THE PURPOSE OF THIS HANDBOOK
This student handbook has been prepared to help answer your questions concerning Kingston Bible College Academy. The information enclosed in this book should be carefully read and understood by parents and students who are considering this school for further education. The information and rules given here are what currently are in place and will be carried out in the current school year. If, in the future, some adjustments are deemed necessary, the Administration reserves the right to do so upon the approval of the Board of Governors of the school.
THE HISTORY OF KINGSTON BIBLE COLLEGE ACADEMY
Kingston Bible College Academy originated in 1936 with a few of the Bible College students who needed to complete their academic training in order to qualify for the Degree of Bachelor of Sacred Scriptures offered by the College.
In March, 1963, the Nova Scotia Legislature passed an act of Incorporation which gave to Kingston Bible College the right to confer degrees and to carry on an academic branch of its work. Thus, the Academy is recognized as part of Kingston Bible College and is legally an institution of learning in the province of Nova Scotia.
The school believes that the Lord has called us to the field of Christian education and that He will supply our needs. We have never accepted official Government grants but depend solely upon God's people for our needs beyond the ones covered by school fees.
Insofar as possible, we cooperate with the Nova Scotia Department of Education in its requirements. At the present, we teach all grades from kindergarten to grade twelve inclusive, following the provincial course of studies as closely as we can.
PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION
The chief line of distinction between a Christian education and a secular one is that the former is Christ-centred. The answer to life's problems is to be found in a proper relationship to Christ and an acceptance of the Bible as our standard of conduct in all areas of life. Secular education, in most cases, is based upon the humanistic approach which says that man is supreme and that man holds his destiny in his own hands, with no need for God.
K.B.C.A. seeks to be a Christ-centred school. We understand that our responsibility is, by the Lord's help, to give to the child committed to us an education which will meet his needs spiritually, academically, physically, and socially. We believe that the training of the child is the responsibility of the home primarily. The parents, in turn, should recognize the need to give the church its proper position in the child's life. Finally, we see the school as joining hands with the other two institutions, seeking to work with them to give the child a complete foundation upon which to build his life. If any one of these three fails to agree with the other in fundamental areas of training, there is a weak link in the training of the child.
If parents cannot agree with the basic teachings or the method of governing the school as given in this handbook, it would probably be better to consider sending their child to some other institution of learning.
We are concerned with the spiritual, moral, cultural, and intellectual development of the child. The Bible is taught as a required subject, and there is a chapel service each morning. We also seek to maintain a high moral standard and give opportunity for the student to develop his talents for the glory of God. Besides these, we teach each subject from the Christian approach which acknowledges Jesus Christ and His Word as the ultimate truth.
OBJECTIVES OF KINGSTON BIBLE COLLEGE ACADEMY
In the school we aim to do certain things:
1. To instill in the child an unshakeable belief that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that through His death on the cross He paid the price for our sins.
2. To uphold the Bible as the only rule of life and practice for man.
3. To provide a sound academic education integrated with a Christian view of God and the world.
4. To build character and develop good citizenship with loyalty to our country.
5. To lay the foundation of vocation in life. This includes a willingness to seek, as far as possible, to meet individual needs in training.
6. To maintain a high moral standard.
a. Kingston Bible College Academy is Baptistic in teaching. We do not, however, restrict enrolment to children from Baptist homes.
b. We see our responsibility as that of working together with the home in the training of the child. For this reason, we feel that parents must agree to support the Christian teaching of our school. We reserve the right to suggest another school when parents cannot agree to our standards.
c. No child will be allowed to be stigmatized because of parents' dogmas.
K-4 Children who are four years old by November 1st may be accepted on a two month trial basis. During that time if the teacher and administration feel that the student is not progressing satisfactorily, the parents will be asked to withdraw their child.
K-5 Kindergarten (K-5) children may be enrolled if they are five years of age by the first of December. Beyond that date, we feel that the average child is too immature for the K-5 program and should either join the K-4's or wait until the next school term.
Children with birthdays in the month of October or November will be accepted on a two month trial basis. During that time the teacher and administration will evaluate the progress of the student. Following this evaluation the determination will be made for the child to remain in K-5, enroll in K-4 or withdraw.
a. Students who have completed a grade in this school need only fill out a re-registration form in May or June of any given year or in September of the new school term.
b. A student who has been given a conditional pass must make arrangements with the Principal and the particular teacher concerned for the subject not completed.
c. A student coming to the school from another school within the province of Nova Scotia will come to the school along with his parents for an interview with the Principal. For such an interview, it is helpful if the student can bring his academic report card from the last school attended.
d. Pupils coming to the school from outside Nova Scotia should contact the Principal and be prepared to give a record from the last school attended.
e. Private interviews may always be arranged by contacting the Principal at (902) 765-2177.
