GENERAL INFORMATION FOR ALL FAMILIES
The modern-day movement in Christian Day School education has seen rapid growth over the past few decades. Concerned parents and churches started schools that would provide Christian teaching in every facet of their children’s education. Granger Christian School was established in 1972 as an elementary and junior high school ministry of Grace Church. Over the next two years, the high school grades were added. For the first 25 years of existence, the school was housed in a church building on the north side of South Bend. In 1992, God provided the property to build a new church facility in the heart of the fast-growing community of Granger, Indiana. The year 1997 brought about a name change when Grace Baptist Schools became Granger Christian School in an effort to reflect a redirection in the philosophy of the school. This new direction included a desire for a broader appeal in the community and a commitment to expanded educational and extracurricular opportunities. Today, Granger Christian is a growing K-12th grade school providing an academically challenging program in a spiritually nurturing environment. Granger Christian School meets the current graduation requirements of the State of Indiana. GCS is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) earning their accreditation status in the spring of 2010. ACSI is the largest accrediting association of Christian schools in the world.
Granger Christian School exists as an extension of the home to provide a program of academic and spiritual excellence, in order to prepare students to impact the world.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
As a ministry of Grace Church, Granger Christian School is integral to and inseparable from Grace Church and is, therefore, in agreement with and bound by the doctrinal position of the Church. This position includes, but is not limited to, the following:
PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION
The basic philosophical questions of life are effectively answered from the Scriptures. Students at Granger Christian School are nurtured in the realization of who they are, where they came from, why they are here, and where they are going as: (a) God’s special creation, made in His likeness (Genesis 1:26); (b) redeemed by His grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9); (c) kept by His power (I Peter 1:5); (d) indwelt by His Son (Colossians 1:27); (e) called to be “conformed to His image” (Romans 8:29); (f) being examples of the believers (I Timothy 4:12); (g) being vessels unto honor prepared for the Master’s use (II Timothy 2:21); (h) ever “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2); (i) anticipating their blessed hope (I John 3:3) and their “inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, . . . reserved in heaven” for them ( I Peter 1:4).
The purpose of Granger Christian School is to reach students for Christ; to reinforce their spiritual progress; to relate that all truth is God’s truth, Jesus Christ Himself being the foundation of all truth; and to send students forth to serve Him by their lives and through their testimonies.
Therefore, all academic subjects at Granger Christian School are taught in light of God’s Word and are based upon Scriptural principles. All academics presume a Christian world view as the presupposition, and they integrate the Word of God throughout the curriculum. Although the Bible is studied in a class block of its own, it is the basis of and is integrated into every academic course taught. A very important Biblical principle is this: the training of a child belongs to the parents, not to the school. Granger Christian School is an extension of the home to support and extend training academically, spiritually, physically, and socially. The family is the institution that God initially established to instill discipline, character, and proper patterns of behavior in the child. When a child is taught the value of right over wrong, self-discipline, respect for authority, proper responses and attitudes toward others, and is lovingly accepted and respected by his parents, he is prepared to gain the maximum benefit from a Christian education. This enables the student to develop the necessary skills in order to be successful in the adult world.
Parents are encouraged to be involved in the education of their children. It is the primary responsibility of parents to educate their children. GCS parents have chosen to enlist the support and help of Granger Christian School in fulfilling this responsibility. However, each parent must remain actively involved, both in and out of school, in providing the proper educational environment for their child.
Prayer Support – Both the parents and the staff assume the responsibility of praying for the administration and teachers involved in the education of their children.
Financial Support – Parents are encouraged to faithfully consider how they might support GCS above and beyond their tuition commitment. Granger Christian School is committed to keeping tuition as reasonable as possible. Since tuition does not meet all of our expenses, it is incumbent upon others to supply the additional financial support in order for GCS to provide a top-quality Christian education to all students. While we rely solely on God for this provision, we believe it is necessary to make our needs known and solicit support in accordance with God’s will.
Read and abide by the Parent/Student Handbook – Each parent should read and determine to follow the instruction of the Parent/Student Handbook. It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure their children follow this handbook as well.
Granger Christian School admits students of any sex, race, color, nationality, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to our students. The school does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, and color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions procedures, scholarship programs, athletic, and other school-administered programs. The school does, however, reserve the right to deny admission to any individual who cannot benefit by the experience based on past academic achievement or whose personal lifestyle is not in harmony with the stated philosophy and purpose of GCS.
Each application must be accompanied by an application fee.
All payments are made online through FACTS, the tuition management company GCS partners with to process payments.
Tuition may be paid by full year or semester (in advance) or in monthly payments. A prepay
discount is available except to families receiving financial aid.
When tuition or other accounts are in arrears or fines have not been paid, report cards and diplomas will be withheld and no transcripts or records will be transferred to other schools.
