GRADUATION EMPHASIS

The graduation emphasis program is available to those students who have participated in Quest for Education and Arts during high school and have choosen to participate in the Quest Graduation Ceremonies at the end of their academic career.

These requirements are set forth by Quest for Education and Arts to show that the student has taken concentrated studies in these areas and has excelled in each discipline. During graduation, a cord is awarded. Medallions are also awarded, but require a greater contribution to the discipline in order to be awarded.

The value of graduation with an emphasis is evident in student awards and scholarships at colleges, higher acceptance rates into honors colleges, and greater rates of ability to pass CLEP and AP exams for college credit.

Additionally, employers recognize graduates who have maintained a core focus throughout high school and will occasionally count this as work credit and experience when considering employment.

We encourage all high school students to make an effort to graduate with an emphasis in an area they enjoy and want to pursue as a career. Below are the various areas and their requirements:

Emphasis in Sciences - Royal Blue Cord
  • College Bound Chemistry
  • College Bound Physics
  • College Bound Biology
  • Plant and Animal emphasis
  • Physical Science
  • Marine Biology
  • Zoology
  • Nutrition
  • Engineering
  • Networking
  • Programming
  • Honors Inorganic Chemistry
  • Honors Organic Chemistry
  • Honors Medical Biology
  • Honors Planetary Science and Astronomy
 
  • Student TA or summer apprentice in any of the high school classes.
  • Excelling student who becomes a student instructor in any science class prior to graduation.
  • Publication of a scientific article or participation in the state level or higher science competitions.
  • Completion of 6 or more of the required courses
  • Completion of science based AP examswith 4 or 5 or passing of CLEP exams with scores above 90%.

Emphasis in Social Sciences and Humanities - Citron Cord

  • Honors US history
  • Honors Government / Economics (must complete a full year course)
  • Honors World Geography
  • European History coming soon to Quest
  • Dual Credit Ethics of Economics Class
  • Western Civilizations
  • Apologetics–any one course of the 4 year cycle
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Student TA or summer apprentice in any of the high school classes.
  • Excelling student who becomes a student instructor in any humanities class prior to graduation.
  • National participation in a competition for history or geography.
  • Publication of an article or participation in the state level or higher history or geography competitions.
  • Completion of 6 or more of the required courses

Emphasis in Visual Arts - Lavender Cord

 
  • ARTcetra 6-12
  • Teen/Adult Drawing
  • Art History
  • 3D Art
  • Mosaics coming to Quest in 2018–2019
  • Pottery coming to Quest in 2018–2019
  • Film making
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Advanced photography and digital arts
  • Medieval Painting
  • Illuminated art and calligraphy
  • Illuminated Bible Artwork
  • Photoshop
  • Acrylics
  • Water colors offered previously and will be offered again
  • Oil painting coming to Quest soon
  • Costuming for Drama coming to Quest in 2018-2019
  • Sewing and Quilting coming to Quest in 2018-2019
  • Sculpting
  • Drawing – different mediums can count as the 2 areas.
  • Painting
  • Digital arts
  • Film making
  • Photography

Emphasis in Health Care - Forest Green Cord

  • Animal Sciences–pre vet (Elective)
  • Marine Biology (Elective)
  • Life Sciences (Elective)
  • Zoology (Elective)
  • Nutrition (Elective)
  • Psychology (Elective)
  • College Bound Biology-Required core
  • Honors Health Care Biology–Required core
  • History of Medicine and disciplines in health care–Required core starting in 2019
Can be an ongoing project over the 2 years. Must either result in publications or be presented at a juried event such as a science fair or a medical conference.
  • Excelling student who becomes a student instructor in medical science classes prior to graduation.
  • Student TA or summer apprentice
  • Volunteer services at the Red Cross or indigent health care clinics
  • Student who becomes certified as a physical therapy technician or EMT while in HS.

Emphasis in Mathematics - Red Cord

Emphasis in Language Arts and Drama - Lime Cord

Track 1 : Language Arts

  • Essential writing
  • Honors High School English year 1
  • Honors High School English year 2
  • Creative Writing and Composition
  • Freshman Sophomore English – Literature and writing – combo class only can count as either a writing or a literature
  • Honors Literature and Writing – combo class only can count as either a writing or a literature
  • Any of the literature and worldview classes at the HS level from the classical curriculum
  • Poetry
  • Shakespeare
  • American Literature
  • Freshman Sophomore English – Literature and writing – combo class only can count as either a writing or a literature.
  • Honors Literature and Writing – combo class only can count as either a writing or a literature
  • Speech and debate class or participation of the competitive debate team
  • Drama
  • Apologetics with a significant debate component with multiple oral presentations.
  • Any required class beyond what is needed for the cord
  • Any Journalism and yearbook participation
  • Any film making course where significant dialogue is recorded or written by the student director.
  • Playwright
  • Greek – 2 years
  • Spanish – 2 years
  • French – 2 years
  • Latin – 2 years
  • Biblical Hebrew – 2 years – coming to Quest soon
  • Mandarin – 2 years
  • Swedish – 2 years – Coming to Quest soon
  • German – 2 years – Coming to Quest soon
  • Sign Language – 2 years
Must make a convincing argument for their belief and submit it to the Quest leadership at least one month prior to graduation. It will be reviewed by the language dept staff or pastoral staff and others who have expertise in the area. If foreign language is being emphasized, the paper must be written in the language studied.

