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Welcome to Boyd Christian School


Boyd Christian School was founded by Godly men and women who saw the benefits of a Christian education.  In a world where our children are subject to so many temptations and worries, they wanted a place our children could learn and grow while surrounded by people who love them and have their best in mind spiritually as well as academically.  Boyd Christian School is that place where our children can learn and grow closer to God each and every day.


Every teacher and staff member is chosen with your child in mind.  They are the best in every way imaginable.  Our teachers could earn more money and receive benefits by teaching for government-funded schools or in other private sectors.  We are all here working because there is nowhere else we want to be.  The students are why we are here.  The lunch lady, the bookkeeper, the secretary, are all here because they love the students.  BCS is the best school in the WORLD because of the love and dedication of the people here.  


As parents, you can be assured that your children will be loved and cared for here like no other place on this earth.  That is our commitment to you.  We owe it to our students to do the best we are capable of doing.  We will be the best in the spirit of meekness – not arrogance.  We will be the best because that is what our God demands of us.


All standards of the student handbook at Boyd Christian School are based upon Biblical principles and moral values that all students and staff are expected to carry out.


MISSION STATEMENT


The mission of F.C. Boyd Christian School is to:


provide students an individualized, challenging education

maintain a safe, nurturing environment

instill Biblical morals and principles

and create responsible Christian individuals who are valuable to their home, church, and community.


VISION STATEMENT


F.C. Boyd Christian School desires at present and foresees a future in which our institution:


Is made up of stakeholders who all hold the best interest of the school as a top priority.

Becomes a spiritual and academic light to our surrounding communities.

Continues to provide a safe, spiritual, and academic environment.

Instills in all students a positive sense of self-worth, self-responsibility, and self-motivation.

Helps prepare our students to make an easy transition from high school to college.

Establishes and maintains a positive relationship with our patrons that will ensure the future financial stability of our school.

Provides an avenue through scholarships or other means for qualified students to receive a Christian education.


BOYD CHRISTIAN SCHOOL BELIEFS


We believe:

That training in spirituality should be first, academics second, and athletics and other extra-curricular activities third;

That school personnel, parents, and students should acknowledge God in all ways in order for Him to direct our paths (Proverbs 3: 6);

That the Bible is the complete revelation from God and contains instruction in order to be successful in this life and in eternity (II Peter 1:3);

That the Bible is inspired of God and is “profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness; so that the child of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (II Timothy 3: 16-17);

That through daily Bible study each student can do all things in harmony with the will of God and through the guidance from Christ who will provide strength (Philippians 4: 13);

That Christianity is a part of our identity that should not be separated from academics, and that home and school should work together to instill Christian values;

That individualized, challenging instruction and curriculum in accordance with state standards should be given from highly-trained Christian instructors;

In providing a classroom environment that is conducive to learning without unnecessary disruption or distraction;

A variety of instructional methods and considerations of diverse learning styles are necessary for effective teaching;

That each student should be encouraged to develop socially and physically to their potential and have a healthy lifestyle in order to better serve God and others.


TUITION


Payment Plans

Tuition may be paid on a 10 month (Aug-May), 11 months (July-May), annual, or semi-annual plan.  All tuition payments are due by the 5th of each month.  


Discounted Tuition

Local churches and community members have been generous enough to supply a limited amount of sponsorship for discounted tuition in instances where necessary.  All discounted tuition is based on income and is given on a first come, first serve basis.  No athletic or academic scholarships are given.  


Service Hours

Any family receiving discounted tuition based on their income is required to contribute a set amount of service hours per their contract.  If service hours are not completed, the family assumes the full amount of tuition and any discounts will be revoked.  


Balances Due

In severe circumstances, students with outstanding balances will not be allowed to attend until payment is made.  All accounts must be settled by the end of the year.  Boyd Christian School reserves the right to deny participation in activities and to hold report cards, transcripts, and other items associated with the school until full payment is made.  


A Word of Thanks

Although we are committed to keeping our prices as low as possible for the people in our community, we know it is a sacrifice for you to send your child to a private school.  We cannot thank you enough for your support and involvement.  Tuition pays a small portion of what it takes to run our school and we are always overwhelmed by the generosity and support of others to keep our school afloat.  All donations made are tax deductible and greatly appreciated!  Thanks so much for all you do to support our school!


