Aiken Christian School Student-Parent Handbook 2001-2002

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ABOUT OUR SCHOOL

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In 1995, Aiken Christian School began as God begins many things, quietly and in an unlikely, unqualified person. From that flicker of conviction, God has created a school dedicated to equipping young Christians for life as He intended life to be: joyful and abundant.

Can a school give such skills to a student? Not alone it can’t. Certainly, a school can point out the futility of certain choices and the wisdom behind the biblical directions God laid out for His delight and ours. However, that knowledge without God’s empowerment is like an engine without fuel! ACS believes that living the Christian life without Christ is not only difficult and frustrating, it’s impossible! In the same way, a Christian school that doesn’t have the empowerment of Christ at its core is doomed to frustration and failure. But a school that submits everything to God, relying on His omniscient direction and omnipotent power, can experience the promises made by the Creator. "God hasn’t broken a promise since before time began, and we strongly doubt He will now!"

So it is there that ACS began, and there we will stay. During academics and sports; during drama and chapel; in everything we do, we will stay at His side and we will be truly blessed. It is the continued calling of ACS to honor Jesus Christ, believing that an education in which Christ is central will influence the entire course of a student’s life.

The school is incorporated as an educational, nonprofit organization. ACS is an interdenominational, independent Christian school and therefore, pastoral support comes from a pool of local clergy from many area churches.

The corporation operates under the direction of a School Board of Directors who are selected by a detailed application and interview process. This process requires inquiring into the nominee’s educational, professional, personal, and religious background and thereby seeks, among other things, to ensure their fulfillment of scriptural requirements of Christian leaders and role models. (1 Timothy 3) The principal and teachers are selected in a similarly diligent manner.

The School Board of Directors determines policy, ensures that the vision, philosophy and objectives of the school are maintained, and ensures fiscal stability. The School Board of Directors is committed to a relationship with home, church, and school in the growth and development of the child.

Educational Philosophy

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The educational philosophy of Aiken Christian School is dependent upon the Bible to provide the viewpoint for interpreting any subject or school activity. The entire process of education is seen as a means used by God to bring the student to Himself through personal faith in Christ, and to develop a Christian mind so He can fulfill God’s will for his life vocationally and personally. The mandate for Christian education comes from God’s command that children are to be taught to love God and to give Him preeminence in their lives, and from the Biblical teaching that parents are responsible for the total education of their children.

Purpose

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It is the purpose of the school to provide a sound education with a Christian world-view. The Bible is specific in stating that the principles that underlie Christian education. Paul presented a comprehensive principle of Christ: "For by Him were all things created, that are in Heaven and that are in earth . . . And He is before all things and by Him all things consist." (Colossians 1:16-17)

The writer of the fourth Gospel said: "All things were made by Him: and without Him was not anything made that was made." (John 1:3) There is an important difference between the Christian and non-Christian viewpoints on a given subject. Even though knowledge is factually the same for both, no subject can be taught in the totality of its truth if the Creator is ignored or denied. Knowledge is purified by the recognition of God’s place in it. No other approach to education can be entirely God-honoring.

The Word of God is clear in making parents responsible for the education of their children ­ education not limited to the counsels of God revealed in His Word, but also in the counsels of God revealed in His world. These parents must want their children to be educated at home and at school with the consciousness that all truth is God’s truth and that Jesus Christ is to be central in all learning and living.

Statement of Mission

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The comprehensive purpose of Aiken Christian School is to provide a Christian educational experience based on the authoritative Word of God. We aspire to point students to a God-centered life, and therefore to abundant life, life far more rewarding than anything the secular society can offer. (Ephesians 3:20, Philippians 4:7, Psalm 103:2)

The school views itself as an indispensable part of the three major forces in the life of each child: the home, the church, and the school. The school intends to be an extension of the home, and therefore a responsive listener to it. It intends to be cooperative with the churches and supportive of their activities and programs. The school will respect the various differences of positions on certain issues within the Christian community. The school also intends to develop ministries to bring its view of life to the non-Christian community.

The school is committed to excellence in all that it does. This means that the best materials are to be used by the best instructors in facilities that are of the highest quality.

The mission of Aiken Christian School is to train students to grow spiritually, intellectually, socially, and physically, and to prepare them to serve Jesus Christ as Lord.

Statement Of Faith

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We believe the Bible to be the verbally inspired and only infallible, authoritative, inerrant Word of God. (II Timothy 3:16, II Peter 1:21)

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1, John 10:30, John 10:37, 38)

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin Birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory. (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:35, Hebrew 4:15, Hebrew 7:25, John 2:11, Hebrew 9:12, Colossians 1:14, John 11:25, Acts 1:11, Revelation 19:11-16)

We believe that man is sinful by nature and that regeneration by the Holy Spirit is essential and an absolute necessity for his salvation (Romans 3:19, 23; John 3:16-19, John 5:24; Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:5-6)

We believe in the continuing ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life. (Ephesians 5:18, Ephesians 4:30, I Corinthians 3:16, I Corinthians 6:19-20)

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost. They who are saved into eternal life and they who are lost unto eternal damnation. (John 5:28-29)

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 8:9, I Corinthians 12:12-13, Galatians 3:26-28)

We believe in the creation of man by the direct act of God. (Genesis 1:26-28, Genesis 5:12)

ABSENCES

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One of the keys to successful academic achievement is regular attendance at school. Even the absence of one or two days can have a surprisingly disruptive impact on progress. Therefore, perfect attendance is strongly encouraged. Parents are urged to carefully evaluate any absence from school that is not necessitated by unavoidable circumstances. The school discourages taking of extra days before or after a scheduled vacation or anytime while school is in session. Aiken Christian has adopted the following policies pertaining to absence:

1. Absences will be reflected on the student’s nine-week grade in the form of a failure (F) after six (6) days of UNEXCUSED absence.

