WHAT IS CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
"In Christian Education there should be a proper balance between academic freedom and academic responsibility. Freedom in any orderly relationship of human life is always limited and never absolute. The freedom of a teacher in a Christian school, college, or seminary is limited by the pre-eminence of Jesus Christ, the authoritative nature of the Scriptures, and by the distinct purpose for which the school exists"
(Excerpt: A Statement Adopted by the SBC June 14, 2000)
Centertown Christian Academy was conceived as a ministry by Bro. Jerry Smith in memory and honor of his father, a godly man, Bro. Brownie Smith. It is under the auspices of Centertown Community Church.
A student's continued enrollment is based upon the cooperative support of the student and his/her parents and with compliance with the policies written in this handbook.
We believe that the Bible gives the ultimate responsibility for the education of children to parents, who have received their children as gifts from God. (Psalms 127:35). The purpose of a private Christian School is to more fully obey Deuteronomy 6:5-7. "...And the words,...thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children." Attendance at this school is a PRIVILEGE AND NOT A RIGHT. Our goal is to train youth academically, socially, and spiritually within the principles of New Testament Christianity. We do not apologize for our stand for the old-time Gospel and high standards of self-discipline, personal integrity, and citizenship.
OUR PRIVILEGES & INCENTIVE SYSTEM
- "C" Responsibilities
- No demerits prior week
- No incomplete homework
- No Detention previous week
- Memorized previous weeks Bible memory
- Maintaining Academic Balance by:
- Completing all daily goals or Homework
- Completing 1 Pace per subject per 3 weeks
- Must do Project or Report
- Use computers when work is complete
- No flags needed to leave seat
- After daily goals completed, Student may:
- Read approved literature
- Engage in crafts, models, etc
- Listen to inspirational tapes
- No signature needed for checkups
Detention will be given after school for 3 or more demerits received per day.
Detention slips will be sent home the same day the offenses occurred and detention will be served after school the following day.
TUITION AND OTHER FEES
- Application Fee: A $100.00 application fee will accompany each new student's application.
- Tuition Fee: A monthly tuition fee of $200.00 will be due by the 1st of each month beginning in August and running through May for a period of 10 months.
- If more than one child the monthly fee decreases by $25.00 per child.
- If entire 10 months tuition paid in advance deduct 10% which means you get one month free.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES NEEDED ...To be provided by the student
- One 1" Wide spine 3 ring binder to remain on desk is mandatory, nothing wider.
- 2 pkg Wide ruled loose leaf paper
- 2 pkg #2 yellow pencils (may use mechanical but only soft lead will be allowed, child will need a supply of lead for these. We do not furnish.)
- 2 packs of cap erasers (goes over top of pencil)
- 4 large pink eraser
- 1 pencil pouch (to go inside notebook to hold pencils)
- 1 box colored pencils
- 1 bottle Elmers white glue
- 1 box 24 count crayons
- 1 pair round end scissors
- 1 twelve inch ruler with both regular and metric measurements ALL STUDENTS THROUGH GRADE SIX NEED A PACK OF MULTIPLICATION-TABLE FLASH-CARDS. WE ARE GOING TO BE STRICT ABOUT LEARNING THESE THIS YEAR AND WILL BE ASKING FOR PARENTS HELP AT HOME. SEVENTH GRADE AND HIGHER MUST HAVE A PROTRACTOR, COMPASS AND SCIENTIFIC CALCULATOR. ALL OF THE ABOVE ARE FOR YOUR STUDENT AND YOUR STUDENT ONLY.'
Students are responsible for bringing a bag lunch or microwaveable lunch to school each day. Please include chips, dip, or drink for lunch as the school does not furnish these except at snack time. The only time we will furnish lunch is for the rare occasion a child may forget their lunch. If your child has a food allergy we will call you to bring their lunch as our lunch item is peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
The following items are to be used in the Learning Center and shared by all.
- 1 box Bandaids
- 2 boxes Kleenex
- 1 container Clorox wipes
- 1 container Wet wipes
- 1 large pkg paper plates (not styrofoam as they melt)
- 1 large pkg napkins
- 1 large pkg Dessert plates (not styrofoam)
- 1 each large box Forks, Spoons & Knives (not Mixed boxes)
- 1 Large pkg small bowls (not styrofoam)
- 1 Large pkg large desser/soup bowls (not styrofoam) These items are to brought the first day of school and the first day back after Christmas break
Failure is not typical in this program because students work at their own level and rate. However, students must MASTER the material before going on to the next PACE. This means that MASTERING all PACES requires that students make at least a 75 on all exams. If a student does not score 75 on the second test then the entire PACE must be repeated.
