The Parent-Student Handbook you are reading now is a living, breathing document that attempts to cover situations that parents, students, and tutors encounter on a daily basis. At its core, it is a set of rules, regulations, and requirements that support the learning environment, while serving as a guide for each of us as we make decisions regarding a variety of school matters.
Crossroads Christian School is a career and college-preparatory Christian school. We value a learning environment that considers individual student needs while encouraging growth academically, spiritually, emotionally and socially. CCS is a private part-time Christian School that provides a one-on-one and small group learning environment that supports a students’ home-centered education. On-campus classes meet two to four days per week, with at-home learning occurring on the alternate days.
With instruction and guidance from experienced, degreed and certified teachers, it offers the unique opportunity for the one-on-one instruction that is so productive in a homeschool environment, while encouraging socialization and interaction with instructors and peers. Combined Schooling Options include: Part Time Enrollment, Full Time Enrollment, Extended Enrollment and Dual Credit Enrollment. In addition to enrollment options, students enrolled may choose the college bound or career (non-college bound) track and have access to participate in select extra-curricular activities, mission trips, etc.
Because homeschools in Texas are private schools and are not regulated by the state, CCS Homeschool students have unlimited opportunities for coursework and electives. In order to ensure that CCS Homeschool students have comparable accountability and privileges as the students in the traditional setting, Crossroads Christian School has set the necessary standards to keep the program accountable.
Inspiring leadership as well as learning, CCS is a quality alternative to the educational concerns we face today. Our roles as mentors and educators offer a level of individualized care that no other school can provide as we foster individual achievement through flexible, personalized learning. We provide a structured, interactive, self-paced education where each student has a curriculum based on his or her individual educational needs and academic goals. From Modified to Advanced Placement courses, every student will have the opportunity to succeed.
CCS is a non-denominational private homeschool that will transform the lives of students both academically and spiritually. Our program is not a child-care facility, day-care center, or licensed before-school or after-school program nor do we offer child-care services. We conduct background checks for all program employees and volunteers who work in our program.
CCS is a THSC Partner Home School Group
The Texas Home School Coalition provides a wealth of information for the homeschool community and more info can be found on their website at www.thsc.org.
Home School Terminology
THSC definition of a home schooled student:
A home schooled student predominantly receives instruction in a general, elementary or secondary education program that is provided by the parent—or a person standing in parental authority—in or through the child’s home [Texas Education Code 29.916 (a)].
The parent or person standing in parental authority might contract with outside sources in order that the student receives additional instruction. For example, a private tutor, co-op class or a college class. However, this source or these sources do not circumvent the parent’s role in determining the overall success or failure of the student.
Home school group:
All home school groups on our list seek to serve families who meet the definition of home schooling. This means their children participate in the group, but the group will not attempt to become an authority over the student’s education, per the definition of home schooling. THSC Partner Groups meet criteria as defined on THSC Types of Groups.
Private school is a broad category of describing any non-public school. This includes traditional accredited private schools that require daily attendance and tuition, unaccredited private schools which are similar but not subject to the same accreditation requirements, home schools which are a type of private school but not regulated the same way as other types of private school, and other options that are a hybrid of these different types. For example, in a university model school, a student might attend the school 2-3 days per week and then be schooled at home for the rest of the week.
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Parents regarded as the final authority in course selection.
Parents remain an integral partner in the academic process.
Technology-rich environment with active learning strategies and guidance which improve learning, support knowledge retention, and raise achievement.
Academics – core subjects. Course selections.
Electives – wide variety in both content and format.
Extra-curricular – sports, theatre, band, interest clubs, formals, all locally available.
Support functions – standardized testing, guidance counseling, mentoring, campus discipleship
CCS Events – graduation, college fair, Senior Night formal, college and technical school campus visits, and more!
Crossroads Christian School partners with parents for each student’s academic success. This partnership is an established, ongoing, intentional relationship between Crossroads Christian homeschool educators and parents.
The goals of the Academic Partnership are:
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Crossroads does not discriminate or retaliate on the basis of gender, race, color, national or ethnic origin, or physical or cognitive disability in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, and other school administered programs. However, Crossroads Christian School Incorporated does reserve the right to use appropriate selection criteria for employees and students to fulfill its stated goals and objectives.
Admissions Policies and Procedures
An enrollment package is available online. Registration Forms will not be processed without payment of the Registration Fee. The administration may waive certain forms for students transferring from like-minded Christian schools.
