Milford Christian Academy
Table of Contents
Our History and Vision.................................5
Distinctive of the Principle Approach................6
Statement of Faith.......................................7
Symbolism of Milford
Course of Study..........................................9
School Policies....................................... 10
Weather Related Closings.............................13
Enrollment and Admissions...........................15
Tuition and Fees.........................................16
Student Supply List....................................19
Dress Code..........................................25, 36
College Countdown Calendar........................41
Asbestos Management Plan Notice..................43
"Give ear, O my people, to my law; incline your ears to
the words of my mouth. I will open my
mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old, which we have heard and
known and our fathers have told us. We
will not hide them from their children, telling to the generation to come, the
praises of the LORD and His strength and His wonderful works that He has done.
He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which He
commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children; that
the generation to come might know them, the children who would be born, that
they may arise and declare them to their children, that they may set their hope
in God and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments" (Psalms 78:1-7).
"You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart,
with all your soul and with all your might.
And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart; you
shall teach them diligently to your children and shall talk of them when you
sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down and when you
rise up" (Deuteronomy 6:5-7).
from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the
foundations of many generations and you shall be called the Repairer of the
Breach, the Restorer of Streets to dwell in" (Isaiah 58:12).
therefore and make disciplines of all the nations, baptizing them in the name
of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe
all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the
end of the age" (Matthew 28:19-20).
the Lord is the Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty "
to Milford Christian Academy. This school has been called for the distinct
purpose of helping families to produce Christian journeymen, ministers,
leaders, professionals and statesmen.
The product of Milford
should be a young person thoroughly prepared to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ
in every area of life, "taking every thought captive to the obedience of
Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:5). Restoring
Christian nobility and leadership in the home, church, community and nation by
faith is our goal.
Milford Christian Academy is a day-school
ministry of Milford Christian Church. We are pleased to serve you who have
determined to make true Christian education a way of life for your family. We
pray and trust God for a tremendous blessing to the children and families each
year as we work together according to the gracious historical and Biblical
pattern of education which is our true Christian heritage.
Note that this Handbook represents our
formal covenant, in spirit and deed, to work together for the education of the
children, the school and home - each contributing its appropriate part and each
agreeing to uphold the policies herein.
We believe the
Lord has called Milford Christian Academy to minister to families who are
convicted that their children ought to be brought up in the Lord for all of His
purposes: to be filled with godly character, knowledge, wisdom, skill and
anointing to live in today's world, but on God's terms and all for His
The means of our effort, known as the Principle
Approach, is a rigorously Biblical and practical view of life and education
in which basic, historical doctrines of the faith are applied to every aspect
of the program, from administration to classroom methods and the content. The
Principle Approach, with the many familiar qualities of traditional education,
has taken those traditions back to their Scriptural roots for correction and
Biblical, historical and personal experience
convicts us that this approach promises to be the very best means available to
reverse the trend of decline in education.
It replaces failure with a trend of increasing godliness, citizenship
and true accomplishment among those who desire to follow Jesus in all His ways
- spiritual and practical.
Our History and Vision
Milford Christian Academy was envisioned in the 1970's and again in 1992. Study was made of school models to follow
resulting in a desire to resemble The New Testament School in Long Pond, Massachusetts whose
founder is Dr. Paul Jehle. A band of visionaries,
teachers and facilitators gathered around the vision and met regularly for over
a year studying and training under Dr. Jehle's curriculum. A brief search providentially produced our
founding headmaster, Ronald Kirk, of the Master's School in California.
MCA opened its classes in the fall of 1996 offering classes from
kindergarten through tenth grade with a student body of 34 students. By 1999 we enrolled 105 students and to date
have graduated 20 students, 19 of whom have attended college. Since our commencement we have added six
modular classrooms containing a book storage area, weight room and
classes. We have added two basketball
courts, a swing set, climbing bars and a volleyball field. We have served Christians, Hindus and
Moslems. Our vision is to add property
to our campus and grow to a student body of 195. We also desire to assist other churches to
launch Christian schools that will help restore to America
and the world the Biblical World View of our Founding Fathers whose goal was to
manifest the Kingdom
of God in family and
Distinctives and Promises of
the Principle Approach
The Lordship and
Fellowship of Jesus Christ in every aspect of human life.
Christian Philosophy and Method of
Biblical and historical scholarship - an approach to repentance in particulars,
which results in a comprehensive life for Jesus - "taking every thought captive
to the obedience of Christ."
Effecting the Gospel purpose of America
and other nations.
of Christ expressed through His
people in all areas of life.
Secularism - worldly thinking and
practices, the result of godless, modern cultural influence - with Biblical thinking
and practices which have proved themselves over time.
A Love of
Learning Kindled for the foundational
subjects of life which God created for His people to practice: literacy and
literature, math, history and geography, the natural sciences, the arts, etc.
Wisdom to combat corrupted,
humanistic, modern approaches to contemporary issues and to worthily handle
every resource in this life.
Decision Making for every area of
life and every subject from the principles of God's Word.
· Christian Principles to Govern Human Relationships which allow for the greatest expressions of "love your
neighbor" in every sphere, from the personal to the laws of civil
Principles for Handling Material Resources as tools for the Gospel and for personal and public increase.
Preparation for the works which the Lord established beforehand
for each of us to walk in, no matter the individual calling; mastery and
excellence through the excellence of Christ in us.
The Ability to
Walk in Christian Liberty and
maintain it in the community and nation.
the Christian Character necessary to
a godly life, resulting in:
§ Faith, steadfastness and cheerfulness in all
§ Individual responsibility and Christian liberty
§ Skill, industry and productivity in one's calling
§ Voluntary love and care for one's neighbor
§ Christian liberty under law as a unifying principle of
Statement of Faith
1. We believe the
Bible to be inspired: the only infallible, authoritative Word of God;
2. We believe in
one God, eternally existent in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy
3. We believe
everything in the created universe is declarative of God's infinity, God's diversity, God's individuality. God created distinct individualities and, at
once, maintains the identity and purpose of each, while He relates all into one
purposeful whole; God created man as a moral individual in the image of
4. We believe in
the deity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles,
in His vicarious and atoning death, in His resurrection from the dead, in His
ascension to the right hand of the Father and in His personal return in power
5. We believe in
the absolute necessity of regeneration by the Holy Spirit for salvation because
of the exceeding sinfulness of human nature, that men are justified on the
single ground of faith in the shed blood of Christ and that only by God's
grace, through faith, are we saved;
6. We believe in the
present activity of the Holy Spirit in power to comfort and enable men in the
work of Christ; Milford Christian Center is a Bible-believing church which
believes in the ongoing manifestation of the gifts of the Spirit listed in 1
7. We believe that the
Gospel planted in men's hearts is the seed of every good work of God through
men; the purpose of this work is both to build an eternal Christian character
and to promote the spreading of the Gospel; Christian character is God's means
of serving the human institutions which support the continuing ability to
spread the Gospel; careful stewardship of all resources upon a sound conscience
is essential to the work of the Gospel;
8. We believe the
power of the Holy Spirit is the means by which the law of the Gospel is fulfilled
in our hearts, freeing us from the bondage of sin and allowing us to govern
ourselves among men;
9. We believe in
practicing the Biblical covenant principle before God and among men where the
internal Two Commandments of Christ are given outward form in our daily and
individual and community lives;
10. We believe in
the resurrection of both the saved and the lost - they that are saved unto
resurrection of life and they that are lost unto resurrection of damnation.
11. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers and
therefore in the principle of union, in good conscience, with others in the
accomplishment of the work of God in every area of life.
Symbolism of Milford Christian
Milford Christian Academy has adopted as its mascot the eagle shown on the cover of this
Handbook. It is our great blessing and
privilege to receive this image, photographed by Mr. Don Pfitzer in 1970. Mr.
Pfitzer has graciously granted us free use of this artistic expression
in order that God would receive the glory for this magnificent photograph.
eagle has long been a symbol of Christian liberty. This particular image also reflects the
Biblical representation of the eagle as divine, especially in its mystery,
dignity and power of protection.
Consider these Scriptures:
"Behold, He shall come up
and fly like the eagle and spread His wings over Bozrah; the heart of the
mighty men of Edom
in that day shall be like the heart of a woman in birth pangs" (Jeremiah
eagle stirs up its nest, hovers over its young, spreading out its wings, taking
them up, carrying them on its wings, so the LORD alone led him and there was no
foreign god with him" (Deuteronomy 32:11-12).
" 'When I
passed by you again and looked upon you, indeed your time was the time of
love; so I spread My wing over you and
covered your nakedness. Yes, I swore an
oath to you and entered into a covenant with you and you became Mine,' " says
the LORD GOD (Ezekiel 16:8).
chosen red, white, and blue for our school colors. Because America was founded upon Biblical
principles, MCA desires to represent the nation while being ambassadors for
Christ. Jesus gave the mandate to occupy
until He returns, and we do so within the Christian liberty guaranteed by our
Declaration and Constitution.
is from 2 Corinthians 3:17: "Where the
Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty."
