GENERAL SCHOOL OPERATIONS
A school is as good as its students! Therefore, for a school to be great, its students must possess greatness of moral, spiritual, and physical stamina. There must also be a cooperative spirit between the staff of the school and the students. To be a partner in this cooperative endeavor, the students must be acquainted with the regulatory policies of the school and the type of society in which he/she must live.
It is the duty of the students not only to observe all rules of good conduct themselves but also to promote good conduct as well. A student’s enrollment is a contract to abide by the regulations and to have his/her conduct correspond to the spirit of the institution.
The success of the school depends also in a large measure upon the good faith and whole-hearted cooperation between parents and the academy staff, especially in regard to regulations essential to large-group control but not to normal home management.
Parents of our students are always welcome on campus. The Mount Pisgah Academy guest facility is available for overnight rental. (See Guest Facility section for information.) Visiting between the dormitory student and his/her parents is encouraged in the dormitory lounge only, in order that the privacy of students sharing rooms might be protected. If it is necessary to take luggage or other items to a student’s room, advance arrangements should be made with the dean to help avoid any embarrassing encounters. Female visitors are only allowed to stay overnight in the Girls’ Dorm and male visitors are only allowed to stay overnight in the Boys’ Dorm and with prior permission only. This includes parents and all other family members.
Parents taking their children off-campus at any time are requested to insist that each student make the prescribed arrangements beforehand with his/her respective dean and work supervisor. Visiting parents are required to refrain from allowing their children to drive on or off-campus unaccompanied.
Parents sometimes have questions concerning the school program of their child and inquiries are always welcome. Correspondence phone calls from the school will not necessarily mean serious problems have arisen but may indicate a desire to counsel together before a student faces serious difficulty.
ADDED REGULATIONS & INTERPRETATION
Verbal or written regulations that are found necessary to include in the program during the school year are just as binding as those printed in the Mount Pisgah Academy bulletin. The staff and administration reserve the right to interpret and enforce the intended spirit of all school rules and policies.
Experience has shown that a positive attitude toward the school and its program will provide the greatest personal benefits for the student. Regulations will be enforced, but the student is encouraged to ask questions of the appropriate staff member, providing it is done with respect and in good spirit. A continued negative attitude or disregard of school policies may result in discipline or possible dismissal.
Any dormitory student desiring to keep any type of motor vehicle at the school must receive permission to do so from the administration and the appropriate dean. This privilege is granted only to provide transportation to and from home for open weekends and homeleave and is not to be used for local excursions (i.e. food establishments, shopping mall or other stores, village student homes, etc.) unless permission has been obtained from the Steering Committee. All dorm students’ vehicles must be parked in the designated parking areas by the respective dormitories. A student may not keep his/her car off-campus at the home of a friend. Written permission must be obtained from the parent/guardian prior to taking any riders. The only exception to this policy is granted to students who qualify to participate in Senior Driving Privileges. Specific requirements and guidelines for this privilege can be obtained from the administration. All student driving and passenger permission forms are found on the school website.
Village students who drive their parents’ or their own automobile or motorcycle to campus must obtain permission from the principal’s office at registration each year. A copy of their driver’s license must also be presented and kept on file. Vehicles must be parked appropriately in the designated student parking area when the student arrives for school or work and are not to be driven anywhere else on campus unless granted specific permission. This includes other campus buildings, the field, or staff homes. Dormitory students may never be in or on village student vehicles at any time. Village students are not to take dormitory students off-campus in their vehicle at any time. Village students riding together must have written permission on file with the principal from the parents of both the driver and passenger(s) to ride back and forth to school.
Off-campus village students may leave campus for lunch between the hours of 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM only with a letter of permission from their parents to be kept on file in the office. Students are allowed to take with them only one other village student of the same gender providing that permission is on file from the parents of both students. Village students must sign out properly in the office each time they leave campus for lunch. Other than lunchtime, vehicles are not to be driven off-campus during the school day for any reason without permission from the administration.
Administration reserves the right to temporarily or permanently revoke a student’s driving privileges on the campus and, further, to disallow any student riders at any time.
Other motorized vehicles such as dirt bikes, scooters, golf carts, etc. may not be brought to campus by students for use on campus.
All bus/shuttle trips are under the direction of the sponsors and the driver and students are expected to cooperate with their instructions. Mixed seating is not allowed at any time on all shuttles and coach buses. If mixed seating is necessary for shuttles, those individuals must sit on the front row.
Regular balanced vegetarian meals are provided in the cafeteria. The atmosphere in the dining room area is to a large degree determined by the neatness, decorum, and conversation of each student. Every effort will be made to encourage and maintain appropriate mealtime conduct in the dining room. All cafeteria charges are based on a flat rate. All dorm students will be required to pay the full flat rate for the cafeteria.
No food or eating utensils (other than disposables) are to be taken out of the cafeteria with the exception of meals taken with permission.
Additional fines may be imposed for breakage and/or cleaning caused by inappropriate behavior in accordance with the Damage to School Property procedure. Students exhibiting misbehavior or throwing food in the cafeteria will be banned from the cafeteria for a minimum of three days.
Village students, visitors, parents, and family members will be expected to have a meal ticket when coming through the cafeteria line. No credit will be extended for meals without prior arrangements with the school treasurer and the cafeteria director or his/her designee.
For the safety and well being of our students, the following guidelines have been established:
When students are outside of the dorms after dark, they should be in groups of two or more.
Helmets must be properly worn any time bicycles, skateboards, scooters, etc. are used. Failure to do so may result in the impoundment of the device being ridden.
Bicycles may be used with the deans' permission and must be parked in designated areas only. Skateboards, scooters, etc. are allowed to be used in designated areas only.
Computers have become an indispensable part of modern life. In addition to the individual laptops provided to each student, our school offers at least 40 computers with Internet access for students to use, in the Administration building and in each dormitory. Mount Pisgah Academy encourages students to learn to use computers properly and responsibly, through Computer Literacy class, computer usage in most other classes, and through guidelines that govern what students are and are not allowed to do using those computers. The following are general guidelines for computer usage on campus:
Computers and the school’s computer network and Internet connection are primarily for the purpose of enhancing education. Entertainment uses of computers and the Internet are secondary and should never be allowed to interfere with the primary purpose. Accordingly, some necessary restrictions will be in place that will definitely hamper some students’ entertainment habits. For instance:
School computers are not to be used for watching movies or TV shows.
