The church and school shall have a racially nondiscriminatory policy and, therefore, shall not discriminate against members, applicants, students, and others on the basis of race, color or national or ethnic origin.
We would like to welcome each student and parent to this school year. We look forward to building a relationship with each of you and trust that this handbook will answer any questions you may have about our school.
The purpose of Victory Life Christian Academy is to train children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord as commanded in Deuteronomy 6:4-9. We feel it is a requirement from God to teach our children strong, Biblical principles through academics, as well as everyday living. With this in mind, we aim to create an atmosphere with Godly values, Christian character traits, safety and professionalism in mind. Our mission is to raise up our children in the way they should go so that when they are older they will not depart, as stated in Proverbs 22:6.
Statement of Faith
We believe the Bible to be the direct and absolute Word of God (II Timothy 3:16), given to us by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost as it moved upon the tongues and pens of men who had received the special anointing of God for this express purpose: (II Peter 1:21). “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” We believe the Bible to be God’s means of doctrine, instruction, and comfort to the Church today, infallible in its authority, singular in interpretation, and man’s only avenue of access to God.
The One True God
We believe in the One ever-living, eternal God; infinite in power, holy in nature, attributes and purpose, and possessing absolute, indivisible Deity. This one true God has revealed Himself as Father in creation, through the Son in redemption, and as the Holy Ghost by emanation (I Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 4:6; II Corinthians 5:19; Joel 2:28).
The saving gospel is the good news that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and rose again. We obey the gospel (II Thessalonians 1:8; I Peter 4:17) by repentance (death to sin), water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ (burial), and the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the initial sign of speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance (resurrection). (See I Corinthians 15:1-4; Acts 2:4, 37-39; Romans 6:3-4.)
School To Church Relationship
Victory Life Christian Academy is an outreach ministry of the church, Victory Life Center. The Pastor is ultimately responsible for the school and all staff members are considered employees of the church. However, all staff is currently unpaid and give of their time voluntarily.
Students will be accepted based upon transcripts, discipline, attendance, and immunization records. Each child will be considered for admission on an individual basis. The Pastor and school personnel will collaborate to make the final decision as to the acceptance of the student. Children with special-needs will be considered for admission if we are able to accommodate the needs of the child. Students may not be admitted if any outstanding balance is found owed to a previous educational facility. Currently our Learning Center can accommodate 35 students.
Each year the student will be considered for re-enrollment by the pastor and school personnel. Students may be declined re-enrollment based on discipline, Godly character, personal growth, tuition payment record, and parental participation and support of the school. Re-enrollment should never be assumed. The school is under no obligation whatsoever to re-enroll a student from year to year.
Students may withdraw from the school provided they notify the school with written notice two weeks prior to the withdrawal date. The school may in like manner provide a two week notice requesting the student to withdraw for any reason. If a student is withdrawn or asked to withdraw, tuition will be refunded for the period of time remaining in the school year, starting with the next calendar month. Any refund given applies only to tuition already paid, and not to any fees or other expenses paid by the parent.
Arrival and Dismissal
School hours are from 8:00 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. Monday-Friday. Students should not be left at the school before 7:45 a.m. Students will be considered tardy if not present and in their seat for morning assembly by 8:00 a.m.. Parents should have their children picked up by 3:00 p.m. each day.
Early Dismissal from School
Parents wishing to pick up a student during class hours should explain reasons for leaving to the teacher. The teacher will dismiss the student and document the leave as excused or unexcused. Students are responsible for work missed unless excused by school staff. Accumulation of early dismissal times could result in absences if it should become habitual and work is hindered. Students must be present for at least half the day to be considered present.
It is important to be at school on time every day. Tardiness and absences affect the student's grades; therefore, it is expected that you not use school days for vacations, trips, business and doctor's appointments if at all possible. The academy reserves the right to dismiss any student exceeding 5 unexcused absences. Please note the following particulars concerning attendance
* A student must be present at least half of the school day to be counted present.
* Excuses must be submitted in writing upon returning to school. Excuses may not be accepted when submitted more than one week after the absence.