Having both earthly and eternal consequences, Christian liberty is one
of the most important yet neglected Biblical themes. Nothing could be more
central to the faith than this proposition.
It is our desire that every Milford
parent and student will pursue an ever-deepening knowledge of true Christian
liberty, that all may recognize its freedoms, restraints and purpose for our
lives, for the nation and for the world.
Course of Study
According to Connecticut State
law, parents are responsible for ascertaining that their child is in attendance
at a school with the equivalent of a public school curriculum. Milford Christian Academy offers a rigorous,
scholarly course of study in reading; writing; spelling; English grammar;
geography; arithmetic; and United States history and citizenship, including a
study of the town, state and federal governments. Additionally, Milford Christian
Academy will also offer,
immediately or as resources permit, studies in Christian history, higher
mathematics, natural science, economics, music, art and foreign language.
Academy offers a single
track college preparatory program to all.
Completion of the college preparatory program depends on the ability and
effort of the individual. This approach
assumes that all may be capable and should have the opportunity to prepare for
college. Those who do not complete the
entire college preparatory program may be well assured that whatever progress
is made consists of thorough training in the foundational skills and
knowledge. Our approach is Jesus'
approach: Meet the student where he is and work forward from there. Each student applying diligent effort is
expected to progress as his abilities increase.
offers these subjects based upon the Biblical view of reality, historically
discerned, which led to the great accomplishment of early America. Through such a foundation in every subject,
we can expect the fruits of godly character, wisdom, mastery and excellence.
Reading is a
fundamental area of concentration as the basis for literacy and for all other
subjects. In the primary grades,
literacy is the foremost area of study beginning with basic phonics. Literacy training continues through the
Grammar gives proper command of the
language that helps to develop the thinking and reasoning capacity and is
therefore useful in all endeavors. Good
communication is central to the work of the Gospel and every area of relationship
Literature presents lively examples of historical character and
thought and facilitates mastery of the language. Good literature glorifies God and His
Penmanship represents an opportunity for personal achievement and
excellence. The character built through
the habit of excellence in writing will be carried to all areas of effort.
Composition proves learning and fixes it in the mind. Therefore
it is applied in all academic subjects.
Geography and History provide a road map to God's plan for
this earth. We glorify God through the
remembrance of His providential works.
Studying "His Story" cultivates an understanding of our place in
His plan, while it teaches lessons from others' lives.
Mathematics provides practical skills for success in a
technological age. Moreover, it teaches
the student to think logically and to solve problems upon principle - a
powerful ability. Mathematics glorifies God as it
represents His order and authority.
Science introduces the student to the
wonders of creation and a proper appreciation for the Creator. Applied science furnishes tools for the works
of God through man, which is Christian dominion. Foundations for further study are
· Foreign Languages provide a useful skill, especially as a tool to spread the Gospel in
other cultures. Furthermore, study of a
foreign language under-girds skill in the English language.
· Music and
the Fine Arts help us to know God's grace and His provision for the whole
man. In particular, music and art give
us means by which
God as we focus on and express the beauty and truth found in His
creation. Our goal
is the beginning of creative mastery in these disciplines.
· Physical Fitness, including physical skill and development and the right use of the body,
are important for the growth and character of the whole person. The body is the temple of the Holy
Spirit. Strength, courage, modesty,
leadership and grace are emphasized.
· Bible supplies
the source and origin, the end and purpose for every subject,
as well as the basis for teaching methods. Expositional study of the Bible
additionally develops an understanding and appreciation
for the whole counsel of God, especially who He is, what are His provisions for
us and what He requires of us in turn. The Bible contributes our sole rule of
faith and practice for every aspect of
School Philosophy and Policies
Hiring and Enrollment Philosophy
MCA staff and students must
be in agreement with and governed by conservative Biblical principles and
practices which would preclude employment or enrollment of anyone with social
practices or preferences that deviate from conservative biblical doctrine
indicated in Gen 2, Rom 1, and 1 Cor
Parent Classes and Meetings
orientation class will be held for all families at Milford Christian
Academy. Attendance of this class is mandatory each
year for all custodial parents and guardians. The class is for the
purpose of educating parents to the Biblical principles upon which the school
is based so that we may be of one mind in our task of raising God's
children. See the School Year Calendar
for dates. There are also several other
meetings throughout the year that require parental attendance. A fee of $50.00 per meeting may be charged to
each family for lack of attendance to help offset increased staff work
of true Christian education shines throughout the community. We hope that Milford Christian
Academy and the families
we serve will be a light to the community, as a result of having done our
respective jobs to be committed and effective parents and teachers.
essential that parents support us in carrying out the purposes of the
school. We urge the teaching and
practicing of the rules of the Student Constitution at home, as a way to help
build Christian consistency, love and respect.
If school rules apply only to school and not at home, we create an
artificial world which many young people will reject as irrelevant because the
same principles are not practiced at all times.
parents to supervise and review all homework and to be interested
and up to date on the student's studies. Please call upon the teachers if there are
any problems or if you desire to discuss any matter.
parent involvement is encouraged.
Consider in prayer such roles or activities as study hall proctor, class
aid, field trip helper, school yard supervisor, car pool/trip transportation,
library worker, assistant fund-raiser, athletic leader, leader of special
parent-sponsored activities or outings.
The list is long. The
Parent-Teacher Fellowship will be a particularly apt arena in which to get
involved. The MCA administration will
offer our assistance and encouragement to the Parent-Teacher Fellowship each
new school year.
enjoying the warm atmosphere of MCA we must not throw all caution to the wind in
training our children's demeanor toward strangers. It is important to remember that families
have entrusted their children to the care of MCA staff and not necessarily to
the care of other MCA parents. There are
some parents who have rightfully emphasized to their children the importance of
keeping healthy boundaries between them and strangers. As MCA parents we want to be careful not to
disarm those boundaries. With this in
mind please honor the following guidelines while at MCA:
1. Avoid giving directions to children other
than your own unless there is an emergency with no MCA staff person in
2. Encourage children who may ask you for
instructions or favors to see their MCA teacher or staff person.
3. While being courteous to students please
refrain from excessive touching, hugging, sharing food, etc. so as not to
disarm boundaries set by parents for the children.
4. Any suggestions about a child's future should
only be made in the presence of his parent.
5. During your visits to the school please
refrain from greetings, joking, or playing which would tend to draw students'
attention from the teacher.
6. Rather than correcting the behavior of
students yourself, please notify their teacher of their need for correction.
7. If someone's child is your responsibility to
retrieve, please be sure the parent sends a written note giving you permission to pick up the
8. Parents and students should not invite or
allow children not their own to enter their cars without parents' permission.
9. Parents should not converse
with others' children about personal matters of counseling, debatable doctrinal views, opinions about MCA
students, staff, or policies, rumors,
etc. without the presence of the children's parent or MCA staff person.
Academy has designed the
school-year calendar to accommodate the Biblical principle of work and rest in
due season. (See the Handbook insert for
the current year.)
We work hard, so true
breaks between terms are important. This
approach of diligent work followed by Sabbath rest has produced many benefits
where it has been practiced. Consistency
is key to this success; therefore, withdrawal of a student before the end of a
term is harmful in several ways. First,
the student comes to believe that completing a commitment is not
important. Second, the teacher's ability
to properly evaluate the student's work is hindered. Finally, early withdrawal adds an improper
burden to the teacher's workload.
Therefore, for the sake of all, we ask that you honor your commitment to
the whole year.
begins promptly at 8:30
each morning. Please arrive at about 8:20 am. Each minute is precious, so
as not to disrupt classes, please be sure students are on time. Chapel time is
not expendable. Repeated tardiness will
call for disciplinary action.
ends at 3:15 p.m., 12:30 p.m. for half-day
kindergarten. Children must be picked up on time by their parents or by other
persons designated in writing by their parents. Please be sure that your child
is picked up promptly so that your hard-working teachers may focus their
efforts on their rightful duties.
who cannot pick children up on time agree to and must make alternative
arrangements ahead of time for transportation and emergency care for their
children. Similarly, in the case of
weather closings, illness, busing problems, discipline situations, or other emergencies,
parents must make arrangements ahead of time for alternative transportation and
care. Indicate those you so designate on
the yearly registration card. The school
cannot and does not accept responsibility for children who do not have
alternative transportation or care when it is needed.
note that children not picked up by 3:20
will be automatically sent to the after-school study hall (see next section)
and the family charged the $20.00 fee to cover this service.
Before- and After-school Study Hall
made provisions for extended care. Before-school study hall begins at 7:30 a.m. Study hall after school
ends at 5:30 p.m. This is
a proctored (not tutored) study hall, during which students will focus on their
for this service is $20/day/student for all or partial days. Payments may be
made daily for occasional use, weekly for regular usage, or monthly in advance
through FACTS tuition management. A late fee of $20.00 per 15 minutes will be
due for students left after 5:31 p.m. Students not picked up by 3:40 PM will
automatically be enrolled in study hall for the day and the fee will be applied
to the monthly statement if not paid that day.