- 94%-100% = A
- 88%-93% = B
- 80%-87% = C
- 75%-79% = D
OUR STANDARDS OF CONDUCT
Students are expected to act in an orderly and respectful manner toward fellow students, teacher, and monitors.
Christian standards of courtesy, cheerfulness, kindness, language, morality and honesty are always expected of each young person.
Students must sign a student conduct contract agreeing to conduct themselves at all times in a manner which is becoming Christian character.
... GRIPING AND COMPLAINING WILL NOT BE TOLERATED !
If at any time a child's attitude becomes in direct opposition to school principles, the student may be placed on probation and the parents contacted for a conference. At the end of a two week probationary period the administration may ask the parents to withdraw the child from school. Standards of behavior will be maintained through staff kindness and genuine care; yet with discipline given fairly and consistently with love.
DEMERIT OFFENSES INCLUDE, BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
- Turning around in office
- Running in the Learning Center
- Any disruptive behavior
- Complaining and griping
- Chair left out or not returned
- Writing, passing, or receiving notes
- Gum chewing
- Out of seat without permission
- Pace's left at home
- Homework slip not returned
- Leaning back in chair
- Failure to return a parent note
- Trash not placed in garbage
- Projects not in by self-test
- Incomplete homework
- Unsportsmanlike conduct
- More than one day's work left unscored
- Ridiculing others
- Talking at testing table
- False accusations & gossiping
- Messy Office
- Any minor damage to school property
- To equip students to be Godly and productive adults when they graduate.
- To implement individualized curriculum and learning procedures using the Five Laws of Learning.
- To introduce and reinforce Biblical principles that will increase personal responsibility, character development, and positive citizenship.
- To support academic achievement through safety nets and quality control built into the A.C.E. program.
We believe the Bible to be inspired of God, the infallible Word of God. That Jesus Christ was manifested in the flesh by the virgin birth. The fall of man brought sin upon every man of Adam's race and that the grace of God made an atonement for sin through faith in the shed blood of Christ. The grace of God brought salvation to every born again believer.
Our school uses the A.C. E. Accelerated Christian Education Schools, which are used through-out the United States during the past 40 years and is presently utilized to teach Christian young people in over 8,000 schools in 145 countries and more than 50,000 Home Schools. The A.C.E. curriculum uses self instructional materials so each child can work at his academic level in every subject area. This allows each child to progress at his own pace and know success at his own rate. Each student takes a Diagnostic Placement Test so that his placement in the curriculum will be at his academic level of achievement, rather than at his age or grade. This curriculum is presented in a Non-Denominational attitude which openly opposes and refutes the Humanistic philosophy.
Tennessee Law requires that private school official's report to the county school board any parent or guardian with a child whose unexcused absences total 5 within a nine month school term.
Centertown Christian Academy can provide a high school diploma from a certified school as we are partners with Lighthouse Christian Academy which is a certified school. The student will get a diploma from each school; however, universities and colleges are more interested in the students standardized test scores, such as the ACT or the SAT.Graduates from A.C.E. Schools have been accepted by hundreds of colleges and universities across America.
Daily Morning Devotions, Weekly Chapels, and Special Day Services are an important part of the spiritual education program of Centertown Christian Academy.
OUR SCHOOL DAY
Our school day begins at 8:00 a.m. The school doors will be open each day by 7:30 a.m. Our school day ends at 2:30 p.m.each day except from Thanksgiving Break until Spring Break when it ends at 1:30. Students may be picked up beginning at 2:30 and 1:30 respectively. Our school schedule will follow the school schedule of Warren County schools. For inclement weather watch Channel 5 News. If Warren County Schools are closed, or running late, we are also.
OUR ATTENDANCE POLICY
No note or phone call within 5 days is an automatic unexcused absence. Five unexcused absences, within 9 months requires (state law) that the students name be turned in to the county School Board
CATEGORIES OF EXCUSED ABSENCES
Parents of students may be excused the first 5 absences by note or phone call. All personal absences above 5 must have a Doctor's note.
- Personal illness
- Death in immediate family.
- Family illness
- Personal (Medical appointments, court, etc.)
- School Sponsored Activities
Parents must sign a consent form for any Staff Member to give any medication to students (Aspirin, Tylenol, etc.) Prescription medications may be given by Staff Member with instructions given by parents or guardian.