Computers are not to be used for secular purposes during the Sabbath hours. (Examples include playing games and doing homework.)
Students should not allow computer games or any other potentially addictive computer activities (such as Facebook) to interfere with their spiritual, academic, or social lives.
Software piracy is a crime and is not condoned at Mount Pisgah Academy. The same is true for illegal music and movie downloads.
Students are not allowed to install software on school computers.
Students’ Personal Computers & School Laptops
In addition to stated computer guidelines here in the school bulletin, students and parents must read and agree to all policies in the Laptop Policies and Usage Agreement document.
To encourage students to pursue good study habits and obtain adequate hours of sleep, only seniors are allowed to bring personal computers to campus. This senior privilege is subject to the following guidelines:
Seniors are not to let Freshmen, Sophomores, or Juniors use their personal computers.
Software not in harmony with Christian standards is not condoned and will be confiscated and not returned.
No student may use any computer to watch, engage in, or listen to, any of the following items prohibited by MPA rules, nor may such material be present on their computer or any storage media in their possession:
movies of any rating and in any format
unapproved computer games
music not in harmony with SDA Christian standards
any other objectionable material such as pornography or other suggestive images
Seniors will supply a password allowing full access to their computer, thus granting permission for the MPA Network Administrator and/or other MPA staff members to examine the computer as necessary.
A student’s personal computer may not be connected to the MPA network, nor the internet, in any way while it is on the MPA campus, except as allowed below.
If it is discovered that a student has violated any of the above requirements, the personal computer will be confiscated, and that student will lose this privilege, both for the remainder of the school year.
The MPA Board, administration, and staff believe that the Internet is a vital tool in today’s society. Accordingly, investment has been made in a high-speed connection between our campus network and the Internet.
Unfortunately, along with the benefits, the Internet presents some elements that do not meet Christian standards. While certain measures have been taken to prevent access to inappropriate material, the staff of Mount Pisgah Academy believes that students should be taught principles for responsible Internet usage. Our guiding principle will be the words of Paul: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8, NIV)
Students browsing the Internet may be able to access sites that would not be acceptable according to this guideline. In order to be granted Internet access, a student must sign a document agreeing to abide by MPA standards, and the student’s parent (or guardian) must sign a document accepting the risk and responsibility. If a student is found deliberately accessing or attempting to access inappropriate material in violation of the signed agreement, that student will lose Internet access (except for limited, “whitelist” access), and may additionally be disciplined by the Guidance Committee.
Any student at Mount Pisgah Academy may have his/her own network account (necessary to use any campus computer). Network accounts may be used for sending and receiving e-mail, accessing the Internet, and using other software applications such as word processing.
One of the aspects of the modern world is the need for security. MPA students have the opportunity to learn to maintain the security of their network account and its password. A network account must never, under any circumstances, be shared with another student.
A network account is a privilege that may be revoked if it is abused; examples of such abuse include sending an inappropriate e-mail or Facebook messages, attempting to gain access to another user’s account, the use of proxies to circumvent Web filtering, and any other type of “hacking.”
Mount Pisgah Academy, by the action of the K-12 School Board, reserves the right to ask any student who is suspected of drug or alcohol use to submit to a blood, urine, or hair analysis test. If the student refuses to take the test, it would be probable cause for expulsion. If the test is negative the school will pay the bill. If the test is positive, the parent is responsible for the payment of the charges. Any student with a previous positive test result will be subject to random testing indefinitely.
Monthly fire drills will be held in each dormitory and the administration building. All students are expected to exit the building in an orderly fashion and proceed at least fifty feet from the building, remaining there until the ”all-clear“ signal is given to return. Interfering in any way with the fire drill process or tampering with fire safety equipment will result in a minimum of a $75 fine and a reparation cost and may result in additional disciplinary action.
Food and drink are allowed only in designated areas unless approved by the Steering Committee.
Upperclassmen are required to attend and participate in all graduation weekend activities unless otherwise announced. During graduation weekend dormitory students are permitted to stay off-campus with their parents only with administrative approval. Scheduled work appointments are to be met throughout graduation week.
Freshmen and Sophomores are expected to leave the campus immediately following final tests unless work responsibilities require their presence.
Specific guidelines for exam/graduation week are distributed annually.
GUEST FACILITY POLICY
Reservations can be made by contacting the Administrative Assistant at (828) 418-2402 or by fax at (828) 667-0657. Rooms will not be rented to anyone under 21 years of age.
The following information is required to complete a reservation:
Full name of the guest
Number of rooms requested
If a handicap room is necessary
Dates Requested (If it is a MAIN weekend, follow procedures listed below.)
Email address and phone number.
Room Reservation Policy for MAIN Weekends
Only one room can be reserved per family. Additional rooms will be made available to families with existing reservations no more than one week before a major weekend.
Rooms may not be reserved more than one year in advance.
Main weekends include Alumni, Graduation, Parent Open House, Youth Rally, Academy Days, Christmas Concerts, and Homeshow Weekends, Mother/Daughter and Father/Son Weekend.
(Sexual, Racial, or Other)
Students are urged to report any harassment or abuse - whether sexual, racial or otherwise, physical or verbal - to the principal, school counselor, dean, or any teacher or staff member. Reporting a complaint will not affect the student’s status on campus, such as extracurricular activities, grades, work program, or other school program status; it will not subject the student to retaliation or recrimination for reporting a complaint.
Complaints will be promptly and thoroughly investigated. The right to confidentiality will be respected, consistent with the school’s obligation to investigate allegations of misconduct and to take corrective discipline where misconduct has occurred.
No keys fitting campus buildings or equipment may be duplicated by students. Duplication will result in immediate suspension or dismissal. All lost dorm keys must be reported immediately to the dean. All other lost keys must be reported immediately to the Administrative Assistant. There is a $20.00 charge for lost keys, $10 of which must be paid in cash by the student, and $10 of which may be applied to the student’s school bill.