Private primary schools are required to request records when enrolling a child under 11 years of age to verify the child’s name, birth date, and previous school records. If documentation is not provided, the school shall notify the appropriate law enforcement agency to determine if the child has been reported missing. Law enforcement agencies shall immediately notify each school, including private primary schools, when a report of a missing child is received. (Tex. Code of Criminal Procedure Ann. Chapter 63)
Crossroads Christian School’s biblical role is to work in conjunction with the family to mold students to be Christ like. On occasion, the atmosphere or conduct within a particular home may be counter or in opposition to the biblical lifestyle the school teaches.
As a private institution, Crossroads Christian reserves the privilege of setting and maintaining its own standards for student conduct, dress, and scholarship. It is understood that to be a student at Crossroads is a privilege and not a right. Any student who does not conform to the standards and regulations of the institution may forfeit this privilege. The school maintains the right to admit only those students who are in harmony with the standards of the school. The school may expel any student at any time, who, in the opinion of the school, does not share the spirit of the institution--regardless of whether or not the student conforms to the specific rules and regulations of the school.
GENERAL ADMISSIONS POLICY
Exclusion of Students with Documented Discipline Histories
Subject to and in accordance with Texas law, CCS will not generally accept students with documented criminal histories, juvenile court adjudications, or other serious discipline problems under Subchapter A, Chapter 37 of the Education Code. A parent may appeal this determination if there are extenuating circumstances concerning student discipline history in accordance with the general grievance policy. A student who has been expelled from another school district or charter or private school will not be eligible for admission.
Crossroads Christian was founded in order to prepare students to be:
More than a motto, this mission drives everything we do. It determines our heart and our mind. It serves as a steady reminder to staff and students that this mission is foundational. This is who we are.
CCSI promises to review this mission and our progress in fulfilling it. While we state our mission, in terms of the character we seek to recognize by the time a senior graduates from CCSI, we expect the method for achieving this (and the evidence that it is being achieved) to be evident in any student’s career at CCSI.
♦ Academically Advanced ♦ Globally Prepared ♦ Courageously Christian ♦
Closed for enrollment
6th grade: Monday-Thursday
7th grade: Tuesday/Thursday
8th grade: Monday/Wednesday
9th and 10th: Monday/Wednesday
11th and 12th: Tuesday/Thursday
Any unpaid balance will result in termination of enrollment, and/or delay completion of course requirements. School policy prohibits the release of official school documents (i.e. transcripts and report cards) until all accounts are resolved. For payment plan enrollment: all registration fees, first months’ tuition and a finalized FACTS payment plan is required before your student is considered enrolled at CCS. Any violation of this agreement and the Verification of Enrollment Form for the student will be reported and submitted to the State of Texas as not currently enrolled.
* campus is closed in July and August
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Prospective CCS Homeschool families must meet all Crossroads Christian School admissions requirements as well as additional requirements for acceptance into the CCS homebound program. CCS is dedicated to providing students with the opportunity for academic excellence, and guided growth in mental, spiritual and social development. Crossroads is not part of any church, but a non-denominational homeschool transforming the lives of students and cultivating constructive relationships with the Victoria community. We believe quality Christian education is achieved when parents, students, and tutors firmly support the school in every aspect and maintain open communication with one another. The following specifics are essential:
♦ Parents are responsible for their child’s education and spiritual growth.
♦ Tutors must realize a calling for teaching and be spiritually and academically qualified.
♦ Students must have a desire to strive for excellence in studies and activities, to be respectful of others and to serve the school, church and the community.
For the homebound student, one parent must serve as the primary teaching parent and the other as the supportive parent. Parents must meet the following criteria:
The primary teaching parent must:
The supportive parent must:
The supportive parent may serve as a teaching parent for particular courses only if he/she:
Attendance is defined as participation in all activities assigned to a student during the time the school is open for instruction (this includes homebound students. Homebound students must maintain progress. There is a minimum attendance requirement for grading purposes. A student may have up to 10 days of non- school related absences per semester to receive full credit in that program and their classes. On the 11th absence, the student will not receive credit for that program and the classes in which the student is enrolled.
Please note that school employees will keep records of attendance and, when lawfully requested, provide verification of attendance or nonattendance to the State of Texas or the local school district in accordance with state laws.
Furthermore, in order to maintain the integrity of the school and to remain in compliance, any student who is absent for 10 days or more or homebound and shows no progress in the on-line program will be placed "on hold" and considered pending for withdrawal. Disenrollment proceedings begin promptly on day 11 with the State of Texas Verification of Enrollment Form for the student filed as not currently enrolled.