ATTENDANCE POLICY


State law (T.C.A. 49-6-3001, T.C.A. 49-6-3007) requires every child to attend school until his/her eighteenth birthday or until he/she has a high school diploma or GED.  A student who has five or more unexcused absences (not necessarily in a row) is TRUANT.  Truancy is a Class C Misdemeanor, and the school is required, by law, to turn in students who are truant to the proper authorities.  


Student attendance and timeliness play a major role in their success.  It is extremely important for your child to be present and on time every day possible.  Boyd Christian School will not tolerate a lack of compliance with this law and repeat offenders will be subject to dismissal.    


Absences are defined as excused, unexcused, or school/church-related.  


Excused Absences

Absences from school will only be excused for the following reasons:  

personal illness or serious family illness

death in the family

emergency situations 


In order for an absence to be excused, a note from the parent/guardian explaining the reason for the absence should be presented to the office before 8:00 a.m. the day the student returns to school.  If students do not bring an acceptable note upon returning to school, their absence will be considered unexcused.  The office will accept no more than three parent notes for sickness per quarter.  


Students will receive full credit for excused absences provided that all work is made up within five school days.


School and Church Related Activities

School-related activities such as field trips or college visits and church activities will not count as an absence.  Missed assignments should be made up within five school days.  Teachers should be notified at least one day before the absence.   


Unexcused Absences

The administration reserves the right to define any absence as unexcused if there has been an excessive policy violation.

Any absence without paperwork turned in or not due to illness, death in the family, or emergency will be counted as unexcused.  Teachers do not have to allow students to make up work if their absence is unexcused.  If allowed to complete work, students will receive no more than 80% for work missed with an unexcused absence.  Students may receive a 0 for any daily grade or work missed.  Vacations will count as unexcused absences.  Any student with 5 unexcused absences may be turned in for truancy and will be subject to dismissal.


Tardiness

Tardiness is disruptive to the school environment and is not acceptable.  Any student tardy for 1st period should immediately report to the office before going to class.  Three tardies equal one absence.  


Tardies will only be excused under the following conditions:

A note from a certified doctor is provided.

A note from a court of law is provided.

A verified school related activity.

Teachers have the right to require service hours, detention, or suspension for continued tardies.  


Early Dismissal  

Early dismissal from school requires a note from the parent that should be presented in the office before 8:00 a.m.  Notes requesting early dismissal should include date, time of dismissal, reason, time returning (if applicable), and the signature of the parent or guardian.  Parents should go to the office for the student and sign the student out/in.  Students leaving early will be counted absent for the class periods they miss.


Students who drive will not be allowed to sign themselves out before the end of their last period class unless a note is given to the office that morning except in an emergency.


STUDENT DRESS


Students are expected to dress modestly, neatly, and appropriately at all times.  The following are the guidelines for student dress at school.  Modesty and Neatness rules apply at all times whether on casual days, at school events, or out in general.


Shirts Allowable

Shirts should be neat and professional.  (Button ups, polo shirts, henleys, sweaters, blouses, etc.)

Students may not wear t-shirts except for school endorsed shirts that have been sold by the school and approved as appropriate for dress code.   


Dresses

Dresses without graphics/words are allowable at any time for ladies as long as they follow all modesty and neatness rules.


Modesty and Neatness

All attire must be neat and clean without holes, frayed, or worn areas. 

All attire must be appropriately-sized.  (Not too tight, sag, baggy, etc)

All shorts/skirts/dresses must reach the knee when standing.

No sweat pants, yoga pants, pajamas, lounge clothes, or athletic shorts.

No skin at waist should show at any time.

Straps on shirts/dresses must cover the shoulder.  No spaghetti straps.

The neckline should not exceed below the width of four fingers placed together against the bottom of the throat.  

At no time may undergarments show while at school.  This includes practice for athletic events.

No hats or sunglasses are to be worn inside the building.  

No gothic dress, excessive jewelry, trench coats, or any garment with writing or symbols that would not represent the school well.

No tattoos are allowed. Any tattoos must be covered at all times. 

