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CHRISTIAN LIFE PREPARATORY SCHOOL

PARENT AND STUDENT HANDBOOK


2 Peter 1:5-8: Add to your faith

FALL 2017
CHRISTIAN LIFE PREPARATORY SCHOOL
5253 Altamesa Blvd. Fort Worth, TX 76123

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Welcome to Christian Life Prep!

HISTORY
During the summer of 1998, Zachary and Deborah Henry were praying about their childrens
education. God led them to open a Christ-centered private school with an emphasis on
science and technology.

While researching available educational models, the unique concept of a University-Model

School (UMS) fit their deeply held philosophy that parents were an essential element for
student success. After collaborating with a handful of public, private, and homeschool
educators, and researching an assortment of curricular choices, CLPS aligned with the
classical education movement based on the Trivium. Curricular choices were made based on
the understanding that God gives the ability to reason, think critically, and excel in learning
(Dan. 1: 17). Today, CLPS integrates best practices in education, considering the individual
needs of students while offering a variety of core and elective courses as well as enriching
extra-curricular activities to prepare students for life beyond high school.
After four years of planning, Christian Life Preparatory School officially opened its doors in
August of 2002. The school opened with 54 students enrolled in grades 1 through 8.
Currently, CLPS offers classes from Kindergarten through grade 12 (grades K-6 two days a
week and grades 7-12 three days a week). Enrollment has grown to over 300 students.

ACCREDITATION and CERTIFICATION

Christian Life Preparatory School is certified through the National Association of University-
Model Schools, and accredited through AdvancED.

Next to a parent, an educator is one of the most influential figures in a students life. CLPS
employs educators who are working continually to improve the learning opportunities for
students. As an accredited and certified school, CLPS works constantly to provide teachers
with the resources and tools needed to succeed in the classroom. CLPS is committed to
offering students a rigorous, diverse and sound curriculum taught by qualified educators.
Families are able to attend because of special programs, grants and scholarships provided by
the school. Moreover, The Highest Ranking Graduate program provides a tuition waiver for the
student graduating at the top of their high school class for their freshman year of college. The
program is described in Texas Education Code 54.301

Accreditation is one of the many benefits of attending CLPS and is a stamp of quality in the
educational community, ensuring that the students are receiving a quality education that will
transfer to other schools and genuinely prepare them for life beyond high school.

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Additionally, accreditation through AdvancED provides opportunities for CLPS to participate in
nationally recognized organizations such as the College Board, National Honor Society, ACT
programs, and the Duke Talented Identification Program.

UMS MODEL OF EDUCATION


University-Model Schooling (UMS) is a relatively new educational alternative that, until now, has
not been among the typical choices available to parents. Though off-campus parental roles are
clearly defined and required in the model, the UMS should not be equated with home-
schooling or home-schooling cooperatives. Nor should UMS be understood as traditional
classroom education that has simply reduced classroom time. Its significance lies in its ability
to effectively utilize parents in partnership with highly qualified professional instructors to gain
better academic results, especially among average students. This partnership is facilitated by
using a university-type schedule, administrative system, and strong work ethic in age-
appropriate ways for the elementary through high school grades. The result is an excellent,
well-rounded education with less time in school, less cost for families, increased opportunities
for positive parent-child interaction, and improved order and discipline in the classroom. It also
results in the successful transition of students directly into college with minimal culture shock
since they have already experienced a college-simulated work environment at the high school
level. The UMS is designed to bring together the best attributes of traditional schooling with the
best attributes of home schooling and integrate them into one model.
The immediate goal is quality, cost-effective, college-preparatory education accomplished in a
way that gives parents more time for imparting the faith and values they hold precious. The
ultimate goal is that of producing wholesome, competent men and women of character who
make a positive difference in the next generation. (Excerpt from Character Driven, College
Preparation by Dr. John Turner.)

MISSION AND VISION


Our MISSION
To partner with parents to develop spiritual maturity in each student as detailed in the
Profile of a CLPS Graduate
To provide each student with an opportunity for academic excellence through college
preparatory courses
To allow ample opportunity for ministry in the community

STATEMENT OF FAITH

THE BIBLE
The Bible is God's infallible word that reveals God's will and purpose for
mankind (2 Peter 1: 21; 1 Thessalonians 2:13).
Every word in the Bible is inspired by God and is the ultimate authority for
living a fulfilled life (2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Corinthians 2:13).
Defined by the 66 accepted books of the Protestant Bible canon.

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GOD
There is only one God who has revealed Himself in three persons- the
Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit (John 15:26; Galatians
4:6).
JESUS
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, born of a virgin (Matthew 1:20; Luke 1:35),
sinless and perfect (Hebrews 4:15; 1 Peter 2:22; 2 Corinthians 5:21; John
8:45,46).
Jesus taught the truth and demonstrated the power of God in
miracles (Matthew 9:12; Mark 1,5,6,7; Luke 4,5,6,8; John 2,4,9,11).
Jesus died on a cross (John 19:1-3,16-18) to atone for man's sins, rose
from the dead (Luke 24:39; Acts 10:40,41; Matthew 27:62-66; Mark 16,
Luke 24), and ascended into heaven (Luke 24:50,51; Ac. 1:9-11).
By His death and resurrection, Jesus has cleansed from sin (Acts 13:38)
those who repent of their sins (Ephesians 1: 7) and believe that Jesus is
Lord and Savior (John 3:16; Romans 10:13; Acts 4:12).
After salvation, a relationship with the Father is restored through faith in
Jesus Christ his Son, faith increases (Romans 8:3,4; Philippians 3:9;
Ephesians 2:8,9) and an abundant life filled with the fruit of the Spirit
follows (Galatians 5:22,23).

THE HOLY SPIRIT


The Holy Spirit indwells the believer and gives the enabling power of God
(Acts 9:31) to live a holy life, to overcome sin, to understand the Bible (I
Corinthians 2: 10), and to do the will of God (John 14:26).

NON-DENOMINATIONAL POSITION

Christian Life Preparatory Schools Statement of Faith is fundamental to basic Christian tenets
and contains those doctrines to which we unreservedly adhere and teach. It is our desire to
maintain this position and to do so in all fairness to each family. It is necessary; therefore, that
parents, students, staff, and school board members recognize that the following areas are to be
left to the teaching of home and church:
1. Church government authority
2. Time and mode of baptism
3. Security of the believer
4. Timing of future events
5. Second work of grace-baptism of the Holy Spirit
6. Sinless perfection
7. Gifts of the Spirit-tongues, interpretation of tongues, healing, miracle
working, discerning of spirits

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In honoring this desire concerning the outreach of this ministry, there shall be no attempt made
by parents, students, staff, or school board members to promote or disparage any doctrinal or
denominational beliefs, practices, or positions regarding issues upon which the ministry itself
has assumed no official stance. We desire to remain united in the salvation and love of Christ,
avoiding the dissension, which may be caused by denominational distinctives.

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY

Christian Life Preparatory School admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic
origin to all the rights, privileges, and activities generally accorded or made available to its
students and does not discriminate on the basis of race in administration of its educational
policies, admissions policies, and athletic and other school administered programs.

ACADEMIC POLICIES
LEVELS OF INSTRUCTION
The primary goal is that parents begin to teach students to engage in quality relationships,
communicate effectively and think critically by partnering with the local church and CLPS to fulfill
the Profile of a CLPS Graduate.

During the Elementary years, parents work closely with their students to complete the satellite
portion of courses as outlined by the central classroom teacher. This not only provides
opportunities for parents to use their unique experiences to instruct but also allows time for
parents to impart their Christian values into their children. Students will succeed as parents
create a well-organized satellite workspace including adequate school supplies. Parents should
honor satellite school time by keeping a regular satellite schedule for their student(s) that is not
interrupted by appointments, playdates, errands or other disruptions. Parents should plan to
work beside the young student, teaching and reinforcing learning strategies, study skills,
organization, reading, writing, math concepts, fact drill, real-world application and many other
lessons to prepare them for the rest of their school years and beyond with the teacher ready to
support you each step of the way.

