Academics

SCA academics are rooted in a God-centered view of life, allowing students the opportunity to understand themselves and the world around them from a biblical perspective.

ACHIEVEMENT/STANDARDIZED TESTING
Each spring, standardized testing will be administered to 5K through ninth graders as a tool to help determine achievement and curriculum effectiveness.  Students who arrive late for testing will not be admitted to school until testing is completed for the day.  Parents will need to take the student home and bring him back after testing.  No make-up tests will be given for standardized testing.  There will be no make-up tests for standardized testing.

CURRICULUM
All curriculum will be biblically integrated and designed to meet the students’ needs.  SCA curricula is designed to provide students with a traditional education, which will meet and exceed the South Carolina requirements for graduation, and prepare students for further study at the collegiate or university level.

DUAL COLLEGE ENROLLMENT
In special circumstances, seniors in the honors program may be allowed to participate with area colleges in a high school/college joint enrollment program to attend an approved class not being offered at SCA. Students must receive permission from Spartanburg Christian Academy to enroll in courses that will earn dual units, i.e. Carnegie units from SCA and units at another institution. Dual unit courses receive AP weighting which is one full quality point above the CP weighting. Courses taken off campus are not intended to replace a high school course offered at SCA. Each student is responsible to meet the college’s requirement for enrollment, complete the application process necessary, and pay for the courses taken. Class schedules must not conflict with required SCA coursework.

EXAMS

Exemption: Juniors and seniors may exempt end of course exams in subjects in which they have earned a 93 (A) second semester average (for courses with only one semester, exemption will be based on the second nine weeks average).

Students should be on time when reporting to school for exams.  Tardiness may result in points taken off of the exam, or receiving a zero on the exam.  Dress code will be in effect during exams.  Administration reserves the right to alter any of these guidelines as deemed necessary.

EXTRA CREDIT
Extra credit work will not be assigned solely for the purpose of raising a student’s average. 

GRADING SCALE
A serious attempt is always made to provide parents and students with an evaluation of students’ progress that is consistent and meaningful.  The following grading systems for elementary, intermediate, middle, and high school are reflected on each nine-week report card, and conform to the South Carolina Uniform Grading Policy.

Each middle and high school teacher will prepare a syllabus explaining the grading system and requirements for his or her particular class. 

Teachers consider many things prior to determining a student’s level of progress.  Factors considered include:   


Academic

Academic/Conduct

 A+

99-100

C+

83-84

S+ = Superior

 A

96-98

C

80-82

S    = Satisfactory

 A-

93-95

C-

77-79

S-   = Less than Satisfactory

 B+

91-92

D+

75-76

N    = Needs Improvement

 B

88-90

D

72-74

U    = Unsatisfactory

 B-

85-87

D-

70-71

Inc = Incomplete

 

 

F

0-69

 

  
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
Minimum Academic Requirements for Graduation

Bible…………………………………………….4 units
English    ……………………………………4 units
Math…………………………………………….4 units
Science    ……………………………………3 units
US History……………………………………1 unit
Government…………………………………½ unit
Economics……………………………………½ unit
Other Social Studies……………………1 unit
Composition and Research…………1 unit
Physical Education/Health………….1 unit
Computer Science……………………….1 unit
SAT Prep……………………………………….½  unit
Foreign Language…………………………2 units
Electives……………………………………….4 ½ units        
Total……………………………………………..28 units

Seniors must complete 50 hours of church and/or community service as a requirement for graduation.

Requirements for Honors Diploma
Purpose

Structure

GUIDANCE
SCA believes in ministering to the total needs of our students, based upon Christian beliefs and practices.  Services that are available include: testing, counseling, study skills, college and/or career planning, college financial aid assistance, and scholarship applications.  The Headmaster will oversee all standardized testing at SCA.  Each spring, elementary through 9th grade students will participate in the Stanford 10 Achievement Test Series.  High school students will undertake the following exams to prepare them for college entrance tests:  PLAN, PSAT, and SAT or ACT. 

HIGH SCHOOL VALEDICTORIAN AND SALUTATORIAN
The selections of valedictorian and salutatorian are made from honors graduates only and are based on the cumulative grade point average for high school courses.  Transfer students, to be considered, must have attended SCA at least the junior and senior years.  Transfer student credits will be based on the SCA and SC Uniform Grading Policy.

HOMEWORK
Homework shall be assigned in such quantities as to provide adequate training in independent study and in practicing the skills conferred in the classroom, without interfering too much with non-academic activities or with meeting a healthy bedtime hour.  If a student consistently has difficulty in this area, something is wrong with either the amount of assignments received, with his/her time management, or with the amount of time spent in extracurricular activities. Some students may experience difficulty due to their ability level, or possibly, a learning problem.  Whatever the reason, parents should contact the classroom teacher so that the matter might be resolved in a timely manner.

To help students budget their time, the following guidelines may be helpful in estimating daily homework requirements:
Grades K5-3        Thirty minutes or less               
Grades 4-6        One hour or less                   
Grades 7-12        One or two hours

Assignments must be completed, on time and written properly.  The only acceptable excuse for not completing homework is a student’s illness.  If a student fails to bring in homework, the assignment should be turned in the following day.

