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The mission of Grace Christian School is to provide the highest quality of education based upon Biblical principles. It is our belief that the Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God and that salvation is by faith alone in Jesus Christ who, as God in the flesh, came to die, to be buried, and rise again for our sins. (John 3:16) It is our desire to provide the best Christian education and training for ALL children, for God is not a respecter of persons.
The purpose of Grace Christian School is to assist parents in training their children to be Christ-like. This teaching and nurturing process begins in the home and extends to the church and school. The Christian school, in addition to the home and church, offers a course of study where the process of Christian education can take place.
The foundation of Christian education is the Word of God. The philosophy of Christian education is developed from the Bible and stands against the godless philosophies of humanism, materialism, secularism, and New Age.
The goals of Christian education at Grace Christian School shall be the following:
1. To help every student to be “thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (II Timothy 3:17)
2. To encourage all students to “love the Lord their God with all their heart and with all their soul and with all their mind, and to love their neighbor as themselves.” (Matthew 22:37-39)
3. To give Christ the pre-eminence in all things. (Colossians 1:18)
Christian education is first and foremost the responsibility of Christian parents (Deuteronomy 6:7). Grace Christian School has been established to assist parents to obey God’s command to train their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Students are only admitted when the administration believes that the parents and their church are in full support of the purposes and policies of the School. Expressions of dissention or lack of support for the School’s mission, policies, or leadership are grounds for dismissal of any students of a family in which such action occurs.
Grace Christian School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all of the rights, privileges and activities generally accorded or made available to students in the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its academic, admission, scholarship, or athletic policies. Grace Community Church Inc. is non-discriminatory in every area as to race, color, or national or ethnic origin (Romans 2:11, John 3:16).
ALL STUDENTS are expected to abide by rules set forth by the administration. Attendance at Grace Christian School is considered a privilege and not a right. Students forfeit this privilege if they do not conform to the standards and ideals set forth by the administration. The school may insist on the withdrawal of any student that, in the opinion of the administration, does not conform to the spirit of the ministry.
Students are expected to fulfill a code of conduct whether they are on or off campus. Students can be disciplined for infractions that happen off the campus of the school (not limited to examples such as smoking, drinking, using illicit drugs etc…).
Students are allowed eight absences per semester without academic penalty.
Students who have unexcused absences will not be able to make-up missed assignments and quizzes.
On the student’s ninth total absence, whether excused or unexcused, their grade will be deducted according to the following policies:
One point will be deducted off of the final semester average . An additional point will then be deducted with each additional absence. The eight allowed absences include excused or unexcused absences.
Students who miss class to participate in school related functions (athletic events, fine arts festivals, etc.) will not be counted as one of the eight allowed.
Students with excessive absences due to medical issues must submit a letter in writing from a doctor to the appropriate principal to request an exception to the policy.
Absences are excused for the following reasons: student illness, death in the family, medical or dental appointments, or any other reason excused by the principal BEFORE the absence occurs.
Students will not be allowed to make up an assignment unless an absence is excused.
A note is required for admission to school after any absence.
Pre-arranged absences must be pre-approved by the Administration, unless it is school business.
Students will have two days to complete all make-up work. This is not a per class policy. It is the student’s responsibility to collect these assignments, and students need to schedule a time (outside of class) with the teacher to make-up tests, quizzes, etc. Students will not be allowed to make up work during class time.
Teachers are instructed to issue zeros for all unexcused absences as it permits to make-up work.
If a student misses class due to school business (i.e.-athletic event, fine arts event, etc.), he must turn his work into the appropriate teacher on the day of the absence before he leaves school.
It is also the student’s responsibility to get the next day’s assignment from the teacher and have it completed the following day he is back in class.
Exceptions can be made for tests and quizzes per administration.
Students who miss three consecutive days must bring in a doctor’s note for an excused absence. Extended vacations during academic times are strongly discouraged. Any absences from family vacations (including excused/pre-arranged absences) will be subject to our absences policies regarding grade deductions.
A student who is absent more than 25 days during the school year will be required to repeat the entire school year at the same grade level.
Students absent 20-24 days during the school year may be required to attend summer school or perform additional hours of in school attendance in order acquire the necessary hours for grade promotion or for awarding of academic credit on the high school transcript. (The Administration may waive this requirement only if the student has received approval.)
A student who is tardy to a class more than twice in the quarter, will serve a two hour detention for each tardy they receive in that class. Students will pay $10 to attend the detention. If a student fails to appear for a scheduled detention, they will be suspended from school for one day. Every third unexcused tardy to homeroom will result in an unexcused absence.
The office must be advised of any changes in address or in phone, cell phone, and email address. Emergency phone numbers must be updated in the school office.
