STUDENT HANDBOOK GOLDEN WEST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
1. View slide presentation at school.
2. Visit School.
3. Read G.W.C.A. Parent-Student Handbook.
4. Request that your Pastor send a letter of recommendation to G.W.C.A.
5. Submit Application, accompanied by registration fee, previous report card, and Parent and Student Agreement.
6. Office will call for an interview of both parents and pupil with the Principal.
7. Parent orientation will be discussed at interview.
8. Parents will be notified of acceptance.
9. Submit Medical Forms.
Parent Orientation and conferences promote a good understanding between parents or guardians and the faculty administration of G.W.C.A.
Every parent or guardian is required to be in attendance at the first Parent-Teacher Fellowship which will be scheduled during the first quarter. At this time the parents will go through an orientation program to familiarize them with the procedures and policies of G.W.C.A.
Parent conferences with the Supervisor are scheduled following the first and third quarter to review the progress of the students.
A written excuse signed by the parent or guardian must be presented to the office when a student returns to school after an absence. The secretary will issue an admittance slip to the student. A student who has been absent will not be allowed back in class without an admittance slip. If the absence is foreseeable, a note should be sent in advance. Doctor, dental, music, and other appointments are to be made after
school hours. Tuesday or Thursday at 1:30 P.M. is for this purpose.
Absences other than sickness and emergency will be excused only if arrangements are made in advance with the Principal and the studentis sufficiently advanced in his work.
Excessive absences will inhibit the child’s progress. If, in the opinion of the administration, the student’s absences are unnecessary, the child will be considered truant and must be reported.
A student is considered tardy if he is not in the Learning Center at 9:00 A.M. Detention will be given. Continued tardiness will necessitate a conference with parent and Principal, possibly leading to revocation
of student privileges.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
1. The Bible to be the inspired Word of God, infallible in its original writings.
2. In the One everliving, eternal God, infinite in power, holy in nature, attributes, and purpose; in His absolute indivisible deity. That this One true God revealed Himself as Father, in creation; through His Son, in redemption; and as the Holy Spirit in Power.
3. That Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
4. That in the beginning God created man innocent, and pure and holy but through the sin of disobedience, Adam fell; hence, by one man’s disobedience, sin entered into the world.
5. Our redemption has been accomplished by the shedding of blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, who was made sin for us. Dying in our form and stead, rising again from the dead, ascending with a glorified body.
6. In repentance to God, confessing ourselves as sinners.
7. That water baptism (immersion) is for believers and should be administered in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins according to the Acts of the Apostles.
8. In the baptism of the Holy Spirit for believers, obtained by obedience evident by speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance.
9. That Divine healing is in the atonement.
10. That tithing is God’s financial plan to provide for the ministry of the church and has been since the days of Abraham.
11. The nine gifts of the Spirit should be manifest in the church today.
12. The Spirit-filled believers will produce the fruit of the Spirit in their lives and will walk according to Godliness and holy living.
13. Jesus is coming again in person just as He went away.
14. That there will be a great and final Judgment as recorded in the Word of God.
G.W.C.A. TRAINING GROUNDS FOR CHRISTIAN YOUTH
1. To ensure that each child comes to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, achieves a higher level of Christian maturity, attains a deeper commitment, and becomes a more effective witness for the Lord.
2. To emphasize the individuality of the individual and to assist each child in properly responding to himself and to others; to develop self-confidence, individual God-given talents and abilities in creativity,
goal setting, and communication, academics and principles of success.
3. To promote self-discipline by training them to be relevant, consistent, appreciative, responsible, and thorough in attitude, character and actions.
4. Offer highest quality of education in the community.
5. To assist each child in seeking his purpose for life’s service and necessary preparation for eternity through emphasis upon Biblical relevance.
6. To eliminate failure and repetition.
7. To help each child to learn how to live and to honor the Lord by meeting the daily responsibilities with which God has entrusted him.
Golden West Christian Academy is not a corrective institution. Consequently, we ask that you do not enroll your child with the idea that we will reform him/her. We are here to work with the home, but not to take the place of parents who have experienced difficulty in fulfilling their role.
Children are not accepted who smoke, have run away from home, have been arrested, used narcotics, or are married. A student will be dismissed who violates any of these prohibitions.
All new students are admitted on probation for up to six weeks.
Students must at all times conduct themselves in a manner becoming of a Christian. Griping is not tolerated! If your child does come home complaining about a policy of G.W.C.A. or discipline, please follow this procedure:
1. Give the staff the benefit of the doubt.
2. Realize that his/her reporting is emotionally biased without all the information.
3. Realize that we have reasons for all rules and that they are enforced without favor.
4. Support the Administration and call for the facts.
When a child’s attitude is not in accord with school policies or principles, the child will be placed on probation; both parents are to be called for a conference. If the Administration feels the situation has not changed within two (2) weeks, parents will be asked to withdraw the child.