Piercings must be limited to the ear. Boys may not wear earrings.  No facial piercings/ear stretchers.  

No flip-flops in lab class or gym.


Casual Day

T-shirts will be allowed each Friday.  All modesty and neatness rules still apply.  Shirts still must be neat, clean, and modest, and must not have any logos or graphics that would not represent our school well.  The decision of the administration is final on these issues.  Casual days are a privilege and will be revoked if students fail to follow dress code.


Hair

Students will maintain clean and neat hair at all times.

Boys will not have hair longer than the middle of the ear, bottom of the collar of a polo shirt in the back, nor past the eyebrows in the front.  No facial hair for boys allowed during school hours and school events after school hours.  Sideburns may not be longer than the top of the ear lobe.  No haircuts that would draw undue attention or distraction will be allowed (mohawks, excessively spiked hair, etc...)

Hair color for both male and female students can only be what is considered a natural color.  Any color that draws undue attention or causes a distraction will not be permitted.


Visitors

We ask visitors, parents, and guardians to abide by the same modesty rules while on campus.  The administration will make the final decision on all matters pertaining to student dress.  


Any question you might have about the dress code should be asked before you spend the money.  A good rule to follow is “when in doubt, leave it out.”


DISCIPLINARY POLICY


School Rules

All students are expected to be Responsible, Respectful, and Safe at all times on and off school property.


In order to achieve academic excellence, behavior that disrupts the learning process will not be tolerated.  Discipline may include but is not limited to:

*Corporal punishment (with parent consent)

*Lunch detention

*In school suspension

*Loss of school privileges (driving, casual day, technology, etc.)

*Out of school suspension

*Campus beautification duties 

*After school and/or Saturday detention 


The school reserves the right to search vehicles, lockers, and any student materials on school property at any time without warning or permission.  Students may also be subject to random drug testing at the discretion of the administration.  Any suspicious activity will be dealt with by the administration.  Boyd Christian School will not tolerate drugs, weapons, or violence under any circumstances.  


Bullying

Christian behavior is expected at Boyd Christian School.  Therefore, in order to have a safe learning environment free of violence and/or threats of violence, bullying will not be tolerated.  Any student engaging in bullying behavior will receive disciplinary action ranging from verbal reprimand from the administration to expulsion, based on the severity of the infraction.


Honor Code 

Students are expected to be honest and do their best in all areas at school.  Students are required to do their own work, and at no time will cheating be accepted.  Copying work from the internet or soliciting unapproved help from others, including parents, is considered plagiarism and/or cheating.  Teachers will deal with cheating at their own discretion.  


Code of Conduct

Students must not participate in any activities at school or outside of school that would portray a negative image of our school or blatantly go against our beliefs.  For example: profanity, racial/sexual remarks, promiscuity, disrespect, physical aggression, vandalism, bullying/harassment, stealing, drugs, acts of defiance, or threats of any kind will not be tolerated in school or outside of school.  Boyd Christian School reserves the right to dismiss any student whom the administration feels is not portraying a positive image of our school or abiding by the beliefs set forth in the handbook.  


Suspension

There may be times when school suspension is given by the administration.  If suspended, the student will be unable to participate at any school function on or off campus.  The student will not be allowed to represent the school in any athletic event, academic competition or any other school activity for the duration of the suspension.  Students may not be able to make up work missed during the suspension period.  If students are allowed to make up work, a maximum of 80% will be given to work made up upon return.


Expulsion

There are some offences that warrant the consideration of immediate expulsion.  These may include but are not limited to: Weapons, alcohol, drugs, tobacco, threats to teachers, administrators, or other students, and bullying. Weapons, alcohol, and drugs are not only violations of school rules but also violations of the State of Tennessee.  Any student expelled from school will not be refunded and will still be accountable for any balance on his/her tuition.  The school retains the authority to expel a student immediately for such offences.


LUNCH


Cafeteria

Hot lunches are prepared for our students in the cafeteria each day.  Students are expected to clean up after themselves and leave the cafeteria clean so other students may enjoy a clean environment.  Your cooperation is expected.  There will be no eating in the school buildings outside the cafeteria and senior porch. No food is allowed in the classroom or the gym during the academic day. All students will remain in the cafeteria for the entire lunch period. No students will be allowed to return to their lockers or cars during lunch.