The library and its staff are here to serve you. Loans of regular library books are for a two-week period of time from the date of check-out. Fines will be charged for any book that is overdue. Days for fines are actual school days and do not include holidays or weekends. Any student who has outstanding overdue books may be asked not to check out any more until these have been returned and the fine paid. No books or other materials are to leave the library unless they are checked out by the person on duty. A fine may be charged for the removal of materials from the library without checking them out.
Any book or other material is considered overdue if it is not returned to the library on the date due. Notices will be sent out to the students to notify them of any fines or overdue materials.
Fines for overdue books are five cents per day. Students will be charged a small sum to cover the cost of any necessary repairs for minor damages done. If the damage is so extensive that the book is beyond repair, the student will then pay the necessary amount for the replacement of the book or material. Students will be charged the necessary amount to replace any book or material they may have lost. All library fees must be paid in full before taking final exams.
The library is for the purpose of studying and reading and for research purposes, not for social gatherings during the school day. Loud talking and noise-making will not be allowed. The library computers are for homework and research. Computer games are not allowed on library computers.
PERSONAL LISTENING DEVICES
Personal listening devices which are self-contained (with headphones) and without radio access are allowed only in dormitory rooms, on the track, in vehicles transporting students for home leave, and on organizational trips at the discretion of the sponsor. Listening devices are not to be taken or listened to anywhere else on campus. (Students are allowed to use listening devices on campus during extended breaks and during the summer). Speakers of any kind (including computer speakers) will not be allowed and others should not be able to hear the music from headphones. Each person will be responsible for the safety and maintenance of their devices as well as compliance with this policy. Mount Pisgah Academy will not be responsible for the destruction or theft of any listening device or recordings.
Students in violation of this policy will have their listening device confiscated for the following length of time:
First Offense One week
Second Offense Two weeks
Third Offense Remainder of School Year
Acceptable music is that which is based on Christian values and standards. Any recordings with lyrics containing reference to hating God, authority, or the Bible, anything anti-Christian or against Biblical morals is prohibited. Students must supply lyrics upon request.
Realizing that the above guidelines cannot be enforced completely, this privilege will operate largely by an honor system. Parents and students will be required to sign agreements. The policy and student cooperation with the policy will be reviewed periodically. The discipline process will be as follows:
The first misuse of a listening device involving place used or inappropriate volume will result in a Progressive Discipline write-up entered at level one.
The first misuse of a listening device involving unacceptable music will also result in a Progressive Discipline write-up entered at level one.
If a student leaves campus without permission, efforts will be made to locate him/her. If he/she cannot be found, the parents and law enforcement will be notified and the school cannot then assume further responsibility for the student.
OPEN AND CLOSED CAMPUS POLICY
The campus area between the tennis courts, the cafeteria, in front of the gym, and east of the road leading to the girls’ dormitory is designated for mixed association. This area is open with the first class in the morning and closes at supper. After this time, students must be in the dormitories or at the supervised activity unless specifically informed otherwise. Staff homes are off-campus and students must sign out and receive permission from a dean prior to visiting a staff home. Pisgah Manor and Pisgah Villa are also off-campus and off-limits to all students except as required by work. In addition, the maintenance building, APCS, the MPA Church, and the Community center area are considered unsupervised locations, and students are allowed to be there with specific permission only.
The campus closes at supper time Friday night and students must be in the dormitory areas until the evening service. The campus is open for socializing during the Sabbath as designated or when mixed activities are planned. These times are posted weekly.
Boys’/Girls’ Clubs National Honor Society
Student Association Yearbook
Candidates for any office must be approved by the administration on the basis of GPA, citizenship, attendance, and other extracurricular participation. Candidates cannot have an ‘F’ in attendance.
Students holding a major office (S.A. President, presidents of classes, Yearbook editor, and Skyliner editor) must meet and maintain the following requirements:
Have attended Mount Pisgah Academy for the preceding semester. (First semester freshmen will be excepted for class offices.)
Have and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above.
Hold no other major office.
Have at least a cumulative grade of ‘B’ in citizenship. Exceptions to stated policies will be with administrative approval only.
Students holding an office who do not maintain a ‘C’ in citizenship (a suspension results in a ‘D’ grade), or who must drop a class due to violating the attendance policy during their term of office will lose their office. The office term begins at the time of election.
Students holding minor offices (all other elected or appointed student positions) must meet and maintain the following requirements:
Have and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above.
Hold no major office.
Have and maintain at least a cumulative grade of ‘C’ in citizenship.
All major and minor office holders must have a transcript on file with the academy.
Students holding an office who do not maintain a ‘C’ in citizenship or who must drop a class due to violating the attendance policy during their term of office will lose their office.
Obtain candidacy approval forms for Student Association from the SA Sponsor. The deans will provide forms for the Boys’ and Girls’ clubs. Obtain a designated number of student signatures and staff approval.
Refrain from public advertising until eligibility approval has been received.
Athletic Membership Eligibility
All students who are members of any interscholastic athletics must meet the following requirements:
Must not be on “restricted list”.
Other policies and regulations relating to interscholastic sports may be obtained from the administration.
National Honor Society
The National Honor Society (NHS) was established with the objectives to create an enthusiasm for scholarship, stimulate a desire to render service, promote worthy leadership, and encourage the development of character in the nation’s secondary school students.
Membership in the NHS is one of the highest honors that can be awarded to a high school student. Chapters in more than 12,500 high schools across the nation strive to give practical meaning to the Society’s goals of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
These four ideals are considered as the basis for member selection. No student is inducted simply because of a high academic average. The National Honor Society strives to recognize the total student.
Seniors will be considered for this organization if they meet the following criteria:
maintain a 3.25 cumulative GPA
maintain a ‘B’ citizenship grade
remain involved in one of the following school-sponsored organizations: Acrosports, Creative Ministries, Drama, Band, Choir, Handbells, Yearbook, Student Newspaper, AV Media, or as a Student Association officer.
participate in the service projects organized for NHS members
be a positive model in leadership and character to the MPA student body.
(Members may be revoked by Steering Committee if viewed that values and principles of Mount Pisgah Academy are not adhered to.
