Secondary Student Handbook
Calvary Murrieta Christian Schools
Junior High and High School
Home of the Warriors
24275 Monroe Ave.
Murrieta, CA 92591
2016-2017 School Calendar can be found at
This student handbook has been designed as a tool to help familiarize you with our secondary school and specific policies pertaining to junior and senior high school. Both parent and student should read it carefully and be sure that you understand the guidelines and polices which we have established with the student's best interest in mind. We want you to understand what Calvary Murrieta Christian School (CMCS) offers and what is expected in return. We pray that this relationship and partnership is a blessing to you and your family.
updated July 14, 2016
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
Partnering with families to educate, equip, and disciple students for a lifelong commitment of loving and serving Christ.
Mentor the Heart:
Mentor the heart of the student to make a life-long decision to follow Christ.
Nurture the Soul:
Nurture the soul of the student by instilling a Christian Worldview through Biblical integration in all areas of life
Instruct the Mind:
Instruct the mind of the student through the implementation of current and relevant Biblically-based academics.
Engage the Hands and Feet:
Engage the hands and feet of the student in God’s mission, here and around the world.
Prepare for Life:
Guide the student through diverse experiences that build responsibility and develop leadership.
“EQUIPPING FOR TODAY AND FOR TOMORROW”
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Tim. 3:16,17.
School colors are royal blue, black, and white.
SCHOOL MASCOT – “WARRIOR”
As Warriors of the Lord, we must put on the whole armor of God. Each "Warrior" is fully equipped when wearing the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of preparation of the gospel of peace, holding the shield of faith, taking the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. When we are equipped, we can come against the difficulties of this world and know for sure that "The Lord is with you, Mighty Warrior." (Judges 6:12)
Calvary Murrieta’s school seal was created in 2013 on our 20th anniversary.
The seal is comprised of a circle, representing God’s unbroken and unending love for the world He created. The shield in the middle is divided into four sections.
- The upper left section shows the Word of God and is our foundation as we mentor the hearts of our students to make a life-long decision to follow Christ. Hebrew 4:12 “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
- The upper right section shows the year of our inception at the foot of the cross. This illustrates our view of the school. We desire to sit at the foot of the cross filling our clay vessels with His Spirit so that our view of life is His. Isaiah 64:8 “But now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.”
- The lower left section depicts the helmet of salvation that protects the mind as we integrate our faith and learning, predicated upon the scriptures. It enables our philosophy of Christian education – all truth is God’s truth. Ephesians 4:14-15 “we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—“
- The lower right section shows two swords in action. This reminds us that our lives should be action oriented and to do that we need to engage our hands and feet in God’s mission. James 1:23-25 “For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”
- The shield itself is brings it all together and represents all the opportunities our students have for responsibility and leadership not only in the future, but for today. The manifestation of our motto of “Equipping for today and for tomorrow.” “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Tim. 3:16,17
During the school year, the CMCS office business hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Zero hour begins at 7:00 a.m. Senior high classes begin at 7:45 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. Junior high classes begin at 7:45 a.m. and end at 2:50 p.m. Students are discouraged from being on the school grounds prior to 6:45 a.m. or lingering after 4:00 p.m., unless they are involved in school-related activities or if siblings are involved in the after school supervision program.
In today's world of tumult and shifting values, it is imperative that our children be given the best opportunities to develop strong intellectual and moral character. CMCS is a Christ-centered, spiritual and academic environment that seeks the best education and the richest fulfillment of potential for each student. Our purpose and desire is to train the whole student so that he/she will develop according to the example of our Lord Jesus Christ; a godly influence in the world. Our goal is that each student will experience the full, regenerating power of Jesus Christ and the Word of God through the work of the Holy Spirit in their life. At the same time, we expect each student to strive for the highest development of each of his/her God-given gifts and talents. Functioning as an extension of the Christian home, CMCS supports parents who seek to obey biblical instruction which gives them ultimate responsibility for the education of their children (Deuteronomy 6:7-8). Because the Christian approach to learning differs significantly from the secular viewpoint, CMCS offers a curriculum rooted in a God-centered view of life. This view holds that God's Word is the standard for all truth. The curriculum, taught by a highly qualified Christian faculty, allows parents to provide their children with academic instruction consistent with the Christ-centered teaching received at home and at church.
Our Statement of Faith
In order to identify the church as conservative in theology, and evangelical in spirit, we set forth this general statement of fundamental beliefs:
- We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God. (II Peter 1:20, 21 & II Timothy 3:16, 17)
- We believe that there is only one God, eternally existent in three persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (John 14:16, 17; Matthew 28:19 & Deuteronomy 6:4)
- We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His substitutionary and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
- We believe that lost and sinful man must be saved, and that men's only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. (Romans 3:23 & I Peter 1:18, 19)
- We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by Whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to lead a godly life.
- We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and unsaved; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are unsaved unto the resurrection of damnation. (Daniel 12:2)
- We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (I Corinthians 12:12, 13)
The church will observe regularly the two New Testament ordinances of water baptism and the Lord's Supper. These ordinances are observed in obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ, acts of love and devotion, and are not to be considered necessary for our salvation.
OUR LIVING CURRICULUM
The teaching staff at CMCS is highly qualified and thoroughly dedicated to helping each student strive toward positive spiritual, mental and physical growth. Since our school is a ministry of Calvary Chapel Murrieta, all of our teachers are born-again believers and hold to our statement of faith.
OUR INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM
Our desire is to see each and every student strengthen their relationship with Jesus Christ. We also desire that they have a sound mastery of basic learning skills, and acquire self-discipline, good work habits, and biblical social values. The Bible - God's Word - is carefully and purposefully integrated into all curriculum and is also a dynamic course of study by itself.
PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION
The basis of our philosophy is belief in God the Father, Jesus Christ our Savior, the Holy Spirit, and God's Word - the Bible. We believe in the authority, authenticity and reliability of the Bible as the complete and final revelation of God concerning all matters of faith, truth and practice. All our goals and objectives are based on the Bible. These goals and objectives include:
1. All that we do is to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
2. Our primary goal is to assure the salvation of all of our students. (Matthew 28:19, 20)
3. To promote the maturity of our students in doctrine and practice. (Ephesians 6:4 & Colossians 1:28, 29)
4. To train our students in Christian service and ministry. (II Timothy 2:2)
5. To teach our students a sound mastery of basic learning skills, self-discipline, and good work habits. (II Timothy 2:15)
We believe in the conviction that the knowledge of the Bible and of Jesus Christ is essential to the development and growth of the individual in spiritual, mental, physical, and social areas.
All staff and faculty have a personal commitment to Jesus Christ. They will allow the Lord to minister through them by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The school is an extension of the family and also an extension of the church. In this capacity, we will promote the relationship of family, church, school and members of the body of Christ.
We believe that our priorities and those we teach should be in the following order:
1. Commitment to Christ
2. Commitment to family
3. Commitment to school
Our belief is that God is sovereign now, in the past, and in the future. We believe we have been created in God's image and the Bible gives us the moral principles by which to live. We strive to meet all the needs of the student – spiritual, mental and physical.
ACCREDITATION AND CERTIFICATION
Calvary Murrieta Christian School (day school/grades 7-12) is fully accredited through the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). 1) The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), a Christian organization that provides national and international accreditation; and 2) The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), one of the six nationally recognized accrediting associations across the nation. This organization manages the accreditation of universities, colleges and secondary schools in several western states.
CMCS seeks to bring to its campus, students who are committed to spiritual, personal and intellectual growth. To be considered for admission, the applicant must be a born-again Christian and exhibit evidence of this in their daily walk.
1. The applicant must submit the following items to the school office:
a. The Application for Admission completed and signed by parents. Please attach additional page, if needed.
b. The Pastor’s Reference for both the parents and the student, which is to be completed by the applicant’s pastor.
c. All forms listed on the New Student Guidelines and Procedures letter.
d. If you are applying for grades 10, 11, or 12, please enclose an official copy of the student’s transcript showing the most current academic grades and citizenship marks. Copies of report cards and standardized test results are needed as well.
e. A non-refundable Application Fee, due at the time of application.
2. After the application packet is submitted to admissions, we will scheduled an appointment for the prospective student to be tested for curriculum readiness and placement.
3. After successfully completing the entrance exam/placement test and personally completing and signing the Student’s Personal Application, an administrative interview will be scheduled. Both parent and prospective student must participate in this interview.
4. Following the administrative interview, parents will complete the admissions process by signing a contract and paying any outstanding fees, (i.e., registration & tuition).
5. Once the student is officially enrolled, we will send for transcripts and academic records from the school previously attended.
As we have already stated, we believe the Bible mandates that the primary responsibility of each student's education rests with the parents, and we view the school's role as one of partnership with the parents in this endeavor. In order to establish and maintain a successful partnership, it is essential that parents are in agreement with the philosophies and intentions of the school.
If, at any point during the school year, you as the parent find that you are in disagreement with the philosophy standards or administration of the school, by practicing the Matthew 18 Principle, you should make every effort to work with the administration for a solution. If a harmonious solution cannot be reached, the student may be asked to leave the school.
Further, it is essential that the parents are living a lifestyle in keeping with the Christian faith. We recognize that parents alone have the single greatest impact on their children's lives and must therefore manifest by precept and example, the highest Christian virtue serving as a role model to their children. This includes, but is not limited to, refraining from such activities as are in violation of scriptural principles of godly living.
Further, the parents must acknowledge that the Scriptures admonish us to abstain from every appearance of evil (I Thess. 5:22), i.e. an unmarried couple living together; and that such conduct violates scriptural principles and would thereby either disqualify the student from enrollment in our school or be grounds for dismissal. Similarly, deviation from the scriptural standards mentioned above is grounds for either non-acceptance into the school and/or dismissal of a student currently enrolled.
7th-12th grade students applying for admission to CMCS must:
- Have accepted Jesus Christ as personal Savior.
- Demonstrate the ability to succeed academically as evidenced by a Student Entrance Exam / Placement Test, transcripts, report cards and standardized test results;
- Must demonstrate a willingness and desire to be enrolled in our school.
- New students will automatically be placed on a six to twelve-week probation.
To assist in the development of Christian character and a Christian lifestyle, we require that at least one custodial parent is born again and in attendance at a Christian church on a regular basis. Regular church attendance by parents and students goes hand-in-hand with church and school goals. The teaching of the Bible is approached with the emphasis on the inerrancy of the original Scriptures, the need for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ as personal Savior, and the ministry of the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit that enables the Christian to live a godly life.
Every family is given a tuition agreement to sign, which states the total amount of tuition due for the entire school year. Parents have the option of paying in full or electing a payment plan.
Tuition payments will be handled by the CMCS Accounting Department.
We offer several payment plans.
- One is through an automatic withdraw (ACH) system, processed through the CMCS Accounting Department. You will need to bring in a voided check to set up your account for the ACH process.
- We will continue to accept cash, checks, money orders, cashier’s checks and credit cards.
Calvary Murrieta strives to keep tuition rates as low as possible, yet high enough to secure quality teachers, staff and educational materials.
Payments: ACH is more cost effective and is collected on the 5th or the 20th. Please be reminded that if you choose an alternative method, the payments are due on the 1st or 15th of each month. Tuition payments are based on a 12-month payment plan.