Please notify school personnel prior to 9:00 a.m. on the first day of an absence. The student is responsible to have his/her parent call the school office and report the reason for this absence. A signed parent or physician note should then be sent with the student to be filed in the office. The student must report to the office before returning to class. Students who do not bring a parent/physician note to the office explaining their absence to school the previous day will receive an unexcused absence. Students will not be allowed to make up missed work until parent/physician note has been received. The note content should include student’s name, grade, date(s) of absence, reason for absence and parent signature.
When a student is required to leave school for an appointment, the student will be called to the office when the parent has arrived.
Students who experience a long-term illness/hospitalization (five or more consecutive school days), or who have a physical impairment and/or a medically substantiated problem which entails repeated absences, can be granted an attendance allowance based on a review of the individual case by the Director and CCS Administration. It will be the responsibility of the student/parent to secure from the teacher assignments or tests missed during such an absence from school.
In order to support your student academically, notification of extended absences must be received at least 10 days in advance, so that assignments can be compiled. Approval of extended absences is at administrative discretion.
All absences count against the minimum attendance requirement. All students with absences (excused or unexcused) will have the same number of days, including weekends, in which he/she was absent to make up work. Failure to make up work assigned will result in a grade of zero. Any “incomplete” on a report card not finalized within two weeks becomes an "F" unless there are extenuating circumstances that must be reported to the director.
However, if a student misses part of the day, either excused or unexcused, and arrives to school that same day, they must make arrangements to make up any tests given that day and turn in any assignment that was due that day to the class periods that were missed or are going to miss. For example, if a student arrives during third period and had a test scheduled for first period and an assignment due for second period, it is the student’s responsibility to make up the test and turn in the assignment that same day. Failure to do so will result in a zero for the assignment, test or quiz.
A student who knows in advance that he/she will need to leave the school campus during school hours should have a written request from his/her parents. This request should be presented to the Office before school begins. Under no circumstances will students leave the school campus on their own recognizance. All students leaving campus during the school day must have administrative approval. Failure to follow the policy will result in disciplinary action.
To be eligible to participate in a scheduled extra-curricular activity, a student must have one-half day’s attendance in school. Students who miss a school due to illness must have an administrator’s permission to participate in an activity or practice on the weekends. Exceptions to any of these rules must be approved by Administration.
All final decisions are at the discretion of the Director and CCS Administration.
Closed Campus Policy
CCS operates a closed campus. Students are to remain on campus until the final dismissal. Students may leave only with written permission from their parents and approval from the administration.
We recognize that special situations occur and we will excuse a first time late pick-up, any additional late pick-ups will result in a fee. Any after-hours pick-up will result in $10 first 5 minutes, then $1/minute fee payable upon pickup to the School Director. No exceptions.
CONTACTING CHILD OR TEACHER DURING SCHOOL
There may be times when you need to communicate with your child at school during the school day. If an emergency arises, we will make sure we get a message to your child; however, classes cannot be interrupted for routine messages. Classroom teaching time is a valuable and limited resource. Classroom interruptions take away from the educational experience of all students. Teachers use all of their day, including recesses, teaching, assisting students, planning, and assessing student work.
Please help limit classroom interruptions to emergencies only. For non-emergency issues please email your child’s teacher or call (not text) the school office at 361-212-3078. If at any time you have concerns, please schedule a conference with his or her teacher. Thank you again for your support to help maintain the integrity of the classroom learning environment.
CONTACTING TEACHERS OUT OF SCHOOL HOURS
Parents are kindly asked to respect the private times of teachers and to refrain from contacting teachers (via calls or text messages) before 8am and after 3:00, unless a specific arrangement has been made with the teacher to communicate after hours at a given time.
Please note that parents may email teachers at any time or call the office to schedule a conference. Staff email addresses can be found on the Crossroads website via this link. Furthermore, if a teacher has given you, as a parent, his/her private cell number – please do not distribute this number.
CROSSROADS CHRISTIAN SCHOOL COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM
The Classroom: In order to provide a quality learning environment CCSI has 2 to 3 experienced, degreed, certified teachers and aides in the classroom. This means all students and tutors are enjoying the benefits of the one-room schoolhouse community. We believe in socialization, peer mentorship, one-on-one and small group instruction.
CCSI’s multiple educators are obtainable to the educational needs of any student at any time; thus allowing the one-on-one attention so needed in our current education system. At the same time, the students benefit from peer mentorship and socialization. In order to maintain a small student/tutor ratio, classes are capped and enrollment is limited.
NOTE: CCSI closes registration when enrollment reaches capacity.
