California law requires students to be in regular attendance at school. It is the position of Grace Christian Schools’ elementary students that no student can be absent from his/her studies without running the risk of impeding academic progress. We understand absences for reasons of illness or family emergencies are unavoidable, but even when absences are excused they can still take a toll on a student’s progress. The following procedures apply:
General Attendance Policies:
- Parents/Guardians are to notify the School Office no later than 9:00AM if their student will be absent. This may be done by calling the school office at 949-951-8683, ext 4.
- A student should NEVER be sent to school if he or she has a cold or a fever of 100 degrees or above. Student should be fever free for 24 hours, without the aid of a fever reducing medicine before returning to school.
- Students arriving to school after 10:30AM, without an Excused Tardy*, will receive an absence.
- Students leaving school before 12:30PM, without an Excused Tardy*, will receive an absence.
- To avoid receiving an absence, a student must be in school at least four (4) hours of the school day.
- Students, with more than 15 absences per year, risk future attendance at GCS. A meeting between Principal and parents will be scheduled, in attempt to correct the situation.
- Perfect Attendance Awards are given out at the end of the school year to those students who have zero absences and zero tardies for the entire year.
God has called us to give the best education possible to His children. He has provided us with guidelines and Biblical standards in teaching children a Christian worldview. “My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion; they will be life for you, and ornament to grace your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble.” Proverbs 3:21-23
- GCS will filter the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) through a Biblical worldview as the highest standard, and only align with CCSS to the extent that the school’s mission and worldview are not compromised. “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing, and perfect will.” Romans 12:2
- As with the California State Standards, GCS has used state standards as a “floor, not a ceiling” in looking at what knowledge students should be equipped with in order to compete with national and global standards. “…Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
- Grace Christian Schools will use the biblical and philosophical foundations of Christian school education to evaluate which portions of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to use in order to effectively educate all students. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
- GCS will decline to use any curriculum that is counter to the mission and philosophy of Christian education.
Each week, teachers will assign homework with completion deadlines. Homework is mandated to no more than an average of 10 minutes each night per grade level:
- Kindergarten – 5 Minutes
- First Grade – 10 Minutes
- Second Grade – 20 Minutes
- Third Grade – 30 Minutes
- Fourth Grade – 40 Minutes
- Fifth Grade – 50 Minutes
- Sixth Grade – 60 Minutes
In addition to the above homework, students who know how to read should read for 10-15 minutes daily. Students, who do not yet read, should be read to for 10 minutes daily.
Grace Christian Schools uses TerraNova 3 Testing for assessing students in 1st through 6th grades. TerraNova 3 Testing is one of the most respected and widely-used achievement tests, measuring mastery in core subjects, to evaluate the individual student’s abilities. TerraNova 3 aligns with state standards and to the National Assessment of Education Progress framework. The publisher is currently developing an alignment study with the Common Core Standards. Common Core State Standards is a state led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices. These standards were developed by teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework, on a national level, to prepare children for college and the workforce.
Contact the school office for individual grade test scores.