If you are planning to pay in full, the full payment is due on or before July 1st .
All payments are considered late on the 5th day after your scheduled due date that you have chosen. On the 10th or the 25th day of the month a $25 late fee will be applied to your account.
Please note that if your ACH, check, or credit card payment goes NSF (non-sufficient funds), you will be charged a $25 NSF fee after bank notification to CMCS (within 2 days). This charge also pertains to any closed accounts or authorization revoked notices, and is neither reversible nor negotiable. We will then re-draw your ACH or credit card tuition payment plus the $25 NSF fee and a $25 late fee on CMCS’ next scheduled draw day (the 5th or 20th). If paying by check, your late payment plus a $25 NSF fee and a $25 late fee will be due on or before the next CMCS billing due date (5th or 20th).
Please contact the school accounting department if you have any questions or need more information regarding this service.
A student who is transferring from CMCS to another school, should inform the Registrar’s office at least one week prior to withdrawal. This will help expedite the transfer of appropriate files to the next school. You will be responsible for 60 days of tuition once notice of leaving has been submitted. A CMCS Withdrawal Form along with an Exit Interview will be given to the student, officially completing the withdrawal process.
To encourage healthy relationships within our community, CMHS encourages all students, parents, and staff members to seek healthy resolution to all conflicts. CMCS desires to handle all concerns in a Biblical manner, through the principles of Matthew 18:15-17 and Philippians 2:14. Please help us handle concerns effectively and in a Christian manner by following these scriptural guidelines. We want to satisfactorily handle each problem, and we realize this can only happen through proper communication and support. When we follow these procedures, if effectively builds positive relationships and communication. In the event of a concern, problem or misunderstanding, here is the step by step procedure to follow:
1. After a concern or complaint has arisen, all concerns should go directly to the Teacher, Coach or Staff member involved. If the situation persists, approach that individual a second time; sometimes issues and concerns need clarification and time.
2. If attempts to resolve the issue with the appropriate personnel are unsuccessful, contact the respective department head, or Principal to schedule a meeting with all parties involved.
3. The Principals bare responsibility for resolving conflicts that occur within their divisions. A meeting may be scheduled with the Superintendent only after the Principals have been given an opportunity to address the concerns.
4. If the Superintendent is unable to resolve the situation, the concerns may be submitted to the School Board in a letter specifically stating the issues and the individuals involved. The Board, at the next regularly scheduled meeting, will consider the written correspondence and a response will be provided accordingly.
Sports activities are an integral part of character development at CMCS. Christians are commanded to be different from the normal world around them and this includes athletics (John 17:14, 17). The reason is that we have a different perspective from which to work. Jesus Christ is to be the center of all our attention, both on and off the athletic field. We are to have His attitude, actions and mind set (Philippians 2:5, Romans 8:29). We are to do everything as unto the Lord and not as unto men (Colossians 3:23). In other words, we are to perform as if Jesus were the only one watching. Jesus loved us so much that He gave Himself up for us (Philippians 2:8). It is only natural then that we should give all we have to Him in return. In order to be like Christ, we need to study Scripture and rely on the Holy Spirit to guide us. Remember, however, we are developing eternal values!! (Hebrews 12:2)
- Boys’ sports programs include football, cross country, basketball, soccer, golf, track and field and baseball.
- Girls’ sports include volleyball, cross country, basketball, soccer, softball, golf, track and field, and cheerleading.
- For further information, please refer to the Athletic Handbook.
- CMCS is a member of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF)
An athletic fee per sport will be charged to everyone who desires to play sports at CMCS. This fee will help defray the expenses (protective equipment, official fees, tournament entry fees, etc.) related to running an athletic program. The cost of the fees will be found in the Athletic Handbook.
- The athletic fee will be due at the start of each sport's season AND will cover a student's participation for that season only.
- The athletic fee should be made payable to "CMCS."
To be in good standing with the school, all junior high and high school students must maintain a “C” (2.0) grade point average in their academics (the average of all class grades). The student must also be of good character and not a discipline problem in the school.
Any junior high or high school student whose cumulative G.P.A. falls below a 2.0 at the end of a 9-week progress or final semester grading period will be placed on academic probation and becomes ineligible to participate in extra-curricular activities (athletics, fine arts performances, etc.) until the end of the next assessment period (semester final or 9-week progress report).
The Administration has the option of placing a student on probation for such problems as attitude, behavior, and homework. Final decisions concerning probation and eligibility will be made by the Administration.
Transferring Students (Pertaining to CIF Eligibility)
In accordance with CIF Rule 222, Inter-District/Intra-District Permits, a student transferring into CMCS shall have immediate residential eligibility upon transfer into our school (from school “A” to school “B”) subject to the following limitations:
- Only one transfer is allowed during the student's high school career after the initial enrollment as a 9th grader in a four-year high school or a 10th grader in a three-year high school;
- The transfer must be completed during the first 15 school days of the new academic year at school “B”;
- The transfer must not be a result of disciplinary action;
- The receiving school “B” must certify that no consideration was given to the athletic performance of the student in accepting the transfer;
- The student falls within all other guidelines as outlined in our school's handbook and Policies and Procedures.
Generally, practice time for all junior high sports is Monday-Friday, 3:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Game times vary. The respective coaches will inform the teams of game schedules. Transportation to the games will be arranged.
N on-Discriminatory Policy
CMCS makes no distinction concerning an individual's race or ethnic background because we acknowledge that there is no preferential treatment with God (Romans 2:11).
CUMULATIVE RECORDS (CUMS)
Pursuant to the Education Code of California, Chapter 1.5, Article 3, Section 49063, you are hereby given notification of privacy rights of parents and students. Federal and state laws grant certain rights of privacy and rights of access to students and their parents. Full access to all personally identifiable written records maintained by CMCS must be granted to natural parents, adoptive parents, or legal guardians of students under the age of 18.
Parents may review individual records by making a request to the student's teacher and/or the administration. The teacher and/or the administration will see that explanations and interpretations are provided if requested. Information which is alleged to be inaccurate or inappropriate may be removed upon written request by parents and reviewed by the administration. Parents may also receive a copy of any information in the records at a reasonable cost per page. Policies and procedures relating to types of records, kinds of information retained, persons responsible for records, directory information, access by other persons, review, and to the challenge of records are available through the administrative office. When a student moves to a new school, records will be forwarded upon the request of the new school. All unpaid balances must be paid in full prior to the transfer of records. At the time of transfer, the parent may review, receive a copy (at a reasonable fee), and/or challenge the records.
CHAPEL (Square One)
Worship Chapel is an important part of campus life at Calvary Murrieta Christian School. It is an opportunity for students to hear outstanding speakers. Students are required to attend Chapel and are expected to come desiring God to minister to them. Many of our students have come to a deeper commitment to Christ during Chapel. They should come expectantly - looking for God to use the time to help them grow. Allow God to speak to you and to those around you!
High School and Junior High Chapel – Monday 8am
- Each student is to bring his/her Bible to Square One.
- Each student will demonstrate proper courtesy and Christian hospitality to all guest speakers by listening carefully and behaving properly. Their attitude toward the speaker should be respectful and attentive.
- At no time will studying or doing homework be allowed in the Square One.
- There is to be no unnecessary talking, distracting others, or disturbance.
- No food, drinks, or hats are allowed.
CLOSED CAMPUS POLICY
We are a closed campus. All students are required to remain on campus until the end of their school day. Seniors are entitled to off-campus lunch privileges, which can and will be revoked for a five-week period of time in the event of late returns. Students (7th – 11th) are allowed to go off campus for lunch with their parent only. There are no exceptions!
Seniors who have met all graduation requirements will be allowed to leave campus after their last class of the day. All seniors must have six (6) classes scheduled unless they are in an administrative-approved college course. Early Release will be allowed by Administrative approval and parent permission. Students leaving campus will check out through the office.
In order to be certain that sick students are in care environments where their needs can be met, and in order to minimize the spread of illness, CMCS staff members will expect you to keep students home when certain conditions exist. Often sick students require one-to-one attention and we are unable to provide that kind of attention in our school office for long periods of time. Please read the following policy carefully.
- Normal temperatures are generally accepted to be 98.6 degrees orally and 97.6 auxiliary (under the arm). If a student registers a temperature higher than 100.6 orally or 99.7 auxiliary, we will consider this to be fever which is likely to be contagious. We will expect you to keep him/her home if this is the case.
- When there is vomiting, we will expect you to keep students home.
- If a student has an unexplained rash, we will expect you to keep him/her home. If a doctor or health department staff member can identify the rash as not being contagious, we will admit the student providing the rash is not making him/her sick and excessively uncomfortable. For re-admittance to school, a doctor’s note will be required stating that the student is not contagious.
- If a student has significant symptoms of respiratory illness (thick colored mucus from eyes or nose, serious cough, wheezing chest, red runny eyes or crusty eyes, sore throat or earache) we will expect you to keep him/her home.
- For infections requiring a doctor's prescription, please keep students home 24 hours after beginning an antibiotic.
- For all other illnesses, students may return to school if free from symptoms for 12 hours providing that behavior indicates that he or she is feeling well.
You will be called to pick up students when they exhibit any of these symptoms as observed by the teacher and the office staff. Please be sure the student's emergency information in Renweb is up-to-date at all times. Key material to provide is the health insurance information, names and phone numbers of persons who have agreed to pick your student if you cannot.
PLEASE NOTE: All students MUST have emergency information on file and because of laws in effect, we cannot allow students in class without this information.
Students must have their immunizations up to date and on file at the school office. The only exceptions are: Being otherwise advised by a physician, or if parents object to immunizations based on personal beliefs. Written statements by the physician or parent must then be on file in the school office. If a student contracts a communicable disease, please notify the school office so that we may let all parents know that others may have been exposed. A doctor's release is required before the student may return to school. The school follows District Public Health regulations as to when students may return to school after a communicable disease.
All persons, including volunteers, who are in regular contact with the students shall be in good health and free from communicable disease. They must have an intradermal tuberculin skin test or a chest x-ray. Proof thereof shall be on file in the school office.
Our staff has been trained in Red Cross First Aid and CPR. When a student has been injured, we evaluate the situation on a case-by-case basis. When appropriate, we apply ice packs to bumps; topicals and adhesive bandages to cuts and scrapes, etc. If more serious, we will notify the parent and complete an Accident Report.
EMERGENCY HEALTH PROCEDURES
The Health Office offers immediate first-aid to all injured or ill students.
- If a student is injured on campus, he/she should report this injury to a teacher, administrator, support staff, or before/after school supervisor immediately.
- If a student becomes ill, he/she should request a hall pass from his/her teacher or support staff, and proceed directly to the school office.
- If a student is advised to leave campus, the parent will be contacted. When the parent, or other authorized adult, comes to pick up the student, they will be asked to sign out on the Sign-Out Sheet.
If a student is taking medication of any kind, the parent must bring the medication to the CMCS school office. The parent will then complete a brief Administration of Drug Form, which will be kept on file in the office. The parent should also write a note to the student's teacher letting them know when the student should be sent to the office for his/her medicine.
