Mon. Mar 8th, 2021

By C. R. Claborn.

Calvary Life Christian School of Petaluma was born in the hearts of Pastor Claborn and the members of Calvary Life Church with the goal of helping our youth with Christian Education. Not only giving them a good education, but giving them more, a life with real meaning and purpose.

To concerned Christian parents, Christian Education is viewed as a necessity and not as an alternative. For many years our Christian youth have faced constant regression of education and moral values, with seemingly no hope in sight.

We realized that the educational years of schooling points our youth in the right direction for their life. We as concerned parents must make sure that we, Train up our children in the way they should go. It is up to us as parents to insure the direction that our children take, that’s why we believe in Christian Education.

The staff of Calvary Life Christian School are a responsible and dedicated group that feel a deep sense of obligation to the Lord, and to their students. The work diligently both in areas of academics and spirituality, to prepare their students for life and eternity.

Our best investment on earth is what we give our children that which is eternal in value. With this in mind our prayer should be, Lord help me as a parent to help my children receive a good education, but also help me Lord to teach them your ways and that their life will be pleasing to you.

Remember; Christian Education does not cost, it pays!

PRINCIPLES

Calvary Life Christian School, an integral, indivisible part of Calvary Life Church, seeks to provide a Christian Education that is based solely on Biblical principles. Our objectives are as follows:

CHRISTIAN FAITH

1. To teach that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God who came to earth to die for our sins.
2. To teach the necessity of being born again by water and spirit and living a life in Jesus Christ.
3. To teach that growth in Christ depends upon reading the Bible, praying, worship and serving God in stewardship of life

CHRISTIAN ETHICS

1. To teach the application of Biblical principles to every part of daily life.

CHRISTIAN RESPONSIBILITY

1. To teach the proper study habits and the completion of personal goals.
2. To teach the students to work independently and cooperatively.
3. To teach the student that his time, talents, and possessions belong to God and must be used to fulfill God’s will.

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

1. To teach the Biblical perspective of all subjects.
2. To teach that God is creator of man and sustainer of the universe.
3. To develop an appreciation for the fine arts.
4. To develop the creative skills of each student.
5. To teach the knowledge and skills required for future study or for occupational competence.
6. The rating of the school is comparable with public schools. Pupils transferring from this school will have no difficulty.
7. To teach the American heritage and an awareness of the current problems facing our country and the world.
8. To show the student his present civic duties, and to prepare him for adult responsibilities.
9. To show the student the special obligation that every Christian has toward his nation.

ADMISSION

POLICY

The school is an integral and indivisible part of Calvary Life Church. Therefore, the Board of Christian Education has final authority in all matters. Students are admitted upon approval of the Board. A child will not be refused because of race, color or creed.

PROCEDURE

1. Visit the school.
2. Read the handbook carefully, and accept it as the guideline.
3. Submit completed application.
4. Parents and students must agree to abide by the policies of Calvary Life Christian School.
5. Parents must give permission for corrective punishment.
6. Financial arrangements will be agreed upon and signed by the parents.
7. Each student will be screened as to past history in schools. Discipline problem children may not be accepted. Past scholastic
achievements are not a requirement for enrollment.
8. The office will arrange for testing.
9. After testing has been completed, all applicants and their parents must be personally interviewed by the principal or his designated representative. An appointment will be arranged by the office.

10. Parents will be notified of acceptance.

ATTENDANCE

1. Regular attendance is required. An absentee must have a note from the parent upon return with an explanation and dates of absence.
2. Tardiness can become a habit which is unacceptable at C.L.C.S. Frequent absence from school is only excusable in case of sickness, death in family, doctor or dental appointment, family emergency or personal business. A note or phone call from parent or authorized persons as listed on enrollment sheets must be sent to release a student for an appointment.
3. The supervisor will have the final judgement in all tardiness cases.

FINANCES

1. Our tuition charge is an annual charge that is divided for convenience into monthly payments.
NOTE: See tuition contract for prices.

MISCELLANEOUS

1. Curriculum cost is not included in tuition payments.
2. Damaged or lost property will be charged to the student.
3. Legal responsibilities of the parents for each child are specified in the application form.
4. All accounts must be settled with the bookkeeper before records can be transferred.
5. Fire drills are scheduled monthly throughout the year.
6. School insurance covers students from the time they leave home for school to a reasonable length of time to return home. This includes field trips and other school sponsored activities.

STANDARDS OF CONDUCT

DISCIPLINE:

Calvary Life Christian School derives its principles of discipline directly from the Bible. Basically, the word discipline is defined as chastening, correction, or instruction. Webster’s Seventh Collegiate Dictionary defines discipline as training character. This training or discipline may be administered in various forms. It may be accomplished through a milder means such as speaking or oral instruction. It may also be accomplished more strictly by spanking, if the instruction is not heeded.