Applications for financial assistance through
the Care4Kids program are available in the school office. Families may also apply to MCA for assistance
Weather-Related Closings, Delays and Early Dismissals
will be closed on heavy- snow or dangerous-weather days. Closures will be announced by 6:15 a.m. on the following stations:
television broadcast channels WFSB 3 and WTNH 8; cable channel News 12 CT; and
radio stations WEZN (99.9 fm), WEBE (108 fm), WICC (600 am) and WELI (960
am). Snow-closure days may be made up at
the discretion of the school at the end of the year.
above-referenced stations will also broadcast weather-related delays or early
dismissals. Because our first concern is
for the safety of our families, no penalties will accrue for absences or tardiness
resulting from travel difficulties.
case of school delays, children should arrive at school 10-15 minutes prior to
the delayed opening time. No
before-school study hall will be available.
Absences and Tardies
absences for medical reasons, bereavement or true family emergencies may be
excused. Absences due to family outings
or vacations are not formally excused.
However, they will not ordinarily prejudice the student's record of
accomplishment if the student otherwise maintains progress without unduly
burdening the teacher. Parents must
provide either a written or an oral explanation of an absence to the office or
teacher. Exceeding eight absences per semester may prevent promotion to the
next grade. Three tardies will equal one absence.
Student Drop Off and Pick Up
Students' safety is our foremost concern. A second interest is that parents regularly
consult with teachers about the progress of their children. Therefore, we encourage parents to bring
their children personally into the classrooms or main building in the
morning. We also require that parents or
their representatives personally pick up their child directly from the
appropriate school building.
safety concerns, please do not allow any children, students or siblings,
uncontrolled access to the parking lot or driveway. Unsupervised children are not allowed
outdoors before or after school and such are subject to correction.
observe the utmost caution and courtesy when arriving and leaving. Limit driving speed to no more than 10 miles
per hour in the parking lot. Honor the
one-way direction of the driveway; that is, enter on the
find a proper space to park. Do not stop
in the driveway, particularly near the street.
Doing so puts others in serious danger, which is not conscionable among
Milford public schools are
required to furnish bus service to students of private schools who reside
within the city. We understand that transportation
is difficult for some. However, families
who avail themselves of the bus service ought to be aware of several potential
has no authority over the bus service or schedule. Therefore, parents are still responsible for
prompt arrival and departure. The bus
service suffers from schedule irregularities and students must accept tardies
this may cause. Parents may also be
called to retrieve students who miss the bus after school, or who are not
picked up by the bus on time. MCA lacks
the resources to absorb busing problems; therefore, such issues must find
redress through the bus company or the Milford School District
and not MCA.
bus company offers no supervision over riders other than that of the bus
driver. MCA cannot and does not accept
any liability or responsibility arising from your election to use the bus.
miss the regular, informal meetings upon which we depend to maintain our
relationship with you on behalf of your children. Therefore, if at all possible, we recommend
avoiding use of the bus.
who avail themselves of the bus service must acquire a copy of the Milford School District bus rules from the MCA
office and agree to follow them.
Students using the bus must promptly obey MCA bus monitors instructions
at all times. Parents whose children
ride the bus agree to make alternate emergency transportation agreements in the
case for any reason that the bus service is not available, particularly for
pick-up from school. Failure with
respect to these policies may result in the suspension of bus privileges.
Enrollment and Admissions
to Milford Christian Academy
is based on our reasonable expectation of student success with respect to the
Gospel, scholarship and character development.
Our success largely depends on parents' outlook, home practices and
active cooperation in achieving school purposes. We seek to serve families who share our
vision of true Christian education.
Therefore each applicant is considered in prayer individually on the
basis of a complete application form and a family interview. Enrollment is always contingent upon the
parents' commitment to the same Biblical Christian view and practice of education in the home as
the rightful ground for our success with your child. Practically speaking while we are prepared to
assist in this area, parents must be willing to take whatever steps are
necessary to fulfill their covenant with us.
We make such a requirement because we know that the home is the key
to our success on your behalf. School
can only support the work of the home, never replace it.
Acceptance to MCA is conditional.
If at any time the faculty agrees that the school's purposes with the
individual are generally impaired or when an individual by his conduct negates
the progress of others in the classroom, we reserve the right to dismiss a
student. Thus, the student, an older one
especially, must realize his personal responsibility - in the form of cheerful
cooperation - for his own continuing enrollment and success in this
character-based educational endeavor.
of new students will be restricted to 10th grade or lower in most
cases. A diploma from MCA represents a carefully defined degree of character
development and accomplishment. Thus, we
reserve these last three years of school to give sufficient time to ensure a
complete and true high-school education.
acceptance, a registration packet will be sent out to be completed and returned
by the applying family. Registration
packets for the following year will be sent home with students as early as
February. Tuition accounts must be
current before the student may register for the next year. Returning students are given enrollment
priority, but re-enrollment must take place by the date given with the
registration material in order to retain your enrollment priority.
Enrolment grants to MCA the permission to include the student in
photographs, multi-media, and articles reporting, promoting, or advertising the
Milford Christian Academy
has a racially nondiscriminatory policy for its students. This means that MCA admits students of any
race to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or
made available to students at MCA. The
school does not discriminate on the basis of race in the administration of its
educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships and loan programs or
any other school-administered programs.
Milford Christian Academy
reserves the right to uphold Biblical principles and procedures with regard to
but not limited to such issues as national citizenship, sexual orientation and
practice, financial responsibility and general conduct of staff, students and
their families even when they may conflict with current political positions on
the issues. Supporting, espousing, or
practicing biblically forbidden behavior or life style is grounds for expulsion
and termination of covenant between Milford
and the student family. Premarital pregnancy, male effeminacy or
association with hate groups may also be grounds for expulsion. Unholy communication of word, touch or
association may also result in expulsion and covenant termination.
Tuition and Fees
See the Parent/Student
Handbook insert for the current year's requirements and fees. A non-refundable, annual, one-per-family fee
in addition to tuition is payable upon registration. Note that payments for a specific
individual's tuition, no matter who actually pays, may not be counted as gifts,
but rather must be counted as tuition according to federal law. For registration after July 5th, two months
tuition and registration fee are due prior to enrollment. A fee of $25.00 will be charged to the
family's account for checks returned for insufficient funds.
for the entire year is payable in advance. Tuition and Fees for each academic
year for each student constitutes an individual and separate financial
contract. However, as a convenience to
parents, MCA has adopted the FACTS monthly tuition payment program. All families must choose one of the payment
plans described below. Each family's
preferred manner of payment must be submitted each year at the time of student
registration. Families with more than
one student may combine options, choosing different ones for the different
children. Options for payment include:
Full Payment Option
this plan the entire amount of the annual tuition is payable on or before July
1st. A $100.00 per student
discount is offered if tuition is paid in full prior to July 1st.
Monthly Tuition Payments
monthly payments means parents must pay FACTS directly through an automatic
electronic funds transfer from a personal bank checking or savings
account. Under this plan the entire
amount of tuition is paid monthly over a ten (10) month period through the
FACTS Tuition Management Plan. Parents
may choose to authorize payments to FACTS on either the 5th of each
month, beginning July, or the 20th of each month, beginning
June. The FACTS Company will charge an
annual fee of $41.00. A late fee of $25.00 per month may be added for each
monthly payment more than 30 days past payment due date. Report cards and
transcripts will be withheld until delinquent accounts are brought current. Collection
will be initiated after 180 days delinquent unless satisfactory payment
arrangements are kept. Reasonable attorney's fee and post judgment interest will
be added for collection.
Late Enrollment--Early Withdrawal
Enrollment is understood to
be on an annual basis. In the unusual event of withdrawal after registration,
written notice must be received by the MCA office 60 days prior to the date of withdrawal. Tuition will be considered due through the
end of the semester in which the MCA-approved date of withdrawal occurs. If the date of withdrawal occurs in the
second semester, tuition for the second semester will be considered due. Because MCA is a not-for-profit ministry and
because staffing is determined according to registered enrollment,
consideration of any refund of prepaid tuition will depend in part upon the
timely receipt of prior written notice and the academy's financial
Past-due Tuition Payments
Tuition can be a particularly
sensitive issue. Milford Christian
Academy is a steward of
the Lord's resources and is dependent on the character of its member families
and we wish to have a clear understanding that we would prefer no one to be
excluded because of the lack of funds.
However, each of us has a personal walk of faith with our God and is
responsible for one's own commitments. God is the provider for each of us and
He deals with us as individuals. Please
make every prayerful effort to fulfill your
commitment. We will do the same.
It shall be the responsibility of each school family to keep the school office
informed of the need to make any changes in the preferred tuition payment plan
or adjustments in the amount of tuition expected to be paid. Without such information and approval of the
Board of Facilitators, the following policy will apply when tuition payments
are received late:
are considered in arrears unless they are paid at least two months ahead, as
described under "Monthly Tuition Payment."
FACTS will levy a
$25.00 fee for a missed monthly payment due to insufficient funds.
The bank may also
charge a similar penalty.
automatically re-attempt collection of the missed payment unless you have made
alternate arrangements with the school no later than four business days prior
to the prescribed re-attempt date.
