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WELCOME TO NEW BRIDGE ACADEMY

“Bridging Academic Excellence and Faith”

 

 

INTRODUCTION

A new school year is an exciting time, filled with the anticipation of school events, studies, classes, rules, regulations, etc. It is also a time of decisions that will affect your life. We know that you will get from New Bridge Academy exactly what you put into the time you invest. Our desire is to instill an appreciation of the importance of godly living in the heart and life of every student in our school.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. Philippians 4:13

The intent of this Parent-Student Handbook is to establish guidelines for a consistent program throughout the school year. It is impossible to cover every situation, but basic policies and operational procedures are generally covered in this manual. It is imperative that the home and school cooperate and work together to provide the best educational and spiritual opportunities for your child(ren). Welcome to New Bridge Academy.

MISSION STATEMENT

"To prepare children for life as Christian leaders who choose character before career, wisdom beyond scholarship, service above self, and participation as a way of life."

PHILOSOPHY AND OBJECTIVE

The philosophical basis for our school is the Biblical, God-centered view of man and truth. Ultimate truth is God’s truth as revealed by His Word. Man, apart from God, is devoid of ultimate truth. Man can find truth through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Therefore, at New Bridge Academy, we seek to bring our students into Christian fellowship with God through our integrated Christian education. Biblical principles are taught in every academic subject. Properly taught, each subject should reveal to the students more about their Creator and His purpose in each life. Our objective is for students to have a personal knowledge of Jesus Christ while receiving a superior academic education.

ORGANIZATION

New Bridge Academy is a ministry of New Bridge Baptist Church. Founded in 2004 as a private Christian institution, we are dedicated to training individuals the way God trained His own Son. The Bible declares in Luke 2:52, "and Jesus grew in wisdom [mentally] and stature [physically] and in favor with God [spiritually] and men [socially]. The home and school must form a partnership for the education of each student. Training received here should be an extension of the home life of the student.

PARTNERSHIP

It is our desire to form a partnership with the home in the educational process of the child. The Bible clearly states that the responsibility of educating children belongs to the home. We believe that as we work together, the child will understand the importance of this partnership and grow into the child that the Lord desires for him or her to become.

STATEMENT OF FAITH

We believe the whole Bible to be the verbally inspired and infallible Word of God, and that it is our sole authority and final appeal in matters of faith and practice. (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:21)

We believe there is only one true God, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit; that these three have precisely the same nature, attributes and perfections and are worthy of the same love, confidence and obedience.

(Matthew 28:18-19; II Corinthians 13:14)

We believe in the Deity of Jesus Christ; that He is the only begotten Son of God, that He was born of a virgin, lived a perfect life, died for our sins, arose bodily from the grave, ascended to Heaven, and that He will return visibly to the earth. We believe that He is the Savior of all who put their trust in Him. (Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:13-19;

Hebrews 4:14-16)

We believe in the person and work of the Holy Spirit, that He is equal to God the Father and the Son, and of the same nature. We believe His holy work includes the conviction and conversion of sinners, and that He seals, teaches, guides, sanctifies and empowers the believers. (John 14:16, 17, 26; John 16:7-15)

We believe that in order to obtain eternal life one must be born again by the Spirit of God. We believe that this experience comes only through repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. (John 3:3; Acts 20:21)

We believe that eternal life is our present possession; that believers are united to Christ and sealed by the Holy Spirit and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation. (Philippians 1:6; Ephesians 1:13,14; I Peter 1:15)

SCHOOL PURPOSE

The purpose of New Bridge Academy is to provide a well-rounded educational program, through which a young person will come to know about Christ, develop a personal relationship with Him, and be encouraged to follow God’s plan and perfect will for his life. This is accomplished:

  • through godly teachers living before their students a sterling example of the reality of Christ in their own lives (MODELING);
  • through chapel services where students are challenged to follow Christ and know Him more and be led to make practical decisions concerning their everyday lives (SPIRITUAL);
  • through a curriculum where the Word of God is woven throughout (EDUCATIONAL);
  • through activities that stretch a young person’s limits and build character (PHYSICAL);
  • through a safe, drug-free, disciplined, loving environment (SOCIAL);
  • through consistent enforcement of godly principles and preferences of conduct, behavior, and appearance (MOLDING);
  • through opportunities to get out of the classroom and into the marketplace in order to share Christ with a sin-cursed world (EVANGELISTIC); and,
  • through exposing them to college and career opportunities (MATURING).

SPIRITUAL LIFE

CHAPEL

A chapel time is set aside each week for all students as a means of presenting the tenets of the Christian faith and to develop strong moral character based upon biblical preaching. Our intent is that this required activity would make each child aware of his personal accountability to God. Each chapel is designed for the age-appropriateness of the child. Elementary chapel (grades K-6) is each Wednesday morning from 9:15 - 10:00am. Chapel for students in grades 7-12 is each Tuesday during 2nd period. Each chapel is designed to be an exciting and vibrant time of worship and celebration. Many student leaders are assigned responsibilities such as leading the pledges to the Bible, Christian flag, and the American flag, and presenting special music. We invite many local pastors and preachers, as well as our own NBBC staff (Senior Pastor, Student Pastor, Headmaster, etc.) and NBA Staff to challenge the students to a holy and separated life in Christ.

ADMISSION AND FINANCIAL POLICIES

ADMISSION POLICY, PROCEDURE AND TESTING

The registration process of New Bridge Academy is based on the following steps:

  • The application/registration packet is filled out and brought to the school by the parent along with the non-refundable registration fee and new student fee.
  • All new students may be required to take an entrance test or furnish the school with results of a recent Achievement Test. The results of the test will be considered as part of the admissions procedure along with information gathered from interviews and other application data. The tests used are accepted as giving valid predictive information about the applicant’s capabilities.
  • An interview with the Headmaster or his designee

Acceptance is based upon evidence of academic ability, a favorable interview, and available space. New Bridge Academy accepts the obligation to work with a child and family to determine the proper placement, while considering all developmental aspects for the child. The parents’ acceptance of school guidelines is a requirement for admission. The New Bridge Academy Headmaster shall make final admission decisions.

NON-DISCRIMINATORY POLICY

New Bridge Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic

origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, athletic or other school-administered programs.

ACADEMIC AND HEALTH RECORDS

Academic records and references from any school previously attended are required. All New Bridge Academy students must have a health record showing proof of immunization on file in the school office. Students participating in the sports program must also have a recent physical examination by a licensed physician before being allowed to participate in sports activities.

FEES AND TUITION

  • REGISTRATION FEE:$200.00 for each child (NON-REFUNDABLE), both new and returning students
  • RESOURCE FEE: $200 for each child
  • NEW STUDENT APPLICATION FEE:$150.00 for each new student (NON-REFUNDABLE)
  • MISCELLANEOUS FEES:

After Care for Kindergarten to 12th grade: $5.00 per hour ($1.25 per quarter hour)

For secondary students only: Athletic ―Per Sport Fee - $50.00;

  • YEARLY TUITION:

(K-12): $5,450.00

Tuition discounts will apply as follows:

3% discount of full year’s tuition if paid in full by June 30; 2% discount if paid in full by July 31; 1% discount for full payment by August 31. There is a $300 discount for the 2nd child, and $600 for each additional child in the same family.