What We Do: We are degreed, certified teachers providing a challenging and enriched career and college preparatory experience through a Christian worldview. In addition, CCSI provides academic advising and guidance, community service hours, enrichment activities, field trips, i.d. cards, progress reports, report cards, socialization, high school diplomas, graduation and transcripts.
Crossroads Christian School offers a unique program that combines homeschooling with attendance in a traditional school setting (Crossroads Christian School). This combination of schooling options includes Part Time Enrollment, Full Time Enrollment, Extended Enrollment and Dual Credit Enrollment. In addition to enrollment options, students enrolled may choose the college bound or career (non-college bound) track and have access to participate in select extra- curricular activities, mission trips, etc. Because homeschools in Texas are private schools and are not regulated by the state, CCS Homeschool students have unlimited opportunities for coursework and electives. In order to ensure that CCS Homeschool students have comparable accountability and privileges as the students in the traditional setting, Crossroads Christian School has set the necessary standards to keep the program accountable.
Lunches are scheduled daily in the Hiller Activity Center. Students may sit where they choose, up to six students per table. All students are welcome to bring a sack lunch from home. Off-campus lunch is not permitted. Lunch deliveries are permitted; however, students leaving class to order lunch is not permitted. We ask that students order lunch prior to the school day or have parents order. Deliveries need to be dropped off at 512 Bridge Street. Parents are always welcome to drop off lunch or join their student. Parents and staff are asked to encourage proper table manners, use of utensils and appropriate lunch conversation.
A microwave is available and the student is responsible for cleaning the appliance in cases of leaks and spills. Toward the end of the lunch period, faculty will instruct the children to clean their areas. Students are expected to discard their trash in the appropriate area. Daily Cafeteria Helpers will be assigned and are responsible for wiping tables and clearing remaining trash.
All students are required to participate.
OUTSIDE FOOD & DRINK: Every morning, as students enter the building from Stayton they will move directly into the sanctuary. There is no food or drink allowed in the sanctuary. The school will NOT provide an area to place outside food and drinks to save them for later (i.e. coffee drinks, sonic drinks, etc.). If students show up with these drinks they will be asked to return them to their vehicles or throw them away immediately. They will be counted tardy if they take the time to return to their vehicles and do not enter the building before 8:30.
Policy for Packed Lunches (brought in from home). The ONLY outside food and drinks allowed to be brought in the morning are packed lunches. It is the responsibility of the parents / care givers to provide an appropriate packed lunch container where food items can be stored securely and appropriately until the lunchtime period. Drinks for students' lunches need to be in thermos type containers or in closed, un-opened bottles with screw on lids or unopened pouches. Lunches should be in bags or lunch kits and not open during school hours.
Although we have microwaves available, the school cannot provide cooled storage areas and therefore cannot take legal responsibility for foods prepared at home and then brought into school.
Homeschool students must meet the state requirement for Physical Education credit. It can be earned through the CCS Alternative PE Credit process by participating in a school sport or by participating in an aerobics-based program. Homeschool families are responsible for obtaining the information and meeting the criteria for receiving credit. Documentation must be submitted within two weeks after the end of a sports season or the end of the semester for an aerobic program.
PE: All grades through 8th will attend PE every day they are on campus. Students MUST BE in closed toed shoes – NO SANDALS or jandals. Students will be counted absent from PE if they are unable to participate due to the wrong clothing. Students are asked to wear their tennis shoes to school as PE is scheduled first thing in the morning. After PE is over they can change into any other approved footwear.
Texas mandates physical education instruction to be offered at each elementary grade level. Texas mandates at least 135 minutes of moderate or vigorous structured physical activity per week in elementary school (grades K-5) [Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 116, Subchapter A]. Additionally, the state requires certification or licensure of physical education teachers.
These requirements are why we employed Ms. Ledwig as fitness coach for the students at Crossroads Christian School. Ms. Ledwig is a provider for VISD's off-campus PE program where students can receive their physical education requirement (PE credit). In order to remain in compliance with the State of Texas, students are required to participate in PE. Only a doctor's note will release them from participation (for a specified time).
Students who do not participate or who have continually failed in bringing proper shoes for PE will have to document and fulfill their PE credit outside of regular school hours.
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Self-Paced Instruction: Crossroads uses a blended learning model that incorporates self-paced learning inside the classrooms. Self-paced instruction is any kind of instruction that proceeds based on learner response. Self-pacing in the classroom allows students to progress at a pace that suits the learner. Learners who work at a fast pace have the opportunity to gain competency quickly. Learners who learn at a slower pace have the opportunity for repetition without being pushed ahead too quickly. Students can then be grouped as needed to review, remediate or accelerate the learning.
