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"The question to be asked at the end of an educational step is not 'What has a student learned?' but 'What has the student become?'"

James Monroe, 5th President of the United States

Academic Policies for Kindergarten - 5th Grade

Academic Standards:

It is the purpose of this school to provide a sound academic education, integrating biblical truths into the subjects taught.

The academic requirements for each grade level are developed to meet or exceed the course of study prescribed by the Missouri State Department of Education, with emphasis on a high standard of achievement. In addition to regular school tests, the TerraNova Test is given in the spring.

Phonics and comprehension form the basis of the reading program. The techniques and the methods of phonics will enable the child to have a better understanding of words and word attack skills. Reading, language arts, mathematics, and Bible are emphasized. Social studies, health, penmanship, science, Spanish, music, art, computers, and physical education are also studied.

We use a variety of Christian curricula including: A Beka, Bob Jones and Purposeful Design to name a few.

Students will be challenged to do their best. If a student is doing unsatisfactory work in any subject, the parents will be notified with progress reports during the quarter, prior to issuance of report cards, and a conference with the parents may be requested.

Homework:

Homework is an assigned school activity that is to be completed out of class. It is designed to stimulate initiative and responsibility, aid in self-direction, develop independence and reinforce learning. It should help the student utilize the resources of his/her home and his/her community, such as the library. Parents are expected to support the teacher by supervising the homework assignments. Parents should not do homework for their child. Other than work not finished in class that day, there will be no homework assigned on Wednesdays.

Honor Roll:

Elementary - A student honor roll is kept for students in grades 3-5. To quality for this Honor Roll, a student must have all A’s and B’s in the core subjects. Students may qualify for the Administrator’s Honor Roll by earning all A’s in the core subjects.

Grading Scale (K-5th):

Grades for all core classes will be given according to the following scale:

90 - 100%A

80 - 89%B

70 - 79%C

60 - 69%D

59% and belowF

Report Cards:

Classes are set up on a nine-week grading period. Report cards will be given to the parents at their child‘s conference at the end of the first quarter and sent home with the child for subsequent quarters. The report card envelopes should be signed by the parent and returned to the teacher.

Conferences:

Parent/teacher conferences will be held at the end of the first quarter. Follow-up conferences will be scheduled as necessary. The school encourages parents to make every effort to attend these conferences. We encourage your cooperation by being prompt and only staying the allotted amount of time as arranged by the teacher. Both parents are encouraged to attend the conferences.

Academic Policies for 6th-12th Grade

Academic Standards:

It is the purpose of this school to provide a sound academic education, integrating biblical truths into the subjects taught.

The academic requirements for each grade level are developed to meet or exceed the course of study prescribed by the Missouri State Department of Education, with emphasis on a high standard of achievement. In addition to regular school tests, the TerraNova Test is given in the spring.

We use a variety of Christian and secular curricula including: A Beka, Bob Jones and Purposeful Design to name a few.

Students will be challenged to do their best. If a student is doing unsatisfactory work in any subject, the parents will be notified with progress reports during the quarter, prior to issuance of report cards, and a conference with the parents may be requested.

Early Release for Seniors:

Some students who will meet all the requirements by the end of their 7th semester or by attending half-day their senior year, will wish to be released from school to attend college classes or to work. This type of arrangement can only be made through a meeting with the student and his/her parents to determine the direction and goals of the student. The Administrator will allow an arrangement of this nature only if he agrees that such an arrangement is in the best interest of the student. Signatures of the parent(s), the student, and someone at the college or place of employment are all required to allow the early release. No discounts in tuition will be offered for early release students.

Community Service Requirement for Graduation:

We at Plaza Heights Christian Academy want to instill in our students a desire to give of their time, talent, and treasure to others. The scripture is full of stories of Jesus taking the time to help and minister to the sick, the poor, and the needy. Often, those that He helped would respond to the message of the gospel as a result of their physical needs being met.

* Freshman year - 15 documented hours

* Sophomore year - 20 documented hours

* Junior year - 25 documented hours

* Senior year - 30 documented hours

Some of the goals of the community service requirement:

* to get students focus off of themselves and onto others (Philippians 2:3)

* to show students that they can make a difference regardless of their age (I Timothy 4:12)

* to be examples to other believers and younger students (I Timothy 4:12)

* to instill an attitude of service (Mark 9:35)

* to give students opportunities to put their faith into action (James 2:17-18)

Community service includes:

* any work or service done for someone that is not a family member or for a business or ministry a family member does not own.

* any work or service completed for which nothing is given or exchanged in return for the work will be included in the total.

Up to half of the hours each year may be received from the student’s own church or from the school. Each student is encouraged to go outside of his/her “comfort zone” and offer help to those he/she normally would not.

How to get community service hours:

There are lots of ways to get hours. Volunteer at local shelters, hospitals, nursing homes, preschools, elementary schools, or churches. Work at your church’s VBS, in the nursery, at a children’s camp, in the kitchen, on a work day, to name a few. Volunteer at PHCA’s fireworks tent, in the library, tutoring younger children, in the before- or after-school programs, as a crossing guard, on a work day, at the PTF carnival, or any other staff-approved event. Opportunities are planned and some are undertaken during that time.

Talk to your parents, teachers, Youth Pastor, Sunday School teacher, and other adults for ideas to serve. Most will be interested to help you find a way to serve.

To receive credit for completed community service:

Work or service must be documented on the school’s form by an adult that is not a relative of the student, and should include the name, signature, contact information, work or service performed, and the time served. Forms are available in the school office.

It is up to the individual student to provide the documentation for service completed. All community service must be completed by May 1st of the student’s senior year.

Homework:

Homework is an assigned school activity that is to be completed out of class. It is designed to stimulate initiative and responsibility, aid in self-direction, develop independence and reinforce learning. It should help the student utilize the resources of his/her home and his/her community, such as the library. Parents are expected to support the teacher by supervising the homework assignments. Parents should not do homework for their child. Other than work not finished in class that day, there will be no homework assigned on Wednesdays.

Honor Roll:

For a student to qualify for honor roll in grades 6-12, he/she must have a Grade Point Average of at least 3.0. To qualify for the Administrator’s Honor Roll, the student must have a Grade Point Average of 3.75.

Grading Scale:

90 - 100%A

80 - 89%B

70 - 79%C

60 - 69%D

59% and below F

Report Cards:

Junior High and High School classes are set up on an eighteen-week grading period. The first quarter grade card is a progress report of where the student is after nine weeks, but the semester is cumulative (the second quarter grade IS the semester grade). The semester grades become part of the student’s official transcript. Report cards will be mailed the week following the end of the grading period. Parents are asked to sign one copy and have their student return it to the 1st hour teacher by the date indicated.

Conferences:

Conferences for 6th-12th graders will be arranged as needed.

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