An important part of TCA’s mission is the discipleship of its students. The ultimate goal of that discipleship process is equipping and preparing students to know, love and serve God with all of who they are. TCA seeks to partner with Christian families and students in providing an excellent education that is biblically directed and Christ-centered. The intent of behavioral boundaries and disciplinary actions/measures at TCA is always the spiritual formation of our students. We seek to provide this by creating a safe and Christ-honoring school environment and community shaped by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
TCA recognizes a disciplinary situation as an opportunity to pursue the goal of discipleship. As a result, the administration always begins with the following question: “How can this student best be restored in light of his/her choices?” This question guides administrative steps. To assist the administrative team in the process involving major disciplinary situations, the school has a Discipline Committee comprised of the Head of School, Principals, and other members of the administration and staff that may be called upon.
When a student joins TCA for the first time and then re-enrolls, the student and his or her family form a partnership with TCA in pursuit of the school’s mission in the life of that student. While it is possible that some student choices may prevent a student from remaining a part of the TCA community, the administration and the Discipline Committee always approach situations with the goal of restoration. We desire first to help restore a student to the path God has for him or her and also to restore them to the larger TCA community if possible. Honesty, humility, and accepting personal responsibility are key to the restoration process. If in the disciplinary evaluation process a student chooses not to be honest or chooses to withhold information, then the student has broken the partnership between the family and TCA. In such situations that student may be asked to withdraw or be expelled from TCA.
ENCOURAGEMENT OF PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY
God’s Word supports personal responsibility and accountability. Part of maturing is taking responsibility for oneself. TCA recognizes that accepting personal responsibility in light of certain choices can be a universal challenge for adults and children alike that requires both courage and humility; we also recognize the freedom that Christ can give to each of us when we take responsibility for our choices and continue to seek and depend upon Him. TCA joins its families in depending on and praising God for a Savior Who walks before us and with us in all facets of life’s journey. TCA seeks to honor Jesus Christ and His hope for each of its students in their human and eternal lives.
The following elements may be applied when creating an individual plan for restoration by administration, faculty, and/or recommendation of the Discipline Committee.
Conferences – A conference between faculty, administration, students and/or parents may be necessary to communicate and clarify how the Student Honor Code applies in specific situations. Student and parent conferences are often important for clarifying expectations and in crafting a joint plan to equip students to achieve those expectations. These may involve the student, the parent, appropriate faculty/staff, guidance personnel, and/or administrators.
Detention - Detention may be used as a consequence for a variety of offenses. The following are some examples: tardiness; disruption; dress code; rude or discourteous behavior; and other actions deemed inappropriate. A TCA Disciplinary Referral Form will be sent home with the student to be signed by the parent and returned to TCA. Detention meets for on Friday mornings from 6:30-7:30. Moving detention from one week to another is strongly discouraged and must be approved by the Principal before noon on Thursday. Failure to arrive on time to detention, not serving a scheduled detention on the appropriate date, or excessive detentions served/accumulated may result in stronger disciplinary measures, such as Saturday School or suspension.
Saturday School - Saturday School may be used as a consequence for repeated misconduct or a single incident and may serve as an interim step before a student misses classes or extracurricular activities through Suspension in situations deemed appropriate by administration. Saturday School is generally from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on designated Saturdays. Failure to arrive on time to Saturday School, not serving a scheduled Saturday School on the appropriate date, and/or additional assigned detentions and/or Saturday Schools may result in increased disciplinary measures. Parents will be assessed a $40.00 charge for a Saturday School.
Out-of-School Suspension - Students involved in repeated offenses or a more serious single violation of school policy may be assigned an Out-of-School Suspension. A letter will be placed in the student’s file concerning the incident, and the student will not be readmitted without a parent conference. A student on suspension may not participate in any extracurricular activity or school event/function during this time. Students may make up missed work during their suspension as long as the suspension is not related to an academic matter.
Removal from Class – Student attitudes or behaviors which are disruptive, dishonest, or disrespectful interfere with a healthy and effective school community; these behaviors may require that a student be removed from class and/or school. Permanent removal from any class may result in a failing grade for the course and other more serious consequences.
Community Service – Serving others with an attitude of compassion and respect can be a powerful way to honor Christ, to grow spiritually, and to mature. Students may be required to complete a defined number of service hours in a specific area as part of a plan to restore the student to the TCA community. Parents and students are made aware of parameters and guidelines that accompany community service requirements. If a student is assigned service hours due to disciplinary matters, then these assigned hours may not count toward TCA’s required number of community service hours for its students.
Disciplinary Probation - Students involved in serious offenses may be placed on disciplinary probation as outlined by administration and in collaboration with the Discipline Committee. When Disciplinary Probation is in place for a student, continued enrollment is contingent upon honorable fulfillment of the probationary terms outlined in the student’s Restoration Plan.
Expulsion/Withdrawal – When a student is involved with attitude and/or behavior of a more serious nature including, but not limited to, illegal activity of any kind, deceit/dishonesty, a pattern of disciplinary violations, threatening behavior of any kind, vandalism, inappropriate social media involvement, and/or pornography, the student may be asked to withdraw or even expelled from TCA. If a student wishes to rejoin the TCA community, the student must then reapply through the Admissions Office and complete the enrollment process. Re-enrollment is not guaranteed.
Extra-Curricular/Leadership/Athletic Probation or Removal – Extracurricular involvement, including but not limited to, clubs, event attendance, class office election and position, athletic participation, and any leadership position within the school, are a privilege. In addition, many of these positions require that a student not simply avoid unwise choices, but also that they evidence humility, a teachable spirit and attitude, and a desire for growth. Consequently, students may be required to step from such positions if their behavior and/or attitude is inconsistent with that role.
Law Enforcement/Department of Children Services Involvement – TCA will respectfully honor its responsibility as a child advocacy mandatory reporter and/or may report knowledge of illegal activities concerning its students to local law enforcement. Parents will be notified in such situations.