1. K.B.C.A. maintains a high academic standard and as such is not set up to help students with severe learning disabilities. But, since our classes have a small number in them the students receive more individual attention. This is beneficial to every student, but we cannot promise that this will adequately meet some student's needs. We are not miracle-workers, but we have seen many students having problems elsewhere do better in our school. The main reason for this is that our teachers are personally interested in each student and will do their best to help each one achieve his potential.
2. Our curriculum generally follows the guidelines of the Provincial Program of Studies.
3. We use Christian textbooks from A Beka and Bob Jones University Press. These books are of very good quality and meet or exceed the quality of the provincial academic texts. However, the most important aspect about them is that they present the material from a Christian perspective rather than a humanistic one. The advantages of these books, we believe, are well worth the expense.
4. We still use some of the provincial textbooks in Social Studies, Math, French, and some English as well as Physics and Chemistry. In some of the subjects, we feel it is important to have Canadian content, which we could not get from the publishers from the U.S. However, our teachers teach these subjects as well from a Christian perspective.
5. Bible is required at each level of teaching. In grades 7-12, classes are held twice a week in addition to the chapel services. A half credit is given for each course in Bible from grades 10-12.
6. All students through grade eleven are required to participate in Physical Education class. A note from the doctor is required for extended absence from these classes. Boys may wear loose-fitting sweatpants to P.E. class. Sweatshirts or T-shirts with no writing on them are to be worn.
1. Periodically we offer a course in Home Economics and Industrial Arts. On the grade 10 and 11 level, a half credit will be given to the students.
2. Computers are available for instruction in all grades.
1. Starting in K5 we teach cursive writing.
2. We teach children to read in Kindergarten - Grade 2 using the traditional phonics method.
1. Students are required to be in class at all times unless they have a legitimate reason for absence. If the student is absent, or going to be late, the school must be notified by a phone call on the day of the absence or a written excuse brought at the time of arrival on the first day back to school. The school should be notified of pending medical appointments a few days prior to the appointment.
2. Work missed because of absence may be made up at the discretion of the teacher involved. Unexcused absences may result in the student receiving 0's on whatever work was missed.
DRESS CODE INFORMATION
God's Word sets the general standards for our appearance. The first Scriptural consideration regarding dress is modesty. Another is that young men should look like young men and young women as young women. Much of today's fashions are designed to draw particular attention to the wearer. This violates a third Scriptural principle. The Christian's desire should be to draw attention to Christ through proper dress and conduct. It is the duty of the home, along with the Christian school and church, to teach Christian young people to be different than the world and to be set apart for God's use.
School uniforms are to be worn by every student every school day. The colours of navy, blue and white have been chosen. A separate information sheet is available for purposes of ordering. Students are to wear their uniforms to school and home from school.
Boys K4 to grade 12:
Purchased from K.B.C.A. - blue shirt (short and/or long sleeved); navy pants; navy school sweater.
Purchased separately - black shoes; conservatively coloured socks; white undershirt; black or navy belt.
Girls K4 to grade 6:
Purchased from K.B.C.A. - white blouse (short and/or long sleeved); navy tunic; navy school sweater.
Purchased separately - black shoes; navy knee socks or navy tights.
Girls grade 7 to grade 12:
Purchased from K.B.C.A. - white blouse (short and/or long sleeved); navy skirt; navy school sweater.
Purchased separately - black shoes; navy tights or natural colour pantyhose; white camisole which covers the midriff.
1. Shoes: Black shoes are to be worn with the uniform.
2. Jackets and coats (outerwear): Jackets or coats are not to be worn to classes or chapel.
3. Jewelry: Wrist watches and rings may be worn. Ankle chains and earrings will not be acceptable. Neck chains or bracelets may be worn for medical information only.
4. Hair: Hair is to be neatly trimmed and off the ears, collar, and eyebrows. Students are to be clean-shaven with sideburns no longer than the lower ear opening, and must meet with the approval of the administration. Hair should not be in a style associated with worldly trends. Extreme hair colouring such as two very different colours is not acceptable, (black and blond, black and red, as well as unnatural colours such as blue, orange, etc).
