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.