Handbook Index

  • Introduction
  • Admissions Policies
  • Financial Policies
  • General Policies
  • Standard of Conduct
  • Academic Policies
  • Right to Change Notice

Introduction

New Life Christian Academy

New Life Christian Academy is an integral and inseparable ministry of New Life Church, Inc. The Senior Pastor and Church Board is the head governing body of all the academy operations. All Academy Staff are employees of New Life Church, Inc.

Opportunity

The objective of New Life Christian Academy is to teach children how to live and to equip them for success. The Bible verse in Proverbs 22:6 admonishes adults to… “train up a child in the way he should go”. New Life Christian Academy is an extension of the home in training young people. The school staff works closely with parents to train the whole child.

Attendance at this school is a privilege and not a right. The goal of this school is to train youth of every ability in the highest principles of moral character, self-discipline, individual responsibility, personal integrity, and good citizenship. This school stands without apology for high standards of morality and wisdom.

Biblical Principles

One of the basic reasons why parents enroll their children in New Life Christian Academy is to obtain an education grounded in moral values. This school uses the Biblically-based Alpha Omega curriculum, which includes Scripture memory passages and references to God and Jesus Christ-all designed to help students develop moral character, a sense of accountability, and wisdom in their lives. Standards of personal conduct, school policies, and curriculum continue to build the students' sense of responsibility and integrity.

Admissions Policy

This school admits students of any race, color, and national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to the students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, and national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletics, and other school-administered programs.

Admissions Procedure

  1. Initial contact with New Life Christian Academy. The family is sent a current student catalog or notified of its availability on the world-wide web at www.newlifeinchrist.com.
  2. Initial interview with parents, students and NLCA representative. At this interview, the family will:
  3. Receive a guided tour of our facilities
  4. Have an opportunity to discuss various procedures and policies
  5. Generally discuss each student's strengths and weaknesses
  6. Receive all forms necessary for application
  7. The application process
  8. Parents and student read this catalog thoroughly
  9. Parents or student request that student's pastor send a letter of recommendation
  10. Application is submitted accompanied by registration fee and previous report card
  11. Upon review of the application, parents will be notified of acceptance
  12. The registration process
  13. Parents sign payment agreement
  14. Parents or students make reservations for diagnostic testing
  15. Parents submit transcript request to former school
  16. Parents obtain a medical report filled out by a physician and have it submitted to the school office. All students must have following immunizations: diphtheria, polio, measles, rubella. In instances where a student needs emergency medical attention, principal will call 911, parent or family doctor (in that order).
  17. Parent Orientation is attended by both parents
  18. Students attend regularly scheduled classes

Student Re-Enrollment

All students must follow the re-enrollment procedures and be accepted prior to returning to class. While preference will be given to returning students, enrollment remains the full discretion of the Academy administration.

Withdrawal Policy

A student may withdraw from New Life Christian Academy for any reason upon a written notice of seven days. New Life Christian Academy may ask any student to withdraw at any time with written notice for any reason. (See refunds and records release)

Financial Policies

Expenses

  1. Application / Registration Fee is due with the application of all new students. For returning students, the Fee is due before registration and may be included in the Monthly Prepayment Plan.
  2. The Annual Curriculum fee covers regularly scheduled Curriculum for each student.
  3. Full-time tuition covers the supervision of learning. We offer a multiple student discount and a discount for parents who wish to pay in full before the end of summer (see discounts).
  4. Other Fees

Materials / Field Trips Fee

Throughout the year there may be miscellaneous materials or Field Trip fees required. These costs will be kept to a minimum, and parents will be notified of these fees.

Athletic Team Fee

As enrollment permits, our students participate in athletic competition at the Family First Sports Park in Erie. Soccer, basketball and volleyball are among the sports offered.

Before and After School Care

After-school care may be offered if an adequate number of students apply. The cost is $10 per student per hour. Daily activities will be planned. Students left without notice at the Academy after 3:15 PM will be subject to the After-School Care fee.

Payment Policies

New Life Christian Academy is a non-profit ministry. We have set our prices at a level where families can afford the benefit of a Christian education; therefore, in order to operate efficiently we must insist that all tuition, registration, and Curriculum fees must be paid in-full by cash, check, credit, or be covered by our Monthly Pre-Payment Plan.

Discounts

Multi-Student Family

  • Discounts for families with multiple students enrolled in New Life Christian Academy may be available, please see your admissions coordinator.

