Award Year: 2015

Grace Community High School

3001 University Boulevard
Tyler, TX, 75701-7457

(903) 566-5661

Mr. Brian Benscoter, Principal at time of Nomination

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To assist Christian families to encourage, equip, and educate their student to influence the world for Christ

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 90%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Two or more races: 1%
GCS students genuinely enjoy and care for one another.

GCS students genuinely enjoy and care for one another.

Grace Community High School (GCS) is a 9th through 12th grade college-preparatory day school of 280 students. Rigorous academics are presented from a Christian perspective. Students also receive social, athletic, and fine arts opportunities to provide a well-rounded high school experience. GCS consistently finishes in the top five of the "Henderson Cup" standings which is based on the combined points earned by Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools in academic, speech, fine arts, and athletic competitions. The core curriculum at GCS can be described as "Humanities Plus," a faith-based, integrated curriculum designed to guide students to look at all of life as it is, as well as how it ought to be. This biblical humanities approach extends to science, math, technology, worship, and a relational approach to discipline, providing students with a non-compartmentalized vision and purpose for learning. Living out the school's three core values of "Life as Worship," "Educational Sanctification," and "Redemptive Community" results in an atmosphere of genuine love and care for one another. Though teachers teach a single discipline, the regular collaboration required to integrate the subjects adds depth, helping students to make the connections and to view life holistically. The joy resulting from such collegiality makes learning engaging, exciting, and meaningful to student and teacher alike. Whether in college or beyond, this focus equips students to be caring, literate citizens who know how to pursue the "good life" now and for eternity, and how to help to secure it for others through the work they do.