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Truth Chapel Christian Academy

Student Handbook 2015-2016





Philosophy
At Truth Chapel Christian Academy, our goal is to provide a quality education with a Bible basis and a Christian atmosphere.  We believe all children are capable of doing well if they are willing to work hard, and if their teacher is willing to explore various teaching methods.  We believe that the best education is one that not only prepares students for a future job but also prepares them for life.

Vision
Truth Chapel Christian Academy will begin as a one-room classroom with multiple ages learning together.  However, as the school grows, we hope to provide multiple classrooms and to be able to expand our activities available.
Most importantly will always be the goal to provide for the children to have a solid education built on the Bible.

Family Oriented
According to Scriptures, the parents are responsible for training their children and the first institution that God created is the family.  Therefore, as a Christian school, we believe that the family should be involved in the lives of the children as much as possible.  Parents will be informed often about their children and will be expected to participate in activities when possible.  Parents will understand that this is a Christian school and will not be hostile to the Christian teaching.  The family should attend church regularly and Bible and prayer should be a regular part of the family’s life.

Statement of Faith

The Bible is the inspired and only infallible and authoritative written Word of God.
( Ps. 119; Mat. 4:4; Lk. 24:27 )

• There is one God, eternally co-existent in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. ( I Jn.5:7 )

• In the Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His Virgin Birth, in His Sinless Life, in His Miracles, in His Vicarious and atoning Death, in His Bodily Resurrection, in His Ascension to the Right Hand of the Father, in His personal future return to this Earth in Power and Glory to rule a thousand years.
( Jn.1:1-4;Eph.2:13-18;Rev.Chpts.19-20 )

• In the Blessed Hope - the Rapture of the Church at Christ's Coming. ( I Thess.4:13-18 )

• The only means of being cleansed from sin is through Repentance and Faith in the Precious Blood of Christ. ( Rom.5:1;Eph.2:8-9,13-18 )

• Regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for personal Salvation. (Jn.3:5-8;Titus 3:5)

• The Redemptive Work of Christ on the Cross provides healing of the human body in answer to believing prayer. ( Ex.15:25-26;James 5:14-15;I Pet.2:24 )

• The Baptism with the Holy Spirit, according to Acts 2:4, is given to Believers who ask for it.
( Acts 2:4;10:44-46;19:1-7 )

• In the Sanctifying Power of the Holy Spirit by Whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a holy life. ( Rom.6:3-14;8:1-2,11 )

• In the Resurrection of both the saved and the lost, the one to Everlasting Life and the other to everlasting damnation. ( Rev.20:5-6,11-15 )


Scriptures
"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6
"And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:" Deuteronomy 6:6
"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." Colossians 2:8
"And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." ll Timothy 3:15-17
"For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:" Psalms 78:5-7
"For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness " l Corinthians 3:19
"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction." Proverbs 1:7

Goals and Objectives:

Relationships
To teach children about the most important relationship he/she can have, a relationship with Jesus Christ and how to grow in that relationship.
To teach children about the importance of family and how to love, respect, and care for them.
To teach children how to treat others with respect and to resolve problems Biblically.

Education
To teach children all subjects such that students receive a comparable or better education than received in other schools.
To teach the subjects with a Christian emphasis, preparing the students with not only the knowledge that some "ideas" taught by the world such as evolution are wrong, but also teaching them why these ideas are wrong.
To foster a love for learning that will continue throughout his/her life.

Service
To teach children the Christian compassion for humanity, reaching out to those around them.
To encourage children to find his or her calling in life and pursue what God desires for them.

Family Agreement

As a Christian school, we believe the family should be involved and supportive of a Christian education.
Parents agree to:
Not be hostile towards a Christian education, supporting the process rather than bringing discord.
Be involved as much as possible, encouraging their children to do well in all things.
Refrain from unwholesome talk concerning the teachers and classroom.
Monitor their children’s learning.
Fulfill all financial obligations.
Students agree to:
Pay attention and work hard, realizing that their education is of utmost importance.
Present themselves wholesomely and to resolve conflict in a Christian-like manner.
Respect authority both in the school and in the home.