Pre-Payment Discount

  • Parents who pay their bills in full by the below dates will receive the following discounts.
  • Tuition paid In-Full by 6/30 10%
  • Tuition paid In-Full by 7/31 5%
  • Tuition paid In-Full by 8/31 2%

Scholarships

Scholarships based upon need, scholastic achievement or Spiritual faithfulness are from time to time made available, please see your admissions coordinator.

Monthly Pre-Payment Plan

Monthly Pre-payment Plans are available to assist the budgeting of payments to student accounts. The total amount included in the plan will be divided into equal monthly payments, with the last payment due no later than June 1 of the same academic year.

  • New students may include up to the full amount of their tuition fees in the plan.
  • Returning students may include up to the full amount of tuition, registration, and Curriculum fees in the prepayment plan.
  • All payments are due on the first of the month.
  • Every payment plan is backed by the parents/guardians' VISA or MASTERCARD.

Late or Declined Payments

Payments not received by the 10th of the month, will be charged with a Late Fee. If a check or credit card transaction is returned or declined by the authorizing bank, the returned check fee will be charged and a letter will be sent to the parent/guardian(s). If payment then is not made by the thirtieth of the same month, the student(s) will NOT be permitted to attend classes until 40% of the remaining balance has been paid and a new financial agreement has been signed by the parent/guardian(s).

Non-Payment

Bills are mailed to families of registered students four to six weeks before the school year begins. Students of families who have a balance due on account will not be permitted to attend classes. Additionally, students of families who have not met their financial obligations to NLCA on the first day of classes will not be allowed to register until their account is paid in full.

  • Absences from late or non-payment will be counted as unexcused and will count against the student.

Refunds

Students who withdraw from New Life Christian Academy will be charged a withdrawal fee. A pro-rated portion of their tuition will be refunded, or credited against a balance due, less the withdrawal fee. Pro-ration will be based upon actual weeks attended. Unfortunately, Registration and curriculum fees are non-refundable.

  • Any student(s) expelled from New Life Christian Academy will forfeit any monies on account and will not receive any refunds.

Records Release

When a student transfers to another school, student records will be released upon written notice to new school when all student obligations and financial commitments have been satisfied.

General Policies

Attendance Policies

Arrival and Dismissal

The school day begins promptly at 8:00 AM and ends at 3:00 PM. The doors will be opened 30 minutes prior to the beginning of classes and will be closed 30 minutes after the end of classes. Students are expected to arrive and be picked up during these times unless other arrangements are previously made. Students are expected to go directly to their classrooms and to arrive early enough be ready to begin class at the start time.

In the afternoon, students are expected to remain in their classrooms or with their Supervisors at the pickup point, until their transportation home has arrived.

Attendance

Good attendance shows diligence and commitment on the part of the student and the parent. Developing habits of punctuality and dependability are important for success in what God calls each of us to do. For the student, the school is an important part of his or her calling in this season of life.

Approved Absences

Excessive absences will inhibit the student's progress. Attendance to school in the state of Ohio is a legal matter, so we must require a signed excuse for each absence on the day the student returns to school. These are the approved reasons.

  • Sickness or family emergencies lasting less than two days, requires a signed note from the parent/guardian.
  • Extended sickness or medical appointments that cannot be scheduled after school hours, require a signed note from the attending physician.
  • Absences for reasons other than for sickness and emergency will be excused only if arrangements are made in advance with the supervisor and the student is sufficiently advanced in his work.

If, in the opinion of the administration, the absences are unnecessary, the absence will be considered absent without permission.

Truancy

Ohio law defines truancy as an absence from school without excuse. The truancy laws apply to students between ages six and 18 and identifies two types of truancy: (1) habitual truancy, and (2) chronic truancy. The difference between a habitual and a chronic truant is the number of days the student has been absent without permission.

  • A habitual truant is absent from school without a legitimate excuse for five or more consecutive days, seven or more school days in one school month, or twelve or more school days in one year.
  • A chronic truant is absent from school without a legitimate excuse for seven or more consecutive school days, ten or more school days in one school month, or fifteen or more school days in a school year.

Student who fall into these categories, will be turned over to the Lake County truancy officer.

Tardiness

A student is considered tardy if he is not in the Learning Center on time. Continued tardiness will necessitate a conference with parent and principal, possibly leading to revocation of student privileges or suspension.