2. Students absent for an extended period of time may be withdrawn from school after 20 days of absence provided that reasonable means of notifying the parent have been made (phone, letter, or personal visit), and there has been no acceptable parent response by the end of the 15th day.

3. Students who have accumulated 10 days of absence per semester may lose credit for that semester.

Student Absentee Policies

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Students will be expected to attend class each nine-week grading period in order to receive credit for the nine-week grading period. This rule does not allow any skip time. It is important that every student and parent realize that there are not free days in the nine-week period. Any student found out of school or out of class without the permission of the school or parent is considered truant. Any student who skips or is truant may be asked to leave. Students and parents are asked to do the following:

1. Provide written, medical, dental, or court validation to the homeroom teacher immediately upon returning after an absence. A blue card from the homeroom teacher will be taken to each teacher for his or her initials. That card (with permission slip attached, if applicable) is to be returned to the homeroom teacher at the end of the day on which the student returned.

2. Parents please call the office the day of the absence and then send a note upon the student’s return.

3. All late arrivals and early dismissals are required to sign in and out of the school office and have a note from their parents.

4. Only seniors are allowed to leave campus for lunch, at the maxium of once per week. All students must return in time for the class after lunch.

5. Students with advance knowledge of absences should let the teacher of each class know. At this time, permission may be granted to obtain class work prior to the absences ­ if possible.

6. Families who must take vacation days during school time must contact the principal in advance.

Excused Absences

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1. Illness and legitimate causes as determined by the faculty will be excused.

2. Medical or dental appointments should be made after school; however, if these arrangements cannot be made, students will be excused for these appointments. Students must bring an official excuse from the doctor/dentist to the office.

Unexcused Absences

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1. Absence without the knowledge and consent of the parents and/or school constitutes truancy and is therefore an UNEXCUSED absence and will result in disciplinary action.

2. Class period skipping.

3. An absence that may occur with knowledge of a parent but not acceptable to school personnel as justifiable reasons to be absent from school.

4. No student may leave the school grounds during school hours unless he/she signs out in the school office. Failure to follow this procedure will result in an UNEXCUSED absence and disciplinary action.

ACADEMIC PROBATION

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Academic probation is invoked when a student has a serious academic problem. It is intended to give notice to the parent and student so a mutual effort on the part of both school and home may be made to correct the academic deficiency.

Hopefully, the deficiency will be improved to a satisfactory or passing level. If not, the principal will decide if the student will be able to continue at Aiken Christian School.

Academic probation will be invoked in the following manner:

1. A student who received two F’s at the conclusion of the grading period will be placed on academic probation for one grading period. If the student has more than one (1) failing grade or less than an 80% average, he or she will be automatically put on a two (2) week probation period and will not be able to practice or participate in extracurricular activities during that time. At the end of the two week period, they must have raised their grades up to an 80% or remain on probation.

2. A conference will be held with the parents, the students, and the principal to give an explanation of the probation with suggestions for remediation.

3. The academic status of the student will be reviewed by the principal at the end of the next grading period.

4. After being placed on probation, a student who receives no F’s the next grading period will be removed from probation. Extracurricular activities may be resumed.

5. After being placed on probation, if a student receives two F’s the following grading period, the principal will decide if the student will be allowed to remain in school.

6. Following removal or withdrawal from the student for academic reasons, a student may apply to be re-enrolled on academic probation if the following conditions are fulfilled:

a. The student has attended another school for one full semester.

b. The student has completed a full academic load for the semester.

c. The student received no grade lower than a "C" in any subject.

ACADEMIC PROGRESS

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Academic Progress Reports are sent home in the middle of each reporting period for each student. Students must return these with parental signature to the classroom teacher by the next school day. Parents should frequently check the student’s progress, especially during the first few months of the school year.

ACCREDITATIONS/ASSOCIATIONS

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Aiken Christian School is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)for advice, academic competitions and conferences. The school is a member of the South Carolina Association of Christian Schools (SCACS) for athletic competitions. ACS is also a member of the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) for advice and future accreditation.

ADMISSIONS/WITHDRAWALS

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Admission Policy

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Two requirements must be met for enrollment. First, can ACS adequately minister to your educational needs? Second, will you allow us to minister to those needs according to our own philosophy and procedures?

A spirit of mutual cooperation is necessary if we are to be successful. The parents must state in writing that they have read and agree with the Family Commitment Statement, and both parents must agree to have their children educated in accordance therewith.

Prospective students and parents of prospective students will be interviewed by the Administration and a board member. Prospective students may be required to take an entrance test to determined academic strengths. Students will be evaluated and tested under administrative discretion. Parents will be notified in writing or by phone of acceptance.

The Administration may elect to convene a screening committee to review an application. Re-registration must be completed by the specified time in the spring to hold a place for the next year. All former students will be reviewed yearly, and the student will be re-admitted on the basis of the results.

Aiken Christian School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, tuition assistance policies, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Withdrawals

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Withdrawals will be subject to an early withdrawal fee. Students being withdrawn after the first day of school but before the 60th school day will be charged one-third of the total annual tuition due. Students being withdrawn after the 60th school day but before the 120th school day will be charged two-thirds of the total annual tuition due. Students being withdrawn after the 120th school day will be charged the total annual tuition due.

Withdrawals must be conducted through the school office. Refunds will be considered on a case-by-case basis for all reasons except disciplinary expulsion. All books, equipment, etc., must be turned into the office in person at the time of withdrawal. A parent will be charged for any books, equipment, etc., which are not turned in at that time.

REPORT CARDS AND/OR STUDENT RECORDS CANNOT BE RELEASED UNTIL ALL ACCOUNTS ARE CLEARED.

Enrollment in ACS Academics by Part-time ACS Students

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ACS desires to maintain a liaison with the Home Schooling Association in Aiken County by allowing opportunities for home schooled students to enroll in selected ACS academic courses. Availability for enrollment will be assessed by the ACS Principal and selected courses made available for home schooled student enrollment after August 1 for the upcoming school year. Academic opportunities for students in other public or private schools are NOT available at ACS.

