Kindergarten-Eighth Grade

What began as a ministry of Tower Grove Baptist Church, now boasts an enrollment of nearly 300 students in grades preK-8, serving families from St. Louis, Jefferson, Franklin, and St. Charles counties, as well as the City of St. Louis and western Illinois. Tower Grove Christian Academy provides a preschool program where children play, learn, experiment, and grow at their own rate.  Tower Grove Christian Academy also provides a challenging and comprehensive elementary and middle school program.  TGCA develops competence in Bible, English, fine and practical arts, mathematics, physical education, technology, health, science and social studies, and prepares students for success at the high school level. The Bible is integrated in all subjects. 

If you are interested in giving your students the gift of a strong education based on a Christian worldview, we’d love to hear from you!

  • Call 314-776-6473 for an interview appointment and a tour of our elementary, middle, or high school.

  • Call 314-776-6757 with any questions or for a tour of our preschool.

 

DRESS CODE

Emphasis is placed on NEATNESS, MODESTY, CLEANLINESS and APPROPRIATENESS of dress. The head of school and teachers reserve the right to decide whether a student is dressed properly. Students who are out of dress code have two options: 1) Parents can be called to bring appropriate clothes to school. The student will receive “0” for each class missed while out of dress code. 2) Students can go home for the rest of the day. The grade of zero will be given for all missed work.

 

DRESS CODE IS REQUIRED IN ALL ACADEMIC BUILDINGS MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY. Students should remain in dress code throughout the school day (7:45am-3:00pm). There will be Dress Down Days occasionally. Please see the Dress Down Day guidelines for more information.

 

General Appearance for All Students

1.     Hair should be neat and clean. Hair shall be neatly cut above the collar, above the eyebrows and around the ears. Hair must be such a length that it is not able to cover the eyes or ears. Nothing shaved into the hair or eyebrows will be acceptable; students who choose to disregard this rule will not be allowed to return to school until the hair is grown back in or it is all shaved off.                                     

2.    Facial hair and sideburns must be neatly trimmed.

3.    Only natural hair colors will be allowed.

4.    Earrings are not allowed on boys.

5.    Tattoos and body piercing must not be visible.

6.    Shirts must be tucked in at all times.

7.    All clothing must fit appropriately; no over-sized or form-fitting clothing will be allowed.

8.   Hats may only be worn to and from school and at recess time. Hats must be kept in the lockers/book bags during school.

 

Elementary

  1. Uniform pants or uniform shorts must be navy or khaki/tan.

  2. Shorts cannot be shorter than 1 inch above the knee.  They may be worn between April 1 – October 31. Girls may also wear uniform navy or khaki/tan skorts or capris during the same time frame.

  3. Girls may also wear uniform navy or khaki/tan skirts or uniform polo style, solid colored, short and long sleeve dresses.  Skirts and dresses cannot be shorter than 1 inch above the knee. 

  4. Shorts should be worn under skirts, dresses, or jumpers for modesty purposes.

  5. SHIRTS- collared, solid, short or long sleeve, button-type polo shirt, oxford, or uniform blouses.

  6. SWEATERS – may be solid or striped.  No hoods are allowed.

  7. Solid color sweatshirts worn over a collared shirt are allowed. No hoods are allowed. 

  8. TGCA School fleece, sweatshirt, hoodie (provided that the hood is not worn up), or jacket may be worn over a uniform polo inside the building.

  9. Socks or tights must be worn with all shoes.

  10. Students are not allowed to wear make-up.

 

Middle School 

  1. Pants with belt loops, khaki in color with no design or holes.

  2. Red or Black Polo(6th and 7th grade and New students) Red, Black, Gray or Navy Polo (8th Grade)

  3. TGCA fleece, jacket, sweatshirt, or hoodie (Provided that hoods are not worn up). Black, red, or gray solid sweatshirt and jackets with no design, pictures, or words may be worn.

  4. Belt

  5. Shorts with belt loops, khaki in color with no design or holes. (no shorter than one inch above the knee)

  6. Tennis shoes or closed toe shoes.

 

Dress Down Day Guidelines

Elementary

  • Christian t-shirt, TGCA t-shirt, or uniform shirts may be worn at no cost.  Other shirts will not be permitted

  • Jeans/jean shorts or athletic pants/shorts may be worn for $1.  These items must not be form fitting or have holes.

