Admissions Policy

"Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates". 
(Deuteronomy 6:4-9 NIV)

The Ministry of Calvary Chapel High School is to make disciples of Jesus Christ by supporting families who have responded to the call of the Lord and who are applying this exhortation from Deuteronomy in the lives of each family member. While many, other Arizona Christian schools are effectively ministering to their students and families as an outreach to believers and unbelievers alike, our particular call is to equip the children of like-minded, committed, Christian parents in order that these children may glorify God spiritually, academically, and socially.

Calvary Chapel High School has a racially nondiscriminatory policy, which means that the school admits students of any race, color, national, or ethnic origin. All rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded are made available to all students at school. Calvary Chapel High School does not discriminate on the basis of race in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, or other school-administered programs. This is true to our call to provide a learning environment founded uncompromisingly in Christ.

We are committed to accepting for admission those students who are prepared to be led to grow in Christ, as students demonstrating a history or pattern of rebellion or disobedience toward authority, or a pattern of aggression toward others, may not be ready to enter our school. In such circumstances, we will facilitate appropriate ministry involvement for the families of these students through Calvary Chapel Tucson. We are also committed to maintaining contact with these families over time in order that the necessary preparation to grow in Christ is fostered and opportunities are created for these students to demonstrate their readiness to be led to grow in Christ. After such preparation is evident, they will be considered for admission to our school.

Academic Standards Policy

It is the belief of CCHS that a quality education is the result of:

  • A curriculum that integrates God's Truth into all courses and adequately prepares the student for future educational endeavor;
  • Teachers that are Christian in philosophy and;
  • Class sizes that enable the student to derive maximum benefit from his/her academic exposure.

Each student is expected to use all available school and home resources and to perform at his/her highest level in order to take full advantage of the educational program. Student originality and creativity are encouraged within the organized framework of the classroom.

Disciplinary Policy Statement

The discipline policy of the school is intended to establish a classroom environment conducive toward learning. Discipline is training that develops self‑control and character, as well as the attitude of submission to authority.

The school's discipline policies include instruction, correction, punishment, and reward. All of these elements are Biblical principles and a balance between punishment and reward is essential.

A detailed description of the individual teacher's complete discipline plan must be written and submitted for approval by the school administration.

Discipline

 

Attendance Policy

Attendance

Regular attendance is vital to success. Parents should make every effort to have their children in school to help support us as we seek to develop their lives spiritually, academically, and socially.

Excused Absences
  1. When a child is going to be absent, parents are to leave a message with the school office (520) 731-2100, by 8:30 a.m. In your message please state: your name, the name of the child who will be absent, thereason for the absence

*The call needs to be made by the child's parent or legal guardian.

  1. Upon their return to the classroom, children are to provide a written note to the homeroom teacher explaining the reason for the absence.

The only excused reasons for school absences are: illness of the student, bereavements, verifiable medical, dental, or optical appointments (appointments should be scheduled outside of school hours whenever possible), personal reasons—a note must be written by parents to the teacher prior to the absence. All schoolwork must be made up in accordance to the Makeup Work Policy.

  1. A series or pattern of unexcused absences may jeopardize a student's enrollment
  2. Sickness resulting in five or more days of absence will require a doctor's note before the student can return to school.
  3. If a student is absent for three consecutive weeks or more due to illness, the family must arrange for a private tutor or homebound education.
Planned Absence

At least three days prior to an absence for personal reasons, parents are encouraged to inform the teacher of the child's absence. It is the parents' responsibility to coordinate the makeup of missed schoolwork with the child's teachers.

Tardiness

Two important disciplines taught at CCCS are promptness and preparation. Promptness denotes that students are in their proper places on time, and preparation denotes that students are ready for class each day with the necessary materials and completed assignments. Repeated tardiness or a lack of preparedness for class will jeopardize a student's success.

A student is tardy if he or she is not present in class at 8:15 a.m. If a student arrives at school later than 8:30 a.m., a parent must accompany the child to the office to obtain a pass before going to class. Tardiness and/or the release before the end of the school day is discouraged except for student medical appointments that cannot be scheduled during non-school hours.