The selected ACS courses that may be made available for enrollment by home schooled students are secondary level Mathematics and Sciences, as listed below. The home schooled student will receive one (1) Carnegie Unit credit for each full course completed.

Home schooled student enrollment in these selected ACS academic courses first requires admission to ACS in accordance with the ACS Student-Parent Handbook. The Application Fee will be assessed at the time the application is submitted. Once the home schooled student is accepted to ACS, enrollment into the selected course(s) will be confirmed by payment of tuition and book fees for the selected course(s). The tuition for each course will be 1/7 of the annual tuition, to be paid in full at the start of the school year, or in installments with 1/2 paid at the start of the school year and the other 1/2 paid at the start of the second semester. The book fees assessed will be equivalent to the actual individual student cost of textbooks and materials required for the selected course(s). No other registration or building fees will be assessed the home schooled student attending ACS on a part-time basis.

The home schooled student attending ACS on a part-time basis (and his/her parents) shall adhere to all guidelines in the ACS Student-Parent Handbook and ACS Code of Conduct, with the following exceptions and given expectations.
 

Chapel attendance is strongly encouraged but not required

Spiritual Emphasis Days attendance is required

Regular service project participation is required (5 times per year on Fridays), special service project participation is recommended

Participation in other school-sponsored activities is recommended

Spiritual Profile will not be provided, unless requested by the parents

Purchased lunch will not be available

ASSIGNMENT PADS

Students are expected to keep one assignment pad that can be used for the entire school year for each of their classes on a daily basis.

ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY

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For first semester eligibility, if the student meets the requirements under the following guidelines, the student may participate in extracurricular activities.

ACS Guideline states: "If a student passes in 4 unit subjects or their equivalent for the second semester, the student is eligible for the first semester the following year."

Along with the SCACS Guidelines, eligibility at ACS for extracurricular activities will be as follows:

1. An athlete’s core grades will be checked frequently by their coaches in order to keep constant communication between player/coach, teacher/coach, and parent/coach.

2. Progress reports will go out as usual at the 4 week mark.

3. An athlete at the 4 week and 9 week marking period must have a minimum numerical average of 77%, or with one (1) failing grade the student must have an 80% average. If the student has more than one (1) failing grade or less than a 80% average, he or she will be automatically put on a two (2) week probation period and will not be able to practice or participate during that time. At the end of the two week period, they must have pulled their grades up to an 80% or remain on probation.

4. Additionally, ACS Administration reserves the right to suspend eligibility at any time due to unsatisfactory academic performance or behavior.

ATHLETIC PROGRAM

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Intramural sports will grow into interscholastic sports. ACS strongly believes in the use of competitive sports to teach and model God-centered life and to contrast the abundance of a God-centered life with the futility and hopelessness of life apart from God.

Please see our athletic handbook.
 

Participation in ACS Athletic Program by Non-ACS Students

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ACS desires to maintain a liaison with the Home Schooling Association in Aiken County by allowing opportunities for home schooled student-athletes to participate in ACS athletic programs. Opportunities for student-athletes in other public or private schools are NOT available at ACS.

Participation by home schooled student-athletes in the ACS Athletic Program first requires completion of a "Non-ACS Student Athletics’ Participation Application". Once the application is reviewed by the ACS Principal, the prospective student-athlete and his/her parent(s) will be interviewed by the ACS Athletic Director and the ACS Coach (Head or Assistant) for the team for which the student-athlete desires to participate. The interview will focus on the following:

sharing the vision of ACS and the ministry of the ACS Athletic program
ensuring the prospective student-athlete and his/her parent(s) agree with the ACS Statement of Faith
ensuring the prospective student-athlete and his/her parent(s) are professing believers in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord
ensuring the prospective student-athlete and his/her parent(s) are committed to representing ACS by demonstration of Christ-like character and attitude.

For ACS athletic teams, tryouts will be held first for ACS student-athletes* to fill team rosters. Once ACS student-athlete tryouts are completed, home schooled student-athletes will be invited by the Head Coach for that team to tryout for remaining roster positions, if any are available. For home schooled student-athletes to tryout requires successful prior completion of the non-ACS student application & interview process described above. Final selection of home schooled players for each athletic team will be made by the Head Coach for that team, with concurrence by the ACS Athletic Director.

Portions of each ACS student's tuition is desiginated to help defray the cost of our various programs, therefore the cost for participation by home schooled student-athletes on ACS athletic teams will be twice the normal athletic fee charged ACS students for each sport. This fee will be assessed once a home schooled student-athlete is named to an ACS team roster.

Notes:

® * An ACS student-athlete is one who is enrolled in academic courses on a full or part-time basis.

® A "grandfather clause" will be applied to those home schooled student-athletes who were on the ACS Varsity Boys or Girls Basketball team rosters for the 1999-2000 season, such that they will be considered an "ACS student-athlete" for Varsity Basketball tryouts for the rest of their high school basketball career. If they are named to the ACS Boys or Girls Varsity Basketball team roster in any of those seasons, they will be assessed the home schooled student-athlete athletic fee.

® A "grandfather clause" will also be applied to those home schooled student-athletes who were on the ACS Middle School Boys Baseball team roster for the 1999-2000 season, such that they will be considered an "ACS student-athlete" for the Middle School Boys Baseball tryouts for the 2000-2001 baseball season. If they are named to the ACS Middle School Boys Baseball team roster in the 2000-2001 baseball season, they will be assessed the home schooled student-athlete athletic fee.

BUILDING USE

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1. Students should only eat lunch in the center of Wing A or outside at the picnic tables.

2. Microwaves and a refrigerator are available in the teacher lunch room.

3. Students should not be on the Whiskey Road side of the building unless accompanied by a teacher.

4. The bathrooms in the hallway outside Wing B are for teachers only. Student bathrooms are in the science room, at the end of Wing B, and at the end of the Wing A hall.