  • Leggings or jeggings may only be worn under shorts, skirts, or dresses; not by themselves.

 

Middle School

  • Skin or Undergarments must not be seen between the clavicle and 3 inches above the knee.

  • Clothing must not have holes.

  • Clothing must not have inappropriate words, symbols, or pictures.

  • All shirts must cover the shoulder (have sleeves).

  • Shoes must be closed toed.

  • No hats

    • Leggings may only be worn under shorts, skirts, or dresses. Not by themselves.

 

ACADEMIC POLICIES AND CURRICULUM

K-8th Grade Academic Policies

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.

TGCA Library Policies​

 

Homework

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 from the table near the Business Office at the end of the school day.

 

Progress Reports

Academic or conduct reports are emailed home to all parents. 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 www.sycamoreeducation.com. Passwords may be obtained by contacting Mr. Davis.

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 at the beginning of the next quarter. All report cards for fourth quarter are mailed home with standardized test results during mid to late June.

Honor Roll

An honor roll is kept for students in grades 4-8. To qualify for the honor roll, a student must have all A’s and B’s at the end of quarters 1, 2, and 3, and at the progress report in quarter 4.  Students may qualify for the high honor roll by earning all A’s.

 

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

E=Excellent
S=Satisfactory
N=Needs Improvement
U=Unsatisfactory

 

Graduation Requirements

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.

 

School Hours

The school day is from 8:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.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.

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, Spanish, computer, art, library, 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 School Curriculum

The curriculum in the middle school is designed to respond to the student’s increasing level of maturity. This maturation requires more specialization in order to meet the following objectives:

  1. To teach the skills necessary for effective comprehension, communication, and computation

  2. To provide a versatile high-school-preparatory curriculum

  3. To stimulate creative and critical speaking skills

  4. To aid them to recognize, in every area of study, the revelation of God in creation and in the Holy Scriptures

  5. 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

 

Preschool Curriculum

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.

Class Sizes

Tower Grove Christian Academy will limit class sizes in kindergarten through second grade to twenty-two students per teacher; for third through sixth grade, twenty-five students per teacher. Science and math classes in middle school will be limited to a manageable size.

*TGCA Average class size is 15 students.

 

Chapel and Scripture Memorization

As a part of the Bible curriculum, we require scripture memorization (Elementary and Middle School) and chapel attendance (All grade levels) to encourage and reinforce the teaching of spiritual truths and prayer. Parents are welcome to attend chapel services, which are held in the church auditorium.

Permanent Records

A student’s cumulative record is to remain private to any and all outside parties excluding parents or court mandated individuals. Parents may review their student’s cumulative record only within the appropriate office where records are maintained. Cumulative records may not be taken off campus.  In the event that the school is no longer in operation permanent records will be available through the Tower Grove Baptist Church office.

 
 

HEALTH INFORMATION

School Health Services are provided by the City Health Division located in Room 820, 634 North Grand, 612-5000. Height, weight, vision, and hearing screenings are provided for students.

 

As your child’s health record is permanent and stays with them through the 12th grade, students must have a physical exam by his/her private physician. Immunization dates (including month, day and year) are required by Missouri State Law for diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus (DPT), oral polio, measles, rubella and hepatitis B for your child to remain in school. Your child’s health record is on file at the School Health Service office. Parents should return all completed forms promptly to the school office.

 

If you are transferring from another school, we need immunization dates for a required state report by the first day of school. Please do not rely on the record requests supplying this information. To avoid exclusion from school, return exact month, day and year for dates requested. These are required for your child to stay in school. (See Missouri State Law Immunization Requirements.) Graduating 8th grade students are given copies of their immunization dates.

 

*TGCA has created separate COVID-19 Policy that may change throughout the year due to CDC and local state and city guidelines. Please see the school website and communications for specific policies for the 2021-2022 school year.

