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Academics

Curriculum

While TCA is a Christian school, we do not limit our curriculum to what is published specifically for Christian schools (Abeka, BJU, etc.).  We believe that our curriculum should address what best meets the academic needs of our school and promotes student achievement.  Therefore, we use a combination of Christian and secular curricula under a standards-based approach to learning.  Since we serve students from a three state area, our goal is to meet the standards set by all three states.  With administration approval, teachers choose the curriculum and present it to their students in accordance with the objectives and philosophy of the school.

Achievement Testing

Each spring TCA administers the Terra Nova 3 to grades K-10. These standardized tests reveal information about achievement in several academic areas for the individual student and for the grade level as a whole.  This information is used to give us feedback concerning our curriculum and academic program.  Your child’s scores on these assessments will be sent home in a full report when they are received. Students in grades 11 and 12 are required to take the ACT and/or SAT at least once before graduating.  The fees for ACT/SAT exams are the responsibility of the student’s family.

Pupil Promotion/Retention

Promotion Policy: In grades K-8, students shall be promoted to the next grade level upon satisfactory completion of the previous grade level.  If a student has received a failing grade in any two of the major subject areas (Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies), he/she may be retained unless conferences between teacher, parent, and administration determine that it would be detrimental to the child.  If the child receives a failing grade in one major subject area, he will be promoted, but will be enrolled under academic probation the following year.  Students in Grades 9-12 who receive a failing final grade for a course receive no credit for that course and, if a requirement to graduate, must repeat it and pass it in order to receive credit.

Homework Assignments

TCA has a zero tolerance policy for incomplete homework. Taking a zero is not an option for students.  Any assignments not completed by the due date will be completed during recess for grades K-4 and during lunch detention for grades 5-12.  Parents are urged to assist in seeing that homework is done.  However, the work must be done by the child and he/she is fully responsible for it.  Incomplete assignments due to family emergencies are to be accompanied by a written explanation from a parent or guardian.   Teachers are encouraged to award daily points for homework completion and effort and not to grade it.  We believe homework is for practice and reinforcement of the day’s lesson and should allow for errors and misunderstanding.

Textbooks

Textbooks owned by the school are loaned to students for their use during the school year and are to be handled carefully.  Students will be required to pay for lost or damaged books.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences may be scheduled at any time throughout the school year at the request of the parent or the teacher.  These conferences should be scheduled in advance.  “Drop-in” conferences before, after, or during school are not permitted as teachers may have other professional duties at those times and should be given time to prepare for the conference.

Kindergarten kids in Dr Seuss hats

 

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