The lunch period is an opportunity for students to get extra help or make up any missed assignments or tests.  It is the student’s responsibility to schedule any extra help or make-up session.


We encourage all families who purchase lunch to send money on Monday for the week or month of school. Please try to pay up front. In the event that your child runs out of lunch money, we will allow them to charge minimally. It is your responsibility to settle all charges in the cafeteria on a regular basis.


Students may not call local restaurants to deliver to the school.  Open food/drink is not allowed in the halls, classrooms, or lockers.


Senior Lunch Privileges 

Seniors are allowed to leave campus for lunch if they have a permission slip on file in the office, if no grade is lower than a C, and if they have no discipline issues. Seniors may not bring food or drinks back to campus for any of their classmates nor are they to take underclassmen with them.  Violations of this privilege will result in the loss of this privilege for a period of time.


If grades and discipline are in order, seniors may eat in the front of the high school in the area now known as the “Senior Porch.”  Any food purchased off campus and brought back must remain in Senior Porch and cannot be taken to cafeteria of in classrooms.   Senior porch must be cleaned before the end of the lunch period. The senior lunch is a privilege and can be revoked.


ELECTRONIC DEVICES AND CELL PHONES


Due to the level of distraction that electronic devices and cell phones cause, Elementary and Middle School students will not be allowed to bring electronics to school unless specified by their teachers or administration.  Students who need to have their phones before/after school in case of emergencies may turn their phone in to the office before proceeding to class and pick it up at the end of the day.  Students can be contacted through the office during school hours.  High School students may bring phones on campus as long as they are not used in classrooms and abide by the following rules.  The school assumes no responsibility for the care of any electronic device brought on campus.


Students must keep all phones/devices stored out of sight and turned off during the entire length of each class period. 

At no time may a student have headphones or be playing music/video.  

Phones are allowed during lunch.  This is a privilege and may be revoked at any time by the teachers, staff, or administration.  

Students must never use phones/devices in a way that would cause embarrassment for another person and must never attempt to access sites or apps that would not be appropriate.  Such use will result in the confiscation of device and all technology privileges will be revoked.  

Any phone seen or heard during a class period or being used inappropriately must be taken up by the teacher or administration and kept in the office at the discretion of the administration. 


Violation of any electronic device policies may result in the following:

Phone sent to the office and returned to student at the end of the day

Phone returned to the parent/guardian only

Phone confiscated for one week and returned to parent only

Loss of ability to bring electronics to school

Suspension and meeting of parent and administration


The administration can demand to inspect the history, temp files, etc. if there is suspicion that a student has been accessing inappropriate material at any time.  Any student caught accessing inappropriate content will be disciplined by the administration.


TRANSPORTATION


Student Vehicles on Campus

All student vehicles parked on campus must be registered at the office and display a current BCS vehicle parking decal at all times. Any vehicle not in compliance may be towed at the owner’s expense. 

The school reserves the right to search any vehicle on campus.

No student may go to their car without permission from faculty or an administrator.  Students are to exit their vehicles upon arrival on campus and go to their designated area.  

Students must park in the student parking lot.  Any student found parking behind the gym or in other unapproved places will lose their driving privilege for a period of time determined by the administration.  

The loop in front of the main building is one way. At the end of the day, students must exit the parking lot to the right following the flow of traffic.

Driving privileges can be revoked by the administration at any time.

Cars should not be left at school overnight without the approval of administration and will be subject to towing at the owners expense.  


Field Trips:

Students will be transported by car via a parent or approved adult. Students attending field trips must have written permission.  No students are allowed to drive or carpool other students at any time on field trips.


MISCELLANEOUS 


School Security

All visitors must sign in at the main office.  No one will be allowed on campus during school hours without wearing a visitor’s badge.  Anyone not signed in will be asked to leave the campus with no exceptions.  The school has the right to deny anyone access to the school.


Distribution of Literature

No one is allowed to distribute ANY type of literature without first having the permission of the administration.


Illness:

A student who feels too ill to continue the normal day should report to the office.  If it is determined that he/she should be sent home, the parents will be contacted.  The student should remain in the office until he/she leaves.