As students progress into the upper Elementary grades, parents continue with concepts from
the early years but transition into more of a tutoring role, outlining assignments and providing
review for concepts, while supporting students to continue to fulfill the Profile of a Graduate.

During Middle School and early High School students begin to take primary ownership over
their learning. Parents should continue to monitor their students progress and provide support
or hire a private tutor as needed. During these years it is critical that parents maintain healthy
relationships with their student and help them navigate the consequences for their choices.

By the end of High School, students should be working independently while preparing for life
beyond CLPS. Parents still hold great influence as they continue to support and challenge their

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students to engage in quality, Christ-centered relationships, continue to think critically about the
world around them and set goals to communicate effectively with others.

CLASS CREDITS
In general, 6 CLPS credits are equivalent to a full year's instruction in a given course of
study. Students will earn course credits on a semester-by-semester basis. The Fall and Spring
semesters for CLPS will generally be scheduled for 17 weeks of instruction.

Variance: A variance to this requirement may be granted by the administration to a properly


enrolled student when that student has been unable to meet the attendance requirements of
the course or courses in which he or she is properly enrolled due to circumstances beyond the
family's control (such as an extended illness), provided that the student has, in the judgment of
the CLPS instructor overseeing his or her work, achieved minimum mastery of the course
content, as defined by the relevant school and curriculum policies and standards. Any credit
approved for courses taken at CLPS will be handled as standard credit.

GRADING STANDARDS
Courses at CLPS are graded on a scale of 0-100. The course grade itself represents a
percentage of content mastery, which is then used to determine the grade point average (0
4.0) of individual courses. The earned grade points are then multiplied by the number of credits
earned for the course to determine the earned course grade points, and the sum of all course
grade points is divided by the sum of all credits attempted to obtain the semester and later
Cumulative GPA (Grade Point Average). The letter grade equivalents of this system are as
follows:

0-100 Scale Letter Grade Earned Earned Grade Points


90-100 A 4.0
80-89 B 3.0
70-79 C 2.0
0-69 F 0

Other grades recognized by CLPS are I (incomplete), W (Withdrawal, before the end of the first
eight weeks of classes) WP or WF (Withdrew Passing or Failing, after the first eight weeks of
class) and T (Transfer Credit). For classes repeated at CLPS a grade of NG (No Grade) will be
applied to the class with lowest earned grade. Both attempts for taking the class will be
recorded on the transcript. Grades of I, W, WP, WF, T, or NG are not calculated into the
student's GPA.

Each course instructor will define specific criteria for assessing grades. All such criteria must
honor any standards, requirements or limitations imposed by curriculum guides and other
relevant policies for the establishment of grading criteria within a given course.

All class assignments will be graded and returned to the student within one week after the
student has turned in the assignment. Teachers will be given a longer time to grade
assignments requiring more detailed feedback such as major papers and projects. Please refer
to class syllabi and rubrics for details.
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GRADEBOOK WEIGHTS
Summative Formative Satellite Work
English 60% 20% 20%
History 60% 20% 20%
Math 60% 20% 20%
Science 60% 20% 20%

K-6th Grade Satellite Workload


Grade Levels English History Math Science
Hours each satellite day
K-1 1.5 0.5 1 0.5
2 1.5 1 1 1
3-6 1.5 1 1.5 1

7th-12th Grade Satellite Workload


Satellite Day 1 Satellite Day 2 Weekend
History 1.5 Hours 1.5 Hours 45 Minutes
English 1.5 Hours 1.5 Hours 45 Minutes
Math 1.5 Hours 1.5 Hours 45 Minutes
Science 1.5 Hours 1.5 Hours 45 Minutes
Language 1 Hour 1 Hour 30 minutes
Biblical Worldview 1 Hour 1 Hour 0 minutes
Other Electives 0 Hours 0 Hours 0 Hours

LATE WORK POLICY


Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid. (Prov. 12:1)
Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor. (Prov. 12:24)
But the fruit of the Spirit is . . . self-control, against such things there is no law. (Gal. 5:22-23)

CLPS desires to promote both godly character qualities and high academic standards and has
adopted the following general principles concerning student assignments turned in late. These
principles are designed to promote the development of qualities such as self-discipline,
diligence, and self-control in the lives of students and to give all faculty members a framework
within which they may formulate their individual class policies.

K-6 Grade Late Work Policy


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A grade penalty will be assessed for any work turned in late. Late work will be graded
according to the following policy:
Work turned in any time after the beginning of the class period will be considered late.
1 Class Day Late: 10 point grade penalty
2 Class Days Late: 30 point grade penalty
After 2 Class Days Late: No credit for the assignment.

Arrangements for making up late work DUE TO ABSENCES shall be made between the teacher
and the parent.

7 -12 Grade Late Work Policy


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A grade penalty will be assessed for any work turned in late. Late work will be graded
according to the following policy:
Work turned in any time after the beginning of the class period will be considered late.
1 Class Day Late: 30 point grade penalty off of the top
After 1 Class Day Late: no credit for the assignment

Satellite work not completed due to illness will be due one week after the original due date. (For
example, work that was due Tuesday will be due the following Tuesday.) Students should
move forward with additional work. All assignments need to be submitted within one week. If
illness is prolonged, arrangements shall be made with the Teacher and Department Head to
make up missing work.

Satellite work due on a day marked ASF should be submitted on the next class day along with
work due on that class day. Ex: A MWF Student misses class on Friday. The work due Friday
and Monday must both be turned in on Monday.
If a student misses a satellite workday, the student should attend classes as scheduled but all
work will be due after the next satellite day. Ex: A MWF student misses a Tuesday satellite day
due to a School Function. The student should attend class Wednesday but turn in the satellite
school due Wednesday AND Friday on Friday.

REVIEW WEEK
For students in grades 4 through 12, the week of instruction before final exams will be focused
on reviewing all concepts and topics covered in order to prepare students for comprehensive
final exams. No tests or major projects will be due during review week. Seniors will take final
exams during review week in the SPRING semester for grades to be finalized prior to
graduation.

FINAL EXAMS
All students in grades 4 through 12 will complete cumulative assessments at the conclusion of
each semester. These assessments may be in the form of traditional exams or alternative
assessments such as projects, presentations or the like. Finals will be cumulative in nature.
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In order to effectively prepare students for the college experience, CLPS does not offer Final
Exemptions.

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GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
Diploma Options
Diploma Options 2015-2016 and beyond
Students must take a minimum of 4 courses (24 credits=4 units) their junior year and 4
courses (24 credits=4 units) their senior year. Both the junior and senior year, 3 of the 4
required courses must be academic core courses (18 credits=3 units).

*Note: Transfer students entering CLPS as a senior must successfully complete a minimum
of 5 courses (30 credits=5 units) at CLPS during the senior year (3 courses must be
academic core courses).
Students may take up to TWO dual credit courses per semester their junior year and up to
Standard Diploma
TWO dual credit courses per semester their senior year upon approval.

Dual Credit
Students receive credit hours but the grade is not calculated into overall GPA.
The course will be designated as "college" on transcript.

Students must submit a minimum of one ACT score and one SAT score their junior year and
must submit a minimum of one ACT score and one SAT score their senior year.
Honors diploma students must take and successfully complete Calculus.
Honors Diploma
Honors diploma students must achieve an overall GPA average of 80% or above.
To be named class Valedictorian or Salutatorian, students must:
Meet the requirements for the Honors Graduate Diploma
Meet the requirements for Character Distinction
Valedictorian/
Complete 72 credits (12 units) at CLPS from the Core Academic requirements
Salutatorian
(English, Mathematics, Science, History, and the Biblical Worldview course)
Complete 36 credits (6 units) at CLPS from the Elective requirements

Students will receive a grade increase (Grade x 1.25) that will be earned by attending
AP Courses required additional class sessions and/or receiving a passing score (3 or higher) on the AP
exam
Junior High CLPS will accept NO high school credit for courses taken at other schools during 7th and 8th
Transfer Credit grade with the exception of Foreign Language credit upon approval.
Complete 10 core courses, including seven in English, mathematics or
natural/physical science, before the seventh semester. Once students begin their
seventh semester, they may not repeat or replace any of those 10 courses to
improve their core-course GPA.
NCAA Division I Earn at least a 2.3 GPA in their core courses.
Eligibility Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score matching their core-course GPA on
Requirements the Division I sliding scale, which balances their test score and core-course GPA. If
students have a low test score, they need a higher core-course GPA to be eligible. If
they have a low core-course GPA, they need a higher test score to be eligible. If
they have a low core-course GPA, they need a higher test score to be eligible.