High school students in particular – because of their testimony before the younger children-are trained to adhere to the school’s philosophy and Christ-centered program. Such includes abstaining from smoking,
alcoholic beverages, use of narcotics, hard rock and roll music, dancing, swearing, or any other questionable practices.
G.W.C.A. is dedicated to the training of children in a program of study, activity, and living that is Christ-centered. We believe that “all things should be done decently and in order” and that our students should be taught to accept a given responsibility to walk honorably before all man. Thus, at G.W.C.A. a discipline is maintained which is firm, consistent, fair, and tempered with Love. Our faculty maintains standards of behavior in the classroom through kindness, love and a genuine regard for their students. However, when disciplinary action becomes necessary, it is firmly carried out, tempered by good judgment and understanding.
Students are reminded that the Lord Jesus Christ expects us to be disciplined in all 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 to the higher powers.” Romans 13:1
“Obey them that have the rule over you and submit yourself.” Hebrews 13:17
“For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is right; 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 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
“Chasten thy son while there is hope; and let not thy soul spare for his crying.” Proverbs 19:18
G.W.C.A. is dependent upon the tuition of the students and gifts and offerings from friends for the operating expenses.
Application, Registration, Testing and Insurance (Due at time of registration and is not refundable.
New Students . . . . . . . . . . $ 25.00
Tuition (per month). . . . . . . 85.00
PACES . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.25
Repeat PACES . . . . . . . . . . 1.50
Tuition is to be paid in ten monthly installments and due on the first of each month beginning September 1st with the final payment on June 1st.
In connection with their studies in the arts and sciences, students have a number of field trips scheduled during the year. Although each such off campus learning experience is of real enjoyment for the students, it
is to be realized that these experiences are designed primarily to enrich learning. Supervisors may ask students to take notes and be tested upon returning to the school.
A natural outgrowth of such trips, under the supervision of adults on every occasion, is that the student is disciplined in the art of self-control and gracious conduct in all kinds of situations.
Proper grooming must be taught along with other rules of manner and morals, and G.W.C.A. supports the emphasis of the Christian home in matters of modesty of dress, their hair styles, and good grooming.
G.W.C.A. fashions are conducive to good study habits and are worn by all students in order that the proper emphasis may be placed upon the matter of dress. G.W.C.A. makes no apology for the fact that it seeks to use every means at its disposal, including dress, to encourage its students to think and act like ladies and gentlemen.
Uniforms remove the very unattractive spirit of clothes competition which seeks to draw improper attention to self or sex, and encourages each student to gain recognition through personal charm or conscientious work. It serves as an economy measure for school parents and gives the students a distinctive appearance engendering school pride and Christian conduct.
Bizarre styles, fads, badges, pins, emblems, skirt length, etc., are calculated to call attention to the wearer and will not be permitted.
All students are required to participate in Physical Education. No student will be excused from the course without parental permission.
In most cases (bad weather being the exception) students who are well enough to come to school are well enough to participate in P.E. Parents must send a written note to the office if they feel that their child is
too sick to participate.
If, in the opinion of the administration, this provision is being abused in any way, a note from the doctor must be submitted. All clothes are to be loose fitting.
NO PDA – Public Display of Affection.
NO hand-holding between sexes.
GIRLS: Keep your hands off the boys.
BOYS: Keep your hands off the girls.
LEARNING CENTER RULES
Students are not permitted to communicate or be out of their office without permission.
Do not turn around in office.
No activities are to be carried on in their office not directly related to learning of prescribed instruction unless he has earned the privilege.
RAISE FLAG for Supervisor guidance in academic problems.
This is work time; ask Supervisor only academic questions. (Ask personal questions at break time.)
Use restrooms and get drink during break time.
Offices are assigned; changed only by Supervisor; must be cared for.
Students may bring chair cushions or desk mat.
Anything to be placed in your office must first be approved by the Supervisor.
Do not lean or sit on offices.
Electric outlet is for approved school equipment only.
Offices are PRIVATE – DO NOT INVADE.
STUDENT PROGRESS CARD: Do not mark on card; $1.00 charge for duplicate.
GOAL CHARTS: Keep goal chart up to date and posted in office.
PACES: Do not share PACES for answers; use resource books; if answers cannot be found, ask Supervisor. After you complete a PACE, wait until the next morning before receiving test; wait an additional night before receiving results and a new PACE. Leave all PACES on top of the office every afternoon unless homework has been assigned. Do not deface or draw pictures on the PACE of any kind.
SCORE TABLE: Score keys are not be removed from table. Use RED pen only. Answers are for checking work only. Replace score key in proper place.
TESTING TABLE: The test is issued after the PACE IS completed, scored, restudied, then turned in. Take the test at the testing table where student remains until finished. Test results: 80% or better may advance.