No student is allowed to take medication of any kind without adult/staff supervision. No student may share any medication with any other students.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY
Calvary Murrieta Christian School, a ministry of Calvary Chapel Murrieta, in compliance with the California Education Code, is required to develop and distribute a policy regarding sexual harassment.
CMCS is committed to a work and educational environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. Each student has the right to learn in a professional, caring, atmosphere that promotes equal educational opportunity, and is free from discriminatory practices. Sexual harassment is a violation of Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and California Education Code Sections 210 through 214, inclusive. Therefore, CMCS strongly condemns, opposes and prohibits sexual harassment of individuals, whether verbal, physical or environmental, by anyone. Any student who violates this policy will be subject to discipline, up to and including expulsion.
CMCS has established a written policy in the Staff Handbook regarding harassment. Parents who would like a copy of this policy may request one from the school office.
Staff members will model appropriate forms of addressing other students and teachers. Curriculum will include books, music and activities that demonstrate respect for others. Teachers will be alert to gender-biased comments and attitudes. Teachers will engage students in discussions that illustrate that both men and women are successful at a variety of occupations and pastimes. Classroom activities and lessons will be developmentally based so that students will not be presented with concepts that are beyond their capabilities.
If parents or staff members become aware of comments and/or behavior on the part of staff or other students that could be sexual harassment, the parents or staff members are requested to bring their concerns to the school Principal. After talking with the administrator, a written complaint may be filed with the School Board. A confidential investigation of the matter will be conducted. The intent of the procedure is to insure prompt recourse, fairness and equity to the family alleging sexual harassment, to the student, and to the witness. The investigation will be conducted by one administrator and one board member: one male and one female. The family will be notified as to the determination of the investigation.
If it is found that unlawful harassment has occurred, effective remedial action commensurate with the severity of the offense will be taken. CMCS will not retaliate against the person or the student making the complaint, and will not knowingly permit retaliation by any CMCS employee or other student or family member.
Obligations of All Employees
Employees shall report to the Principal any conduct on the part of other employees or non-employees, such as representatives or service vendors, who sexually harass any student enrolled at CMCS.
If there is harassment of students within a classroom setting, teachers shall take the necessary steps in disciplining the students involved. Teachers shall notify administration of the incident in writing, giving detailed and specific account of the incident. This written statement may be used in the investigation and allegation.
No employee of CMCS shall take action to discourage a victim of harassment from reporting such an instance. Families of all students enrolled, and all staff members hired, will receive a written copy of this policy.
State-Mandated Harassment Policy
In order to be in full compliance of state law, CMCS must distribute the following Student Harassment policies to each family enrolled.
CMCS is committed to providing an academic environment in which all individuals treat each other with dignity and respect and which is free from all forms of intimidation, exploitation, bullying, verbal and electronic harassment, and sexual harassment. This policy prohibits such acts. CMCS believes that students have the right to learn in an atmosphere, which is most conducive to the achievement of their fullest potential. As such, guidelines have been established to help students discern when the line between playful interaction and disrespectful behavior has been crossed.
A student who feels they have been harassed should immediately contact a school employee or administrator. Students who observe harassing conduct are encouraged to report the matter to a school employee or administrator promptly. All complaints will be investigated promptly and appropriate corrective action will be taken. Every effort will be made to protect the privacy of the parties involved in any complaint. However, the school reserves the right to fully and completely investigate every complaint, and to notify the student’s parent/guardian and appropriate law enforcement agencies as the circumstances warrant. It is against the school’s policy to discriminate or retaliate against any person who has filed a complaint.
FIRE AND DISASTER DRILLS
It is required by law that schools conduct fire drills. In keeping with recommended civil defense procedure, disaster drills also may be conducted. Instructions for these drills will be read over the school intercom and reinforced by the instructor. Students are expected to become familiar with these instructions so that all drills can be conducted with a minimum of confusion. CMCS has a comprehensive disaster plan. This plan will provide for the safety and welfare of each child in the event of a major disaster, such as an earthquake, flooding or fire. An important area of our plan deals with providing food and water should students be required to remain at school for an extended period of time. Our school is equipped with some stored emergency items. Kits have a shelf life of 5 years and will be stored for use in the event of an emergency.
Students may bring their own lunches from home or buy lunch from the CMCS cafeteria. Our school strives to keep up with the State standards of healthy foods served in the public schools.
Students are not to be out of class without a hall pass. Students found on campus during school hours without a pass will be disciplined.
LOST AND FOUND PROCEDURES
All personal belongings that have been turned in as lost will be kept in the Lost and Found. At the end of each month, unclaimed items will be given to the Mexico ministry, Colina de Luz, for distribution to the needy. It is important to claim lost items as soon as possible.
The students are issued a locker (and lock) that is property of the school. We reserve the right to check a locker, if we deem necessary for the safety of other students. There will be a fee of $5 to replace a lock.
No student is allowed to use a personal cell phone unless they have permission from their teacher or a staff member.
Parents, please do not call your child’s cell phone during school hours. Parents, please do not call the school office to leave messages for your child(ren). The school office is very busy and it takes time to locate students and relay messages. Please make all necessary arrangements with your child(ren) prior to the beginning of the school day.
Of course, if there is an emergency and you need to contact your child(ren), please do not hesitate to call.
Student Technology Use Policy
Calvary Murrieta Christian Schools (CMCS) have an exciting opportunity to expand learning access through Internet for students and staff. With this opportunity comes the responsibility for appropriate use. Therefore, we request that you carefully read this document before signing the agreement form. All Calvary Chapel Christian School’s accessing the Internet will comply with the CIPA (Child Internet Protection Act).
The Internet is an electronic superhighway connecting thousands of computers all over the world and millions of individual subscribers. Students, teachers, and staff will have access to:
- Global information and news as well as the opportunity to correspond with other schools.
- Discussion groups on numerous educational topics.
- Access to many library reference materials (such as Library of Congress, Britannica, Wikipedia, etc)
With access to computers and people all over the world also comes the availability of material that may not be considered to be of educational value in the context of the school setting. There may be some material or individual communications, which are not suitable for school-aged children. CMCS views information gathered from the Internet in the same manner as reference materials. Specifically, the school supports resources that will enhance the learning environment with directed guidance from the faculty and staff. However, it is impossible to control all materials on a global network and inappropriate material may inadvertently be viewed.
At school, student access to and use of the Internet will be monitored and controlled by web filtering software as well as under teacher direction and will be monitored as any other classroom activity. CMCS, however, cannot prevent the possibility that some users may access material that is not consistent with the educational mission, goals, and policies of CMCS.
STUDENT LOG ON AND PASSWORD
Upon receipt of a signed AUP, students will be given a logon and password for computer lab usage. Students are not to share their network password with another person. This will protect students from others using their computer accounts in unacceptable ways. Passwords are always changed at the beginning of each school year and other times upon request. Passwords are only used in the Technology Lab.
Students may bring in USB Flash drives to transfer documents for use at home. Flash drives brought to school with inappropriate content for school will be confiscated and a parent notified for pickup. Both the Guidance Center and Technology Lab have computers with USB connections. Student may not run any programs from their flash drives. A Flash drive is recommended for all students. If students need to print out homework, there is a 5 cent per page, 15 page limit of school related material only.
You are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of online etiquette.
- Be polite.
- Do not use vulgar or obscene language.
- Do not reveal your address or phone number or those of others.
- Do not delete or manipulate any work which is not your own (i.e. plagiarize materials, edit journalistic articles, change photos or artwork)
- Do not disrupt the network or the data of other users.
The following is a contract that must be signed by each student and their parent or guardian prior to Computer access. Failure to follow this contract will be considered a violation of the Acceptable Use Policy and will result in stated punishment.
As a computer user, I agree to the following rules of the Acceptable Use Policy for the Computer Network and the Internet at CMCS.
I recognize that all computer users have the same rights to use the equipment; therefore,
- I will not play non-academic games or use the computer resources for non-academic activities when others require the system for academic purposes.
I recognize that software is protected by copyright laws; therefore,
- I will not make unauthorized copies of software found on school computers by copying them onto my own media or onto other computers through electronic mail or bulletin boards.
- I will not give, lend, or sell copies of software to others unless I have the written permission of the copyright owner or the original software is clearly identified as shareware or in the public domain (freeware).
- I will not install any unauthorized software on any school computer system.
I recognize that the work of all users is valuable; therefore,
- I will protect the privacy of others’ areas by not trying to learn their passwords.
- I will not copy, change, read, or use files in another user’s area without that user’s permission.
- I will not attempt to gain unauthorized access to system programs or computer equipment.
- I will not create or introduce any virus, which may destroy files or disrupt service to other users.
- I will not download, store, or print any files or messages that are profane, obscene, or that use language that offends or tends to degrade others.
- I will not share my password with other users.
I recognize that security on any computer system is a high priority; therefore,
- I will not attempt to bypass the security built into the system, and I recognize that doing so will result in immediate cancellation of my privileges.
- I will not alter or manipulate grades, transcripts, report cards and/or schedules (whether for myself or others) within the Net Classroom website.
I recognize that vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to alter, harm or destroy data or any computer hardware; therefore,
- I will not vandalize any machine or related materials.
- I will not vandalize any work belonging to any other person.
The use of the Internet is not a right, but a privilege and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of that privilege. Each individual who will have access to the Internet will receive information pertaining to the proper use of the network. Any violation of the above rules will result in:
1st Offense Loss of all computer privileges for 9 weeks
2nd Offense Loss of all computer privileges for 18 weeks
3rd Offense Loss of all computer privileges for 36 weeks
In addition, the administration will have the right to add additional punishment as deemed appropriate. The administrator(s) shall cause the termination of individual student access if a student graduates, transfers from the school, drops out of school, or violates the acceptable use policy.
An agreement form is to be distributed to all Calvary Chapel Christian School students. A signed agreement form must be on file for each student who wishes to use any computer at CMCS. In order for a student to be allowed access to the Internet, the student must also have the form signed by a parent//guardian. A list of students allowed to use the Internet will be distributed to all teachers.
No signed agreement form:
Student will not have access to the CMCS computer network or system.
Student signature only:
Student will have access to CMCS computer network and agrees to abide by the Acceptable Use Policy.
Student signature plus parent/guardian signature and sponsoring teacher signature:
The student will have access to the CMCS computer network and the Internet. The parent/guardian agrees to take responsibility for his/her child’s behavior regarding the use of the CMCS computer network and the Internet. The parent understands that any rule that his/her child breaks will result in loss of computer privileges and possible disciplinary action as stipulated above.
CMCS does not provide a bus system for the students. We will do our best to provide transportation for field trips and athletic events, but there is no scheduled bus transportation to and from school. Carpool information is available in the school office.
We recognize the fact that in many instances a student must drive to school because of their parents' work schedules or travel distances. The following guidelines have been established for the safety of all the students who attend CMCS.
We have an obligation to our neighbors and ourselves to drive carefully, courteously and safely at all times. The following regulations apply to driving:
- Drive slowly at all times on streets around our campus.
- Spinning of wheels, squealing of tires, speeding, or any form of reckless driving will not be permitted on or around campus.
- Horns are not to be used to attract attention in a careless manner. They are to be used in an emergency for the safety of others.
