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BCS Handbook - Updated 2017


Building Foundations through His Love.
Purpose
To incorporate Christ and Community into Education. These 3 factors will be the focus of BCS: Christ, Community, Education. 
One of the greatest gifts that we can give our children is a Christ-centered education. We simply need to allow God to be a part of our lives and He will. BCS will focus on the importance of building a relationship with God to help our children through and enjoy their lives to the fullest. The Bradley Christian School will be completely interdenominational in nature. The religious classes taught will consist of the basic principles of Christianity with no preference given to any denomination.
BCS also sees value in Community. The importance of children growing together in a Community and helping that Community grow and flourish along with taking care of their surroundings and knowing about their roots and where they live.
Education. A child’s education should not be taken lightly. BCS will strive to provide an outstanding educational foundation. The smaller classes and dedicated teachers and volunteers provides BCS the opportunity to have a relationship with EVERY student. 
Structure
BCS currently covers Pre-K through 12th grade and is classified by the State of South Dakota as an alternative education system (Homeschool). We are subject to the requirements established for such education systems and fully follow them. BCS has set a high standard for the school in it’s conduct and curriculum.
Curriculum: All In One Home School - http://allinonehomeschool.com, Abeka - for more information you may visit www.abeka.com, The Bible, Piano Lessons (music, guitar),
Interactive Art and Problem Solving Projects
Testing: Students will have to continue to pass state tests as well as BCS’ own testing to continue on to the next grade. State testing takes place in grades 2, 4, 8, and 11.
School Lunches: School lunches will not be provided unless notified otherwise. 
Application for Admission
BCS will follow this procedure in considering the enrollment process:
1. Applications for enrollment including BCS Application, state exempt form and school records from previous school, and other pertinent information should be given to the executive director by the registration date of August 1st. 
2. Students are required to participate in all required classes, including but not limited to religion classes.
3. No student will be allowed to promote non-Christian religious views. 
4. The status of every student may be subject to review by the School Board.
5. The School Board reserves the right to suspend or terminate a student’s enrollment if it is deemed by the School Board to in the best interest of the student, teachers, school, or the other students.
Immunization Requirements- 
As and alternative-education system/homeschool, we do not require proof of immunization. We feel it is up to the parent(s)/guardian(s) to decide whether or not they immunize their children. In the public school system, you must either provide up-to-date immunization records or complete a form if requesting exemption due to religious or philosophical belief.
Tuition
Since the origination of BCS, our mission has drawn us down a slightly different path as more of a mission than a business. Tuition is not required. God has and continues to provide for BCS in so many ways and if you feel BCS is a good fit for your family, please contact us.
Some families do want to pay tuition, if that is the case, here is a guideline or you can simply make a donation - but please don't feel obligated. Tuition: $1125/year or $140/month for 8 months. 

Many families also like to contribute to the school by providing meals or donating time - which is welcomed.
Age/Date Cutoffs
Students must be 4 years old for Pre-K and 5 years old for Kindergarten by June 1st of the
upcoming school year to enroll at BCS. (Please contact us directly if you have a concern about the cutoff or would like to be considered for an exemption.)
School Guidelines
School Hours: 8:15 am to 3:30 pm
Pre-K: 8:15 am to 11:30 pm - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Kindergarten: 8:15 am to 3:30 pm - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
1. Once at school, students will not be permitted to leave the school grounds without prior consent
of parents or teachers. 
2. Bicycles and cars used for commuting to and from school will not be ridden or drove during
school hours. 
3. Students will furnish their own school supplies based on the list provided - but if you can't - please let us know and we will figure it out.
4. In case of inclement weather, BCS will notify students via the website,
www.bradleychristianschool.org if school is running late or cancelled. 
5. When a student is absent or late a note, phone call, or personal visit form a parent is required. 
6. Each student will be expected to do his or her part in daily cleaning duties in the classroom.
7. Children should come to school well groomed and properly dressed. This includes seasonal considerations as well... ie- winter boots, stocking cap, gloves/mittens in winter. Immodest dress is not
appropriate. Likewise, no child will be allowed to promote other religious views. Faculty and Board retains the right to request corrective action.
8. Visitors are welcome to attend during the school day. 