TUITION PLANS

It is our desire to make tuition plans convenient for your family. The following tuition plans are available:

Payment Plan One- Payment in Full- 3% discount for full payment by June 30; 2% discount for full payment by July 31; and 1% discount for full payment by August 31 or the first day of school, whichever occurs first.

Payment Plan Two- Semi Annual - Half of the tuition is due on or before August 1; the other half is due on or before December 15.

Payment Plan Three- Monthly Payment Plans:

  • Twelve Month - This plan divides tuition into twelve payments, with the first payment due

by June 1.

  • Ten Month - This plan divides tuition into ten payments, with the first payment due

by August 1.

PAYMENT OF ACCOUNTS

All accounts must be paid in full before a student can receive a graduation diploma, report card, or transfer of any records to another school or individual. ALL FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS SHOULD BE MADE AT THE SCHOOL'S MAIN OFFICE TO INSURE PROPER CREDIT; however, accounts may be paid by mail to the following address:

New Bridge Academy

5701 Elko Road

Sandston, VA 23150

REFUND POLICY

The policy of the school is to not refund Registration and New Student Application Fees. However, if after evaluation testing, the student is not accepted for admission to the school, then the fees will be refunded.

SERVICE CHARGE

There will be a $35.00 service charge for any check returned from the bank. Should a second check be returned, we may not accept personal checks from that family in the future.

WITHDRAWALS

After enrollment, arrangements for withdrawal must be made through the main school office. Please notify the main office of the withdrawal date at least one week in advance. On the day of withdrawal, the parent must stop by the school office and sign the Withdrawal Form, make sure all fees are paid, and return all school belongings (textbooks, library books, sports uniforms, locks, etc.) Once all of these items are taken care of, scholastic records will be released.

ACADEMIC POLICIES

ACADEMIC GOALS

New Bridge Academy recognizes a God-given responsibility to participate in molding the life and character of each student entrusted to us. Teachers, in partnership with parents or guardians, are personally and collectively responsible for each student receiving a good foundation for what lies ahead. With this in mind, New Bridge Academy seeks the following goals in the academic development of each child:

     1. The students will be encouraged and motivated to achieve at their highest level of ability to the glory of God.

     2. The students will perform at an acceptable level of competency in the basics as delineated in our curriculum scope and sequence, which should enable them to function adequately in our society.

     3. The students will demonstrate good study habits through the satisfactory completion of various assignments.

     4. The students will demonstrate development and progress in communicating through verbal and non-verbal methods.

     5. The students will demonstrate ability to work independently by following directions and completing various assignments.

     6. The students will use the Bible as the ultimate source of truth as they develop their creative and critical thinking processes.

     7. The students will learn that the Scriptures teach that God created man in His image. They will be encouraged to appreciate the God-given creative abilities in others and themselves.

     8. The students will appreciate our American heritage. They should be able to demonstrate an attitude of patriotic spirit and good citizenship.

ACADEMIC PROBATION (Grades 3 – 12)

Because of the partnership we share with the home, we consider academic success and progress to be a priority. New Bridge Academy offers Help Classes for students who struggle academically.

This is available through: the student’s teachers (after school at the teacher’s discretion), or by a student mentor program sponsored by our high school academic honors program.

Students who have a total of 4 points or an F in any grading period will be required to attend a “Help Class” after school or at such time as the school can facilitate the needed class. (F = 2 points; D+, D, or D- = 1 point). In addition, students with 4 or more points on any report card will automatically be placed on academic probation. The headmaster will arrange a meeting with the student, the parents, and the teachers involved. At this point, an agreement will be reached to insure positive academic progress. Any student who receives a grade lower than a C- in a grading period will be subject to probation and restricted from participation in extracurricular activities as well.

ACHIEVEMENT TESTING

Nationally recognized achievement tests are administered to students in grades K5 - 12

each spring. Appointments may be arranged through the office for parents wishing to discuss achievement test scores.

CURRICULUM

NBA offers quality curriculum with Biblical integration. Christian textbooks are used in many areas of study. Each teacher is required to use methods of Biblical integration for all course work. Our academic program is designed for the average to above average student. A Beka, ACSI and Bob Jones Press supply most Christian textbooks.

PROGRESS REPORTS/INTERIMS

A weekly Progress Report will be sent home to show the student’s academic progress and behavior. An Interim Report will be sent out approximately 4 ½ weeks into each quarter. These reports are to serve as an indicator of the progress or difficulty being experienced by your child. Parents are urged to confer with the teacher frequently to discuss any questions or concerns.

GRADING SCALE

In grades K-2nd, the following grading scales are used:

E = Excellent                          100-93

S = Satisfactory                      92-85

P = Progressing                       84-78

N = Needs Improvement         76-70

U= Unsatisfactory                   69 and Below

In grades K through 6, the following scale will be used for penmanship, music, physical education, art, Spanish, computer, library, conduct, and effort:

S = Satisfactory

N = Needs Improvement

In grades 3 through 6 for all other courses, and grades 7 through 12 for all courses, the following scale will be used:

A+ = 100-99                            D+ = 75 - 76

A   = 95 - 98                            D   = 72 -74

A - = 93 - 94                            D - = 70 - 71

            B+ = 91 - 92                            F    = 69 and below

B   = 87 - 90                            WP = Withdrawn - passing

`           B - = 85 - 86                            WF = Withdrawn - failing

C+ = 83 - 84                            I = Incomplete - make-up work required to establish

C   = 79 - 82                            proper grading.

C - = 77 - 78                           

HIGH SCHOOL COURSE CREDIT FOR OFF-CAMPUS COURSES

If a student desires to take a course for high school credit that is not currently offered at NBA, the following conditions must be met:

1. Written administrative approval must be obtained prior to the start of the           

    course.

2. All costs involved in the course will be at the student's expense.

The following stipulations may apply to any and all credits (Carnegie Units) transferred to NBA and placed on an official NBA high school transcript, (whether at the time of initial entry or any time during the student's career):

1. Course competency exams may be required.

2. Validation of course content which may include lists of textbooks, resource

    books, daily grade results, and copies of tests.

3. Standardized achievement test results.

GRADUATION and RELATED POLICIES

GENERAL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

The following requirements must be fulfilled by each student eligible for graduation:

  • All curriculum requirements must be satisfied.
  • All financial obligations must be met.
  • Each student’s attitude, conduct, and philosophy must be in keeping with the testimony and standards of New Bridge Academy. The administration reserves the right to deny privilege of graduation to any student whose attitude, conduct, or philosophy does not reflect the established standards of NBA.
  • Senior service project which includes 8 hours of community service.

CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION:

Course/Subject Advanced Standard Modified Standard
English 4 4 4
Foreign Language 3 2**
History & Social Sciences 4 3 2
Mathematics 4 3 3
Lab Science 4 3 2
Health & Physical Education 2 2 2
Bible* 4 4
Fine Arts or Career & Technical Education  1 2 ** 1
Electives 3 4 6
Economics & Personal Finance 1 1
TOTAL CREDITS 26 22 20

*One unit of Bible must be earned for each year a student attends NBA.

** For a standard diploma a student must have 2 Foreign Language credits or 2 Fine Arts or Career & Technical Education credits.