Students arriving after 11:30 a.m. or leaving before 11:30 a.m. will receive a half-day absence.

Tardiness affects not only the tardy student, but disrupts students in the class. It is the parents' and student's responsibility to be at school and in class on time. The bell schedule allows for a 5-minute passing period between classes. All students are expected to be in class and seated at the time the bell rings at the start of the class. A student is considered "tardy" if they are not seated at the time the bell rings.

If a secondary student is tardy at the beginning of the school day they must report to the office for a admit slip.

If a student is tardy during the school day, he should go directly to class. All tardies are recorded by the teacher and are considered "unexcused" unless the student has an acceptable written excuse from their parent or teacher.

If a staff member detains a student, they will be given a Hall Pass indicating the reason for detainment.

If a student is more than 15 minutes late to class, they are considered absent and must get a re-admit slip from the school office. If they do not have a note, the school office will mark the re-admit slip "Truant".

Parents of students who are continually tardy will be required to meet with an administrator to resolve the problem.

When a student accumulates three unexcused tardies in any one course/class, the student will receive an absence in that class in addition to any disciplinary action taken by the teacher. Ten absences will cause the high school student to lose their credit for that class, regardless of the grade earned in the class.

A tardy may be excused with written permission from another teacher, administrator, or the school office due to emergencies, illnesses, or unusual circumstances.

Leaving School

To ensure a safe, secure environment, all parents who arrive before 2:45 p.m. to pick up their children must first report to the school office. Students will not be dismissed to parents directly from their classroom, but from the school office after their parents have signed them out.

Attendance Records

The office manager will supervise all attendance records. Daily records will be kept for every student and entered on his or her permanent record at the end of the school year.

Truancy

Truancy is an absence without the knowledge and consent of parents and/or school staff. This includes leaving school without permission before the end of the school day, or staying out of scheduled class or activity without permission. Such action will not be tolerated. Possible consequences of being truant will include:

First offense: Possible suspension. Parents are notified.

Second offense: Meet with an administrator and parent. One to three day suspension

Third offense: Possible expulsion from CCHS.

Conduct and Spiritual life

One of the unique purposes of CCHS is to prepare Christian young people for effective service for Christ in whatever career they choose. Since only those who are truly Christian can perform effective Christian service, CCHS desires for each student a vital, personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ, and asks all students to measure their lives by scriptural standards of conduct.

Each student should understand that attending CCHS is a privilege granted to those who will demonstrate a spirit of harmony with the philosophy and goals of the school. By applying for admission to CCHS a student indicates his/her desire to become a sincere, cooperative member of the student body.

Spiritual growth is never the result of superimposed rules, and therefore CCHS' standards of conduct are not designed merely to produce a pattern of outward conformity.

The school desires that students demonstrate, by their conduct, an inward acceptance of Christ and an attitude of submission to His Lordship. It is hoped that all students will be led by the Holy Spirit to live above the letter of the rules and standards. To produce an environment that will encourage these goals, CCHS expects every student to demonstrate, by attitude and behavior, a life committed to following Christ. "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity." (I Timothy 4:12)

While attending CCHS, all students are expected to follow the guidelines stated herein 365 days a year, on and off campus!

Code of Conduct

High School Code of Conduct CCHS.docx

High School Dress Code Policy

Purpose and General Guidelines

As Christians, it is our desire for students to please the Lord and be a good witness to others both in appearance and behavior. We believe there is a definite relationship between good dress habits, good work habits and proper school behavior. We require students to dress modestly and attractively without drawing undue attention to them. Proper student dress in association with continual effort for good attitude and behavior are important elements of our wholesome Christian learning environment.

The dress standard for boys and girls applies to all student activities (i.e. sporting events, school plays, graduation, etc.) both on and off campus.Administration reserves the right to determine that which attracts undue or excessive attention to the wearer and that, which is questionable and inappropriate and is considered unacceptable.