5. Students should only use the hallways between Wing A and Wing B on rainy days or while going to chapel.

6. Students may use either water fountain.

CHAPEL

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Chapels are held each Tuesday at 8:10 a.m. and are intended to be a high point the students will look forward to. Other special chapels and assemblies are held at the discretion of the school.

CLASS SYLLABUS

Each teacher will distribute a syllabus for each of your child's classes at the beginning of the school year. The syllabus will state grading percentages, goals, textbooks and other information that is pertinent to that class.

COLLEGE BOARD EXAMINATIONS

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The SAT and ACT are administered at designated times during the year at several locations in the area. Information is distributed through the School Office. The PSAT will be administered each Fall and achievement tests will be administered at ACS each spring. Testing and practice testing may be provided at ACS as well.

CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE

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Discipline at Aiken Christian School has four objectives:

1. To develop and maintain the optimum environment for learning(ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE).

2. To correct behavior that is disruptive or destructive to the learning environment(DISCIPLINE).

3. To remove, as a last resort, disruptive or unrepentant students so that the learning environment may be maintained(PURSUIT OF HOLINESS).

4. To train students in behavior that will be helpful to them individually and to the school community in supporting and achieving the commonly held goals of spiritual, intellectual, physical, and social development(RESPECT).

Student’s and Parent’s Standards of Conduct

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Aiken Christian School students will refrain from conforming to the attitudes or actions of this world. Our expectations are detailed in the Aiken Christian School Code of Conduct for students and parents, which must be agreed to in writing by every student and every parent yearly. A copy can be obtained from the school office. If any student’s conduct away from school conflicts significantly with the spirit of these guidelines, the school may question whether or not the family is suited for continued enrollment at ACS. Each family should maintain their own copy.

Policy Limits

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This Discipline Policy applies to students while they are on campus, on ACS operated field trips or at recognized school functions. While behavior at other times or places is an individual and parent responsibility (and not the school’s), behavior that impacts the school cannot be ignored. Therefore, behavioral offenses that occur outside the limits established in this policy will be considered as to their severity and impact on the school.

Disciplinary Procedures (Matthew 18)

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Counsel. The first level requires a teacher to confront a student concerning misconduct, a poor attitude, lack of responsibility, etc. At this point the teacher is free to explain the concerns and potential difficulty. If the student is responsive and has a teachable heart, discipline may end with this simple counseling session.

Detentions. These are issued for lunchtime on Monday or Thursday and in the afternoons.

Conferences. Communication with parents is essential for dealing with discipline areas. A united effort between home and school is critical to help build responsible behavior. The school will ask parents to attend conferences and encourage both mother and father to be present if at all possible.

Corporal Punishment. Corporal punishment at the school may be administered by the parents or principal in cooperation with the school according to scriptural guidelines when the situation warrants.

Suspension. Suspension restricts the student from attending class or participating in any form of extracurricular activity. All missed work during a suspension may be completed upon the student’s return. The student will receive a 10% academic penalty for any work missed during the suspension.

Disciplinary Probation. Probation gives the student an opportunity to correct a serious problem. If the student does not improve to a satisfactory level, the consequence will be forced withdrawal from school. Reasons for probation follow:

1. Continued, deliberate disobedience.

2. A rebellious spirit that is unchanged after counseling and prayer.

3. A continued negative attitude and bad influence upon the students.

4. Committing a serious breach of conduct inside or outside of the school that has an adverse effect upon the testimony of the school.

5. Failure of the parent to comply with the disciplinary policy of the school.

Restrictions. A student placed on probation must relinquish all positions of leadership and responsibility for the remainder of the school year. A student on probation may not run for student office.

Expulsion/Withdrawal. Any student who has demonstrated consistent discipline problems and will not respond to school authority will be expelled or asked to withdraw. Expulsion is by recommendation of theSchool Board of Directors.

Parents who seek re-admission of a student to the school shall request such by letter to the administration and School Board of Directors should they feel that new evidence of a changed attitude, sustained over a period of time, warrants such consideration. It is the school’s policy not to readmit a previously expelled student except under unusual or mitigating circumstances.

Responsibilities

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Parents have been given the responsibility by God for the discipline of their children. ACS parents have conferred this authority on teachers and administrators during the school day and in school activities. If parents have questions or disagreements regarding disciplinary actions, it shall be their responsibility to immediately discuss these questions or differences with the teacher involved and not to bring their grievance to other parents, faculty, or students. If the matter is not resolved with the teacher, the parents shall then discuss it with the principal, with the teacher present. If the matter is not resolved at this level, the grievance shall be brought to the attention of the School Board of Directors.

CURRICULUM

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No curriculum will fulfill the needs of our students without Christ and the devoted teachers He has prepared for ACS. Our teacher selection process is therefore the first step to selecting our teaching tools. Our teacher selection process is intentionally detailed and lengthy. Those teachers selected will choose and be supplied with the curriculum and other tools they feel will best fulfill the needs of our student body.

The curriculum seeks to provide for both the college preparatory program, as well as the general Ed program. Current 12th graders must complete 24 credits for graduation, and all other students must complete 25. Each student is also required to participate in Christian Community Service hours.

DRESS CODE

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A dress code is established to remind parents and students that dress and appearance must be in good taste. Modesty is a primary concern in a Christian environment. Scripture mandates that God’s people should dress modestly so that He can be honored. Clothing which might be suggestive or displays worldly pictures, slogans, etc. certainly would not be pleasing to God. The classroom environment must be conducive to learning. Clothing which is extremely casual will then contribute to a less than serious approach to studies. Dressing in "good taste" also means dressing appropriately. A Godly finished product is our goal; therefore, a modestly and neatly dressed student is what Aiken Christian requires.

The following dress code is a reflection of this philosophy.

All students must wear complete uniforms beginning the first day of school. The uniform should be neat, clean, and not tight. Uniform shorts and slacks must be navy, tan, or khaki, dress-style ­ no jeans styling. Hems may not be rolled. No hats or caps should be brought to school (except during winter to be worn during lunch recess).