If it is determined that a student has been exposed to a disease or contracted a disease that is deemed to be a threat to other students, he/she will work from home or medical institution until the sufficient time has passed to eliminate any threat to others. 


Medication

All medication, including over the counter, is to be left in its original container in the office.  Written instruction from the parents must be given to the office for medication to be given to the student.


Service Hours

All parents of athletes are required to work/prep/organize or clean concessions yearly. All parents receiving any financial assistance are required to work a certain number of service hours as assigned by the administration in addition to athletic requirement.


HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMIC INFORMATION


Class load

Students are expected to take 7 subjects each year, including one Bible. Seniors may take 6 classes, including Bible. The only exception to this rule will be those enrolled in classes at Motlow.  Each senior taking one Motlow class must be enrolled in at least four BCS classes and seniors enrolled in two Motlow classes must be enrolled in at least three BCS classes. Underclassmen taking Motlow classes must take 5 BCS classes and 1 Motlow class.  Students may only drop courses under special request.  All students must be present for chapel every day regardless of schedule.  


Requirements for the College Preparatory Diploma

Subject Credits Required Courses Offered (Italicized classes are required)

Bible 1 credit per year attending

English 4 English 9, English 10, British Literature, American Literature

Math 4 Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Algebra 3/Trigonometry, Calculus

Science 3 Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy and Physiology

History 3.5 World History,  American History, Government (.5 credit)

Language 2 Spanish 1, Spanish 2, Spanish 3

Electives 4.5 Art, Wellness, PE (.5 credit)**,  Personal Finance(.5 credit), Psychology (.5 credit), Speech (.5 Credit), Computer Science, Economics(.5), Photojournalism

Total 26

** May be substituted with one season of documented participation on a school sports team.


Requirements for the Honors Diploma

Must be enrolled in the program continuously and fulfill the following:

GPA of 3.25

2 years of Foreign Language (at the secondary level)

3 credits of the following: Calculus, Physics, Anatomy/Physiology, Honors Government*, Dual Enrollment English, or other Dual Enrollment course as approved by the Principal.


*Honors Government, students must complete a thesis or dissertation (2,500 words with a grade of 85 or above) during the last quarter of the school year. This class must be approved by the instructor before the start of the 2nd quarter and the topic of the thesis must also be approved. 


Dual Enrollment with Motlow

Students who meet certain requirements and receive approval from the Principal may receive both high school and college credit.  Developmental courses will not be acceptable and will not count for credit, GPA or as an honors class.  Dual enrollment classes must not conflict with required BCS courses and students must be present for chapel every day regardless of schedule.  Dual enrollment students must sign in and be in the library unless assigned to another location when not in class.


Online Courses

Online courses are only allowed in special circumstances at the approval of the principal and guidance counselor.  Only courses that are not offered at BCS, those courses needed to graduate that conflict with the BCS class schedule, or courses needed for credit recovery will be approved.  Students must have a 3.5 GPA to take online courses, excluding those students needing credit recovery.  The student/student’s family is responsible for the online course tuition and any other cost.  Students must work on the online course during a class period in the BCS computer lab using the honor system and must take their online course final exam at BCS in the presence of their course mentor.  BCS must receive progress reports/grades quarterly and the final grade in the form of an official transcript upon completion of course.  All online courses must be accredited by Advanc-Ed and SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools).

Determining Grades, GPA and Rank 

All grades will be recorded numerically on a 100% scale by teachers. The numeric grades correspond to letter grades. To determine class ranking, grades are converted to quality points (see chart below). To determine GPA, the semester average letter grades are assigned a number on the 4 point system, and then divided by the number of grades. All classes are considered in the GPA.


100% Scale Letter Grade Quality Points GPA

93-100 A 4 4.0

85-92 B 3 3.0

75-84 C 2 2.0

70-75 D 1 1.0

Below 70 F 0 0

   

Adjustment Points: Points to be added to the above points. 

Honors Courses Any 1  

Dual Enrollment Any 2

Non Weighted Subjects: Do not receive quality points. 