- Car radios and stereo systems must be kept at a low volume so our neighbors will not be disturbed.
- Students are to be seated in the vehicle while in motion. At no time are students allowed to ride outside the car.
- Students are not allowed to drive other students to any school activity or sponsored event. This includes all athletic events.
- Please lock your cars. The school is not responsible for items stolen from student cars.
- Students must park in their designated “student area”. (See page 24 for map)
- Students are not allowed to go out into the parking lot during school hours.
- Students are not allowed to park on the elementary campus parking lot.
Student parking on campus is a privilege reserved for students who have the following documentation: California Driver’s license, current insurance card, and approval from Administration.
Each student will be issued a designated, numbered parking spot. Students may not park in the area designated for staff. Failure to observe parking and driving rules will result in the following disciplinary action:
- First offense: $10.00 fine
- Second offense: $10.00 fine and Administration will notify parents
- Third offense: Loss of parking privilege.
Students driving on campus must obey all of the provisions of the California Vehicle Code and School rules. The speed limit on campus is 7 mph. Any violation of the moving provisions of the California Vehicle Code or any acts of vehicular discourtesy will result in immediate disciplinary action.
Adult visitors are welcome in our school classes if permission has been granted at least one day in advance by the administration as well as every teacher that he/she is to visit. A Visitor's Pass will be issued by the school office. It should be carried with, or displayed by, the visitor for the entire campus visit. We do this for the safety of our students, as we feel that it is essential to identify all adults interacting with the students.
There will be no student visitors allowed during the school year, unless they are viewing the school for possible enrollment and it has been pre-approved by administration at least twenty-four hours in advance.
Parent Volunteers must sign the log book in the school office and pick up a pass to enter the campus on every visit. All volunteers must sign out when leaving the campus and turn in their volunteer pass.
Parent Volunteer requirements are as follows:
- All parents who come on campus, especially those who volunteer for us, must:
- Check in at the office
- Be in dress code
- Have a current TB test on file
2. Parent volunteers will agree not to discuss anything with other parents regarding teachers, students or classroom procedures.
3. Volunteers agree to follow the Matthew 18 Principle.
4. Parents must have a prearranged schedule set up through the teacher of the classroom for which they are volunteering.
LIBRARY RULES AND GUIDELINES
All students are expected to follow the library rules and regulations. Please read them carefully.
CHECK-OUT LIMIT: Initially, all students in 7th – 12th may check out one book. A student may check out additional books after presently checked-out books have been returned. Students working on special projects may check out additional books with the librarian’s permission.
TIME: Two weeks for 7th – 12th. Books may be renewed once. Additional renewals may be available with the permission of the librarian. The due date is to be stamped on the book and students are responsible for knowing when their books are due and returning them on time.
FINES: Fines are 10 cents per day per book. Student absences due to illness are exempt from fines. A fine of $5.00 will be assessed for any item returned with a missing or damaged barcode label.
PAYMENT OF FINES: A student may not check out any additional books until all fines have been paid.
LOST BOOKS: Students are to notify the librarian of any lost materials immediately. Students will be advised in writing of the replacement fee. If the lost material is found, the student will still owe overdue fines, but these will not exceed the price of the material.
DAMAGED MATERIALS: The amount of damage will determine the fee. The librarian makes this determination. If a student notices damages to any materials before check-out, he/she must notify the librarian in order to avoid fees incurred under his/her name.
OUTSTANDING MATERIALS: Students who have materials that are not returned or paid for by the end of the school year will not receive diplomas until their accounts are clear.
CONDUCT: The behavior rules will be explained to each class at the beginning of the school year. Parents and students are expected to be considerate of both people and materials at all times. Access to the library may be limited or withheld at the librarian’s discretion to any student whose behavior is unacceptable while visiting the library.
7th -12th Grade School Books
All 7th -12th grade school books will be purchased by students from Follett Online Bookstore beginning the summer of 2012. Students will be given their schedule of classes and a brochure from Follett that explains how to order school materials. Please direct any questions or concerns to the Follett representatives or the Secondary Librarian.
You may contact Follett toll free at (877) 827-2665 or access their website through the CMCS homepage.
Recommended Textbook Instructions:
- Take proper care of your textbook if you plan to sell it at the year end buy back event.
- Avoid excessive writing in your book. Highlighting and underlining are acceptable as long as the print is not obscured.
- Cover and protect your books. Books with missing covers or pages and books damaged by liquid cannot be sold back. Binding must be in tact.
- Keep your books secure. Make sure your name is on the inside front cover of all hardcover books, and on the edges of all workbooks. Keep your books locked in your locker or with you to avoid theft
- Lost books are not the responsibility of CMCS. Students need to replace books if they are lost or stolen.
All junior and senior high school students are required to dress for Physical Education. P. E. clothes must be purchased from the Athletic Department. It is our desire that all P. E. clothes are uniform, and therefore, clothes sold through the CMCS Athletic Department will be the only acceptable clothing for Physical Education. Each student will be issued a P. e. locker in the locker room and a lock.
Students are not to switch locks with their hall locks. Students must use only the P. e. locker assigned to them. If there are problems with the lock or locker, students are to report to the teacher.
Each student is required to bring his/her own paper, notebooks, pencils, etc. to class each day. In addition, students are expected to bring their own Bibles to Square One (Chapel).
A detailed list of school supplies for each grade and class can be found on the school website during the summer months or in the front office anytime of the year.
LAB / ELECTIVE FEES
Students enrolled in Life Science(7th), Earth Science(8th), Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Art, Ceramics, Photography, and Computers will be charged a lab fee per class.
PERFORMING ARTS FEES
Students enrolled in Jr. High and Sr. High Performing Arts classes (Choir, Band, Drama, Flag, Choral Sign, etc.) will be charged a fee per class as outlined by the group’s Director.
As your son/daughter prepares for high school, it is time to begin thinking about the future. Grades nine through twelve are very important in education. This is a good time for parents to look closely at what their student is doing in school and give them extra help and guidance.
The courses taken by your son/daughter in high school will have an important effect on later career and educational opportunities. When making decisions regarding college, these courses will determine whether or not they will gain admission to the college of their choice. Many students do not know which classes to take, or are pressured by their friends to take easy courses. As a parent, you should help your student in making the right decisions.
The suggestions below, regarding courses, can help you plan the program best suited to your son's or daughter's needs. These programs will prove to be helpful no matter what college or university your son/daughter may enter. Students who take as many challenging classes as possible in high school have a wider choice of careers.
- Four full years of English are vital. Take classes emphasizing writing, reading and speaking. You should be writing often in these courses.
- First-year Algebra, Geometry and second-year Algebra are strongly recommended. These courses are required for admission to a number of colleges. The Advanced Math courses are essential for success in many fields, not just scientific or technical. Plan to take a mathematics course in 12th grade, so you'll be in training for college math.
- Take three years of courses in Social Sciences. An understanding of U.S. History and Government is necessary for college preparation.
- Take at least 3 years of Science classes that include laboratory work.
- Most colleges require at least 2 years in the same World Language for admission.
- Courses in the Fine Arts help you develop talents and interests you may not know you have. They'll help you discover enjoyable new activities and help you become a well-rounded person. Many universities require a year of study in the Visual and Performing Arts for admission.
- Taking a computer class and keyboarding will help you prepare for college and vocational skills. You may also find courses that introduce you to career opportunities helpful, along with classes that help you develop skills in doing things that interest you.
- Advanced Placement and Honors classes are preferred and recommended for those students preparing for college classes.
In summary, your son/daughter should take many courses beyond the minimal high school graduation requirements to prepare for success in college and in life. There are two other suggestions that are crucial in making sure your son/daughter is prepared for college.
- Most of the courses that he or she takes should be listed as being college-preparatory. These classes are necessary because without them students will have to do additional work after high school graduation before being accepted into a four-year college or university.
- You need to see that your son/daughter learns good study habits. In general, if your teenager spends less than two hours a day on academic work, in addition to time in school classes, then the courses being taken are not preparing the student for college work.
Good college-preparatory courses should require substantial amounts of reading and writing, both during school hours and for homework. Parents should encourage students to learn how to use libraries effectively for research. Find a quiet place to do homework and see that students take the time to study effectively. This may be the most important thing you can do for your son’s or daughter's educational future.
- The student should check to make certain that courses are taken in the proper sequence and that the necessary prerequisites have been met. The following prerequisites for math are required in order to be enrolled into the class:
- Math 3 – Students must be recommended by the teacher and administration.
- Pre-Algebra – Student must be recommended by the teacher and administration (7th grade) or have earned a “C-” or better for the second semester in Math 3. They must not have failed the first semester.
- Algebra 1 – Student must have earned a “C-” or better for the second semester in Pre-Algebra. They must not have failed the first semester.
- Algebra 2 – Student must have earned a “C-” or better for the second semester in Algebra 1. They must not have failed the first semester.
- Pre-Calculus – Student must have earned a “C-” or better for the second semester in Algebra 2. They must not have failed the first semester
- AP Calculus – Student must have earned a “B-“ or better for the second semester in Pre- Calculus
NOTE: Students failing the first semester may be taken out of the class at the semester break. This will be done at the recommendation of the teacher and/or administration.
B. School Day Enrollment Requirements
- Students must be enrolled in seven (7) to eight (8) courses. Students enrolled in an ROP course must also be enrolled in five (5) other CMCS courses. Seniors can take early release both semesters during their senior year, provided they have enough credits to graduate. Early release will be allowed by Administrative approval and parent permission. Seniors must be enrolled in at least six (6) courses. In order for seniors to have only five (5) courses, they must be enrolled in a college class during that semester. The college courses must be approved by administration. Working is not an acceptable reason for enrolling in five (5) courses.
C. Repeated Courses
- Courses in which the student earned a "C" or less may be repeated to improve the grade. The original grade and the repeat grade will both appear on the transcript and be figured into the grade point average. No additional credits will be earned if the class was passed the first time.
D. Schedule Changes
- Requests for schedule changes (including adding and/or dropping classes) are honored for the following reasons only and must be completed within the first two weeks of each semester.
1. A required course was omitted from the schedule.
2. Failed prerequisite course.
3. Previously failed class with current teacher.
4. Needs a graduation requirement
5. Academic misplacement (approved by counselor and administration).
6. Rare or unusual circumstances.
- After the two week period, students may not change classes. Please select your courses carefully. We will work very hard to provide you with the support to be successful in every class. If there is an extreme or unusual circumstance past the two week period, a meeting with the student, teacher, parent, and counselor must take place prior to a change (no exceptions). The final decision will be made by school administration.
- The procedure for requesting a class schedule change is as follows:
i). The student must fill out a "Change of Schedule" form which is available in the guidance office.
ii) No program changes will be made without the written consent of the student's parents, Academic Advisor and the Administrator.
The secretary will direct the request for schedule change to the Academic Advisor.
The Academic Advisor will review and submit the request to the Administrator for approval:
If approved, the student can pick up the copy of the Change of Schedule form in the school office. This form must be initialed by all teachers involved in the change.
If declined, the Academic Advisor will notify the student of the reason.
v) The student must continue attending classes as scheduled until he/she receives a copy of the Change of Schedule form, approving the change.