* If students have five unexcused absences during the school year, a conference with parents/guardians may be called, the student may be placed on probation, and an Attendance Intervention plan may be enforced.
* If students have seven unexcused absences during the school year, the county's district office could be contacted to intervene.
* Any student who is absent will not be allowed to participate in extra curricular activities on that day (i.e. ball games, programs, outings, etc.) without special permission from the principal.
* Special excuses are discouraged and are not always approved. Special excuses will not be given if the total absences for the year will exceed ten.
* No student will be allowed more than five days for special excuses.
The following are considered by the administration to be excused absences.
*Personal illness with a doctor's excuse.
*Personal illness with an excuse written and signed by the parent. (Maximum of 3 days per year)
*Death in the immediate family (father, mother, brother, sister, grandparent). Others may be approved by administration.
* "Special" excuses (i.e. vacations, work, etc.) may be permitted with the principal's approval. Written arrangement must be made at least one week in advance through the office.
The following are considered by the administration to be unexcused absences.
* Illness of a family member unless approved by administration.
*Failure to receive advance permission for "special days."
* A death that is not in the immediate family or not approved.
Students are expected to be seated in the assembly room at 8:00 a.m. for morning assembly. Students will receive one demerit for each unexcused tardy. The principal and supervisor determine if tardies are considered excused. A written excuse for tardies must be submitted in writing upon arrival. Excuses will not be accepted after seven days from the day of tardy. Accumulation of tardy time could result in absences. After three unexcused tardies, a conference may be held with parents/guardians and a Tardy Intervention plan may be enforced. Students may be required to make up time before or after school.
Contacting Students While In School:
Parents are encouraged to contact the school office if an emergency arises and allow the office to relay messages to the student. Parents should never contact their child through their cell phone by voice calls or text messages. This encourages the child to use their phone during class time and discourages their schoolwork from being completed.
In order to protect the children of our school, we ask that visitors make prior arrangements with school personnel to visit the school. Visitors are asked to sign in/out with the administration/teachers upon arriving to or leaving the school.
Deliveries should be approved by administration in advance so that the disruption to the students is kept to a minimum.
In the event of inclement weather such as snow, ice, tornadoes, hurricanes, etc., you will be notified by administration or teachers of school closings.
Due to the disturbance and distraction that can be created, students are encouraged to keep all sound producing equipment, such as radios, ipods, etc. at home. Cellular phones are discouraged, but they are permitted provided they are turned off and placed in their supervisor's locked desk drawer or other lock box. Use of cell phones while on campus is subject to approval by faculty or staff. Pagers are prohibited. Any personal items that are considered a distraction, can be confiscated and returned at the discretion of the administrator. Students with cell phones turned on or students using their cell phone without permission will be issued detention at the very least.
Lunch and any snack should be sent to school daily with the student by the parent or guardian. A refrigerator and microwave is available. Students are responsible for heating up their own food in the lunchroom.
Health Service and First Aid
Students who need to have medications at school must follow the procedures listed below:
1- Parental permission form must be completed with details on how the medications should be administered at school.
2- All medication must be brought to school in a container appropriately labeled by a pharmacy.
3- All medication must be kept by the child's supervisor or in the main office.
4- Aspirin, Tylenol, etc. cannot be administered without written parental consent.
5- Parents of students who have medical problems should make the office aware of their child's condition so that we might prepare accordingly.
6- Students are not allowed to bring medicine to school to keep in their own possession.
The South Carolina Code of Laws, 1976 and regulation 61-8, no child shall be admitted to any public, private, or parochial school, grades kindergarten through twelve (k-12), or any child development program under the control of the Department of Education without first presenting a valid South Carolina Certificate of Immunization. To be valid, the South Carolina Certificate of Immunization must be signed by an individual licensed to practice medicine, surgery, or osteopathy or his/her authorized representative (Health Department or family doctor)
While it is not the intent of Victory Life Christian Academy to discriminate against any child, a safe learning environment must be provided for the students. This includes protecting students from exposure to communicable disease. In the best interests of both the sick and the well child, it is the policy of Victory Life Christian Academy not to accept students who have been diagnosed as carrying a communicable or potentially lethal disease. This policy includes, but is not limited to, diseases such as syphilis, gonorrhea, tuberculosis, and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).