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DIPLOMA PLAN
Course Options Grade
Level
Standard
Diploma
Units
(Years)
Honors Diploma
(# Credit Hours)
Units
(Years)
Options (#Credit Hours)

CORE English English I-II 9-12 24 4 24 4


ACADEMICS

English III (AP


Option)

English IV (AP
Option)

Mathematics Algebra I* 8-12 24 4 30 5

Geometry*

Algebra II*

Business Math

Advanced
Trigonometry/Pre-
Calculus*

Calculus (AP Option)

Science Biology 9-12 18 3 24 4

Anatomy &
Physiology

Chemistry

Advanced Biology
(AP Option)

Physics

History Government/Econo 8-12 30 5 30 5


mics

History I-III 9-12

History IV (AP
Option)

Biblical Biblical Worldview 10-12 6 1 6 1


Studies (CLPS only)

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ELECTIVES Foreign Spanish I-IV 7-12 12 2 18 3
Language

Latin I-III

Fine Arts Art I & 7-12 6 1 6 1


II

Drama 9-12

Rhetoric Logic 8-12 6 1 6 1

Youth & 9-12


Government**

Technology Computer: 7-12 6 1 6 1

Introduction

Graphic Design I

Graphic Design
II/Yearbook
Web Design

General Academic Advising 11 & 12 18 3 18 3


Electives

Personal Finance 10-12

Philosophy & Pop 10-12


Culture

ATHLETICS Team Sports*** 9-12 -- 3 -- 3

Strength &
Conditioning

TOTAL 150 28 168 31

3 credit hours = 1 semester


6 credit hours = 1 year = 1 unit
* On Level and Advanced Options available by placement
** Students must participate in 2 seasons of Youth & Government to receive 1 Rhetoric unit.
***Students must participate in 3 seasons of Team Sports OR 2 seasons of Team Sports with 1
Athletic unit earned through Strength & Conditioning (3 credit hours=1 season=1 Athletic
unit). ONE season of Team Sports must be completed with a CLPS team

Students will receive high school credit for the following CLPS courses taken in junior high
school:

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1. Foreign Language: Spanish I-II, Latin I-II
2. Fine Arts: Art I & II
3. Computer
4. Rhetoric: Logic
5. Algebra I
6. Government & Economics
7. 8th grade students can receive up to 1 Athletic credit if playing varsity sports at CLPS
These courses, grades, and credits will be listed on the high school transcript.

COMMUNITY/MINISTRY SERVICE REQUIREMENTS FOR


GRADUATION
To fulfill the graduation requirements for CLPS, each student must complete the
following community/ministry service activities:
A minimum of 6 hours of community/ministry service per semester enrolled
of which 2 hours must be through a CLPS sponsored event.
All other hours must be presented to the Director of Family Ministry for approval
and must meet the following criteria:
The service hours must be completed under supervision of an adult who
will complete the appropriate documentation. This adult may be the
parent.
The service hours must be completed through a church or other
organization which provides community/ministry services.
The service hours must meet a specific need outside of the home church
of the student.
Submitting Community Service Hours
All service hours must be properly documented and turned into the Front
Office the same semester the hours were completed.
The Office Manager will keep the documentation on file. It is the
student/parent responsibility to keep up with number of hours completed.

GRADUATION WITH CHARACTER DISTINCTION


Student must file intent for Graduation with Character Distinction with the Director of
Family Ministry at time of registration for the fall semester of their senior year.
Community Service Hours
A minimum of 12 hours of community/ministry service per semester
enrolled of which 4 hours must be through a CLPS sponsored event.

Hours must reflect a diversity of ministry needs and at the same time a developed
relationship with a specific type of ministry area.
Mission Trip Requirements
A total of 3 weeks of mission trips with prior approval from the
Director of Family Ministry. One week must be international. The first mission
trips/projects may be taken the summer prior to 8 grade.
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Non-school sponsored events must be pre-approved through the Director of
Family Ministry.

Teacher Recommendations
Student must request 4 teacher recommendations in the form of a survey.
Surveys will be provided to the teacher by the Director of Family Ministry

Interview

Student must be interviewed by the Director of Family Ministry during the fall
semester of the senior year.
Essay
Student must submit an essay on a topic requested by the Director of
Family Ministry after the fall interview. Essays will be due the last day of the fall
semester.
Committee Review Process
Students applying for character distinction will meet the above requirements
reviewed by a committee. The committee will consider additional factors such as
school leadership experience, behavior reports, quality of school relationships,
etc.

TRANSFER CREDITS
Guidelines for Transfer Credits
Christian Life Preparatory School accepts application for transfer credit from any student
who is currently enrolled at CLPS or who is entering CLPS for the first time. The class
submitted for transfer credit must be equivalent in content, level, and rigor offered by Christian
Life Preparatory School and must be taken in grades 9 through 12. Simply turning in an
application for transfer credit does not ensure approval.

Students transferring credits from an accredited high school

1. The student must have earned a final grade of 70% or higher.


2. Submit an official transcript from the school where the student received the actual
credits.

Students transferring credits from a homeschool or informal setting with a paid instructor
1. Students must log 5 hours of work per week for 16 weeks to receive credit for one
semester. For academic courses, students must spend at least 1 of the 5 hours per
week with an instructor.
2. The student must have used a standard high school level textbook or curriculum.
3. Students must submit a portfolio (including an end-of-course cumulative exam, closed
book tests or essays, major written compositions, quizzes, completed projects,
research papers, daily work, etc.).
4. The student must earn a 70% or above on the end-of-course exam.

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5. An official grade report must be submitted. The student must have a final grade of 70%
or higher.
6. A $25 processing fee (per course) is required for each Transfer Credit Application
7. Each application must include documentation of the students work in order to process
this application.
8. Christian Life Preparatory School may request additional documentation for this course.
9. Although Christian Life Preparatory School may accept this course for diploma credit,
CLPS is not in a position to validate this course for any other educational institution.
10. If this course is accepted, it will appear on the students transcript as a T for the
grade, however, transferred courses will not be calculated into the students overall
grade point ratio.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR PARTICIPATION
To participate in TCAF sports, Youth and Government, House Leadership or TCAF Drama
competition, students must maintain a grade above 70% for each class during each
semester. Eligibility may be withdrawn for students exhibiting poor conduct.

Academic Eligibility Periods: The first eligibility period will begin six weeks after school begins.
Grades should be checked every six weeks thereafter. Any student failing the grading period will
be ineligible for a period of three weeks. Ineligibility shall begin no later than the following
Wednesday. At that time, grades will be checked again. If student is not passing all subjects,
the student will remain ineligible for another three weeks. If said student is passing all classes,
they will once again be eligible for participation. Any student, teacher or coach violating this rule
will be a subject to sanctions (TCAF Official Policy Handbook, 2015).

CLPS HOUSE SYSTEM


CLPS developed a House System in 2015 with hopes to expand student leadership
opportunities, create a sense of school pride, increase student sense of purpose, provide
healthy competition, demonstrate an electoral process, promote community service, increase
student community and simply have more fun at school.