Conflict Resolution

THE MATHEW 18 PRINCIPLE
We ask that all parents agree to use the Matthew 18 Principle when dealing with any grievance, misunderstanding or concern. Matthew 18:15-16 says:
"Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother."
"But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established."
We must all be committed to the principle of good reports. Therefore, if a problem arises at the school, the parents should council with the individual involved first. If the conflict cannot be resolved, at that time, the matter should be brought before the school administration.
GRIEVANCES
In a spirit of Christian cooperation and in accordance with the principle of Matthew 18, any grievance should be solved as a testimony to the Christian ethic. When a problem arises, the individuals involved should immediately go to the person with whom the offense exists. If the problem is not rectified, then the individuals should confer with the school administrator for further efforts of resolution and reconciliation.
At no time should offended parents attempted to involve other parents or individuals in an offense. Such only hinders the efforts of the school and ultimately the ability of the child to learn in the Christian school. If there is a legitimate problem in the school, parents individually expressing concern for their child to the administrator will provide insight needed to correct the problem.
When parents are unsatisfied by the actions of the school administration, they may submit a letter of grievance to the school's administrative board. Upon the review of the grievance, the board will refer the letter to the school administration for further consideration.

Truth Chapel Christian Academy HONOR PLEDGE

I pledge to apply myself whole-heartedly to my intellectual pursuits that I may bring glory to God.
I pledge to develop myself physically and spiritually according to the gifts of God in my life.
I pledge to love my neighbor as myself. I will not cheat, lie, or inflict pain upon others.
I pledge to maintain integrity and purity by the grace of God.
I pledge to esteem my authorities with respect, obedience, and Christian love.
Truth Chapel Christian Academy is a private school. Attendance at TCCA is a privilege and not a right. The Academy reserves the right to require withdrawal of a student at any time if in the judgment of the administration such action is deemed necessary to safeguard TCCA’s ideals of academic integrity or the spiritual and moral atmosphere of it as a Christian school.

General Information

History
Scott and Nikkie Corbin began Truth Chapel World Evangelism Fellowship Church in 2004 in affiliation with Jimmy Swaggart Ministries.  Through the years, they discussed the possibility of one day having a school at the church to provide a Christian education for children.  They believed that this would one day happen, but did not know how a small church could proceed with such a large task.  Upon learning how a one-room classroom with multiple ages could be developed, Nikkie began proceeding with this dream.  In 2013, through the help of 3 large donations, TCCA was built as a one-room schoolhouse.

Outreach of Truth Chapel World Evangelism Fellowship Church
Truth Chapel Christian Academy is an outreach of Truth Chapel WEF Church, an opportunity for this church to share the Gospel with children and their families.
Truth Chapel WEF Church is a non-denominational Pentecostal church that has existed since September 2004.

Affiliation with Jimmy Swaggart Ministries
Truth Chapel WEF Church is affiliated with Jimmy Swaggart Ministries because of agreement in doctrine.  In the academy, the same doctrine will be taught.

Contact Information
Truth Chapel Christian Academy is located at 189 Hickory Hill Road in Spartanburg.  Any mail should be sent to PO Box 1905, Spartanburg, SC 29304.
For more information about TCCA, please go to www.truthchapelchristianacademy.org or www.truthchapel.org or visit TCCA’s Facebook page.
The best methods of contact are email.  You may contact Nikkie Corbin at
nikkie3c@yahoo.com or info@truthchapel.org.
The school office number is (864) 585-3006.  For emergency purposes during school hours, you may call the school’s direct line at (864) 498-0251, but please do not share this number with others as the school contact number.  It is only for emergency purposes.

To Begin:

Admission Policy
Truth Chapel Christian Academy maintains a selective admissions policy. Students are enrolled who best fit within the spiritual and academic climate of the school. Admission to Truth Chapel Christian Academy is a privilege and not a right. All students and their families must maintain proper standing with the school for continued enrollment. All parents must submit the appropriate enrollment information and pay all applicable fees. No student may attend class until all enrollment requirements are met.   All financial obligations not kept in good faith will forfeit one's admission to the Academy.
All fees paid to Truth Chapel Christian Academy are non-refundable. Upon signing the enrollment contract, parents are responsible for the entire yearly fees as listed on the contract.
Truth Chapel Christian Academy admits students of all races, color, national and ethnic origins to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to the students of the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, or other school-administered programs.



2015-2016 Rates

Non-refundable Registration Fee:  
$100 per family if paid by March 1
$150 per family if paid by May 1
$200 per family if paid by July 1
$250 per family if paid after July 1
Technology/Book Fees:
$150 for 4-year-old Kindergarten and 5-year-old Kindergarten
$250 for 1 st through 8 th grade
$300 for 9 th through 12 th grade
*Book fees due by July 1.  Book fees are subject to change.  
Tuition Rates for children/grandchildren of faithful attendees of Truth Chapel:
$1500 per year for full-time student, payable in monthly $150 increments August 1 – May 1
$800 per year for 4-year-old Kindergarten (half-day), payable in monthly $80 increments August 1 – May 1
Discounts given to parents of multiple children:
$1500, payable in monthly $150 increments for first child
$1300, payable in monthly $130 increments for second child
$1100, payable in monthly $110 increments for third child
$900, payable in monthly $90 increments for fourth child
$700, payable in monthly $70 increments for fifth child and beyond
Tuition Rates for Others:
$2500 per year for full time student, payable in monthly $250 increments August 1 – May 1
$1200 per year for 4-year-old Kindergarten if student is only there for half a day, payable in monthly $120 increments August 1 – May 1
Discounts given to parents of multiple children:
$2500, payable in monthly $250 increments for first child
$2200, payable in monthly $220 increments for second child
$1900, payable in monthly $190 increments for third child
$1600, payable in monthly $160 increments for fourth child
$1300, payable in monthly $130 increments for fifth child and beyond