Shorts, skirts, and jumpers must be worn no shorter than the top of the knee. Belts (brown, black or navy) must be worn if slacks or shorts are constructed with belt loops. As in all matters, the administrator is the ultimate authority regarding the suitability of school dress.

All unifrom components may be purchased at local retail stores. Call the school office if there are any questions regarding the dress code. The school office sells ACS monogrammed polo shirts, T-shirts, sweatshirts, and jackets.

Girls

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- navy, tan, or khaki(cotton/twill) skirt or jumper

- navy, tan, or khaki(cotton/twill) dress slacks, with belt if appropriate

- navy, tan, or khaki dress shorts (also referred to as walking shorts), with belt if appropriate (no shorter than the top of the knee)

- No cargo jeans, cargo shorts, or cargo pants are allowed

- navy, tan, or khaki loose fitting Capri pants

- solid white, light blue, or navy golf shirt with collar and placket (long or short sleeves), plain white blouse, or solid blue oxford dress shirt neatly tucked in

- neutral-colored dress shoes or mostly solid white, black, or navy athletic shoes. Shoes that call attention to one’s self will not be allowed.

- navy, tan, or white socks (knee or ankle) which must be visible above the shoe

- mostly solid jacket (no denim jackets) Jumper, sweaters, and school sweatshirts must be worn with uniform shirts underneath

For PE: Athletic shoes as described above, and navy, tan, or khaki shorts with uniform shirt. In cold weather, navy, tan, or khaki warm-up pants may be brought to school to wear for PE only (not acceptable as part of uniform to be worn in classroom).

Boys

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- navy, tan, or khaki(cotton/twill) dress slacks, with belt if appropriate

- navy, tan, or khaki dress shorts (also referred to as walking shorts), with belt if appropriate (no shorter than the top of the knee)

- No cargo jeans, cargo shorts, or cargo pants are allowed

- solid white, light blue, or navy golf shirt with collar and placket (long or short sleeves), or solid white or solid blue oxford dress shirt neatly tucked in

- neutral-colored dress shoes, dress boots, or mostly solid white, black, or navy athletic shoes. Shoes that call attention to one’s self will not be allowed.

- navy, tan, or white socks which must be visible above the shoe

- mostly solid jacket (no denim jackets) Sweaters and school sweatshirts must be worn with uniform shirts underneath

For PE: Athletic shoes as described above, and navy, tan, or khaki shorts with uniform shirt. In cold weather, navy, tan, or khaki warm-up pants may be brought to school to wear for PE only (not acceptable as part of uniform to be worn in classroom).

Chapel Day

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On Chapel day, girls are to wear uniform skirts, and boys are to wear uniform pants, a tie and uniform dress shirt.

Friday

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ACS T-shirt only or appropriate dress for activity as instructed by teacher.

Service Project Day

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Jeans with no holes, frays, or rips and an ACS T-shirt(only), or standard ACS school dress.

Homecoming/Banquets/Formal Occasions

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* "Tea" length, formal length, or regular "dressy" dresses are acceptable. Mini-dresses are NOT acceptable.

* The style of the dress shall not be of the variety so as to be considered "form fitting."

* There shall be careful selection of materials, colors, and style. Inappropriate "see-through" materials must be avoided.

* Dresses/gowns shall descend no lower than 2" below the collarbone in front.

* Dresses/gowns shall not descend lower than below the shoulder blades in the back.

* No dresses with "spaghetti" straps

* Selection of gowns/dresses should be in keeping with minimum school requirements of neatness, deference, and modesty, realizing the occasion is a formal Christian school social event.

* Administration reserves the right to have the student model a dress before a formal event or to sent the student home if dressed inappropriately at the occasion.

School-Sponsored Events

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Aiken Christian students should exhibit proper attire for school-sponsored events (for both home and away activities). Since dress is a reflection of the Christian testimony, the dress code must be followed at school-sponsored events such as attending or participating in a concert, ball game, etc. If a student is not dressed appropriately, he or she may be asked to leave and disciplinary action may occur.

Dress Code Rules

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Administration and teachers have the prerogative and obligation of informing students when certain attire may not be in accordance with our standards of modesty and neatness, even though the attire does not specifically violate one of the points of the dress code. If a student comes to school improperly dressed, the following will occur:

1. For the first offense the parent will be called to make immediate arrangements for a change of clothing.

2. Further offenses will result in detentions.

Grooming Standards

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Boys ­ Hair must be out of the eyes and off of the collar, and the ear must not be totally covered. No hair styles are permitted which would be a detriment to the testimony of the school. Boys should be clean shaven every day. No young men may wear an earring or earrings.

Girls ­ Avoid excessive makeup and excessive piercing. No hair styles are permitted which would be a detriment to the testimony of the school.

DRIVING AND PARKING REGULATIONS

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High School students will be allowed the privilege of driving to school and parking on campus as long as they adhere to the following rules: (Failure to abide by these regulations will result in the loss of privilege.)

1. You must possess a valid drivers license, with a photocopy of it given to the school office.

2. You must maintain current vehicular insurance information in the school office and that insurance must include liability coverage. (Your proof of insurance must be on file in the school office by the first day you drive to school.)

3. When you meet the above requirements, you will be allowed to drive to park at school.

4. You may be in your vehicle only to arrive on or leave campus. You are not to be at or around your parked vehicle during lunch time. You are not to keep textbooks in your vehicle.

5. You must obtain permission from the school Administration to drive your vehicle for errands.

6. You must operate vehicles on and off campus in a safe manner that promotes a positive Christian testimony. If you violate this provision, you will lose your driving and parking privileges on campus.

7. You may transport other students to and from school in the morning and at the end of the day in your vehicle only with the prior written approval of the Administration and all parents involved. This means that a note from the parents of the student who is riding must be on file in the office. A note from your parents allowing you to transport other students must also be on file. Siblings of drivers do not need to have written permission. You may not transport another student for a school function on a motorcycle.

