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What is Career Cruising?

Career Cruising is an Internet-based career exploration and planning tool your child uses to explore career and college options and to develop a career path.  Career Cruising can be accessed from school, from home or wherever you son or daughter has access to the Internet.  

Click here to find out more about Career Cruising using the login information provided to your child.  If you need a user name and password, contact Stephanie Patrzik at 932-6024 or patrziks@mygta.us. 


Graduation requirements

Grand Traverse Academy High School students will graduate with the prerequisite academic skills and career orientation for college, technical training and/or quality employment.  To this end, our graduation requirments are as follows:

Development of an individual academic/career plan leading to advanced post high school study and/or employment.

Successful completion of a minimum of 24 academic credits and four advisory credits.

Language Arts
4 credits


Mathematics (Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II, plus one additional credit)
4 credits


Social Studies (Civics, Economics, Government, US History, World History 
& Geography, Personal Finance)
4 credits



Science(Biology and Chemistry, plus one additional Physical Science credit)
3 credits


Foreign Language
2 credits


Physical Education/Health
1 credit


1 credit


Fine Arts
1 credit


1 credit


1 credit


All students will enroll in seven academic classes/credit hours per year.  If a student is participating in a Junior/Senior Year Transition program (Grand Traverse Academy plus work study, TBA Career-Tech Center or NMC dual-enrollment), the combined schedule must be equivalent to full-time.

Students will complete a course for a full semester unless released from the course by the principal.

Dual enrollment at Northwestern Michigan College

GTA juniors and seniors have the opportunity to earn college credit while still attending high school through our generous dual enrollment program.   

In past school years, more than half of our juniors and seniors accumulated 200 college credits through our dual enrollment program.  Several of our students have even graduated with nearly two years' worth of college classes behind them. 

If you are interested in dual enrollment, see Mrs. Patrzik and follow this link to learn more about specific requirements of the program.

Procedure for requesting your grade transcript:

All grade transcript requests will be processed electronically through Parchment Inc.  You can access their website by clicking on the button below:



Students who are at least 18 years of age may register for their own account; a parent will need to sign up for an account on the student’s behalf for those under 18.  Through the Parchment website you will be able to request that your transcripts be sent to the colleges and universities (NCAA included) of your choice at any time, day or night.  Please contact Mrs. Patrzik at patrziks@mygta.us or (231) 932-6024 with any questions about the Parchment process.