Academic Policy
ACHIEVEMENT TESTS
 
The program of standardized testing carried out by Bloomsburg Christian School helps meet the needs of the student by providing information about his/her ability, knowledge, experiences and interests.
 
The nationally recognized Stanford Achievement Test is administered in the spring to students in grades Kindergarten through 8th Grade each year. The parents and teachers receive test results for each student in order to assess the child’s academic progress as well as his/her ability as compared to other students throughout the United States.
 
The Otis-Lemon School Ability Test (OLSAT) is administered to students in grades 2, 4 and 6 in conjunction with the Stanford Achievement Tests.
 
The PLAN Test is administered in the fall to all students in 10th Grade as a preparation for ACT college entrance test.
 
The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) is administered in the fall to all students in 11th Grade. This is in conjunction with the College Board’s National Merit Scholarship program.
 
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test is administered in the winter to high school students in order to provide an ability and interest inventory for students and parents to review.
 
CURRICULUM
 
The school uses materials from many publishers. Materials and texts are evaluated and the best ones available are selected. BCS selects books from Christian publishers whenever possible. Currently A BEKA Books and Bob Jones University Press material is used the most.
 
REPORT CARDS
 
The grading system is set up on a quarterly basis. Report cards are issued four times a year after each nine-week grading period. Mid-Quarter progress reports are issued midway through each of the four grading periods stating the approximate grade earned. We recommend that you discuss the progress and needs shown on the reports with your child. Report cards and Mid-Quarter Reports are to be returned to school within one week of issuance. There will be a $2.00 charge for lost or additional report cards.
 
Kindergarten students receive Outstanding (O), Good (G), Satisfactory (S), Needs Improvement (N) or Incomplete (I) for all classes.
 
Students in grades 1 – 4 receive letter grades for academic subjects. Students in grades 5 – 12 receive numeric grades for full-credit courses and letter grades for partial-credit courses.
 
The grading scale is as follows:
A+ = 99 – 100
A = 95 – 98
A- = 93 – 94
B+ = 91 – 92
B = 87 – 90
B- = 85 – 86
C+ = 83 – 84
C = 80 – 82
C- = 77 – 79
D+ = 75 – 76
D = 71 – 74
D- = 70
F = 0 – 69
P = Passing
I = Incomplete
W = Withdrawal
 
Any student in grades 1 - 8 who fails two or more academic subjects in a year will be expected to repeat that same grade. Students who fail one subject area may be required to attend summer school or to be tutored during the summer. Any student in grades nine through twelve who fails a subject will not receive credit toward graduation for that subject.
 
HONOR ROLL
 
To encourage students to a fuller use of their God-given talents, two categories of honor in studies have been established.
 
“A” Honor Roll - 93% or higher in every subject (all A's).
“B” Honor Roll - 85% or higher in every subject (all A’s and B’s)
 
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
 
All students in grades 9-12 must complete credits in the following:
 
Bible ..................................... 4 credits
English ................................. 4 credits
Social Studies ..................... 4 credits
Mathematics ........................ 3 credits
Science ................................ 3 credits
Physical Education ............. 1 credit
Electives ............................. 2 1/2credits
 
Total 21½ credits
 
TRANSFER OF CREDITS
 
Students should secure written permission from the Administrator before enrolling in courses at another school if credit is to be transferred to the school.
 
PROBATION POLICY
 
Students who have shown unsatisfactory progress in academics and/or behavior will be placed on probation as recommended by the appropriate persons.
 
ACADEMIC PROBATION
 
A student will be placed on academic probation for the following reasons:
 
1. If during any marking period a student receives two failures (an incomplete is treated as an F until the work is made up), three D's, or one F and two D's or,
2. Parents fail to get recommended professional help for exceptional children.
 
Notification of academic probation will be made by including a notice with the report card and mid-quarter report. Parents may be asked to come in for a conference. Grades will be re-evaluated on a weekly basis.
 
Probationary penalties will be as follows:
 
1. Students may be requested to stay after school if the teacher deems it necessary to bring work up to satisfactory level.
 
2. The student will not be allowed to participate in any elective sports or extracurricular activity
 
HOMEWORK
 
Believing that homework is an integral part of the school program, each teacher will assign homework to aid each student to advance in his studies. Homework is given for several purposes:
 
For drill: We believe that most students require drilling to master certain material essential to their educational progress.
 
For practice: Homework is given following classroom explanation, illustration, and drill on new work so that the material will be mastered.
 
For remedial activity: As instruction progresses, various weak points in a student's grasp of a subject become evident. Homework following instruction is given to overcome such difficulties.
 
For special projects: Book reports, compositions, special research assignments, and projects are some of the activities that are frequently the subject of homework attention.
 
There will be a minimal amount of homework assigned on Wednesday due Thursday to encourage our students and their parents to attend church on Wednesday nights. An exception to this will be made when considering make-up work, special assistance, or long-term projects.
 
EXTRA HELP
 
There are times when even the best student needs help. To provide this help, teachers will be available for after-school tutoring until 3:30 PM.
 
When teachers feel a student needs extra help, they may recommend that the student stay after school for extra help. If a parent feels that their child needs extra tutoring, he should contact the teacher and arrange this.
 
CHAPEL
 
BCS has chapel programs on a weekly basis. These chapels feature our administrator, members of the staff, area pastors, missionaries, musicians, and guest speakers of special interest to our students. Through these chapel times we want our students to have a clearer understanding of God's Word, a broader concept of the many facets of an individual in the Lord's work, and foster spiritual growth and commitment in the lives of our young people.
 
LIBRARY
 
Our library is constantly growing and is for the use of our students.
 
While the school does not necessarily endorse all the contents of any book in the library, the position of BCS is known to be in strict adherence to the doctrines and principles taught in the Holy Scriptures. It is understood that to meet certain academic standards and to provide books of various fields of research and content, the library must of necessity have books of different types.
 
We do have library rules that all students must follow. These rules are to teach the students responsibility. They may be amended from time to time, but all students will be informed in advance.
 
Library Rules:
 
  1. Library Visits: All elementary students will come once a week with their class. Extra visits will be at their teacher's discretion.
  2.  Limits on Books: Elementary students may check out 2 books for 1 week. Students in grades 7-12 may check out 2 books at a time for 2 weeks. Students are responsible for all books they sign out.
  3. ·Overdue Books: Fines are charged at 10 cents per day per book, including weekends and holidays. (We want to encourage you to have your child pay the fines out of their own money. This will teach responsibility.) Overdue reminders are sent to students, but this is only a courtesy. They should not depend on them.
  4. Exception: No fines will be charged for days that a student is absent. However, all books are due the day the student returns to school after being absent.
  5. Damaged Books: A damage fee will be charged to the student. This will vary, based on the extent of the damage.
  6. Lost Books: Lost books must be paid for at current list price plus $1.00 for processing.
  7. Reference Books are to remain in the library at all times.
  8. Individual report cards will be held if personal library fines have not been paid.
  9. All books must be signed out. Any student who takes a book without permission will forfeit library privileges for the rest of the year.
 
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
 
BCS students are encouraged to participate in their choice of a number of extracurricular activities sponsored by the school. BCS is a member of the Allegheny Christian Athletic Association (ACAA) and participates in soccer, basketball, and track. Other special opportunities are the yearbook staff, newspaper staff, and cheerleading. BCS has hosted and participated in Keystone Christian Education Association’s (KCEA) Fine Arts Competition and basketball tournaments. Participants in these activities are expected to maintain Christian standards both in and out of school, as well as to maintain necessary grade point averages. Complete guidelines for sports activities can be found in the BCS Athletic Handbook.