Academic Excellence

As an institution, TCS is committed to academic achievement and excellence.  To this end, we encourage diligence and commitment in each student.  Every student deserves the chance to excel.  Our commitment to this high level of academics is demonstrated through many factors.

Curriculum

In K4–8 the A Beka Curriculum is used for most classes.  We also use Bob Jones Press material, Saxon Math and Positive Action for Christ for Bible. 

The curriculum we choose for our students is of the highest quality, not only academically, but also spiritually.  The textbooks are chosen with careful consideration for the needs of the students and the goals of the teachers.

Homework

We hold that homework is an integral part of the school educational program.  Homework is necessary for the achievement of excellence.  It reinforces classroom learning and prepares students’ minds for coming lessons.  Parents should make every effort to encourage their children in doing their homework as well as assisting them with their work.

Each teacher is at liberty to assign homework to aid the students in advancing their studies.  The students are expected to complete all homework assignments, which are given for many purposes, among which are the following:

  • DRILL – Most students required solid drill work to master material essential to their learning process.
  • PRACTICE – “Practice makes perfect” is still an excellent motto in the life of the student.  Following classroom explanation, illustration, and drill, consistent practice through homework, assures the student a complete mastery of the subject.
  • REMEDIAL ACTIVITY – As instruction progresses, various weak points in the student’s grasp of the material become evident.  Homework, following instruction, helps to strengthen and overcome such difficulties.
  • SPECIAL PROJECTS – Book reports, compositions, and special research can be carried on through homework in order to assure a deeper understanding of the subjects and related materials.

Homework will not be accepted which is not neatly and properly prepared.  The papers must not be crumpled, wrinkled, or torn in any way.  In the lower grades the teachers will specify the type of paper to be used.  In the upper grades all homework must be prepared on standard 8 ½ x 11 white notebook paper, unless otherwise specified by the individual teacher.  Each homework paper must contain the NAME, SUBJECT, and DATE.

Habitual negligence of homework assignments will require disciplinary action.  If a student does not complete his work by a specified deadline, he will fail the subject.  Individual consideration  will be given to students who miss excessive days due to illness or injury.

Homework will be adjusted on days of special school or TabernacleBaptistChurchmeetings.  NO written homework will be assigned on Wednesday nights (for the elementary grades), revival meetings and any other special services of our church.  Rule of thumb for 7th – 12th grade on Wednesdays, revival meetings and any other special services of our church: science and history should give NO homework; math and English classes should give a minimal amount of work.  We encourage all children to attend Wednesday evening prayer service and all other special meetings.

Academic Recognition

All students in good standing (i.e. not in suspension) are eligible for recognition on the honor roll.  Elementary students are recognized based on letter grades.  Students in grades 7-12 are recognized based on their quarterly GPA. (see below)

HONORS

HIGH   HONORS

HIGHEST   HONORS

3.25-3.49

3.50-3.74

3.75-4.00

 

Standards of Conduct

The standards of conduct for the students of Tabernacle Christian School are based on the infallible Word of God– the Bible.  TCS believes that salvation by faith in Christ is the first step in the Christian life.  There is also a second step in the Christian life, which is sanctification or growth in Christ. (Romans 8:29)  This growth begins with salvation and should continue through life.  The Bible commands that we live a holy life—one that is separated to God and from the World. (Matthew 22:37-39; Romans13:8-10; Galatians 5:14)

TCS therefore strives to provide an environment conducive to the spiritual growth and development of young people.  Every effort is made to nurture an atmosphere of growth and maturity in the Lord.  A standard of conduct based on Bible principles is necessary to provide such an environment.  All the actions of the Christian must be to the glory of God. (I Corinthians 10:31) the Christian must avoid practices that may harm his/her physical, mental or spiritual well-being. (I Corinthians 9:27) 

It is impossible to list all of the qualities of a Christian young person.  In this brief list, several areas of conduct are presented as a guideline for students.

Courtesy  Students are to treat everyone with proper respect, and to show proper submission to authority.  Courtesy is not simply limited to attitude to teachers, nor is it bounded by the walls of the classroom.

1.  Respect.  As students mature, they develop a desire to be treated as adults.  This is a healthy desire and the faculty will attempt to nurture it by respecting the student as a person.  Likewise, the faculty members at TCS have devoted their lives to the service of Christ and the ministry of the local church, and they deserve the respect due to them. (Proverbs 14:28; 1 Timothy 5:17)

Disrespect of others, including other students, reflects a lack of respect for one’s self.  Jesus Christ clearly taught us that we are to love and honor one another, which entails a respectful attitude, disposition and behavior. (Matthew 22:39; John 15:12)

2. Speech.  Students must speak respectfully to staff members and fellow students at all times.  This entails complete answers and the use of “Yes” and “No.”  Using lazy language such as “yeah,” “nah” or “whatever” is not only disrespectful but also inappropriate. 