If a student consistently does not turn in homework assignments, the following steps will be taken:

An attempt to minimize homework on Wednesdays will be made by our teachers, but some work may be necessary because of scheduling contingencies.  Parent participation in providing assistance and accountability is crucial to the educational process of each child no matter what age.

HONOR ROLL
The Principal’s Honor Roll consists of students who have received all A’s in each subject.  The Academy Honor Roll consists of students who have received all A’s or B’s in each subject.  This does not apply to kindergarten.

INTERIM REPORTS
Interim reports will be sent home at the mid-point of each grading period.

LATE WORK
Consequences for work that is late for reasons other than being absent on the date due, will be determined by the classroom teacher. Repeated failure to complete assignments in a timely manner may result in an academic review.

MISSED WORK
All class work or tests missed for any absence must be made up.  Teachers will make all missed materials available to the student. 

When a student is absent, he must make up the work within at least twice the amount of time which was missed. (Example: if absent two days, the student has four days for make-up).  However, such work is the responsibility of the student, not the teacher.  The make-up work will receive full credit unless it is turned in past the deadline stated above. 

If a student misses only the day a test is given or project or assignment is due, he is responsible to make up the work the first day he returns provided he was informed of the due date in advance of his absence. If a student returns to school on the day of a pre-announced test, quiz, project or assignment after a short absence, the student is expected to take the test or quiz or turn in the project or assignment on the day it is given.

Parents should make a request by email or phone by 12:00 p.m. if they want to pick up make-up work for the day the student is absent.  The work assignments should be sent to the office for pick-up by 3:15 p.m. for 5K-4th grades and 3:30 p.m. for 5th-12th grade students.  Parents are responsible for obtaining books out of lockers.

Parents should give teachers a 10 day notice for any planned absences to allow adequate time for gathering work.

PROBATION POLICY
Academic probation is designed to assist students in becoming more responsive to and responsible for their academic progress.  Academic probation also promotes important communication among students, parents, and the school.  Academic probation may be invoked throughout the school year and/or as a condition of admittance.
   
All new students entering middle and high school will be placed on a probationary status for the 1st semester. However, this will not affect their involvement in activities and leadership positions.

Grades K-8
Students will be given an academic warning when they receive a D or an F in one or more subjects on any report card. A cautionary letter from Administration will be sent home following each report card, to the student and parents alerting them to the possibility of academic probation should the student’s academic performance remain below standard. If marked improvement is not made by the following interim report, the student will be placed on academic probation and parents will be notified by a probation letter. The student may be taken off academic probation when improvement (no D’s or F’s) is documented on the next report card.  Students who continually receive failing grades may be evaluated for continued enrollment.

Grades 9-12
Students will be given an academic warning when they receive a D in one or more subjects on any report card. A cautionary letter from Administration will be sent home following each report card, to the student and parents alerting them to the possibility of academic probation should the student’s academic performance remain below standard.

Any student whose GPA drops below 2.0 or who has an “F” on any report card will be placed on academic probation. A letter from Administration will be sent home following the report card, alerting parents and the student of the academic probation status. Students may be taken off academic probation when improvement (no “F’s” and GPA of 2.0 or better) is documented on the next interim report.  Probation status will be reviewed by faculty at the end of each nine weeks.

Restrictions - students participating in fine arts will not be permitted to represent the school while on academic probation and class, club, and organizational officers who are placed on academic probation will be removed from the office in which they are currently serving.  Students on academic probation may not participate in or be nominated for a leadership office. Refer to the student-athlete handbook for academic ineligibility guidelines. Any adjustments to the guidelines must be handled according to policy on an individual basis by Administration.

PROMOTION/RETENTION POLICY
A student is expected to pass all subjects before being considered for promotion to the next grade.  There are no unimportant subjects offered at SCA.  A student who fails either math or English or a combination of any other two subjects, at course end, will be retained in that grade.  The student will be allowed to remain at SCA, on probation, for one year.  Continued enrollment beyond the probationary year will be dependent upon the student earning passing grades for that year.  A student may repeat a grade once and remain eligible for continued enrollment.

Classification of High School Students - The classification of a student will be determined by the number of high school credits obtained at the close of the previous school term.  Students may be reclassified at the close of each semester. A student may repeat a high school subject once and remain eligible for continued enrollment.  No more than two failed subjects may be made up through an SCA approved summer school.
The following are credit requirements for each classification:
0-5      Freshman                13-20           Junior
6-12    Sophomore              21 or more    Senior

REPORT CARDS
Report cards are issued at the end of each nine-week period, as long as all financial accounts are current.  They are to be taken home and signed by a parent or guardian.  Report cards must be returned to the homeroom teacher within two school days after being issued. 

RETAKING A COURSE
Based on SC Uniform Grading Policies, students may retake the same course at the same difficulty level under the following conditions:

WITHDRAWAL OF MIDDLE OR HIGH SCHOOL COURSES/SCHEDULE CHANGES
If a schedule change is necessary, the Guidance Counselor will issue a Course Change Request form.  A middle or high school student may withdraw from a course at any time before the first interim of the course and receive a WP-Withdraw-Passing.  However, any student who withdraws after the first interim of the course will receive an F for the course.