8. Students may not drive other students on school-sanctioned trips or to ball games.

9. Only seniors may leave campus for lunch, and only once per week.

10. You must keep your vehicle’s stereo and radio turned down while on campus.

DROPPING COURSES

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Permission of the school is required to drop or add a course after enrollment. No course may be dropped or added after the first two weeks of school. Courses dropped after this deadline will be recorded as withdrawn passing (70) or withdrawn failing (65). No credit is given for dropped courses.

EMERGENCY CLOSINGS

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Emergency closings for ACS in the Fall and Spring are announced on the radio at 88.3 WAFJ and on TV on Channel 6. Emergency closings for winter for ACS will be the same as Aiken County Schools. In case of bad weather, avoid calling the school office except for critical situations. When school closes early because of bad weather, students should be picked up as soon as possible.

EXAMS

See Tests and Examinations

FINANCES

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As a nonprofit organization, ACS seeks to provide the best possible education at a minimum cost. As an independent Christian school, we are not entitled to tax revenue or church subsidy, and must receive funds for operating the school from parents, sponsors, and others called to support this ministry. Copies of the financial statements are kept in the office for parental review.

Enrollment

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All new students must fill out an application and turn it in to the Office. A nonrefundable application fee is due with each application. (See current Tuition and Fee Schedule.) Once a student(s) has been accepted to ACS, the student’s parent(s) must come to the Business Office to make financial arrangements and commitment to pay for all tuition and fees necessary for the student(s) to attend ACS. To enroll the parent must:

1. Choose a method of payment and sign the Registration Form. Signing this form constitutes a contractual agreement between the school and the parent for payment of the tuition. (See current Tuition and Fee Schedule.)

2. Pay the Registration Fee. This fee is per family and must be paid at the time of enrollment. It is not refundable. Discounts do not apply. (See current Tuition and Fee Schedule.)

3. Pay the Building Fee. This fee is per family to cover maintenance and miscellaneous costs of present and future facilities. This fee must be paid by June 1. It is refundable up to the first day of school, after which it is non-refundable. Discounts do not apply. (See current Tuition and Fee Schedule.)

4. Pay the Student Book Fee. This fee is per student to cover the textbooks, workbooks, etc., used by the student during the year. This fee must be paid on July 1. It is refundable up to the first day of school, after which it is non-refundable. Discounts do not apply. (See current Tuition and Fee Schedule.) All hardback texts are to be returned to ACS at the end of each school year.

Discounts

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1. Cash Discounts: Cash Discounts are given to those parents who choose to pay their student(s) tuition in one lump sum payment.

2. Multi-student Discounts: The school recognizes that tuition for families with more than one student creates financial hardship. Therefore, the multi-student discount was created to assist those families with more than one student to make ACS more affordable.

3. Pastor’s Discount: Full-time pastors/ministers receive a 10% discount. Part-time pastors/ministers receive a 5% discount.

Method of Payment

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There are two methods of payment available:

1. Payment in Full. This option requires full payment of tuition by August 1. A 5% cash discount will be given to those who choose this option.

2. Ten Month Installments. All tuition accounts that are paid on a monthly basis must be paid in ten equal installments. The first begins August 1 and the final (10th) is on May 1. There is no cash discount for this payment option.

Tuition Payment Policy

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1. Monthly payments are due and payable on the 1st of each month. Tuition is past due if payment is received on the 11th calendar day or thereafter and a late payment fee of $10.00 will be automatically assessed. If payment has not been received by the 20th of the month, or, if no arrangements have been made with the Business Office, the student(s) affected will be subject to dismissal.

2. Students who enroll after the first day of school will be subject to the following tuition payment policy:

a. Anyone enrolling in August after the first day of school or in September will pay full tuition, with the August and September month’s payments due at enrollment.

b. Students enrolling in October will pay nine-tenths of the full tuition, with the first two month’s payment due at enrollment. The following months will be billed as follows:

(All of these months must also pay two month’s tuition at the time of enrollment.)

November: eight-tenths (8/10)

December: seven-tenths (7/10)

January: six-tenths (6/10)

February: five-tenths (5/10)

March: four-tenths (4/10)

April: three-tenths (3/10)

May: two-tenths (2/10)

3. No student can be registered at ACS for the next school year if the tuition account is not current, i.e., is past due.

4. No student may attend class the next school year if tuition has not been paid in full for the current school year.

NOTE: REPORT CARDS AND/OR STUDENT RECORDS CANNOT BE RELEASED UNTIL ALL ACCOUNTS ARE UP-TO-DATE OR CLEARED.

GRADING SCALE

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The scale for letter grades is as follows:

A+ 98-100
A 95-97
A- 93-94
B+ 90-92
B 87-89
B- 85-86
C+ 82-84
C 79-81
C- 77-78 D+ 74-76
D 72-73 D- 70-71 F69 and below

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

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Aiken Christian School offers one academi track, College Preparatory. (The CP track has been developed based upon requirements of the State of South Carolina and Aiken Christian School’s School Board of Directors.)

Requirements for Graduation College Preparatory Diploma

Area of Study/Carnegie Unit/Instructional Emphasis

English I-IV/4 /Classic Lit., World Lit., American Lit., British Lit.

Mathematics/4/Algebra I and II, Geometry, Advanced Math

Science/4/Physical and Lab, Biology and Lab, Chemistry and Lab, Physics and Lab

Social Studies/4/World Geography, World History, US History, Government (1/2) and Economics (1/2)

Bible/1/(for each year enrolled)

Physical Education/1

Foreign Language/2/Spanish I and II

Electives

Keyboarding/Computer/Applications I
Foreign Language
Concurrent Admissions Classes
Christian Tools I-IV
Transfer Credits

  • Total Carnegie Units -
    24 (Current grade 12)
    25 (All other grades)

Two units must be earned in one foreign language to meet admission requirements of four-year colleges and universities.