The FACTS Company
will notify both the school and family of missed payments in writing. FACTS will re-attempt collection on the 20th
for a 5th due date, or the 5th for a 20th due date, following the date of the
If the FACTS
payment is missed due to the closing of your designated account, new account
information with a voided check or deposit slip must be supplied to the school
within 10 days. Payments must be made
directly to the school until the new account can be accessed by FACTS, in order
to keep payments current.
school families who have missed two monthly payments and have not paid the
amount due to the school or have not made suitable arrangements within (14)
calendar days after the second missed payment date may be withdrawn from
enrollment until the account has been made current. Moreover, until accounts are current or
suitable arrangements are made, students will not receive further report
In the unlikely
event of early withdrawal, transcripts will not be forwarded until the account
is paid in full.
payments are to be made directly to the school.
If payment is not possible, suitable arrangements must be made, and then
approved by the Board of Facilitators before students can be re-admitted.
sake of your family's security and peace of mind, as well as for the general
financial stability of our school, we encourage parents or guardians to contact
us as soon as possible when there are economic difficulties. We recognize that such circumstances can be
unpredictable and it is our preference, whenever possible, to work out these
arrangements with families on an individual basis rather than asking the family
to leave the school.
Milford Christian Academy
is a private endeavor, dependent on tuition. Therefore, funds for scholarships
are limited. Even so, we will make every
effort to assist those who truly need financial aid due to special
circumstances beyond their control. A
determination of need will be based upon a completed application.
for the award of a scholarship will also include merit, meaning the child's
discernible progress in school, both in character and in
scholarship. Other minimal criteria
considered are history and fulfillment of any previous scholarship award
scholarships will be awarded.
Alternatives to scholarships, including help from church or extended
family, must be individually pursued as a prerequisite to consideration for a
scholarship award. Volunteer work in the
school may be requested. Depending on
the number, size and timing of scholarship requests received, it may be
necessary to establish a waiting list for applicants.
Scholarships are awarded on an annual basis. A previous award does not guarantee a new
scholarship. To ensure timely enrollment, scholarship applications should be
made as early as possible, at least a month prior to registration. This includes re-registration deadlines for
returning students. Each application
will be considered in prayer by the school's governing Board of Facilitators, whose
consideration of scholarship applications will be made by June 15th
for the following school year. For a
scholarship application or information, contact the school office.
The materials and facilities at Milford Christian
Academy are dedicated to
God in His service. Each individual is
responsible for what he or she is issued.
Lost or damaged school materials and damaged facilities must be repaired
or replaced, at the discretion of the school, by the person responsible for the
loss or damage.
Academy shares its facilities with the
program of Milford
and we are the church's guests.
Particular attention must be paid to the proper use of the facilities
and every courtesy extended to all who share them.
will be provided by the school; workbooks (which are consumable) will need to
be purchased by parents. Current book
fees are available from the school office. Textbooks must be covered the week
they are distributed. A daily fine of $5 per book may be added to the family
account for textbooks left uncovered.
The list of supplies appropriate for your child's grade follows. Please
purchase plain items for school. Please
avoid offensive pictures, slogans or characters. For consistency, we ask that you do not send
in anything that has motion picture themes, cartoon characters, super-heroes,
or fantasy pictures. Please be sure that all supplies are clearly labeled with
three-holed wide ruled paper 8 1/2 x
11. Four packs at least.
- 2 inch three ring binders
24 box of crayons
plastic shoe box size container box clearly labeled with child's name containing the following:
2 Fountain pens (available for
purchase in school office)
A box of #2 pencils
2 red pens
2 boxes of reinforcements
Large hand held eraser
New King James Bible
12 inch standard and metric ruler with notebook holes
subject dividers for each notebook
plain lunch box with a thermos to keep things hot.
book bag large enough to carry all books. Please
consider investing in a good bag so you do not have to purchase one
A gym bag large enough to carry winter gym clothes and
soft zip pouch for pens to be held in the notebook.
packs of ink (washable blue available for purchase in school office)
box of tissues 200 count for each term
three-holed college ruled paper 8 ½
x 11. Four packs at least. Keep extra paper on hand all year. Please be sure the paper is the same throughout
box of colored pencils
- 3 inch three ring binders
box of Blue or Black ball point pens
Assignment notebook for
Clear plastic sheet protectors
the fountain-pen ink cannot be erased, its use tends to produce greater care
and attention and ultimately, excellence in effort and handwriting. In addition, it is a fine and valuable tool that teaches good stewardship. Please, emphasize to your children its
importance. Children will need perhaps a
dozen or more packages of blue ink cartridges for the year. We require keeping backup pens and extra ink
at all times. Spares should be replaced
in advance of need. Please be sure your child is prepared with the
uniforms are required for all students participating in Physical
Education. Please inquire of the school
office how to order gym uniforms. Labeling clothing, uniforms, and supplies
with the student's name is required and assists in returning lost items. Sloppy, torn, or ill-fitting clothing is not
permitted. Acceptability is at the
discretion of the faculty.
Nonessential belongings should be left at home. Inappropriate use of personal belongings may
result in confiscation requiring parental retrieval. Potentially dangerous items such as , lighters and matches are prohibited at
school. Small pocket knives are
exempted, but should not be out of the pocket except in supervised use. Cell phones, pagers, and other electronic
devices, unless parents specifically establish to the school's satisfaction
that they are necessary, shall be considered nonessential and not to be used at
school. Visibility of inappropriate or
potentially dangerous items will constitute grounds for confiscation and
possible disciplinary action.
not allowed at school and its use on the school grounds or in the
neighborhood of the school is strictly forbidden. Evidence of drug or alcohol use or possession
of any contraband will be grounds for immediate expulsion.
and selling or trading of personal property is not allowed at school except
under the direct and immediate supervision of the parents of all students
involved. The office should be made
aware of this as well.
Borrowing supplies or food from others (even siblings) can produce a
irresponsible dependent mentality and will be discouraged. Continued lapses
will require the student purchase supplies from the school and a charge will be
added to the family's account.
Emergency and Health Procedures
children must not be sent to school.
Children with elevated temperatures should be kept home until 24 hours
after normal temperature has resumed or upon doctor's recommendation. Milford
in order to provide the healthiest school environment for all, must reserve the
right to send children home for suspected infection. We will make every effort to exercise this
right judiciously. Your cooperation in
keeping sick children at home will aid us tremendously.
We discourage the taking of medication
during school hours unless there is a special, serious problem. Both physician and parental permission are
required by State law. Please contact the administration for communications on
this matter. Medication must be carried
to school in its proper container and must not present a hazard to other
students. In most situations, medication
will be required to be safely stored by a MCA staff person.
students must comply with the State of Connecticut's
requirements for immunizations and health assessment. All forms to be completed will be included in
the registration package or otherwise available at the school office. Record of
immunization is required upon school entry and again in the 7th
grade, except upon certain conditions.
Please contact the school or the local health department for questions
regarding these exceptions.
Health checkups are required by the State
for first graders and entering junior high and high school students in public
school. While not required by Milford Christian Academy,
such checkups are highly recommended, especially vision and hearing exams.
In case of
natural disaster your child will be kept at school and supervised until you
come and get him or her. Children will
not be released to anyone but their legal guardians or adult previously
designated in writing by the legal guardians.
teaches that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Please provide only nutritious snacks and meals
for school. High-sugar treats and
caffeinated drinks, such as colas, affect the students' abilities in
school. Do not send such drinks or
snacks to school. Contact the school for
may not share their food. Food brought
from home and not eaten at school must be taken home, not thrown away, so that
parents are aware of what the child is and is not eating.
will be offered for a fee if at least 40 students participate in the lunch
program. Otherwise please provide your
child with an adequate lunch time meal.
other food may be offered to students for special classroom or school-wide
events by individual parents or teachers.
Such meals or snacks must be viewed as private, voluntary and taken only
upon the mutual agreement of the individual parents and teachers involved. The school assumes no liability for such
private and individual arrangements and assumes no responsibility to oversee or
restrict such activity for a given student unless specifically requested by the
We encourage classroom visitation by school
parents, as well as by prospective parents and students. We strongly encourage parents to arrange
classroom visitation through the school office prior to the date desired in
order to avoid schedule conflicts and possible inconvenience to you.
if your child forgets items needed for school, please do not take them directly
to the classroom, but to the office so as to minimize disruption. We will make sure the item gets to its owner
in a timely manner.
parents or guardians of a prospective student who wish to have their child
visit the school must personally file a permission form with the school
office before leaving the child. We
cannot be responsible for young people left without written permission and
accept no liability for such.
that parents will be available for car pooling and helping with transportation
for field trips. Contact the school
office if you can help.
are acceptable transportation to school.
If bicycles are ridden, courtesy and safety shall be exhibited. Bicycle laws must be taught to and observed
by the children. Bicycles should be
licensed and provided with a good lock. Milford Christian
Academy cannot be
responsible for any theft or damage to student bicycles. The above applies to the use of skates and
other similar transportation means as well.
The use of personal transportation devices must not become disruptive to
school function or they will not be allowed.
may drive to and park vehicles at school.