No student is excused from an organizational trip unless arrangements with the sponsor have been agreed upon in advance. Advance arrangements must always be made with the work supervisor. The student must travel with the group. Later returns must be approved by the dean. A student that is not part of the organization may not ride with the organization without Steering Committee and the organizational sponsor’s permission.
Past experience has indicated that some young people in time of stress and emotional upset have made unwise use of drugs; therefore, we require that the deans be notified of all prescriptions necessary for the student and that these be given to the dean or administration for proper dispensing by the school nurse.
When a student chooses to attend Mount Pisgah Academy, it is assumed that he/she has chosen to give proper respect and observance to the religious beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It is required that dormitory students attend the campus religious services and worships. This requirement does not become a burden when the student keeps in mind the religious ideals of the church and school. Such attendance will prove to be a blessing and strength to each student who chooses God’s way. The playing of sports and other secular recreational activities is prohibited on Sabbath. Remember to observe Sabbath with proper reverence and respect.
SCHEDULED LEAVES AND OPEN WEEKENDS
An open weekend is defined as a weekend other than the regularly scheduled leaves, or one not specifically closed by the school whereby a student may request to leave the campus. Leave slips should be obtained from the dean’s office and must be signed by the work supervisor, organizational sponsor (if applicable), and the dean, and turned in to the dean’s office by 8:00 AM on Thursdays. For scheduled home leaves the proper form must be obtained from the dean. Once students return to campus, the leave is over. They are not to leave again without further permission from the dean.
All students are expected to be back at school at the designated time unless delayed by illness, in which case the parent must notify the dean by telephone. All open weekend leaves terminate at 7:30 PM. on Sunday. All scheduled home leaves will terminate at 9:00 PM on the specified day. Any failure to meet these requirements without prior arrangement will result in discipline. Students will not be granted permission to go anywhere other than home unless the respective dean has documentation from the parents granting such permission. A documented letter of invitation from the home to be visited must also be sent to the dean. Please make all dental and doctor appointments coincide with weekend and scheduled home leaves.
Whenever a student arrives on campus, he/she comes under the general regulations of the school for the duration of his/her enrollment. Mount Pisgah Academy reserves the right to hold all students accountable for their actions during scheduled or open weekend leaves.
It is expected that students will leave campus for the duration of the breaks as outlined in the school calendar.
SOCIAL RELATIONSHIP STANDARDS
The formation of true Christian friendships is an important part of Christian education. We do believe that social relationships are important and that there is no better place than a Christian campus for developing friends. Experience has shown, however, that these friendships should have certain defined limits; therefore, Mount Pisgah Academy maintains a “hands-off” policy between members of the opposite sex which includes hand-holding, massaging, wrestling, and other physical contact. The staff reserves the right to counsel or discipline individuals whose social program reflects improper conduct or irresponsible behavior.
The staff may place a couple on social restriction from one week to several months if the “hands-off” policy is disregarded, if they are in an unsupervised area without permission, or if it is seen that the relationship is not conducive to their total school program. The couple may not communicate with one another in any form, verbal or written, during the restriction time.
There are certain cultural values to be gained by attending banquets and other formal occasions. All students are expected to attend these designated activities. Dating is not a requirement but is permissible.
Association between the sexes must be from within the current student body. Provision is not made for non-student participation.
The dormitory areas are off-limits to the opposite sex, except as otherwise announced. No students are allowed in the dormitory of the opposite sex without permission. Violators will be suspended with probable dismissal.
Engagements are discouraged during the school year. A student who is married during the school year may be asked to withdraw.
Realizing that Mount Pisgah Academy is not equipped to handle the social, physical, and emotional demands that accompany pregnancy, Mount Pisgah Academy will not accept applicants who are pregnant and will request that the student withdraw if she becomes pregnant during the school year. In addition, further discipline may be applicable if inappropriate sexual behavior is determined with students enrolled at the Academy.
STUDENT OF THE YEAR
The faculty shall choose a senior(s) who demonstrates the principles of Mount Pisgah Academy by showing concern for spiritual matters, faithfulness in work and class attendance, a positive attitude toward school objectives, the principles for better living, and respect of his/her peers. This presentation will be made at graduation.
Unauthorized use of another person’s phone card or number or a school long-distance code is illegal and will be cause for discipline.
Cell Phone Policy
Dorm students are allowed only one cell phone and it must be registered with the deans at the beginning of the year and have a parent filter installed. Students found to be using a “decoy” or the second phone will be subject to suspension. Students are not allowed to have a cell phone visible or audible in any way, in any class, during religious services, or while working. Students in violation of this policy will be written up and have their cell phone confiscated for the following length of time:
First offense One week
Second offense Two weeks
Third offense Remainder of the school year
Cell phones must not be used in the dorms after 10:15 PM for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, and not used after 11:00 PM for seniors. Phones will be collected each night (Sunday thru Thursday) at 10:15 PM and will be available again at 6:30 AM.
VARSITY SPORTS PROGRAM
Mount Pisgah Academy has a long-standing tradition to focus on it’s academic program, student work-program, and the intramural sports program. The traditional interscholastic varsity sports program has not been implemented at the school. As an alternative, the Academy has supported the concept of a modified varsity program whenever possible. This program has included organized games with local private and Christian schools, and other Adventist Academies. Guidelines and policies for this program are available upon request from the principal’s office.
VILLAGE STUDENTS ON CAMPUS
Village students should be on campus to meet all class and work appointments. They are welcome and encouraged to attend all scheduled activities but are requested to leave campus as soon as the activity is over. Village students’ cars must remain in their designated parking spots while on campus. Village students may spend a night in the dorm with permission from the respective dean and parents. Students will be charged $5 per night.
Visiting friends are expected to comply with all campus regulations. Deviations may result in excluding friendship privileges. Upon arrival on campus visitors must check in with an administrator in the office or the respective dean of the person being visited. While on campus, each visitor has the privilege of being a member of the school family and as such will willingly cooperate in the support of all standards of conduct and dress. No visitors are permitted in the dormitory except by permission of the respective dean or his/her designated assistant. Dormitory residents are asked to arrange with the dean before sharing their rooms with overnight guests. It is requested that visiting students and friends do not come to the campus during the school day.
