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Application Dos

      Cover Letter
      Letters of Recommendation
      Assessments (ACT/SAT, ASVAB)
Letters of Recommendation

Having influencial people like teachers, employers and community leaders that can speak to your strengths and accomplishments is an important asset to you whether you are applying for college, a scholarship or a job.  Click the link below for tips on obtaining strong letters of recommendation.

A resume' is a listing of your activities and accomplishments that can be used to showcase your qualifications for admission to educational programs, scholarship competition and or employment.  Your resume will change as you move ahead with your education and gain experience.  Use the resume worksheet below to start building a resume that will work for you.

Your transcript is the official record of your high school career.  It will list courses you have attempted, grades, credits earned and your cumulative grade point average (GPA).

To request an unofficial transcript in digital format while you are in high school, contact your school counselor.  To request an unofficial paper copy or an official transcript that is signed, stamped and sealed, print and complete the form below and submit it to Rosa Velazquez at the Grand Canyon School office.

NOTE: When submitting your HS transcript for college applications, be sure to also submit your college transcript(s) if you have earned dual enrollment or co-enrollment college credits.  You will need to request this directly from the college that awarded the credits. Also,  AP test results need to be submitted if you received a score of 3 or above for college credit.


The ACT and ACT Aspire tests are administered to Grades 11 and 9 respectively through the Arizona Department of Education state assessment program.  Students take these assessments at Grand Canyon School free of charge.  The PSAT/NMSQT and ASVAB tests are also administered to students at Grand Canyon School.  Click the links below for general information regarding these assessments.


2021-22 GCUSD Grade 11 ACT State/District Test Date:  March 1, 2022

Students need to obtain a copy of their most current transcript, create a MyACT account and complete MyACT Non-Test Information prior to March 1.  Access the following link for instructions

2021-22 GCUSD Grade 9 ACT Aspire State/District Test Date:  April 19, 2022

2021-22 National ACT Test Dates 

High School Code:  030-160 (for ACT and SAT)
ACT/SAT fee waivers may be available. See your counselor for details.

PSAT/NMSQT - The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and PSAT 10 measure what students learn in school, determine if students are on track for college success, and open doors for opportunities to prepare and pay for college.  To read more about the PSAT/NMSQT, click here.


The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) measures strengths and potential for future success. You don't "pass" or "fail". The results represent how  well you have developed your skills in addition to your potential for training.  Access the following link for more details:

Once you have taken the ASVAB and have received your ASVAB summary results, you can learn more about your scores by viewing the tutorial video and creating an account that will allow you to view your scores and utilize other helpful features at the link below.  If you are considering enlisting in the military, it is best to discuss your results with a military recruiter.  

Career Exploration


XELLO® is is a world class online career exploration tool designed to prepare students for future success. It provides an engaging program of information and activities that helps students build self-knowledge, personalized plans, and critical life skills.  The student portfolio component will be used meet Arizona Educational Career Action Plans (ECAP) requirements.

Beginning in FALL 2021, Grand Canyon School students in Grades 6-12 will be provided with password protected XELLO accounts.  For password assistance, please contact Ms. Lake by phone at 928-638-2461 Ext. 310 or email at to request a temporary password.  Once you login with the temporary password, you will be prompted to create your own password.

College Fairs 

FALL 2021- Connect with hundreds of colleges and universities at NACAC Virtual College Fairs in Fall 2021. High school students, transfer students, and families are welcome to attend for free.


Grand Canyon School requires high school students to complete 40 hours of documented community service. To meet this requirement upon graduation, students are encouraged to complete 10 community service hours each year of high school. After September 1, 2021, hours must be submitted for approval at the link below. Note:  As a verification safeguard, submissions must be made by GCS students or staff.

Select your service activity.
Carry out your service activity.
Document your service activity.
Apply for approval of your hours.
Review your record of service each semester.

Course Credit

GCUSD students can earn high school credits and meet course requirements in a variety of ways.  Types of courses available are listed below.  Although some listings include links chosen to provide additional information and insight, it is best to discuss these courses with your school counselor, teachers and parents before signing up for a particular course.


   -Social Studies


   -Fine Arts
   -Career and Technology Education (CTE)
   -Independent Study
   -Student Aide  Job Description/Application


   -BYU High School World Languages 
   -Navajo Language 
   -PLP Online Courses 
   -AWS Welding Online Courses 


   -Dual Enrollment (Pre-Calc and Culinary Arts) 
   -AP Exams 

Graduation Requirements

These are the minimum requirements for high school graduation.

4 English
4 Math
3 Science
3 Social Studies
1 Fine Arts or CTE
1 Health/PE
6 Electives

Additional Requirements:

40 Hours Community Service
Passing Score on Civics Exam
CPR Training

ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS (ABOR) Program of Study Requirements

These high school courses are required for admission to Arizona public universities:

4 English (I-IV)
4 Math (Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Advanced Math)
3 Lab Sciences
2 Social Studies (+1)
1 Fine Arts or CTE
2 Second Language (Same language)


Additional Requirements:

One of the following:
top 25% in high school graduating class
3.00 GPA in competency courses (4.00 = "A")
ACT: 22 (24 nonresidents)
SAT: 1120 (1180 nonresidents)