Students who are enrolled in after-care must be picked up by 6PM. Any student not picked up by 6PM will incur a charge of $1 per minute after 6PM. That charge must be paid prior to the student attending another day of after-care (it may not be placed on the family account). It is imperative that students are picked up on time as after-care workers have places to be and families to tend to.
Any student who has not been picked up by 3:30PM will be signed into after-care and the parent will be charged.
Students who arrive to school before 7:45 (6-12 grades) or 8AM (K4-5th grades) will report to morning care before being released to their classrooms. Students who arrive more than 10 minutes before the above prescribed times will be considered in morning care and will be charged appropriately.
Students who participate on GCS sports teams cannot play a game until the sports fee for that sport has been paid. Students who quit a team at GCS may not be eligible to play on future teams at GCS. All students must turn in uniforms in a timely manner at the end of the season.
For a student to be eligible to play sports at GCS, the following conditions must be met:
All students must have a King James Bible with them at school each and every day. Bibles must be brought to all chapel services. Chapels are held for elementary on Wednesday mornings and for 6-12 grades on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. There is not a special uniform for chapel.
In the morning, there are two drop off options. Option one is to the right of the cones. If you choose to stay right you will be in the quick drop off lane. This lane should be used if the student is ready to get out of the car quickly and the car will be pulling away immediately. Please pull as far forward as possible before dropping the student off. Furthermore, do not let students out of the car if you are not in the un-loading zone.
Option two is to stay left of the cones and find a parking space. This option should be used if the parent is entering the building or if the student is not ready to get out of the car.
Students must have a valid driver’s license, have a safe driving record and provide proof of insurance to drive to school. Students must obtain a permit in the school office (each school year). The permit to drive to school is $25 per year.
Any student who drives reckless will forfeit their right to drive to school. Students will park in the rear of the school.
Students are to exit their cars immediately upon arrival to school. Students cannot sit in their cars listening to music etc….Also, students may not return to their cars during the day until the bell rings or permission has been granted for them to leave.
Students may bring cell phones to school but they are expected to be in their locker, book bag, or somewhere that is not on their person. Any student caught using their cell phone during school hours or any student whose phone goes off in class will be suspended for one day from school. Students who have their phones confiscated will require their parent to pick the phone up from the school office.
Students who contact their parents via cell phone during school hours will be punished in the same manner as above. Cell phones may not be used during school hours to contact anyone.
If a student has an emergency, they must use the office phone to call home. Students will be suspended even if they are using the phone to text or call parents.
Any student caught cheating on an assignment, test, or exam will be suspended for a period of at least one day.
Disrespect will not be tolerated from students. We believe that respecting elders is a fundamental principle that must be taught to our young people.
Grades 6-12 use a demerit system of discipline. The following guidelines exist for demerit accumulation.
* 15 demerits in one quarter will equal a two hour detention after school. This detention will cost $10 in cash to be paid on arrival. If a student does not show up for detention, they will automatically be suspended the following day.
*25 demerits in one quarter will result in a one day suspension from school.
*50 demerits in one quarter will result in two days suspension and warrant a parent conference.
75 demerits in total at any point in the year will result in expulsion from school.
*These totals will start over each quarter.
After School - Loitering
25 (possible expulsion)
Campus - leaving without permission
Cell Phone – using during school hours
Chapel – No Bible
Cheating – giving/receiving
Class – Skipping
Grooming during class
Talking without permission
Touch teacher’s materials
Throwing items in class
Using computers without permission
Disobedience - toward teacher
Disrespect - towards teacher or student
Dress – Not wearing school uniform correctly
Immodest dress (school, games, events)
Eating – outside of dining hall or outdoor eating areas
10 (detention after 1stoffense)
Fire Drill – misconduct
Gum – Not allowed in any school building
Hair – does not conform to school standards
(students can be denied entrance until the issue is solved)
Internet – posting inappropriate comments or pictures on social media
Lockers – messy, food or drink in lockers
Material-failure to bring books/ learning material to class
-Bringing inappropriate materials to school
Music – listening to ungodly music on campus
Notes – writing, passing or receiving notes
Profanity – using inappropriate language/swearing
Property – damage or defacing school property
15+ (plus the cost of replacement)
Ungodly – symbols or words
Unshaven – boys face
Other offenses not listed
*The school administration reserves the right to change, alter, or add to demerits, as it deems necessary.
Any student found to be using drugs, smoking, drinking, or possessing profane materials will be expelled.
A student at GCS may not be married or be an expectant mother or father.
Any parent who seeks to cause problems for the teaching staff or the administration will result in the student being dismissed from school.