The Four Pillars of the Christian Life Preparatory School House System

1. Fostering Unity through School and House Spirit: School spirit includes pep activities as
well as living in a Christian fashion that brings honor to all others associated with the
school. This pillar encourages students to behave in such a way as to bring an honorable
name to Christian Life Preparatory School.
2. Leadership Development: The goal of Christian Life Preparatory School is to train ethical
leaders and wise thinkers to shape culture for the glory of God.
3. Encourage a System of Discipleship: This includes Fellowship, Encouragement and
involvement together in the Word of God.
4. Promoting Community Service: This pillar is based on the great commandment by Jesus
to love God and love your neighbor. This applies to stewardship within CLPS and
beyond.

(Adapted from Coram Deo Academy House System, 2007)

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Eligibility

All students entering 7th through 12th grade at Christian Life Preparatory School will be sorted
into houses. Each house has students from each grade represented. Families will be kept in one
house to increase the whole familys house pride. The oldest sibling is sorted and all siblings
who enter grades 7-12 will be sorted into the same house, even if there is a gap between a
secondary student leaving school and an elementary student entering 7th grade. This rule only
applies to immediate family (i.e. brothers and sisters) and does not apply to cousins, etc.

Sorting

The Director of Family Ministries will sort students into houses each semester. House Officers
will be consulted before houses are finalized. Grievances about which house a student is sorted
into must be taken up with the Director of Family Ministries. Movement between houses causes
major disruption. One aim of the House System is to promote students meeting new people
and widening their sphere of influence. No consideration will be given to students wishing to
move houses because of social relations in other houses.

Further details concerning the House System can be found in the Christian Life Preparatory
School House System Handbook, 2016.

ACADEMIC STANDING
Any class that a student fails must be successfully repeated before the student will be allowed
to continue enrolling in the course sequence in which the student earned the failing grade. If the
student successfully completes the course at CLPS, the passing grade earned will absolve the
failing grade, which will be struck from the transcript. When a failing grade has been absolved
in this manner, both attempts at taking the course will be noted on the transcript, but only the
passing grade will be recorded, and only the passing attempt will affect the GPA. On the
transcript, the failing grade of an absolved failed course will be replaced with NG (No Grade).

Students may complete a failed class in another academic setting, such as another
school or a homeschool. In this case, students must request transfer credit through the usual
channels following the successful completion of the course, should they desire to have the
course credit recognized by CLPS. If such credit is granted, it will absolve the failing grade on
the student's transcript; however, both attempts will be noted, and neither the original failed
course nor the transferred credit will be calculated into the student's GPA. Any student,
including one who has been granted transfer credit, must take an entrance test to be able to
enroll in any course for which entrance testing is required, unless he has successfully completed
the previous course at CLPS in the course sequence.

FULL-TIME V. PART-TIME STATUS


To receive full-time designation, a student must be enrolled in 4 or more classes.

ADDING & DROPPING COURSES


Courses must be added to a student's initial registration before the close of registration for each
semester. A student may drop a course by the drop date in any given semester and the
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dropped course will not affect the students GPA. Courses dropped during the first eight weeks
of classes will be given a grade of W. Courses dropped after the first eight weeks but before
the end of the first twelve weeks of classes will receive a grade of WP (Withdrew Passing) or WF
(Withdrew Failing). Courses dropped after the first twelve weeks of classes will receive a grade
for the course in accordance with the standard course grading system. Students who withdraw
completely from CLPS may, at the discretion of the administration, receive grades of I
(incomplete) for all courses dropped at the time of withdrawal.

ABSENCES
Students must regularly attend classes in order to successfully complete a course. A student
must be present for 85% of the scheduled class days to receive credit for the class. A student
attending a class 3 days a week for 17 weeks cannot miss more than 8 days of class. A
student attending a class 2 days a week for 17 weeks cannot miss more than 5 days of
class. For any student with more than 5 absences on MWF or 3 absences on TTH in a class for
a semester, the final course grade will be reduced by five points. Whenever possible,
arrangements for making up work should be made with the teacher prior to the
absence. Students arriving to class more than fifteen (15) minutes late will be counted as
absent.

CLPS does not recognize excused or unexcused absences. When a student is absent due to
sickness, doctors appointments, family vacation, etc., the teacher marks the absence no
matter the reason. We do offer Absent School Function (ASF) for students missing days due to
a CLPS sanctioned event. For example, students may miss to participate in Baseball
tournaments or Drama competitions. ASF absences are not added to the regular absence
count.
TEST DAY ABSENCES
Students cannot miss more than one test day per class per semester. The second missed test
in a semester will incur a 10% penalty for that test. Students must take missed tests the
following class day in a study hall or by special arrangement.

TARDIES & COURSE GRADES


The final course grade will be reduced automatically due to excessive tardies and
absences. Parents are responsible for checking attendance on RenWeb daily to ensure
accuracy in recording and to determine if their student is nearing a deduction.

Classroom doors and downstairs foyer doors will be closed and locked at the commencement
of class first period. Students will need to proceed to the front office to be given a pass to enter
a classroom late. Classes will remain on lockdown during the school day except during passing
periods.

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TARDY/ABSENCE GRID

K-6 Students 7-12 Students

Event Consequence Event Consequence

1-14 minutes late Tardy recorded 1-14 minutes late Tardy recorded
1 point deducted from final 1 point deducted from final
3 tardies grade 3 tardies grade

Every additional 2 Additional 1 point deduction Every additional 2 Additional 1 point deduction
tardies from final grade tardies from final grade
15 minutes late for
15 minutes late 1 absence recorded class 1 absence recorded

5 points deducted from final


3-4 absences grade 5-7 absences 5 points subtracted from Final
5 or more 8 or more
absences No credit for course absences No credit for course

AUDITING OF CLASSES
Christian Life Preparatory School does not allow the auditing of classes. Any student enrolled
in any class at CLPS will receive a grade reflecting his level of achievement in the class.

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY POLICY

Significance and Purpose


Christian Life Preparatory School partners with parents to make disciples of the
students. CLPS provides students a high quality academic education, in terms of real spiritual,
intellectual, and emotional growth. CLPS expects students and parents to adhere to high
standards of personal integrity. Academic dishonesty in any form is both a serious breach of
personal integrity and a serious hindrance to real learning. CLPS has developed this policy to
curb and correct academic dishonesty.

Definitions
1. General: Academic dishonesty is broadly defined as any attempt on the part of a
student or parent to falsely represent the student's level of achievement or
mastery in a given course. This includes:
(a) Claiming or indicating in any form or fashion that the student has fulfilled any
assignment or other academic responsibility, such as reading assigned texts or
engaging in assigned study, when in fact the student has not done so,
(b) Using any assistance to copy the work of other students, to complete
homework, quizzes, tests, or any other assignment without the direct and
explicit authorization of the course instructor,

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(c) Using any resources, solution manuals, online resources or teacher edition
textbooks, other than those authorized by the course instructor to write papers,
prepare reports, solve problems, or complete other course assignments,
(d) Obtaining quizzes, tests, examinations, or other academic materials or
evaluation instruments created by or belonging to an instructor, other staff
member, or the school itself, including materials properly used and in the
possession of students currently or previously enrolled in the course, without
the explicit authorization of the course instructor,
(e) Engaging in plagiarism, which includes "the knowing or negligent use by
paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another
person without full and clear acknowledgment" and "the knowing or negligent
unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency
which customarily sells or offers free of charge term papers or other academic
materials,
(f) Altering a graded paper or project for the purpose of disputing the accuracy of
the grade, and
(g) Collaborating without explicit authorization with another student or students
during any quiz, test, or examination or in the fulfillment of any other academic
assignment or responsibility.