STUDENT CLASSIFICATION IN HIGH SCHOOL

Accurate classification of any student cannot be determined until transcripts of credits earned in schools formerly attended have been received and evaluated. Classification of students may not change during the year. In the high school, adherence to the following classification will be practiced:

  • FRESHMAN: To be classified as a freshman, a student must have completed the eighth grade.
  • SOPHOMORE: To be classified as a sophomore, a student must have earned not fewer than six (6) units of credit, including one unit of English.
  • JUNIOR: To be classified as a junior, a student must have earned not fewer than twelve (12) units of credit including two units of English.
  • SENIOR: To be classified as a senior, a student must have earned not fewer than eighteen (18) units of credit, including three units of English.

COMMUNITY SERVICE REQUIREMENT

Each student in grades 9-12 will be required to complete a minimum of two hours per quarter of community service. The hours must be completed within the quarterly grading period and must meet each assigned deadline for completion. (Students turning in hours after the deadlines will not be given credit.) The weighting of the grade for community service will be equivalent to a major test or project within the quarterly grading. Students will receive a grade of either a 100 or a 0 based on successful completion of hours.

Points may be deducted for failure to complete the required documentation of hours in its entirety. The required community service hours must be completed individually and must be pre-approved by the responsible teacher designated by the Headmaster. They may not include regular service within the church like working in the nursery or leading in worship. They may involve a non-profit community agency, or may be done through approved volunteer work. For a community service project to be approved it must meet the following criteria:

  • student may not receive monetary compensation for their service
  • service may not be performed in connection with requirements for awards for any other organization such as Scouts
  • student should not be performing the service in order to receive scholarship monies or other academic credit

Service may involve but not limited to:

  • service may involve tutoring, mentoring or other educational assistance
  • service may involve civic or community service or improvement
  • service may involve the alleviation of human suffering
  • service may involve assisting the underprivileged
  • service may involve the education and development of children and/or adults
  • service may involve stewardship of the earth (environmental projects, care for animals, etc.)

HOMEWORK

Students in New Bridge Academy will normally have homework. We believe it is an integral part of the school program, which will aid students in advancing their studies. Students are expected to complete the homework assigned. Parents are expected to monitor their child’s homework activity.

Homework is given for several purposes:

  • for drill - to master material essential to the educational process;
  • for remedial activity - to strengthen various academic weaknesses; and,
  • for projects - book reports, special research assignments that expand academic experience.

HOMEWORK TIME ALLOTMENT: These times reflect how long it will take the average student to complete his homework.

Kindergarten- Some reading to parents and an occasional worksheet

1st – 2nd up to 30-45 minutes per night

3rd - 6th up to1-1.5 hours per night

7th - 8th up to 1.5-2 hours per night

9th - 12th up to 2-3 hours per night

In high school, teachers are to give no more than 25 minutes of homework per subject.

HONOR ROLL:

The purpose of the Honor Roll is to encourage the pursuit of knowledge and to recognize academic excellence and achievement. The Honor Roll is divided into first and second honors. Students who receive all A's in a grading period will receive first honors. Second honors are given to students who receive no grade below B-for a grading period.  Students in K-2nd will receive honor roll for all “E”.

PROMOTION AND RETENTION

Teachers have the responsibility to personally monitor the progress of each child under their care, and to encourage, with individual time and effort, successful achievement of standards and objectives. A part of this responsibility involves the integrity necessary to retain a child in his current grade level until mastery of skills is accomplished. The following criteria will guide teachers in determining the need to retain a student at his current grade level until mastery of certain subjects or skills has been achieved:

1. Kindergarten through second grades: Unsatisfactory progress in reading and/or mathematics, U’s or failure to complete minimum levels. Failure is not mandatory if improvement is shown later in the year.

2. Third through eighth grades: failure in two of the following major subject areas: mathematics, language arts, history and science. Unsatisfactory progress (or below grade level) in the development of reading skills may be considered as failure of a major subject. Failure is not mandatory if significant improvement is achieved during the last two nine-week grading periods. Any major course (Bible, English, history, math, and science) that is failed must be successfully made up during the summer through a method approved by the Headmaster. If two or more major courses are failed and not successfully made up during the summer, the entire grade may need to be repeated.

3. Grades 9-12: Any course required for graduation that is failed must be made up by a method approved by the Headmaster, or it must be repeated to gain credit. Summer school and/or independent studies may substitute for courses required for a current student. All costs incurred in repeating a course are the responsibility of the parents.

REPORT CARDS

The school operates on a four quarter basis. Report cards are distributed following the end of each grading period.

CONDUCT POLICY

DISCIPLINE PHILOSOPHY

The philosophy a man holds concerning the nature of man will greatly determine the philosophy he holds concerning the discipline of man.

Jeremiah the prophet recorded God's attitude toward His creation when he said in Jeremiah 17:9, "The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure." God has set the example for a parent. He loves us too much to allow us to do something that will hurt us. That is responsible love. With this motive, we seek to fairly and firmly discipline our students to enable them to obey man whom they can see, that they may learn to obey God whom they cannot see. Parents are asked to take all questions concerning disciplinary matters to the individual(s) directly involved first, then to the administration. This procedure will help build proper communication and avoid hindering vital relationships necessary for your child's training. This is the "Matthew 18 principle."

We ask the full cooperation of each parent in the disciplining of your child.

As a Christian school, we must provide an environment for the spiritual growth and development of our young people. We believe that Christian students should avoid practices which cause the loss of sensitivity to the spiritual well being (Romans 12:1,2). This sense of the need for spiritual well being led New Bridge Academy to adopt its standards for students while they are at school, at home, or elsewhere.  The selection of the infractions mentioned may appear arbitrary to some; but while not condemning others who see differently, New Bridge Academy believes that the infractions named on the following pages are undesirable types of conduct and are detrimental to the standards established.

Students found to be out of harmony with the New Bridge Academy ideals of work and life may be asked to withdraw whenever the general welfare of the school demands it, even though there may not be a specific breach of conduct. In this atmosphere of definite and positive Christian standards of conduct, good scholastic planning, and genuine personal interest between faculty and student, there is a fine opportunity for development of strong Christian character.  As a private Christian school, we reserve the privilege of setting and maintaining our own standards for students’ conduct, dress, cleanliness and scholarship. The school reserves the right to refuse admittance to anyone it so chooses, and to suspend, expel or ask a parent to withdraw any student who violates the standards set down in this handbook, or other rules of conduct as defined by the administration. Proper Christian educational and moral principles can only be obtained through a well-disciplined program. The cooperation of parents and students is essential.

CODE OF CONDUCT FOR STUDENTS

Obedience, respect, and responsibility are key virtues that students must develop. Obedience to rules and guidelines is essential to the development of maturity (Luke 2:51, Hebrews 5:8).  Respect is necessary for all successful and meaningful relationships (Luke 10:36-37, Romans 12:18). And the building of personal responsibility fosters a sense of achievement. Both responsibility and achievement are necessary ingredients to the development of self-worth (I Corinthians 10:31, Ecclesiastes 9:10, Romans 14:12). As we seek to provide a balanced and disciplined environment for the students of New Bridge Academy, we realize that human wisdom falls short of God’s standards. We do not claim to be perfect in all our decisions, but we do try our best to discipline in a way that is biblical and pleasing to God. As partners in the discipline process, it is important that the school and the home work cooperatively for the students’ good. Since we teach the students to obey and submit to their parents, it is imperative that parents maintain that continuity by upholding and teaching the principles taught at school. We can instill in students proper Christian educational and moral principles only through a program that includes clear disciplinary procedures, and as students and parents, your cooperation in that program is crucial. (Please be aware that the administration reserves the right to make discipline decisions on an individual basis.) Our goal should always be to obey the Scripture that says, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”  (Colossians 3:17). In the best interest of the entire school community, certain guidelines of conduct must be maintained by all students of New Bridge Academy, both on and off campus, so that we might all live and work happily together.