Students are expected to wear modest clothing to school and all activities and events that involve Grace Christian School. School uniforms must be worn in their entirety. All school uniforms must come from Risse Brothers in Tampa, Florida.
Parents and family members are also expected to dress modestly when attending school events.
Parents should assist their students in avoiding fads. The school may amend this policy at any time and often needs to in order to deal with changing styles, fads, and social pressures.
PE uniforms may only be worn on PE days (elementary=one day per week). Middle/high school students will dress out for PE and are expected to be in uniform each day they have PE.
Girls are to wear the school uniform as prescribed below:
Shorts, skorts, jumpers or pants (November-February)…with school shirts. These girls may wear either plain white tennis shoes or blue or black Mary Jane’s. Socks may be solid black, white, or blue.
Shorts, skorts, skirts, or pants (November-February) with school shirts. These girls may wear either plain white tennis shoes or brown/tan Sperry shoes. Socks may be solid black, white, or blue.
Plaid jumper, White Peter Pan Shirt
Blue or Black Mary Jane Shoes w/ socks
Khaki skirt, Girl fit/blue dry-fit shirt, Brown/Tan Sperry
Make-up is allowed on girls in 6th grade and up. Make-up should be natural looking. No GOTH make-up is allowed. Nail polish must be neutral and matching. No black lipstick or nail polish will be allowed.
Girls hair may not be faddish or extreme. Hair should be kept neat and clean. Girls may not shave their heads or have haircuts that resembles a man’s style.
Girls may wear a class ring and ONE other small ring. Traditional color watches may be worn. Girls may not wear necklaces or bracelets. Girls may wear no more than three earrings in each ear. Earrings must be of modest size (small stud, small hoop etc..). Gauges may not be worn. Only ears may be pierced (no lip, nose, eyebrow rings etc…).
Boys are to wear the school uniform as prescribed below:
Uniform pants or shorts along with school shirts. Shirts must be tucked in at all times. Boys may wear plain black tennis shoes or brown/tan Sperry shoes. Boys pants and shorts must be worn at the waist. Socks may be solid black, white, or blue. Boys must wear a belt in all pants and shorts that have belt loops. The belts must be black or brown.
Khaki pants, Blue Dry-Fit shirt, Solid black tennis shoes
Boys may wear a class ring and a traditional watch. No other jewelry is acceptable on boys. Boys may not have their ears pierced (NOTE: Boys may not just not wear earrings, they may not have pierced ears)
Boys hair must be neat and clean (combed). Hair should be worn off of the ears and collar. Boys may not wear faddish hairstyles, color their hair in un-natural colors, or shave lines or designs into their heads. Boys must be clean shaven every day (student can be asked to shave at school or be sent home).
On prescribed dress down days students may pay $3 and wear non-uniform clothing. Clothing should be modest fitting. Clothing may not have questionable or offensive wording on it. Pants should be loose fitting. Yoga pants, jeggings, and the likes cannot be worn to school or school events. Girl’s shirts may not be low cut. Any student violating the modesty code will not be admitted to class and will forfeit their right to dress down. ALL SHOES MUST HAVE BACKS AND BE CLOSED TOED! Hats and necklaces are not part of the dress down experience. Sleeveless shirts may not be worn on dress down days. Girls may not have their stomach showing.
There is no toleration for any GCS students being involved in drugs or alcohol on or off campus. GCS may perform drug testing on any student at any time at the expense of the parents.
GCS students will begin their school day with pledges to the American flag, Christian flag, and Bible. Students are expected to demonstrate proper respect for the flags and Bible and will participate in pledges to each by standing and reciting the pledges.
All outside dates (students who do not attend GCS) must be approved by the administration. Girl’s dresses must be approved for all formal events. The dress must be tried on. A ticket to the event will not be given until the dress has been approved.
The following guidelines will be used in attire for girls at formal events:
Boys must follow the prescribed dress code for the event as announced to the student body (Typically a coat and tie is required). Students attending formal events should be on time and must remain at the event for the duration of the event.
The principal will not sign the required documentation for a student to attend another school’s formal if that student did not attend the similar formal event sponsored by GCS.
Modest dress is required for all athletic events and other school events. Short shorts, tight pants, revealing tops are not allowed at GCS events. Students who arrive dressed inappropriately will be asked to change or leave the event. Offensive or inappropriate writing on shirts is also unacceptable.
Only GCS outerwear (jackets and sweatshirts) is allowed on uniform days. These can only be purchased through Risse Brothers or the GCS bookstore.
The tuition is due on the first of each month. The first tuition payment is due on August 1 with the final payment on May 1. Tuition payments are considered late on the 15th of the month and a late fee of $25 will be assessed. Students attending school are responsible for the entire year’s tuition (whether the student attends one day or the entire school year). ALL MONEY PAID IS NON-REFUNDABLE.
