North Hills is committed to preparing high school students for the next step after high school, whether that is a 4-year college, 2-year college or trade school, or the military or the work force. Our students graduate with the skills to succeed as a contributing member of the community.

Graduation Requirements

High School
Subject Area
General Ed. Track
** exceeds CA/UC/CSU requirements
College-prep Track
** exceeds CA/UC/CSU requirements
English Four years Four years
Mathematics Three years including: Algebra 1, Geometry, Bus/Consumer Math **Four years including: Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and Pre-Calculus
History/Social Science **Four years Including: Geography, World History, US History, Government and Economics **Four years including: Geography, World History, US History, Government and Economics
Science Three years including: Earth Science, Biology, and Chemistry **Three years Including: Earth Science, Biology, and Chemistry (optional 4th year of Physics)
Language other than English Two years (three years available) Two years (three years available)
Visual & Performing Arts **Two years **Two years
Physical Education Two years (two semesters required attendance in PE class. See Section IV.B.) Two years (two semesters required attendance in PE class. See Section IV.B)
Theology Four years (Students are exempt for years not in attendance at North Hills) Four years (Students are exempt for years not in attendance at North Hills)
Total Courses 19 + 4 yrs. Theology 21 + 4 yrs. Theology
Total Credits 240 (+4 yrs. Theology) 250 (+4 yrs. Theology)
Community Service 10 hours annually as a NH student 10 hours annually as a NH student

High School Courses

All core classes at NHCS are approved by University of California and posted on the "a-g" list.

“The intent of the "a-g" subject requirements is to ensure that students have attained a body of general knowledge that will provide breadth and perspective to new, more advanced study. These courses are to be academically challenging, involving substantial reading, writing, problems and laboratory work and show serious attention to analytical thinking, factual content and developing students’ oral and listening skills.” ( ) This approval ensures that NH college-prep track graduates have the credits that can provide for acceptance to UC/CSU universities if the student has a competitive GPA. NHCS alumni have attended and graduated from universities such as UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Berkeley, Cal State Sacramento and Cal State San Francisco, not to mention other private universities and colleges.

Advanced Placement Classes

Advanced Placement courses are college-level courses, and students must meet strict prerequisites to enroll. The staff reserves the right to limit enrollment based upon space availability and teacher discretion. Enrollment in any AP course constitutes a full year commitment. It is strongly recommended that students enrolled in AP courses take the corresponding AP course College Board exam, as a passing grade on this test may provide approval to earn college credit. The exam and payment information is distributed by the course instructor and/or high school counselor. The following courses are offered at NHCS.

  • AP Government and Politics United States
  • AP US History
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP English Literature and Composition
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Psychology

Dual Credit Classes

California Community Colleges provide the opportunity for high school students to take classes for a reasonable cost through the colleges and receive high school and college credit. NHCS cooperates with local community colleges to offer dual credit courses. Contact the school counselor for current community college enrollment guidelines.


PSAT - All 9th - 11th grade students take the PSAT in the fall of each year. There is no additional charge for enrolled students.

Renaissance STAR - All Students take the STAR reading assessment quarterly to establish student reading levels and progress in vocabulary and comprehension


Community Service

High School students are required to complete 10 hours of community service for each year of enrollment at North Hills Christian School.

  • Community service projects must be submitted for approval by a designated teacher before completion of service.
  • Service activity forms must be verified by the activity’s supervising adult upon completion.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to turn in completed forms to the high school counselor/advisor.
  • All verified community service hours are recorded on the student’s high school transcript.

Bell Schedules

High School M/Tu/Th/Fr

Period Begin/Dismiss
1st period 8:15 - 9:05 AM
2nd period 9:09 - 9:59 AM
3rd period
10:03 - 10:53 AM
Break 10:53 - 11:03 AM
4th period 11:03 - 11:53 AM
5th period 11:57 AM - 12:47 PM
Lunch 12:47 - 1:21 PM
6th period 1:25 - 2:15 PM
Break 2:15 - 2:25 PM
7th period
2:25 - 3:15 PM

High School Wednesday Early Release

Period Begin/Dismiss
1st period 8:15 - 9:05 AM
2nd period 9:08 - 9:58 AM
3rd period 10:01 - 10:51 AM
Break 10:51 - 11:01 AM
Chapel 11:03 - 11:48 AM
4th period 11:52 AM - 12:42 PM
Lunch 12:42 - 1:15 PM