A student dropping a class after two weeks will receive an “F” for the semester and “0” credits in that class. This grade will show on their transcript.
Any schedule change prompted or approved by administration for academic or social reasons may be made at any time.
TEACHER CHANGE POLICY
It is our belief that every student can be successful in every class with any of our highly-qualified teachers. The Guidance department believes that every student should be treated fairly and that every opportunity for success be available. We believe in consistently following policies and procedures to ensure fair treatment and academic progress for all students; therefore, teacher changes are only made due to extreme and unusual circumstances.
Students will have various experiences throughout their lifetime when they will encounter challenging or difficult situations (i.e., college professors, personal relationships, and even work-related issues). It is our responsibility, and part of the educational process, to help students develop strategies to deal with these situations. We will provide students the support needed to be successful in their classes. Difficulties or concerns with a teacher first require a phone call between teacher and parent. Then, if needed, a meeting will be held between student, parent, teacher, counselor and Principal.
CLASS LEVELING POLICY
The master schedule assigns a maximum number of students for each class. Class numbers are assigned to accommodate both facility and learning conditions. Class size is one factor in creating a positive, functional learning environment. Students may be switched from their existing class(es) in order to balance class size.
Students who can make the necessary change without altering their entire schedule will be selected first. We will also randomly select students for this process in the interest of fairness. Counselors make every effort to ensure class sizes are conducive to a productive learning environment.
JUNIOR HIGH PROMOTION REQUIREMENTS
- In order for a 7th grade student to be promoted into the 8th grade, they must not have received more than one “F” in a core/academic class during each semester.
- In order for an 8th grade student to be promoted into high school, they must not have received more than one “F” in a core/academic class during each semester.
- Students in grades 7th and 8th must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher for the entire year in order to be promoted to the next grade level.
NOTE: Any exceptions to the above criteria would be made by the school administration and Academic Advisor after meeting with the parents, student, and teacher(s). The number of times placed on academic probation as well as social behavior will be taken into consideration when making the decision.
HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION POLICY
High school graduation ceremonies shall be held to recognize those students who have successfully completed the required courses of study and fulfilled 50 hours of community service. Students who are course or credit deficient or have not met community service requirements must confer with the administration. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all requirements have been met.
Requirements apply to both Standard and College Preparatory programs except where differences are specifically stated.
Bible (4 years) - 40 credits*
English (4 years) - 40 credits*
- English 9
- English 10
- English 11 (includes AP)
- English 12 (includes AP)
- (3 years) - 30 credits, Standard (includes Pre-Algebra or Consumer Math)
- (3 years) - 30 credits, College Prep. (Algebra 1 and higher)
Social Studies (3 years) – 30 credits
- World History – 10th
- U.S. History – 11th (includes AP)
- U.S. Government/Macroeconomics – 12th (includes AP)
- World Religions (11th – 12th)
Science (3 years) – 30 credits*
- Biology (Lab) – (9th – 12th) AP (10th-11th)
- Chemistry (Lab) – (10th – 12th) AP (11th – 12th)
- Physics (Lab) – (10th – 12th)
- Anatomy & Physiology (Lab) – (10th – 12th)
Physical Education (2 yrs) - 20 credits
- Or J.V./Varsity Sports (No more than 5 credits given for sports per semester.)
- (1 year) - 10 credits, Standard
- (2 years) - 20 credits, College Prep ( 3 years preferred)
- (1 year) - 10 credits, Standard
Additional Electives -
- 30 credits, Standard
- 20 credits, College Prep
- Choose any additional courses offered in these areas:
- Social Studies*
- Fine Arts
- Language Arts / World Language*
- Applied Sciences
Health (1 semester) - 5 credits*
Computer Basics (1 semester) – 5 credits
*Denotes “Academic” classes. Academic “GPA points” apply toward Senior High Valedictorian and Salutatorian criteria.
Summary of Graduation Requirements (9th – 12th ONLY)
A student must receive a grade of "D-”or better in any course if he/she is to receive the credits given. Five (5) credits are given for a semester course, and ten (10) credits are given for a full year course. Students who do not receive a passing grade in a required subject must make up the semester they failed and receive a passing grade. Depending upon the subject, the student may take the course again, or complete an accredited online course, or an approved Independent Study Program with proper supervision from the Home School Program. Failure to make up a required course will prohibit the student from graduating.
Students must complete the required number of credits before they can commence to the next grade level:
9th grade - 70 credits to move on to 10th grade
10th grade - 140 credits to move on to 11th grade
11th grade - 210 credits to move on to 12th grade
||40 credits recommended
||30 credits (lab sciences) 40 credits recommended
||30 credits recommended
Special note for transferring students
In some cases, when students are transferring to CMCS, it may be necessary to review the Bible requirements. At the discretion of the Administration, Bible requirements may be waived, thereby diminishing the credits required to graduate.
Valedictorian and Salutatorian
The Valedictorian for the graduating 12th grade class will be determined by an examination of the students’ academic GPA points, based on all academic classes taken in grades nine through twelve with a minimum 125 of the required 250 credits earned while enrolled at CMCS. The student with the highest number of GPA points for all academic classes in grades nine through twelve will be named the Valedictorian. The student with the next highest total within the same criteria will be named the Salutatorian. In the event of a tie, the administration will then take into consideration Community Service and Leadership Activity involvement. The CMCS Administration reserves the right to make any changes to the final selection.
Special note regarding transfer courses: Only transfer courses from an accredited high school within the United States will be included in the academic point calculation. All courses taken outside the U.S. will have administrative approval before being included in the calculation. College and/or online courses taken while at CMCS must also be approved by administration in order to be admitted on the transcript and included as academic GPA points.
HIGH SCHOOL FAILED COURSE
If a student receives an “F” during the first or second semester, that course must be retaken at an approved academic institution or online program for graduation credit.
Fifty hours of volunteer work in the community for a non-profit organization are required for high school graduation.
COLLEGE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
General Information for College Prep
Students who intend to enter college need to plan their high school curriculum to ensure that they meet the entrance requirements for the college of their choice. This planning should begin with the 9th grade year.
For admission to most four-year colleges or universities, the student must meet certain subject and grade requirements. Since admission requirements differ somewhat from school to school, the student needs to obtain a catalog from the college of his/her choice. These catalogs contain information regarding entrance requirements to the specific college the student desires to attend. Students who meet the requirements listed for the University of California will be eligible for admission to most colleges and universities.
Students who wish to take college entrance exams need to plan this in the spring of their Junior year. At that time, students should consult the Registrar of the college or university that they wish to attend. The Registrar of the college or university can give the students the dates and specific details in preparing for and taking these exams. (PSAT will be given in the fall of the sophomore year). Students who are not eligible for entrance to a four-year college or university may choose to attend the local community college for two years. After two years at a junior college, a student who has done well may transfer to a four-year college to earn his/her Bachelor's degree.
California State University Entrance Requirements
Only the upper one-third of California high school graduates are eligible for admission to a state university. Students not meeting this eligibility requirement should attend a junior college for two years before seeking admittance to the university.
The Eligibility Index (E.I.) is based on the student's grade point average (G.P.A.) in high school, as well as the score received on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT). The formula used to calculate eligibility is as follows:
ACT = G.P.A. x 200 + 10 x ACT Composite = E.I.
(E.I. of 700 needed)
SAT = G.P.A. x 800 + SAT Total = E.I.
(E.I. of 2800 needed)
Please refer to the following chart:
|Above 3.00 (Qualifies with any score)
|Below 2.00 - (Does not qualify for admission with any score*)
*These scores are based upon 1994/95 SAT norms. See current college catalog for details and conditional admission information. Students having a G.P.A. of 3.00 or above in all subjects, excluding P. e., in grades 10, 11 and 12 qualify for admission regardless of SAT or ACT test scores. Students with a G.P.A. of below 2.00 should plan on attending a junior college.
All incoming college freshmen will be required to have completed the following courses in high school:
||2 yrs. (in 10th-12th grades)
|Math (Algebra +)
||2 yrs. (same language)
| Lab Science
|English, Lab Science, Advanced Math, Foreign Language, History - Social Science, Agriculture,
Application Information for State University
In October of your senior year, request a CSU application. Your application needs to be filed between November 1st and November 30th. In some majors, applications may be filed later. You will need to check with the college or university that you are interested in attending. You will send in your application fees with your application.
If there is room for admittance into the university of your choice, the college will send you a space reservation notice soon after you have filed your application. If there is no space available, you will need to file with another college.
If you receive a space reservation notice, you should send transcripts of your high school grades after the first semester of your senior year. Send completed transcripts again at the end of the second semester of your senior year.
Most universities request the SAT or ACT scores be sent from the testing agency directly. You will need to check into this.
University of California Entrance Requirements
Undergraduate admission requirements are based on two principles.
- "The best prediction of success in the University is a record of good grades in previous school work; and
- "The completion of certain academic courses in high school prepares a student to begin University work and to choose a field of study."
Applications must be filed at the correct time. Students who wish to enter for the Fall Quarter/Winter Semester need to file during November of their senior year. Students who wish to enter for the Winter Quarter/Spring Semester need to file during July of the previous year. Students who wish to enter during the Spring Quarter need to file during the previous October.
Ten high school units generally equal one college entrance unit. Students must have completed at least 16 units of high school work during grades 9-12. Each high school semester course is worth a half unit, and each high school full-year course is worth one full unit.
Of these 16 units, 15 must have been earned in academic or college preparatory courses, defined as follows (7 of these units must have been earned during the last two years of high school):
Specific Requirements, #1 - #6
- Mathematics - 3 units
Must include the following: Elementary Algebra, Geometry and Advanced Algebra.
- Laboratory Science - 2 units
Must provide basic knowledge in at least two of the fundamental disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
- English - 4 units
Must include: *4 years of college prep English (composition and literature). *No more than 1 unit may be taken in 9th grade. *All courses must include frequent writing of expository compositions of considerable length.
- History - 2 units
Must include: 1 year of World History, Cultures, and Geography, and 1 year of U.S. History; or one semester of Economics and one semester of American Government.
- Foreign Language - 2 units
Must include: 2 years Foreign Language in courses that teach grammar, vocabulary, reading and composition. Courses also must emphasize development of aural and oral skills.
- College Prep Electives - 1 unit
This unit must be in addition to the requirements listed in 1-5 and may be chosen from any of the following subject areas:
- Advanced Mathematics - Trigonometry, Linear Algebra, Pre-Calculus (mathematical analysis), Calculus, Statistics, or Computer Science (Business Math, Consumer Math or math involving much arithmetic are NOT acceptable to meet this requirement).
- History - Elective courses that fit the general description of History, listed in #4.
- English - Elective courses that fit the general description of English, listed in #3.
- Laboratory Science - Biological Lab, Physical Science Lab, as listed in #2.
- Foreign Language - Elective courses may be of the same foreign language or a different foreign language. If a different language than the language used to fill the requirement for #5 is chosen, at least two years of the new foreign language must be taken.
- Social Science - Elective courses must include considerable reading, and aim to develop a student's analytical and reasoning ability and skill with written and oral exposition. These courses should serve as preparation for lower division work in Social Science at the university.(Courses of an applied, service, or vocational nature are NOT acceptable to meet this requirement).