Clothing Regulations and Personal Appearance

General Guidelines

  • Learning Center and P.E. Attire: Each student's appearance must be discreet and modest. It is vital that each student wholeheartedly support the dress standards.
  • Special Activities: Students who attend official school activities after school hours (either on or off campus) must wear clothing consistent with the Learning Center standards set by the principal.

Academy Dress Code

General: Business Casual

  • Grooming: general appearance should be neat, clean and modest in nature.
  • Logos, other than NLCA logo-ware, may not be larger than a silver dollar and must meet our standard of Christian decency.
  • Jewelry, other than watches, class rings or chastity rings; make-up, nail polish, etc. are not permitted.
  • Socks and shoes are to be worn at all times and should remain properly fastened. Open toed shoes or sandals are unacceptable. A separate pair of non-black soled gym shoes is recommended.

Boys

  • Grooming: Hair is to be trimmed off the collar and ears, fad styles or coloring is unacceptable.
  • Uniform: Docker® style pants and Polo® style shirts. Sweaters or solid color sweatshirts are acceptable when worn over another shirt with collar. All shirts must have a collar and sleeves; shirt-tails must be tucked inside pants at all times.

Girls Grades K-5

  • Grooming: Hair is to be neat, fad styles or coloring is unacceptable.
  • Uniform: Docker® style skirts or skorts. Skirts/skorts must be loose-fitting, and at least touch the floor when kneeling.
  • Polo® style shirts. Sweaters or solid color sweatshirts are acceptable when worn over another shirt with collar. All shirts must have sleeves. Necklines must not exceed a closed-hand's width below the base of the neck. All shirts must come below the waistline or be tucked in.

Girls Grades 6-12

  • Grooming: Hair is to be neat, fad styles or coloring is unacceptable.
  • Uniform: Docker® style skirts. Skirts must be loose-fitting, and at least touch the floor when kneeling. All slits may come no higher than the knee.
  • Polo® style shirts. Sweaters or solid color sweatshirts are acceptable when worn over another shirt with collar. All shirts must have a collar, sleeves and shirts must come below the waistline or be tucked in.

Media Policies

Since some forms of recreation and entertainment can distract from the quality of the program of the Academy, laptops are only to be used for school related purposes, as a tool for learning and without permission from staff may only be used for such; social media, email, games have no place in the learning center.

Cell Phones

Cell phones are permitted to be in the student’s possession during the school day; however, cell phones are required to be out of sight and turned off (not just silenced) during the school day from 8:00 am –2:45 pm.

The student must ask permission to use them at anytime, including lunch. Any student who has his or her cell phone (or other electronic device) turned on for any reason during the school day, without explicit permission from a school authority, will have the following disciplinary consequences:

  1. First offense: Phone will be confiscated and sent to the office. Parents must come to the office to pick up the phone.
  2. Second offense: Phone will be confiscated and sent to the office, parents must come to the office to pick up the phone, and a detention will be given. Student will not be permitted to have a cell phone in his or her possession during school for the remainder of the school year.
  3. Third offense: Suspension

The Internet

The use of Internet access (regardless of the source) at NLCA is a privilege and must be in support of education and academic research consistent with the educational objectives and values of New Life Christian Academy.

Internet activities that are permitted and encouraged:

Ignitia®

  • Investigation of specific topics being studied in school or as assigned as part of a class.
  • Investigation of opportunities outside of school related to community service, employment, or further education.
  • Specific investigations permitted by NLCA staff or faculty for a specific purpose.
  • Internet activities that are not permitted: During the hours of 8:15-2:45, which includes breaks.
  • Searching, viewing or retrieving materials that are not related to school work, community service, employment, or further education (thus searching for or viewing sexually explicit, profane, violence promoting or illegal materials is not permitted).
  • Playing games or using interactive or social networking sites such as IM, chats, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, email, etc…is prohibited.
  • Copying, saving, or redistributing copyrighted material (users should assume that all material is copyrighted unless explicitly noted).
  • Subscription to any services or ordering of any goods or services.
  • Sharing of student’s home address, phone number or other personal information.
  • Any activity that violates a school rule or a local, state, or federal law. If a student has a question about whether a specific activity is permitted, he or she should ask a teacher or administrator. If a student accidentally accesses inappropriate material, he or she should back out of that information at once and notify a supervising adult so that we can take steps to ensure it is inaccessible in the future.