These general guidelines for student conduct are listed below:

1. Practice courtesy and consideration in your association with teachers, school/church employees, fellow students, and visitors. Respect their person and property. (See Ephesians 4:28-32.)

2. Respect the authority of teachers, administrators, and staff members, and treat them courteously, respectfully, and obediently as unto the Lord. (See Hebrews 13:17 and I Thessalonians 5:12-13.)

3. Abstain both on and off campus and at all times (24/7/365) from use or possession of alcoholic beverages, tobacco, drugs, and pornography as well as from gambling and other undesirable practices that are generally recognized to be harmful to health and Christian character. (I Corinthians 6:19-20.)

4. Abstain from profanity and vulgar or abusive speech and actions. Such speaking and acting is harmful to others and is certainly not appropriate or conducive to your moral and spiritual development. (See Ephesians 4:29.)

5. Refrain from any public display of affection. As students, you are expected to conduct yourselves in a discreet and Christian manner. Therefore, you should follow a ―hands off policy.

6. Leave all annoying or dangerous items such as knives, water pistols, lighters, and matches at home. Students are not allowed to have cell phones or other portable communication devices powered on while in the building during school hours. They must be powered off and properly stored between 8:00 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. and during any school-sponsored activities. Radios, IPODs, CD players, and hand-held electronic games should also be powered off and properly stored during the school day.  Use of these devices during field trips, special class events, and to and from athletic events is up to the discretion of the teacher.  Violation of any of the above will result in confiscation of the device. Parents will be required to come to the office to retrieve confiscated electronic equipment. In addition, NBA is not responsible for lost or stolen cell phones or electronic devices.

7. Do your own work—do not give or receive help on tests or homework unless the teacher has granted this privilege on a particular project. Your record should reflect your individual effort. Since honesty is a Christian virtue that should be displayed by all students, we consider cheating a serious offense. During a test, quiz, or an exam, it is your responsibility to avoid every appearance of cheating. All books and papers must be out of sight. No talking is allowed. In fact, talking during a quiz or a test may be dealt with in the same manner as cheating.

8 Plagiarism is a serious offense. The definition of plagiarism is ―the use of another writer’s ideas or words without giving the writer credit for them.

9. All school rules apply on all field trips and on all school-sponsored events both on the school campus and away from it.

HARASSMENT

New Bridge Academy has a zero-tolerance for harassment. It is the policy of New Bridge Academy that all students shall be able to attend and learn in a school setting that is free from all forms of discrimination: creed, race, age, color, religion, sex, handicap, or national origin.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT INVOLVING STUDENTS: It is the policy of New Bridge Academy to maintain a learning environment free from sexual harassment and intimidation. The existence of such conditions is contrary to federal and state laws and interferes with individual opportunity for successful learning and organizational achievement. It shall be a violation of this policy for any employee, agent, parent, volunteer, or student through conduct or communications of a sexual nature. Generally, un-welcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or activity and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when:

Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a part of the individual’s employment or academic environment, including benefits and services, honors, programs, or activities available through the school; Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as basis for decisions affecting that individual’s education; Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonable interference with an individual’s education;

Definition of Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome sexual behavior-verbal, visual, written, or physical contact. Sexual harassment can occur and is subject to disciplinary action between any members of the following groups: Students, Employees, Volunteers and Visitors.

Examples of Harassing

  • Verbal harassment or abuse
  • Remarks to a person with sexual or demeaning implications
  • Unwelcome pressure for dates
  • Suggesting or demanding sexual involvement
  • Questions or comments about sexual activities
  • Display of sexually suggestive objects, pictures, posters
  • Sexually oriented jokes, innuendoes (insinuations), narrative (stories) or obscenities
  • Any aggressive behavior that affects working or learning and is directed toward an individual based on that individual’s sex

Consequences

Any student, faculty, or staff member, who has been found to have suffered sexual harassment by another student, staff member, or volunteer may file a complaint without fear of reprisal with one of the following:

Teacher, Counselor, Administrator, or Any other trusted staff member.

Deciding Factor

Conduct will be considered from the viewpoint of whether an ordinary reasonable person of the same sex as the complaining party who is aware of the school’s expectations of conduct would interpret the conduct in the same manner as the complainant.

Retaliation

New Bridge Academy prohibits retaliatory behavior of any kind against any complainant or any participant in the complaint process. Retaliation includes but is not limited to any form of intimidation, reprisal, or harassment.

RACIAL HARASSMENT INVOLVING STUDENTS

Racial harassment occurs when racial or ethnic-based verbal conduct or use of physical gesture(s) interferes with an individual’s work or school performance. It also occurs if the conduct creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work or school environment. Racial harassment includes racial slurs regardless of intent, gestures, insignias, acronyms (e.g. KKK, name calling, swastikas, confederate flags), that make an individual feel threatened or uncomfortable.

Consequences

Any student who has been found to have committed racial harassment will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion.

Reporting

Anyone who believes s/he has been subjected to racial harassment by another student, staff member or volunteer may file a complaint without fear of reprisal with one of the following:

Teacher, Counselor, Administrator, Any other trusted staff member

Retaliation

New Bridge Academy prohibits retaliatory behavior of any kind against any complainant or any participant in the complaint process. Retaliation includes but is not limited to any form of intimidation, reprisal, or harassment.

HARASSING SLURS:

New Bridge Academy recognizes that regardless of intent, racial, ethnic, sexual and other harassing slurs have the capacity of substantially harming both individuals toward whom the slurs are addressed and the educational community as a whole. Slurs are defined as derogatory remarks, words, phrases, pictures or gestures referencing or directed toward any individual or group(s). Such actions among members of the same group are also considered slurs. Students who make racial, ethnic, sexual or other harassing slurs shall be subject to disciplinary action and may be subject to criminal charges. Students should report all incidences of intimidation or harassment to an administrator and file a complaint with a school administrator or other trusted staff member.

DISCIPLINE FOR GRADES 7 – 12

The school and the home must be in agreement in disciplinary outlook. Only a philosophy based on God's Word is acceptable. Parents and students should realize that in determining the proper action for any offense, the seriousness of the offense and the circumstances surrounding the offense must be taken into consideration.

DISCIPLINE CATEGORIES AND CONSEQUENCES (grades 7 - 12)

Class A Offense

Class A offenses receive a written warning. One copy of a demerit slip is given to the student to take home to the parents (to be signed and returned the following school day), one remains with the teacher, and one is filed with the Headmaster’s office. Class A offenses accumulate during each quarter and are wiped clean at the start of each new quarter unless otherwise noted.

