Elementary Grades

 

The elementary grades consist of two departments: 

Primary (4/5K-3rd) & Intermediate (4th –6th).

At Tri-State Christian we believe that each child is a unique and special creation of God. Because of that, we recognize that children learn in different ways and at different rates.  We desire to provide a rich learning environment, through interactive learning experiences and age-appropriate, teacher-directed activities.   Students will be encouraged in their spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional, and social development.  My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands . . . . and so find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man” (Proverbs 3:1).

ACADEMICS

Grading Scale

Kindergarten:

       M           MASTERED

                     Student has a complete understanding of the subject area.

       P+

       P             PROFICIENT

                               Student is able to perform well in the subject matter.

                P-           

                E            EMERGENT

                              Student is making good progress in understanding the subject.

 

Primary Grades (1st-3rd grade):

               

                E+      100 – 97                                     E=Excellent

                E         96 – 93                                       G=Good

                E-        92 – 89                                      S=Satisfactory

                G+      88 – 85                                       U=Unsatisfactory 

                G         84 – 81  

                G-       80 – 77                                      

                S+       76 – 73

                S         72 – 69

                S-        68 – 65

                U         64 – 0

 Intermediate Grades (4th-6th grade):

 

       A+      100-98

                A         97-95

                A-         94-92

                B+       91-89

                B         88-86

                B-         85-83

               C+       82-80

               C         79-77

               C-         76-74

               D+       73-71

               D         70-68

               D-         67-65

               F          64-0

 

Homework

At Tri-State Christian School, we believe that homework is an important part of an effective education since it reinforces classroom instruction; however, we try to keep it from interfering with family and church time. Therefore, homework is not assigned on Wednesday night, which for many is a church night; we respect this family time. We also encourage parents to take an active role in supporting their children’s learning by encouraging them to complete all assignments in a timely fashion.

Primary Department (4/5kindergarten - third grade):

Kindergarten is not assigned homework. When homework is assigned in the first through third grade, it should take between 10-30 minutes per night for the average student. In addition, we strongly encourage parents to read to their children each night.

Intermediate Department (fourth through sixth grade):

When homework is assigned in the fourth through sixth grade, it should take between 30-45 minutes per night for the average student. 

Progress Reports and Report Cards

Progress reports for first through sixth grade are issued quarterly for students with grades S- or below in primary and C- or below in intermediate. The 4/5 kindergarten teacher will communicate with parents throughout the year.

 

 Secondary Grades

The secondary grades consist of two departments: 

Junior High (7th-8th) & High School (9th–12th).

 

At Tri-State Christian we believe that each child is a unique and special   creation of God. Because of that, we recognize that children learn in different ways and at different rates.  We desire to provide a rich learning environment, through interactive learning experiences and age appropriate teacher-directed activities.  Students will be encouraged in their spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional, and social development.  My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands . . . . and so find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man” (Proverbs 3:1). 

ACADEMIC

Grading Scale

7th-12th Grades

 

A+     100-98

A         97-95

A-         94-92

B+       91-89

B         88-86

B-         85-83

C+       82-80

C         79-77

C-         76-74

D+       73-71

D         70-68

D-        67-65

F           64-0

 

Homework

At Tri-State Christian School, we believe that homework is an important part of a college preparatory education since it reinforces classroom instruction; however, we try to keep it from interfering with family and church time. Therefore, homework is not assigned on Wednesday night, which for many is a church night; we respect this family time. We also encourage parents to take an active role in supporting their children’s learning by encouraging them to complete all assignments in a timely fashion.

 · For extended family absences, the student will not have graded homework assigned. Students should read the textbook on pages they have missed to keep up in the class.

 · Late homework may result in a grade reduction.

·   Missing homework may result in a zero.

When homework is assigned in the secondary department, the total for all classes should be between 60-75 minutes per night for the average student in 7th and 8th grade, 75-90 minutes per night for 9th and 10th grade, and 90-120 minutes for 11th and 12th grade. However, for students in the secondary grades, one study hall per day is generally available, which should reduce homework amounts by approximately 40 minutes.

Students taking advanced science and math classes in 11th and 12th grade may   average more than two hours of homework per night.

Honor Recognition

High school students are recognized based on their quarterly grades for honor roll.

A student will receive Principal’s Honor recognition if his/her quarterly GPA is at or above 4.0 with no grades lower than an A-.

A student will receive Academic Honors recognition if his/her quarterly  GPA is at or above 3.67 with no grades lower than a B-.

A student will receive Honors recognition if his/her quarterly GPA is at or above 2.67 and no grades lower a C-.

Junior high students are recognized based on their quarterly grades for honor roll.

A student will receive Principal’s Honor recognition if his/her quarterly grades are no lower than an A.

A student will receive Academic Honors recognition if his/her quarterly grades are no lower than an A-.

A student will receive Honors recognition if his/her quarterly grades are no lower than a B-.

Progress Reports

Progress reports are sent home approximately halfway through each quarter for those students receiving C- or below in a class subject.

Report Cards

Report cards are issued for each quarter.  Semester grades are cumulative for the semester, are issued at the end of the second quarter and fourth quarter, and include the semester examination score.  Report cards are emailed following each quarter grading period.  Students are expected to be aware of their ongoing grades, and parents are strongly encouraged to monitor academic progress by accessing RenWeb.

COURSE LOAD

Students normally carry a course load of 25 credits per semester in addition to physical education and elective classes.  Although TSCS awards credit for classes where a D is earned, a D in a sequential program could jeopardize the student’s progress to the next course in the sequence. 

Semester and Final Examinations

At the end of each semester, final assessments are mandatory for every class.   Written exams will be given over a two or three day period at the end of the semester for all academic classes.  A final speech or project can be part of the   written exam but cannot replace it.

High school students who fail a semester class will need to make it up over the summer using one of several approved summer school programs (contact the office for details) or they risk not graduating with their class.

 DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS

TSCS provides two tracks for graduation: a Standard Track and an Advanced Track. Both tracks require at least 260 credits of high school coursework and eight semesters of high school. A student's diploma will not be issued if his/her tuition is delinquent. The principal may modify on a case-by-case basis graduation requirements for students who transfer into TSCS.

 

Standard Track:

Eight semesters of English (40 credits)

Six semesters of Mathematics to include Algebra 1, Geometry & electives (30 credits)

Six semesters of Science to include Physical Science, Biology, & electives (30 credits)

Eight semesters of Social Sciences to include World History, Geography, &    American History I & II (40 credits)

Eight semesters of Bible (40 credits) or a semester of Bible for every semester a student attends TSCS.

Two semesters of a Foreign Language  (10 credits)

Four semesters of Physical Education/ Health  (20 credits)

240 course credits (which includes 210 required courses and 30 elective courses)

 

Advanced Track:

Eight semesters of English (40 credits)

Eight semesters of Mathematics to include Algebra I & II, Geometry & electives (40 credits)

Eight semesters of Science to include Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry & electives (40 credits)

Eight semesters of Social Sciences to include World History, Geography, &   American History I & II, (40 credits)

Eight semesters of Bible (40 credits) or one semester of Bible for every semester a student attends TSCS.

Two semesters of a Foreign Language  (10 credits)

One semester of Speech (5 credits) and one semester of Advanced Composition (5 credits) OR an additional two semesters of a Foreign Language (10 credits).

Four semesters of Physical Education/ Health  (20 credits)

Completion of ACT or SAT test.

260 course credits (which includes 240 required courses and 20 elective courses)