Study Hall Any 0 0

Office/Teacher  Assistant Any 0 0


Class Rank

The class rank represents the position held by a student in relation to the other students in the class. A student must be enrolled full time on campus from the beginning of their junior year in order to be included in the ranking. Class ranking is figured using quality points and is weighted. Class rank is calculated at the end of each semester. Class rank for graduation awards and honors is determined at the end of the first semester of the student’s senior year. The student who has the highest number of quality points and is enrolled in the honors program is the valedictorian, and the student with the second highest and is enrolled in the honors program is the salutatorian. If there is more than one student with the same number of points, there will be two or more valedictorians and no salutatorian.


Report Cards

Report cards are issued every nine weeks.  Parents have continuous online access to their child’s grades through the online system at iGradePlus.com. Parents who are concerned about their child’s grades are encouraged to call for a parent/teacher conference.  


Semester Exams

Semester averages will be calculated as follows: Each 9 -week period will count as 40% of the semester average and the semester exam will count as 20% of the semester average. No student will be exempt from mid-terms at the end of the 1st two 9-week periods; however, juniors and seniors with an 85 or higher in a course and 4 or less absences for the year (2 for a one semester course) may be exempt from the course final at the teacher’s discretion.  


Athletic Eligibility 

Student athletes are required to maintain an overall 2.0 GPA.  If a student athlete receives a report card grade of failing (F) in any subject for a 9 week period or semester, he/she will be suspended from play.  The student may return to play at mid-point of the following grading period only if the student’s academic performance has improved to a passing grade and he once again has at least a 2.0 GPA.  


Any student exhibiting poor behavior on or off the court may be suspended from play by the coach, athletic director, or school administration.


Any student missing school due to illness or an unexcused absence will not be able to play or participate in any athletic events that day.


Academic Probation

Any student who receives on “F” or two “D’s” at the end of any quarter will be on probation.  While on probation a student will be required to attend extra help during lunch and/or after school.  Any student on probation will be expected to improve their grades the next quarter. Any student with F’s at the end of any semester may be dismissed by the administration. 


Testing

All K-11 students take the Stanford Achievement Test.


Sophomores and Juniors take the ASVAB every other year.  


Eleventh grade students are encouraged to take the ACT and/or SAT at least once during their junior year.  Twelfth grade students are expected to take the ACT and/or SAT in preparation for college admission.


Transcripts

Transcript requests must be made through the guidance counselor’s office.  After there is confirmation from the business manager that there is no outstanding balance the transcript will be sent within two business days.


Withdrawal

If a student withdraws as a full time student and desires to enroll in the home school umbrella, he or she cannot play sports unless he or she finishes out the entire school year.  If the student does not finish out his or her on campus contract, the student will forfeit the right to play sports that year.


Adherance

By enrolling in Boyd Chrisitian School you are agreeing to abide by the school handbook and the beliefs and guidelines herein.  


Academic Modification Policy

Many students have learning difficulties which necessitate some accommodation to the regular academic program BCS.  Our intent is to have an accurate assessment of strengths, to understand areas of weakness, and to discover the student’s ability to compensate for specific weaknesses.  With this critical information, a helpful plan can be established to potentially enhance the student’s learning process in the classroom.  Referrals for evaluation/ testing may be made by the student’s parent, teacher, or pediatrician at any time.  


If a student qualifies for service, some possible services provided by the Warren County School System include but are not limited to: speech therapy, physical or occupational therapy; tutoring; materials/ equipment; consultation; and transportation.  A service plan is written for each student that qualifies for service and reviewed on an annual basis.  There must be an annual review/meeting with the parents and personnel providing services for these services to be continued.  The number of hours of service provided weekly by the Warren County School System is determined by the amount of funds made available for private school students with disabilities and is based on the number of eligible students accounted for as of December 1 each year.


The following is a list of accommodations that FC Boyd Christian School can make for students that are evaluated and are approved for services.  Accommodations will be determined by the IEP team.

extra time to turn in assignments; reduce number of questions/problems

extra grade opportunities 

extra time for taking tests when requested

copying teacher notes/test reviews

signing the student’s homework/assignment log daily

communicating with student/student’s parents via iGradePlus

communicating with student’s tutor

allow student to sit at the front of the classroom 


Please know that we will strive to meet each student’s learning needs but are not able to provide all accommodations that a public school can because we do not receive federal funding for disability services.



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