- Fine Arts - Elective courses must enable students to appreciate and understand artistic expression and to talk and write with discrimination about the artistic material studied.*(Courses that are primarily recreational or offered under physical education are NOT acceptable to meet this requirement)
If a student has a G.P.A. of 3.31 or higher (not including 9th grade classes) in the subject requirements #1-#6 listed previously, he/she is eligible for admission to the University of California, regardless of scores on the required college entrance exams. However, if the G.P.A. is between 2.77 and 3.30, the student must balance grades and test scores to be eligible for admission
To calculate the student's grade point average, the University will use only courses previously listed in subject requirements #1-#5, taken in 10th through 12th grades.
Grades will be given points as indicated:
“Students are required to have earned a grade of "C" or better in ALL high school courses in the subject requirements. All courses in these subjects taken during 10th-12th grades will be averaged, with the exception of third year math (intermediate algebra) unless that grade will help the student's G.P.A.
In the subject requirements #6, two of the four elective courses must have been completed with "C" or better, and all four units must have been counted by the high school as acceptable for graduation. The two units in this category that have the highest grades will be used in computing the student's overall G.P.A. for admission.
All freshmen applicants must submit one aptitude test. They may submit either:
- SAT I (Scholastic Aptitude Test): Verbal and math scores submitted from this test must have been taken from the same setting, OR...
- ACT (American College Test) composite score, AND...
Students are also required to take three college entrance exams:
CEEB (College Entrance Exam Board Achievement Test) which must include:
a. English Composition
b. Mathematics (Level 1 or 2)
c. One of the following: English, Literature, Social Studies, Science or Foreign Language
To determine if the student meets the eligibility requirements for entrance based on G.P.A. and entrance test scores, see the University Catalog. The catalog will inform students of the scores necessary on SAT or ACT tests that correspond to their overall G.P.A.
In some cases, students can be admitted on the basis of exam scores alone. See the Course Catalog for details.
The function of our Guidance Counselor is to provide each student with the appropriate information and guidance toward graduation, career or college entrance goals. Each student’s records are reviewed to ensure that the proper progress is made toward graduation. During the course of the year, the Guidance Counselor provides information to the students and parents concerning the PSAT exam, SAT test dates, PLAN Test & ASVAB dates, U.C., state and private application deadlines and qualifications, scholarships, financial aid and college fair information. The Guidance Counselor will supply you with important exam dates for your college bound student.
Progress Reports are cumulative and issued once each semester at the 9 week period. These reports are issued by teachers to commend the student for outstanding work or to communicate the need for improvement. Additional reports will be sent if deficiencies occur. Careful attention should be given to the grades and to the comments noted by the teacher.
At the conclusion of each semester (approximately 18-20 weeks), an evaluation of the student's progress for an entire semester will be recorded on the student's report card.
Semester grades are an evaluation of the student's work for an entire eighteen to twenty week period, which includes final exams. These grades are recorded on the transcript that becomes part of the permanent record. It is on the basis of semester grades that a student earns credit and grade points.
A transcript showing all grades and credits is kept in the counseling office. A student must request a copy of his/her transcript by completing the appropriate form available in the guidance office. Please allow three (3) days for processing of transcripts. If you have any questions about your transcripts, please call the office of Admissions (951) 834-9190, ext. 1252. NO TRANSCRIPT WILL BE ISSUED IF THERE ARE ANY UNPAID HIGH SCHOOL DEBTS.
Exams are a regular part of academic measurement. Besides the exams which are given as part of daily instruction, it is required that all high school students take final exams at the close of the first and second semesters. An unexcused absence will result in one-half credit on the finals. Make-up tests are set by the teachers at their discretion.
Exams are a regular part of academic measurement. Besides the exams which are given as part of daily instruction, it is required that all high school students take final exams at the close of the first and second semesters. An unexcused absence will result in one-half credit on the finals. Make-up tests are set by the teachers at their discretion.
Letter grades are defined as follows (grade points are based on a 4.0 scale):
A = Excellent
B = Above Average
C = Average
D = Below Average
F = Failure
|The school's grading scale is as follows:
Academic probation is invoked when a student has a serious academic problem. It is intended to give notice to the parent and student so that a mutual effort on the part of both the school and home may be made to correct the academic deficiency. Hopefully the deficiency will be improved to a satisfactory or passing level. If not, the Superintendent will decide if the student will be able to continue at CMCS.
Academic probation will be invoked in the following manner:
1. A student whose cumulative G.P.A. falls below 2.0 at the 9 week progress or final semester grading period will be placed on academic probation. The student will not be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities during this time.
2. A letter of notification will be sent to the parents.
3. A conference will be held with the student and the Guidance Counselor to give an explanation of the probation and suggestions for remediation. The parent will be given an opportunity to be part of this conference.
4. The academic status of the student will be reviewed by the administration at the end of the next assessment period (semester final or 9 week progress report). If the student has raised their G.P.A. to a 2.0 or higher, they will be removed from probation. Extracurricular activities may be resumed. However, if the student’s G.P.A. is still below a 2.0, the Guidance Counselor and Principal will then decide if they will be allowed to remain in school.
Following removal or withdrawal from the school for academic reasons, a student may apply to be re-enrolled on academic probation if the following conditions are fulfilled:
- The student has attended another school for one full year.
- The student has completed a full academic load for the year.
- The student has received no grade lower than a “C” in any subject.
- The student can satisfactorily pass the Entrance Exam/Placement Test.
Achievement tests (Terra Nova) are administered to students (grades 7-11) each year in order to help parents and teachers evaluate their progress. These tests are mandatory.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES
AP courses are college preparatory courses for high school students who desire to earn college credit by passing the AP Exams in May. Our AP classes are intended only for highly motivated students who are capable of working at an above average pace and academic level. For that reason, we do not offer these classes to freshmen because we want to ensure they can successfully make the transition to high school before placing any additional burden on them.
To determine the eligibility of a student for AP level class, the student must meet the following criteria: a recommended grade of “A” or “B” in related classes, the required summer course work completed within the allowable time, and administrative approval.
A fourth criterion is that the student must accept the challenge. Students are invited to participate, but they can turn down the invitation. Students who accept the invitation but who do not meet the effort and performance goals of the teacher, will be placed on probation at progress report time and, if their grades do not improve by the end of the grading period, the student will be moved to a “regular” class. Although a teacher can recommend a student be allowed to continue in the program, the administration will make the final determination.
Because a student is given the opportunity to take an AP class, it does not mean that they will automatically be scheduled to take this course the following semester. Students taking AP classes will take the AP Exam in May to determine the acquisition of college credit.
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
The National Honor Society is an organization established “to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students of secondary schools. NHS challenges the members to continue their development through involvement in school activities and providing service to the community. It is both a privilege and honor to be a member of this prestigious organization. The initial qualification to receive an invitation into our school’s chapter is to be an incoming junior or senior who has distinguished him/herself by attaining at least a 3.5 GPA. The application process reviews the student’s volunteer services, exhibited leadership qualities, and principles of morality and ethics. Members inducted into NHS must then maintain at least a 3.5 GPA and complete twenty community service hours in order to retain an active member status.
STUDENT ELIGIBILITY IN EXTRA-CURRICULAR SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
The objective of Calvary Murrieta Christian School is to develop the student in areas of Christianity, academics, social skills, and responsibility. Therefore, it is important that those students that represent this school be in “good standing” with the school.
To be in good standing with the school, all junior high and high school students must maintain a “C” (2.0) grade point average in their studies (the average of all class grades). The student must also be of good character and not a discipline problem in the school.
Any junior high or high school student whose cumulative G.P.A. falls below a 2.0 at the end of a 12 week progress or final semester grading period will be placed on academic probation and becomes ineligible to participate in extra-curricular activities (athletics, fine arts performances, etc.) until the end of the following next assessment period (semester final or 9 week progress report). The Administration has the option of placing a student on probation for such problems as attitude, behavior, and homework. Final decisions concerning probation and eligibility will be made by the administration.
Homework is considered to be a valuable tool in properly teaching and preparing our students within the subject matter. Therefore, it is expected of each student to complete all of their assignments and turn them in on the day and time they are collected.
Late Work Policy
Assignments must be submitted in class on the due date. If students do not submit the work it will result in zero credit. High School Teachers may allow students to turn in the assignments by the end of the day for partial credit. Junior High School Teachers may allow students to turn in the assignments by the following calendar day for partial credit.
Absent Work Policy
- All assignments which are due or collected on the day of the student’s absence must be turned in by the end of the next attended school day; anything submitted after that will result in zero credit.
- Students must turn in all work assigned during their absence within two calendar days of returning to school. (Based on the nature of the work, teachers may extend due dates.) Anything submitted after that will result in zero credit.
At the completion of each semester, a list of the students who have achieved academic distinction will be published. Students who have an overall G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher in all classes will be listed on the Honor Roll. Individual Honor Roll awards will be distributed as follows:
Principal’s Award~4.0 (all grades are an "A")
Club 4 ~ 4.0 (including one or more grades at a “B” or "C")
High Honors ~ 3.7 - 3.9
Honor Roll ~ 3.0 - 3.6
NOTE: GPA’s will be rounded to the nearest tenth to determine awards.
Students with "Ds" or “Fs” in any class will not be eligible for an award.
Attendance at school provides a student with classroom experience. This experience is composed of participation in class activities and direct instruction conducted by the classroom teacher. The instructional program designed by each teacher is a progressive and sequential experience. It is generally impossible for that experience to be "made up".
Attendance at CMCS is broken down into three categories: absences, extended absences, and truancy
There is no distinction between excused and unexcused absences. A student’s failure to attend class will be considered an absence for that class. The maximum number of allowable absences in any one semester is eight (8) days. Attendance is recorded on a class-by-class basis; this applies to all junior high and high school classes. As we are aware that there are unavoidable situations such as medical and dental appointments, personal illnesses, and funerals, we are allotting 8 absences per semester.
|No academic consequences if classwork is turned in according to homework policy.
||Parent/guardian alert via email or phone call.
||Last absence without consequence, parent/guardian alert via email or phone call.
||1st consequence – Student meeting with administration, student’s class grade will be lowered by 10% (one letter grade). Email to parent/guardian.
|Absences 10 &11
||Parent/guardian alert via email or phone call, no academic consequences.
||2nd consequence – Student meeting with administration, student’s class grade will be lowered by an additional 10% (totaling two letter grades). Email to parent/guardian.
Absences 13 &14
|Parent/guardian alert via email or phone call, no academic consequences.
||Letter from the guidance department informing parents that their student will be withdrawn from the class in question with no credit given. Student will be assigned to a no-credit study hall in the Library.
*School Sanctioned Events: The following CMCS events will be authorized for absence from school with no negative attendance consequences:
- Calvary Athletics
- Calvary Fine Arts
- School Sanctioned Field Trips
- Calvary ASB Events
- Calvary Mission Trips
- College Visits (Must have authorized documentation from college official)
*Students who are involved in any of the above activities must meet with their teachers prior to leaving for these events to obtain homework and/or set up times to make up class work, activities, or tests. Failure to comply will result in application of the late work policy as outlined below.