Self-pacing is flexible, but requires time management for submissions and meeting deadlines. All work must be completed by the due dates. Students are expected to arrive in class prepared to take notes, with their text books and/or laptops, journals, and having done their assigned homework. Failure to come prepared will adversely affect their class time and ultimately their grade.
Attending class regularly, scheduling one-on-one academic tutoring, and preparing ahead of time are essential features of our programs. Failure to adhere to these expectations may result in anything from a warning to dis-enrollment.
CORE CURRICULUM : Ignitia is a versatile and multifunctional online learning platform, with streamlined efficiencies and interactive features that enrich the educational experience. Ignitia courses are not only rigorous and interactive, but provide instruction based on a Christian worldview; encouraging students to consider challenging questions from a biblical perspective with text-based lessons, assignments, quizzes, and tests that engage students while they learn. Students have 24/7 access to more than 50,000 multimedia elements including audio and video files, challenging games, interactive exercises, a historical timeline, and integrated video clips reinforce concepts and offer in depth explanation of key points.
Additionally, Ignitia opens the door to career and college readiness for students with optional Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses. Available for grades 7-12, CTE courses encourage students to explore, compete, and succeed as lifelong learners beyond high school. CTE, AP Courses and Electives are not included in CCCI's fees and tuition, but can always be purchased in addition to the curriculum.
Incoming Students: All transferring students receiving a Crossroads diploma must complete a minimum of 10 credit hours from Crossroads and be enrolled full-time during the academic school year.
Incoming Seniors: Three consecutive years of academics (through junior year). Except for special circumstance, all seniors must be enrolled full time at Crossroads for the academic year in order to receive a diploma and complete a total of the required credits.
*Annual graduation ceremonies are at the end of the normal academic school year tentatively scheduled in May.
*Credit for students new to Crossroads is assessed on the basis of placement tests and transcripts. Interested students are encouraged to apply as early as possible to guarantee a spot and must meet the requirements for course study.
While home schoolers in Texas are not required to complete any specified course plan other than a bona fide visual study of reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, and good citizenship, the Texas Education Agency’s Recommended High School Program consists of 26 credits. The Core Recommended Course Sample is:
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Homeschool families have the option of choosing other tracks for coursework. However, these options are not available for every course. These tracks must be approved by both the CCS Homeschool Principal, and they cannot be changed mid-course. CCS tuition will remain the same regardless of which track is selected for each course, and families may incur additional charges when choosing the following options. Other accredited agencies may teach courses that do not emphasize the exact requirements necessary as required by the State of Texas and it is the parents’ responsibility to be aware of essential material that may not be covered.
Accountability by Victoria College
Parents may choose to dual enroll their student in certain courses offered by Victoria College. A list of approved courses is available in the CCS Office. If families choose to enroll in a Victoria College course, additional fees will incur. Students may take as many online courses as are approved, but they must also take at least three high school credits through the CCS program options and meet all of the other CCS High School requirements. Transfer credit will be awarded when CCS receives official notification from Victoria College that the requirements of the class have been met.
Accountability by Other Accredited Agency
The CCS High School Principal may approve a high school course completed through another accredited, Christian education institution, either on-campus or by distance learning. In any case, approval will be limited to courses having the same academic philosophy and rigor as the classes they replace. Transfer credit will be awarded when CCS receives official notification that the requirements of the class have been met. Students must receive approval for this option before beginning any work.
Homeschool students must meet all of the CCS requirements for an Independent Study.
MAP TEST INFORMATION
MAP stands for Measures of Academic Progress which is produced by the non-profit North West Educational Association (NWEA). You can visit the NWEA website at www.nwea.org for more information. Standardized tests are a nationally normed test. The MAP tests are normed for accuracy and the adaptive nature of this test will help identify your child’s level of academic achievement.
Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) are K – 12 interim assessments that measure growth, project proficiency on high-stakes tests, and inform how educators differentiate instruction, evaluate programs, and structure curriculum.
Computer adaptive MAP assessments reveal precisely which academic skills and concepts the student has acquired and what they’re ready to learn. MAP assessments are grade independent and adapt to each student’s instructional level. Every item on a MAP assessment is anchored to a vertically aligned equal interval scale, called the RIT scale for Rasch UnIT—a stable measurement, like inches on a ruler, that covers all grades.
And because the measurement is reliable and accurate, RIT scores serve as an essential data point in a student’s learning plan; educators can see their precise learning level and respond accordingly.