2. Specific: The following guidelines define CLPS's standard application of the


general definition given above to but not limited to:
(a) quizzes, tests, and other examinations,
(b) homework
(c) major papers and projects

Individual course instructors may grant exceptions to these guidelines, but must do so explicitly,
as indicated by the relevant policy statements given below. Any academic assignments, which,
by their nature, are not addressed by these guidelines, will be governed by whatever guidelines
are provided by the course instructor with regard to such an assignment.
(a) Quizzes, tests, and other examinations: all quizzes, tests, and other
examinations, whether conducted in the classroom or in some other location,
must be taken at a single sitting and without outside assistance of any sort,
including but not limited to books, notes, other individuals, reference works,
and audio or visual media. Any exception to these guidelines must be given in
writing by the instructor on assignment sheets, the evaluation instrument itself,
or other written instructions disseminated to all of the students in the class.
(b) Satellite Work: should be done by the student alone and without assistance of
any sort, including but not limited to information provided in teacher edition
textbooks, unless such assistance is authorized, either orally or in writing by the
instructor in the course, or by the catalogue or an approved curriculum guide's
description of parent role for the course. The course instructor may grant such
authorization, either in conjunction with the giving of the assignment or in
response to student requests, at any time and for any duration to all of the
students in the class or to selected students only, provided that the instructor
feels it is in the best educational interests of the student(s) receiving such
authorization.

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(c) Major papers and projects: major papers and projects should be completed
only by the student or by the members of a student group constituted by the
instructor for the purpose of completing the paper or project in question
without other assistance of any sort, except as explicitly authorized by the
instructor. This authorization may be articulated either orally or in writing when
granted in the classroom directly under the supervision of the instructor but
must be given in writing on assignment sheets or other written instructions
disseminated to all of the students in the class when granted for work to be
completed outside of the classroom setting.

Enforcement
1. Discovery and Determination of Academic Dishonesty: Determination of academic dishonesty
may be made by the instructor of the course in which it was deemed to have been committed.
Other school officials, including proctors or other instructor substitutes, may alert the instructor
to the possibility of academic dishonesty should they acquire or become aware of credible
evidence, including but not limited to eye witness observations, which indicate that cheating,
plagiarism, or other dishonest acts have taken place. Once the instructor has determined that
academic dishonesty has indeed taken place, the instructor shall inform the student(s) of
findings and, in conjunction with the relevant school officials, shall impose the proper penalties
as described below.

2. Appeals Process: Should a student desire to appeal the determination of the course
instructor, the student must request in writing a hearing with the principal, who will arrange for a
conference with the student, one or both parents (or guardians), and the instructor of the
course. During this conference, all relevant evidence will be presented and examined. Following
the conclusion of the conference, the principal, or another administrator, should the principal be
an original party to the case, will render a determination in the matter based on the assessment
of the weight and credibility of whatever evidence is presented for review. Should the student
desire to appeal the determination of the principal, the student must request in writing a hearing
before the Academic Affairs Committee, which shall be chaired by a member other than the
principal for the purposes of the hearing. During this hearing, only that evidence that was
presented and examined during the previous conference with the principal shall be reviewed;
should new evidence having a serious bearing on the matter surface during the hearing, the
matter shall be referred back to the principal for a new hearing to be conducted according to
the procedures described above. The Academic Affairs Committee shall be responsible for
determining the admissibility of any new evidence. Following the conclusion of a hearing before
the Academic Affairs Committee, that committee, excluding the principal and any other member
who has been a part of any earlier conferences or discussions regarding the matter, or any
member who feels he or she may have a conflict of interests in the matter, will render a
determination in the matter based on its assessment of the weight and credibility of whatever
evidence is admitted for consideration. In all cases, the determination of the Academic Affairs
Committee will be final. If that committee finds the student guilty of academic dishonesty, it shall
impose the proper penalties as described below.

3. Penalties: The primary intentions of the imposition of penalties against students found guilty
of academic dishonesty are to (a) act as a deterrent against such conduct, (b) to enhance the
integrity of grades awarded by CLPS, and (c) to place pressure on an erring student in the hope
of motivating the student to abandon this destructive behavior. The penalties are assessed

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according to the number of occurrences the student has been discovered to be engaged in
academic dishonesty over the course of a full academic year (at least two full semesters).

(a) First offense: a first offense will result in (1) a written warning from the teacher to both
the student and his parent(s), (2) a grade of zero for the assignment affected by the
academic dishonesty, and (3) a written report sent to the campus administration.

(b) Second offense: a second offense will result in (1) a written warning from the principal
to both the student and his parent(s), (2) a grade of zero for the assignment affected by
the academic dishonesty, (3) a conference between the principal and the parent(s) of the
student, and (4) a writing assignment for the student, in which the student investigates
and reports on Biblical instruction regarding honesty and integrity.

(c) Third offense: a third offense will result in a one day suspension from school, in
accordance with the guidelines generally applicable to such a suspension, (2) a grade of
zero for the assignment affected by the academic dishonesty, (3) placement of the
student on scholastic probation, which shall remain in effect until two (2) full regular
semesters have passed with no further confirmed incidence of cheating, and (4) removal
of all participation privileges for extra-curricular activities, including those unaffected by
the schools policies on scholastic probation.

(d) Fourth Offense: a fourth offence will result in expulsion from the school.

NOTE: adapted from the UNT Student Handbook

STUDENT BEHAVIOR
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
It is by his deeds that a lad distinguishes himself, if his conduct is pure and right. (Proverbs
20:11)

The purpose of the CLPS Code of Conduct is to promote Christ-like living and to encourage the
development of quality Christian relationships among its students. Therefore, CLPS has set
specific guidelines regarding behavior.

1. Students should show respect to adults at all times. A title (Mr., Mrs., Coach, etc.)
should be used when addressing an adult.
2. Students should treat each other with respect, kindness, and compassion just as God
commands us in Matthew 7:12, "So in everything do to others what you would have
them do to you.
3. The school facility and grounds should be kept clean, orderly, and in a manner that
shows an attitude of gratefulness.
4. There will be no horseplay, running, or rough play during or between classes.
5. Use of profanity is not permitted.
6. Public displays of affection between sexes such as handholding, kissing, note passing,
etc. are not permitted.

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7. Tobacco products, illicit drugs, alcohol, or weapons are not allowed on campus or at any
CLPS sponsored event.

CELL PHONES AND TECHNOLOGY


CLPS strives to be a face-to-face community, engaging in relationship building without the
constraints of excessive technology. In order to facilitate a safe and joyful environment on our
campus, the following guidelines will be enforced.

Electronic devices and gaming systems shall not be brought to school unless specific
permission is given by the school administration. Devices which are brought to school
will be confiscated and returned to the parents.

Cell phones are allowed on campus but must remain OFF and should be stowed in
backpacks or purses. Students should not use phones on campus or have them in their
pockets. Phones will be confiscated if seen on campus at any time (including during
extra curricular activities, practices, tutoring sessions, labs) and taken to the front office
for parents to pick up (regardless of whether the student drove themselves to school).

Students who need to contact parents may come to the office to use their mobile
phones to CALL parents with permission from office staff. Texting, browsing social media
or other smartphone capabilities may not be accessed while using phones in the office.

Laptop PC's are allowed on campus, but usage will be regulated by individual teachers,
unless specific accommodations allow their use.

Students are not allowed to share screens (phones, ipods, tablets or other devices) and
may not share music during school or any school sponsored events (including
transportation to and from school events, including but not limited to sporting events,
competitions and field trips) without permission from teachers.

Students should conduct themselves with wisdom and care towards others on social
media and other communications outside of school.

STUDENT DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES


Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from
it. (Proverbs 22:6)

The keys to discipline are that the child must feel he is loved, that he knows and accepts the
boundaries of behavior, and that he sees the proper direction in which to head to avoid
repeated wrong decisions. The keys to discipline for a school is that it gives its children support
and direction while also working in harmony with the home. The primary goal of the CLPS staff
will be to practice "preventative" discipline through the use of good teaching techniques and
levels of least intervention. As the need arises, the school may also employ mild forms of
reproof, rebuke, and correction (under no circumstances does CLPS practice spanking or
similar forms of corporal punishment) in order to encourage cooperation among the student
body. The school will control the impact of serious discipline problems by limiting or
withdrawing the participation privileges of consistently uncooperative students. Parents are
responsible for dealing with discipline problems of an ongoing or more serious nature. The
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General Discipline Policy Guidelines to be employed in response to inappropriate student
conduct follows below:

1. The instructor will determine the severity of the infraction. Most misconduct is
of a relatively mild nature and should be dealt with the least forceful response
needed to restore correct behavior and an orderly instructional environment.
At this level, the range of appropriate responses available to the instructor is
rather narrow, basically consisting of various forms of verbal and non-verbal
(and always firm but polite) rebuke and moderate corrective measures (such
as a rearrangement in seating or a brief and informal conference after class).