            Class A - (3 class A offenses per quarter = 1 detention)

  • Dress code violations during school hours or any school activities
  • Running in buildings
  • Locker offense - unlocked, no lock, messy
  • Throwing trash or paper on campus
  • Eating or drinking in inappropriate places on campus
  • Disrupting class
  • Verbal harassment or inappropriate conduct toward another person
  • Failure to obey when warned on minor issues
  • Minor offenses determined to be detrimental to the nature of a Christian school
  • Unprepared for class

           

Class B Offense

Class B offenses are detention offenses. An accumulation of any three (3) Class A offenses will result in a Class B offense. The Headmaster will assign detentions. Detention assignments will be given to the student and notification sent home to the parents.

Class B - (1 class B offense per quarter = 1 detention)

  • 3 unexcused tardies
  • Leaving campus without permission
  • Inappropriate material in lockers
  • Being involved or causing others to be involved in verbal and/or physical abuse of others
  • Physical contact between male / female students
  • Actions determined to be rebellious in nature
  • Being disrespectful to faculty, staff, or other adults on campus
  • Use of profane, abusive, or crude language
  • Use of school equipment without staff permission
  • Skipping any class during a school day
  • Actions determined to merit detention assignments
  • Use of cell phones during instructional day

Class C Offense

When a student receives his third detention or commits a Class C offense, there will be a conference with the parents, student, and Administration. This may result in an In-School Suspension (ISS) or an Out-of-School Suspension (OSS) as determined by the Headmaster. Disciplinary probation is automatically invoked when a suspension occurs. The suspension will be given for 1-3 school days. Class C offenses accumulate throughout the year.

Class C - (suspension of 1 – 3 days; possible expulsion)

  • Actions or attitudes which are spiritually detrimental to the nature of a Christian school
  • Stealing
  • Reckless driving (may result in a suspension and revocation of driving privileges)
  • Inappropriate use of internet
  • Vandalism (plus restitution of all damages)
  • Use / possession of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs and its paraphernalia
  • Sexual harassment, verbal or physical
  • Skipping school
  • Habitual non-conformity to school rules
  • Pornography or other sexually-related materials
  • Dishonesty / Lying / Deliberate Deception
  • Being involved in or causing others to be involved in serious verbal / physical abuse of others
  • Cheating - includes during test/quiz; plagiarism; copying homework; sharing answers, etc.
  • Forging a parent signature on any school form
  • Actions determined to merit a suspension

Class D Offense

Class D offenses mean automatic expulsion and possible notification of legal authorities. Any senior student would also lose the privilege of participating in graduation exercises. Expulsion may result from a combination of Class C offenses. Any student expelled from New Bridge Academy for disciplinary reasons will not be allowed to apply for re-enrollment until the beginning of a semester following one full year after the date of expulsion. The student must show evidence of repentance in order to be considered for re-admittance. The students and parents must be interviewed by Administration and go through the admissions process as a new student. Administration will make recommendations concerning re-enrollment.

Class D - (a class D offense results in immediate suspension pending expulsion)

  • Any violation which transcends the scope of the above
  • Serious violations of the law on or off campus
  • Actions determined to merit expulsion
  • Blatant immorality
  • ability to accomplish its spiritual and/or educational purpose
  • Pregnancy or responsibility for a pregnancy
  • Abortion or responsibility for an abortion
  • Any sexual activity, at school or at home

Detention assignments will be determined by the Headmaster. Students will be assigned work to complete during their detention, and parents may be required to attend with their student. Parents will be notified via a detention notice and it is required that students return this form to the office by the next school day. Detentions are assigned the last Thursday of each month.

In-School Suspension will be held on campus. This will consist of the student being monitored in a location away from his/her peers for the entire school day. All assigned work will be completed during ISS. Please note: Although all work will receive zeroes, the work that is assigned during an ISS is to assure that a student does not fall behind in class work. This includes homework, quizzes, and tests.

Out-of-School Suspension will not allow the student to attend school. Any homework, tests or quizzes due during an OSS will be an automatic zero. Although all work will receive zeroes, the work that is assigned during an OSS is to assure that a student does not fall behind in their class work. This includes homework, quizzes, and tests.

Disciplinary Probation will result from suspension, violation of Class C offenses or any actions Administration deems warranted. Disciplinary probation will last for an assigned amount of time set by the Administration (no longer than 9 weeks). Students on probation will be closely monitored, and specific changes in behavior are expected. Probation can be invoked with or without the consent of the parents. Any Class C offense committed during probation will be a cause for a recommendation for expulsion. At any time during the probation, if Administration determines that necessary behavior changes have not occurred, a recommendation for expulsion may be given. Disciplinary probation may be assigned for any new students who had disciplinary problems previously. Disciplinary probation may be assigned as a condition of enrollment or re-enrollment. Any student with Class C offenses will be re-evaluated prior to re-admittance the following semester.

EXAM EXEMPTIONS

Exam exemptions for final exams only:

The guidelines for exemptions are as follows:

  • Students must have at least a 93 average for the year in the specific course
  • Must have an overall average in all classes of 85 or higher for the year
  • Must not have any detentions for the year
  • Must not have more than 2 excused or unexcused absences per class per semester
  • If exempt, a student may choose which qualifying test to exempt
  • Grades 9 – 11 may not exempt Bible exam

Exemptions allowed:

9th grade 1 exams

10th grade 2 exams

11th grade 3 exams

12th grade unlimited

APPEARANCE POLICIES

DRESS CODE

New Bridge Academy dress standards are based on Biblical principles and on the concept of appropriateness. Principles in God’s Word clearly apply in two areas of Christian dress. The principle of modesty is given to Christians in I Timothy 2:9 and should be followed in dress standards. Secondly, Christians should follow the principle of separation from worldliness in dress as taught in II Corinthians 6:17. Certain styles of dress identify the individual with ungodly philosophies in society or groups in the community; therefore, Christians need to be discerning and seek to avoid those associations. (I Thessalonians 5:22; I Peter 2:9)

New Bridge Academy has established a coordinated clothing policy for all students in grades K-12. Approved clothing can be accessed through various retail outlets such as Target, Kmart or Sears, via online at frenchtoast.com or catalog by calling 1-800- FRENCHTOAST.  The School Code for NBA on the French Toast site is QS5EZEY. This will access the NBA logo for embroidery and all acceptable uniform items. NBA will receive 5% return on all uniforms ordered through French Toast.

Limited items are available through the PTF Clothes Closet for a minimal donation.

YOUNG LADIES Grades K – 12

Young ladies are permitted to wear any combination of the following pieces. Please see Additional Requirements for Field Trip Dress Code Requirements.

Item Approved Colors
L/S & S/S Knit Polo light blue, burgundy, white, navy, black
L/S & S/S Peter Pan Blouse light blue, white
L/S& S/S Oxford Blouse Light blue, white
Mock/Traditional Turtleneck light blue, burgundy, white, navy, black
Fine Gauge Knit Cardigan Solid colors of white, navy, burgundy
V-Neck Sweater Vest Solid colors of white, navy, burgundy
Flat/ Pleated Front All Season Pant navy, khaki
Pleated Jumper (Dress) navy, khaki, burgundy plaid
Three Tab Pleated Skort navy, khaki, burgundy plaid
Long skirt navy, khaki
Bermuda Short navy, khaki
Hooded Jacket (this is approved for inside the building wear) Solid colors of white, navy, burgundy, gray (no logo or printing)

Winter coats will not be considered part of the dress code and will not be allowed to be worn inside the building and should be stored in designated areas.  