If a family is 2 months late on school payments a recurring cc authorization form will need to be signed.
We will impose a $35 fee for returned checks.
Families who are not current on their tuition at the end of November and again in April will not be able to take their semester and final exams.
Report cards, transcripts, and other academic records will be unavailable to families until all bills have been satisfied.
All money for field trips must be paid before a student can go on the trip. Any parents wishing to attend, may. However, parents who wish to chaperone a field trip (have charge over children) must have Live Scan fingerprinting.
All parents who desire to volunteer in a manner where they will have direct contact with children, will need to undergo the Live Scan fingerprinting. Forms can be obtained in the front office.
All students must have a registration form, current health forms and immunizations, school statement of cooperation, school policy statement, emergency contact cards, social security card, birth certificate, on file before they may attend school.
Graduation from Grace Christian School is a privilege and not a right. Along with completing the curriculum, students must maintain a standard of ethical and moral behavior. Students can be denied graduation if they violate this standard. Diplomas will be handed out on the Wednesday after graduation or upon completion of all requirements.
All graduating seniors must attend Baccalaureate Service and the graduation ceremony.
Valedictorian and Salutatorian are determined by student GPA and the student’s Christian conduct. To qualify for either of these honors, a student may not be a first year senior at GCS.
Students will be held accountable for all content including messages, comments, pictures, and any other material that appears on any form of social networking website or messaging feature before, after, or during school (both on and off campus). Unacceptable postings on social media include:
Students should not access social media during the school day. Content posted should be in keeping with a Christian testimony. Pictures and video should not be taken or posted during school hours. Students who are guilty of posting inappropriate or sexual pictures will be suspended and/or expelled from school.
Students may not post pictures or videos taken at school to social networking sites without permission.
When a student is excused absent the student will have two days to complete all make-up work (that is work that is assigned when they are absent. Work that was due on the day they are absent should be turned in on the day that they return). It is the student’s responsibility to collect these assignments, and students need to schedule a time (outside of class) with the teacher to make-up tests, quizzes, etc.
All faculty and staff are required to follow established guidelines for suspected child abuse. This is in accordance with the laws of the state of Florida and established policies and procedures.
No medicine will be administered unless we have the proper forms on file in the school office. All medicine should be in the school office. Students may not take ANY type of medicine on their own on school grounds or while on a school trip.
Grace Christian School has chosen the Patriot as its mascot. The school teaches the importance of love of country and appreciation for those who have served and continue to serve to defend our precious freedoms. ALL students MUST recite pledges each and every morning (American Flag, Christian Flag, and Bible)
While the cell phone policy is listed above, students may only use the school phone in the case of emergency.
Grace Christian reserves the right to use any student’s photo in publications, advertising etc. Students and families at GCS may not publish photos of other students without permission from their families.
No student may attend Grace Christian School if they are married, pregnant, or an expectant father.
Matthew 18 Principle:
Any parent who threatens a lawsuit will be forced to withdraw their child immediately.
Grace Christian School and its agents reserve the right to search and seize anything or anybody on the premises. If necessary, outside authorities can be called in.
Supervision: Students should be under adult supervision at all times. Students can be disciplined simply for putting themselves in places without adult supervision.
The GCS campus is under 24 hour security camera surveillance. Administration reserves the right to inspect or search lockers, backpacks, purses, student automobiles, iPads, and cell phones.
K4 and K5 are dismissed at 2:20PM. 1st thru 5th are dismissed at 3:20. 6th thru 12th grades are dismissed at 3PM.
K4-and K5 begin at 8:45 AM. 1st thru 5th grades begin at 8:30AM and 6th thru twelfth grades start at 8:05AM.
Students opting for Study Hall in lieu of an academic class will receive neither credit nor a grade. A Study Hall is exclusively for a period of silent study. By design, this time is to be used to complete homework assignments, to complete research and writing projects, and to prepare for quizzes and exams. Study Hall must not be viewed as a break from classes or as a social period. It is designed to help students become academically mature and be able to master the art of time management. Attendance will be taken for study hall, and if a student fails to attend study hall, he/she will be removed to take an academic elective.
Students at GCS may not get tattoos. If a student already has tattoos and is admitted to school, they will keep them covered during school and any school sponsored event. A student who is admitted and then tattoos themselves will be subject to discipline.
Parents are asked to plan vacations during prescribed school vacation days. Absences for family vacations, fun at the theme park, etc….are not excused.
All non –staff individuals coming on campus must report to the office for a visitor pass. Parents cannot go to their child’s classroom without an appointment or authorization to proceed. Please dress appropriately when attending school or auditorium functions.