However, MCA is a closed campus. Students
must not leave campus during school hours without permission expressly
communicated to the school office by the custodial parent or guardian and permission
of the school. No other permission is
acceptable. Student automobile commuting
is a privilege. The school reserves the
right to revoke this privilege.
Dress Code Philosophy
code is specified in the student constitution. Milford Christian
Academy reserves the
right, in the case of questionable or immodest dress, to remove the student
from class and call upon parents to retrieve the student. A parent conference may be called to discuss
and determine appropriate Christian school attire.
purpose in the dress code is to inculcate Biblical modesty. We should not
attract undue attention to ourselves, but rather Christians should set the
standards for the rest of the world.
Rather than be a cause for stumbling, our dress should inspire a sense
of virtue and honor.
toward life practices are begun early. One cannot expect a child to acquire
modesty at once, but habits of attitude formed early will prevail. For example, short skirts are not modest when
the girls play; children grow so quickly that soon the short skirts make it
difficult to be modest in the best of circumstances.
the example of the Pilgrims. Living in a
ribald age where morals were languishing, the Pilgrims undertook to live the
Biblical standard "without tarrying for any." In dress, modesty was the rule, but with
grace and style. Not in dead drabness as
they are often pictured, they wore colors and styles which reflected their
abundant life in Christ, but which were understated and refined so that they
were elegant and modest.
Please remember the goal of the rules is to help train
the heart so that our outward lives will please and glorify our
God. "Your beauty should not come from outward
adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine
clothes. Instead, it should be that of
your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of
great worth in God's sight" (1 Peter 3:3-4 NIV).
school which emphasizes principle as the necessary premise of Christian
education, we often find difficulty handling the various issues which come our
way because of seemingly competing principles.
However, we are confident that Biblical principles are never competing,
but rather must be balanced to find the narrow path that the Lord would have us
Self-government on the part of those seeking to find the Lord's will in
a given situation is one of the key ingredients needed for Biblical principle
to prevail. If an individual or group of
individuals presses against the spirit of a law, the only recourse is to impose
the letter of the law. The letter of the
law completely undermines our purpose --namely, to teach the spirit
of the law for real life, so as to be internally self-governed, which is
Christian liberty. This is a critical
issue requiring a high degree of cooperation in order for us to be successful
in our educational mission
Dress Code (Please see specifics in Modesty and Dress
Code, p. 39)
to help you maintain the spirit of the law with respect to dress in the school,
we offer the following:
1. We grant that many factors are at work here: the cost
of clothing, availability and what we refer to as wine-skins- the
various individual convictions and perceptions which color our understanding of
the rules. Thus, we will attempt to be
2. Our goal is education of the student toward the
ability to see differences in refinement, beauty, love of one's neighbor,
leadership quality and in summary, the highest expressions of the excellence of
Christ. The goal is to see the student
practicing these attributes so that he or she becomes prepared for whatever
office of leadership to which the Lord might bring him or her.
3. Fashions change.
Change of fashion in itself is not necessarily good or bad. The best contemporary expressions, which
reflect the Biblical principle, must be our starting place.
4. The following is our best effort to explain the intent
of the dress code in a qualitative and specific fashion:
a. The terms Oxford,
Ivy League and Prep represent a good style model.
Perhaps a slightly different representation of our
goal lies in the terms business office attire, conservative, or traditional.
b. Any attire that tends toward the casual or play is
less acceptable and any that tends toward clothing of leadership in business or
other public or leadership spheres is more acceptable.
c. Milford Christian Academy uniforms will be worn on occasion. Please see "UNIFORMS" below.
5. We are a Principle Approach school. Living upon principle demands wisdom. Wisdom means weighing competing principles,
then ranking and balancing them in a just manner. A principled non-uniform dress code honors
and allows individuality and teaches godly wisdom. In general, we believe the best authority for
judging appropriateness is the classroom teacher. This allows for a personal understanding of
each child and consideration of differences in age, gender, family background,
cultures, Christian maturity, etc. When
needed, the school administration will make the final judgment in consultation
with the parents.
6. UNIFORMS: Milford
does also require each student to have a uniform to wear on designated
occasions or full time according to the parents' discretion. The occasional
wearing of the Milford
uniform as an entire group will be viewed as an external expression of shared
internal unity, covenant and stewardship. When worn the uniform must be
respected and worn in its entirety. Black shoes or black "van style" shoes are
part of the MCA uniform.
7. We believe that training in taste and perceptions is
to a degree an individual consideration for the reasons stated above. Therefore, parents or students may notice
variations in the practical application of the dress code. With regard to these differences, we
encourage parents to respond to their children by instructing them that it is
their own consciences and training which are at issue, not others'. If everyone
is willing to restrain himself then the school will have the power to educate -
to help form and direct. If even a few
press against the limits here, we will be reduced to the letter of the law
again, and our purposes will be defeated.
Our goal in making individual determinations is to put the good of the
student (and other students) foremost.
We wish to be sensitive. Such a
policy is difficult to administer, but will result in better accomplishment of
our educational mission in this area.
8. If we must speak to a student regarding attire,
ordinarily we will privately explain the principle of our objection and ask
that if possible the student not wear the garment again. In less self-governed cases, we will take stronger
measures as required.
9. We recommend that students and parents practice
the dress code outside of school. If
glorifying God in our dress (appropriate to our activity) is good, why not
practice it as a way of life?
10.Though we wish to establish reasonable limits,
according to the Biblical principle of Liberty
under Law, we must nonetheless enforce a minimal dress code. Ordinary determination of acceptability of
dress or grooming shall remain with the homeroom teacher and final
determination with the administration. (See the "Student Constitution"
for details.) A student who violates the uniform or dress code more than three
times may be denied entrance to class until the parent rectifies the matter.
The student may also be required to purchase from MCA articles to complete the
uniform, the cost being billed to the family's account.
The conclusion then is this: please try to keep the
spirit of the law, knowing that resistance debilitates those trying to serve
you and confounds our goal - which is education. Conversely, much is gained when you work to
raise the standards with us. In
addition, please be forbearing with those whom you perceive are not
conforming. On our part, we will
diligently continue to work toward our educational goal of a consciousness and
practice, in every student, of Christian nobility in dress - and in every area
of life - even while we give due heed to individual circumstances.
Milford Christian Academy requires that all who participate with us practice Christ's approach
to conflict resolution. This Biblical
approach, which promotes trust and respect, has long served well to cut short
disputes or even stop them before they begin.
God's way works! As adapted to
school use, we understand Matthew 18:15-20 to apply as follows:
adults if there is any cause for offense, any sin, or any conflict between us,
we must lovingly confront the other involved.
For example, if a parent has a problem with a teacher, the parent must
first go to the teacher and not the administration. If no resolution is found, the parent may
appeal to a member of the administration, but without gossip, that is, without
speaking the offense. A meeting is then
arranged so that the administrator can witness the dispute and help resolve
it. If the issue is still not resolved,
the matter may be taken to the Facilitators' Board or the pastor.
children, if a rule is broken, or if there is a personal offense of any kind,
the student must go to the person involved and speak to him or her before going
to a teacher. If a school rule is
involved, the one who committed the offense must report to a teacher on his or
her own. If he or she does not do so, it
then becomes the responsibility of the other child to bring the one who has
broken the rule to a teacher, who will act as an impartial witness for further
issue involves a teacher, it is right that the child first go to his or her
parent, but it is not appropriate for the parent to take sides when listening
to the child's story. Side-taking at
this point is tantamount to judging the teacher as unfit. Such judgment will undermine the teacher's
authority with the child and thus his respect and with it the ability to
teach. Rather, the parent should go as a
witness, while the student raises the issue with the teacher. Our teachers are selected for their
transparency and teachableness, which enables us to resolve conflicts by
implementing this Biblically based approach.
Please give due respect to the ones you have chosen as your
representatives and we will endeavor to do the same toward you.
every fact, according to Scripture, must be determined by two or three
witnesses, certain problems may not be immediately resolved. If sin is involved, we trust Providence to uncover it
in due season. "Witch hunts"
(seeking evidence or opinions of others to prove one's suspicions) are
forbidden us. Nonetheless, loving
confrontation is usually all that is needed to uncover sin and produce
exception to this pattern would be in the case of an immediate danger to an
individual or property, in which case taking the matter immediately to a
teacher , administration member or the pastor would be appropriate.
practicing Matthew 18 leads to humanistic approaches, which can do great
damage. Allowing sin to continue is not
love. Breaking relationships and running
away is not love and teaches children the opposite of Christ's way. Please practice Matthew 18.
This is a
difficult process for those not accustomed to it. Yet it is a gloriously wholesome approach and
it works because it is Jesus' system. If
there are any questions about this policy, please call on the school
administration. Communication is the key
to our good relationships.
Dating and Coed Romance
We find no
warrant in the Scriptures for contemporary dating practices. Even a brief consideration should reveal that
dating fosters a sampling mentality, which in turn fosters selfishness, as well
as superficial and temporary relationships.
In addition, the temptations of pairing off often result in
inappropriate emotional and physical attachments. Such emotional attachments often result in
broken hearts and subsequent conscience hardening, as false hopes and
expectations are raised and dashed.