Guns, martial arts weapons of any kind, fireworks, firecrackers, knives, B.B. or pellet guns, paint-ball guns, cap guns, etc., are not permitted on the school grounds. Items will be confiscated permanently, fines may be imposed (beginning at $25.00), and authorities may be notified. Possession of such items may result in suspension or expulsion.
The academy operates and maintains dormitories for the students. All students whose parents or relatives do not reside near the school are required to reside in the dormitories. Any deviation from this policy must come before Steering Committee for consideration. Village students are required to sign in with the dean if visiting during study hall.
Students should always conduct themselves in an orderly, respectful manner. They should never enter another student’s room without knocking and then waiting to be asked to come in. Running and shouting in the hallways or in any way disturbing the quietness of others is not in good taste. In respect of others, students should not ask to borrow their clothes. Detailed dormitory policies are printed in the respective dorm handbooks. Students should not be in or near the dormitory of the opposite sex without specific permission from the dean on duty or serious discipline will result.
Mail is delivered to the dormitory by early evening on Monday through Friday. In the business office, postage may be purchased and letters mailed.
For security purposes, the dormitories are equipped with alarmed exterior doors and security cameras. Tampering with security and/or safety equipment in the dormitories warrants severe disciplinary action. Tampering with or causing the sprinkler system to engage will bring probable cause for dismissal. A fine of $50 plus damage costs will also be assessed. Tampering with doors to bypass systems will result in a $50.00 fine and a write up.
Dorm room keys are available through the deans. The school is not responsible for money or for other valuables left in the dormitory rooms. There is a $20.00 charge for lost keys, $10 of which must be paid in cash by the student and $10 of which may be applied to the students bill.
Students will be issued a fob to enter buildings. They are an important part of our security system. If a fob is lost, students need to report it immediately to the principal so it can be deactivated. There will be a $10 charge for a replacement fob.
LEAVING THE DORM OR CAMPUS
It is the student’s responsibility to obtain proper permission to leave the dorm or campus. If leaving with his/her own parent or with a staff member, the student must sign out in the dorm. To leave with anyone else, or to visit a staff member’s home, the student must obtain proper permission personally from the dean. Because the school takes the safety of all students seriously, leaving campus without permission or leaving the dorm after hours is a serious infraction which usually results in a suspension and/or expulsion.
The dormitory lobby is a public place and the student must always be modestly dressed before entering the space.
All rooms are designed for double occupancy. If a student feels he/she cannot live with his/her assigned roommate and can find someone who seems to be more compatible, he/she may make arrangements with the dean to move. Changing rooms does not void responsibility for damages incurred to the room. There is an additional monthly charge for a single room and is only an option if space is available and it is approved by the dean.
If a student is too ill to meet class and work appointments, he/she is to report to the nurse. The nurse will determine if medical assistance is necessary. Being on sick list automatically room binds the student (except for bathroom privileges) until released by a nurse or dean. It is the responsibility of parents and guardians to schedule non-emergency doctor, dentist, optometrist, etc. appointments over breaks and school vacations. The nurse and deans cannot take responsibility for these appointments or transportation needs. Emergency doctor appointments should only be made in counsel with the school nurse. School transportation will not be provided for doctor appointments, or other appointments unless arrangements are made with the school nurse. Meals for students on sick list are provided in the dorms.
When a student is ill and needs to be home, this is arranged through the nurse and the dean. Students may go only to their parent’s home—never to the home of a friend when ill.
The student is responsible for the furnishings, the care, and the condition of the room. No nails or other objects should be driven in the walls or doors.
The room deposit is held in trust to care for any damage or breakage in the room and will be credited to the student’s account upon his/her completion of the school year or his/her termination, if the dean approves. If damage exceeds the room deposit, additional charges will apply. The administration reserves the right to search a student’s room, book bags, lockers, luggage, or other personal property with or without his/her knowledge or permission.
Posters and pictures with poster putty (not tape or glue) may be hung to help beautify the room. However, these should be few (no solid walls, doors or window panels of magazine pictures) and uplifting. ALL posters must pass the dean’s approval. (See Dorm Handbook)
Any alcoholic beverage containers or illegal substance containers have no place at Mount Pisgah Academy. Please do not use these types of bottles for decorations. They will be confiscated.
If a student has a foot locker, it must be available for the dean’s inspection at any time. Dormitory room colors must remain as they are. Rooms will be painted by school personnel.
A regular study hall is conducted on Sunday through Thursday evenings. During this period we expect student cooperation in maintaining a ”quiet time“ throughout the dormitories. If one needs an assignment or some other consideration, a resident assistant will be in the hallway to assist. Committee meetings, rehearsals and all other activities that would draw the student from his/her studies are discouraged during study periods. Only the organizational sponsor must contact the dean for any exceptions to missing study hall.
WHAT NOT TO BRING
The following types of items should not be brought into the dorm: matches of any kind, drum sets, candles, oil lamps, incense, sun lamps, halogen lamps, cigarette lighters, flammable fluids or chemicals, microwaves, toaster ovens, grills, poppers, toasters, frying pans, and heating units. These items are subject to permanent confiscation and a $10.00 fine will be imposed. (Any other electrical appliances must be approved by the dean.)
In harmony with North Carolina state laws, fireworks and firecrackers are not allowed on campus at any time. These items are subject to a $25.00 fine and possible suspension.
TV’s, VCR’s, radios (or devices with radio access), video/computer games, DVDs or movies of any kind, unacceptable CD’s and tapes, pictures, reading matter, etc. will be confiscated. (Please note policy regarding personal listening devices.)
In order for the spirit of reverence to be maintained, students should come properly dressed for worship with a spirit of quietness and meditation. Attendance will be taken at all worship services.
The objective of Christian discipline is to help the student achieve true self-government. When it becomes necessary to correct behavior the Guidance Committee may use a variety of methods including campus-binding, supervised activity, suspension, reduction or loss of privileges, social-binding, etc. The administration reserves the right to question a student about his/her behavior or progress at any time without parental consent. A two-thirds majority vote of the staff is required to expel a student from school. The student and the student’s parents and/or pastor may attend the meeting before this decision is made.