When a student will be out of school for an extended period (a planned absence of 4 days or longer), it is important that our partnering relationship continues. Parents will need to inform administration in writing at least 14 days in advance of the absence.
With chronic-illnesses, documentation is vital. A letter from the student’s physician will need to be submitted to administration upon the returning to school. This letter needs to include the days that the student missed school, prescribed limitations, and an explanation for the extended absence. These absences will be recorded, yet no disciplinary measures will be taken.
After parents obtain notification from the principal, the student must then contact the teachers and obtain all assignments for the period of absence. All work must be completed and turned in to the teachers prior to the student's absence or, with teachers’ permission, turned in after returning to school. If the teachers are not contacted beforehand, the late homework policy will then be put into effect.
“Truancy” is an absence without the knowledge and consent of parents and /or school staff. This includes leaving school without permission before the end of the school day, or staying out of a scheduled class or activity without permission. Such action will not be tolerated. Possible consequences of being truant will include:
1st time - 1-day suspension. Parents are notified.
2nd time - Meet with administration and parent. 1 to 3-day suspension.
3rd time - School Board review for possible expulsion.
Tardies affect not only the tardy student, but disrupt students in the class. It is the parent and student's responsibility to be at school and in class on time. The bell schedule allows sufficient passing period between classes. All students are expected to be in class at the time the bell rings at the start of the class. If a student arrives after the bell has rung, they should assume they have been marked tardy.
- Students are considered absent (unexcused if they don’t have a note and excused if they do have a note) if they are more than fifteen (15) minutes late.
- Each teacher keeps a daily record of tardies and submits it to the attendance clerk where they will issue the proper discipline.
- Students are permitted four (4) tardies each semester without discipline.
- The fifth (5) tardy, and each additional tardy, will result in a demerit.
- From that point on the schools policy on demerits will fall into play. (i.e. four (4) demerits equals a Saturday school and $25 fee)
Spiritual Life and Conduct
One of the unique purposes of CMCS is to prepare Christian young people for effective service for Christ in whatever career they choose. Since effective Christian service can be performed only by those who are truly Christian, CMCS expects the following traits and behaviors for each student:
- A vital, personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ.
- Demonstration by attitude and behavior, of a life committed to following Christ. “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” (I Timothy 4:12)
- A sincere desire to mature intellectually, socially, and spiritually.
- A growing concern for the welfare of others.
- Responsibility for his/her own behavior and its effect on others.
Spiritual growth is never the result of superimposed rules; therefore, CMCS expects each student to adhere to conduct in accordance with the highest standards of honesty, integrity, responsibility, and love as set forth in Scripture.
Each student should understand that attending CMCS is a privilege granted to those who will demonstrate a spirit of harmony with the philosophy and goals of the school. By applying for admission to CMCS, the student agrees to obey the rules both of an academic and non-academic nature and to observe the standards of conduct set forth by the school board.
As Christians we seek to live our lives out of the positive law of love in obedience to God’s commandments. It is further recognized, however, that our love is imperfect, fragmentary, and deficient. It is in recognition of this fact that this conduct code seeks to assist the students and parents by prohibiting certain actions or behaviors that are in conflict with a Christian code of conduct. Negative behavior lessens academic performance, causes difficulty in managing emotions, affects personal relationships, heightens the potential for damage to property, injury, or illness, and infringes on the rights of others. Therefore, students must at all times (365 days of the year, both on and off campus), while enrolled at CMCS refrain from the following):
- The use of illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages, or any form of tobacco, smoking, or vaping.
- Involvement in immoral activities.
- Swearing, telling dirty stories or using language unbecoming to a Christian.
- Disorderly conduct (on and off campus).
- Acts of plagiarism or dishonesty, such as cheating, lying or stealing.
Statement on Plagiarism
Plagiarizing encompasses, but is not limited to, the following:
- Presenting as one’s own, the works or the opinions of someone else without proper acknowledgement.
- Borrowing of the sequence of ideas, the arrangement of materials, or the pattern of thought of someone else without proper acknowledgment.
Some examples are: having a parent or another person write an essay or do a project which is then submitted as one’s own work; failing to use proper documentation and bibliography.
Plagiarism is scholarly theft, and it is defined as the unacknowledged use of secondary sources. More specifically, any written presentation in which the writer does not distinguish clearly between original and borrowed material constitutes plagiarism.
Because students, as scholars, must make continuous use of the concepts and the facts developed by other scholars, plagiarism is not mere use of another’s facts and ideas. However, it is plagiarism when students present the work of other scholars as if it were their own work.
Statement on Cheating
A core value of an institution that seeks to maintain high moral and ethical standards is the intolerance of cheating in any form. Cheating undermines both the integrity of the perpetrator as well as that of the school. The following will be considered cheating:
- The willful giving or receiving of an unauthorized, unfair, dishonest, or unscrupulous advantage in academic work over other students.
- The above may be accomplished by any means whatsoever, including, but not limited to, the following: fraud, duress, deception, theft, talking, signs, gestures, copying from another student, unauthorized collaboration, and the unauthorized use of study aids, memoranda, books, electronic programs, data or other information. •
- Some examples are: deception; the use of talking, signs, or gestures during a quiz; copying from another student or allowing the copying of an individual assignment; passing test or quiz information during a class period or from one class period to members of another class period with the same teacher; submission of pre-written writing assignment at times when such assignments are supposed to be written in class; illegally exceeding time limits on timed tests, quizzes, or assignments; unauthorized use of study aids, notes, books, data, or other information; computer fraud; sabotaging the projects or experiments of other students.
If a student cheats or plagiarizes, she/he may receive a zero for the entire assignment and may not qualify for make-up of the assignment subject to the teacher’s discretion. The school reserved the right to assign additional penalties based on the severity of the offense up to and including suspension or expulsion.
General School Rules
The following School Rules have been established to maintain and promote the safest and most effective environment for learning. These school rules will be enforced at all times and are in addition to individual classroom rules, which may vary.
- All students are to be respectful and obedient to staff and faculty members at all times.
- Students are to be good examples of Christian young people both on and off campus. Students are to show respect for the rights and feelings of others.
- Students are not allowed to display on their clothing or personal property such items as pictures or emblems that exalt groups or movements which are contrary to biblical standards.
- Students are not allowed to bring or possess on campus fireworks, firecrackers, matches or other flammable materials.
- Weapons of any kind are not allowed on campus.
- Alcohol, illegal drugs, and tobacco are not allowed on campus.
- No cassette players, radios, headsets, electronic games, or similar equipment are allowed on campus without prior consent from the administration. Cell phones and/or pagers must be in the “off” position during school hours. If a phone call needs to be made, student should report to room 110 or the school office. Violation will result in items being taken to the office and will be returned to parents only.
- No gum is allowed on campus at any time.
- Students are not allowed to leave the campus during school hours except with written parent permission and office approval. Underclassmen (grades 9th – 11th) are not allowed to leave campus without a parent coming into the school office and signing them out. The only exception is in the case of a medical or dental appointment. The office must receive a phone call or note from the parent prior to the student leaving for the appointment and the student must bring in a receipt from the office of their appointment upon returning to school.
- Tampering with or taking items from another student is not allowed.
- Demonstration of personal affection (i.e., familiar touch, holding hands, full frontal embraces, kissing, etc.) is not allowed.
In order to maintain a classroom environment which allows for maximum learning, teachers establish those standards they deem necessary and will inform each students of their classroom standards of behavior at the beginning of the school year.
How Misconduct is Handled
When a student's behavior or attitude is in conflict with the standards of the school, every effort will be made to encourage the student to demonstrate the change and improvement necessary to comply with these standards. As much as possible, misbehavior in the classroom will be handled by the teacher.
Methods of maintaining student discipline at CMCS include the following:
- The teacher and student will have a meeting regarding the misbehavior.
- The teacher will make telephone contact with the parents.
- The teacher may assign a consequence/demerit(s) to the student.
- The teacher may request a conference to include the parent, teacher, student and administration.
If, after a reasonable amount of time, the teacher feels that there is a continuing problem in behavior or attitude, he will refer the student to the administration for further disciplinary action. In certain serious misbehaviors, such as disrespect to teachers, student fighting or violations of the Christian lifestyle standards, students will be referred immediately to the administration.
Probation or suspension may be used as part of the discipline procedure. Students may be expelled (withdrawn from enrollment in the school) for continued violations of school standards or if a single offense is particularly serious.
A demerit is a “point” on the student’s record. In the event that multiple demerits are given or accumulated, certain consequences will be handed out by administration (see student conduct form below for demerit levels and correlating consequences below). In the event that a demerit is given to a student, that demerit will remain on the student’s record for the school year.
Student’s are given the opportunity to “work off” any demerit they receive. If they do not receive another discipline report and/or demerit within 1 calendar month or 30 days (including weekends and holidays), 1 demerit will be removed from the student’s record. Misconduct has been classified and divided into three categories, depending on the severity of the violation.
Discipline Report Form
Student Conduct Form
Saturday School Policy
Students that reach demerits 4, 8, and 10 will receive Saturday School(s). There is a $25 fee for Saturday School. Students will be required to come to school on a pre-determined Saturday for the hours of 8:00-11:00 AM. They will be required to work on campus; picking up trash, scraping gum, cleaning classrooms, bathrooms, etc.
Saturday School Guidelines
A student who is placed on Social Probation will have a designated period of time to demonstrate the ability to perform satisfactorily at CMCS.
During the period of probation, a student is expected to improve his conduct to the extent necessary to satisfy the faculty and administration that he will benefit from continued enrollment at CMCS. During the probation, the student will meet with the administration on a regular basis to discuss progress. Definite, individualized goals will be established for each student in the following areas:
- Spiritual Growth
- Academic Progress
Social Probation should be viewed as a time when the school and the family can work closely together to encourage growth and improvement in the life of the student. It should be a positive experience for everyone involved. However, if the student fails to respond positively to these efforts, and adequate progress is not shown, the student may be asked to withdraw from the school.
Suspension: A student may be suspended from school for any serious offense such as those listed on the Discipline Report Form above. Very specific changes in attitudes and actions will be expected prior to re-admission. Work missed during any suspension will be treated as an unexcused absence and a grade no higher than a 60% will be given on any assignment, quiz, or test conducted on that day. Any additional suspensions will result in a zero for all classes and a required meeting with the Superintendent.
The administrator has the authority to suspend a student. The length of suspension will be 1-3 days, as determined by the administrator.
Expulsion will be recommended if it becomes apparent that the student will not be able to meet the requirements of the school, or the student has reached the maximum number of demerits. Expulsion may also be recommended for violation of Category III rules, unresolved academic or disciplinary probation, or failure to correct the deficiencies specified in probationary admissions. When expulsion is recommended, a date of withdrawal from the school will be set and the withdrawal procedure followed. The expulsion date may be immediate. Recommendations for expulsion will require the approval of the School Board. A student may be expelled from school for a serious breach of conduct, and/or repeated problems with behavior or academic performance.
- In the case of such an offense, the matter will be referred to the Calvary Murrieta Christian School's School Board.
- The Board will review the matter and advise the administrator concerning expulsion.