All students are required to pay the registration of $150 which is non-refundable before attending class. This fee covers the cost of testing materials, insurance, accreditation, etc. This fee may be waived by administration at their discretion.
All monthly tuition payments are due by the 1st of each month. Monthly payments will be considered late if not received within 5 days beyond the due date. A $10 fee may be assessed for late payments after the 5th of each month and each week thereafter ($10 per week) until paid unless PRIOR arrangements have been made. Post-dated checks will not be accepted for payment. It is the parents responsibility to contact the school each month to pay their child(s) tuition payment. There will be a $20 fee for returned checks.
If paying tuition with a credit card, your card will be set up on a recurring cycle. Your card will be processed with the monthly tuition amount on the 5th day of each month. If for any reason the funds will not be available it is the parents responsibility to contact us no later than the 4th of the month. Any fee VLCA may incur due to insufficient funds will be the responsibility of the parent to pay.
Student records, including transcripts, may not be released for students whose accounts are not current at the close of the school year or upon withdrawal from the academy.
Problems with financial obligations should be addressed to the administration promptly and prior to the due date.
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In addition to lunch, students will be given several breaks throughout the day. Students will only be allowed to purchase/eat drinks/snacks during the second break of the day. Students are expected to stay in designated break areas at all times. Students should be supervised at all times unless given permission from a Supervisor or Administration and will be given demerit(s) when not in designated break area without permission.
Articles Prohibited in School
Tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, narcotics, dice, electronic games, pagers, knives, guns, matches, explosives of any kind, skateboards, radios, magazines, music CDs , that are not related to class work are not permitted on school property unless approved by a Supervisor or Administration. Books, catalogs, or any other materials not directly related to a course of study are not to be brought to school unless pre-approved by administration!
We believe that God placed the responsibility of educating children on the parents. We feel that it is our job to help in assisting you in carrying out these duties. WE encourage parent involvement in your child's education. Therefore, we ask that you participate in any open house events, read newsletters put out by the school, and volunteer your time when it is needed. However, the most important thing that you can do to help us to educate your child is to pray daily for our staff and students.
Fire, Tornado and Earthquake Drills
Emergency safety drills will be performed periodically so that the students will be aware of the procedures that must be taken when these emergency situations arise.
Chapel will be held every Wednesday. Students will be expected to use church behavior during these services.
Students will be required to submit a signed liability release form before attending school field trips. Field trips will be used often as an incentive for completing their weekly goals.
Transportation will not be provided to or from school for any reason. The academy does not have the staff to provide transportation services.
Students driving to school must obtain permission from the administration. Speeding and reckless driving on campus will not be tolerated. Driving privileges will be revoked. Students may not return to their car during the school day without permission Any vehicle on school property is subject to being searched. Any item not allowed in school is not allowed in vehicles.
Grading: Report cards will be issued at the end of each nine week grading period. Final report cards may be withheld for outstanding accounts. Only a score of 90% or higher is accepted for levels 1-3. A student in levels 4-12 are required to receive an 80% or higher score. Students who do not meet the minimum score may be required to repeat the pace. Parents may be charged for excessive repeat paces.
Bible: The Bible will be an essential textbook for daily study. The only Bible acceptable at Victory Life Christian Academy is the King James Version.
Testing: New students may be required to take a diagnostic test to help place the child in the appropriate grade level for achievement. Our school will also be administering Stanford 10, Iowa Testing or some other standardized test during the Spring every other year as it seems needful to help identify areas of weakness or students who are not making satisfactory progress.