Should rebuke or moderate correction fail to bring about the necessary response,
or if attempting to correct the students misconduct would in itself detract from an
orderly classroom environment, or if the misbehavior is ongoing or of a more
serious nature, then the instructor should remove the uncooperative student from
the classroom. This may be done by sending the student to the main office to
meet with appropriate administration.

2. OR by notifying the school office of the problem and requesting that the
student be removed. In the latter case, an Administrative Staff Member will
quietly remove the child from the class, discuss the problem with the student,
and will supervise the student until such time as:
The student can return to class without causing further problems, or
The parent is notified and arrives to discuss the problem directly with the
appropriate staff member. Removal of the child for the remainder of the
day may be necessary.

Once a student has been removed from class, the administration and the parents assume the
main responsibility for correcting the students misconduct. While he is no longer directly
responsible for correcting the students misbehavior, the classroom teacher is welcome and
encouraged to share any concerns or insights he may have regarding the situation. He may
also request (or be asked) to participate in a parent-teacher conference, and may be consulted
by the administration with regard to any more serious measures to be taken (these measures
are discussed in greater detail below, under Discipline Management Tools and Techniques). In
all cases, love will be an integral part of the discipline process at CLPS. Discipline is more than
control. We consider it to be a vital teaching opportunity.

DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS FOR MAJOR MISCONDUCT

SUSPENSION

Suspension from all classes and activities can be made with or without permission to make up
work. Suspensions can be from one to three consecutive class days. Suspensions may carry
with them any number of requirements that the administration deems appropriate. Failure to
meet these requirements can extend the duration of the suspension or lead to expulsion
considerations.

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EXPULSION

Expulsion may be imposed with or without permission to appeal. All final expulsions must
appear on the students permanent record.

Expulsion Guidelines:
Student is suspended immediately from all classes and activities.
The familys admission agreement with the school is declared null and
void.
If the family does not wish to appeal, then the student is no longer a CLPS
student and the record of expulsion will appear on the students transcript.
If the family wishes to appeal, they must submit their formal request for
readmission in writing, stating their reasons for wanting to negotiate a new
and more restricted admission with the school.
If the formal request is accepted, the student may continue to receive class
assignments while the appeal is pending. Both parents and the student
must schedule a time to appear before the administration to discuss the
appeal.
Re-admittance may only be on the condition that the family obligates itself
to a new and revised admission agreement, complete with the
administrations required corrective actions, restrictive measures, and
future accountabilities. Failure to keep the new agreement can result in
automatic forfeiture of the students admission status with no permission
to appeal.
If the new agreement is kept faithfully and without incident, the student
may apply to have the record of expulsion deleted from his or her
permanent record at the end of that school year or at a later time as
deemed appropriate.

CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT
At CLPS, we will actively reward Christ-like behavior. As detailed above, teachers will employ
methods of least intervention and preventative management strategies. When these are
deemed ineffective:
K 4th Grade For each class period
1 Infraction - Verbal Warning: A student will receive one verbal warning for
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breaking a classroom rule. Their name will be written on the board.


2 Infraction - E-Mail to Parent: The teacher will e-mail a note to the parents
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stating the students offense.


3 Infraction: The student will be sent to the office and the parents called. One
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parent must come to the school to discuss ways to help the student adjust
behavior.
Rewards: Students will visit a treasure chest when they have had the
appropriate number of good behavior days.

5th -12th Grade - For each class period


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1 Infraction - Verbal Warning: A student will receive one verbal
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warning for breaking a classroom rule.


2 Infraction E-Mail to Parents: The teacher will e-mail a note
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home to the parents stating the students offense.


3 Infraction: The student will be sent to the office and the parents
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called. One of the parents is expected to come to the school


office and discipline the child. One parent must come to the
school to discuss ways to help the student adjust behavior.

CLASSROOM RULES AND PROCEDURES

At CLPS, the classroom is a place of learning where the teacher is able to teach and the
student is able to learn. Conduct that disrupts teaching or learning will not be
tolerated. Students should always:

Come to class on time and be prepared with all required materials;


Conduct themselves in an orderly and respectful manner;
Make an effort to learn by participating in class activities and following teacher
instructions;
Strive to stay on task the entire class period and not engage in activities such
as social conversation, grooming, sleeping, or personal note writing;
Obey all school rules and regulations (e.g., late work policy, academic
honesty, dress code, etc.); and
When in violation of these guidelines, comply with the requests of teachers
regarding classroom control.

Teachers will strive for consistency when administering classroom discipline.

FINANCIAL POLICIES
APPLICATION FEES
These fees are non-refundable.

REGISTRATION FEES
These fees are non-refundable unless a specific course for which a student has
registered moves its scheduled time or day or is canceled altogether. In such cases, the student
may withdraw from the class with a I00% deposit refund for the specific class(es) in question or
may transfer the deposit to another course.

REFUND POLICY ON TUITION


Refunds for dropped classes will be made as follows.
1. All tuition refunds will be made less the Registration Fee.
2. A $25 drop fee will be added for each class dropped after
registration.

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3. All tuition refunds will be made based on the scheduled payment due
dates. All payments required by the due date will be non-refundable
and will represent an obligation due the school if not paid.
4. All pre-paid tuition in excess of the amount required at each due date
less the registration and drop fee will be 100% refundable.
5. All course tuition payments will be 100% refundable for any course
which is canceled by CLPS. For any class which is moved to a
different time-slot, parents have the option to either receive a full
refund or select another class at that time.

SCHEDULES
There will be a $25 fee to switch classes after the Registration Fee is paid. There will be
no fee to add additional classes if available. (CLPS will charge no fee if we cancel a class or
change class times.)

LATE PAYMENT FEE


Tuition payments made after their scheduled due dates are subject to a $25.00 late
payment fee regardless of the total amount of the tuition payment.

DAILY PROCEDURES
PARKING
All families should park in the lot directly across from the front doors. Please pull into
spots to unload students during peak drop off and pick up times so that you do not block
traffic. Please take care to use only one parking spot.

Drivers should not pull under covered driveway or use the drive through in front of
covered driveway during drop off or pick up as these are high pedestrian walkways.

Parents may NOT park in handicapped parking spaces during drop off unless they have
legal handicapped parking tags.

The CLPS parking lot speed limit is 10 mph.

STUDENT DRIVERS
Student drivers must park in the west parking lot. Students may not sit or ride in cars of
non-sibling students at any time without express permission granted by both families. Students
may only one parking spot for their cars.

The CLPS parking lot speed limit is 10 mph.

ARRIVAL AND PICK-UP PROCEDURES


ARRIVAL:
Please plan to arrive at least 5 minutes but no more than 15 minutes before the
scheduled class time. Please wait quietly in the foyer until previous classes have been
dismissed.
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ATTENTION: K-6 PARENTS
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Please bring your children into the foyer upon arrival. Kindergarten parents should walk
their students to class each morning.

PICK-UP:
Persons picking up K-6 students will need to present their Pick-Up badges to the door
monitor to leave with students. If the adult is unable to present the badge they will need to
report to the front office to present Identification and be located on the Pick-Up list provided by
parents.

Each family will be required to submit a school form with a list of persons who may pick-
up their children. We will not release your child to anyone without permission.

Any students not picked up within 15 minutes after the end of their last class may be
escorted to study hall and a $25 fee will be added to the family invoice.

BATHROOM USAGE
For the safety of all students, K-6 students using the bathroom will need to take a
bathroom pass to a hall monitor and wait to be approved to use the bathroom. Only one boy or
one girl will be allowed to use the bathroom at one time. Students should inform the hall monitor
of urgent needs.

Students may not use cell phones in bathrooms.

