1 Byne Christian School Guidance Manual A Year of Excellence at Byne Christian School 2832 Ledo Road, Albany, GA (229)
2 Guidance Department Byne Christian School maintains a guidance department that is manned by a fulltime teacher with guidance duties, which include: Secondary Class Scheduling: All secondary class schedules are created by the guidance counselor with college expectations in mind. The guidance counselor creates this schedule in conjunction with the Headmaster. Hope Scholarship: This person is trained and keeps up with the Hope Scholarship expectations and requirements. This teacher also records student performance on the GA 411 website. Credit Recovery: Students that need to recover course credits per Hope Scholarship or promotion standards are advised of this need by the guidance counselor. Also, credit recovery is coordinated by this person. Probe Field Trip: The guidance counselor coordinates an annual trip to Darton College. Darton College conducts a college visit day on campus. Numerous college representatives are in attendance at the Darton Probe event for our students to talk to about their college aspirations. Parent Communication: The guidance counselor is responsible for communicating college preparation information such as test dates for the SAT and the ACT. PSAT Testing: The guidance counselor conducts the PSAT on an annual basis. Transcripts: Transcripts for secondary students are created by the guidance counselor. Academic Program (General) Biblical World View: Byne Christian School bases its educational pedagogy upon the premise that all truth is God s truth. We not only teach as a separate subject, but teach all subjects with the belief that all academic content comes from the mind of God. We teach all subjects with a Christian worldview. Report Cards/Progress Reports Byne is on a nine-week grading period. A report card is sent home at the end of each nine-week period stating the academic progress. Progress reports are sent home halfway through each nine-week reporting period. Potentially Failing Student Notification: All teachers contact the parents of potentially failing students at the third grading period progress report time. Headmaster Website Student s grades are posted on the Headmaster website. Teachers update these grades on a weekly basis. Parents will be given information for their own child s account. Grades posted to Headmaster are confidential. The teacher and administration do have access to this information.
3 Grading Scale 1. The following grading scale is used throughout the school: A B C F 69 and below 2. An incomplete is given when requirements have not been met by date of the report. A student is given appropriate time to make up an incomplete grade. If the work is not completed, a zero will be given and calculated into the average. Honor Roll An honor roll is compiled after each quarter and is determined by the following qualifications: Headmaster s List all A s with at least a 97 in each subject A" Honor Roll - all "A's" A/B Honor Roll - all "A's" and "B's (at least one must be an A ). In order for a student to qualify for the end of the year, no C s are permitted during the year. An incomplete on a report card not made up by the time the honor roll list is determined will automatically disqualify that student from the honor roll for that grading period. Parent-Teacher Conferences As parents, you are urged to have a conference with a teacher any time you believe it is necessary. Teachers welcome opportunities to speak with parents. Please schedule appointments through the school office. Attempts should not be made to have a conference with teachers during Open House, at school programs, or at unscheduled times before and after school. We do ask that parents call the School Office or send a note to the teacher before coming to school for a conference. We do have regularly scheduled conferences times coordinated with SAINTS Organization meetings. These are excellent times to meet with teachers to discuss a student's progress. Appointments with administrative staff will not be made until a conference with the teacher is attempted first. Problems are to be discussed with teachers and others directly involved. Please do not involve other parents, students, etc., who are not part of the problem or the solution. Please know that it is the desire of Byne Christian School to work toward solutions with any problems involving your children. Homework Students are expected to do all homework assignments as a matter of good study habits. The parents have the responsibility to assist the student in his homework
4 by providing a time and place conducive to study with a minimum of distraction. Parents should not do the work for the student but provide encouragement and supervision. Homework is a necessary part of a quality academic program. It is designed to be a reinforcement and teaching tool. Teachers will not assign homework to be busy work. Student schedule conflicts such as non-school sponsored programs or games are not acceptable excuses for incomplete homework. Papers Sent Home Student papers in kindergarten are sent home daily. First through fourth grades will send home major papers on Thursday. Secondary teachers will maintain a folder for each student and collect major papers. Parents wishing to review these papers should contact the individual teacher. Academic Program (Elementary) Course Offerings Byne Christian School promotes a rigorous traditional Christian educational program that is based upon the Abeka curriculum. Our academic program is strong on phonetic reading, traditional math, spelling, language arts, history, and science based upon the. We teach from a Protestant/Baptist perspective. Accelerated Reader (A/R) Byne Christian School provides the A/R program to encourage our students to excel in their reading. Enrichment Classes Elementary students at Byne Christian School are offered enrichment classes including Spanish, Music, Art, Library and Computer. Elementary School Promotion/Retention 1. Students in first-fifth grades who fail two or more academic subjects (yearly average) will automatically repeat the grade level. 2. Elementary academic subjects: Math, Science, History, Spelling,, Reading 3. The general rule for promotion of kindergarten students is based on maturity level, daily class performance, achievement, mastery of basic skills, attendance and teacher recommendation. Academic Program (Secondary) Requirements for Graduation Byne Christian School requires successful completion of an academic program that meets and exceeds the requirements of the State of Georgia. Twenty-two credits minimum are required for graduation.