Example: Say when your 3rd grader begins the test, the first question will be a typical third grade level question. If your child answers the question correctly, the next question will be slightly more difficult. As your child continues to answer questions correctly, the test gets progressively more difficult. When your child answers a question incorrectly, the next question is adjusted to be slightly more manageable. The MAP test is successful in identifying the actual academic level of the child as it adapts back and forth to find the level of the students’ academic comprehension, knowledge, and skills.
In preparation for high school graduation and for information regarding steps to take after graduation, we offer various items of interest and information:
We hope this information gets you moving in the right direction.
As we strive to provide the best possible education for our students, we evaluate all aspects of the school on an ongoing basis. Current accountability measures include the following:
The Texas Home School Coalition provides a wealth of information for the homeschool community free of charge. Additionally, THSC members receive benefits which include: free legal assistance, free state conventions, discounts on magazines, programs, and services, free publications and more. I encourage each family to research any and all information provided by THSC. They’re a wonderful organization protecting our parental freedoms and fighting for our right to homeschool in the State of Texas.
This page contains some common Q&A’s and can be found on their website at www.thsc.org.
Texas State Law Requirements Regarding Home Schooling
To home school legally in Texas, you must follow three state law requirements:
What is the required curriculum?
In order to be a legitimate home school in Texas, you must have a curriculum which teaches 5 subjects:
In addition, the law states that you must pursue that curriculum in a bona fide (not a sham) manner. This curriculum may be obtained from any source and can consist of books, workbooks, other written materials, or materials on an electronic monitor, including computer or video screens, or any combination thereof. There are no other rules for home schooling in Texas.
What is a 'study of good citizenship'?
“Good citizenship” is usually taken to mean civics. Public schools teach one semester of civics, usually in the senior year of high school. Teaching U.S. and Texas history, government (theoretical and practical), the Pledge of Allegiance, and similar activities will also help meet this requirement. CCSI provides the curriculum to meet this requirement.
Must the school district approve my curriculum?
Absolutely not! Home schools in Texas are private schools, and private schools are not regulated by the state. The school district has no authority to approve curricula used by private schools.
May someone else home school my child?
Yes. Home schools in Texas are private schools. (See Leeper Case Decisions.) Private schools are not regulated by the state of Texas. There are no requirements, such as teacher certification or curriculum approval. The ruling of the Leeper case states that a parent “or one standing in parental authority” may educate a child.
How many hours a day must we conduct school?
Home schools in Texas are private schools and are not regulated by the state. No minimum hours are required. Consider the time spent in advisory, study hall, electives, PE, and passing periods. You will probably find that your student can accomplish more work in a shorter period of time than a public school child if for no other reason than not having to stand in line, wait for roll call, and the like.
How many days per year must we have school?
The Texas Education Code requires that public schools meet 180 days per year; public school students must attend 170 days/year. This ruling applies to public schools only. Home schools in Texas are private schools, and the state of Texas does not regulate the number of days per year that private schools must be in session or the number of days a student must attend.
What about testing my child?
Although the state of Texas does not require testing of private school students, many parents give their children annual tests using nationally normed achievement tests.
What is required for graduation?
Home schools in Texas are private schools and are not regulated by the state. Therefore, home schools, just as other private schools, set their own graduation standards. There is no minimum age requirement for graduation.
How can my child receive a diploma?
When a student meets the requirements set by his school for graduation, he may receive a diploma.
Can my home educated students get into college?
Yes. Some colleges and universities are friendlier toward home schoolers than others, so some will be easier to work with. In Texas, state colleges are required to accept a home school graduate’s diploma and transcript and to treat a home school graduate just as they would any other applicant. Home school graduates are accepted at most colleges and universities around the nation, and are even recruited by many.
Is home schooling legal in Texas?
Yes, it is legal. Home schools in Texas are private schools, and, as such, students attending them are exempt from compulsory school attendance laws. The only requirements in the state of Texas are that you pursue in a bona fide manner a basic curriculum of reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, and a study in good citizenship.
Does home schooling work?
In preparation for high school graduation and for information regarding steps to take after graduation, we offer various items of interest and information:
We hope this information gets you moving in the right direction.
For the convenience of our parents, we provide a medication waiver that must be signed and kept in the office. It gives us permission to administer Tylenol, ibuprofen (Advil) and Tums, even throat lozenges. If parents prefer, we will call for permission each time medication may be warranted.
It is forbidden for students to carry medication of any sort in pockets or lunch boxes. All medication must go through the office and is kept in a safe place. If a student must carry an inhaler rather than keeping it in the school office, he needs to have permission from the office. All prescription medications must be in pharmacy bottles, clearly marked with name, medication, and instructions regarding the date and amount to be administered. Over-the- counter medications must be in original containers (no single pills in a baggie) with written instructions on a separate waiver signed by the parent and available in the office.