Policy changes effective January 6, 2020
We have noticed a trend in students not passing their PACE tests. When a student does not pass a test a new repeat PACE has to be purchased and expedited quickly. This cost has been absorbed and paid for by Victory Life Center the past two years. However, we are now putting that responsibility on the parents of the students. A $10.00 charge will be your responsibility as a parent to pay immediately for every PACE that your child needs to repeat. This simply covers the cost and shipping of the PACE. Here is why. The student not completing homework assignments correctly causes them not to understand the material. Also, when your child does not Pass a PACE, we then pull their PACE booklet to determine why. Most often it is due to major scoring violations throughout the PACE. Meaning, the student deliberately did not mark incorrect answers wrong, in turn causing them not to know the material. The result is a non-passing grade. We have tried to address the scoring violations with detention, ISS, notes home to parents and much conversation and one on one with the student. We are always there ready to help them understand the material and the students know avoiding by not marking things wrong is not the right thing to do. Unfortunately, many students are still choosing to score incorrectly which then makes them fail and then have to repeat the PACE entirely. Again, this policy is in effect beginning January 6, 2020.
Scripture Memorization: All students will be required to memorize a portion of scripture each month. Scripture is read each morning together in assembly and also before dismissing for lunch each day. All scripture for the current year must be quoted before being promoted to the next grade level.
Credit Transfer: While most of the schools gladly accept students from Christian schools, some do not, requiring the student to undergo additional testing or retake core subject courses. Because we have no control over the policies adopted by public high schools, colleges and universities, we cannot make any guarantee for graduates of Victory Life Christian Academy with regard to admission into college or transfer of our credits back into the public school system. Parents are encouraged to personally check with their local school districts or colleges in which their children are interested to find out what their particular policies are regarding admissions and transferring credits. Graduates of Christian Schools using the A.C.E. curriculum have been accepted to over 1500 colleges and universities worldwide. Please contact administration if you would like to view our reference book of those colleges. This book is not all inclusive as these are only colleges that students have been accepted to where the curriculum used was A.C.E.
Although summer school is not something we aim for, there may be a student who would benefit from a little extra time. Examples are those entering high school in the upcoming year, those trying to finish a required subject while in high school, out due to excessive sickness or excessively behind on PACE completion. Each circumstance will be evaluated on an individual student basis. There will not be full days as during a regular academic year. Summer School will consist of 2 days a week (Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 AM-2:45 PM) for a month time frame (8 in-class days). Beginning the following week after the last day of school for 4 consecutive weeks. Parent help IS required as students MUST work in their PACE booklets at home. Class time will be primarily for Scoring, Self tests, PACE tests, and any clarification on subject matter.
Homework is minimal if the student will diligently work to complete his assigned daily goals.
Any goals in which are not completed by the end of the day should be completed for homework.
Any student who has not completed their homework may be kept in on breaks so that the student’s progress is not hindered. One break per subject of Homework not completed.
The parent may be notified if a student does not meet their daily goals and does not complete the work for homework twice in a week.
It is very important that the parent ask about homework each day and be on the lookout for homework assignment slips.
The student may receive 1 demerit for an unsigned homework slip and 1 demerit for each subject not completed.
Victory Life Christian Academy utilizes the Accelerated Christian Education curriculum.
It teaches the same subjects prescribed by the State of South Carolina. However, it is Biblical in nature, teaching the student Biblical principles, Christian characters, high morals, and Christian values.
Other curriculum may be prescribed based on administration's discretion.
The Bible clearly states, "Train up a child in the way he should go..." (Proverbs 22:6). Our goal is to develop and nurture an atmosphere of discipline and pleasantness. Discipline is not simply punishment for wrong attitudes or actions. It is biblical, loving correction that leads to a change in thought and behavior. Discipline is administered in a effort to instill in students a personal accountability to God for their attitudes and actions.
Since school years are critical to the development of good habits and discipline in young people, they will be emphasized throughout the school. Most discipline problems are minor and will be handled by the classroom teacher. Open communication between the supervisor and the home is vital. Continued discipline problems or those of a more serious nature may result in one or more of the following:
*Scriptural counseling *Parent Contact
*Parent-Teacher conference *Detention
*Loss of privileges *Probation
*Suspension/Expulsion from school
Searches for Suspicion of Illegal/Unauthorized Materials
It is important for parents to understand that by registering your child at Victory Life Christian Academy, you are giving school personnel permission to search the student and his/her belongings. If a student is suspected of having prohibited items at school, he/she may be searched without the student's or parent's permission.