Physical attachments often result in obvious disaster for young people's
futures. Clearly, romantic
preoccupations compete with our educational goals. For some, romance will completely eclipse the
educational process. Lastly, such relationships
will tend to tempt other young people in the group to emulate their peers.
authentic Biblical expression of romantic relationship is courtship, not
today's model of dating. However,
courtship is only for those post high
school adults who are now ready to
support and enter a lifelong commitment to marriage, the Biblical idea
of betrothal. Students in grades K-12
are not ready for courtship. Until the
time for courtship arrives, wholesome friendships in the context of a properly
governed social group ought to be the norm.
At MCA, we rather wish to promote supervised, innocent, healthy and
Biblically grounded coed friendships - brother- and sister-like relationships.
romance (boyfriend/girlfriend relationships) among students is not permitted
and any manifest expression will be cause for corrective action. Expressions subject to correction include but
may not be limited to pairing off, holding hands, lengthy or frequent embracing
same grounds, parents of enrolled students shall agree to enforce these
principles in and out of school, as a ground of enrollment in MCA. At the same time, parents are encouraged to
supervise closely healthy coeducational friendships in a social setting.
understand that this, too, may be rather a new and difficult concept. MCA wishes to encourage you and therefore
offer our assistance toward understanding and implementing a Biblical view of
male and female interpersonal relationships.
the children at the Milford
to be self-governed. This is entirely realistic even for the youngest
students. The classroom is generally a
cheerful place because the children learn to be self-governed and
do not need a taskmaster, facilitator or
elaborate reward/punishment system to externally manipulate behaviors in the
practice of atheistic psychology.
Rather, a loving parent-like relationship prevails which is true
Biblical education. True discipline is
first a matter of the attitudes of the heart with corresponding outward actions
following. We praise God for this
application and manifestation of these marvelous Biblical principles of
government to achieve His purposes, which are to our blessing (Galatians 5:22, 23; Proverbs 16:32).
For the child to be self-governed, he must have the
internal strength of spirit to rule over his flesh. We call this strength Christian character (Romans
5:3-5, KJV). In our secular age, the Christian must
be able to stand strongly against the temptations to sin. This sturdy character manifests itself in
faith and steadfastness, brotherly love and Christian care, diligence and
industry. These are perfected in the
devout child of God who has practiced unto habit of the heart the ways of God
in every thought and action. Thus,
Christian character is the only foundation for success in school or any of the
higher deeds of God's liberty without abusing His grace. Christian character is
the spiritual and practical goal of Milford
thus brought to the issue of discipline.
For the very reason that the child's character is not yet formed, we
must, as parents, be discipline for him.
Every worthwhile activity demands preparation. Christian life demands comprehensive training
of the attitudes, habits and manners (Proverbs 22:6). Discipline is a general term of learning
denoting practice under the proper level of government. Children are instructed, shown and helped
to do what they are supposed to do. The
Christian parent necessarily asks more of his child to more thoroughly prepare
him for life (Luke 12:48). This training is very detailed and is
directed toward the many specific traits of character needed for the whole
person (II Timothy 3:16,
17). The Word and experience tell us the
results will be glorious and full of joy manifested in the Character for
Christian liberty (Galatians 5:1, 2; 2 Corinthians 3:17, 18).
at any time the sin nature gets the better of the child, when he chooses his
way instead of God's way, difficult though God's way may be (James 1:2), the
child needs to be corrected. The
Scriptures give us three basic approaches to correction; instruction, rebuke
and chastisement. The goal of all
correction is to provide or restore a Biblical course upon which the child may
proceed. Therefore, the appropriate form
of correction needs to be administered and always in love.
Instruction comes from the Scriptures.
2 Timothy 3:16
declares that all Scripture is profitable for teaching (instruction), rebuking,
correcting and training in righteousness.
Correcting means "to straighten up again" (literally by
superimposing Biblical instruction onto the situation) and instruction is
always our first step in this process,
instruction and meditation upon it fail to establish or restore a Godly course,
verbal rebuke (epitamao, to charge with fault, to excite a sense of
guilt) becomes our next step. Often this
is sufficient to assist in bringing repentance and a course change.
gentle but firm rebuke does not do its effective work in the heart and
outwardly in action, even for the small things being trained, chastisement is
the next resort (Proverbs 22:15; 23:13, 14; 29:15; 19:18; 29:17; 20:30; Hebrews
12: 6,7; Ephesians 6:4). Chastisement is
correction through punishment that may take the form of detention or of spanking
(paddling, from the Greek word paideia, which implies to nurture
from a strike or sting). Swats are administered
by a parent when we have determined insufficient effort to self-correct. Spanking should be seen as a positive good
for our good children, not retaliation against bad children. It is our preference that spanking be
administered at school by the parent as soon as possible after the occurrence. Practically speaking, we have found that
usually, little chastisement is necessary.
We teach Christian self-government.
As a result, children understand their part in a happy and successful
classroom. Most children cheerfully work
hard at their subjects and at proper deportment so that gentle reminders are
all that are usually necessary to correct classroom problems. When discipline is first trained in the
heart, children will love to do right. Therefore, we find they love school. For the most part, we trust that parents will
be diligent to correct character flaws as they arise in the course of learning,
so that little will be required at school.
we find that at times, some young people do not respond to verbal reproof and
gentle reminders. Corporal correction is
the policy of the school so that we may help children who need the greater
assistance and by enrolling their child, parents agree to its practice.
correction will be applied under controlled conditions. If, after other forms of correction have
failed to achieve their purpose, and a teacher and administrator deem it
necessary, the student will receive swat(s) with a paddle by the parent. MCA staff will oversee correction to preserve
all discretion and care in this practice, since, of course, our purpose is to
benefit the child for God's glory.
Detention, another form of correction, may be advised and will be
prescheduled for after school hours and will consist of various kinds of
maintenance and cleanup.
As a last
resort, as stated in the admissions policy, we may require suspension of a
student from the school for a period of reflection and repentance, or permanent
withdrawal when repentance is not evident.
We trust that the mutual commitment between parents, child and school
will make neither of these necessary.
event that a child leaves the campus without prior written parental permission
or is unruly, at the discretion of MCA staff, the police may be called as a
safety measure and part of disciplinary measures.
Specific Chastening Policy
In many corners, a humanistic condemnation to the
Biblical injunctions for corporal correction of children has led to great
confusion and concern over such a practice.
In light of real abuse caused by the absence of Biblical correction,
such confusion and concern is plausible.
Therefore, Milford Christian Academy offers this policy to attempt to
document and define a sound and wholesome Biblical treatment of corporal
correction. In a school that aspires to
godly and wholesome standards, standards of conduct must be maintained as
attitudes and conduct are infectious, for good or bad. Where standards must be maintained, the one
alternative to corporal correction for the student who needs it would be his
expulsion from school. A discipline
policy that excludes corporal correction must produce an elitist institution
able to serve only those who are already accomplished and not those in most
need of Biblical discipline and education.
Milford Christian Academy
seeks to be a ministry. We seek, like
Jesus, to meet people where they are, then to help them along to where they
ought to be. Just so, Jesus takes the
humble and babes to confound the worldly wise.
follows a standard for corporal correction which has been adopted by the
Association of Christian Schools International based upon certain legal
principles, which protect both the student and the school in these litigious
1. The school Board of Facilitators is responsible for
establishing, reviewing and providing final oversight of Milford Christian
2. This policy rests upon the Biblical injunction as
found in Proverbs 22:15; 23:13, 14; 29:15; 19:18; 29:17; 20:30; Hebrews 12:6,7
and Ephesians 6:4 (nurture = paideia, from "strike or sting").
3. Correction of any kind must be given solely for the
good of the child.
4. When a child has formed a habit which needs to be
corrected or erupts with unbecoming conduct, corporal correction will be
considered due. Thus, corporal
correction shall be reserved for:
a. Habitual, repeated, or willful misconduct for which
ordinary verbal instruction and rebuke have been ineffective in assisting the
child to grow in character or accomplishment (Note that even passive behavior
may fall under this category);
b. Overt misconduct such as but not limited to lying,
cheating, fighting, damaging property, using profane language or
According to the Biblical mandate, every such matter
is to be confirmed upon the testimony of two or three witnesses or other sure
evidence. Where reasonable doubt exists,
students should be given the benefit of that doubt. Also, Matthew 18's reconciliation process
will be administered where the matter warrants.
5. An important key to this policy is communication with
the home over areas of conduct. For initial
category 4a situations, prior to administration of corporal correction, parents
will be informed of the need as it becomes apparent. .
6. Corporal correction must never be administered in
anger or with a raised voice.
7. Correction shall be administered as soon after an
offense is committed as possible. It is preferable that parents administer the
correction promptly at school. Otherwise, teachers are being asked to "make
bricks without straw" (Exodus 5).
8. In cases where the teacher deems the situation to
require additional weight of authority, the student may be withdrawn from class
and sent home until the issue is resolved in conjunction with the parent. This step is taken in order to avoid the need
to request that the student be withdrawn from school. However, inability to resolve some behavior
issues may indicate a special need in the child, which may not be appropriate
for the school, with limited authority, to undertake. In such cases it is appropriate that the
student be withdrawn.
