ACADEMIC POLICIES AND CURRICULUM
The purpose of Tower Grove Christian Academy is to provide a sound academic education, integrating Biblical truths with the subject taught. The academic requirements for each grade level are developed to meet the course of study prescribed by the Missouri State Department of Education, with emphasis on a high standard of achievement. Regular school tests are used in addition to the Terra Nova Tests.
Homework is an assigned school activity that is completed out of class. Parents who want to pick up homework for absent students must call the office and leave a message by 10 a.m. of the day the student is absent. Parents may pick up homework assignments in the office at the end of the day. Any work missed during an excused absence or school sponsored trip must be made up according to individual classroom policy.
Academic or conduct reports are emailed home to the parents of students who are experiencing difficulty or have a significant change in any area. These reports are emailed home at mid-quarter and at other times deemed necessary by the teacher for informing the parents of their child’s progress. Parents may access students’ grades through Sycamore. Passwords may be obtained from the elementary or middle/high school offices.
Report Cards and Conferences
Report cards are issued quarterly. The first and third quarter report cards are given to the parents at the parent/teacher conferences. Second quarter report cards are given to the students at school to take home. All report cards for fourth quarter are emailed home with standardized test results.
Please contact the Tower Grove Christian Academy Business Office to request transcripts. All accounts must be current in order to receive transcripts. All transcripts are stored in a secure location on site. In the event that Tower Grove Christian Academy had to close, due to unforeseen events, student transcripts could be accessed through Tower Grove Baptist Church 314-865-4673.
An honor roll is kept for students in grades 4-5. To qualify for the honor roll, a student must have all A’s and B’s each quarter. Students may qualify for the high honor roll by earning all A’s. Students in grades 7-12 qualify for the honor roll with a GPA of 3.25. For the high honor roll a GPA of 4.0 is required.
Grading Scale & Grade Point Average
A = 90-100
B = 80-89
C = 70-79
D = 60-69
F = below 60
A = 4.0
B = 3.0
C = 2.0
D = 1.0
F = 0.0
In order to qualify for graduation from the eighth grade at TGCA, a student cannot have two or more failing grades each semester in the core subjects. Core subjects are Bible, English, Science, Math and History.
In order to qualify for high school graduation from TGCA, students must have earned at least 28 credits in grades 9 through 12 by following a program planned by them and their parents which includes:
English – 4 credits
Mathematics – 4 credits
Science – 3 credits
Social Studies – 3.5 credits
Bible (required for each semester attended) – 3.5 credits
Electives – 6 credits
PE (four semesters) – 1 credit
Fine Arts – 1 credit
Practical Arts – 1 credit
Personal Finance – ½ credit
Health – ½ credit
The elementary school day is from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Kindergarten is all day, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The middle school day is from 8:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. The high school day is from 7:45 a.m. to 2:35 a.m. Students on the school grounds before 7:45 a.m. will be added to the Extended Day program and their parents will be charged for their care. Students should be in their classrooms at 8:00 a.m. or they will be marked tardy. When school is dismissed, all students should leave promptly for home. Students still at school after dismissal will be put in the Extended Day program and their parents charged the daily care rate.
Your child must not arrive before 8:00 a.m. and is to be picked up by 3:00 p.m. Children arriving before 8:00 a.m. or staying after 3:00 p.m. must be enrolled in the Extended Day program and their parents will be charged accordingly. Elementary students must be checked in by an adult in the morning for extended day.
Elementary children are to be dropped off for school in the back playground. You must enter from the west parking lot, drive through the playground area as close to the fence as is safe maintaining one lane of traffic, and drop your child off in the playground area. Then proceed through the playground and bus parking lot and exit onto Magnolia. If you need to park your car and drop your child off, you may do so by taking advantage of two parking areas; the first parking lot off Tower Grove Avenue or the bus parking lot which is after the second gate on the playground.
The carport is not to be used during school hours: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Children in 4th grade and above may ride bicycles to and from school, provided they have their parents’ permission. Students are not permitted to ride their bikes around the school before school, during recess or lunch, or after school. Students must walk their bicycles on the school grounds. The school and church are not responsible for stolen or damaged bicycles.
Elementary School Curriculum
The curriculum in the elementary school (K – 3) consists primarily of the Bob Jones curriculum. Grades K-2 use the A-Z Reading curriculum and Grades 4 and 5 use the Positive Action for Christ Bible curriculum. These materials offer sound scholarship, common sense skills, and are based on the Word of God. Our students have the opportunity to experience music, computer, art, and physical education classes. Our desire is to design a learning environment in which all students are taught the necessary material to make their elementary years productive, and to prepare them for middle school.
Middle/High School Curriculum
The curriculum in the middle/high school (6 – 12) is designed to respond to the student’s increasing level of maturity. This maturation requires more specialization in order to meet the following objectives:
To teach the skills necessary for effective comprehension, communication, and computation
To provide a versatile college-preparatory curriculum
To stimulate creative and critical speaking skills
To aid them to recognize, in every area of study, the revelation of God in creation and in the Holy Scriptures
To instill in each student an understanding and appreciation of the principles and values upon which our country was founded and the importance of their preservation
Teaching the preschooler to love learning is the long term goal of the preschool. Currently, we are using the ABeka curriculum. We will provide each classroom with the tools necessary to attend to the cognitive social, emotional, physical, and spiritual development of the preschool child. By emphasizing a center-based, hands on approach to learning, these materials will provide opportunities for each child to learn at his own developmental level and ability. Motor skills, habits, listening, language, number and letter awareness and recognition, scientific investigation, and cultural knowledge are incorporated into the lessons.