- MUSIC / BOOKS / MAGAZINES Only approved books and magazines are permitted in a student's office.
- TELEPHONE The school phone is for school business and emergencies. It is off-limits to students except in emergency situations with permission and monitoring by the school staff. Cell phones are allowed at school but are not allowed at desk. Must be given to management at beginning of day and picked up at end of day. To be used for emergency only!
- CHURCH-SCHOOL PROPERTY All materials, furniture and property have been purchased in the name of the Lord Jesus and are expected to be treated with that respect. The abusing, defacing, marking, breaking, or destruction of church-school property will not be tolerated. Replacing the property will be the sole responsibility of the offending student.
- ELECTRONIC DEVICES IPODS, MP3 PLAYERS,TABLETS, etc. may be brought to school and used before and after school or during breaks and recess (when approved by management). ALL games and music must be pre-approved by management. Failure to follow rules will cause forfeit of the privilege.
- WEAPONS & ETC. Real or toy guns, knives, matches, tobacco products are not allowed.
Students become the responsibility of the school personnel once they arrive at the school. Therefore, students may not leave the school without staff permission during school hours, nor may they have visitors, nor leave with another person without the verbal or written consent of the parents. Anyone picking up a student must be on the list approved by parents, and sign out in school office will be necessary with valid ID
Conferences are held every nine weeks to inform the parents/grandparents of the progress of each student. A copy of the student's academic progress by class is given to the parent/grandparent and any questions are answered. The following day report cards (computer generated) are given to each student which does not have to be returned. Honor roll certificates are given out also.
OUR PROMOTION SYSTEM
Students are promoted to the next level dependent upon their satisfactorily accomplishing their work goals. Students are not promoted based upon school attendance. Elementary students are expected to complete 72 PACES in a school year for promotion. At least 12 should be completed in each major subject area. High School students are given 1 credit upon the completion of 12 Paces in a subject area.
Course of Study Requirements for Graduation
- Vocational Diploma - 20 Credits
- General Diploma - 22 Credits
- College Preparatory - 25 Credits
- Honors Diploma - 27 Credits
Students learn responsibility by daily setting their own goals which will allow them to complete a minimum of 1 Pace in each subject every 3 weeks. Most students will complete at least 24 pages per day. Any work a student fails to complete during the school day is then understood to become HOMEWORK and is due by the next day. Demerits are given for incomplete homework. Homework slips with work to be completed or study for exams will be sent home for parents, grandparents signature. Parents/grandparents should ensure the homework or study for an exam is completed before signing the homework slip.the following day will result in a demerit. Signed homework slips should be turned in and work scored before school starts the following day.
TARDINESS AND EARLY DISMISSAL
Students arriving after 8:00 will be counted tardy for attendance purposes. Habitual tardiness will result in demerits.
We encourage parents to see that students arrive at school on time and discourage requests for early check-outs other than for medical appointments and emergencies.
If the student is to leave school during the school day, the parent (or someone they have authorized) is to come inside and sign the student out on the "Check-Out Log".
If checkout is after 11:30 a.m. an excuse will not be needed the next day.
...Once tardies exceed 4 per semester the following measures can be implemented:
- Parents notified
- Student detention (during and/or after school)
- Out of School suspension (cannot do academic work & absences are unexcused)
- Parent conference
OUR DRESS CODE
The dress code for students of Centertown Christian Academy will be as follows:
- Polo Shirts with collars in the following colors: ONLY! White, Navy Blue or Red.
- Pants or shorts in Navy Blue, Black or Khaki. ONLY!
- Shorts must come within two inches of the knees.
- Shoes: some type of tennis shoe is preferred with socks. No loud colors
- Polo Shirts or dresses in the following colors White, Navy Blue or Red.
- Pants, skirts, or shorts in Navy Blue, Black or Khaki.
- Shirts must be long enough to cover top of pants when bending over.
- Dresses, skirts and shorts must come within two inches of the knee. Please check your length before you leave home.
- If more than two inches above knee, Parent will be called to bring clothing that meets dress code.
- NO Leggins, Jeggins, or jeans...NO skin fitting pant legs, must be loose fitting.
- NO boots of any kind except in inclement weather.
- Shoes: Some type of tennis shoe is preferred. No loud colors and flip-flops!
- Demerits will be issued for infractions of DRESS CODE.
- Boys and Girls
- Gym Apparel - T-shirts and shorts are acceptable - shorts should be no more than 3" above the knee - no see thru garments.