Parents should be aware of and monitor their student’s social networking sites for unbiblical content. Although we do not actively seek to monitor such sites, students are responsible for content they post on such semi-public venues. God has called us to be holy in all of life, without an exception for electronic media. Because we are partners with parents in training students who are Christians in all of life, students will likely face disciplinary consequences at NLCA for un-Biblical speech or media that they have posted on the internet that is brought to our attention.

Other Media & Technologies

Any media that is profane, or of questionable content, or clearly expresses anti-Biblical standards or morals is not permitted at NLCA and may be confiscated by any supervising adult.

Other Policies

Christian Americanism

Christian Americanism places emphasis upon the greatness of America's heritage and the sacrifices of her heroes. America's Constitution guarantees liberties to educate in order to preserve freedom. We unashamedly teach the Biblical doctrines of self-discipline, respect for those in authority, obedience to law, and love for God, flag, and country.

  1. Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
  2. Pledge of Allegiance to the Christian Flag “I pledge allegiance to the Christian flag, and to the Saviour for Whose kingdom it stands, one Savior, crucified, risen, and coming again, with life and liberty for all who believe.”
  3. Pledge of Allegiance to the Bible “I pledge allegiance to the Bible, God's Holy Word. I will make it a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. I will hide its words in my heart, that I might not sin against God.”

Corporal Punishment

Never at any time does the academy give our staff permission to use corporal punishment on students other than their own children who may be attending.

Fire and Tornado Drills

Practice fire drills will be held during the school year. When the fire alarm sounds, students are to stand and march out of the building in an orderly manner to a designated place. When the “All Clear” signal is given, students may return to the Learning Center in the same orderly manner. Students must walk in line. They are expected to refrain from talking, pushing, or running. Each supervisor will be with his group. A tornado drill will be signaled by the announcement from the Supervisor. Students should proceed (as above) to a designated place and assume a crouched position with their heads protected.

Lost and Found

The Lost and Found Department of the school is operated from the school office. At the end of a reasonable time, all items which have not been picked up will become the property of the school and may be disposed of.

Medical Guidelines

No staff member will be allowed to administer any medicines without parent authorization in writing. All medicines must be kept and administered at the school office.

Moral Relationships

Wholesome male/female relationships are encouraged at NLCA. Healthy relationships between young men and women should demonstrate common courtesy, openness, and friendliness. The Bible is clear that proper relationships between boys and girls should resemble the relationship between brothers and sisters in Christ with each one looking out for the edification of others.

Scripture teaches that intimate physical contact outside of marriage (homosexuality and fornication) is forbidden. Public or private displays of affection such as holding hands, hugging, and kissing at any NLCA related event or activity is discouraged and will be punished. Sexual impropriety for male and female alike, both in or out of school, is considered extremely serious and will likely result in expulsion.

On occasion, the atmosphere or conduct within a particular home may be counter to or in opposition to the Biblical lifestyle we teach. This includes, but is not limited to, sexual immorality, homosexual orientation, or inability to support the moral principles of the school. In such cases, the school reserves the right, within its sole discretion, to refuse admission of an applicant or to discontinue enrollment of a student. (Leviticus 20:13, Romans 1:27)

Nuclear Power Plant Accident

In case of a Nuclear Power Plant accident, students will be transported to Chardon High School. Students may be picked up there.

Searches

Searches for Suspicion of Illegal or Unauthorized Materials The Academy reserves the right to search a student's person, belongings and/or automobile in the event the academy suspects the student possesses an unapproved item. We reserve the right to conduct the search without the student's or the parents' permission, and registration of the student at our academy constitutes parental consent for such searches.

Parental Involvement

Parent orientation, meetings, and conferences promote a good understanding between parents or guardians and the faculty/ administration of this school. Every parent is required to participate in these informative and helpful programs.

Student Vehicles

All students must register with the Academy office in order to drive to school. To register, the student will need a photocopy of his/her driver's license, a photocopy of his/her current insurance card and a written letter of permission by his/her parent/guardian giving detailed instruction on when the student may drive to school. No student may be in his/her car, or someone else's car, during school hours. Any perceived reckless operation of a vehicle, on or near Academy property, will result in suspension and/or expulsion.

Visitors

All visitors MUST report to the academy office PRIOR to entering a Learning Center or having contact with any student. While we appreciate and expect parental involvement, parents and/or visitors must be escorted at ALL times on church property. Due to the nature of our program, parents in the classroom can often become a distraction to the students. Parents will only be allowed to observe the classroom setting with special permission from the administration and only for brief periods. PLEASE BE ADVISED! Our staff is here to meet the needs of our students, they do not have time to hold extended conversations with parents before or during class time. They would love to speak with you. If there is an issue that you would like to discuss, please make arrangements for an AFTER-SCHOOL meeting!