Process of Enrollment

If interested in attending TCCA, an application must be completed and returned with copies of birth certificates, social security cards, immunization records, and past grade reports.  The registration fee is also due at this time.  After an interview, the student will receive either an acceptance or denial letter.
In the case of being accepted, there will be a few more forms to complete, including a contract with payment agreements outlined.
There may need to be another meeting with the student at this time with the teacher in order to assess their current skills and knowledge in preparation for lesson planning for this student.

Schedule
School day will begin at 8:30 am each day and end at 3:00 pm.  Monday – Friday schedule.
First day of School – Tuesday, August 11

About the School

Curriculum & Methods
The school will predominately be using A Beka Academy videos and textbooks.  However, this curriculum will be supplemented with materials from Jimmy Swaggart Ministries and other reliable resources.  There will also be multiple hands-on experiences planned throughout the year.
The A Beka Academy provides videos with a teacher teaching the subject matter.  The child will watch the video and then fulfill his or her lesson responsibilities for each day.  The teachers at the school will assist and answer questions as needed, as well as provide one-on-one instructions and explorations.

Faculty
Each teacher should:
Profess a personal faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour and maintain a positive Christian testimony
Agree with Truth Chapel Christian Academy statement of faith
Be an actively involved member of Truth Chapel World Evangelism Fellowship Church
Have at least a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in education
Have a heart for young people and desire to see them succeed
Each assistant teacher should:
Profess a personal faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour and maintain a positive Christian testimony
Agree with Truth Chapel Christian Academy’s statement of faith
Be an actively involved member of Truth Chapel World Evangelism Fellowship Church
Have at least a High School diploma and preferably, some college
Have a heart for young people and desire to see them succeed
School volunteers should:
Profess a personal faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour and maintain a positive Christian testimony
Agree with Truth Chapel Christian Academy’s statement of faith
Be actively involved in a local church
Have a heart for young people and desire to see them succeed
A background check may be completed on all school staff.

Holiday Celebrations
Because Truth Chapel Christian Academy is a Christian school, there will be no celebrations for Halloween and during other holidays, there will not be displays of things such as Santa Claus, Easter Bunnies, Leprechauns, etc.  We will also not have any food such as decorated cookies displaying such items.

Chapel
Bible is taught daily for the students but once a week, a chapel service is also held.  Chapel programs include music, teaching/preaching, and time of prayer.  Visitors are welcomed to attend these services.

Class Events
Events including parties, field trips, and class activities are planned for the students of TCCA.  Siblings or friends are not permitted to attend unless approved by teacher.

Library
A small library of books will be provided for the students in the classroom.  These books may be checked-out and returned in a timely manner.

Lunch
There will not be a cafeteria in the school.  Therefore, each child will be responsible for bringing his/her own lunch.  This meal may be eaten outside if weather permits.  Otherwise, it will be eaten in the classroom.
Parents are welcomed to join their children for lunch.  However, please let the teacher know that morning to expect your arrival.

Testing
Generally, students will not participate in state-wide testing at this time unless requested by a parent.  However, if such testing is desired or if a student needs to participate in testing such as SAT for college entrance, he or she will be guided in this process.

Parent-Teacher Communication
Living in a day of technology, parents will be continually updated about the school via the website and Facebook.  If a parent has email, the teacher will send emails concerning his/her child and school plans.
There will also be a note sent home daily or weekly for each student which will let the parent know what the child is currently doing, how he/she is doing, and if he/she has any assignments.  Signing this note will allow the teacher to know that you are aware of what is going on.
In case of emergencies, the teacher will contact the parent via phone.  If the parent needs to contact the teacher via phone, please leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible, but please, understand that the teacher cannot stop class instructions to answer a phone call.

School Rules & Regulations

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Illegal Drug Use on Campus
No alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs are allowed anywhere on campus.  If anyone is found with these items, the student will be warned, followed by suspension, then expulsion.

