Benton Hall Academy starts at grade 3 with grades 3, 4 and 5 being considered lower school and grades 6, 7 and 8 considered middle school.  The lower and middle school follow the Tennessee State Standards for all subjects but are able to adjust the pace and provide modifications and/or accommodations for each student as needed.



For all high school students enrolled at Benton Hall Academy, twenty-two (22) credits are required for a diploma. The diploma requirements include:

  • Math: 4 credits, including Algebra I, II, Geometry and a fourth higher level math course.  Algebra IA, Algebra IB, Geometry A and Geometry B are offered as well. (Students must be enrolled in a mathematics course each school year.
  • English: 4 credits
  • Science: 3 credits, including Biology, Chemistry or Physics, and a third lab course
  • Social Studies: 3 credits, including U.S. History and Geography, World History and Geography, U.S. Government and Civics, and Economics
  • Physical Education and Wellness: 1.5 credits
  • Personal Finance: 0.5 credits (Three years of JROTC may be substituted for one-half unit of Personal Finance if the JROTC instructor attends the Personal Finance training.)
  • Foreign Language: 2 credits (May be waived for students not going to a University to expand and enhance the elective focus)
  • Fine Arts: 1 credit (May be waived for students not going to a University to expand and enhance the elective focus)
  • Electives: 3 credits


The Senior Service Program promotes the importance of giving back to the community. Each senior must earn 15 hours of community service prior to the beginning of the second quarter. These hours can be earned in various ways and will be discussed and approved individually. We feel such experiences are extremely valuable to our students. An additional 2 hours per week will be added for late completion of community service.


BHA tests students with the NWEA MAP battery of tests in the Fall, Winter and Spring to assess their placement and progress.  Students in grades 3-10 will be given the ACT Aspire each spring.


High School students are required to take the ACT in order to graduate.  It is recommended that Juniors  take the ACT at least once during their Junior year, preferably in the spring and then if they are planning to attend college may retake it their Senior year.
Students may opt to take the test at a national testing center on the regular test date. Otherwise, if needed, they may request accommodations such as testing at BHA and extended time. The first step is to register online. Please refer to this website for more information about testing accommodations:
To request accommodations for an administration of the ACT, examinees must first:
1. Create an ACT web account, or log in to an existing account
2. Register for a test date – request accommodations if necessary
3. Return the ACTConsent-to-Release-Information form to BHA (bring into school or email to
4. Once an examinee has registered online for the ACT, ACT will automatically email instructions (with Subject: Requesting Accommodations on the ACT) regarding how to work with a qualified school official to request accommodations and submit supporting documentation via the Test Accessibility and Accommodations System (TAA).  Forward the accommodation e-mail to asap
Note: The basic fees for accommodated testing are the same.

For a better chance of having accommodations approved make sure that your child’s psychoeducational evaluation and any other paperwork on file at BHA is up to date (within 3 years).


Each senior will be required to complete an individual project by the beginning of May. The project should reflect a special interest of the student.

ill be required to complete an individual project by the beginning of May. The project should reflect a special interest of the student. It might take the form of a written paper, art work, photography, a dramatic production, a dance, a videotape, a radio program, or some other form of self expression. With guidance from family and staff, the students will select topics for their projects during the second semester. Presentation of the projects will be made during Senior Breakfast. All projects must be approved by the senior sponsor before completion.



Benton Hall Academy believes an important dimension of education is honesty and the independent process of discovery and self-actualization. Practically and academically, if you as a student compose an essay using another’s words, if you permit someone to do your homework, if you copy someone else’s notes for a take-home test, if you collaborate without permission or without stating so, you are not learning and you are gaining unfairly through the efforts of others. These are forms of academic dishonesty.

Benton Hall Academy also insists upon proper use and citation of research materials.

To avoid plagiarism, a student must footnote everything that is not a result of personal thinking, except for what is common knowledge. Direct quotations must be framed in quotation marks and documented. Paraphrases, the translation of ideas and facts into one’s own words, must also be documented. On-line resources must be cited as rigorously as any other source of information. If there are questions or concerns while writing a paper, a student should consult a teacher.

Academic dishonesty may be treated both as an academic concern and as a disciplinary concern. A repeated plagiarism offense may jeopardize the student’s tenure at Benton Hall Academy.


If a student feels a change in his/her schedule is necessary, the student should secure the appropriate change form from the Dean of Students and return the form to the Dean’s office. The Dean and Guidance Counselor will then determine whether the change is necessary and should be made.


The school calendar is divided into four grading periods over two semesters. A progress report is posted on Sycamore Education 3 and 6 weeks into the quarter. An official report card will be posted to Sycamore at the end of each nine week marking period.


There are three levels of Honor Roll announced at the end of each nine week grading period. The Headmaster’s List is composed of students with all A’s, the Dean’s List is composed of students with A’s and B’s, and the Honors List is composed of students with a B average without a D in any class. All graded courses factor into the Honor Roll calculation.



93 – 100 = A
85 – 92 = B
75 – 84 = C
70 – 74 = D
Below 70 = F
Incomplete = I – Due date must be arranged by student with the teacher


If a student is scheduled for three tests on a single day, he or she is entitled to have a test rescheduled for another time if such rescheduling is done at least a day ahead of time – this is the student’s responsibility. Students should pay careful attention to upcoming test dates to avoid an overload. A student may enlist the help of the Dean of Students in establishing a workable new schedule with the teachers involved.


The student is the primary person responsible for his or her learning. All students at Benton Hall Academy have the ability to succeed and earn high grades.

Grades are based upon your effort in class, homework, class work, tests, and projects. Homework is necessary to reinforce concepts taught in the class and is a vital part of the education at Benton Hall Academy. Extra credit work will not be accepted until all required work is completed.

In order to receive ½ credit for a semester class, an overall grade average must be a 70 or above. Due dates for incomplete grades and assignments must be arranged with the teacher involved. If a student is absent, it is the student’s responsibility to ask each teacher about the work missed and the date it is due.