5 Math Social Science Science Health P.E. Foreign Language Computer Total: One credit each year at Byne Christian School Four credits Four credits Three credits (1/2 Credit Economics/1/2 credit Government) Four credits ½ credit ½ credit Two credits (same language) One credit Number sufficient to meet minimum requirements 22 credits minimum to graduate A senior shall not be permitted to march in the commencement exercise if they lack more than one unit for graduation. A senior must complete a full year of residency at Byne to be eligible for a Byne diploma. All secondary students at Byne are taking college preparatory classes unless otherwise specified. Opportunities to Earn College Credit Byne Christian School offers the opportunity for students to earn college credit while still in high school. For students who meet the eligibility requirements this can be done through the Accel program, technical dual enrollment, and joint enrollment The Accel Program is for students classified as high school juniors and seniors at accredited public or private high schools in the state of Georgia, and is operated in all school terms except summer. The program allows students to pursue postsecondary study at approved public and private colleges and technical colleges while receiving dual high school and college credit for courses successfully completed. Courses pursued by students under this program must come from the approved course directory. Courses are available only in the areas of the core graduation requirements for college preparatory students:, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Foreign Language. Technical dual enrollment The Technical Dual Enrollment is a program that offers students the opportunity to earn college credit and high school credit at the same time. This program allows students to experience post-secondary courses, facilitating a smooth transition as they graduate from high school and continue their education in college. Dual Enrollment courses must meet high school curriculum standards as well as college curriculum standards. More material is covered in dual enrollment courses, and they are led by a college instructor. For qualified Georgia students, a portion of the tuition will be covered under the HOPE grant. Program participation guidelines for Accel and Dual enrollment may be found at gacollege411.com. Parents and students interested in more information about
6 participating in this program should contact the school guidance counselor for an appointment. Joint Enrollment Joint Enrollment provides high school students with the opportunity to take courses at Albany Technical College and receive college credit ONLY for the courses that they take at the college. Joint enrollment students usually attend college classes in the afternoon or evening after they have attended high school for an entire school day. Joint Enrollment students are allowed to take academic are and program courses for any technical certificate or diploma program in which they are eligible. Note: Parents should discuss with the college what other colleges will accept their credits if their child wishes to enroll in another college. Byne requires that any courses taken for credit outside the school be approved ahead of time by the administration. Independent course offerings are only offered in extreme cases under supervision of the administration. This policy applies to all students in grades six through twelve. On-Line Courses: Byne Christian School does provide accredited on-line courses for secondary students. 1. Students must take these courses on campus and in a supervised setting. 2. If these courses are part of the student s credit recovery due to failing courses, the student will pay for these courses. 3. The school will cover the course expense with approval from the guidance counselor for normal course requirement. 4. The school must have access to all student information. Middle School Course Offerings 5th 8th Grade History General Mathematics, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1 Physical Education (Keyboarding, Study Skills, Introductory Spanish, Drama) Science High School Course Offerings 9th Grade Social Science Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry Physical Fitness/Health
7 Physical science 10th Grade Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Business Math, Consumer Math Biology Computer Applications Spanish1 11th Grade Algebra 2, Pre-calculus, Calculus, Business Math, Consumer Math Physics U.S History Chemistry, Environmental Science Spanish 2 12th Grade Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Business Math, Consumer Math Physics Chemistry, Environmental Science Government/Economics General electives include Computer, Office Assistant, Teacher Assistants, and Journalism/Yearbook, Drama, Speech and Debate. Note: Academic classes may qualify as electives. Course Change No course may be dropped or added unless the student meets with the Guidance Counselor and secures permission to do so. Any course dropped after the first two weeks of school will be recorded as an "F" unless such a change is recommended by the administration. Unless unusual circumstances prevail, a student will retain the same courses throughout the entire year. No changes may be made at semester break. Credits Earned One credit or unit toward graduation is earned by passing two semesters of a course. A credit is determined by the final grade of the course taken. The first and