1. Other students’ offices.
2. Teacher’s desk and files.
3. In classroom without staff.
4. P.E. area except under supervised activity.
5. All church equipment including pianos and organs and drums except where authorized.
6. G.W.C.A. has-a-closed campus policy: students cannot leave the school area during school hours without permission.
ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET
Gifts, certificates, plaques, letters and trophies highlight the annual awards banquet held each spring. Students compete during the year to attain these awards:
1. Scripture memorization
2. Scholastic Achievement (most improved)
3. Highest PACE average
4. Total PACES completed
5. 1000 Club
6. 2000 Club
7. 5000 Club
8. 75 PACE Club
9. 100 PACE Club
10. Perfect Attendance
11. Honor Roll
12. 1st Student Body Award
Griping is not tolerated. (Detention for everyone is given for violation of this rule.)
Marked on or defaced property is to be replaced at offending student’s expense.
Guns, matches, lighters, knives, radios, gum and tape recorders are not permitted on campus.
Language: Use only words which glorify the Lord.
High School Students: Hands off elementary students.
Elementary Students: No backtalk to high school students, no monkey business.
Break time: Lunch Procedures: Food and beverages are not allowed in the learning center without permission. When a student checks out
Physical Education equipment, he is responsible to return or pay for it.
Put trash in wastebaskets.
Christian music only (that which glorifies the Lord) is permitted at G.W.C.A. Instruments are to be played only in supervised music classes.
BOOKS AND MAGAZINES
Magazines and books must be approved in writing by parents and approved by the Supervisor upon arrival at school that day.
Parties are not school sponsored unless parents receive notification letters from the Principal. Students are encouraged not to have more than one party per month. Any parties designated as a school party on
G.W.C.A. grounds must be coordinated through the Principal. A limit of ONE birthday party per month. Under the rule that the parents of the Birthday Students agree and will furnish refreshments. No gifts will be exchanged.
At the G.W.C.A. campus students are encouraged to bring friends and those who are interested in G.W.C.A. Visitors must keep clothing standards and get a student pass from the office.
Each parent is responsible for providing transportation for their child to and from school. If you drive a car, your car should be kept locked. Also, parents are encouraged to discuss with one another the possibilities of a car pool. This the school cannot handle. Bikes are permitted only if kept locked during school hours.
The school phone is reserved for official school business and emergencies only; students desiring to place emergency calls will give the name and number to school personnel who will place the call.
The paramount rule is “DO NOT DISTURB.” Demerit marks are given for disturbances or broken rules. The first two are grace. Mark three results in a 20 (twenty) minute detention after school the following
day. (Four – 30 minutes; Five – 45 minutes; Six – one hour.) When a student receives a detention, a Detention Slip is sent home with the student and is to be signed by parents and returned the following
When a student has accumulated two hours of detention times in a week, he is automatically placed on probation.
The grading system of G.W.C.A. is designed to give parents a true indication of the student’s progress or lack of progress.
Progress reports are given to students to present to their parents the Wednesday following each nine week period. The report is to be signed by the parent and returned to G.W.C.A. within one week.
One dollar ($1.00) will be charged for duplicate cards.
The responsibility for scholastic achievement is placed on students in our school program. The goals set daily by the student and/or Supervisor are no more than the child is capable of completing during the school day. Should the student not meet his quota for that day, he will be required to complete the work at home or after school in the classroom at the discretion of the Supervisor. Should your child have homework, a green slip will be stapled to the PACE giving the pages to be completed. The slip is to be signed by the parent and returned the following day. No resource books may be taken home.
A medical report must be filled out by your physician and submitted to the school office. All students under the age of 17 years are required to be vaccinated against diptheriatetanus and polio. All students under
the age of 17 years are recommended to be vaccinated against Rubiola. All students who have not reached puberty are recommended to be vaccinated against Rubella.
In instances where a student needs medical attention, the Principal will call the parent or family doctor (in that order). No staff member will be allowed to administer any medicines, tranquilizers, aspirin, pep pills, etc., to any student for headaches, fever, or other reasons without the parent authorization. All medication must be kept and administered at the school office.
Keep in mind that general doctor and dental appointments should be made on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons.
All children entering the 1st grade are required by law to have complete health screen in a check-up. Form #PM171 from the health department will be given you at the time of registration. It must be completed and
signed by the doctor. The form must be turned in by the time school starts September 1st. Will have 90 days from registration to have the health screening completed.
G.W.C.A. places emphasis upon the greatness of America’s heritage and the sacrifices of its heroes. America is a Republic which guarantees liberties to educate to preserve freedom. We unashamedly teach the Biblical doctrines of self-discipline, respect for those in authority, obedience to law, and love for the flag and the country.
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.”
SONG . . . AMERICA
“My country ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my Fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountain side, let freedom ring.”
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE CHRISTIAN FLAG
“I pledge allegiance to the Christian flag, and to the Savior for whose kingdom it stands. One Savior, crucified, risen, and coming again with life and liberty for all who believe.”
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, and will hide its word in my heart, that I might not sin against God.”
(The above handbook material was published by Golden West Christian Academy for the 1981-1982 school year.)
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