $6,140*

Grace University Grades 7 – 8

  • $5,888 – $7,360*

*Exit range tuition amount for parents who don’t qualify or chose not to apply for Variable Tuition. Through generous donations and shared facilities with Grace Community Church, no one pays 100% of the cost to educate each student. Instead of passing on the full cost of education, Grace families pay no more than 85% per student, which is the exit range.

Does Grace offer financial assistance?

Grace Community School proudly offers Variable Tuition. Tuition at Grace is not a one-size-fits-all. It’s a range. A range that spans from 45-85% of the full cost of education. Variable Tuition adjusts tuition rates to meet your family’s unique financial position.

Variable Tuition is available for new and current students. The school strictly safeguards the confidentiality of all financial information supplied by the family. Families who apply for variable tuition should know that both the admissions and the financial aid committees make decisions independently. Variable Tuition awards are based on a recommendation from an independent consulting firm (FACTS), which considers income, assets, debts, and medical and other family circumstances. Click here to apply.

Does Grace offer Dual Credit or Advanced Placement courses?

Yes! We offer 7 Advanced Placement courses in the High School, and students can earn up to 33 semester credit hours through our Dual Credit courses.

Do most Grace students attend college (and if so, where do they attend)?

Historically, over 90% of our graduates attend 4-year colleges and universities, with the other 10% attending 2-year colleges or technical schools. The class of 2016 achieved a 100% college acceptance rate and was offered a total of $3.4 million in scholarships averaging $59,000 per student.

Does Grace require uniforms?

No, GCS does not require uniforms but does adhere to a dress code policy of modesty.

Do you offer after school care for students?

After School Care Program for students in Junior Kindergarten-4th grade is offered at the Elementary School. For more details and fees, please contact the Elementary School.

Does Grace have a hot lunch program?

We offer a catered lunch program from local restaurants. Parents have the option every six weeks to choose from the lunch menu or send a lunch from home.

Do Grace students take the STAAR Test?

No, STAAR tests are mandated for public schools. We do administer standardized tests in the 2nd-8th grades once per year so we may measure our student’s progress and compare their performance to public and private schools across the nation.