Weekly Chapel Service

Each week students are given the opportunity to worship in our weekly Chapel service. Students are given the opportunity to assist and to minister in the service. Attendance is required, unless the student is away from campus taking coursework at another institution. Administrative approval is required.

Standard of Conduct

Students of this school are expected to refrain from talking about or engaging in cheating, swearing, smoking, gambling, rock music, public dancing, pornography, movies that portray immoral lifestyles, drinking alcoholic beverages, and using narcotics. Students who participate in and discuss such activities at school are subject to suspension/expulsion. Students are expected to act in an orderly and respectful manner, maintaining Biblical standards of social courtesy, moral behavior, acceptable language, and honesty. Students must agree to strive toward unquestionable character in dress, conduct, and attitude.

Any student observing questionable activities or overhearing conversations which are contrary to the policies of this academy should immediately discuss the matter with a supervisor. This is not tattling. It has been said, “All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” James 4:17 says, ”. . . to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”

Model Behavior

Diligence vs. Slothfulness

“Demonstrating my commitment to the goals of my authorities by using all my energies to complete the tasks assigned to me.”

  • “The hand of the diligent will prosper.” Proverbs 12:24
  • “The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty.” Proverbs 21:5
  • “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God….” 2 Timothy 2:15

Thoroughness vs. Carelessness

“Knowing what will diminish the effectiveness of my work or words if neglected.”

Students at NLCA are expected to complete assigned work on time and in accordance with the teacher’s instructions.

According to Scripture, diligence will prosper while laziness will lead only to poverty and difficulty. Consider these Biblical principles:

  • “Whatever you do, whether in word or in deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus.” Colossians 3:17
  • “If man will not work, he shall not eat.” 2 Thessalonians 3:7-10
  • “He who gathers crops in summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.” Proverbs 10:5
  • “The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns….” Proverbs 15:9
  • “A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.” Proverbs 20:4

Punctuality vs. Procrastination

“Knowing the value of time, and arranging my schedule to fulfill each responsibility.” Students should be prompt in their arrival to class and for other school events, always coming to class prepared with appropriate books and materials. When a student is late to class without a valid pass, the teacher will note the tardy in his/her records. Three unexcused tardies to class (without a valid reason) will result in a detention.

Discipline

Students are reminded that God expects us to be disciplined in all areas of life:

  • “Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.” Colossians 3:20
  • “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers.…” Romans 13:1
  • “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves….” Hebrews 13:17
  • “For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life.” Proverbs 6:23
  • “He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.” Proverbs 10:17
  • “Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.” Proverbs 19:18
  • “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.” Proverbs 22:15

Participation

All Students are expected to participate in school led activities, such as, Devotions, Pledges, Chapel Services, Physical Education, Classroom Discussion, Etc. Christian Leadership Training Chapel: Weekly chapel sessions are held during which the student identifies his education with Biblical principles and wisdom. Students must bring Bibles to all devotions, chapels, and special meetings.

General Guidelines

General Guidelines for Parents and Students

  1. Griping: Griping is not tolerated (detentions for violations).
  2. Property: Marked on, defaced, or broken property is to be replaced at offending student's expense.
  3. Guns, matches, lighters, knives,and electronic devices, are not permitted on campus.
  4. Language: Use only words which glorify the Lord.
  5. Lunch Procedures: Eat only at assigned area, Put trash in wastebaskets, Clean off table, Go to recreational area after receiving permission to be dismissed.
  6. “Six-Inch” Rule: ALL students should keep “hands off other students.” Students should remain six inches from other students of opposite or same sex.
  7. Off Limits:
  8. Other students' areas
  9. Learning Center when staff is not in attendance
  10. Autos and parking area
  11. Closed campus policy: students may not leave the school grounds during school hours without permission.
  12. Music: Only that which has been approved by staff is permitted.
  13. Books/Magazines: Must be approved by supervisor upon student's arrival at school.
  14. Parties: Parties are not school-sponsored unless parents receive a notification letter from the principal.
  15. Visitors: Visitors obtain pass from office before entering Learning Center.
  16. Transportation: Cars and bikes should be locked. All students must stay out of and off vehicles from arrival time until departure. Only licensed drivers are permitted to drive automobiles to and from the school.
  17. Telephone Use: The school phone is reserved for official school business and emergencies. Students desiring to place emergency calls must have their supervisor's permission.