The student must demonstrate keyboarding proficiency/computer literacy before graduating from high school.

HOMEWORK

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Believing that homework is an integral part of the school program, each teacher is at liberty to give homework, aiding students to advance in their studies. Therefore, each student is required to complete his/her homework assignments. A list of homework assignments for the week may be obtained each Monday afternoon, either as a hard copy from the secretary, or via email. It is our expectation that parents will make time to supervise homework until the student demonstrates the self-government to successfully master this task without supervision. Homework has several goals and benefits:

a. For academic excellence: 1 Corinthians 9:25 "Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever." 1 Corinthians 10:31 "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."

b. For practice, class preparation, reinforcement, and remediation: Homework is assigned to provide the students with drill, practice, a review of material, and background information which prepares them to participate in future classroom activities and discussions. This will allow the student to master material essential to their educational process.

c. For responsibility and discipline: Homework, when completed in a timely manner, teaches responsibility and develops self-discipline within the student.

d. For building self-confidence: Students that come to class prepared have confidence and security in knowing they have done their best.

e. For mastery of subject matter: Students should continually work toward basic understanding and knowledge of the subject matter which constitute the building blocks of subject mastery.

f. For critical thinking: Homework provides students with opportunities for critical thinking. Students are able to express creativity by employing various means of study. Students are able to take learned information and to apply it logically to solve problems.

g. For independent working: Through time, homework develops independence and self-reliance.

 

Procedures

1. Students have homework in all of their classes on a regular basis. If a student comes to class unprepared, he must expect a zero for that work and will be given one warning. Upon being issued the third warning in the same class, a detention will be issued. Each late or missed assignment during the rest of that 9 weeks will be a detention. The student gets a fresh start each nine weeks.

2. When a student is absent, it is his responsibility to get the assignments missed and complete them. A student will have one day for each day missed to get work made up unless other arrangements are made with the teacher. If he knows that he is going to be absent from school, he must see his teachers in advance to make arrangements to make up the work he will miss by the day he returns.

3. Students excused early from school for sports or other activities must submit current assignments and take tests (at teacher discretion) before they leave school and obtain the assignment for the next day.

4. Any class work that is not completed and turned in on time, automatically becomes a "zero." A "zero" will become a "fifty" if the class work is turned in, complete, the next class period.

 

HONOR ROLLS

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A Honor Roll

All A’s

Honor Roll

All A’s or B’s

The Honor Roll is determined at the end of each quarter, semester, and at the end of the year. A student is not considered for the honor roll if he has an incomplete grade in any subject.

LIBRARY

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The primary function of the school library/media center is to support the curriculum of the school and provide for improving the intellectual capabilities and achievements of all students. The library links its patrons with materials, equipment and services. Its programs, activities, and interactions are designed to specifically meet the academic needs of individuals and groups in the school community. The media center environment enhances learning experiences and is built upon concern for the academic and spiritual progress of each student. Computer resources are available for research with monitored Internet access.

LUNCHES

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Students will "Brown Bag" their lunches from home. Students will also have the opportunity to order lunch from local fast food chains through the school office on Monday's for the days of Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The office will give details as needed.

MEDICATION/HEALTH

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Any medication needed for students during school hours must be given directly to the office. Any student who becomes sick during the day must go through the office before being released. The home will be contacted if it is necessary for the student to go home. All communicable diseases that students contract must be reported to the office. Students may not possess any medication without approval from the office. A written record of all medication dispensed is kept in the office. Aiken Christian School does not employ a school nurse.

MINI-MESTER

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Mini-mester is a one week opportunity after the Christmas holidays to participate in various elective classes. Different classes will be offered each year to provide the students a growing sampling of elective classes.

MOMS IN TOUCH

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Moms in Touch is an opportunity for the ladies of ACS to gather together weekly and lift up our board, faculty, staff, students, and parents in prayer. Please contact the office for dates and times.

MONDAY LETTER

Each Monday a letter will be emailed or sent home to families containing news for that week of school events. Also on each Monday a homework letter will be emailed or sent home with projected homework, quizzes, and tests for that week. Assignments are subject to change based upon the teacher’s discretion.

MUSIC

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ACS will be offering beginning/intermediate band starting this school year.

OFFICES

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Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Appointments with the principal and/or teachers may be made through the school secretary at 642-0286. Summer hours will differ. The telephone message system remains available.

PARENT/TEACHER RELATIONSHIPS: MATTHEW 18

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Parent-Teacher meetings are held throughout the school year, and we encourage parents to come and discuss their child’s progress. Parents are welcome to visit classes with prior notice to the teacher. Parents are also welcome to visit teachers daily between 2:50 and 3:20 p.m. without an appointment.

Every effort is made to resolve problems on the lowest level possible. If you have a concern or a complaint, go first to the person directly involved, usually a teacher. Most problems are resolved at that level. If no satisfaction is found, arrange a conference with the teacher and the appropriate principal. If the problem is still unresolved, the matter should be brought to the attention of the Board of Directors as a last resort. Please adhere to this process without exception.

Teachers may be reached by phone during the school day. Usually a message will need to be left in the office. Please contact teachers at home only in emergency situations, and then at a reasonable hour.

Each Monday a "Monday letter" will be emailed or sent home with information regarding the upcoming week’s events.

PARKING AND TRAFFIC FLOW

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Please do not park in the handicapped spaces for any reason, unless you have a visible handicapped permit. If you have a lot to unload or load while picking up or dropping off students, please park your vehicle, so as to allow other cars to go through. Remember to not park in the main central grassy area, but rather on peripheral edges of this area.

Please enter campus at our entrance driveway, which is the driveway closest to the church sign. Exit out the far driveway. This will help to avoid an accident.

PHONE

There is a phone in the school office that may be used in cases of necessity, with a teacher or other faculty member present. Students should limit their calls to a few minutes in length and should use the phone at lunch or in between classes. Students should only use the phone with a phone pass from their teacher.