 

Immunization Requirements

State law regarding immunization of your child reads: “It is unlawful for any student to attend school for longer than one month unless the child has been immunized against polio, diphtheria, measles, rubella and hepatitis B” or unless exemptions have been signed by a physician and filed with the school. State law also requires that parents furnish the school office with “satisfactory evidence” of immunization or exemption from

immunization against the diseases named above. “Satisfactory evidence” of immunization can be any one of the following:

  1. Records kept by the parent regarding types and dates of immunization received by the child

  2. A statement by a licensed physician that the child has been immunized against the diseases mentioned above, giving dates of each immunization

  3. A statement by a licensed physician that he is in the process of immunizing the child. (When the immunization process is complete, the parent or the physician should notify the school office.)

 

Remember that only one of the above is needed as proof that your child has had the necessary immunizations.

 

Medical Exemption

A child shall be exempted from the immunization requirements upon certification by a licensed physician that such immunization would seriously endanger the child’s health.

 

Missouri Immunization Schedules

The completion of the appropriate schedule for the appropriate age will meet the current requirements of the Missouri Immunization Law.

 

Note: The school nurse will determine compliance and will notify you if you are not in compliance with State Law.

 

Health Problems

Students must report health problems to the school office at the beginning of the school year or as soon as the problem arises. Special problems include vision and hearing disturbances, diabetes, seizures, rheumatic fever, recent surgery, asthma, medication or anything else that might limit students at school. Parents of younger children should inform the school office and the teacher in writing.

 

Medicine at School

According to Missouri regulations, we must have written permission before unlicensed personnel (teachers, office staff, etc.) may dispense any medication to your child.  Most prescription medication which requires three doses a day could be given before school, after school and at bedtime, then no medications would be needed during school hours.

 

For over-the-counter medication to be administered to your child during the school day, we must have a signed Parent Authorization for Over-the-Counter Medication Administration form stating that the medication may be dispensed at school.  We must have one form per medication.  The medication must be in its original bottle with the label, placed in a Ziploc bag clearly labeled with the student’s name and grade level, and turned into office staff for administration.  Students will not be able to carry medications with them at school.  Forms can be located on the school website.

 

For prescription medication to be administered to your child during the school day, we must have a signed Physician Authorization for Prescription Medication Administration form stating that the medication may be dispensed at school. Prescription medication should be brought to school in a container appropriately labeled by the pharmacy, placed in a Ziploc bag clearly labeled with the student’s name and grade level,  and turned into office staff for administration.  Students will not be able to carry medications with them at school.  We must have one form per medication.  Forms can be located on the school website.

 

Illness at Home

When your child is ill and/or running a temperature, please do not send him/her to school. Children who are ill cannot concentrate on schoolwork, and it is an injustice to expect them to attend. Also, it needlessly exposes other students to something that may be contagious. Students must be fever free for 24 hours, without fever reducing medication, before returning to school.  Students who have exhibited vomiting or diarrhea must also be kept home until they have been free of symptoms for 24 hours.

 

If a student is absent for more than three days, they must bring a signed doctor’s release. When returning to school after contracting the following diseases: streptococcus infection, scarlet fever, impetigo, infectious hepatitis, and COVID-19 a doctor’s release is also required. Head lice require an empty treatment bottle as proof of treatment. Students must be checked by the school nurse before returning to class.

 

Illness at School

When children become ill at school, they should tell their teacher and report to the school office. If it is necessary for a child to go home, the office will contact a parent and the student will be released when the parent arrives at the school office.  Students with temperatures of 100º and higher will be sent home. In the event that a parent is unable to pick up the child, a special arrangement may be made with the school office to have another adult pick up the child. Students must be fever free for 24 hours, without fever reducing medication, before returning to school.  Students who have exhibited vomiting or diarrhea must also be kept home until they have been free of symptoms for 24 hours.

 

Please remember that in the event of an accident, school personnel can give only emergency care. Parents are responsible for any additional care needed.

 

Change in Emergency Information

We ask that you provide us with information on where you (or a friend or relative) can be reached in an emergency. The emergency telephone numbers you give us are our only means of locating you if your child has an accident or becomes ill at school. It is therefore extremely important that you keep us informed of any changes in emergency phone numbers by calling the school office, emailing the school office, or by sending a note with your child. Only the primary contact may update emergency contact information.

 

It is also the parent’s responsibility to inform the school of:

  1. A change of address, home, cell and work phone numbers

  2. A change in place of employment

  3. A change in your child’s health