Admissions

PHILOSOPHY
Christian education involves the whole person, therefore it is desirable that all elements which bear on the education of a child be consistent and properly reinforce one another.  In view of this, it is of paramount importance that a Christian school be supported by a Christian home and church.  SCA will assist Christian parents in the education of their children.  The school does not replace the training of either the home or the church.  All three should be complimentary and in biblical agreement for a truly well rounded Christian education of the child.  It is therefore necessary that all parents agree with the philosophy and teaching of the school.

ADMISSIONS POLICY
The following admissions policies have been adopted to assure consistent standards of admission in agreement with the mission of Spartanburg Christian Academy.
Specific requirements for admission to Spartanburg Christian Academy have been established for each student desiring to enroll. The requirements are summarized as follows:

  • Spartanburg Christian Academy admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of educational policies, admissions policies, tuition assistance programs, athletic programs, and other school-administered programs.
  • Spartanburg Christian Academy seeks to admit students whose parents desire a quality education from a Christ-centered perspective.  The curriculum is designed to meet the educational needs of the average to above average student (defined as a C or above).  SCA admits students whose academic ability demonstrates their potential to be successful in a college preparatory setting.
  • Students must show a behavioral history that matches the behavioral expectations of Spartanburg Christian Academy. SCA does not accept students who have been repeatedly suspended or expelled from previous schools.
  • Families must agree to abide by school policies, and assist the school and support school officials in the implementation and enforcement of its policies.
  • All new students are considered on probation (academic, social) for the first semester. However, this will not affect their involvement in activities and leadership positions.
  • The SCA Board and Administration require that families pursuing entrance into the school be solely of monogamous and heterosexual origin.
  • Because of staffing and resource constraints, SCA is unable to provide services for students with serious emotional, behavioral, or academic problems, or students who have been diagnosed with special education needs.  SCA has developed a learning lab to assist in tutoring students who would benefit from extra instruction.  Some students may be required to attend the lab as a qualification for enrollment.
  • Students must be fluent in English.
  • Students are subject to pre-admission interviews and competency testing before final enrollment.
  • Education is a long term commitment between home and school.  Families are subject to pre-admission interviews to discuss future school choice.  Placement may be determined by the families’ long term commitment to Christian education.
  • In addition to the above criteria, students in Preschool or Kindergarten must also meet the following standards:

o    Applicants for 3 Year Preschool must be 3 years old on or before September 1 of the school year
o    Applicants for 4 Year Preschool must be 4 years old on or before September 1 of the school year
o    Applicants for Kindergarten must be 5 years old on or before September 1 of the school year
o    Must be fully potty-trained and able to manage independently in the restroom without assistance
o    Must demonstrate abilities to cooperate in a structured school environment
o    Applicants will be screened with an evaluation instrument of the school’s choosing.  An acceptance criterion, which may be rather subjective in nature, has been established by school personnel.

  • In addition to the above criteria, students in Grades 1-6 may be administered selected portions of a standardized test if recent test scores are unavailable or questionable. Each student considered for admission must score at grade level or above on each of the Stanford Achievement Test subtests.
  • In addition to the above criteria, students in Grades 7-12 must also meet the following standards:

o    Must have a composite achievement score on a nationally-normed standardized achievement test at the 50th percentile or higher. Recent test results (defined as those during the last 18 months) are acceptable. Students without recent nationally-normed test scores or students who would benefit from re-testing will be administered select portions of a standardized test.
o    Must provide positive indication that he/she truly wants to be a part of the Spartanburg Christian Academy student body
o    Must participate in a parent-student interview with the administration prior to acceptance   

  • Exceptions to the established academic policy (e.g., a student who meets the GPA requirement, but falls just short of the standardized score requirement) will be made by the school’s Headmaster. The decision of the Headmaster regarding all matters of student admission is final.

Applicants will need to furnish the following:

Copy of Birth Certificate - South Carolina state law decrees that a copy of the student’s birth certificate be on file.  This law was imposed for the benefit of locating missing children.  SCA follows the South Carolina age requirements for admission to school.  Students must be 3 years old on or before September 1 of the enrolling year to enter 3 year preschool. Students must be 4 years old on or before September 1 of the enrolling year to enter 4 year preschool.  Students must be 5 years old on or before September 1 of the enrolling year to enter kindergarten.

Immunization Certificate - South Carolina state law decrees that each student must present to the school a current immunization certificate.  Non-compliance with this regulation will result in referring the student to the proper authorities.  Immunizations may be obtained from any branch of the Spartanburg County Health Department or your local doctor.

Copy of previous school records - The parent agrees by signing a request for records that all student records be released to SCA.  This includes, but is not limited to grades, standardized testing, psychological testing, behavioral reports, etc.  SCA does not admit students who have been expelled or suspended from other schools for disciplinary cause.

RE-APPLICATION
Students expelled from SCA may re-apply for admission after two consecutive semesters.  A parent-student conference with the Headmaster will be required.  Acceptance will be dependent upon evidence of repentance and reformation.

RE-REGISTRATION
All students must re-register each year to retain their positions.  Students re-register by submission of registration forms and payment of registration fees. All financial accounts must be current for re-registration.

STATEMENT OF NONDISCRIMINATION
Spartanburg Christian Academy admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students of the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of educational policies, admissions policies, tuition assistance policies, athletic programs, or other school-administered programs.   

WITHDRAWAL FROM SCHOOL
Enrollment is a commitment for the entire year.  Parents who wish to withdraw their student from school must notify the Headmaster in order to initiate withdrawal procedures.  All outstanding bills are to be paid and all textbooks and SCA materials returned before school records, grades, or transcripts can be released to any school or institution.  Parent-choice withdrawal is defined as withdrawal for any reason other than 1) parental job change or transfer which results in the student relocating more than 50 miles from the campus, or 2) termination of enrollment by Administration (expulsion, etc.).  Penalties for parent-choice withdrawal are listed below.

  • Withdrawal prior to beginning of school year before June 15, the parent is obligated to pay the Book and Activity fee per student billed through the date of withdrawal.
  • Withdrawal prior to beginning of school year after June 15, a $400 withdrawal fee per student is assessed and parents are obligated to pay the Book and Activity fee per student and all tuition fees billed through the date of withdrawal. 
  • Withdrawal during the school year will constitute a $400 withdrawal fee per student and payment for number of days enrolled.