YOUNG MEN Grade K – 12

Young men are permitted to wear any combination of the following pieces.

ITEM APPROVED COLORS
L/S & S/S Knit Polo light blue, burgundy, white, navy, black
L/S & S/S Oxford Shirt (Dress)

light blue, burgundy, white, navy, black

Mock/ Traditional Turtleneck light blue, burgundy, white, navy, black
Jersey Knit V-Neck Cardigan Solid colors of white, navy, burgundy
V-Neck Sweater Vest

white, navy, burgundy

Flat/ Pleated Short navy, khaki
Flat/ Pleated Double-Knee Pant

navy, khaki

Four Season Dress Pant navy, khaki
Pull Over Sweater Solid colors of white, navy, burgundy
Tie (full make or adj.) Subject to administration approval
Sport Coat Solid colors of navy, burgundy, gray
Hooded Jacket (this is approved for inside the building wear) Solid colors of white, navy, burgundy, gray (no logo or printing)

Winter coats will not be considered part of the dress code and will not be allowed to be worn inside the building and should be stored in designated areas.  

DRESS CODE FOR FIELD TRIPS:

FIELD TRIPS are an opportunity for New Bridge Academy students to proudly display their Christian values and behavior. Dressing in our uniform is an important part of showing the Crusader look as well as an additional safety measure that allows teachers and chaperones to quickly distinguish who is and who is not a New Bridge student. As such, the uniform requirement for Field Trips will be designated by the classroom teacher per the event.

Exceptions for Designated Days or Events

Periodically specific days or events (i.e. school picnic, field day, or spirit week) will be designated as ―non-uniform days during which deviations from the approved uniform will be permitted, provided the Headmaster determines that such exceptions will facilitate the event, promote school spirit, or otherwise serve an educational interest. Requirements for the Designated Days must be followed in order to participate (i.e. - On Spirit Day, students must have on NBA spirit wear displaying the logo or name of NBA in order to be excused from the prescribed uniform). Guidelines for each of these days will be given to the students in advance of the day. There is no such thing as a ―free dress day– in other words, even when students are not in the usual uniform dress of the school, the school’s dress code philosophy and all of the above guidelines with respect to modesty, neatness and grooming continue to apply.

Please note: The administration reserves the right to ask a student to change into more appropriate attire at any time, including special dress days. Parents are thanked in advance for their cooperation.

ADDITIONAL DRESS CODE GUIDELINES:

  • Belts

Any belt as long as it is neat will be acceptable. If the pants are manufactured with belt loops – a belt must be worn. Pants are expected to be properly positioned on the student’s body.  Students found modifying pants to avoid wearing a belt or not having pants properly positioned will be subject to disciplinary action.

  • Gym Attire
  • Grades K-6 – Students will attend gym class in the clothing they wear to school. Please dress appropriately on those days. Tennis shoes are required for gym class.
  • Grades 7-12 – The student must purchase the designated gym uniform from NBA. This is a t-shirt with the school logo/mascot and shorts with the school name. Orders will be taken at Orientation and during the first week of school (uniforms cost $20. Gym shoes and socks are required in gym class.
  • Hair

Hair should be of a natural shade (Abnormal colors and distractive styles, as determined by administration, are not permitted). Boy’s hair must be off the collar, off the ears and out of the eyes. Boys will be allowed to wear sweatbands for gym class or sports practices only.

  • Facial Hair

Students are expected to be clean and neat at all times.  Facial hair is not acceptable on any student (unless it results from the care of a dermatologist with written details supplied to the office).

  • Hats

Must be removed indoors.

  • Jewelry

Should be worn conservatively or not at all. Body-piercing jewelry is not permitted. Ear-piercing jewelry is exclusively permitted for girls.

  • Outerwear

Winter coats will not be considered part of the dress code and will not be allowed to be worn inside the building and should be stored in designated areas.  

  • Skirts, Pants & Shorts

Must be worn at the natural waistline. Hemlines should not higher than 2-inches above the knee when kneeling.  If the pants have belt loops, a belt must be worn. Excessive bagginess or length is not permitted. Shorts are permitted at the parent’s discretion but must adhere to the guidelines previously set.

  • Shirts

When wearing an oxford shirt, only the top two buttons may be unbuttoned. Shirts that are not completely opaque must be worn over a white tee shirt unless being layered neatly over a polo or turtleneck meeting dress code requirements. All shirts, except for girls’ dress shirts made to be worn loose, must be tucked in at the waist.

  • Shoes

No flip-flops, strapless sandals or military style boots. No heels higher than 2”. Standard dress shoes, casual shoes, and athletic footwear that are neat and clean are generally acceptable and must be worn in a safe manner. 

  • Sweaters/Sweatshirts/Lightweight Jackets

Students must be dressed to dress code specifications daily.  If a student chooses to wear a sweater, sweatshirt, or lightweight jacket over his or her uniform, the outer garment must be a solid navy, burgundy, or gray color without any logo other than the New Bridge Academy logo. 

  • Tattoos

No visible tattoos permitted

ATTENDANCE POLICIES

PUNCTUALITY

The greatest ability is dependability. Being on time is very important. Classes begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. each morning for both elementary and secondary students. A student who is NOT seated in his assigned desk by 8:00 a.m. is tardy, and must obtain a pass from the office to enter class. 3 unexcused tardies to school will result in a detention. Acceptable excuses for tardies are: illness of the student or parent, or special reasons to be evaluated by the administration. Traffic is not an acceptable excuse.

ABSENCES

Regular and punctual attendance is necessary if students are to progress in their education. We encourage perfect attendance and give recognition to those who achieve this goal. All missed tests and assigned work must still be made up as defined in a later

section.

For elementary and secondary school students, a maximum of thirty (30) absences per year will be allowed. Students who exceed the absence limit may be required to repeat the grade level in which they are enrolled. Any secondary student who misses more than fifteen (15) days during any one semester may be subject to failure of the classes missed. A written excuse from a doctor may be required for illness that lasts more than 3 consecutive days.

EXCUSED ABSENCES

Acceptable excuses for absences are:

1. Illness of student

2. Illness or death in student’s immediate family

3. Participation in approved school activities

4. Special reasons to be evaluated by the administration

It is requested that all dental and medical appointments be scheduled so they do not conflict with school attendance. If this is not possible, a note signed by the doctor or dentist may be required to excuse the absence.

REPORTING ABSENCES

ELEMENTARY: When the student returns to the classroom after an absence, he must bring a note stating the date of the absence and the reason. The note must be signed by a parent and given to the child’s teacher. Teachers will forward the note to the office. Parents wishing to pick up books or class work for their child who is absent must call the school office (804-737-7833) by 9:00 a.m. for homework requests. They should plan to pick up that work after school. Teachers have been instructed not to allow parents to interrupt a class by gathering this material during class time.