Standards of Conduct
*All conduct should be in accordance with 1Corinthians 10:31, "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God."
*No student shall talk without permission during class time. A student may get permission by using his American or Christian Flag and waiting for the supervisor to call upon him.
*No student shall be out of their seat without permission during class time. A student may get permission by using his American or Christian Flag and waiting for the supervisor to call upon him.
*Students should use respect at all times toward adults and their fellow classmates. No disrespect will be tolerated.
*Students should not be in the Learning Center without permission at any time.
*There should be no eating or drinking, including candy and gum, in the Learning Center unless granted permission by staff.
*Students should be careful not to abuse Church/School property. This includes but is not limited to: desks, flags, books, etc..
Disciplinary Policies continued
Victory Life Christian Academy will use a two fold discipline system of Merits for positive control and Demerits for negative control.
The use of positive incentive is utilized as a motivating and controlling force in the Learning Center. Our positive incentives will be merits.
Students may earn merits for various academic and behavioral achievements such as completing goals at school, good behavior, etc.. Students accumulate merits and cash them in periodically at the Merit store for items such as pencils, erasers, gift certificates, etc..
Training children to take responsiblity for their actions means teaching them that they are accountable for comitting misdeeds or for omitting required actions. Students who violate Learning Center procedures will be corrected and given an appropriate penalty as soon as possible.
The following list is a list of EXAMPLES of offenses with their subsequent consequences. This list is not CONCLUSIVE and ultimate determination of offenses and consequences shall be entirely up to the discretion of the Administration.
Offense with Number of Demerits
Turning around in office 1 Lack of participation 1
Any disturbance 1 Running in the Learning Center 1
Chewing Gum 1 Out of seat without permission 1
Off-Limits 1-2 Messy Office 1
Writing or passing notes 1 Lack of school supplies 1
Leaving PACEs at home 1 (each book)
Eating off-limits 1 Not returning homework slip 1
Teasing or name calling 1 Not posting Goal Card 1
Incomplete P.E. dress 1 Uniform Violation 1 each violation
Contraband 1 demerit to expulsion
Not returning parent correspondence 1 demerit per day
Committing minor scoring violation 1
Not setting goals or unauthorized goal changes 1
Damaging property 1 demerit to expulsion
Incomplete homework 1 per subject
Talking at testing table 1-2
*Students should refrain from the following acts of disprespect:
1- Mimicking or mocking others
2. Laughing at the mistakes or failures of others
3. "Sassing" staff
4. Facial or non-verbal expression of disrespect and mumbling which indicates disrespect.
5. Whispering or talking during class time without permission.
6. Griping and complaining
Acts of disrespect will result in an automatic detention at the very least. Victory Life Christian Academy will not permit a continued attitude of disrespect to be displayed by anyone involved in the Academy.
The offenses listed below may result in automatic suspension or expulsion from the academy. The student is required to maintain a level of Christian conduct on or off campus. Any or the following offenses whether performed on or off campus will result in consequences as the administration so determines.
If detention is acquired twice in a week, the parent may be notified for a conference.
Questions concerning discipline should be directed to the classroom supervisor first. If the situation warrants, the administration is willing to assist in any matter.
Modesty, being a vital Biblical principle, applies not only to common decency but to the matter of calling undue attention to oneself as well. An appearance that makes a person a public spectacle or calls attention to the body is inappropriate for the Christian. Since extreme fashions tend to draw attention to the individual rather than to the Savior we are called to serve, our students will be required to adhere to the following dress code standards. These standards will be upheld at all school activities (i.e. school programs, ball games, choral programs, etc.).
Students violating the dress code will, at the descretion of the administration, be asked to leave campus until their appearance meets Academy standards.
1. Students may not wear "flip-flops."
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1. Hair should be cut on a regular basis so as not to become too long. Hair is to be kept off the eyebrows and neatly tapered off the collar and ears. Hair must be tapered in the back and not "bowl" cut. Sideburns may not extend below the middle of the ear.
