Students should wear uniforms to school, even on days that they don’t have classes.
For unplanned absences, email firstname.lastname@example.org by 8 a.m. of the day of an absence due to illness.
Upper School only: Please be aware that our attendance policy, as stated in the Parent/Student Handbook, is that three unexcused absences in one semester will result in a letter grade drop in the course. For a class that meets three times a week, more than six absences, whether excused or unexcused, will result in a grade of “incomplete.” For high school students, this means no course credit is given. You can read the entire attendance policy in the Parent/Student Handbook.
For a quick look at the policies regarding makeup work for unexcused absences, click on Forms and Resources.
To see the complete attendance policy, view the Parent/Student Handbook in Forms & Resources.
Car Line Drop-off and Pick-up
Enter in the east driveway (where the arrow directs you to drive in, as usual).
Unless you have been personally contacted to tell you otherwise, drop off and pick up by the GREEN cones north of the school building:
Last name starts with A-L: Drive around to the WEST SIDE of the school.
Last name starts with M-Z: EAST SIDE of school.
Lower School students: Load and Unload on the side of the car closest to the school building.
If you have a Lower School and an Upper School student, your younger student may be dropped off at the same time to wait inside, but the privilege can be revoked if behavior is unruly.
FOR SAFETY, please observe the following:
Please have K-5 students exit the LEFT side of the car (unless you are one of the few families dropping off under the portico). If you find this is unworkable, please get out of your car, walk around the car and escort your kids as they step out of the vehicle. The reason for this is that cars that are passing on the right will notice you, the tall adult, and be more watchful of your children exiting.
Upper School students are allowed to exit their cars on the passenger side, because (1) there is not as great of a danger of them entering the path of passing cars in the passing lane; (2) they are usually tall enough to be seen more easily by passing drivers; and (3) parents often need the conversation time with their teens in the front seat.
Please slow down to 10 mph when passing on the right side of the car line. A few cars are going entirely too fast around the car line, and the potential tragedy that could be caused by this is just unthinkable.
Upper School: The drop off line runs 7:30-7:40 a.m. The drop-off line closes at 7:40; class starts at 7:45. If you are dropping off after 7:40, please go to the front door for entry, because the back doors will be locked and no one is there to let you in.
Early Pick Up
If you need to pick up a child from school, either early or right at 3:00 and cannot wait through the car line for any reason, please click HERE to alert us to your need.
Your student will be sent to the front desk at the time for pick up and will wait on the black bench by the east doors. You can park and come to the east doors, wait outside, and your child will be released to you by a GCA staff member. Please bring your car line sign in your hand to the doors.
The GCA lobby is not open to extra visitors while the students are exiting the building for the car line, due to security reasons.
Pick Up from after-school activities
Students are released from class directly to their after-school activities.
Please pick up students who do not attend GCA activities in the car line as usual. GCA does not provide after school supervision for siblings of students in clubs and activities. The reason for this is we do not have the manpower AND we must re-set the school for that evening’s church activities. Too many people in the building makes the task difficult.
Pick up all students at the FRONT DOOR (under the portico). Please do not ask students or adults to let you in the side doors.
Students should take ALL of their belongings and bags out of the gym immediately after school. These items can be placed against the wall outside the ladies restroom in the lobby.
If you prefer to wait on the property while your student participates in the after-school activity, the playground and picnic tables are open to you as well as the back grassy area, picnic tables and swings. Please pick up your other children in the car line first and then you may park and use the outdoor facilities at GCA at your own risk.
If you need to enter the building to use a restroom, please accompany your child and use the lobby restrooms.
If you are a DI volunteer or teacher, please sign in at the front desk before 3:00 and proceed to your club room.
GCA home basketball games will soon be starting, and you will be welcome to come in and cheer on our GCA Eagles on Thursday game days.
The lobby is cleaned after school for the next group and is not available as a waiting area.
The gym is not available for an open gym time after school due to basketball scheduling and our liability and staffing.
Student drivers & their riders
Students who drive to school with another student or on their own should park on the east side and walk to join the “drop off” line. Do not cut through the lobby. Students may not wait in the parking lot or in cars.
After school, student drivers are expected to pack up and leave the building and the parking lot within five minutes after their last class.
Student drivers should park along Sanctuary Drive.
Any student not attending an after school activity should be picked up in the car line or should exit the building with their driver by five minutes after their last class.
Detentions will be assigned in grades 6-12 for the following main reasons:
Tardy (this might include coming to class unprepared
Dress Code Violation
Parking/ Driving Violation (student drivers)
Parents will receive an email each time their student is given a detention. Detentions are served the same day they are assigned and runs starting at dismissal time for 15 minutes. For example: For dismissal at 3:30, detention runs until 3:45. Students must go directly to detention and will serve a double detention if arriving after 3:35.
If for some reason, a detention cannot be served the day it is assigned due to an appointment or other reason, please park and come in to pick them up. You can discuss this with the detention teacher and move the detention forward 1 school day.
Detentions will be served in the McKinney classroom. During detention, students will fill out a journal page about the detention.
Five detentions may be accrued with no further penalty. On the 6th detention, parents will be called by the administration to look for a solution. On the 9th detention, parents will be invited to meet with the headmaster to find a solution. The student could be placed on disciplinary probation at this point.
We do not expect any student to reach these levels. We also have communicated to all classes that detentions are not a serious infraction and do not define us as individuals. Detentions help us to grow in the good habits of paying attention to detail and punctuality. If a student has multiple detentions for the same thing, that is a clear message that they may need some help in developing these good habits. We are here to help them and cheer for them!
If a student comes to class with homework not completed, a teacher may, from time to time, assign a study detention.This is a 30-minute time, after school, to complete the work that should have been completed at home. This is not always assigned for incomplete homework, but is up to the teacher and their availability to monitor the student after school.
In the UMS model, homework is not optional and must be completed on the home day. The learning that takes place on the class day is dependent on the home day progress. Not completing homework on the home day would be the equivalent to an absence in a traditional model.
Makeup Tests for Upper School
Make up test times are on the FORMS & RESOURCES page of The Nest, listed under “M”.
Students coming on non-class days should check in at the front desk and then report to the testing room for their test. Students have two school days after the absence to makeup a test.
Beginning the summer after 8th grade, each student should record his or her own hours spent volunteering in various capacities. All those service hours add up and will appear on the high school transcript that prospective colleges and universities receive.
Here is how to document your service hours (volunteer hours): In ParentsWeb, go to Family Information; choose the student; select SERVICE HOURS from the menu at the top of the page; select ADD SERVICE HOURS.
You should be as specific as possible without being wordy when you name the organization you volunteered for and describe your activities. What prints on the transcript is simply the number of hours, but if a university asks for documentation, you can present your records from ParentsWeb. (Hours recorded earlier than summer after 8th grade year will not be calculated in the total represented on the high school transcript.)