Girls – in I Timothy 2:9-10 it says, "Women are to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly…and by means of good works as it is proper for women making a claim to godliness."

Boys- in 2Corinthians 1:12 it says, "For our proud confidence is this; the testimony of our conscience, that in holiness and godly sincerity, not in fleshly wisdom but in the grace of God, we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward the brethren."

Special Note to Parents

Parents are encouraged to guide their student(s) to have acceptable dress at school. Clothing that seems appropriate may not be modest or appropriate when carrying books, wearing a backpack or when the student is bending over. (For example: carrying a load of books may pull a top down in the front. Wearing a backpack may lift the shirt up in the back, etc.) All clothing must be in good condition, clean and pressed. All clothing must be of appropriate size and should not be too tight or too baggy.

Clothing, jewelry or accessories related to a group/gang will not be permitted on campus or at any school activity.

Representing the school in a positive manner is an expectation in all areas of student life, including modesty in dress and grooming. Uniforms are a distinct indication of a student's connection to the school. Handbook regulations concerning the uniform are applicable at all times, whether on or off campus. It is both the parents' and the school's responsibility to instill this mindset in the student body. It is expected that the uniforms will be neat, clean, and in satisfactory condition. In addition to handbook guidelines, any other attire or grooming patterns determined to cause distractions are not acceptable. The administration is the final authorityon interpretations of the dress code.

During or after school hours, all students are expected to dress modestly while on campus or attending school functions.

During School Hours:
  • All pants must be to the knee.
  • No underwear showing on male or female students.
  • No blankets will be allowed.
  • Sunglasses may only be worn outside.
  • Only CCHS approved sweatshirts or outerwear may be worn during school hours.
  • Hats, beanies, bandanas or sweatshirt hoods may not be worn in the classroom or Chapel at any time. Hats may be worn outside before or after school and at lunch. All students must remove all hats, beanies, bandanas and sweatshirt hoods when entering any room (including Chapel).
  • No sweats, pajama bottoms or jogging warm-ups will be worn.
  • All students must wear shoes or sandals. No bedroom slippers or bare feet will be allowed.
  • No visible body piercing (other than earrings on the ears of girls).
  • No visible tattoos.
  • All students will stay in uniform during any field trips.
  • All students must wear a uniform shirt under all outerwear.
  • No painted or unnaturally colored hair
Females
  • No skirts, skorts, jeggings or jumpers.
Males
  • Not required to tuck their shirts in.
  • No earrings or plugs on boys.
  • No Mohawks, Mohawk pony-tails and/or painted hair.
Attending School Functions:
  • No t-shirts, jackets, etc., that advertise secular rock groups, alcohol, drugs, sex or offensive material.
  • No skin-tight clothing.
  • No underwear showing on male or female students.
  • No visible body or nose piercing (other than earrings on the ears of girls)
  • No visible tattoos.
  • Dress code standards are enforced during all school-sponsored activities.
Dress Code Guidelines

TOPS (male/female): Tops should be solid in color. Although black tops may be worn, students may not wear all black. Tops must not be distracting so as to interfere with the teaching or learning process such as extremely revealing garments including but not limited to tube tops, net tops, swimsuits, strapless tops, spaghetti strap tops, garments with plunging necklines, muscle shirts, basketball shirts without an accompanying T-shirt, transparent and see through garments. The midsection must be covered and undergarments shall be completely covered with outer clothing.

BOTTOMS :All students may wear solid color pants or shorts (not including basketball shorts) Shorts must be to the knee. No skirts, skorts, jeggings or jumpers. Dresses may be worn, but must extend beyond the knee. Students may not wear all black clothing.

JACKETS or SWEATSHIRTS: No jackets that advertise secular rock groups, alcohol, drugs, sex or offensive material may be worn. The only approved sweatshirts for school will have the name Calvary Chapel on either the front or the back. These items will be available through the school office.

Dress Code Violation Disciplinary Actions

1st Offense: The student will be warned and must fix the violationimmediately. If the violation is not readily fixed, the student will be given a Dress Code Violation and may be sent home.

