Kindergarten classes at Temple Christian School offer a delightful learning experience for your five-year-old child. This is an enjoyable educational program designed to give your child a firm foundation for a lifetime of learning.
We use the A Beka curriculum. This program includes Bible, phonics and phonemic awareness, reading, cursive writing, numbers, and simple math. With these concepts in hand, students can confidently enter 1st grade. They and their parents can be assured that they are more than adequately prepared.
Each year, the kindergarten students are honored with a special graduation complete with caps and gowns. They receive a special diploma in recognition of their achievement. This will be a time that will be cherished for years to come.
The student forms most of his/her basic beliefs, concepts, and life principles before he/she reaches the secondary level of education. At the elementary school level, great emphasis is placed on the basic fundamentals of education. The A Beka curriculum is used. This begins with Bible study every day. Our strong reading program has been statistically shown to be successful. A mathematics program using traditional methods provides an excellent base for higher-level math concepts. Penmanship is still considered important. Homework, report cards, concerned teachers, and informed parents are the rule and not the exception.
High standards and effective discipline are hallmarks of the elementary program. It is our desire to train students to be diligent and to use their abilities to the fullest extent and not to be content with just getting by.
We offer you a proven educational program designed for the average student but producing above-average results. All this is accomplished in a warm, Christian atmosphere.
The teenage years are times of spiritual and academic growth. Social habits, friendships, goals, and desires are established for life during these important, formative years. Because a student's future is dependent upon the training and guidance given during these years, we believe a Bible-based education is imperative. Self-discipline, obedience, respect for authority, honesty, dependability, and love for man, God, and country, are emphasized and taught from a conservative Christian perspective.
Our program meets and exceeds the requirements established by the Education Department in the State of North Carolina. The A Beka curriculum and Bob Jones University curriculum is used throughout the high school. All students must follow the course of study recommended to them. This is to ensure that each student attains as much as possible academically while at TCS. A student must earn twenty-two (22) credits during the 9th - 12th grades to graduate from Temple Christian School with a basic diploma and twenty-five (25) credits for an advanced diploma designed for college-bound students.
Bible study and Bible memory work are fundamental requirements for all students at Temple Christian School. Without Bible study, a student is not educated in the true sense of the word. The Bible says: "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge" (Proverbs l:7a). Bible is the major course here at Temple Christian and must be passed every year a student attends. Those who do not pass Bible may not be accepted to return the following school year if the reason for failure is determined to be lack of effort due to a feeling that Bible is not important.
We believe that basic to all knowledge is the knowledge of God – the God of the Bible. We hold the Bible as our principle textbook, and we interpret other subjects in the light of the Scripture. Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways (Psalm 128:1). Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word (Psalm 119:9).
Because church attendance is vitally important to a young person's Christian growth, church attendance is encouraged during our Bible classes in grades 7 through 12.
All students are taught a planned program of Bible studies each day and attend chapel services weekly. Bible enhances the study of other subjects such as English, science, history, and especially social studies. A Christian school is privileged to use this most important tool in the work of character building, which is perhaps the most necessary task of a school. It far exceeds all other courses offered in laying a sure foundation of moral and spiritual values. Every effort will be made to intertwine the Scriptures with every subject on a daily basis to make God's Word practical to daily living and learning. The King James translation will be used by all classes, in order to have uniformity for memorization and classroom text.
Education, as we know it in America, has a Christian heritage. When our forefathers came to this country, the first building to be erected, after providing for their shelter, was a church. It was this church building that often served as the community school. In these schools, the pastors and preachers were usually the principals and professors.
We revere America’s past. We salute the flag and say the Pledge of Allegiance regularly; we also sing patriotic songs. A program of patriotism develops a real love for country based upon an appreciation of our American heritage and the Christian principles upon which America was founded.
Classification of Students
High school students will be classified by the amount of work completed at the beginning of the school year.