- The School Board has the authority to expel any student for non-compliance with the rules and regulations of the school.
Purpose and General Guidelines
Calvary Murrieta Christian School has been established as a discipleship based learning environment. We partner with you, our parents, to care for the adornment and decorum of each student as we teach and enforce godly dress. It is important that our school standards for clothing and general appearance are understood and supported by all of our parents so we can provide a clear and united teaching for our youth. The fashion world is developing new styles all the time, and the styles are not always right or wrong; however, in a day of constantly deteriorating cultural styles, we feel we must set a minimum standard which will bring honor and glory to Jesus Christ. If there is any question in your mind regarding what your students want to wear, the best thing to do is either not let them wear it, or have them get permission ahead of time. It is our prayer that you will have godly discernment as you and your child select clothes in line with the school’s guidelines. We do expect a willing spirit of cooperation from students and parents, and the Administration reserves the right to make the final decision in matters of judgment.
In the BEGINNING......
Since each of us are created in God’s image (Genesis 1:26-27) we need to see ourselves as He sees us. Our outward appearance is a reflection of the way we view ourselves and how we think God sees us. We want our students to understand that they are valuable because God created them, not because they are physically attractive to the opposite sex. It all starts with our self-image. Do we see ourselves as God sees us?
What is modest?
Clothes were given by God to cover the body (Genesis 3:21), particularly so that our thoughts would remain pure. Adam and Eve thought they knew what was best to wear, but God showed them a better way. People who dress in a seductive manner are doing what they think is best according to their own standard. Asking for attention from the opposite sex through your dress is neither holy nor godly. Dannah Gresh, author of Secret Keeper: The Delicate Power of Modesty, describes the reason we desire to instill modesty in our students, whether male or female. “Both (male and female) need to understand that our beauty comes from within, not from our outward appearance. Lack of modesty is rampant in churches. I believe churches need to explain “why” modesty is so important, and “why” immodesty is so dangerous. Dressing modestly is a heart issue. The Christian faith does not condemn beauty. Fashion is okay, but God wants us to be more concerned with our inner beauty than our external beauty.”
Importance of Purity
Everywhere our students look, even walking past popular clothing stores, something is teaching them to grow up as quickly as possible. True purity is freedom: freedom from anything that debases, corrupts or pollutes. This can relate to many areas of our students’ lives but in terms of their dress, we want them to realize how crucial that freedom of purity is. We are to glorify Him in all we do, including the way we choose to dress. It is our deep desire that each student who graduates from Calvary Murrieta Christian School leaves with their purity intact.
Dress Code Standards
Modesty is our hope, and our desire is to encourage students to make choices based on that hope. If you are in need of specific details on how the school views modesty, please see the guidelines, below.
1) Tops (i.e. shirts)
a) Standard Tops
Tops should be of a fabric (not a sheer fabric) and a fit that does not reveal undergarments. Extra tight fitting tops that cling to the body (like Lycra or Spandex) are not permitted. If any part of the midriff shows when the arms are raised fully above the head or the student is leaning over, then the top is too short. If any cleavage shows, the top is too low.
b) Sleeveless Tops
This is very difficult to manage here at school. Although some sleeveless shirts are modest, others are not. In order to avoid the uncomfortable situation in which a judgment call (which may be perceived as unfair) regarding a shirt must be made by the teacher and/or administrator, sleeveless shirts or tank tops cannot show any part of a student’s undergarment. The top also must not be designed as an undergarment. Please understand our heart is to encourage modesty, and tank tops or sleeveless tops are very difficult to keep in this realm. Here are some key parameters: Two inch straps, Small arm holes, Loose fitting around the chest.
While many articles of clothing advertise messages that are not contrary to the mission and purpose of Calvary Murrieta Christian School, in order to avoid the making of value judgments by school personnel regarding messages conveyed on clothing: Any article of clothing (including Christian apparel) that initially seems to advertise a message contrary to the mission and purpose of CMCS may not be worn (example-“B-Wiser” t-shirt with the Budweiser look). In addition, clothing with slogans written on a student’s bottom is not permissible.
2) Pants, Shorts, Skirts, or Dresses
No oversized, baggy, or extra long pants or jeans that drag on the floor will be permitted. Extremely tight-fitting (skin-tight) pants or jeans are also not permitted. (Avoid materials like Lycra or Spandex.) We want to promote a learning environment. Proper fitting clothing must be worn so that students are not distracted by their own clothing (pulling up or down on a garment) or another students clothing.
The length of clothing is also a very intricate subject within the school modesty regulations. We would like to allow students the freedom to enjoy fashion, but help them understand when it is compromising their purity and modesty. Together we (school and parents) must make teachable moments. We need to help students make a good clothing choice while shopping, always keeping in mind that they are followers of Christ. When we start saying, “These are good school clothes, and these are ok to wear outside of school” we are encouraging two lives, or as we would say Biblically, “two masters”. Here are some key parameters to go by if you struggle in this area: No undergarments should be visible; No more than 4 inches above the top of the knee when standing. Shreds, rips, or holes are not allowed above the knee. None of our parameters are all inclusive but they are in place to help encourage modesty so that we stop drawing attention to our skin and start drawing others to The Spirit.
Appropriate shoes are important for various activities. Flip flops are not appropriate for P.E. or breaks for safety reasons. Students will be expected to bring tennis shoes for those activities. If the student’s flip flops become a distraction in the classroom (sometimes it’s hard to have or “wear them” and not play with them), the teacher may ask the student to change them. This, as are all of our dress code parameters, is a responsibility, and as such, if we as a school feel you are not able to handle that responsibility, it will be taken away.
Girls may wear light, modest make-up.
5) Hair and Hats
Hair is to be neat, clean, combed; natural in color and not covering the face. Gentlemen, as a privilege or rite of passage, only our seniors may choose to grow out their facial hair, but it must keep it neat and trimmed. Hats are very practical and can be a great accessory to fashion but should not be worn in classrooms.
Students may wear modest jewelry, including rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings (girls only). Students will be asked to remove inappropriate jewelry.
7) Tattoos and Body Piercing
Tattoos and body piercings (other than earrings) are not permitted. Because of the permanence of piercings or other bodily alterations, we will ask you to wait until you have turned 18 and graduated to make that choice. Please don’t cause us to enforce this section of the dress code. Because it is a permanent alteration to your body, the consequences, unfortunately, will be equally permanent.
If swimsuits are worn for any school function they need to be modest. Boys must wear knee-length shorts, and girls must wear a modest one-piece suit. Or if two pieces,the suit must be completely covered by a dark colored t-shirt and shorts that follow the standard dress code. Again,we are focusing on modesty and doing our best not to draw attention to our skin but to our spirit.
9) Formal or Semi-Formal Events
We want everyone to enjoy these festive evening events and have great memories of wonderful fellowship and activities. As we have stated, modesty and purity will be a mainstay of the evening. Here are a few guidelines:
a) For the Ladies: Strapless gowns are acceptable but must be modest. The neckline of the dress must not fall where cleavage or undergarments are visible. The back of the gown cannot be lower than the bra line. Skin tight gowns made of Lycra fabrics and other fabrics that cling to the body will not be a part of the evening’s dress code, no matter what the length. If a short dress is desired, the hemline will not be more than four inches above the top of the knee. Remember we desire to be ruled by The Sprit. * Special note: If in doubt, please check with administration. Modest formal or semi-formal attire is a must. Administration reserves the right to approve or disapprove a dress.
b) For the Gentlemen:
Tux, suit, slacks, jacket, vest, nice shirt and tie are all part of the evening’s attire. No baggy slacks and no jeans, please.
10) Practice Apparel for Sporting Events
Athletic apparel for a sporting event will be unique to each team. Teams will determine (with Athletic Director approval) their own needs for practice and game apparel. They will, however, need to stay within our school dress code with the following exception: Shorts (these cannot be lycra or spandex) may be slightly shorter than stated in our dress code as long as they are no shorter than the length of their team uniform.
Some of our dress code is a result of concern for our students’ safety during school and school activities.
Please remember, we want our students to understand that they are valuable because God created them, not because they are physically attractive to the opposite sex. It all starts with our self-image. Do we see ourselves as God sees us? If we do, then we should dress with Him in mind.
Dress Code Violations
Once a student has received two dress code violations, parents will be notified.
- Three dress code violations will result in an after school detention.
- After two detentions for dress code violations, students and parents will meet with the administration.
- A third detention will result in a one-day suspension and a possible meeting with the Superintendent.
- After two suspensions, the family will need to meet with the Superintendent to determine whether the student will remain with CMCS.
SPECIAL EVENTS AND TRIPS
Our mission here at Calvary Murrieta Christian School is “Equipping Today for Tomorrow.” Part of that preparation is in fulfilling the great commission of Jesus, “… you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” These were Jesus’ last words to His disciples; His first words to His disciples were similar, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
The missions trips at CMCS are designed to allow our students an opportunity to practice those lessons taught each day in class and at home. James exhorts us, “But be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (James 1:22). He then goes on to remind us, “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”
We encourage all students to pray about being involved in one of these trips offered throughout the course of the year. If interested in serving, they can contact the school office for an application and more information on each trip.
East Coast Historic Study Tour
Our 8th, 11th, and 12th graders are invited to attend the trip to the East Coast (an exhausting, yet exhilarating 11-day trip) as an extension of their History classes. For more information, please contact Mrs. Deb Foy or Mrs. Rose Dowell at CMCS.
SOCIALS AND BANQUETS
There are opportunities for social interaction:
- Homecoming Events - all high school students
- Winter Social - all high school students
- MORP – all high school students
- Junior/Senior Prom - This event is held in May and is hosted by the junior class for the senior class. This event is for juniors and seniors only. Underclassmen may attend as a guest if they are invited by a junior or senior and receive approval from the administration.
The costs for these events differ from year to year. Once a ticket is purchased a full refund for personal “change of plan” cannot be given. Only a portion of the ticket price will be refunded if possible.
Students who invite a guest from outside of CMCS to socials, banquets, and special events must have a visitor’s pass filled out completely and approved by administration. The visitor’s pass can be obtained through the school office.
PLEASE NOTE, students may not participate in any of the above events if:
- They have a failing grade in any subject.
- They are on academic probation.
- They are on social probation.
Parent/Student Handbook Agreement
Calvary Murrieta Christian Schools believes the Bible is the infallible, divine Word of God. For this reason, we rely on scripture as the basis of the Standards of Conduct adopted at our school (Matt. 22:37-39; Rom. 13:8-10; Gal. 5:14; I Peter 2:17; I Cor. 9:27).
Our responsibility as a school is to provide an environment that affords all young people the spiritual awareness, growth and development necessary to become mature Christians. The standards in this handbook are seen as a necessary part of achieving and maintaining this goal and therefore must be adhered to by each member of our student body.
In order to best promote the scholastic and spiritual development of all our students, the principles set forth are required by each student. Each year, every student enrolled at Calvary Murrieta Christian Junior High and High School as well as their parent(s) is required to read the Parent/Student Handbook. This handbook outlines the standards and policies of the school. This Handbook pledge is signed by both student and parent via each teacher’s syllabi which is handed out on the first or second day of school.