9. Parents must understand the limited resources
available for the massive job of forming a child's character. Without the parent's assuming of the primary
responsibility for correction of a child in need of it, the only recourse for
the school is expulsion. The success of
the child's education largely depends upon the home's consistent and detailed
commitment to character training.
10. Students should understand exactly why they are being
corrected. For example, a student should know that he is not being corrected
for forgetting homework, but for a willfulness, that is, the unwillingness to
make an effort to correct the habit of negligence with respect to the homework.
11. Correction must consider the dignity of the child as
created in God's image. While certain
limited humiliation is inherent in the principle of correction (Hebrews 12:11), purposeful public
humiliation should not be considered a part of Biblical correction of the child
in the context of the school.
12. Parents shall be instructed in the use of the paddle
to produce an effective sting without injury.
13. An enrolled child whose parents for any reason have
forbidden corporal correction shall not be so chastened. However, such child is subject to immediate
expulsion in the event that verbal instruction, rebuke, and detention are not
successful in restoring the child to a fruitful course.
14. A child must not be handled or shaken in any way in
conjunction with correction. If a
student refuses correction, the student shall be suspended from class until the
parents can assure the school to the school's satisfaction that the issue is
15. Particularly with respect to older students, teachers
will carefully consider whether corporal correction will be effective for the
16. Paddling shall be limited to a maximum of three swats
per offense when administered on the MCA campus.
17. Corporal correction by a parent will be given only in
the presence of an adult witness when administered on MCA campus. Only a female
adult shall witness the correction of an unrelated female student.
and parent should ordinarily pray with and otherwise comfort and encourage a
corrected student. Students should know that they have unconditional acceptance
as a person by their God and their parent and teachers. It is their conduct
which is being corrected.
student should be allowed to compose himself before rejoining classmates.
In order to accomplish the family's and the school's
education goals for the child who has more pointed and critical character
training needs, we may find that we need both a closer partnership between the
home and school and a degree more freedom in the school to correct the child.
Therefore, parents may sign a special request form to request and to grant to MCA
staff permission beyond the ordinary correction policy:
a. The authority to correct a child corporally without
b. The authority to correct the child without a parent
These measures will allow the more direct and quick
correction needed for special areas of character training which ordinary
measures have failed to correct. They will also allow the classroom teacher or
other MCA staff persons to make needed corrections while minimizing disruption
to the classroom or home. Such an
extension to the ordinary correction policy may be the only alternative to
expulsion of students with a greater need for discipline.
Credit will be applied to any subject in which the
student has achieved a grade of C- or above.
Grades of D- through D+ may receive credit only after completion of a
remedial summer course earning a grade of at least a C. A summer grade of C- or below will result in
no credit; the failed course would then be repeated the following year. Failure to pass three or more core courses
will result in the student repeating the grade.
a significant part of the student's grade.
Assignments received late will lose a letter grade for each day
late. Each assignment is nonetheless
required (unless vetoed by parent) to receive the minimal grade of 50% rather
following are core courses:
· Grammar (Language Arts)
The Grading System
A+ 98-100+ C+ 77-79
A 93-97 C 73-76
A- 90-92 C- 70-72
B+ 87-89 D+ 67-69
B 83-86 D- 60-62
B- 80-82 F 59 and below (a grade of F is not used in K- 2)
D+ 1.4 *
D 1.3 *
D- 1.2 *
* (if credited
by previous schools)
In order to graduate, 120 credits are required. Physical
Education is required of all students for graduation. PE may be curtailed for
students in need of remedial academic time. Qualified 12th grade
students may replace PE with work-study if work is scheduled during PE hour. Students
are required to participate annually in the Memorial Day parade in Milford or Stratford.
Absence from this event will generate a $50/student fee which will be applied
to the family account. School families are also required to participate in two
school fundraisers annually. Fundraiser proceeds will be charged to the family
account if not returned in the allotted time. Candidates for graduation will
require a letter of completion for 30 hours of volunteer community service
during the 12th grade given to a cause or organization preapproved
by MCA staff.
following is a course credit evaluation:
Grammar 5 credits
History 5 credits
Science 5 credits
Math 5 credits
Literature 5 credits
Bible 1 credit
Physical Education 1
Language 2 credits
vary; a total of 12 elective credits is required.)
A graduate of Milford Christian
Academy is required to
meet the academic standards as well as the character standards that MCA
holds. Graduation is contingent upon
completion of the required credits and approval of the school administration
and Facilitator Board. Senior class standing will be determined at the time 4th
term progress reports are distributed.
Microwave oven: 6th grade
and up may use the microwave, but they must keep area clean.
6 th and up may heat up for
siblings if they share the same lunch period.
permission is required from parent.
required to be punctual to next class.
must sign out each day he leaves campus.
Only staff may
Hot Lunch Program
Program will require participation by
at least 40 students to operate.
Payments will be made weekly in advance.
Payments may be made monthly in advance
through FACTS management.
Please contact Lunch Director for
details and pricing.
Student Constitution (sample)
following Student Constitution is a covenant between the school and the
student and is meant to help the child know what is expected of him so that he
will be able to govern himself well.
All our actions should glorify God as an expression of
His love. The Student Constitution
is a set of rules which will help us to express God's love to each other. These rules, based on God's principle of
"Train up a child in the way he should go" and other Biblical
principles, will be taught and observed in the school. Parents should teach and practice the rules
at home to make them effective.
and Dress Code
(Parents: See Dress Code section of
Clothing that tends toward fads or trends reflect
worldly rather than Biblical attitudes; therefore, we refrain from them. This reflects the principle of being in the
world but not of it. "Be ye not conformed
to the world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind" (Rom.
12:2). Our goal is to "train" the taste and perceptions of the children to
honor and reflect the spirit of the law.
When everyone is willing to restrain themselves and practice
self-government, we are able to refrain from external government. The following
is offered to help determine appropriate attire for school:
A. Modesty is the rule.
Do not attract undue attention to yourself in dress, word or action.
B. School is a businesslike activity and dress should
reflect this. Ivy League or business
style represents the model for the dress code.
C. Clothes should be kept clean and neat.
D. Dark footwear is required and should be maintained in
good condition. Please do not wear very
worn or raggedy tennis shoes. Do not
wear open-toed shoes, slippers, sandals or spiked or high-heel shoes for safety
reasons. Hosiery (above the ankle bone)
must be worn. Black shoes or black "van style" shoes are part of the MCA
fashion contests, please avoid latest-fashion clothing. Avoid fads.
too-casual, sloppy appearance.
G. Do not wear clothes that advertise products.
H. Biblical moderation reflecting the individual work of
the Lord in us should be the guide. Sweatshirts, play clothes, abbreviated or
baggy clothes, beachwear, cutoff pants, sleeveless tops, V track jackets, and
windbreaker jackets are not permitted.
Only MCA sweatshirts for physical education class and after school are
permitted. Non-hooded sweaters, blazers,
and solid color shirt jackets and fleeces may be worn on dress code days, but
all must allow the tie to be visible, and be without fashion logos and
markings. Navy blue MCA fleeces are required if being worn on uniform days.
Questionable garments may not be allowed.
dress uniforms of the Royal Rangers, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and similar
organizations are acceptable.
It is important to practice being a virtuous
woman at all times, in all areas of life, on campus and off. Parents, please supervise your daughter's
purchases so they will honor modesty and be good examples to other
impressionable young girls.
should remember that biblical beauty has more to do with inner beauty of pure
heart and than with outward (or under) adornment. "Your beauty should not come from outward
adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine
clothes. Instead, it should be that of
your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of
great worth in God's sight" (1 Peter 3:3-4, NIV). Please be sure your daughter also chooses
modest undergarments that reflect her virtue and modesty particularly while
changing for gym class.
1. Girls' skirts and dresses must cover the knees when
they are in a normal, comfortable sitting or standing position to be
modest. The slits in the girl's
dresses/skirts are not to come above the knee.
If the slit reveals the leg above the knee when standing or sitting, it
is inappropriate and must be sewn. If
you have to tug on the skirt or dress, then it is too short and must not
2. Slips are a required undergarment. Skirts and dresses worn without slips can be unnecessarily
revealing. Camisoles must be worn if a
blouse is at all sheer or cut too low.
3. Skirts are to be worn at the waist. Hip huggers are not acceptable and are
considered to be immodest.
4. Be sure that underwear covers the buttocks completely
and that the bra offers good support and coverage without accentuating or
revealing cleavage or see-through exposure.
5. Refined denim skirts are acceptable.
6. Tights and other additional undergarments, long
skirts, etc. are acceptable for warmth
during cold weather. If leggings are worn they must be tucked into socks.
7. Femininely cut knit shirts are acceptable. However, square-cut, boy's style t-shirts, spaghetti
straps, tank tops, halters, tube tops, etc... are not acceptable.