Information and Procedures
1. No medication will be administered in school or during school-sponsored activities without the parent’s/guardian’s written authorization and a written physician order. This includes both prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications.
2. The parent/guardian is responsible for completing the CCS Medication Waiver. This is required every school year for each new or continuing order or if there is a change in dosage or time of administration during the school year. (A physician may use office stationery or prescription pad in lieu of completing Part II.) Information necessary includes: child’s name, diagnosis, medication name, dosage, time of administration, duration of medication, side effects, physician signature, and date.
3. The medication must be delivered to the school by the parent/guardian or, under special circumstances, an adult designated by the parent/guardian. Under no circumstances will the School administer medication brought to school by a child.
4. All prescription medication must be provided in a container with the pharmacist’s label attached. Non-prescription OTC medication must be in the container with the manufacturer’s original label. Physician samples must be appropriately labeled by the physician.
5. The first day’s dosage of any new medication must have been given at home before it can be administered at school.
6. The parent/guardian is responsible for collecting any unused portion of a medication within one week after expiration of the physician’s order or at the end of the school year. Medication not claimed within that time period will be destroyed.
7. Self-administered and/or non-medically prescribed medications are entirely the responsibility of the parent/guardian and not that of Crossroads Christian School.
8. Students may not self-administer controlled substances.
9. A physician’s order and parental permission are necessary for self-carry/self-administered emergency medications such as inhalers for asthma and EpiPens® for anaphylaxis. The school must evaluate and approve the student’s ability and capability to self-administer medication. It is imperative the student understands the necessity for reporting to teacher or other school staff that they have self-administered their inhaler without any improvement or have self- administered an EpiPen®, so that 911 may be called.
10. The school staff will call the prescriber if a question arises about the child and/or the child’s medication.
11. This form is effective for the current school year.
Crossroads Christian School Agreement
I have read and agree with the beliefs and mission statement of Crossroads Christian School Incorporated. I understand that the curriculum provided is a homeschool educational program. I understand that my child will attend tutoring a minimum of two days per week and that ultimately, the burden of my child’s education lies with me. I agree to partner with CCSI and its affiliations to help facilitate and implement home-based educational support necessary for effective learning. CCSI and any affiliations operate and are educating under the delegated authority of the parents.
I do hereby confirm that Crossroads Christian School Incorporated and is not affiliated in any way First English Evangelical Lutheran Church. I voluntarily sign this Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk, and Agreement to Indemnify and agree to hold harmless and not to sue Crossroads Christian School Incorporated or First English Evangelical Lutheran Church and any administrators, staff, agents or employees of said organizations.
Please initial to indicate whether you are the parent or legal guardian of the student.
( ) Parent ( ) Legal Guardian
Parent or Legal Guardian’s Signature Date
Print Name of Parent or Legal Guardian
Student’s Signature Date
Print Student’s Name
Please sign the following statement:
“The information given in this application and Tuition agreement form is correct. I understand that a non-refundable $100 application fee is due with this document. I understand that a non-refundable $500 registration fee is due with this document. I understand that if I am accepted in the program I am responsible for the full tuition and agree that payments will be made in a timely manner. I understand that an unpaid balance will result in termination of enrollment, and/or delay completion of course requirements. I understand school policy prohibits the release of official school documents (i.e. transcripts and report cards) until all accounts are resolved.”
Payer’s Signature __________________________________________________
Date of understanding and agreement of this document __________________
The behavior expected in this type of educational program should ultimately reflect excellence in character and integrity. Students are expected to fully participate, follow all guidelines and conduct themselves in such manners that properly facilitate an atmosphere conducive to a high-quality learning experience for all. Students, this means that you do your part and share in maintaining the level of excellence expected. You are in partnership with educators and peers and responsible for our environment. In order to maintain the level of excellence that is expected, you will be sent home for repeated behavior that violates the mission here at Crossroads Christian School and its affiliations. We understand that people make mistakes and we truly believe that Jesus is in the business of forgiveness and restoration. We want Crossroads to be a place where students can benefit from their mistakes. We also understand that profound or repetitious ungodliness undermines the school community. Crossroad's Code of Expected Behavior is very simple:
● Respect for God ● Respect for others ● Respect for self ● Respect for property
At all times, be humble in speech and kind in action. Contribute to the building up and encouragement of one another. Choose to promptly follow requests and requirements without complaint. Use classroom time wisely. These simple statements have far-reaching implications. As stated under the Policies and Procedures section, attendance at Crossroads is a privilege and not a right. Any student who does not conform to the standards and regulations of the institution may forfeit this privilege. The school maintains the right to admit only those students who are in harmony with the standards of the school. The school may expel any student at any time, regardless of whether or not the student conforms to the specific rules and regulations of the school. Each year students are evaluated before enrollment is allowed. Continuation in the school is based upon these evaluations.