SECONDARY: School policy is to notify parents when any 7th – 12th grade student does not arrive at school on any given school day. Therefore, it would be extremely helpful if the parent would call the office to let the school know that the student will be absent and to state the reason for the absence. This call must be made by 9:00 a.m. (You may call before the office opens at 7:30 a.m. and leave a message on the voice mail—please remember to state your name, your child’s name, and the reason for the absence). If a secretary has not heard from you by 9:00 a.m., she will call you at work or at home.  A written excuse must be submitted upon the student’s return to school. This note must be signed by the parent or guardian, and must state the reason for the absence as well as the date(s).  When the student returns to school, he/she should report to the school office for an admission slip before going to homeroom. If the reason for the absence has not been verified, and the student does not bring in a written excuse from the parent after two school days, the absence will be considered unexcused. Schoolwork cannot be made up for unexcused absences. Parents wishing to pick up books or class work for their child who is absent must call the school office with a homework request by 9:00 a.m .and plan to pick up that work after school. Teachers have been instructed not to allow parents to interrupt a class by gathering this material during class time.

EARLY DISMISSAL

Parents needing to pick up a child early must go to the office to sign their child out. Elementary students should give their teacher a note first thing in the morning, stating what time they will be leaving. The secondary student must bring a note that is signed by the parent to the school office before going to homeroom. An early dismissal slip will be issued, and the secondary student should present the dismissal slip to the teacher at the beginning of the class that he/she will be leaving early. The parent must sign the student out at the office before the student can leave the school premises.

PRE - ARRANGED ABSENCES

The purpose for a pre-arranged absence is two-fold: to let the school know in advance that your student will be absent for 1 or more days for a special trip or event; and also to give your child an opportunity to get assignments ahead of time in order to work on them

as time permits. Students desiring pre-arranged absences must present a note (to the teacher or the school office) written by a parent or guardian stating the dates and reason for the absence. This must be done two or more school days before the absence.

The secondary student will receive a pre-arranged absence form that must be initialed by all the student’s teachers who will list all pertinent comments and assignments concerning the absence. School work for both elementary and secondary students will be credited only if completed and turned in according to the time allotted for make-up work (listed below). Parents are responsible for insuring that schoolwork is completed.

MAKE - UP WORK

Please remember that school experiences, classroom discussions, and programs once missed, can never be completely recovered or made up. A student is allowed to make up his or her work when he or she has been absent. The student will be allowed the same number of days that he or she was absent, plus one, to make up the work that has been missed. Any work assigned before the absence occurs is due the day the student returns. This includes projects, test and quizzes.

SNOW CLOSING

Be sure to check local TV news, radio or the school’s website for school closings. We will announce any weather-related events on the major TV stations (ABC, CBS, NBC), and our school’s website (www.newbridgeacademy.org).  An attempt will be made to send a mass email to all parents and staff in the event of a school closing.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE POLICY

New Bridge Academy desires to maintain a healthy school environment by instituting controls designed to prevent the spread of communicable diseases. The term communicable disease shall mean an illness which arises as a result of a specific infectious agent which may be transmitted either directly or indirectly by a susceptible host or infected person or animal to other persons. A teacher who has reason to suspect that a student or employee has a communicable disease shall immediately notify the

Headmaster. The reportable diseases include the following:

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)                  Meningococcal Disease

Aids Related Complex (ARC)                                                            Mumps

Amebiasis                                                                               Paralytic Shellfish poisoning

Animal Bite of a potentially rabid animal                                Pertussis

Anthrax                                                                                   Pesticide poisoning

Botulism                                                                                  Plague

Brucellosis                                                                               Poliomyelitis

Campylobacteriosis                                                                Psittacosis

Chancroid                                                                               Rabies

Dengue                                                                                   Relapsing Fever

Diphtheria                                                                                Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Encephalitis                                                                             Rubella Rickettsia (including congenital)

Fifths Disease                                                                         Salmonellosis

Giardiasis (acute)                                                                    Scarlet Fever

Gonorrhea                                                                               Schistosomiasis

Granuloma Inguinale                                                              Shigellosis

Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy)                                                   Smallpox

Hemorrhagic Fevers                                                               Syphilis

Hepatitis                                                                                  Tetanus

Histoplasmosis                                                                        Toxoplasmosis (acute)

Human Immunodeficiency Virus                                            Trichinosis

Legionnaires’ Disease                                                             Tuberculosis

Leptospirosis                                                                           Tularemia

Lymphogranuloma                                                                  Typhoid Fever

Malaria                                                                                    Typhus

Measles (rubeola)                                                                   Vibrio Cholera

Meningitis                                                                                Vibrio Infections

Yellow Fever

Any student or employee with a communicable disease for which immunization is required by law or is available, shall be temporarily excluded from school while ill and during recognized periods of communicability. Students and employees with a communicable disease for which immunization is not available shall be excluded from school while ill. If the nature of the disease and circumstances warrant, New Bridge Academy may require an independent physician's examination of the student or employee to verify the diagnosis of communicable disease. New Bridge Academy reserves the right to make all final decisions necessary to enforce its communicable disease policy and to take all necessary action to control the spread of communicable diseases within the school.

EXTRA – CURRICULAR POLICIES

ATHLETIC COMPETITION

New Bridge Academy desires to offer a full line of athletic competition for students in grades 7 – 12. As a relatively young school we will add team sports as enrollment and budget allow. In the past, NBA has offered Girls’ Volleyball, Basketball, Coed Soccer and Cross Country (not all have been offered each year).

CLASS PARTIES

Parties need to be scheduled with the child’s teacher far enough in advance to avoid any potential school conflicts.

FIELD TRIPS

Students participating in trips, whether one day or overnight, will be expected to adhere to all school policies and regulations. Because of the nature of the trips, if a problem arises, it may be necessary for the sponsor, chaperone, or coach, to take immediate action depending on the seriousness of the offense, the attitude of the students involved, or the nature of the violation. Behavioral expectations on the bus or school vehicle during field trips or athletic trips will not vary from those of the classroom. The students’ safety depends largely on the driver’s ability to concentrate on his or her work. The following rules will be strictly enforced:

  • Students will travel on school approved/provided transportation to all field trip activities.  Students with parents/relatives attending a field trip may be permitted to depart with their parent/relative if a prior request to do so has been made with the school office.
  • Students must remain seated except when getting on or off the vehicle. No standing is allowed for any reason when the vehicle is in motion.
  • No body parts (i.e., hands, head, etc.) are to be extended from the vehicle windows.
  • Nothing is to be thrown from the vehicle windows.
  • No loud or distracting activities at any time, as decided by the driver.
  • No gum chewing will be allowed while on the vehicle.
  • Food or drinks will be allowed in the vehicle at the discretion of the driver/chaperone in charge.
  • No littering or vandalism will be tolerated.
  • Students will not be allowed to bring radios, walkie-talkies, computer games or similar items on the vehicles. Any item brought to school for sharing or playing at approved times, must be kept put away during the vehicle ride to and from school.
  • Only authorized students will be allowed to ride the vehicle.
  • Upon completion of field trips, students are required to remain with the vehicle until it is cleaned.
  • The testimony of NBA is at stake when our vehicles (with our ministry name on the sides and backs of the vehicles) leave the campus. Students should refrain from making fun of people in other vehicles, being rude, or making gestures that may be considered disrespectful or distasteful.

Any student violating these rules will be subject to suspension of vehicle riding privileges. Please take the time to discuss with the student the importance of vehicle safety and the consequences of improper conduct while on school vehicles. Remember, the students’ safety and health may depend on it!