Track 2: Drama

  • Receiving medals or awards on any national foreign language exams. Additionally a 4 or 5 on an AP exam will count toward this award.
  • Completion of more than 7 of the required courses.
  • Serving as a TA or summer apprentice in any of the courses.
  • Winning a writing competition or essay contest resulting in a publication.
  • Completing another 2 years in a second foreign language
  • Completing a foreign exchange semester in another country learning the culture and language.
  • Participation in drama plays all 4 years of HS.

Emphasis in Business & Finance - Maroon Cord

  • Personal Finance
  • Young Entrepreneurship
  • Philosophy of Economics, Ethics, Economy and Entrepreneurship – Dual Credit class
  • Marketing and consumer behavior – Coming to Quest 2018
  • Accounting – Coming to Quest 2019
  • Public speaking and human communications
  • Introduction to computer science and programming
Marketing plan and product or idea must be approved by the Quest business faculty. Actual execution of the marketing is required and an assessment of the success of the venture must be presented to the Quest leadershi p at least 1 month prior to graduation.
Completion of a minimum of a 2 month internship in either the accounting department or the marketing department at Quest. This will include at least 20 hours per month and can be done anytime over the 4 years of high school.
  • Receiving awards of medals for competitions in business and entrepreneurship.
  • Completion of more than the 5 required courses for this cord
  • Serving as a TA or summer apprentice in any of the courses

Emphasis in Music - Apricot Cord

  • Orchestra or ensemble participation – for all 4 years of high school unless 2 ensembles are taken during one year.
  • Music instruction in any instrument – all 4 years of high school
  • Completion of at least 2 years of music composition or music theory classes during high school.
Quest Connects, Fall Gala or other documented events count toward this requirement. Participation in Fine Arts Fest does not count because that is a required event. Events where the participant receives payment for services also DO NOT count.
Participation in Fine Arts festival CAN meet this requirement.
  • Students who elect to participate in competitions.
  • Students who write and publish one or more musical scores.
  • Students who serve as concertmaster or principle players for their sections in any orchestra anytime during their high school career.
  • Students who commit to forming their own ensemble group, turn in evidence of regular practice meetings and at least 3 performances during a 12 month period.
  • Excelling student who becomes a student instructor prior to graduation.

Emphasis in Dance/Physical Edcuation - Deep Purple Cord

  • Tap I
  • Tap II
  • Tap III
  • Advanced Tap
  • Beginning Classical Ballet
  • Intermediate Classical Ballet
  • Advanced Classical Ballet
  • Pointe
  • Irish Dance
  • Ballet Folklorico
  • Rhythmic Gymnastics
  • Acrobatics
  • Stretch and Strength
  • Jazz / Lyrical
  • Choreography
  • Tennis Team
  • Basketball Team
  • Swim team–coming to quest in the future
  • Soccer team–coming to quest in the future
  • Football team–must be completed outside Quest
  • Baseball / Softball team–must be completed outside Quest
  • Karate
No unexcused absences will be tolerated for any of the 4 years of high school. Any unexcused absence will result in negation of the ability to graduate with an emphasis.
  • A letter of merit describing the proficiency and commitment from the teacher or coach will be required if the activity has been completed through another organization.
  • Karate must have advanced sufficiently to have achieved at least 6 belt advancements over 4 years of high school.
  • Students who serve as team captains for their dance team or sport
  • Excelling students who serve as student instructors for dance classes prior to graduation.

Emphasis in Theology / Philosophy /Classical Christian Education – Light Blue Cord

  • Apologetics – any two courses of the 4 year cycle
  • Year Long
  • Bible Study
  • Christian Based
  • Philosophy
  • Latin 1
  • Latin 2
  • Greek 1
  • Greek 2–coming to Quest later
  • Greek Reading group
  • Biblical Hebrew–coming to Quest later
  • Logic–9th and 10th grade
  • Rhetoric–11th and 12th grade
  • Cultural literature / worldview years 1-4
  • Historical literature / worldview years 1-4
Must make a convincing argument for their belief and submit it to Quest leadership at least one month prior to graduation. It will be reviewed by the pastoral staff and other faculty who have knowledge of proper writing and sound theology.  When possible, the document will be reviewed by pastoral staff at the church the student attends.
  • Receiving medals on the national Latin exam
  • Completion of 6 or more of the required courses
  • Serving as a TA or summer apprentice in any of the courses
  • Completion of the Physical Therapy Tech or EMT certificate programs.
  • Completion of at least a two week long mission