Disciplinary Actions

This is not a corrective institution; consequently, we ask that a child not be enrolled with the idea that he will be reformed. We are here to work with the home, but not to take the place of parents who have experienced difficulty in fulfilling their roles.

All new students are admitted on probation for the first six weeks.

The student must at all times conduct himself in a manner becoming a lady or gentleman. If your child does come home complaining about a policy or discipline, please follow this procedure:

  1. Give the staff the benefit of the doubt.
  2. Realize that your child's reporting is emotionally biased and may not include all the information.
  3. Realize that the school has reasons for all rules and that they are enforced without partiality.
  4. Support the administration and call the school for all the facts.

When a child's attitude is not in accord with school policies or principles, the child will be placed on probation and both parents will be called for a conference. If the administration feels the situation has not changed within a designated time, parents will be asked to withdraw the child.

High school students in particular, because of their influence on younger children, are trained to adhere to the school's philosophy and Biblically based program. Such adherence includes abstinence from smoking, use of alcoholic beverages, use of narcotics, listening to inappropriate music, swearing, viewing or discussing pornographic items, and other questionable practices.

This school is dedicated to the training of children in a program of study, activity, and living that is Bible-centered. We believe that “all things should be done decently and in order,” and that our students should be taught to accept the responsibility to “walk honorably before all men.”

Here, a discipline is maintained which is firm, consistent, fair, and tempered with love. Our staff maintains standards of behavior in the Learning Center through kindness, love, and a genuine regard for the student. However, when disciplinary action becomes necessary, it is firmly carried out, tempered by good judgment and understanding.

Should Discipline Be Necessary

The following system has been devised to encourage students to take responsibility for their actions and decisions on and off campus as well as to keep parents/sponsors informed of relevant progress.

This system is also intended to provide the faculty a pattern for reasonable consistency in disciplinary responses to infractions.

“The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart. The evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” (Luke 6:45) The Bible teaches that behavior is not the basic issue, for what a person says or does is ultimately a reflection of what is in his heart.

So, when a student acts in a way not consistent with Biblical principles or the standards of conduct, our immediate response will always be to link his behavior to issues of the heart and encourage him to righteous behavior.

When a student’s behavior is contrary with the stated objectives of the school our first response is to encourage him to righteousness:

“As young adults, the internalization of the Gospel is our primary goal. It is our desire to see them embrace the things of God as their own living faith. The reason for shepherding their hearts, appealing to the conscience, getting under the skin in correction and discipline, addressing the heart as the spring of life, and refusing to give them a keepable standard that would eliminate their need of Christ, is to see them come to know God. The supreme goal of our approach to student behavior is to see them come to maturity as persons who know and worship God.” (Dr. Tedd Tripp, Shepherding a Child’s Heart)

It is our desire to see our students humble themselves before the Lord, our staff, and their fellow students as needed and sincerely repent of their offense. Should similar offenses continue or if the student’s response is not one of humble repentance, the parent will be contacted to enlist their support in our continuing partnership. Any single egregious violation of the school discipline code may result in that student being immediately suspended or expelled.

Students who find themselves in violation of any of the disciplinary policies described in this handbook should, on their own initiative, confess the situation to their parents and then seek out a teacher, counselor, or administrator to tell them about the situation. If other students are involved, the student should encourage them to speak to their own parents and then to school authorities. The disciplinary consequences will be less for students who seek out their parents and school authorities about an issue because one of the Biblical purposes of discipline is to lead to repentance. If a student’s behavior warrants a detention, a copy of the written record will be given to the student to be given to his parents, and a phone call will be made to the parents. The parents should keep one copy of the notice then sign and return the remaining copy to the principal the following day. The student’s failure to return the signed copy the following day will result in another detention being issued.

Detention

Supervisors may use other forms of discipline, as necessary, including detentions. Detentions will be held on Tuesdays from 2:45-4:45 and $25 will be due when student is released to a parent.