Students often perceive all rules as moral issues when, in reality, there are at least three different categories of rules.
• Moral Standards, which tie directly to the Ten Commandments:
Dishonesty of any type
Unnatural and excessive make-up
Public display of affection
Faddish hair styles and clothes
• Rules because of safety and the number of people:
Leaving campus without permission
Limited town trips
When students understand the different nature of rules, they will see the need for all three types of rules in order for a school like Mount Pisgah Academy to operate smoothly, and will see the importance of cooperating in all three areas. It is very important that all parties involved -- students, parents, staff, and school constituents -- be moving in the same direction in relation to the basic policies and standards of the school.
We work to address infractions at the earliest stage to prevent any further problems by using a five-level write-up discipline system as follows:
Level 1 / Warning to student and letter to parents
Level 2 / Conference with an Administrator
Level 3 / Guidance Committee or conference with administration
Level 4 / Subject to suspension
Level 5 / Subject to expulsion
(Depending on the type or severity of the behavior the write up may be given a higher level at the discretion of Guidance Committee.)
In harmony with school policies, the following items should not be in a student’s possession at any time: weapons, knives of any kind, cigarette lighters, pornographic material, condoms, illegal substances, vaping paraphernalia, alcohol or tobacco products, “e-cigarettes” (or similar products), CD’s/Movies, etc. Possession of any such items may bring severe disciplinary action such as suspension or expulsion.
Mount Pisgah Academy views any act of vandalism as an act of defiance and/or destruction to the school and its values. Vandalism includes (but is not limited to) defacing property, entering locked or restricted buildings, removing screens, destroying property, writing on desks or building, etc. Students involved in a primary or accessory way to vandalism will be fined a minimum of $25 plus replacement/repair costs, and will be subject to further discipline.
Experience has taught that there are some practices which should not be permitted at Mount Pisgah Academy because they tend to break trust between people. Offense on the following points or willful violation of school regulations makes a student liable to serious discipline or to immediate dismissal from the school. Individual circumstances will be taken into account.
The use, possession, or supplying of any type of weapons (including, but not limited to, knives, guns, etc.), illegal drugs, or drug paraphernalia of any kind.
The use, possession, or supplying of materials identified with spiritualism, the occult, or pornographic in nature.
Unauthorized possession, use, or duplication of keys. There may also be a fine (up to $1500.00) because it may be necessary to re-key the building(s) involved.
Dishonesty in any phase of school life, including on or off campus theft, cheating on examinations or other class work, and unauthorized use of credit cards and/or school telephones.
Any type of improper sexual conduct, including: unauthorized presence in the dorm, exposing oneself (such as mooning, flashing, etc.), inappropriate touching or physical contact.
Termination from a campus or industry job.
Exhibiting mental instability and/or suicidal tendencies or attempting suicide.
Use, possession, or supplying of alcoholic beverages or tobacco in any form.
Gambling or betting and any associated gaming activity.
Vandalism (willful destruction) of any school property.
Attending or participating in questionable or inappropriate amusements during any time the school is responsible for the student.
Leaving campus without proper permission or falsifying a leave request.
Disrespect shown to any member of the staff, the community, or the student body, including conspiracy or participation in any act that injures, degrades, intimidates, or disgraces the person.
Hazing is illegal in the state of North Carolina and therefore not permitted on the campus of Mount Pisgah Academy. By definition, hazing is any action “to annoy any student by playing abusive or ridiculous tricks upon him, to frighten, scold, beat or harass him, or to subject him to personal indignity.” (Section 14.35 of the North Carolina Hazing Law). The law further stipulates that any student involved in hazing others must be expelled from school.
Any student involved in a prank that is intended to capitalize on the fear of a terrorist’s attack on a campus building, or the health or safety of a student and/or staff, is subject to dismissal.
The Guidance Committee may suspend a student accused of any criminal action until the case is resolved.
A student whose progress or conduct is unsatisfactory, or whose spirit, beliefs and/or attitude is out of harmony with the standards and principles of the school, or whose influence is found to be detrimental, may be dismissed at any time, although there may have been no specific violation of any regulations.
A student who has been asked to withdraw from school or has been suspended or dismissed may not return to the school campus for any reason for a minimum of one year without specific authorization by the school Steering Committee. Any student who is expelled or asked to withdraw from school will not be eligible for re-admission until they have completed a minimum of nine successful weeks in another school.
DRESS AND APPEARANCE/ GENERAL
We do not believe that there is necessarily a question of right or wrong involved with some of the different styles of dress and personal appearance. We do believe, however, that when one is connected with an organization such as ours, he/she takes it upon himself, the responsibility of presenting an accurate picture of that organization to all who observe. We expect our students to dress in a modest, orderly fashion and to take Christian ideals as their guide in dress.
Clothing should fit properly - no tight, baggy or oversized pants/skirts will be allowed. Clothing should cover all undergarments, for both boys and girls.
Clothing should not have slogans or symbols that are offensive or suggestive of a lifestyle out of harmony with Christian principles.
Appropriate attire will not include pajama style clothing or clothes that have frayed cuffs, holes, ripped, or have sewn-on patches.
Hats are not permitted in the ad building, classrooms, auditorium, and in all worship programs.
Appropriate, clean and neat footwear is required at all times when students are out of the dorm.
Hair must be neat and well-groomed, of a natural color, and not extreme in style.
All types of rings, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, including ornamental key chains, etc. . . are not to be worn. (Such items will be permanently confiscated and not returned.)
Body carving, displayed tattoos, inking, or body piercing is inappropriate at any time a student is enrolled at Mount Pisgah Academy.
The administration and staff reserve the right to interpret matters regarding all dress code. Students and parents are expected to respect and support dress code enforcement.
We expect our young men to dress in an orderly and sensible fashion and to take Christian ideals as their guide in dress. They should combine modesty, simplicity, and neatness. They should always seek to look their best.
Shirts are to be worn at all times when out of the dorm. Tank tops are not acceptable.