Gum and Food
No gum is permitted at school or anywhere on the grounds at all.  Food and drink are only permitted during designated times (lunch, parties, etc.) and nowhere near the computers.  Children may not have snacks at their desk at all.  If a child has a medical reason for needing food at other times, the child should first inform the teacher that he/she needs a snack and then move away from the computer to have his/her snack.  This is only for medical reasons, however, and parents should inform the teacher of this medical need beforehand.
Truth Chapel Christian Academy does not currently have a cafeteria or the ability to provide food.  Therefore, each student is responsible for bringing his/her own lunch.

Health Services
Should a child become sick, he or she will be removed from the classroom and a parent will be contacted to pick-up his/her child.
A child should not be in school if running a fever, has diarrhea, and/or is vomiting.  He/she may return to school when he/she has not had a fever for at least 24 hours.  
If a child takes any kind of medication, the medicine should be given to the teacher by an adult with written directions on how and when the medicine should be administered.  Please do not just tell the teacher the directions as she may forget.  It is better to write everything out.

Campus Control and Visitation
Truth Chapel Christian Academy will meet on the ministry grounds on Hickory Hill Road.  For safety and security, all doors will be locked after students arrive to school.  All visitors must ring the doorbell.
Visitors should notify teacher of their plan to visit ahead of time and should dress modestly for their visit.
Students may only leave campus with parent and administrative approval.

Chaperoning Field Trips
Parents desiring to chaperone a field trip must let us know in advance.  Chaperones must dress modestly and present Christian behavior and language.

Cell Phones and Electronic Devices
Cell phones are not permitted during class time.  If a student brings a cell phone to school, he or she should turn it off and leave it at the teacher’s desk.  Should the student need to make a call, he or she must inform the teacher of this and the reason for the call.  At that time, the student may use his/her phone.  No one should be calling the students during class time except for emergencies.  In such a situation, the school can be called and the student will return the phone call.
If a student uses the cell phone during class, the phone will be confiscated and returned at the end of the day.  Second offense, the phone will only be returned when a parent comes to get it.  Third offense, the phone will not be returned until the end of the school year.
This is necessary because cell phones are distracting, disruptive, and can aid in cheating.
Electrical items such as radios, headsets, CD players, iPods, PEDS, gaming devices, etc. are not permitted on campus at all. If lost or stolen, TCCA cannot be held responsible.

Disasters and Evacuations
If a disaster should occur, TCCS has evacuation plans.  Parents will be notified via phone of emergency situations and will need to arrange to pick up their children at such a time.  Cooperation is expected during such a time.

Inclement Weather
During times of inclement weather, the website will be updated to announce school closings and you will be contacted via phone.  In the event of a delayed opening, there will be no 4-year-old kindergarten class.

Leaving School Grounds Without Permission
No student is allowed to leave school grounds without written permission from the parent for the student to leave at a particular time.  In such a case that a student does leave without permission, disciplinary action will be taken.

Guidelines for Parking Lot Safety
Follow the speed limit of 10 mph in the parking lot.
Usage of cell phones is prohibited while driving through the parking lot and dropping off children.
Students are to be dropped off at the entrance closest to the school room.
Drivers should put their cars in park when students are exiting the car.
Drivers are not to leave their cars running when unattended.

Parent Drop-Off & Pick-Up
Students may be dropped off between 8:15 and 8:25 am, unless other arrangements have been made.  Class will begin promptly at 8:30 am.
School will end at 3:00 pm and all students should be picked up by 3:30 pm.
Only authorized adults will be allowed to pick up the children.  When completing enrollment forms for your student, you will be given an opportunity to tell who is authorized to pick up the student.  If this list changes at any time, please notify the teacher immediately.

Traffic Patterns
A driveway with a turn-around area is available right beside the school.  Please follow the route on this drive.  If you must park, please use the gravel parking area near the playground.

Personal Property
Please do not bring anything of value to school.  You may also wish to put student names in any personal property that is brought.
Please do not bring any toys, or other distracting objects.
We will not be responsible for loss of any items that are brought.

No weapons, guns, knives, etc.
Presence of any kind of weapon will result in suspension and/or expulsion.

Respect and Courtesy
As a Christian school, this should be a safe environment.  There will be no bullying, abuse, harassment, etc.  
There will be no physical (sexual) contact tolerated between children.  Even if the student is old enough to date, he/she does not need to expose his/her emotions for the other during the school day.
Also, all adults should be addressed with proper titles (Mr., Mrs., Pastor).  Even if the student normally uses the adult’s first name, in the classroom setting, this should not take place.

School Property
No littering or damaging anything on the property.  All ministry grounds must be obeyed.  

