The key to understanding the high school credit system as it applies to the on campus classes is that for each one period class that you participate in each semester, you will earn one credit. If the class is two periods, you will earn two credits. If the class lasts two semesters, you will also earn two credits. If a two period class extends through two semesters, you will earn four credits.
Sunday mornings have four periods per semester, so everyone who comes on Sundays will earn eight high school credits per year (since there are two semesters). You can also opt to take our early electives for two semesters, for which you will earn an additional two credits.
Tuesday evenings have three periods per semester, so everyone who comes on Tuesdays will earn six high school credits per year (since there are two semesters). You can also opt to participate in the Knesset: Student Government early elective. This class meets once per month for 40 minutes, and so for this you will earn one additional credit.
High school credits for monthly classes roughly average 1 credit per ten hours of class. For example, Food for Thought is two hours per month for nine or ten months (depending on the calendar). Participants therefore earn two credits. The monthly Lunch & Learn for 11th and 12th graders is 1.5 hours for nine or ten months as well. Participants therefore will also earn two credits.
Teens that take Gratz Academy, college credit classes that meet once per week for two periods for two semesters earn 3 college credits in addition to the 4 high school credits.
At JCHS, the more you learn, the more credits you earn.
All certificates and diplomas are awarded to students who complete 12th grade at JCHS.
- Shalem Society (92 credits) - JCHS' highest credential.
- Rebecca Gratz Teaching Certificate (80 credits) - Our most popular program offers certification to teach in synagogue schools.Click here for more information.
- JCHS Diploma (70 credits)
- JCHS Certificate of Merit (30-69 credits)
- JCHS Letter of Credit Recognition (up to 30 credits)
- Certificate in Camp Counseling and Youth Leadership (14 credits) - Students interested in building skills that can be used in working at Jewish summer camps and Jewish youth organizations gain practical experience, supplemented by relevant coursework.
- Certificate in Service Learning (14 credits) - Students gain hands-on experience through their involvement in area community service projects while taking courses in history, leadership, and program-planning.
- I.M. Wise Reform Teaching Certificate, Julius Greenstone Conservative Teaching Certificate and the Mordecai Kaplan Reconstructionist Teaching Certificate. These programs of Jewish Studies for 11th and 12th graders who have been confirmed. Their goal is to train future religious school teachers and leaders in each movement. Click here for more information.
- Pre-Collegiate Certificate (12 credits) - Students who enroll in a minimum of 1 weekday in both 11th and 12th grade may earn this certificate. Students take at least one Concurrent Enrollment course for college credit. May be earned in conjunction with the JCHS diploma and other certificates.
- Certificate of Completion (awarded to all students who complete 12th grade at JCHS)
Certificate in Hebrew Language Studies
The Hebrew Program at JCHS is an intensive Hebrew language course of study offered in many levels that emphasizes Hebrew conversation, comprehension and reading skills.
Assessments are conducting prior to student placement.
- Students must be enrolled in Hebrew through grade 12 to be eligible.
- 20 credits (five years) of continuous enrollment in the Hebrew Language program at JCHS or equivalent (transferring in language credits from a day school).
- A passing grade for each year is required.