Academic Handbook

academicsSenior Administrator, Dean Caldwell, MS

This section contains general information regarding Wolf Creek Academy school administration and procedures. Wolf Creek Academy reserves the right to change items contained in this handbook. Effective dates for all changes are at the discretion of the Academy and may apply to each student enrolled at the time.

A hope and a future for every child

Introduction

Wolf Creek Academy (WCA) provides a safe home environment for normal adolescents who have lost sight of a clear and positive future. They are all students who are quite capable of becoming mature and dependable young adults if given the proper direction. In our program, many will be able to reach their highest potential when provided the tools and education to be able to do so.

WCA uses Accelerated Christian Education curriculum, a curriculum designed to meet the learning needs of the individual child.

Educational Concept

The student must be placed on a level of curriculum where he/she can best perform.
The student must set reasonable and appropriate goals that can be achieved in a reasonable period of time.
The student must receive motivation through encouragement and support and achieve control through guidance and discipline in order to assimilate, use, and experience the educational material.
The student’s learning must have appropriate measurement applied to the results.
The student’s learning must receive recognition and reward for its value, effort, and significance.

Assurances

The curriculum used at Wolf Creek Academy assures parents of:

  • A solid, back-to-basics education for their children.
  • A course of study individualized to meet a child’s specific needs and learning capabilities.
  • A program incorporating Godly character-building and wisdom principles.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide a quality education to each student and help students master curriculum knowledge via the Accelerated Christian Education system. The education department supports the philosophy of WCA through our classroom functions. Students are given opportunities to learn accountability and responsibility through specific classroom procedures and instruction in numerous character traits.

Educational Philosophy

Every system of education displays a particular understanding of reality that is reflected in its educational philosophy. In our curriculum, God is the authoritative source for all knowledge. We regard the Bible to be the only source of Truth, and it is used to understand God, time, matter and humanity.

Every child is unique with potential. But that child needs others to assist with their development spiritually, physically and emotionally. Therefore, we educate the whole child from a Biblical worldview.

Education should be available to all children. Wolf Creek will offer this system to anyone willing to accept our school’s standards.

Every child develops at a unique, individual pace based upon his or her developmental level, learning patterns, motivation, and academic potential.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord,
thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
— Jeremiah 29:11

Accreditation

Wolf Creek Academy dual-enrolls all students with Lighthouse Christian Academy for accreditation purposes. Lighthouse Christian Academy (LCA) is accredited through Accreditation International. As a direct result of its accredited status, Lighthouse Christian Academy can validate the education students receive while attending WCA since we have earned A.C.E. Quality Status and our students automatically qualify for this program.

Lighthouse Christian Academy (LCA) has full accreditation status by Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS) and by Accreditation International (Ai). Ai is a recognized member in good standing with National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA), the Council on Occupational Education (COE), and the International Council for Education.

Wolf Creek Academy has a racial nondiscriminatory policy and, therefore, does not discriminate against members, applicants, students, and others on the basis of race, color, gender, or national or ethnic origin.

Enrollment Period

Wolf Creek Academy is a year-round facility. We have open enrollment throughout the school year. Use of the Accelerated Christian Education Curriculum allows WCA to accept students at anytime during the school year.

Academic Advising

The Senior Administrator is the academic advisor for all students.

Transfer of Credits

WCA reserves the right to accept or deny credits as the administration deems necessary. Generally, most, if not all, credits from the previous high school(s) are accepted and recorded on the student’s permanent transcript. WCA accepts transfer credits in no less than half-year increments. The student must then complete the minimum required course of study to receive an accredited WCA diploma. WCA does not offer high school credit by examination.

We operate as a Quality School within the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) system and use ACE’s PACE curriculum. Briefly, there are 12 PACES per course with a test at the end of each PACE. The 12 tests are averaged for the final grade. Each PACE contains 3 check-ups and ends with a self-test. These “checks” demonstrate understanding and learning, and alerts the Supervisor when a student is struggling and needs more attention and help. Science lab work is achieved through DVD’s and reports completed by the student. All check-ups and self-tests must be corrected to 100% accuracy before a student is permitted to take the test. If you would like a better understanding of ACE’s PACE system and to see a sample, visit www.aceministries.com. On the home-page, select the curriculum link in the left column; then choose the 4th Edition button on the top menu bar. There you can read about PACES (4th grade level) and electronically leaf through some sample paces and get an understanding about PACES and how they work.

Transcripts

Upon receipt, posted credit (letter grade or numeric average) will be transferred to our transcript program. Because of Quality School guidelines, we do not transition students into classes based on report cards. WCA awards only half or full credits, and, we do not post credits from other schools that are less than one-half (.50) credit. Therefore, if a student arrives in the spring term, and no credit is posted for the fall semester, then the student must take the full course for credit; irrespective of class average (some schools will offer half credits upon request). Students arriving with half credits must take the last half of any course regardless of their transfer averages. WCA requires students to complete 6 credits and complete a minimum six months of residency for a full transcript to be generated showing all previous credit earned. Otherwise, WCA will supply a transcript for just the credits earned here. Because of the dual enrollment, student transcripts will bear the name of Lighthouse Christian Academy. LCA supplies one official transcript to WCA after a student exits. LCA routinely mails transcripts for events such as college applications.

ACT, SAT (college entrance tests) and Stanford Achievement testing

WCA routinely schedules students for college-boards. In April, we implement Stanford Achievement testing for 6th, 9th and 11th graders and post the results on their academic record.