5. Hats: Boys are not to wear hats in the building. They are to be removed at the door upon entrance.
6. PE Classes: If PE is the last class of the day, boys do not need to change back to their uniforms before dismissal.
1. Shoes & Hosiery: Black shoes, in good condition and done up at all times, are to be worn as part of the school uniform. A separate pair of shoes is required for use in the gym. Navy knee-socks or tights are to be worn by all girls in K4 to grade 6. Grade 7 to 12 girls may wear navy tights or natural pantyhose.
2. Jackets and Coats: Jackets and coats (outerwear) are not to be worn to classes or chapel.
3. Pants and snow pants: In general, pants are not to be worn. Anytime these will be permitted will be announced ahead of time by the Administration, e.g. skiing or some winter carnival activities. When permitted the pants worn must not be tight. This will be strictly enforced. Elementary children should wear snowpants outside in the winter and may wear splashpants in the fall and spring to protect school clothes from tree resin (pitch) or mud splashes.
4. Jewelry: Conservative earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings may be worn. These are not to attract undue attention such as very large earrings would. Multiple earrings or any passing jewelry fad are not to be worn.
5. Hair: Hairstyles must be feminine and should not be styled in a manner associated with the worldly trends. Extreme hair colouring such as two very different colours is not acceptable, (black and blond, black and red, as well as unnatural colours such as blue, orange, etc).
6. Makeup: Makeup or nail polish may be worn conservatively, but not in a manner as to draw attention to the makeup itself (as in too thick or unnatural colours). Elementary girls are not to wear makeup.
7. Hats: Girls are not to wear hats in class.
8. P. E. Classes - Grade 7 - 12 girls are to wear either culottes or loose fitting sweat pants. At the end of class, girls are to change back to their uniforms.
CODE OF ETHICS
1. According to Scripture, attitude is an all-important quality to develop. Students with a consistently negative attitude toward the school and their fellow students should not continue with us. The student who tries to do wrong yet stays within the rules is considered to have a bad attitude.
2. We believe that smoking, drinking, swearing, listening to rock music or the non medical use of drugs is evil both socially and spiritually. No student practicing these vices may attend this Academy. When a student is found breaking this rule, he will be appropriately reprimanded, and if he insists in practicing the vice, the student will be dismissed from the school
Smoking, drinking, drugs, rock music, inappropriate videos and web sites should not be topics of discussion. . (See also under general rules # 6)
3. The Scriptures teach that our conversation is to be Aacceptable in God=s sight.@ Therefore swearing, off colour remarks and jokes, negative and disrespectful attitudes will be disciplined.
4. Prospective students who have been charged with a criminal offense will not be enrolled for approximately a year after the offense. These students must display proper attitudes and will be accepted only after a review of the individual case.
If a student is charged with a criminal offense and is in the administration's viewpoint guilty beyond reasonable doubt, the student will be expelled.
5. The school expects a respectful attitude toward the staff and fellow students. Talking back and disrespectful attitudes will be disciplined.
1. Eating is to be done at recess or noon hour. Gum chewing is not allowed on school property, during school hours.
2. Proper respect is to be shown in the use of the school property. Littering is not to be done as there are garbage cans situated in strategic areas. The people of the Lord have sacrificed that we may have the use of the facilities, and we should recognize these as belonging to the Lord. Parents of children causing damage to school property will pay the damages.
3. Many of the textbooks are only loaned to the students for the year. These are expected to be returned in good condition. Any text which is excessively damaged or lost will be paid for by the student.
4. Stealing and cheating will not be tolerated.
5. The teacher's room and teacher's desks are off limits without permission.
6. We believe that styles of music such as Christian rock and Christian contemporary music do not honour the Lord. Participation and discussion of these types of music have no place in the school.
7. In everyday school life, any physical contact between boys and girls is to be avoided.
8. There will be no sitting in cars during noon hour or recess on the school grounds. If an older student brings a car to school, he will place the car in the parking lot and not use it as a place to entertain his friends during school hours.
9. Doors of the classrooms will be left open at all times when a teacher is not present in the room. Couples are not to be unsupervised in any room.
Dating couples must stay in the front of the school buildings or in the gym under supervision.
10. Students will not bring radios, tape recorders or CD players to the school or a school activity unless asked to do so by a teacher.
11. The school phones will not be used by the students without permission from the teacher on duty or the principal.
12. There will be no leaning or shouting out of windows.
13. Throwing snowballs will be allowed only on the ball field and at designated times.
14. Students are to show respect for other people's property, such as books, clothing, cars, etc.
15. Bicycles are to be left parked at the end of the elementary building. These are the responsibility of the student, not the school. Bicycles are to be used for transportation to and from school and not as recreation vehicles during school hours.