3.  Relationships.  Entailed in respect for each other is a healthy respect for members of the opposite sex.  While we know that attraction between young men and ladies is normal and healthy, decency and respect for one another must be the foundation of any relationship, whether romantic or platonic.  We discourage “dating” of any kind.

4.  Physical Contact.  Physical contact or any display of affection between students of the opposite sex is prohibited.  “Couples” are not to be alone at any time. 

There should be no pushing, shoving, hitting, kicking, scratching, etc. by any students.  Students should not engage in physical contact except as determined by the school administration.

Classroom behavior  Although students should conduct themselves in an orderly and respectful manner at all times, the classroom is a place of learning, and that fact should be thoroughly honored in conduct and attitude.  Activities that disrupt the learning process (such as note passing, talking in class or slouching in one’s seat) will not be permitted in the classroom.

Blatant Disobedience  While there are many areas where discernment is necessary to determine the appropriateness of the activity, there are some areas that are quite clear.  The following are some activities that will never be reflective of a Christian attitude.

  • Cheating and/or plagiarism will not be tolerated.  Cheating constitutes stealing and dishonesty.  If a teacher suspects that such activity is going on, immediate action will be taken.  It will result in a conference with the principal and could lead to expulsion.
  • Any form of stealing property of others will not be tolerated and may result in disciplinary action.  Borrowing or taking without asking is considered stealing.  As part of Christian courtesy, students should always ask permission before borrowing anything from anyone.
  • The destruction or defacing of school property will not be tolerated.  Marking on furniture or walls, or altering bulletin/chalkboards is considered defacing property.  Such actions will result in immediate actions, and the student will be held financially responsible for any property that is defaced or destroyed.
  • The use of the Lord’s name in vain, cursing, and offensive vulgar, slang expression should never be used.  There is no need to detail a list of unacceptable words of phrases here, but such language will never be tolerated at TCS.

Worldly Pursuits  As Christians, we are to model a Christ-like lifestyle.  The influence of the world is often subtle and appears non-threatening.  As a result, students do not consider many of its influences to be wrong.  Scripture warns us to be aware of what is going on around us, but also cautions us to not engage in the pursuits of the world.  (Ephesians 5:15; James 3:13-15)

The word “worldly” is applied to any medium or activity that centers on the fleshly desires of man instead of the spiritual aspirations of a Christian.  This does not prohibit students from enjoying life, but it does set a Biblical standard for conduct.

The students shall not engage in activities that involve the consumption of alcohol, use of tobacco products, use of illegal drugs, misuse of legal drugs, reading and/or watching pornography, sexual sins of any nature (not simply limited to fornication), or immodesty.  This includes movies, television programs, music of any kind (including “Christian Rock”) and any other activities.

Conduct Off-Campus  Conduct that is prohibited at school is also prohibited away from school.  The Christian life is not a game, with one set of rules for church and school and another for everyday life.  Much of the standard setting for worldliness must be done in the home.  The faculty of TCS cannot monitor what students watch, listen to or do when they are away from the school.  Regardless of whether the proscribed activity takes place at or away from school, the student is equally subject to discipline for the actions, up to and including expulsion.

Parental Agreement  Parents must read, understand and agree that their child must abide by the Standards of Conduct, and that they will not sue, or threaten to sue, the school for the enforcement of the schools standards of conduct.  Parents are required to sign a statement to this effect in the school office before their student will be allowed to attend classes.

 

Athletics

TCS maintains a strong inter-scholastic sports program competing against other Christian schools in the area.  We currently offer four athletic teams: girls’ volleyball, boys’ soccer, girl’s basketball, and boys’ basketball.  Athletic competition contributes to the development of the total individual physically, socially,  emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually.  Our athletic program is designed to give all persons an opportunity to engage in some type of sports activity.

Student athletes are expected to manifest the highest standards of Christian living and conduct at all times.

All student athletes must meet the following requirements:

  • An overall “C” average.  If two (2) “D’s” and/or 1 “F” appear on a progress report or report card, the athlete is automatically suspended from participation on the team until the next progress report.  At that time, if the athlete has improved his/her grades to meet the minimum requirements for athletic participation, he/she may rejoin the team on probation.  On each Monday the probationary athlete will be required to have a weekly grade sheet signed by each of his/her teachers showing he/she is still eligible to play.  If at any time the athlete fails to fulfill the minimum requirements, he/she will be automatically cut from the team for the remainder of the season.
  • Student must attend at least three  (3) classes on the day of the game or will not be allowed to participate.
  • Student must attend school on Friday if a game is played on Saturday.
  • Student must be in compliance with church attendance policy.
The athletic department prepares a calendar for each sport, which includes game time, departure times, and approximate return times.  We ask that parents be prompt in picking up their children after games and practices.  This will eliminate unnecessary phone calls and extended waiting for students and supervisors.