Houghton Academy prepares its graduates to become people of integrity and Christian character, striving to equip them for success in the colleges and careers of their choice. Graduation requirements include four credits each of English and social studies, three credits each of math and science, two credits each in physical education and foreign language, one credit of fine arts, and one-half credit of health. Credit in Christian studies is required for each year of attendance. A variety of elective courses and dual credit courses is available through Houghton College and Roberts Wesleyan College. Many of our students also attend classes on the Houghton College campus.


Grades are based on a 100-point scale with the following ranges:

  • A=92-100

  • B=83-91

  • C=74-82

  • D=65-73

  • F=below 65

Houghton Academy operates on a semester system. Grade reports are issued quarterly, and each quarter is approximately eight weeks long. Final exams are cumulative, counting for 20% of a student's grade for the year.


The average student takes a minimum of seven academic courses per semester. The average ratio of students to teachers in an academic classroom is 16:1. Dorm students have 90 minutes of supervised study time each weeknight.

The Academy offers a unique opportunity for independent study called Ignite Week. Ignite Week is a week-long session of non-traditional courses that meets during February. Course offerings vary annually but have recently included skiing (downhill and cross-country), pottery, drama, outdoor education, swimming, life skills, basic water safety, woodworking, and horsemanship.