Hair should not hang in the eyes. Hair may extend below the collar but should be tied up while in class, vespers, Sabbath School, and church.
The girls of Mount Pisgah Academy are to be guided by the Christian principles of simplicity and modesty in their dress and should always look neat and clean.
Clothing should not be tight or form-fitting and sheer materials are to be avoided. Appropriate undergarments should be worn to maintain modesty and should not be exposed.
All dresses and skirts must be to the top of the knee, even if leggings or tights are worn underneath, and slits or openings in skirts or dresses should be modest.
Blouses and tops must be of sufficient length to cover the top button of pants or skirts when arms are raised. Girls should make sure that their sleeves, armholes and necklines are modest in cut and should be no lower than the parallel line from the top of both armpits, front and back. Modest sleeveless tops may be worn and should have at least a 2" width on the shoulders.
Cosmetics for the purpose of cleanliness are to be encouraged. However, those cosmetics which detract from the natural appearance and attractiveness of the individual are not to be used. Cosmetics such as lipstick, eye make up, and nail polishes, should enhance the natural beauty and not be extreme or excessive.
Only modest swim suits are to be worn and must be approved by the dean. Two piece tankini style suits may be worn only if the top is of sufficient length to cover the midriff area and meet the top edge of the swim suit bottom when arms are raised. Bikini or bare midriff style suits are not allowed, even if covered by a T-shirt.
All banquet attire must adhere to the above modesty guidelines including neckline and length. The exception is that banquet dresses may have a halter or spaghetti strap style. All young ladies must have all banquet dresses approved by the dress committee - No exceptions to this policy are accepted.
School Dress Code
Mount Pisgah Academy has established the following prescribed dress to be worn during designated times.
School uniforms are to be worn during class and whenever one is in the ad building, which includes the library and computer lab or Waller Hall classrooms. The uniform is also required for designated field trips and outings. If a student attends class out of uniform, he/she will be written up and asked to return to his/her dorm room (or office if village student) to change and will not be allowed back to class until properly attired. Students will have no more than 15 minutes to return to class.
Specific dress for weekend programming will be written on the weekend schedule or announced in the dorms. Students attending school programs will also be asked to change if their clothing is not appropriate.
Jobs requiring school uniforms to be worn include all office jobs, readers, and janitorial staff in the school building. Jobs not requiring school uniforms include dorm, cafeteria, and maintenance workers.
Shirts: Students must wear only the required shirt with the MPA school logo purchased through the school’s uniform company (order here). No shirts can be worn over the uniform shirt. Shirts must be buttoned, with no more than the top two buttons undone.
Pants/Shorts: Students are required to wear tan khaki or dark navy blue pants/shorts available through the school’s uniform company. Shorts must be of knee length. If purchased elsewhere, pants must be the exact same brand, color, style, fit, and appearance as our uniforms.
Skirts: Girls must wear only the required skirts purchased through the school’s uniform company. Skirts must be to the knee.
Jackets: Any jackets worn by students in the classroom must have full-button or full-zip fronts so that the uniform may be seen underneath. Hoodies will not be permitted as part of the school uniform unless it has a full zip front. This includes all MPA hoodies.
Shoes: Slippers, slides, and Crocs are not allowed as part of the school uniform.
Casual Wear (CW)
Jeans or shorts such as Bermuda/board shorts, are allowed. Both girls and guys shorts are to be no shorter than mid-thigh.
T-shirts and casual shirts (NO spaghetti straps or tank tops)
Vespers Attire (VA)
Full button down dress shirt (no polos)
Dress pants - no jeans or cargo pants
Casual or dress shoes and socks - no athletic wear
Ties or suit jackets are optional
Dresses, skirts, or dress pants and blouses
No school uniform pants
Dress shoes or sandals
Sabbath School/Church (CH)
Full button down dress shirt and tie (secular-themed ties are not to be worn)
Dress shoes and socks, no athletic shoes or sandals
Suit jackets are optional
Dresses or skirt and blouse. Dresses and skirts are to be to the knee in length.
No pants are allowed
Dress shoes or sandals
To our community students: We expect village students to follow the school dress code when attending any school sponsored activity, whether it is on or off campus, i.e. vespers, church, organizational trips, Saturday night activities, etc. . . (an exception to this would be if a village student is sitting with their parents in church). Please see the “This Week at MPA” for required dress for planned activities.
ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION
To receive a diploma from Mount Pisgah Academy, a student must be in attendance at least the last semester, taking no less than four credits from this school. All school work must be completed before the student will be permitted to receive a diploma. Students who meet criteria for “summer graduate” status may be allowed to march upon staff approval only. With Academic Standards approval, a student may take a maximum of up to two transfer credits to fulfill graduation requirements following the last semester in residence. The credits must be completed within six months following the last semester in residence.
A student who has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above through the first semester of his/her senior year will be graduated with recognition; those who have a grade point average of 3.5 or above will be graduated with honors; those maintaining a grade point average of 3.75 or above will be graduated with high honors.
A minimum of 21 credits are required for graduation. Graduation requirments are included on this link: Diplomas
Yearly Academic Progression
Mount Pisgah Academy uses the following yearly academic progression to determine which classes students should take each year. Some required classes may be taken any year but should be included as early as possible. Any cross-scheduling must be approved and will depend on the student’s work schedule. All efforts will be made to accommodate schedules for transfer students. The yearly academic progression can be viewed here.
The general policy of the Southern Union Conference is to require four years of education on the secondary level for graduation. Exception may be made to accommodate outstanding academic ability, as well as social and spiritual maturity.
1. A student who wishes to accelerate and graduate in three years must meet all the four-year graduation requirements.
2. Diplomas will be granted to students only when full graduation and curriculum requirements are met. The last two semester periods (two units) must be taken in residence.
3. A GPA of 3.5 and a composite score in the 85th percentile or above on TAP must be met at entrance into the program. A student will be dropped from the accelerated program at the end of the 1st semester of the accelerated year that he/she falls below a 3.25 GPA.
4. Application should be made in writing before the beginning of the sophomore year in order for the school to outline the student’s curriculum.
5. Initial approval must be made by the Academic Standards committee in writing when the program begins, with final approval for graduation to be made in writing at the beginning of the final year.