According to the Bible, God has given parents the direct authority for discipline of their children. The school does not replace the home. Therefore, a proper relationship between the school and the home is essential for adequate discipline.

WE DO NOT ALLOW

1. Disobedience to teachers.
2. Fighting on campus.
3. General classroom misbehavior (talking, throwing paper, chewing gum, eating candy, etc.)
4. Possession of comic books, waterguns, radios.
5. Improper dress and hair code.
6. Destruction of school property.
7. Improper boy/girl relations and/or immoral conduct.
8. Improper language.

NOTE: The teacher has the authority to administer different types of punishment (such as separation from class, restriction from recess, detention, classroom privileges, assignment of extra work). Second and/or continuous classroom discipline problems may be brought to the office for administrative counseling and disciplinary action when deemed necessary.

ADMINISTRATIVE DISCIPLINE

SPANKING

It may be old fashioned to some, but this also is administered in love and according to God’s word. Each time a spanking is administered, a report slip is made out stating the reason and who administered the spanking. No spanking is ever administered without the presence of another staff member.

NOTE: Corporal punishment will be administered to upper grade students.

INFRACTIONS INVOLVING CORPORAL PUNISHMENT:

1. Striking of faculty.
2. Stealing.
3. Cheating or forging of notes.
4. Continual classroom disobedience.
5. Continued profanity.
6. Destruction of school property.

INFRACTIONS INVOLVING SUSPENSION:

1. Possession of instruments able to inflict bodily harm.
2. Major destruction of school property.
3. Possession of any obscene magazines, books or pictures.
4. Profanity directed at any faculty member.
5. Immoral conduct of any nature.
6. Three cuts per semester.
7. Fights resulting in bodily harm.

INFRACTIONS INVOLVING IMMEDIATE SEMESTER MANDATORY EXPULSION:

1. Possession or use of tobacco, alcohol, narcotics or firearms.
2. Striking of the faculty.
3. Illicit sexual relations at any time.
4. Parents not cooperating with the school.

BOUNDARIES:

In general, out of bounds areas are the auditorium (sanctuary), sidewalk.

This is a closed campus. No student is allowed to leave the campus without prior arrangement and a release slip during school hours. Lunches are eaten on campus. Groups leaving campus for any reason must be properly supervised. Visitors need permission in advance from the office. No one is permitted on campus who is not a student or teacher without permission.

EARLY RELEASE OF A STUDENT IS PERMITTED ONLY WHEN A NOTE IS SENT OR A PHONE CALL RECEIVED FROM THE PARENT OR GUARDIAN. THE STUDENT IS RELEASED AFTER THE AUTHORIZED PERSON HAS, UPON ARRIVAL, MADE REQUEST THROUGH THE OFFICE.

GROOMING:

The outward appearance of students is often a reflection of themselves and their school. Well dressed students promote an academic atmosphere conducive to learning. Basic attitudes about clothing and cleanliness learned at school and in the home will also be evident in the student’s own character. Good grooming is a matter of self-discipline and indicates self respect. For these reasons the school has established the following dress code for all school functions unless otherwise stated by the Principal.

KINDERGARTEN-3RD. GRADE GROOMING

GIRLS: Dresses or skirts and blouses must be worn. Make sure all clothing is appropriate for their activities. Dresses or tops must have sleeves. It is strongly recommended that Kindergartners not wear jewelry to school. No thong type sandals are allowed. Wear safe and comfortable shoes. Have hair neatly combed or brushed.

BOYS: Shirts with collars must be worn. No T-shirts are to be worn as the outer shirt. Durable colored jeans are acceptable. Hair is to be neatly trimmed so it does not overlap the collar, eyebrows or ears.

4th-6th Grade Grooming

GIRLS: Dresses or skirts and blouses must be worn. Make sure all clothing is appropriate for their activities. Dresses or tops must have sleeves. No cap sleeves. No make-up or jewelry is allowed. No thong type sandals are allowed. Wear safe and comfortable shoes. Tennis shoes are to be worn in P.E. Hair is to be neatly combed or brushed. Skirts must cover the knees.

BOYS: Shirts with collars must be worn. No T-Shirts are to be worn as the outer shirt. Shirts must be tucked inside of pants. Tennis shoes are to be worn in P.E. Hair is to be neatly trimmed so it does not overlap the collar, eyebrows or ears.

7th-12th Grade Grooming

GIRLS: Dresses or skirts and blouses may be worn. No cap sleeves. Skirts must cover the knees. No jean skirts. No make-up or jewelry is allowed. Hair can not be cut. Wear safe and comfortable shoes. No thong-type sandals. No tennis shoes during class time. AVOID EXTREMES IN DRESS AND HAIR STYLES. P.E. uniform is tennis shoes, burgundy culottes and gray jerseys.