Each time a bank returns a check to us, for any reason, a $20 fee will be charged to your account. You will be notified of this occurrence within ten days. After two returned checks, you will be required to make all payments to GCS by cash, money order, or cashiers’ check.
In addition to application/enrollment fees and tuition, every student will pay a registration fee to cover textbooks, agenda, handbook, testing, technology/administrative fees, supplies and materials for the year. This fee, along with any fees associated with the start of school will be identified and paid during registration. Other incidentals or items such as field trips, retreats, lunches and after care will be assessed as they occur.
Donations to GCS are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by IRS codes. (Consult your tax advisor.) GCS is a ministry of Grace Church, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation.
In addition to application/enrollment fees and tuition, every student will also pay a pre- established book rental fee. Other fees, such as retreats, yearbook, etc. will be assessed as they apply. Most additional fees will be paid during August registration.
GIFTSA SPECIAL NOTE TO PARENTS
Since tuition does not cover all of the operating expenses necessary to educate our students, GCS must rely on the generous gifts of parents and others concerned for Christian education. Opportunities will be provided throughout the school year for parents to help meet the costs ofeducating their children. We assume that it is the desire of our families to financially support GCS to the degree the Lord enables them to help meet this need. DONATIONS MADE TO GCS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE
Each student is required to have a physical examination prior to entering kindergarten. The Indiana Statutes require that school children be adequately immunized unless the parents submit a written objection based on constitutional grounds.
PHILOSOPHY OF ATTENDANCE
Regular and prompt attendance at school is a vital pattern for children to develop. Valuable instructional time is missed when a student is absent. Working at home or catching up cannot replace the time with the teacher in the classroom. The teacher cannot possibly give make-up assignments to cover everything missed. This especially applies to the lower grades on days when a new concept or skill is being taught. Absenteeism also places an extra burden on the teachers, causing them to spend extra hours preparing make-up work for each child when time at school is missed.
Scripture makes it clear that we are to be faithful in the things which God gives us to do. It is required in stewards that a man be faithful (I Corinthians 4:2). Faithfulness certainly includes being dependable with our attendance.
We value quality time together as a family, yet at the same time, we would be remiss if we did not point out that it is your responsibility as parents to aid us in giving your child a quality education through continuous attendance.
Family vacations during school weeks can be a problem. Adequate time for vacations is available at Christmas, spring break, and summertime, and we ask that you limit vacations to these times.
The pattern formed in early life is usually very closely related to those of adulthood. In one way, we view a student’s relationship to school in much the same way an employer views an employee.
We realize there are extenuating circumstances, which cause absences and tardiness. We want to stress the importance of not bringing children to school who may be contagious, have a fever over 100o, are vomiting, or need 24 hours of medication before returning to school, etc. Additionally, we realize the vast majority of our students will be absent or tardy on occasion. There are many cases of tardiness which can be avoided by planning ahead.
We view school as a student’s job, and perfect or outstanding attendance is a goal for which all should strive.
MAKE-UP ASSIGNMENTSWhen students are absent, it is the student’s responsibility to make up the work missed. The student will be given a reasonable amount of time to make up the missed work, which should not exceed twice the number of days absent for up to three days. For any absence longer than three days, make-up work must be arranged with the teacher. Work turned in within the time limit set by the teacher will be graded at full credit. Work assigned prior to an absence should be submitted upon return, and assigned tests should also be taken upon return. If you feel this is not possible due to extenuating circumstances, please send a note with your student explaining the reasons.
Should school need to be canceled because of snow or other inclement weather conditions, this announcement will be aired over local radio and television stations. We will make every effort to get this on the air by 6:30 a.m. Please do not call the school or staff since all closing announcements will be made via the news media. Please be aware that delayed openings may also be announced. We could possibly delay the opening of school for one or two hours (or potentially decide to cancel) depending upon weather conditions. Please continue to listen for updates on your local stations.
Granger Christian School operates under a closed-campus policy. Generally, once a student arrives on school property in the morning, he/she is not to leave until dismissed from school in the afternoon. The closed-campus policy covers assemblies and school activities as well.
This closed-campus policy also covers all visitors. Parents and interested friends are welcome to visit our classes by making arrangements through the school office at least 24 hours in advance. At the time of the visit, please report to the office. Parents who are visiting their child for lunch must also check in at the office. Parents are invited to attend our chapel services. Forgotten homework, books, lunches, etc. should be left in the office rather than being taken directly to the classroom.
Parents and friends must check in at the office upon entering the building during school hours.
For student visitors, the parents of the host student must make arrangements with the office at least one day in advance. All visitors must abide by school regulations, including dress code. We prefer to have only visitors who are prospective students. Student visitors must visit on non-party days.
Students are not to arrange noon-hour visits with other students who are not enrolled at GCS.