2nd Offense: The student will be given a Dress Code Violation and may be sent home after a parent/guardian has been contacted

3rd Offense: The student will be given an 8th Period Detention and may be sent home

4th Offense: The student will be given Saturday School and may be senthome after a parent has been contacted. The student will not be allowed to make up work.

5th Offense: The student may be given a one (1) day suspension with aparent conference and will not be allowed to make up work.

6th Offense: The student may be given a three (3) day suspension with aparent conference and will not be allowed to make up work.

7th Offense: The student may be given an indefinite suspension pending a possible expulsion after a parent conference.

*** If dress code violations become successive, a parent conference will take place.

Homework Policy

The CCCS' Board recognizes the educational value and importance of homework for students. We believe that meaningful home study is a necessary part of each pupil's educational program and that it should be related to the educational philosophy and goals of the school. Homework should be a purposeful extension of the school day which provides the student with additional opportunities for the development and reinforcement of the school's instructional objectives.

The assignment of homework should be regular and reasonable, and is encouraged when it contributes to the student's education through individual work, responsibility, completion of projects, and the establishment of good study habits. The completion of homework assignments should be recorded by the instructor and included in the evaluation of the student's progress. Christ-like character qualities of responsibility, initiative, orderliness and thoroughness are developed as a result of homework.

Homework

Our homework policy is expressed in numbers of minutes-per-night that is appropriate for each grade level based upon three (3) premises:

The amount of homework time that is developmentally appropriate expressed within designated ranges meets the needs of the majority of students in any class. Conversely, there is an amount of time, either too much or too little, that is not developmentally appropriate for children. It is our responsibility to assign an amount of homework for our students that is developmentally appropriate for the majority of the class by assigning one standard assignment.

In every classroom, there is a minority of students who learn at rates that are either significantly slower or significantly faster than the norm of the class. In order to accommodate these students, we need to adjust homework amounts that are developmentally appropriate. This is accomplished by expanding or reducing the "standard" assignment.

The appropriate functions of homework are:

Reinforcement of subject matter

Enrichment of subject matter

Development of traits, such as, responsibility and organization

An inappropriate function of homework is instruction of content. We may assign amounts of homework that are developmentally appropriate and that accommodate the rates of all our students by designating one standard assignment to meet the needs of the majority of the class, and, as indicated by the learning rates of that minority of students needing an accommodation, an assignment of a reduced or expanded amount. This can be accomplished while minimizing gaps in student learning and achievement by ensuring that the function of the assignment is to reinforce content, rather than to instruct content.

Accommodating students' needs by ensuring the amount assigned is developmentally appropriate and adjusting homework assignments for that minority of "different rate" learners is indeed challenging. It is also critical to meeting the spiritual, academic, and social needs of our students. By assigning homework that is developmentally appropriate we will glorify God by facilitating a godly balance reflecting biblical priorities in the lives of Calvary Chapel Christian School families.

CCHS families are encouraged to maintain open communication regarding accomplishing the above time-frames with teachers. This is important in order to balance academic rigor with godly priorities and family time.

Teachers should coordinate test dates with each other to avoid too many tests being administered on the same day.

Late Work

Every assignment turned in on time will receive full credit. Students who choose to turn in late work will receive one point for each assignment and the work will be graded as follows:

On time: Full Credit

1 day late with an excused absence: Full Credit (grace)

1 day late with no excuse: 80% of grade earned

2 days late with no excuse: 60% of grade earned

3 days late with no excuse: 40% of the grade earned

After 4 days late with no excuse 0 is recorded in grade book

Make up Work

Students will be given the amount of time they are absent for an excused absence to make-up work. If a student is absent one day they will be given one day to turn in make-up work. If they are absent three days they will be given three days to turn in make-up work. This does not apply to tests or projects that have had advanced notice.

If the student knows that they will be going out of town the assignments will be given ahead of time. Assignments will be due the day the student returns to school.