Admission and Enrollment

trace 20Admissions Policy

Christian Commitment
Trace Academy admits students who, along with their parents, desire an excellent Christian education and who support the programs and leadership of Trace Academy.  Both parents must be Christians who have had a life changing salvation experience based on personal faith in the work of Christ on the cross.

Age
A child who attains the age of 5 years on or before September 1st may be admitted to kindergarten provided that he or she has met the criteria of the Admissions Policy. To be admitted to the first grade, the child must have attained the age of 6 years before September 1st and completed kindergarten.

Parent Participation and Support

  • Prayer Support
    Trace Academy considers it essential that all families commit to praying regularly for the school. The school was born and is maintained by the prayers of the families.
  •  Parent Participation
    Trace Academy is a parent-involved school. This means that all the families of children enrolled staff all the positions it takes to run the school. Staffing for the school begins in late spring for the following school year. Positions are prayerfully considered each year so as to staff the school utilizing the strengths and talents of the parents in a way that best meets the needs of the school.The major criteria for a student’s enrollment is a parent’s willingness to serve on a regular basis on the school campus. It takes cooperation from all Trace Academy families to carry the responsibilities of the school. The minimum requirement per family is nine hours of service per week. Occasionally, because of certain projects or the time of year, a family will be required to do more: i.e., teacher training, camping trip, beginning of the year set-up, etc.  Additionally, all Trace moms must have availability to serve at school three (3) days per week.  Each family is also asked to serve fifteen hours over the summer.  With everyone doing their part, the result will be a school that runs with excellence and efficiency.
  • Support of Classroom Instruction
    The first responsibility of all parents is to support the ongoing classroom instruction by:

    • Seeing that children complete assignments.
    • Helping develop healthy attitudes toward learning.
    • Seeing that the child achieves a standard suitable to that student’s respective grade level and personal ability.
    • Supporting the school and classroom as the place of accountability for the student’s academic progress.
    • Assisting with daily homework assignments and in preparing for tests and special projects, according to the individual child’s specific needs and the classroom guidelines. The objective is, as the child gets older, to increasingly leave the responsibility for homework and projects, studying etc. with the child.
    • Encouraging and developing an attitude of respect, kindness, and problem solving through prayer and conversation.

Parent Availability
The level of participation by the parents (beyond the nine hour minimum) will affect acceptance of equally qualified students where class space is an issue.

New Student Assessment

  • The new student is evaluated through assessment of student’s skill level according to scores from their previous school.
  • Academic and social development of the new student is also evaluated through the Trace Grade Level Assessment.
    Note:  Because Trace personnel are not trained in the areas of learning disabilities, Trace Academy does not provide services to students whose educational, social, and physical needs cannot be met by our existing programs, services or staff.  Students demonstrating needs in these areas may not be admitted.

Student Character
Students should be of high moral character and be obedient to Biblical principles including, but not limited to, prohibitions against fornication, drug use, alcohol use, pornography, homosexuality, occultists practices and defiance of authority.

Current Trace Enrollment
Families with currently enrolled children at Trace Academy have priority when class placement begins each year during the spring prior to the coming school year.

Mid-Year Admissions
Due to the unique nature of our school, Trace Academy does not accept mid-year admissions/applications.  Any exceptions to this policy must be approved by the Board of Directors.

Non-Discriminatory Policy
Trace Academy admits students of any sex, race, color, or national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, and color or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, or scholarship programs. Trace Academy does limit admission to students whose parents share its religious convictions as articulated in its statement of faith.

School Handbook 2016-17 

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