LUNCH
Students may bring a sack lunch and a drink to be carried in their backpack until
lunchtime (refrigeration is not available). Microwave ovens are available only for secondary
students. Occasionally, students will have the option to order meals (Chick Fil A, pizza, etc.)
Concessions are regularly available for purchase. CLPS does not monitor the purchases of
students from concessions or vending machines. By sending your child to school with money it
is assumed that the parent has communicated appropriate purchases with their child.

Students may not use cell phones or other devices at any time during lunch anywhere on the
CLPS campus.

All students must be present in the auditorium during lunch period unless they are driving
themselves off campus for lunch. Students may not eat in classrooms or on school grounds
and should not loiter around vending machines or bathrooms. Students may not enter the
kitchen to use paper goods or appliances. Official clubs may store concessions in the kitchen
with Administrative approval and must label all items clearly.

Teachers need a lunch break, therefore lunchtime tutoring is not permitted.

K-6 Lunch:
Students will be escorted to the lunchroom by their 2nd period teacher. Upon
arrival to the lunchroom, students shall sit quietly until all of the students have arrived and
a prayer of blessing has been offered.
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7-12 Lunch:
Students will be dismissed by their 3 period teacher to proceed directly to the
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lunch room.

Those students who drive their own vehicles are permitted to eat lunch off campus. Only
the student driving the vehicle is permitted to go off campus for lunch. Additional student
passengers are not permitted. The student driver is permitted to purchase lunch for other
students to eat in the lunchroom during the lunch period.

Lunchtime visitors must follow guidelines below.

VISITORS
During school hours, all visitors and guests (including parents, former students, family
members and alumni) must register through the school office. Visitors must be dressed
modestly. Individuals, including parents, who wish to visit classes, must first obtain the
approval of the administration and a visitors sticker which must be worn at all times while on
campus. Teachers should receive authorized visitors courteously but should not allow them to
interrupt regular classroom procedures. The schools office policy on visitors reads as follows:

Only currently enrolled CLPS students and staff will be allowed on campus unless
permission has been granted by the Administration.

By its very nature, Christian Life Preparatory School encourages a high level of parental
participation in education. However, in order to enhance both student safety and operational
efficiency, Christian Life Preparatory School has adopted the following guidelines governing the
presence of visitors on the campus during regular school operating hours (8:30 AM-4:00 PM on
school days). For the purposes of this policy, visitors are defined as all individuals other than
staff or students (on their respective class days) present in any part of the buildings other than
the front offices or on the grounds other than the normal student loading area.
1. All visitors should call the office before coming to the school to secure
permission to be in one of the restricted areas, which are essentially all areas
of the campus, either inside or outside of the building, other than the front
offices and the normal delivery and student loading areas, such as the front
walk and the parking areas adjacent to it.
2. All visitors much check in with the office staff upon arriving at the campus.
Visitors must identify themselves, explain their intended business, and indicate
how long they expect to be on campus. A written record of this information
will be kept.
3. All visitors must be willing to comply with all rules and regulations governing
student and/or staff conduct, including the appropriate dress regulations
(variances for legitimate and honorable reasons may be granted, but only if the
individual(s) concerned secure permission in advance).
4. Any lunch time visitors must be accompanied by a school parent and must be
dressed according to our free dress day policy.

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Anyone failing to abide by these provisions may be denied access to any and all
restricted areas or be required to leave the campus. Persons having no legitimate connection
with the school or reason for being present on the school campus will be expected to leave
immediately.

FACILITIES USE
The facilities used by CLPS belong to Christ Church and should be respected as
such. All faculty members should promote the development of good stewardship among both
staff and students by demonstrating, encouraging, and if necessary, enforcing a respect for the
property of others. Any proposed use of the facilities beyond that required and established for
normal operations must be approved by the administration, and may incur the payment of
reasonable fees or charges.

Students may not bring food, drinks, gum or candy into classrooms. Food and drink
should be confined to the auditorium or in designated areas during special celebrations
approved by Administrations. Students will be asked to dispose of all food items coming into
the school with the exception of packed lunches which should remain put away until lunch.

Parents wishing to bring food items to celebrate student birthdays should gain approval
by the classroom teacher and prepare to distribute these during lunch only.

Students must be in class, study hall or off campus during school hours. Students are
not allowed to spend off periods in hallways, unattended classrooms or any other area of
campus.

STUDENT MEDICAL EMERGENCY PROCEDURES


In the event of a medical emergency, the administrator, or the person acting in her
absence, will be responsible for the necessary decisions regarding medical attention. The entire
school staff, as a part of their in-service training, will be made aware of the schools medical
emergency procedures and the nearest hospital location.

MEDICATION POLICY
Medication may be administered to students on campus only under the following
conditions:
1. Parents must have submitted a signed Medical Release form and agreed to
the following statement:
I give my child permission to participate in the Christian Life Preparatory
School (a) classes, electives or extracurricular activities, and (b) to ride as a
passenger in any vehicle and with any driver authorized by the schools
administration to provide student transportation for purposes directly
related to that same activity.

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I also give CLPS authorized representatives (staff sponsors or chaperones)
permission to seek emergency medical assistance for my child as may be
deemed necessary and appropriate. Finally, I recognize that the school
and its representatives bear responsibility for my childs well-being only
when he or she is under their direct authority and only to the extent that my
child accepts and cooperates with their leadership and direction.

2. A determination by school officials is made that it would be appropriate to give pain


relievers, or other listed medication, to a student who displays symptoms that warrant its usage,
and only in strict accordance to labeling instructions.

3. The student has doctor-prescribed medicine in a labeled container


showing the students name, medication, and dosage. All such prescriptions
are to remain in the schools medicine cabinet or refrigerator whichever is
appropriate. Students are allowed to keep asthma inhalers with them during
school hours.

IMMUNIZATION POLICY
Immunizations are an important part of public health, and Texas law requires students in Texas
schools to be immunized against certain vaccine-preventable diseases. Parents should arrange
to have their students receive the required vaccines at the earliest possible time, to avoid the
back-to-school immunization rush that occurs every year during the month of August.

Parents of students who will enter kindergarten and 7th grade should pay special attention to
the additional vaccine requirements. Please be aware that students without the required
immunizations or a valid exemption will not be allowed to attend school.

*To determine the specific number of doses that will be required, please visit the Immunization
Branch website at www.immunizetexas.com (click on the School and Childcare link).

Please note: Students will not be allowed to attend classes until the Immunization and boosters
are updated. Immunizations are due before the first day of school. Exemptions must come in
the form of a signed Affidavit. Administration will check for Immunization and Booster
compliance every 30 days.

SCHOOL-HOME COMMUNICATION

Communication between school and home is critical in the University-Model School. CLPS uses
RenWeb, assignment sheets, the Knightly News, and Google Calendar to enhance the quality
and clarity of school-home communications. All members of the school community are
expected to make use of these means of communication within relevant school guidelines

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E-MAIL COMMUNICATION POLICY & KNIGHTLY NEWS
CLPS uses email, RenWeb and Edmodo as the main methods of communication with
families. Families should submit working email addresses to the front office to be input into
RenWeb or change these online at RenWeb.com as they change. Parents must read all school
emails sent by teachers and administrators and respond appropriately by deadlines.

It is the parents responsibility to check RenWeb daily to determine if work has been
submitted and graded and to keep track of their student(s) attendance. Teachers will read and
respond to family emails within 24 hours but will not check or respond to emails from Friday at
5:00 pm until Monday at 8:30 am.

The Knightly News, our CLPS weekly newsletter, is the preferred method of
communicating public announcements. Submissions should be emailed to Dan Hay at
dhay@clps.info no later than Wednesday at noon of the week of publication. If an
announcement is not submitted by that date it may not appear in the Knightly News.

INCLEMENT WEATHER
In case of poor weather conditions, school administration will email all families regarding
school opening delays and closures. As a general rule of thumb, CLPS will follow decisions
made by Fort Worth Independent School District.