GENERAL INFORMATION

ADMINISTRATION

The Headmaster of New Bridge Academy is given the responsibility for the overall operation of the school. The school board oversees the policies and procedures of the school, and the Headmaster reports to the school board at its monthly meetings. The Headmaster, school faculty and staff, and school board work together for the oversight and smooth operation of the school.

AFFILIATIONS AND ACCREDITATION

New Bridge Academy is a member in good standing with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). ACSI provides leadership in strengthening Christian schools and offering a voice in legal matters at both the state and national levels. Each NBA teacher is certified by ACSI or working towards certification. We are currently in the process of a self-study in preparation for full accreditation with ACSI.

CARPOOLS

The school encourages parents to form carpools to transport students to and from school. Parents have the responsibility to contact one another for carpool arrangements.

DONATIONS

New Bridge Academy is a ministry of New Bridge Baptist Church and is a non-profit corporation (501c3) and is dependent upon tuition and contributions to operate. Although tuition covers the basic cost of operation, the addition of many enhancements and specialized equipment are dependent upon donations. Therefore, contributions are appreciated and needed. All donations received by the school are used in the operation of school programs and are tax deductible.

HEALTH INSURANCE

New Bridge Academy does not provide health/accident insurance for its students. Parents are responsible for any health expenses incurred by their child(ren), including doctor's office visits, emergency room or other hospital services, and emergency transportation.

LOCKERS

Lockers are for students in grades 7 – 12 and must be kept locked at all times. A locker found unlocked during a locker check will result in a Class A offense (see discipline policy for students in grades 7-12). Only the locks distributed by the school will be used. Lockers must be kept neat at all times. Any pictures must be appropriate and Christ-honoring. Administration may inspect lockers at any time. Students are encouraged not to give out their lock combination to others. Items stolen from lockers as well as the loss of a lock will be the responsibility of the student. The replacement fee for a lock is $10.00.

LOST AND FOUND

Please mark all items--jackets, caps, ball gloves, book bags, etc. - with the student’s name. The school lost and found coordinator sets up a display area in the NBBC Community Center (lobby area) once each month during the school year. Students and parents may visit the display area and claim any personal belongings. Parents will be notified in the school newsletter of the display dates. Items that are not claimed will be donated to charity.

LUNCHES

Students may bring lunch from home or participate in our hot lunch program. A menu will be published monthly for the upcoming month.  

Cost:

Lunch - $3.00 per lunch

Salad - $3.00

Milk - $0.50 (Milk is provided with the purchase of a lunch)

Dessert - $0.50 (Dessert is provided with the purchase of a lunch but additional desserts can be purchased at $0.50 each)

Extra Entre’ - $0.50 each

SICK CHILD POLICY/CLINIC

Students are not to go to the clinic without the permission of a teacher. No internal medicines are to be given in the clinic or to any students except when prescribed by a doctor and sent to school with the proper form filled out by a parent. All medicines are to be stored in the office. No aspirin, etc. will be administered by any school employee unless requested in writing by the parents and supplied to the office by the parents.

Students who become ill at school will be permitted to rest in the clinic until a parent or caregiver can be contacted.  Any student with a fever with above 99.9 or who has vomiting, diarrhea, or a contagious condition such as head lice or pink eye (conjunctivitis) must be picked-up immediately. Students and faculty must be fever free for a period of 24 hours before returning to class.  Students returning to school after an illness must bring a signed explanation of treatment from the parent and/or physician.

MEDICATION POLICY

Prescription medications are to be administered by the office in Kindergarten through grades 12. The medication containers must be clearly marked with the student’s name, doctor’s name, name of medication, dosage, and time of dosage. A form will need to be filled out by the parent in the school office before medication can be administered to the student. Neither the school office nor the school staff provides non-prescription medications such as aspirin, Tylenol, etc.

PARENTAL VISITS

Please feel free to consult with the school office regarding any questions or problems that concern your child. It is the desire of the administration and the faculty to be of service to both the parent and the student. Parent - teacher conferences or classroom visits are welcome; however, prior arrangements or appointments must be made for conferences.  When parents or visitors come to the school for any reason, in order not to interrupt, PLEASE COME TO THE OFFICE FIRST; DO NOT GO DIRECTLY TO THE CLASSROOM.

Forgotten lunches may be left in the office for the students. New Bridge Academy is a closed campus. No unauthorized visitors will be allowed on campus. All visitors must immediately check in at the office. The visitor identification must be visible at all times.

PARENT - TEACHER FELLOWSHIP

According to the By-Laws and in agreement with its membership, the purpose of the New Bridge Academy Parent Teacher Fellowship is in prayerful dependence upon God: to establish a fellowship between home and the school, to encourage and strengthen the parents in fulfilling their God-given responsibility in the training of their children in the Lord, to provide opportunity for the parents and teachers to meet, and to better understand and coordinate their training of their children in the Lord, both as to the intellectual and the moral or disciplinary phases of their development, and to provide a channel through which the physical and financial needs of the school can be made known and through which the members and friends can help in supplying these needs. The New Bridge Academy PTF is a separate organization from New Bridge Academy and exists solely for the purposes stated above. To view the By-Laws of New Bridge Academy's PTF, please visit the school’s website. Note: During regular PTF meetings, if lengthy discussions with your child’s teacher are necessary, please schedule an afterschool conference.

SCHOOL COLORS - Maroon and White

SCHOOL HOURS - 8:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. Grades K through 12

After Care (K - 12) 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Students in grades K - 12 are not allowed to be dropped off prior to 7:00 a.m. and students that have not been picked up by 3:30 and are not involved in a school-sponsored sports team or help class will be required to go to After Care and will be charged accordingly. All students must be picked up by 6:00 p.m. There is a late charge of $1.00 per minute after 6:00 p.m. with a $10.00 minimum charge.

SCHOOL MASCOT - Crusader

SCHOOL VERSE - “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. Philippians 4:13

STUDENT DRIVERS

Students driving themselves to and from school must obtain permission from the school office. Approval will be given by the Headmaster or his designee. Students who drive to school must observe the following regulations:

  • Students must leave their cars upon arrival at school and stay out of parked cars until leaving school grounds as authorized.
  • Speed limits, as well as caution and courtesy on the road must be observed at all times.
  • Reckless driving may result in a loss of parking privilege and may result in a Class B or C offense (see Discipline Guidelines).
  • Any student who has had school driving privileges revoked will not be allowed to drive on church or school property, unless accompanied by a parent.

TELEPHONE

The telephone in the school is for school business. If a student is sick, a school staff member will call you. Please do not call the school and ask to speak to a student because students are not permitted out of class to talk on the telephone. To help teach all students responsibility, calls cannot be made to ask for a forgotten book or assignment, P.E. clothes, etc. In the case of an emergency, please call the office and a staff member will handle it.

VISITING STUDENTS

Students interested in attending/enrolling in NBA are cordially invited to visit our campus during school hours for a planned visit. These visits must be approved through the school office and the Headmaster. These students will be paired with a current NBA student to spend a half day or a whole day. In accordance with our closed campus policy, boyfriends, girlfriends, or out-of-town visitors are not allowed to visit NBA without strict administrative approval.

Revised 08-23-2016