16. Students are not to leave the school grounds to go to the store, etc. without the permission of the teacher on duty or the principal. Students must have a specific permission slip from their parents before the school will allow them to go to such places during school hours.
17. High School students are not to be in the elementary building without permission from a teacher, unless attending a class in that building.
Discipline comes from the word "to disciple" which means to train up in love. It can be likened to the steering wheel in a car - you have to make constant course corrections while driving to keep that car going down the road. Similarly, if we are to discipline, we must make constant corrections in the students entrusted in our care to keep them on the straight and narrow path. Discipline does not involve harsh unreasonable disciplinary action, but is intended to be that of guidance and instruction.
Rules will be based on biblical principles. Therefore if rules are willfully broken, appropriate punishment will follow. Corporal punishment will not be administered. Individual teachers will use discretion in meting out discipline.
Disrespect and disobedience will not be tolerated. If students continue to show an unruly and disrespectful attitude the school will have no choice but to expel the student.
A point system has been instituted in which students are rewarded for good behaviour. Accumulation of points results in tickets, stickers and coupons or happy grams which can be redeemed for prizes. Negative conduct results in the removal of tickets which eventually can lead to detention.
Each classroom teacher is primarily responsible for monitoring behaviour.
COMMUNICATION WITH THE PARENTS
Cooperation between the home and school is essential. A couple of times a year Parent-Teacher meetings are scheduled. At this time, parents are urged to come to the school and meet the teachers. This is a real encouragement to the child and gives an opportunity for any helpful suggestions to be made. Teachers appreciate interest shown in this manner.
We do not encourage "tattling" on the part of our students, but we know that often school is talked over at home. If, in the course of such times, the parents notice something which would be of help to the school if we knew it, we would appreciate hearing about it. This is not an invitation to small talk, but if there is an important issue, we may need to know what the child is thinking. Use your own discretion.
Notices and letters from the teachers will be sent home from time to time with the children. Please feel free to call the office regarding questions you may have.
We are of the opinion that all the academic learning cannot be accomplished within the regular school day. Therefore, we assign homework as deemed necessary. In the more advanced grades particularly, the student should have a place at home where he can study quietly. Approximate homework time should be: in grades 4-6, one hour; 7-9, one and a half hours; grades 10-12, two hours, or whatever is needed to complete the assignment at hand. Faithfulness in homework is one of the marks of a good student.
Most of the time there will be a supervisor on duty to assist those doing research. A fee is charged for overdue books. However, whether or not there is a supervisor there, the following rules are in effect:
1. Library Rules
a. Books may be borrowed for a period of two weeks. Only those books with a card in the back cover may be checked out.
b. No reference books that are in a set may be checked out. Reference books may be taken to a classroom to use but must be signed out.
c. Please return books to the librarian's desk.
d. The library is a place for study and research, therefore, a quiet atmosphere must be maintained. Those who break this rule will lose their library privileges for a period of time.
e. A few videos are available and may be signed out for 3 days.
f. There will be no eating or drinking in the library.
2. The library is a very important part of our school. We try to continually build it up so it will become more and more useful. If you have books that may be suitable for either the High School or Elementary library and you would like to donate them, we would be happy to add them to the library.
Lockers are available for the students at a fee of $2.00 each. The student will use these to keep his books and will make sure he has the appropriate books with him in class. No one is allowed to get books from lockers during class hours. Students should get books from their lockers before homeroom time, at recess or at noon hour.
Periodically, a locker-check will be conducted. The lockers must remain tidy at all times.
1. The students eat their lunch in their own classrooms. Lunchroom is supervised, and between the time of 12:00 to 12:20 students must be in their home room.
2. Students are to leave the school buildings by 12:30 unless they need to study. This must be done under the supervision of the teacher on duty.
3. Students are not to leave the grounds during noon hour unless written permission is given.
1. Regular statutory holidays are observed.
2. The Christmas holiday closely coincides with that of the public schools. The Spring break also coincides with the Department of Education dates.
3. The closing of school due to weather will be as announced on the radio for all Kings County schools.
Report cards are issued four times a year. Older students have exams in January and June.
1. In Kindergarten, the child's work is evaluated by a progress report with the grades of commendable, satisfactory, or unsatisfactory.
2. Grades 1 B 4 do not have any formal examinations at the end of each term. Instead, they are evaluated on a continual basis (via tests and homework) during each term by the teacher.