FIELD TRIP GUIDELINES


1. At least two adult chaperones must be present on any school-sponsored field trips (only
one chaperone is allowed with administrative approval).
2. There must be a minimum of 1 adult chaperone for every 10 students on a CLPS field
trip.
3. All drivers and chaperones must be at least 25 years old (at least 21 with administrative
approval) or be paid staff members of CLPS.
4. Non-staff drivers and chaperones will be utilized only when requested by the
administration. Individuals selected for these purposes must always have administrative
approval.
5. No student may participate in a CLPS sponsored field trip unless the chaperones have
the following signed by the students parent or guardian:
1. A medical treatment release form
2. A permission slip to participate (which includes any school transportation
that might be involved).
6. Any use of school assets must be approved by the schools administration.
7. All students, drivers, and chaperones must abide by the stricter of the states seat belt
laws or the standards of the driver regarding the use of seat belts.
8. Each school vehicle used for a field trip must carry a first aid kit.
9. Students shall not share medication. All prescription medications must be in their original
containers and properly labeled, and must remain under the control of approved school
representatives, who will administer them according to the instructions given on the label.

LOST AND FOUND


Lost and found can be found in the foyer or front office.
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All unclaimed items will remain in lost in found for up to one month. Throughout the year
unclaimed items will be donated to a local mission or clothes closet with or without notice to
families.

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STUDENT DRESS CODE
The purpose of the CLPS dress code is to present a positive image, minimize distraction,
and provide an environment conducive to learning. All students are expected to maintain good
grooming habits and appropriate dress. Students in violation of the dress code will be sent to
the office, and a parent will be called to bring appropriate clothing to their child. If you see
someone wearing something, do not assume it is in dress code. Students can be addressed
about dress code at any time of the day. Students must wear CLPS uniform while attending any
school activity unless otherwise notified.

All students must follow the Free Dress Day guidelines anytime they appear on
campus, including but not limited to: Extracurricular Activities, Rehearsals, Labs, Extra AP
Sessions, Tutoring sessions, Sporting events, House Events, providing childcare, while selling
concessions or lunch, while visiting school on a non-class day, etc.

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CLPS Student Dress Code
Girls Uniform
Tops Accessories
(Tucked in for K-6) Hair bows and headbands should be in school colors
Long Sleeve or Short Sleeve Students may wear modest jewelry.
White Turtleneck Students may not add extra accessories to uniform such
White Button Down as scarves, wraps, suspenders, etc.)
Hunter Green Polo Hats, beanies or other head coverings are not allowed
Navy Blue Polo at any time
White Polo Plaid ties are optional
White Middy (may be untucked)
Bottoms Other Notes:
Plaid Jumper, Skirt or Skort (A-line design) K-6 girls may wear solid white shirt under uniform shirt
o Must reach mid-knee 7-12 girls may wear any color undershirt
o Modesty Shorts (under all skirts)-OR- 7-12 girls may wear any color, closed-toe shoe with
o Navy, Black or White Leggings heel under 1 inch
No tattoos
Navy Jumper, Skirt or Skort (A-line design) Clothes should not be torn or have holes
o Must reach mid-knee Girls may not wear khaki
o Modesty Shorts (under all skirts)-OR- Coats may be worn to school but cannot be worn in
o Navy, Black or White Leggings class, lunch or hallways unless they meet the outerwear
guidelines.
Navy Pants or Capris (no skinny-style bottoms)
o No denim Free Dress Day for Girls:
Modesty is expected
Shoes (closed-toe) Clothing must reach mid-knee
Predominantly Black or White Tennis Shoes (K-6) No tight-fitting skinny jeans (please use discernment)
Black or Brown Mary Janes (Max heel 1 inch) Leggings may not be worn as pants
Black or Brown Boots (Max heel 1 inch) Closed toed shoes only
White, navy or black socks or tights only No shoes with heel over 1 inch
No hats or beanies
Outerwear No sleeveless shirts
Sweatshirts No transparent clothing
Hoodies No clothing with inappropriate emblem, insignia,
Sweaters wording or picture
Jackets
Cardigans Where can I purchase items?
Color options: You may purchase uniform clothes many different places. The
Hunter Green store below is our primary source:
Navy Lands End School
Black www. landsend.com/school
White Preferred School Number 900141805
Gray
Must be worn over regular uniform collared shirt
Must be solid (no stripes, patterns, spots, plaids, etc)
No Logos (except CLPS logo)

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Girls Dress Code
Shirts


Students must wear a collared shirt everyday. Navy, green, or white polos allowed short sleeve or long sleeve. White, collared,
buttoned shirts are allowed in long sleeve or short sleeve.

Jumpers, Skirts, Pants & Capris


White plaid pattern or navy skirts and jumpers must reach mid-knee when standing; modesty shorts are required under skirts.

Sweaters & Hoodies


Students must wear a collared, uniform-approved shirt with sweaters or hoodies.


Hoodies may be pullover or zipper style. They must be solid navy, green, white, black, or gray; no patterns or logos other than a CLPS
logo are allowed. Outerwear that is out of dress code may not be worn during class but may be stored in a backpack or hallway until
the end of the day.

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K-6th Grade Girls Shoe Dress Code


Dark dress shoes with a maximum heel height of 1 inch or predominantly black or white tennis shoes are allowed. Black or brown
boots allowed for weather. Socks or tights must be white, navy or black.

7th 12th Grade Girls Shoe Dress Code


Any closed-toe shoe with a maximum heel height of 1 inch is allowed. Socks or tights must be white, navy or black.

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CLPS Student Dress Code
Boys Uniform

Tops Accessories

(Tucked in for K-6) Students may not add extra accessories to uniform
such as scarves, wraps, suspenders, etc.)
Long Sleeve or Short Sleeve Hats, beanies or other head coverings are not
allowed at any time
White Button Down
Plaid ties are optional
Hunter Green Polo
Dark belts are optional
Navy Blue Polo

White Polo
Other Notes:
Bottoms K-6 boys may wear solid white shirt under uniform
shirt
Khaki Pants or Khaki Shorts
7-12 boys may wear any color undershirt
o No cargo style (outside pockets)
7-12 boys may wear any color, closed-toe shoe

No tattoos
Navy Pants or Shorts Clothes should not be torn or have holes
o No cargo style (outside pockets Coats may be worn to school but cannot be worn in
o No denim class, lunch or hallways unless they meet the
outerwear guidelines.

Shoes (closed-toe)
Free Dress Day for Boys:
Predominantly Black or White Tennis Shoes (K-6)
Black or Brown Dress Shoes No tight-fitting clothing
Black or Brown Boots Closed-toed shoes only
White, Brown or Black Socks No hats or beanies
No sleeveless shirts
No clothing with inappropriate emblem, insignia,
Outerwear wording or picture

Sweatshirts

Hoodies
Sweaters Where can I purchase items?
Jackets
Cardigans You may purchase uniform clothes many different
places. The store below is our primary source:
Color options: Lands End School
Hunter Green www. landsend.com/school
Navy
Black Preferred School Number 900141805
White
Gray
Must be worn over regular uniform collared shirt

Must be solid (no stripes, patterns, spots, plaids, etc.)

No Logos (except CLPS logos)

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CLPS Boys Dress Code
Shirts


Students must wear a collared shirt each day. Navy, green, or white polos as well as white, collared, buttoned
shirts are allowed short sleeve or long sleeve.

Plaid ties are optional.

Pants & Shorts Physical Education


No cargo style shorts allowed.

Sweaters & Hoodies


Students must wear a collared, uniform-approved shirt with sweaters or hoodies.



Hoodies may be pullover or zipper style. They must be solid navy, green, white, black or gray; no patterns or logos
other than a CLPS logo are allowed. Outerwear that is out of dress code may not be worn during class but may be
stored in a backpack or hallway until the end of the day.

K-6 Boys Shoe Dress Code


Predominantly black or white tennis shoes or dark dress shoes are allowed. Black or brown boots allowed for
weather.

7th 12th Grade Boys Shoe Dress Code

Any closed-toed shoe is allowed. Socks must be white, brown, black or navy.