BOYS: Button shirts with collar. Shirts must be tucked inside of pants. Mod, fad, or extreme fashions are to be avoided. No tennis shoes during class time. P.E. uniform is tennis shoes, burgundy sweatpants and gray jerseys. Hair must be neatly trimmed and cannot overlap the collar, the eyebrows or the ears. Any hair cut or style that does not meet the approval of the school can be asked to be re-cut or face possible dismissal.

BOYS & GIRLS:

P.E. jerseys to be purchased at the school so they will all be alike. Clothing with inappropriate printing is unacceptable.

ACADEMICS

Educational progress towards high school graduation as student’s preparation for college or career is the prime goal of most parents. This progress is most rapid in Christian schools.

Students who have had several years of Christian school have no difficulty being accepted into colleges. College registrars are interested in the academic merits and personal qualities of individual students, and not in their high school.

The instructional program of C.L.C.S. is designed and implemented to properly train students who wish to continue their education beyond
high school. The program also prepares students to begin careers with a greater competence.

Report Cards: Are issued 4 times the school year, with a parent-teacher conference scheduled if necessary. Parents are encouraged to schedule conferences with teachers so that they are always aware of the progress of the children.

Graduation Requirements: A minimum of 210 course credits are required for high school graduation.

GENERAL DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS AS FOLLOWS

4 years English……………………………………40 credits
2 years Science……………………………………20 credits
3 years Math………………………………………30 credits
(1 year of Consumer Math)
4 years Bible …………………………………….40 credits
3 years Social Studies……………………………..30 credits
2 years P.E……………………………………….20 credits
Electives…………………………………………30 credits

COLLEGE PREP DIPLOMA: REQUIREMENTS AS FOLLOWS
4 years English……………………………………40 credits
2 years Science……………………………………20 credits
1 year Algebra…………………………………….10 credits
1 year Geometry……………………………………10 credits
3 years Social Studies……………………………..30 credits
4 years Bible……………………………………..40 credits
2 years P.E……………………………………….20 credits
2 years Foreign Language……………………………20 credits
Electives…………………………………………30 credits

NOTE: FOR COLLEGE PREP. GRADUATION, ALL COURSES MUST BE COMPLETED ON OR ABOVE GRADE LEVEL.

Diagnostic tests are given new students to determine their academic level of achievement.

Achievement tests are administered in the Spring. Results of these tests are then recorded in the student’s file.

CURRICULUM

Curriculum for use in our Christian School is of the highest quality available at the most reasonable price.

OUR TEACHERS ARE TRAINED TO USE THE MATERIAL TO ITS FULLEST EFFICIENCY.

STUDENT SUPPLIES

K-4 through 1 1 box of crayons or small felt tip
3 husky pencils/erasers scissors
Bible KJV white glue
notebook paper

Grade 2-6 Grade 7-12
1 binder 1 3-ring binder
5 pencils pencils and ball point pen
ruler subject dividers
glue ruler
Bible KJV
college ruled notebook paper

We have Bibles for sale in the school office for a charge of $7.00.

LUNCHES

Lunches will not be available at C.L.C.S. Your child should bring a good wholesome lunch each day. Snacks are on sale each day at break and lunch.

SCHOOL CALENDAR

Yearly schedule attached, but subject to change.

FIELD TRIPS

Education broadening field trips are scheduled throughout the year. Permission slips will be sent home with information and must be signed and returned to school for child to participate. Some field trips may require a small fee to be paid by the students, to help pay for transportation, etc.

P.E.

Participation is a state requirement unless a doctor’s permit or parent’s note is sent stating an adequate reason for release from this responsibility.

LOST AND FOUND

Please remember to label everything that is brought to school by your child. Mark items such as coats, scarves, gloves, tennis shoes, etc. with an indelible felt tip so the markings will be permanent.

Small toys, games, etc. should not be sent to school with your child as they are easily lost. C.L.C.S. has a supply of playground equipment for the younger students; jumpropes, balls, etc.

AWARDS

Christian Citizenship: All students may qualify with cooperation, good use of time, good behavior, following directions, initiative, motivation, and work turned in neat and on time.

Perfect Attendance: Awarded to students who have not been absent from school at all during the year.

Honor Roll: Certificates are awarded to students who have attained a 90% average, and have completed the required amount of work.

Special Service: Certificates are awarded students who have served school in special ways.

Sports and P.E. Awards: To students most qualified.

(The above material was published by the Calvary Life Christian School in Petaluma, CA.)

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