8. Blouses should drape gracefully, not cling to the
body. The cut of the blouse should not
reveal the breast area. Please be sure
the blouse is long enough so the stomach cannot be seen when your hands are
raised. "No belly shirts." Blouses that have an accordion pleat which
gathers the blouse in the center (so as to accentuate the breast area) should
not be worn.
9. A sweater, sweater vest, dress jacket, or fleece may
be worn. Only a navy blue fleece may be worn on uniform days. Please do not wrap the sweater around your
waist; it is not business like.
Sweatshirts are not acceptable and may not be worn. Various winter coats may be worn to school
but not during school.
10. Please refrain from wearing sheer stockings until 7th
grade. All female students may wear tights,
opaque stockings, or socks (above ankle bone). Navy blue is required on uniform
11. Dark footwear must be worn. Black footwear on uniform days. No slippers, open
toed or spike healed shoes may be worn. Indoor boots are acceptable; rain boots
must be removed for school.
12. Make-up may be worn modestly by girls in 8th
grade and above. Body art or paint or
removable tattoos are not considered modest and may not be worn.
13. Only traditional earrings, no larger than ¾ inch may
be worn. A maximum of two earrings may
be worn in each ear with the second hole fashioning a stud-like earring
only. Earrings in the upper ear may not
be worn because they are not traditional.
Pierced jewelry may not be worn anywhere else on the body.
14. Severe, faddish hair cuts or hair dying is not acceptable. Please seek the guidance of an administrator
prior to modifying hair color to determine its appropriateness for school.
Please remind your daughter regularly of these
principles of modesty, inward beauty and self-government to avoid unnecessary
embarrassment at school. Honoring the
dress code is an expression of loving our neighbors in a way that will not
cause them to stumble.
1. Wear long pants which are well kept and fit
properly. Corduroy, khakis, "Docker"
style, and slacks are appropriate. Navy blue pants are required on uniform
days. Please do not wear blue jeans or cargo
pants. Wear pants at the waist, not
around the buttocks.
2. Wear a belt or suspenders at all times.
3. Above the ankle bone socks must be worn at all times.
4. Dark footwear must be worn, black on uniform days.
Sneakers are okay.
5. Sport or dress (buttoned front) style shirts with
neckties are required. The uniform tie may not be worn except with the complete
uniform. A white shirt is required on uniform days.
6. Shirttails must be kept tucked in.
7. A dress jacket, sweater, sweater vest, or fleece may
be worn. Navy blue fleece only may be
worn on uniform days. Sweatshirts of any kind are not acceptable. Various winter coats may be worn to school
but not during school.
8. Keep hair clean and neat. Boy's hair should be kept neatly
trimmed. Severe, faddish hair cuts or
hair dying for both boys and girls is not acceptable. Mustaches and beards are not permitted. Sideburns must be moderate.
9. Students may wear traditionally styled hats according
to traditional etiquette. Hats may be
worn as protection from the elements and only as long as there is no
"fad" being started. Boys may
not wear hats inside the classroom.
10.Boys may not fashion tattoos, body art, paint,
earrings or piercing of any kind.
11.Hats are not worn indoors. Neither bandannas nor do
rags may be worn on campus 7 AM-6 PM.
III. Speaking and Listening
1. Avoid interrupting another's conversation.
2. If you must interrupt, say, "excuse
me," and wait to be acknowledged.
3. Have you listener's attention before you begin to
speak. Address by name to get the person's attention and then wait patiently to
4. Look at the person with whom you are speaking.
5. Listen carefully when another speaks.
6. Speak loudly enough to be heard, but not too loudly.
7. Answer adults by saying "Yes, Mr....." Or
Always say "please" and "thank you."
cheerfully. Do not talk back.
D. Always be respectful to adults.
Address adults by
Mr., Mrs. or Miss and
their last names.
Yield your path
to those older than you.
G. Do not think too much of yourself or brag.
H. Be kind to others. Never push or hit.
Do not tease, be
mean to, or make fun of another.
Help one who is
hurt. Be more concerned about the person
than about getting into trouble for causing the hurt.
K. Do not say mean things about others.
Do not be bossy.
M. Do not be quick to defend yourself.
A. Do not eat or drink until finished praying.
B. Eat slowly and carefully.
C. Do not talk while chewing.
D. Remain seated while eating.
E. No matter where one eats, use manners as if seated at
F. Excuse yourself before leaving the table.
G. Never trade or share food except with teacher
H. Microwave use will be available for junior and senior
high students and they may assist their younger siblings if scheduling
permits. Failure to clean after oneself
may forfeit the privilege.
Speak, sing and
laugh quietly indoors unless told otherwise.
Do not run except
outdoors, during sports or free time and then with restraint so as not to hurt
someone or ruin your clothes.
Stay within the
facilities and other's property with care and respect.
Keep bicycles and
other modes of transportation in the designated area. Keep bikes locked while at school. Ride courteously and according to the laws.
Students are not
permitted to enter autos other than their own without permission from
administration for each occasion.
Do not chew gum
Help keep the school
grounds, rest rooms and classrooms clean.
Pick up after yourself. Also,
with a servant's heart, please pick up trash wherever you see it.
Clean the classrooms
* Finalize your college choices with your parents. If you're still deciding,
attend a college fair.
* Collect application materials and keep careful track of all due dates.
* Plan to take--or re-take--the SAT or ACT.
* Get involved in extracurricular activities.
* Register for the October PSAT. The PSAT is great prep for the SAT, which many
take in the spring.
* Start exploring all college and career sources--the counselor's office,
guidebooks, and websites, such as www. careersandcolleges.com.
* Take care of college application basics--prepare your essay, contact teachers
for recommendations (give them a month to write), and don't miss any deadlines!
* Visit any of your college choices that you haven't seen already.
* Put in extra effort to keep up your grades--your academic performance is
still the most important factor in the admission process.
* Attend college fairs, talk to people about their college experiences, and
explore schools online. Keep a file on colleges that interest you.
* Write notes about your interests and courses that you'd like to study.
* If you're applying early, don't miss November deadlines.
* Investigate scholarships and make sure you read the November "How to Pay
for College" issue of Careers and Colleges.
* Concentrate on classes and improve your grades.
* Start your search for colleges that match your interests.
* Complete all applications neatly and mail them on time. Don't forget to
enclose the application fee.
* Make sure you have a copy of
the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Call (800) 4-FED-AID or
* Review your academic record and PSAT scores with your guidance counselor.
Decide on how you might improve your standardized test scores.
* Submit the FAFSA as soon after January 1 as possible.
* Send your first-semester grades to colleges.
* Start preparing for the spring admission tests. Free study aids are available
online, at the library, and in your guidance office.
* Start narrowing your search for colleges that interest you.
* If you applied for aid on January 1, you should receive a Student Aid Report
(SAR), noting eligibility for aid.
* If possible, schedule campus visits now for the spring when colleges are
still in session.
* Discuss college choices with your school counselor and evaluate how realistic
your choices are.
* Continue the hunt for scholarship dollars.
* Take the SAT or ACT this spring.
* Request admission and financial aid info from the colleges that interest you.
* Look for admission notices in the mail or e-mail.
* Review financial aid packages.
* Make sure your high school sends final grades, class rank, and proof of
graduation to your college.
* Narrow your college choices to five to eight schools.
* Decide which college you will attend; notify all others of your decision.
Send required deposit to the school of your choice.
* Take AP exams if applicable.
* Do volunteer work or an internship this summer. It may provide material for
your application essay.
* Plan to take AP exams if applicable.
Notice of Availability of Asbestos Management Plan
Milford Christian Academy provides this notice as an:
ANNUAL NOTIFICAION TO PARENTS, GUARDIANS, TEACHERS AND EMPLOYEE
Materials in Schools" (Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies, (RCSA)
Sections 19a-333-1 through 19a-333-13) require that parents, teachers and
employee organizations are provided with an annual, written notification of the
availability of the asbestos management plans for each of our school buildings.
These plans have been developed by an EPA-accredited, state of CR-licensed
asbestos management planner.
A small amount of asbestos
exists in MCA buildings, but its
location and condition poses no immediate health hazard. Nonetheless, state and federal law requires
this notice be sent out annually.
Therefore we include this notice in the Parent-Student Handbook. Milford
Christian Academy maintains in the office of the principal a
complete updated copy of the asbestos management plan. It is available during normal business hours
for inspection. The designated person
for the Asbestos Program is James Loomer, who can be contacted at 203-876-2126.
The asbestos-containing building materials are
inspected every six (6) months and the person who performs the surveillance
notes any change in the condition since the last inspection.
All of our custodian and maintenance staff have had at
least two hours of asbestos awareness training
The school buildings are re-inspected every three
years by a CT-licensed asbestos inspector under the provisions of the
Section management plan
section A/B etc. of the management plan includes a description of the steps
taken to inform workers and building occupants, or their legal guardians, about
inspections, re-inspections, response actions and post-response action
activities, including periodic re-inspection and surveillance activities
planned or in progress.
The AMP is updated to include
any information necessary to keep the plan current and up to date. We remind you that this notification is
required by law and should not be construed to indicate the existence of any
hazardous conditions in our school buildings.