Knowing that the quality and effectiveness of a school's ministry is directly related to its student body, we have identified criteria that we use to guide our admission decisions. Student eligibility for enrollment is reevaluated every year according to the following criteria.
Parents have attended a Eagle Preview.
Parents are members of a local, Gospel-centered church. All parents must demonstrate a commitment to the values shared by their church and Grace Covenant Academy. Exceptions will be considered in the case of single parents or church members with an unbelieving, but supportive, spouse.
Parents are effectively serving in their God-given role as parents. Because God has given parents, not teachers, primary responsibility for raising their children, admission will hinge on the parents commitment and ability to exercise their biblical role.
An evident desire to know and follow Christ. We are overjoyed when a student responds to the Gospel, and we look for growing evidence of faithful obedience to God and his ways.
A willingness to receive instruction. We look for students to respect authority and to receive correction humbly from peers and adults, as the discipline of the Lord.
A positive influence on others. The student's potential impact on his/her classmates will be a very significant factor. Our desire to serve each church family must be balanced by a passion to preserve the spiritual integrity of each classroom and the institution.
The composition of the student's class. Admission decisions will be made with the strengths and weaknesses of the entire class in mind.
The student's academic ability and diligence. The student's academic history must show a willingness to work at all classroom assignments and the basic skills necessary to succeed in the school's academic program.
The above standards are principles which will be applied with discretion based on the student's age. We expect students to demonstrate increasing maturity and faithfulness to these standards as they grow older. If the school administration determines that a student is not eligible for admission, the student's parents may appeal the decision. A written appeal should be submitted to the Headmaster, who will present it to the School Board for review. The School Board will make a final decision. The appeal should be submitted in a timely fashion so that the School Board has sufficient time to review and discuss it.