8 second semester grades are averaged to calculate the final grade. A student cannot receive a ½ credit for a two semester course. Credit Recovery High school students may recover credits by attending an administration approved credit recovery program. BCS provides credit recovery at the end of each semester to provide for Hope Scholarship recording requirements. End of Semester and Year Exams: All secondary academic classes will have end of semester and end of year exams. The exam will be averaged with the two nine week grades of each semester. The exam will count 20% of the semester grade. Semester Exam Exemption Policy (Senior Students Only) 1. All senior students are required to take the first semester exams. 2. In the second semester, senior students may exempt the final exam of an individual class by maintaining at least a 90% average in the class for the year. In addition, all of the following requirements must be met. a. No more than two absences in the class for the semester. Exceptions to this rule are: i. Approved school function such as an extracurricular event ii. Verified Doctor or Dentist appointment iii. Pre-approved funeral or church trip iv. Pre-approved college visits are encouraged and permitted. b. No more than two tardies of any kind in the class (excused or unexcused), c. No more than two detentions for the second semester from any teacher or staff person. d. More serious disciplinary actions such as ISS or Probation will disqualify a senior from this exemption. Middle School Promotion/Retention Sixth, seventh and eighth graders do not accumulate credits toward high school graduation. Any student who fails two or more subjects (yearly average) automatically requires retention. Middle school students who fail may repeat the courses in an administration approved summer school program. High School Promotion/Retention At the high school level, a student may continue to advance to the next grade based upon the number of credits earned. The credits that he earns determine his grade level. Determination of Grade Level 9th grade 0 to 6 credits 10th grade 6 to 11 credits 11th grade 11 to 16 credits 12th grade 16 to 22 credits Graduation 22 credits minimum including required subjects
9 GPA and Academic Honors Awards Criteria 1. Grade Point Average: Only Byne core courses are used in calculating the GPA. Byne Core courses include,, social studies, science, math, foreign language, physical education and computer 2. Valedictorian or Salutatorian: a. The GPA will be based on percentage grades. b. The Valedictorian is the student who has the highest overall GPA for the graduating class. c. The Salutatorian is the student who has the second highest overall GPA for high school. d. A student who meets the criteria to be Valedictorian or Salutatorian must have attended Byne during their junior and senior years to qualify. 3. Honors Students: a. Graduating seniors that have a percentage grade of 90% for all high school courses. b. These students will be recognized with a golden sash at graduation. 4. Hope Scholarship: a. Students who are interested in the Hope Scholarship must adhere to the Georgia Education Commission requirements for calculating their GPA. b. Only Georgia Education Commission approved core courses are eligible for calculating their GPA. c. For more information about the Hope Scholarship students should look on the gacollege411.org website or contact the BCS Guidance Counselor. Summer School Summer school will not be used to get ahead in credits or grade level. Seniors who lack more than one credit toward graduation will not be permitted to participate in the graduation ceremony. Summer school credits will only be accepted from school-approved programs. Volunteer Hours Each high school student will be required to have community service by volunteering in and around the area for a non-profit organization 9 th grade 10 hours required 10 th grade 15 hours required 11 th grade 20 hours required 12 th grade 25 hours required A school form will need to be completed and returned to the School Office documenting each student s time of service. A student will not be promoted to the next grade level without successful completion of these hours each school year. Byne Christian School Guidance Manual Disclaimer: This manual is not exhaustive nor all-inclusive. The administration reserves the right to add to or edit these policies in the best interest of the school.
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