PARENTS IN THE BUILDING
We welcome parents to come to our offices at any time if you have needs with which we can help you. We would ask that you follow these simple guidelines:
GENERAL PHILOSOPHYBecause of the wide differences in backgrounds and spiritual preferences/convictions, acceptance and cooperation are very important. The standard of dress at Granger Christian School is designed to reflect modesty, neatness, and moderation. Our desire is that the dress code be one that contributes to a distinctive Christian education and promotes an effective learning environment. Our dress codes are designed to promote a high level of personal character and appearance.
It is important to understand that if we do not allow a particular article/style of clothing or dress, we are not saying the item is wrong to wear at other times – just not to school. Our dress code is not designed to support or encourage the latest fashion trends and fads. This means that clothing bought at some of the popular clothing stores may not meet GCS standards.
Decisions regarding clothing choices are, at times, very complex. Because styles change frequently, we cannot anticipate and cover every possible fashion style ahead of time. Developing a dress code which is all-encompassing is nearly impossible. In all dress code issues, the administration reserves the right to make the final decision on the appropriateness of clothing and appearance. The administration also reserves the right to make adjustments to the dress code should the need arise.
We recognize that families, and sometimes school officials, interpret the dress code in a different manner. We realize that consistency and fairness are vital to having an effective dress code. Yet, there is a grave danger in giving the impression that externals are more important than internals (“the hidden man of the heart” – I Peter 3:4). We desire, with your help, to let our young people know that “what” you are is most important.
Please try to understand and apply the following thoughts regarding the dress code:
GENERAL SCHOOL REGULATIONSIn order to maintain a proper learning environment, procedures of conduct have been established. The following are general school rules necessary for the orderly and safe operation of the school and are applicable to ALL students:
DAMAGED OR LOST SCHOOL PROPERTY
Students causing damage to any GCS property, books, or equipment must pay the cost of repair or replacement.
Books and equipment that are checked out to students must be returned to the teacher responsible for the articles within seven (7) days of the last usage. A fine may be charged beyond the seven days.
THE MATTHEW 18 PRINCIPLEWe believe the Matthew 18 principle should be used when any problem or misunderstanding occurs. When you go to the person(s) directly involved in the problem or misunderstanding, you can generally solve most of the problems. Administration should be brought into the issue only after the parents, students, and teachers have discussed the situation.
ATHLETICSPlease refer to the Athletic Handbook.
Students in kindergarten through 4th grade are not allowed to attend athletic events unless they are accompanied by an adult (older than high school age). If attending a game, the elementary student must remain with that adult at all times.
For all students (kindergarten through 12th grade), the playground, athletic fields, hallways, and classrooms are off limits during games. Only the gym, front restrooms, front lobby, and cafeteria (if refreshments are being served) are open during the contest(s).
As a Christian school, we expect all of our students and parents to be faithful and regular in attendance at their local church.
We are not able to run copies on our office machines for parents or students.
Only those fundraising activities approved by the administration will be permitted. No fund-raising by outside groups or individual students will be allowed unless approved by the administration. While we invite families to participate in our fundraising activities, we understand that you may not always be able to do so.
Students may either bring a lunch from home or purchase a hot lunch. Hot lunches must be ordered in advance. Menus and due dates will be sent home with the students.
If a student is required to take medication while at school, a Permission to Take Medication form must be filed, in writing, with the school office. The student may then bring in a dose for one- day only. If a student must bring a non- prescribed medication to school (e.g., aspirin, antihistamine), the student may bring only one- day’s dose. Elementary students must give the medicine and note to their classroom teacher. Secondary students may keep medication with them and be responsible for taking it at the prescribed time. No student shall give or sell medications to another student at any time. The office does not stock nor dispense any type of medication.
We cannot get along without the numerous people who help us in so many ways. Thank you for your unselfish and untiring devotion to the Lord, the school, and our students. We would like to ask one favor if you choose to volunteer. In a classroom, please understand the need to be a good example in the areas of conduct and dress. We request that you follow the school dress code when working in a position of authority. (e.g., classroom aide, lunch room, field trip monitor, etc.) Volunteers must come to the office and sign in or out. Thank you!
Students are not allowed on the playground or athletic field without proper supervision.
SCHOOL BUSINESS HOURS
The school office will be open for business from 7:45 a.m.–4:00 p.m. each school day. Please contact the office should you need to speak with us outside of normal office hours.
TRAFFIC PATTERNS FOR ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL
GCS is located at a very busy intersection. For the safety of our families and those driving near the school, it is important that all of us drive very carefully and defensively at all times. Please help us by observing the following:
WITHHOLDING REPORT CARDS
Report cards will not be released if a student owes fines, has school property not returned, or if the family is in arrears on tuition payments. This does not include fines for individual class activities.
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