1. A student who has completed less than 5 ½ units of credit will be classified as a freshman.
2. A student who has completed 5 ½ units of credit (1 credit of English and 1 credit of Math) will be considered a sophomore.
3. A student who has completed 11 units of credit (2 credits of English and 2 of Math) will be classified as a junior.
4. A student who has completed 16 ½ units of credit (3 credits of English and 3 of Math) will be classified as a senior.
All teachers are born-again believers – Christians who are dedicated to teaching. We seek to have teachers of the highest spiritual and academic quality.
A student may always seek extra help from his/her teachers if he does not understand an assignment, if work is difficult, or if he/she has been absent and has missed assignments and class discussions. The student should arrange a time convenient to both himself/herself and the teacher during the day or after class.
A teacher will sometimes request that a student stay after school if it is apparent that the student is having difficulty with his/her work. This is not to be thought of as a punishment, but rather as the desire of the teacher to help the student make the progress of which he/she is capable.
Homework is a part of Temple Christian School's academic emphasis. It should always be done neatly, accurately, and on time. Homework should never be considered as "busy work." Classroom teachers always give homework for a specific purpose. Each student will be expected to complete the assigned homework. Incomplete homework will result in a zero given for a daily grade.
In order to encourage church attendance, the policy of the school is to give little or no homework on Wednesdays or on PTF nights.
Homework is assigned for various purposes:
- For practice.
- For drill.
- For remedial activity.
- For enrichment activity.
- For special projects.
Some assignments are long-term in nature and require planned work or study time for their completion. Planned study eliminates the necessity of spending too much time in completing an assignment the day before it is due.
Each student in grades 1 – 12 is required to have a homework assignment pad in which he/she must write his assignments. In grades 1 – 6, it must be signed each night by the parent to indicate completion of the assignment. This pad can also serve as a means of communication since teachers will see it each morning. Used pages should not be removed from assignment pads as it serves as a yearly record of homework assigned and completed.
Homework Time Guide
Through grade 3, homework assignments usually will not exceed 45 minutes. Grades 4 through 6 should have no more than 1 to 1½ hours. Junior and senior high students should spend about 2 hours per day on homework. Of course, some students will require more time and others less.
In general, no homework assignment should take an unreasonable amount of time for any grade level.
Two guidelines for students: Read for understanding, and be sure you are concentrating!
An honor roll is compiled after each nine-week grading period and is determined by the following qualifications:
A Honor Roll -- All subject grades must be “A”
A/B Honor Roll – All subject grades must be “A” or “B”, having at least one “A” to qualify
Incompletes on a report card not made up by the time the honor roll list is determined will automatically disqualify that student from honor roll for the grading period.
Honor roll certificates are given yearly.
Students who are absent must check with the classroom teachers immediately upon returning to school in order to get all assignments missed. Students are allowed one day of grace for each school day missed to make up any work. Work not completed within that length of time will be recorded as a zero. For students whose absence is unexcused, no credit will be given. Grades will be withheld until makeup work is turned in and will lead to failure if the situation is not remedied. Makeup tests will be given at times appropriated by the teacher.
When a student is absent due to a disciplinary suspension, the student must check with the teachers for work that must be made-up. Tests may be made up, if the majority of the class material had been given before the suspension.
Physical education is required of all students in seventh and eighth grades. In grades 9 or 10, one credit of physical education/health must be earned.
Students will only be allowed to miss physical education with a note of explanation from home. To be excused more than three consecutive days, a signed doctor's excuse is required in most cases.
Student progress reports will be sent home every four ½ weeks. These must be signed by the parent and returned to the teacher the next day. Teachers will check to see that every report is returned. Student progress reports are sent to parents of students in all grades.