9. Parent-Teacher Conferences will be scheduled through out the year. Either parents or teachers may schedule additional conferences. 
10. Progress reports or report cards will be communicated with parents.
11. Parents are expected to pick up their children at the end of the school day, which is 3:30,
unless other arrangements have been made between both the parents and teachers. 
Discipline
God’s word teaches that children are to honor and obey those whom he has placed over them.
We believe whenever a child is disobedient, rebellious or disrespectful he should be rebuked and in some instances punished. -We believe above all about treating people with love and compassion and will do our best to stand by Jesus’ example of love, in every circumstance.
If a child’s conduct is such that his continued attendance would do harm to the general welfare of
the school, the school board may expel that child. 
Attendance- General Statement of Policy
POLICY FOR PRE-K through 12th grade
More than 5 absences per semester (or >10 per school year) will result in impact to overall grade as well as the school board reviewing the absences to see if further action needs to be taken.
Absences: Students who miss school for any reason will need to complete all of the assignments that were given the day of their absence. So that students do not get too far behind they will stay in for recess until they are caught up on their work. The assignments and needed materials will be sent home with a sibling or can be picked up at school.
A. Recognizing the strong relationship between regular attendance for each class and high academic achievement, BCS establishes the following attendance policy. This policy will promote this relationship and hold students accountable for regular attendance. It is essential that students and their families take responsibility for knowing and following this Attendance Policy.
B. School is preparation for future life. It is important that habits of regular attendance be developed. Regular attendance establishes a pattern of responsibility and commitment that will serve students throughout their lives, including post-high school education and the workplace. 
C. Consistent school attendance has a high positive correlation to academic success and school completion. A student’s contribution and achievement in class are directly related to attendance.
D. Truancy. Under South Dakota law, children of mandatory school age are required to attend school regularly. 
F. Teachers at BCS, along with other appointed officers shall enforce the Attendance Policy with final say in matters to be decided by the appointed school board members by majority vote.
G. This policy sets forth Actions to Rectify Absenteeism, however, nothing in this policy prevents adminstrators from instituting actions to ensure attendance at any time if warranted by the individual circumstances.
Grade Advancement
Pre-K through 2nd grade advancement will be based on grading system and faculty/board review if needed. For students grade 3-12, students are required to achieve a passing grade in each class in order to advance to the next grade level. With our low student-teacher ratio and frequent communication with parents on students progress this shouldn’t be an issue. The School Board reserves the right to review each student’s status in cooperation with the faculty to determine if special action is needed.
Grading
Assignment Due Dates: All assignments are due the next school day unless the teacher says
otherwise. Any assignment not handed in by 8:30 will be considered late. Any late assignments will result in 0 credit, but will still need to be completed.
Grading Key:
A: 100-92
B: 91-84
C: 83-76
D: 75-67
F: 0-66
Unit Credits- Requirement and Definition
The unit credit at BCS is based on a student’s achieving a certain level of understanding of the subject matter. While our curriculum and class schedule are specific, our main concern is that our students learn what is being taught. Our definition of unit credit varies from the standard definition used by the public school systems where the unit credit is specifically based on a set number of class hours (120 per year per subject equals 1 credit). Our policy can result in our students spending more or fewer class hours than what is experienced in the public school system. Again, our focus is on learning and making sure our students are gaining knowledge. Our students are tested and graded based on their attained knowledge of each subject matter. We are confident that any students entering the public school system after attending BCS would have a knowledge base required to successfully move to the corresponding grade level. 
A Note for Parents
God has given to parents the responsibility of teaching children all the truths of His Holy Word, the Bible. Most important to our children is that they be taught of their Savior Jesus Christ. 
At BCS we teach your children about Jesus their Savior and about His will for their lives. We teach these things as they are taught in the Bible. As we teach your children, we pray that God’s Word will take hold in their hearts and become an active force in their lives.
Parents are teachers. By your words and your actions, you teach your children what is important to you. We pray that you, the parents of our school children, will give Christ and his Word a central place in everyday family life. A commitment to BCS encompasses both student and parent(s).
Nondiscrimination Policy
Bradley Christian School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. BCS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration, in its educational policies, admissions policies, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
We recognize that BCS is not equipped to meet the needs of every child with learning or behavioral needs. Therefore, not all students who apply for admission will be accepted. The final decision in this matter will rest with the leadership team of Bradley Christian School.
BCS Board
The board will be made up of 5-7 members who feel strongly about the success and mission of BCS: President, Secretary/Treasurer, and 3-5 General Board Members. To Conduct Business the board must have a majority vote of 3 out of 5. The job of the board is to listen to the needs and concerns of the executive director and teachers to make sure BCS is operating as smoothly as possible and meeting the needs of the students and faculty. 
Terms: 5 year terms on all positions except the executive director. Any person can leave their position with 3 months notice to the board. Executive Director is for life or until they step down or they can be voted off by a unanimous decision of all other board members. All board members subject to removal by unanimous vote.

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