Partners In Education
REQUIREMENTS & EXPECTATIONS
God has ordained only two institutions for the training of children: the home (Ephesians 6:1-4) and the church (Matthew 19:14; 28:20; John 21:15). The church and home must cooperate in order to effectively train your child. The greatest damage we can do to children is to submit them to divided authority. As the Bible says in Amos 3:3, “Can two walk together except they be agreed?”; and I Corinthians 1:10, “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”
At Lincoln Christian School (LCS), our mission is to introduce families to the real Jesus and help them identify their next step, and our goal is to provide young people with an excellent education while assisting their parents in the important work of raising up children who love Jesus. We recognize that while we may take the lead in educating your child academically, you the parent are primarily responsible for your child’s spiritual education and growth as well as the development of your child’s fundamental character. LCS assists parents; LCS does not replace the role of the parent.
As we work together toward molding children who are both academically and spiritually strong, we ask that you remember and commit to the following requirements and expectations of LCS:
I. SEVEN EXPECTATIONS FOR PARENTAL CONDUCT
Expectation #1: Cooperation
- You can expect LCS to support and reinforce parental authority.
- We will endeavor not to undermine a child’s respect for his or her parents, whether by negative comments or criticisms.
- LCS recognizes its role is to provide an academic education and to assist parents in their primary role as spiritual leaders and authorities over their children.
- LCS expects parents to support and reinforce LCS authority with respect to school matters, including without limitation, the Honor Code (Exhibit A), the Dress Code, No Quit Policy, etc. LCS parents should not criticize LCS practices or staff to their own children, other students, or other parents.
Expectation #2: Civility
- You can expect LCS to conduct its dealings with parents and students in a civil and Christ-like manner.
- LCS expects parents also to behave in a civil and Christ-like manner in all interactions with LCS staff and administration and at all school functions, including assemblies, field trips, and sporting events. (See Exhibit B, Athletic Code of Conduct)
Expectation #3: Confidentiality
- You can expect that LCS will discuss concerns regarding your child’s academic performance, matters of discipline, attendance, and matters concerning his/her athletic performance with you—not other parents.
- LCS expects parents to refrain from gossip and strife, which erodes trust and harms relationships. If parents have concerns or criticisms, these should be discussed directly and only with the student’s teacher or coach or other appropriate LCS authorities. (See Section II, Handling Conflict)
Expectation #4: Support in Disciplinary Matters
- You can expect LCS to monitor behavior of students at school and school activities and to enforce its disciplinary rules.
- LCS is not an outreach to troubled youth and will not permit students to violate LCS rules with impunity.
- LCS expects parents to monitor their child’s behavior and assist LCS in enforcing its school disciplinary rules.
- LCS also expects parents to respect LCS’s decision to administer a drug test to a student suspected of violating the Honor Code’s prohibition on drug and alcohol use.
Expectation #5: Support in Doctrinal Matters
- You can expect LCS to teach sound Christian doctrine to students and to advance a Christian worldview throughout its classes and programs.
- LCS expects parents to uphold and advance the LCS Statement of Faith (Exhibit C) and Biblical concepts of discipline and moral integrity and to faithfully attend Church on the Move or another Bible believing church with their child.
- Parents who disagree with minor doctrinal issues should not vocalize their disagreements to other parents.
Expectation #6: Financial Integrity
- You can expect that LCS will operate with fiscal integrity.
- Parents will not be required to participate in fundraising activities or to assume any financial burden relating to the school other than tuition and appropriate activity fees.
- LCS expects that parents will stay current on tuition payments and communicate honestly with the school business office regarding the status of payments. (See Exhibit D, Tuition Policy)
Expectation #7: Parental Involvement
- You can expect LCS to provide academically rigorous and challenging classes and educational programs to students.
- LCS expects parents to monitor their children’s academic performance, assist them with homework and special activities when appropriate, and require them to study as appropriate, complete assignments in a timely manner, and prioritize academic excellence.
Athletic and Extracurricular Programs:
- You can expect LCS to provide competitive and challenging athletic and extracurricular programs which advance students’ fitness, sportsmanship, teamwork, and work ethic.
- LCS expects parents to require students to attend required practices and games, and to comply with rules of the game and LCS principles of sportsmanship and fair play.
- LCS also expects parents to volunteer at one or more athletic events throughout the school year and to comply fully with the Athletics Code of Conduct. (See Exhibit B, Athletics Code of Conduct)
II. HANDLING CONFLICT
While School administration will not seek permission from parents in the development and implementation of school policies, parents are encouraged to make constructive suggestions and offer creative ideas to improve the school.
LCS recognizes that sometimes parents will disagree with a decision or policy of LCS. The disagreements can lead to anger and resentment if not addressed or if addressed improperly but can often lead to increased understanding and mutual trust when handled properly. LCS asks that parents follow these guidelines when dealing with potential disagreements or conflicts with LCS, its staff, and administrators:
- Please reserve judgment until allowing LCS to explain its side of the issue.
- Do not allow your concerns or frustrations to simmer. Schedule an after-school meeting with your child’s teacher or coach as soon as an issue arises.
- Conduct meetings with teachers, coaches, and administrators in a civil manner, without unkind words or raised voices. Also refrain from making critical remarks to other parents or to your child.
- If the conflict is not resolved by meeting with the teacher or coach, contact the principal. If the principal cannot resolve the issue satisfactorily,the principal will notify the school administrator of the issue. If resolution does not occur with the school administrator, parents may construct a written explanation of the issue and deliver it to the school administrator. The school administrator will then notify the school board of the issue. The board will reach a decision on the issue and render its decision through the administrator to the parent.