Academic Projection

Each student in 9th grade and above will receive an Academic Projection from the Senior Administrator. The AP is based on one of the four courses of study (diploma tracks) offered by Lighthouse Christian Academy The Senior Administrator will develop the AP based on the previous credit earned, the results of the diagnostic testing, and in consultation with the parents and the student. The AP will list all previously earned credit, current class load and courses need to earn a diploma. The AP will be shared with the parents via electronic mail.

Course Requirements

Parents are encouraged to visit www.lcaed.com and review the four diploma tracks and associated course requirements.

Goal Setting

WCA supports the concept of establishing daily goals in school work. A planned day will be a successful day. Daily goal setting establishes priorities and creates the pathway for completing work in a timely fashion; a learned skill for use throughout life.

Team Meetings

Each week, a meeting convenes comprised of three offices; education, counseling, house parents and the program director. Each student’s progress is reviewed.

Testing and Testing Procedures

WCA has set a minimum expectation that any student can complete two paces weekly and take the tests for those paces. Experience has shown, that many students can and will complete more than two paces each week. When students complete paces and all work is corrected to 100%, they submit the completed pace to the Learning Center Supervisor. Tests are taken the next morning. Each pace has an individual test and the 12 tests are averaged for a final score.

Scoring daily work

Each student has the opportunity to build trust and establish integrity within the ACE program. Students are allowed to check their work as they go through the material. A protocol is in place that permits students to check their own work. Staff must give permission to use the scoring station, and if a student is found to be using the station incorrectly, they lose that scoring privilege. Loss of this privilege impacts their progress as they must wait for available staff to score their work.

Stanford 10 Online Testing

Wolf Creek Academy uses the Pearson Stanford 10 Achievement Test to evaluate student progress. The state of North Carolina requires just 6th, 9th and 11th graders be tested in the spring of each year.

College Information

WCA is pleased to assist students considering college in conjunction with their parents. WCA has had campus visits from area and out-of-state colleges. WCA will not pay any application fees for students or incur any costs associated with the application process.

SAT/ACT

WCA regularly schedules students to take these important college entrance exams. We have study and pre-testing material available. We will be responsible for downloading photographs to the respective web-sites and printing admission ticket for test day. We provide transportation to and from the testing site; along with pencils and calculators. Parents may want to furnish a student’s personal calculator. Our supply of TI-83’s are limited and we may not have one for every student testing. Students often take along snacks and water on test day.

PSAT/NMSQT/AP testing

The PSAT is the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test taken prior to SAT’s. The NMQST is the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. WCA does not implement these two tests. WCA is not a designated school for Advance Placement Testing and we do not make accommodations for students who may have been in AP classes prior to enrollment here.

Dual College/High School Enrollment

WCA does not have a program for students to earn college and high school credit simultaneously.

Driver Education

We do not accommodate completing driver’s education.

Enrichment Services

A.C.E. has developed the Readmaster Plus software suite, which includes four distinct software programs. The programs include Readmaster®, Typemaster®, Math Builder®, and WordBuilder. These programs are designed to help students build skills if they are weak in certain areas.

  • Readmaster® is a reading and vocabulary program that progressively increases reading speed and comprehension for Grade Levels 1–12.
  • Students may learn to type or increase their typing abilities with Typemaster®.
  • Math Builder® increases the student’s skills with troublesome math concepts such as fractions and division as well as other skill areas.
  • Word Builder is designed to enhance spelling skills for Levels 2–8.

Code of Ethics for Teachers

The following considerations will guide each educational staff member in the performance of their duties.

  1. Follow the policies and procedure of the Accelerated Christian Education system.
  2. Implement state polices applicable to private, non-public education.
  3. Practice temperance in their professional and personal lives.
  4. Exhibit Godly characteristics to students and other staff.
  5. Practice confidentiality regarding student information.
  6. Exhibit a consistent level of decorum.
  7. Attend in-service and yearly training sessions.
  8. Participate in multi-disciplinary meetings.
  9. Provide a safe and healthy classroom.
  10. Refrain from using any resources of the school for personal gain or advantage.

Dress Code

Uniforms are provided for students.

  • Girls – khaki skirts and WCA polo shirts. Skirts required for school hours, after school, khaki slacks may be worn. (to be instituted after Thanksgiving of 2013)
  • Boys – khaki slacks year- round with WCA polo shirt. No cargo pants or shorts are allowed.

Resolution of Disciplinary Efforts

Tickets are received by students for infractions of policy. Students, who have received tickets may resolve them before school, at break time or after PE. They may not resolve tickets during class time.

WCA Graduates Have Recently Attended these Colleges and Institutions

  • Asheville-Buncombe Technical College, NC
  • Central Carolina Community College, NC
  • Copiah-Lincoln Community College, LA
  • Crowder College-Webb City, MO
  • East Carolina University, NC
  • Florida Gulf Coast University, FL
  • Florida State University, FL
  • Gaston College, NC
  • Gateway Community College, AZ
  • Ivy Tech Community College, IN
  • Kingsborough Community College, NY
  • Mars Hill College, NC
  • Marshall University, WV
  • North Greenville University, SC
  • Northern Illinois University, IL
  • Ole Miss, MS
  • Palm Beach Atlantic, FL
  • Palm Beach State, FL
  • Pascoe-Hernando Community College, FL
  • Radford University, VA
  • Santa Fe College, FL
  • Southeast Missouri State University, MO
  • University of Miami
  • United States Army
  • United States Navy
  • University of Central Florida, FL
  • University of Colorado-Boulder, CO
  • University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, NC
  • University of Texas – Arlington, TX
  • Valencia Community College, FL
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, VA
  • Western Carolina University, NC

“A hope and future for every child”