In Kindergarten through 8th grade, a student's report card will contain a notation that the student has been promoted or retained. Students receiving “F's” in three academic subjects are automatically retained. Students receiving “F's” in both language/phonics and math are automatically retained. At the high school level, a student will usually continue to advance to the next grade; but the credits that he/she earns, plus his/her level of English class, determine his/her grade placement and when he/she graduates. (See Classification of Students)
The purpose of the reporting system is to give parents and students an accurate indication of the progress, or lack of progress, which is being made. Each student is evaluated in two areas – academic and behavioral. The academic grade is based upon the actual work done on homework, quizzes, tests, exams, etc. The conduct grade reflects attitude and/or behavior and is, at TCS, an important part of the student's report card.
Report cards will be issued every nine weeks for students in grades K – 12. They are to be signed by a parent and returned the day following receipt to the homeroom teacher. This does not mean that the parent approves or disapproves of the report. It only means that he or she has seen it. If your child does not bring a card home, or if the report is lacking grades or information, please contact the school office immediately. If a report card is lost, a note from the parent should be sent to the office. A duplicate card will be sent home for signing. A charge of $2 is made for each lost report card.
Kindergarten through Grade Twelve Grading Scale:
A Excellent 94-100
B Above Average 87-93
C Average 㻎-86
D Below Average 㻆-77
F Failure 0-69
Requirements for Senior High Graduation
Temple Christian School requires the successful completion of an academic program in excess of the requirements of the state of North Carolina. To graduate from TCS, a student must accumulate twenty (21) credits during the 9th – 12th grades twenty-two (23) credits for our advanced diploma (college prep track). Because this is a Christian school, each student must be enrolled in and pass a Bible class each year of attendance at TCS.
Credits for Diploma Credits for Advanced Diploma Electives Offered at Various Intervals
Bible (4) Bible (4) Spanish I (1)
English (4) English (4) Spanish II (1)
Math (3) Math (4) Pre-Calc. required Typing (.5)
Science (3) Science (3) Computer Apps. I (1)
Geography (1) Geography (1) Home Economics (1)
U.S. History (1) U.S. History (1) Web Design Basics (1)
World History (1) World History (1) Art I (1)
Gov/Econ (1) Gov/Econ (1) Chorus (1)
P.E./Health (1) P.E./Health (1) Dramatic Speaking (1)
Foreign Lang. (1) Foreign Lang. (2) College Prep. (.5)
Electives (1) Electives (1) Teaching Aide (.5)
Total: 21 Total: 23 Yearbook (.5)
** Students seeking an advanced Honors course must check with the teacher for the expected responsibility and work load for the honors label.
All students in grades 7-12 must follow the course of study recommended to them by the administration. This is to ensure that each student attains as much as possible academically while at Temple Christian. Following the recommended course of study will also eliminate problems of meeting graduation requirements during the senior year.
All credits necessary for graduation must be completed before a student will be permitted to march in the graduation exercises. Temple Christian School cannot be responsible for the inconvenience caused by failed courses during the last days of school.
Students who plan to attend college should write the college of their choice to find out if there are special requirements for admission. Since each college has its own individual requirements, students will need to plan a school program with the help of the administration to assure fulfillment of particular college entrance requirements. The administration will assist the student in any way possible.
All students in grades 1-12 are given achievement tests in the spring of each year to measure their achievement in areas of English, Math, Science, and Social Studies. We use the Stanford 10 Achievement test. A fee is charged to cover the cost of this testing.
Any junior may elect to take the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test), which is offered during the fall semester for a small fee. Students are encouraged to take this test, as it will show areas of academic weakness before the student's senior year, as well as prepare the student for the SAT and the ACT. The students will be notified where and when this test is available.
Seniors are recommended to register for both the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test, commonly referred to as the College Board), and the ACT (American College Test). Since colleges prefer one of these tests, a student is assured of adequate test information if he/she takes both. Also, if a student should do poorly on one of these tests, analyses of both tests will give the college a clearer picture of the student’s scholastic aptitude and achievement. Of course, students must pay the standard fees that are charged for these nationwide. Students will be notified in advance of the times and place these will be available.