Regarding specific infractions and/or specific responses, in general the following guidelines will be followed: Examples of offenses that merit a detention (depending upon the severity of the offense, some may warrant suspension/expulsion):

  • Minor violations of standard expectations, including dress code
  • Horseplay/pushing/shoving on the playground
  • Violations of routine classroom rules and protocol
  • Repeated violations of expectations including, but not limited to, dress code or tardiness
  • Truancy, cutting of a class, unexcused absence
  • Display or expression of disrespect for an adult on campus, during school-related activities, or via electronic media such as social networking sites.
  • Violation of the property rights of others, i.e. lockers, desks, etc.
  • Unsafe driving on campus
  • Unauthorized Internet use on campus

Suspension and Expulsion

When the situation merits, the administration may get involved and decide that a suspension or expulsion is necessary to protect the well being of our students.

Examples of offenses that merit immediate suspension or expulsion:

  • Direct disobedience; repeated and persistent violation of routine rules
  • Possession or use of drugs (illegal or deemed inappropriate by the Administration) alcohol, or tobacco on or off campus
  • Possession or use of a weapon on campus
  • Conduct with the deliberate intention to harm or threats of harm to others
  • Vulgarity of language or conduct, profanity, pornography
  • Inappropriate behavior in a male/female relationship; sexual activity; pregnancy
  • Suggestive or blatant homosexual behavior, relationship, or activity
  • Blatant or continued display or expression of disrespect for an adult on campus during school-related activities, or via electronic media such as social networking sites.
  • Dishonesty in any form, including forgery and plagiarism
  • Defacing or destroying of property (restitution required)
  • Theft in any form, including plagiarism (restitution required)
  • Severe or repeated loss of temper
  • Cheating in any form
  • Tacit Consent: Any action on the part of a student that would allow another student to be in violation of the school discipline code may result in that student being suspended or expelled.

Academic Policies

The Learning Center

Horizons Curriculum

The Horizons curriculum builds skills in Mathematics and Language Arts and is an alternative to the LIFEPAC curriculum for elementary students. The Horizons lessons are brightly illustrated to extend the child’s attention span. Hands-on learning is included in every lesson. All learning material is presented in a spiral-learning format where a few concepts are introduced at a time while reviewing and reinforcing previous concepts.

LIFEPAC Curriculum (K-3rd)

With LIFEPAC students work in full-color work-text books, combining exercises, projects, reviews, and tests. LIFEPAC combines the Bible and the academic, providing the opportunity for students to evaluate their lessons from a Christian perspective. An award-winning curriculum, LIFEPAC has been developed to provide the best learning experiences for each student through personalized instruction.

Ignitia™ (Grades 3-12)

Reignite the passion of learning with the newest learning management system from Alpha Omega Publications. Built exclusively for Christian schools, this comprehensive curriculum for students in grades 3 through 12 includes lessons in five core subject areas: Bible, language arts, math, science, and history and geography, with a diverse list of electives also available. Ignitia courses are not only rigorous and interactive, but provide instruction based on a Christian worldview, encouraging students to consider challenging questions from a biblical perspective.

The curriculum is secure and can be accessed anywhere with an internet connection by students and by parents with a special parental password.

Learning Center Rules

We want to create an environment where all students can learn; therefore:

  • A student is not permitted to communicate or be out of his seat without permission.
  • Activities not related to prescribed material are not to be conducted in the Learning center unless privileges have been earned.
  • Showing respect for other students/staff is expected at all times
  • Students should never be on any computer except his/her own unless given permission
  • No food or drink is permitted in Learning center. Bottled water with lids are permitted.
  • Students are not permitted to listen to private music, music will be played in the Learning center at Teachers' discretion.

School Policies

Grading Scale

  • A 90-100%
  • B 80-89%
  • C 70-79%
  • D 60-69%
  • F 0-59%

Although 70% earns a passing grade, we do not feel that that is mastery of the material. Students earning a score less than 69%, may be given one opportunity to study and retake the test.

Homework

The responsibility for scholastic achievement is placed on the student. Most students should not need to take academic work home. The goals set for the student usually are no more than the student is capable of completing during the school day; however, review and study time at home is imperative for academic success. Middle and high school students will regularly be assigned homework for math classes. If a student does not meet his goals for that day, he will be required to complete the work at home.

Physical Education

It is our policy that no student is excused from the required physical education course without a doctor's written excuse. P.E grades will reflect not only their willingness to participate, but their attitudes during class.

Music Department

Mark Porostosky will be offering private music lessons each week, you will be given information on lessons. He will also offer a music theory class for interested students. Students are given the opportunity to use and develop their musical talents for Christian service. A Praise and Worship Team will be organized for our Weekly Chapel service.