PROMOTION/RETENTION POLICY

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We believe that in certain cases retention is a necessary and appropriate tool in the educational strategies that are used for the development of children. In most instances, especially in earlier grades, retention is necessary because of academic failure.

The goal of our school is to minimize the need for retention. Early communication between the home and the school combined with vigorous intervention efforts should always be made to reduce the potential for retention.

REENROLLMENT

Reenrollment letters will be sent to each student based upon the student’s academic performance, behavioral performance, and upon the progress of the focus area the parent and student have chosen.

REPORT CARDS

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Report cards should be picked up at the school from 12 - 3 p.m. at the end of each 9 weeks period. Teachers will be available for conferences at this time. Conferences may be required. Report cards must be picked up by parents; students may not take home the report card without a written note of permision from the parent.

An incomplete (I) recorded on a report card must be satisfied within 10 school days following the end of the grading period. After that time, an incomplete will be changed to "F". Exceptions may be granted with Administrative approval.

RESTRICTED MATERIAL

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Weapons, pocket knives, tobacco products, alcohol, illegal drugs, fireworks, lighters or matches, radios, walkmen, CD/tape players, pagers, telephones, or any electronic game or device are not to be brought to school or school activities. This will be strictly enforced, and when necessary, law enforcement agencies will be contacted.

SCHEDULE

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Faculty Devotions 7:45 a.m.

School begins 8:00 a.m.

Tardy 8:00 a.m.

Dismissal 3:10 p.m.(Monday-Thursday)
2:05 (Friday)

Post School Time

The classroom buildings are locked at 4:00 p.m. Students should go directly to their ride immediately following dismissal from school. Students may not loiter around the school after 3:30 p.m. unless they are involved in supervised after-school activities.

SPIRITUAL PROFILE

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Philosophy ­

1) To provide parents with positive feedback on their child as seen at school through the eyes of the teachers.

2) To provide students with positive feedback on where and how they appear to be at school, as viewed by the teachers.

3) To hold each other accountable to living a godly lifestyle and pursuing a loving, passionate relationship with Christ.

4) To provide an opportunity for parents to be active in the spiritual development of their children while at school.

Purpose ­

1) To develop within each child a recognition of their strengths

2) To develop within each child the ability to analyze themselves and choose a focus area(s).

3) To develop within each child the ability to pursue and achieve their focus area(s) goal(s).

4) To give children every opportunity, available to ACS, to help them live a godly lifestyle and pursue a loving, passionate relationship with Christ.

5) To develop an increasingly positive peer pressure environment that encourages children towards godly character.

Assessment Process -

1) At the start of each school year, parents with their child (ren) will choose a focus area for the 1st semester of school. This information should be turned into the school by the start of September to each child’s homeroom teacher.

2) During first semester exams, each child will be individually assessed by each of the faculty and staff members that teach that child. (This will be done in a faculty meeting.) Three observed strengths will be determined during these meetings for each child.

3) Each child/parent will receive two copies of the results. Their homeroom teacher will hand the profiles back to the students during the week following mini-mester. Each child should discuss and pray with their parents as to their focus area(s) of choice for the second semester. A focus area(s) should be chosen and marked on the profiles and one copy returned to ACS. This should be accomplished before the end of January.

4) Parents/children may contact their homeroom teacher or Mr. Ballard regarding questions from the profile.

5) During the first and second semester, ACS will be set aside one day each month, during an extended homeroom, to follow up with each student as to how they are progressing in their focus area(s).

 

STANDARDIZED TESTING

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Standardized achievement tests will be administered to students in the spring. When appropriate, vocational testing may be administered through the office.

STUDENT DRIVERS

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See Driving/Parking Regulations

TARDIES

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All students have the responsibility to arrive promptly to homeroom and to their scheduled classes.

1. A student is considered tardy to school when he/she reaches homeroom after 8:00 a.m. Excessive tardies will result in disciplinary action. Students who drive to school and are tardy three times (per 9 weeks), will lose the privilege of driving to school for the length of one week for each successive tardy.

2. A student is considered tardy when he or she reaches the classroom after the start of class.

3. A student is considered absent whenever he/she misses 20 minutes or more of the class period. This is further defined as missing at least half of the classroom experience on any given day.

4. All tardies will be considered a disciplinary matter and will be handled accordingly.

5. All tardies per class for the semester will result in disciplinary action determined by the school.

TELEPHONE

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Students should not have beepers or cellular phones at school. Student phone calls should be made during lunch or break.

TESTS AND EXAMINATIONS

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Tests and exams are given in all classes. Tests and exams are important and careful preparation is needed.

First and third quarter exams consist of material covered during those quarters only, will be one class period in length, and will be weighted 20 % of the quarter’s grade. All students will take quarter exams.

First and second semester exams will be 90 minutes in length, will cover material from the previous quarter and the present quarter only, and will be weighted 20 % of the semester grade. Students with a 95 or higher average and limited class absences may exempt semester exams. Only two semester exams will be administered per day (8:30 - 10:00 and 10:30 -12:00). During this time, students only have to come to school for the specific exam(s) they are taking. Students are dismissed at noon.

TEXTBOOK

All consumable textbooks are the student’s property to keep at the end of each school year. Any consumables in good condition that a student does not want can be given to ACS. ACS will gladly recycle them to help keep book costs down. All hardback textbooks are the property of ACS and if damaged during the year, the student will be assessed a damage/replacement fee.

VISITORS

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Visitors to the classroom are welcome, but prior arrangements are requested. Parents are asked not to go directly to the classrooms, but are required to come to the office to sign out their students, deliver messages or bring student belongings. Teachers are instructed not to dismiss a student until advised by the office staff. Parents and visitors are asked to dress modestly when on campus or participating in school-sponsored activities.

 

The Parent-Student Agreement Form is signed and turned in to the Homeroom teacher at the beginning of school.

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