A violation — whether occurring at school or during school-sponsored events, activities, or functions, whether on campus or off campus— for inappropriate behavior can involve any of the following : teasing or bullying anyone, or using offensive gestures or actions; speaking with disrespect, mockery, swearing, unkindness, or vulgar language. E-cigarettes and vaporizer pens are considered smoking-related products and are prohibited on campus.We have a strict non-smoking policy. Use of tobacco or smoking-related products is prohibited within all buildings, facilities, vehicles, and spaces (including walkways, parking, parking lots, common areas and campus greens) that are owned, rented, leased, or otherwise controlled by CCS or FELC (First English Lutheran Church). Substance abuse, sexual immorality, theft, violence, cheating, racism, terroristic threats, occult practices and other unchristian behaviors will not be ignored. Disciplinary action will vary based on the degree of the offense and determined by the CCSI staff. Furthermore, *weapons of any kind, anyone involved with theft, vandalism, the use of illegal drugs and alcohol, leaving the premises and other such offenses will immediately be sent home or turned over to the proper authorities. You will be billed and are responsible for repair costs and damages to any property.
This contract will be used to assist in determining their future at Crossroads Christian School and its affiliations.
Students and parents are expected to honor the Codes of Conduct previously stated and sign acknowledging agreement
I expect each student to be accountable for his or her behavior and to treat the other students and the teacher with the respect that he or she expects to receive. Each student is expected to follow all school rules and policies as outlined in the Student/Parent Handbook.
Students and teachers share responsibility for maintaining a positive educational environment. Disruptive students in the academic setting hinder the educational environment. Teachers have the right and the authority to set reasonable limits within the classroom. Students who fail to adhere to such reasonable limits shall be subject to disciplinary action(s).
Disruptive student conduct is prohibited.
What Constitutes Disruption?
“Disruption,” as applied to the academic setting (both in and out of the classrooms), means verbal and other behavior in the classroom that interferes with normal academic functions. Examples include, but are not limited to, speaking persistently without being recognized, persistently interrupting other speakers, verbal and other behavior that distracts the class from the subject, intimidation, physical threats, harassing behavior, personal insults, and refusal to comply with teacher’s direction.
Some disruptive students may have emotional, mental, or physical disorders. Although such students may be diagnosed with disabilities and eligible for accommodation under the Rehabilitation Act/ADA, they are held to the same standards of conduct as other students.
Students are required to adhere to the Standards of Conduct and to refrain from disrupting classes and other academic settings.
The teacher is hereby authorized to initiate means to ensure that the normal academic functions of the classroom and other academic settings are not compromised by disruptive student behavior.
If a student is found to be disruptive in the classroom, there will be consequences.
When you choose disruption, one or more of the following will happen:
1. Warning. Warnings may be verbal, non-verbal, or written.
2. Removal: remove the student from the immediate environment or send to the office.
3. Communicate with parents or guardians.
4. Conference with parents/guardians, counselors, and/or administration.
A Healthy Standard for Children and their Families
The National Pediculosis Association, recommends the No Nit Policy as the public health standard intended to keep children lice free, nit free, and in school.
Pediculosis represents one of the most common communicable infestations and whether or not we understand how this has evolved, it is important to acknowledge head lice as a problem when raising or caring for children.
Medical and Social Advantages of the No Nit Policy
The Spirit of the No Nit Policy is to minimize head lice infestations as a public health problem and to keep children in school lice and nit free.
How Do You Get Rid of Head Lice?
The Texas Department of State Health Services recommends the following treatment for head lice and their eggs:
THE LAW AND POLICIES ADDRESSING HEAD LICE:
Laws, Rules, and Policies
There is no statute in Texas that addresses excluding children with head lice from school. DSHS does not have authority to impose a set policy regarding head lice on districts. http://www.dshs.state.tx.us. There is no law that addresses head lice; the school or district can create their own guidelines by developing written policies that:
Facilitate efficient and consistent implementation by all campuses
Protect school nurses, teachers and other school staff
Create peace of mind for administrators and parents
Ensure all children are treated in a fair and equitable manner.
Crossroads Christian School Incorporated