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Amelia Academy

Academics » Upper School

Grades nine through twelve comprise our Upper School. Structured courses prepare students for further education in college or careers. Independent research is encouraged throughout the curriculum. Our students benefit from honors programs in core subjects. Students who successfully complete the additional challenges of these classes will be able to earn an additional point toward their accumulative grade-point average.

Academic extracurricular opportunities include Student Government, Drama Guild, Forensics, Scholastic Bowl Participation, Newspaper Staff, Yearbook Staff, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and more.

Opportunities are available for our students to participate in sports programs including cross country, soccer, volleyball, cheerleading, basketball, softball and baseball.

Class Schedules

Beginning with Grade 5, students change rooms for classes.

Spanish I and Pre-algebra are taken for upper school credit, and students must achieve a yearly C average to guarantee advancement to the next level.

Individual schedules are arranged beginning with Grade 9. Schedules may be changed until the first progress reports go home, only with the written permission of the student, parents and teacher(s) and only after a conference between the student and the guidance counselor.

Amelia Academy issues a 24-, 26- and 28-credit diploma. The following are the requirements of each:

24-Credit Diploma 26-Credit Diploma 28-Credit Diploma
    2 honors credits required 4 honors credits required
English 4 4 4
Health and Physical Education 2 2 2
Social Studies 3 4 4
Foreign Language - 3 3
Mathematics 3 4 4
Laboratory Science 3 4 4
Electives 9 5 7
Note: In addition to the completion of the credit classes, we require that every senior write and deliver a senior essay to the student body during Senior Chapel Talk. This exercise is under the direction of the English Department and is a requirement for graduation.

Amelia Academy requires or offers (if interest exists) the following classes:

Algebra I, II
Anatomy and Physiology
Art I, II
Biology
Business Law
Calculus
Chemistry
Civics
History of Civil War
Computer
Contemporary International Studies
and Domestic Policy
Criminal Justice
Early U.S. History and Constitution
Earth Science
Economics
English 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Environmental Science
General Mathematics
Geometry
Government
Health and Physical Education/Drivers Education
History 6, 7
Journalism
Physical Science
Physics
Pre-algebra
Pre-calculus
Psychology
Religion
Shop
Sign Language
Spanish I, II, III
Speech/Composition
United States History: 20th Century to Present
World Geography
World History

Note: Three years of the same foreign language is a state requirement for the 26-credit diploma.

Honors Program

Amelia Academy's honors program is for all grades in the upper school. The students who successfully complete the additional challenges of these classes will be able to earn an additional point for their accumulative grade point average. Honors subjects include English, history, math and science.

National Honor Society

The objective of this organization shall be to create an enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote worthy leadership and to encourage the development of all students. Membership is based on grades as well as scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship and character. A minimum of a 3.0 grade-point average is required. The NHS includes juniors and seniors.

Advisers: Mrs. Shanaberger and Mr. Taylor

2015-16 NHS Officers
  • President: Vance A.
  • Vice President: Grady O.
  • Secretary: Jacquelyn S.
  • Treasurer: Brett G.

Community Service

All students entering into Grades 9 through 12 at Amelia Academy are required to complete at least ten (10) hours of community service each year. Community service provides assistance to our local businesses and institutions while allowing students to become active participants within the same. It allows students to explore career interests. Community service affords students the opportunity to gain firsth and knowledge of the resources within their community and also to learn that they are a resource as well. It benefits our students through the rich learning experiences they gain as well as provides stronger student applications for college through the documenting of this volunteer work.

Examples of businesses, institutions, organizations: Day camps, Day Care, Churches (assisting with church bulletins, Bible School, cutting grass, cleaning area of the church. etc.), Nursing Homes, Hospitals, Assisting the Elderly, AdoptaHighway, Schools (such as moving books, cleaning, etc.), Library, American Red Cross, Rescue Squads, The Bread Box of South Hill, and so forth. Work for which you are being paid will not count as volunteer hours. Extracurricular activities will not count. Babysitting will not count. Work is not to be done by relatives. Persons signing this documentation may not be relatives.

Please send completed Community Service Forms[pdf] to the Guidance Office.

Student Activities

A variety of clubs and organizations are available for students. For more information, contact the office at (804) 561-2270 or contactus@ameliaacademy.com.

Student Government Organization – To the Students of AA

You are the Amelia Academy Student Government Organization. A progressive SGO can only come with your help and cooperation. You have elected the following officers to help guide you throughout the year:

2016-17 Student Government Organization
  • President: Grady O.
  • Vice President: Hannah F.
  • Treasurer: Erin A.
  • Secretary: Tyler Gl.
  • Reporter: Madison B.
Homeroom Representatives to Student Council
  • Senior: Rebecca A.
  • Junior: Jessica M.
  • Sophomore: Elly A.
  • Freshman: Skylar W.
  • Eighth Grade: Brogan F.
  • Seventh Grade: Nathan G.
  • Sixth Grade: Emma H.
The aims of the SGO are:
  • To serve as the link between the student body and the administration through student-elected officials, representatives, and faculty advisers.
  • To serve as the coordinating agent for all major activities desired by the student body.
  • To improve parliamentary procedure throughout the school.
  • Participate in Adopt-A-Highway project.