2. Khaki colored pants or knee length shorts designed for use with a belt must be worn with a belt.
3. Socks and shoes must be worn.
4. No jewelry (earrings, necklaces, bracelets, etc.) besides a wristwatch and class ring is allowed.
5. No body piercings allowed.
6. The uniform dress will be followed each day. Uniform shirts must be buttoned to all but the very top button.
7. Uniform shirts must be tucked in pants. An appropriate under shirt may be worn underneath the uniform top. No puffy shirts, sweatshirts or hoodies allowed underneath the uniform top.
1. Girls must wear khaki colored dresses, skirts or skorts with uniform shirts.
2. The length of a skirt, dress or skort should be no shorter than the bottom of the kneecap whether the student is standing, walking, bending, or sitting. Slits in skirts or dresses must not be higher than the bottom of the knee. Extended slits must be sewn rather than pinned.
3. Proper, age-appropriate undergarments must be worn at all times.
4. Only the top button of a blouse or uniform shirt may be unbuttoned. An appropriate under shirt may be worn underneath the uniform top. No puffy shirts, sweatshirts or hoodies allowed underneath the uniform top.
5. Nail polish and hair color for girls must be traditional in color. Unusual colors or designs are not allowed.
6. Girls should wear no more than one earring per ear. Other visible piercings are not allowed.
7. The uniform dress is to be followed each day. Black leggings may be worn underneath the skirt. No sweatpants or printed leggings allowed.
The administration will be the final judge on any item in question concerning dress and hair codes.
It is important for students and parents to realize that attendance at student conventions is a privilege and therefore, certain stipulations and requirements have been placed on student involvement beginning with the 2018-2019 school year. The criteria below must be met for student and regional participation. Any adjustments may be made as seen appropriate by staff or administration collectively as blanket for the group or individually.
* A preliminary pre-registration form should be completed and submitted by November 1st.
* A non-refundable deposit of $25 should be paid to reserve their spot by November 15th.
* Students should have their completed event list submitted to staff by November 30th. Any changes to events can only be made after this date if approved by staff.
* Students desiring to participate in conventions should have 35 paces or an equivalent thereof completed by the end of the second quarter of the school year. If this criteria has not been met, parents/guardians will be notified.
*Early entries should be completed by the end of the first week of February, unless deadlines from A.C.E. are changed, thus requiring an earlier date.
*All scripture memory work should be quoted through the month of January by February 15th.
*All students qualifying to attend convention will be confirmed by March 1st.
Police & Other Government Investigations:
Victory Life Christian Academy is committed to providing its students with a
quality education within a safe and lawful school environment.
While respecting the rights and responsibilities of all parties concerned,
staff will cooperate fully with the police and others carrying out their
responsibilities as part of a law enforcement or other investigation
To be signed each school year by the student.
As a student of Victory Life Christian academy, I promise to...
Protect my mind, body, and morals from evil companions by not making them my intimate associates.
Select wisely and very conscientiously the television programs that I watch, if any, and I will turn from these programs which have vulgar jokes, profanity, immoral sex scenes, and activities that Christ could not approve.
Listen to Christ-honoring music and refuse to listen to music that appeals more to the flesh than to the Spirit which includes rock, rap, rhythm and blues, hip hop, country and western or any other style which creates a reckless spirit promoting turning against authority, enjoying sensual and selfish living, and for the thrill of the present without thinking of the consequences.
Not use alcohol or illegal drugs in any form.
Not watch videos which have immorality, profanity or excessive violence.
Seek to faithfully witness as a Christian by looking, acting, and talking like a Christian. This includes my manner of dress while away from school or church.
Pledge not to engage in bullying of another student or staff member at any time, verbally or physically.
I have read the entire Victory Life Christian Academy handbook, and I will not only abide by the rules and standards, but I will support them.
Signature of Student ______________________ Date_________________
Revision: April 3, 2019
Summer Session Page added
Revision: June 8, 2019
Updated Dress Code Page & Student Agreement
Revision: August 6, 2019
Minor wording corrected and late fees clarified on Financial Obligations page
Revision: December 30, 2019
Update to Grading Policy Page concerning repeat PACES, effective Jan 6, 2020.