Academic Probation

New Life Christian Academy provides an environment of caring discipleship. Therefore, the school will do everything possible to insure that a student with serious academic problems has the opportunity to succeed by being placed on academic probation. Coordination between the student, teachers and parents will be executed in an effort to facilitate student success. The success of such a plan, of course, depends ultimatelyupon the student. Academic Probation may be invoked on any student who fails two or more subjects in a nine-week grading period, does not complete their work in keeping with school policy, or as determined by the Administration. The period of probation is at least three weeks or until the next report card is mailed. The Administration will make the final determination as to when the probation may be lifted.

Field Trips

Field trips are scheduled for both educational and recreational purposes. We will schedule one field trip each quarter. Parents are welcome to join us when their schedule permits.

Dishonesty Policy

Students involved in dishonest academic practices will receive a zero on that test, quiz, or assignment as the minimum disciplinary action. A student will typically also be suspended for a violation of our dishonesty policy.

A second occurrence may result in a failing grade in that subject. Denial by the student or professed ignorance does not exempt a student from punishment. As with all violations, NLCA possesses all rights in discerning whether or not a dishonest act occurred.

These dishonest acts may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Receiving answers before or during a quiz or test, either orally or by copying from another student or source containing answers.
  • Giving answers during a quiz or test, either orally or by allowing another student to copy the answers.
  • Acquiring of test or quiz questions or answers prior to the time of a scheduled test or quiz through dishonest or unauthorized means.
  • Any form of plagiarism, including the unacknowledged use of internet sources.
  • Copying another student’s homework or assisting another student with take-home assignments intended by the teacher to be completed individually by each student.
  • Turning in assignments for a present class that were originally completed for a previous class without the present teacher’s consent.

Awards Program

Awards of different sorts highlight the annual Awards Program held each spring. Students compete during the year to attain these awards.

This is a list of awards commonly presented:

  • Learning Center Awards
  • Principal’s Award
  • Supervisor’s Award
  • Christian Character Award
  • Highest GPA
  • Most Improved
  • Attendance Award
  • Honor Roll Trip

Students who have made the Honor Roll and memorized all assigned verses will be awarded an additional privilege or field trip.

Graduation Requirements

Diploma Options

Sampled Course Options


Language Arts

English 1-4, American Literature, British Literature

Mathematics

Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Consumer Math

Advanced Mathematics

Pre-Calculus, Trigonometry, Calculus

Physical Science

General Science 1-3, Earth Science, Integrated Physics and Chemistry

Life Science

Biology

Advanced Science

Chemistry, Physics

Social Studies

World Geography, World History, American History, Government and Economics, Civics, Civil War, The Story of the Constitution, Twentieth Century American History, Vietnam Era, US History

Career and Technical Education

Fundamentals of Computer Systems, Fundamentals of Digital Media, Fundamentals of Programming and Software Development, Introduction to Information Technology, Introduction to Information Technology Support and Services, Introduction to Network Systems, Network System Design, New Applications: Web Development in the 21st Century, Office Applications 1, Office Applications 2, Small Business Entrepreneurship, Software Development Tools, Technology and Business

Auburn Career Center

Electives

Business Computer Information Systems I-A, Business Computer Information Systems I-B, College Planner, Digital Arts, Essentials of Business, Essentials of Communication, Family and Consumer Science, Foundations for Living, French I, French II, Keyboarding and Applications, Music Appreciation, Music Theory, Personal Financial Literacy, Spanish I, Spanish II


Right to Change Notice

This handbook is not a contract between New Life Christian Academy and its students. Attendance at New Life Christian Academy is a privilege and not a right. Students forfeit this privilege if they do not conform to the standards and ideals of work and life of the School. The School may insist on the withdrawal of a student at any time that the student, in the opinion of the School, does not conform to the spirit of the ministry. This handbook> contains current information regarding the calendar, admissions, graduation requirements, fees, regulations and course offerings. New Life Christian Academy reserves the right to withdraw courses at any time; tuition and other fees; change the calendar and rules regarding admission and graduation requirements and change any other regulations affecting the student body. Changes shall become effective whenever the proper authorities so determine and shall, at the discretion of such authorities, apply not only to prospective students but also to those who at that time are matriculated in the School. New Life Christian Academy desires that each enrolling student complete their education with this school; however, if a student wishes at any point in time to transfer to another school or to continue their education at an institution of higher learning, it is the student’s responsibility to confirm whether or not credits will be accepted by another school or institution of higher learning of the student’s choice.