3. In Grades 5-6, the students will have exams in several subjects. These exams will be given during the scheduled exam week. The remainder of the time in that week will be used to continue on in their normal studies.
4. Honour students in Grades 1-6 must have an average of 90%.
5. In Grades 1-6, the passing mark is 70% in every subject.
1. In Grades 7 - 9, a passing mark is 60% and above with a cumulative average of 65%.
In Grades 10 - 12 the passing mark will be 60% and above.
2. Graduation Requirements:
In grades 10-12, students accumulate credits on subjects.
Academic Graduation: Students entering Grade 10 will be required to complete 18 credits by the time they graduate. The required courses will be three credits of English, two credits of Science, two credits of Math, two credit of Social Studies (one of these being a global studies course) , one credit of Fine Arts, two credits in Technology, and a half credit each in Career and Life Management and Physically Active Life Styles. The rest of the credits may be made up of any of the subjects offered by the school. Grade Nine French is required for graduation.
3. Exam Exemptions: All students must write exams first term. There are no exemptions. Students in grades 11 and 12 who earn 90% or above in any given subject during the course of the year, will have the option not to write the exam in that subject in June. If the exam is not written, the grade will be taken entirely from the work done during that term. The student will know if he is exempt two full school days before the exam week.
4. Withdrawal from a course. If a student withdraws from a course, it will be recorded on his report as WP (withdrawn passing) or WF (withdrawn failing). He may only withdraw from a course up to the first term exams. If a student withdraws from a course after first term exams, the first term grade will remain on his record for the term but will not be averaged in to his final year's average.
Standardized tests such as the Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test and the Canadian Test of Basic Skills are administered to certain grades. For these tests, there will be a fee charged to cover the costs.
Periodically our students enter academic competitions which are sent to us from other sources. In the past our students have won prizes in these competitions.
Especially since we are a private Christian school, we believe it is important to have these tests to show what kind of a job we are doing in education. The results of these tests will also help us determine strengths and weaknesses in our educational program.
1. The Sports Program is carried on both during regular gym periods and also at noon hours.
2. Spirit Week and Winter Carnival are held in the elementary and high school during the winter.
3. Each year a Committee of students guided by the Principal produces a Year Book. We believe that any student on this committee should exemplify good Christian character and show loyalty to K.B.C.A. Therefore, a student must have attended K.B.C.A. for at least one year before he is eligible to be on the committee. It is also necessary for a student to have had at least an 80% average overall in the previous year's work. The Administration reserves the right to make any changes to this Committee they feel are necessary.
4. Part of the learning experience at K.B.C.A. is found in the various class trips enjoyed by the students. These trips are arranged from time to time by the teachers to illustrate something taught in class. The parents will be notified of the trip and any fee that may need to be charged to cover the cost of transportation. Usually, at the end of each year, a special trip is planned for each class.
Each year the students in both the elementary and high school may earn recognition for achievements of various nature. The following is a list of the awards:
1. Elementary Awards
Miss Kizbro Dolliver Memorial Award (K-4)
Mrs. Elizabeth Crooks Memorial Award -
for the best reader in Kindergarten (K-5)
2. High School Awards
Mr. Jack Dexter Memorial Award
Sportsmanship Award - Junior and Senior
Reader's Digest Valedictorian Award
Academic Achievement to the Valedictorian who must have been a student at K.B.C.A. for at least two of the years of grades 10 - 12. His or her average over the three years must be at least 85% and the highest in the class. If there is no one who qualifies then the student with the highest average will be considered the Salutatorian.
3. General Awards
Perseverance and Diligence Award
Mrs. Margaret Nichols Memorial Library Award
Mrs. Jennie Norton Memorial Award
Winter Carnival Trophy
Jump Rope for Heart
The following dress guidelines apply to the closing exercises at the end of the year. All girls are to wear white dresses and white shoes. A coloured ribbon on the dress is acceptable. Dresses must be kept within the standards of modesty. Be sure the dress is not tight-fitting and that the front or back is not low. There will be a dress check early in June.
Boys must have dark blue, black or grey pants with a white shirt and a tie of solid dark colour. Shoes--not sneakers--must be worn.
HEALTH AND SICKNESS
The Public Health nurse visits the academy on a regular basis, and where necessary, gives Immunization needles.
The school does not have a nurse on duty and does not keep a stock of medicine. However, we do have a first aid kit for any minor injuries. For any serious cut or injury the parents are notified and the student will be taken to the hospital. A charge of $10.00 will be made to cover the cost of transportation to the hospital.