Search and Seizure
Equipment such as computers can be searched at any time.
Student may also be asked to empty pockets, book bags, etc. if there is suspicion.  

Solicitation/Distribution
Events and fundraisers outside of TCCA or Truth Chapel Church should not be advertised in school unless otherwise approved.

Attendance
No more than 10 unexcused absences will be allowed.  If more than 10 days are missed, make-up days can be planned for an additional fee of $50 per day.

Tardiness
Tardiness is a disruption to the entire class.  If a student is tardy, he or she will be asked to remain after school for the amount of time he/she was late, plus an additional ten minutes.  So, if the student is five minutes late, he/she will stay after school for fifteen minutes.  

Computer Use
Computers are to be used exclusively for school purposes.  No Facebook, Twitter, or other social media will be allowed.  There will also not be any games unless it is an assigned game for school.  The teacher will have access to and monitor all computers all the time.  Students also should not download files or print without permission, no internet searches without permission, and no downloading or installing software.  If a student damages equipment through abuse or improper use, reimbursements will be required.

Cheating
Cheating will not be permitted.  Each student is responsible for his or her own work.  If a student is caught cheating, he or she will be given a zero on the assignment and the parent will be notified.

Toilet Trained
All students are expected to fully toilet trained.  However, four-year-old kindergarten students should have a change of clothes available in case of an accident.  

Dress Code
As a Christian school, appropriate dress is very important.  Therefore, we will have uniform dress.  Students will be expected to wear black, blue, or khaki uniform pants, shorts, or skirts.  Tops can be any color polo shirt, but we do ask that each student have a "classic red" polo shirt and khaki pants to wear on designated days (field trips, etc.).  Shirts may also include button-up dress shirts.
General:
Four-year-old kindergarten – second grade may wear pants with elastic waistbands and drawstrings, and do not have to wear a belt.  
Third grade – Twelfth grade must wear pants with belt loops and a belt. Each student’s belt should be visible at all times. Belts must be properly cinched around waist. No drooping pants or shorts will be tolerated. No oversized belt buckles are allowed.
Shirts must be tucked in at all times except the banded knit polo’s for girls.
Extreme hair color / haircuts are not acceptable.
No tattoos, nose rings, tongue rings, or other abnormal appearances.
Hats or other head coverings may be worn only for athletic practices or special events.
Clothing must have finished edges / hems and may not have holes.
No oversized clothing is to be worn. Uniforms must fit at the waist and must be of proper lengths.
Shorts must reach the top of the kneecap. Pants and shorts may be pleated or flat front.
Pants and shorts should be appropriately sized with a regular fitting crotch: not tight fitting, not loose fitting. Sagging is not allowed.
No jeans or jean material (denim) is allowed.
No low rise, skinny pants, flared bottoms, stretch slacks, sweatpants, jogging pants, wind suits, warm-ups, overalls or coveralls are permitted.
No glimmer, shimmer or other color distraction is allowed. No rivets or decorative attachments are allowed.
"Slicing or ragging" is not allowed.
Hems may be cuffed or flat.
Excessive jewelry, necklaces, or pendants may not be worn with the school uniform.
No house shoes or slippers.
BOYS:
Hair length must fall above the eyebrows on the forehead and not below the collar in the back.
No facial hair is allowed.
Earrings and other piercings are not acceptable.
GIRLS:
Jumpers, skorts or shorts should be no shorter than two inches above the knee.
Tight clothing is unacceptable.
Girls may wear one small earring per lobe. Earrings should not be longer that one inch or greater than one inch in diameter. Other piercings are not acceptable.
CONSEQUENCES FOR UNIFORM VIOLATIONS
     1st offense: Warning and parental notification
     2nd offense: Detention and parental notification
     3rd offense: Student is not allowed to attend class until properly dressed and parental conference scheduled.
     4th offence: Suspension, no credit for missed work, parental conference scheduled and possible expulsion.

Discipline
The primary disciplinarian in the school is the teacher. The teacher will administer discipline to the child by having established rules and procedures. Should a student fail to comply with he established expectations, the teacher will deal with the student and the parent. Discipline by the teacher may include:
Warning
Elimination of privileges
Extra work
Parental contacts
Referral to office

When a student is referred to the office, he/she will receive a discipline referral slip documenting the offense which will be kept in the child's file. Upon determining the extent of the child's misbehavior from the teacher, the office will decide the course of action to be taken. The child's disciplinary file will be used to calculate the severity of the punishment. Upon this review, the child may receive:
Warning
Detention
Parent conference
Suspension
Expulsion

Parents will receive notification of their child's visit to the office to be signed and returned.

 
 
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