With the approval of the Academic Standards Committee, students may take classes on an audit basis. Class attendance is expected but examinations and reports may be omitted. With the approval of Academic Standards Committee, the student may change a class registration from audit to credit or from credit to audit only during the first three weeks of instruction. No credit is given for classes audited.
CHANGES IN CLASS SCHEDULE
After the first three weeks of a semester, a student must have approval from the Registrar and a parent to change his/her class program. After three weeks, a grade of Withdraw Pass or Withdraw Fail will be given for a class which is dropped. A class may not be dropped after nine weeks.
A well-adjusted, well-oriented, conscientious Christian student should be a good citizen of his/her country, community, home, and school. A good citizen is willing to observe sensible and reasonable regulations as matter of honor. Each student will receive a grade in citizenship based on Progressive Discipline records and Guidance Committee discipline.
To be eligible to join and continue in the Senior Class, the student must meet the following requirements:
1. By the end of the junior year a student must have 7 or less credits to complete.
2. Official transcripts from schools previously attended recorded in the registrar’s office before the student will be allowed to go on senior class trip.
Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen
To be eligible to join the junior, sophomore, or freshman class, the student must meet the following requirements:
1. Be taking enough class work to have earned at least 15, 10, or 5 required credits by the end of the junior, sophomore and freshman years respectively.
1. Official transcripts of previous work done in other schools must be recorded in the registrar’s office.
Any student desiring to take correspondence work, or summer school courses, must submit a written request to Academic Standards Committee prior to applying for such work. Except under unusual circumstances, permission will not be granted to take those courses that are offered in the school curriculum. Correspondence courses taken during the summer should be completed before registration at the beginning of the fall term. Students will not be admitted to a class standing to which such work would entitle them until the work is completed and a transcript is in the registrar’s office.
When due to unavoidable conflict in one’s program, a correspondence course is approved, it will count as a part of the regular class load. This applies also to approved independent study.
Recognizing the growth of interest in study by correspondence and the educational value of such study, the following standards have been adopted:
1. Under normal circumstances it is recommended that not more than six semester periods taken by correspondence be accepted as credit toward graduation. Additional correspondence study may be taken for enrichment purposes.
2. All correspondence study should have prior written approval of the school administration which is to be requested to accept the credit.
3. All correspondence tests can and should be supervised at Mount Pisgah Academy or an agreed upon church or church school during the school year.
CREDIT BY EXAMINATION
A student may, at the discretion of the Academic Standards Committee, take a proficiency examination in selected subjects. Academic credit will be given if the examination results are satisfactory to the committee. An examination fee may be charged.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE CREDIT
A student may receive credit in a foreign language by examination under the following conditions:
A student who by reason of nationality or previous experience suggests proficiency in the use of a foreign language may receive first year credit in this subject as a result of passing an approved proficiency test.
Second year credit may be granted to a student with further testing and with approval of the Academic Standards Committee in consultation with the teacher.
Grade reports are issued to parents or guardians and to students at the close of each school period of nine weeks. Progress reports are also posted to FACTS SIS, a secure website accessible by parents and students. All semester grades are recorded by the school on the student’s permanent record. Final semester grades are held until account has been cleared.
The letter system of grading is used:
A-: 90-92 A: 93-96 A+: 97-100
B-: 80-82 B: 83-86 B+: 87-89
C-: 70-72 C: 73-76 C+: 77-79
D-: 60-62 D: 63-66 D+: 67-69
FA-failure due to absences
Home schooled students must provide a portfolio showing what they have completed. The portfolio should include course outlines, a Course Verification Form, sample work, an explanation of how grades were determined, and final exams. Standardized test scores may also be included. A form, which can be obtained from the Registrar, must be completed showing textbooks or computer software programs used, number of days and minutes per week spent in class and grades given. Academic Standards Committee will review all records and determine acceptability of each course. Students may also be required to take proficiency tests in each high school subject they wish credit for, depending on the material presented in the portfolio. Southern Union policy requires a transcript from an accredited institution for grades to be included in the cumulative GPA. Unaccredited home school grades should not be computed in the GPA.
A system of honor points is used to determine a student’s general scholastic standing. Honor points for each unit of credit are given as follows: A=4.0, A-=3.7, B+=3.3, B=3.0, B-=2.7, C+=2.3, C=2.0, C-=1.7, D+=1.3, D=1.0, D-=.7, F-0. Honor cords, worn at graduation, are given based on a student’s cumulative Grade Point Average through the end of the first semester of the senior year.
A grade of “Incomplete” is given when, for legitimate reasons, the student is unable to do sufficient work in any given period to receive a satisfactory grade. Period and semester incompletes must be removed within two weeks after the period or semester has ended except by action of the Academic Standards Committee. If work is not made up at the end of the specified period, the registrar will request a grade from the teacher on the work completed.
Students may not take tests before the test is given to the entire class, even when granted permission to leave for a break early. Final tests must be taken before credit for the class will be given.
MINIMUM CLASS SIZE
Six is the smallest number of students for which a class will be offered except when such a class is necessary to meet graduation requirements, or at the discretion of the Academic Standards Committee.
Students who attend Mount Pisgah Academy and meet the level of academic risk of 2 or more F's, or a GPA less than 1.5 will be required to participate in our academic success program. Admission for the next school year will depend on the signing of an agreement by both student and parent/guardian. By signing the agreement, both the student and parents should understand taking steps to improve the student's grades should be a priority and not doing so may risk the student's future enrollment at Mount Pisgah Academy.
A minimum load includes at least 4 classes. Academic Standards Committee must grant permission for a student to take less than four, or more than six, classes per semester.
One transcript of credit will be issued without charge. A transcript will not be issued if the student has an unpaid account at the academy. Written requests are required for transcripts which are being sent to anyone other than an educational institution.
Mount Pisgah Academy seeks to help students be successful in school now and in jobs in the future by requiring regular attendance and punctuality. Progress in school and success in daily learning activities are directly related to a student’s presence in class. Tardiness occupationally jeopardizes employment, and absenteeism reduces productivity in the workplace.
Regular attendance at all appointments, including classes, study halls, assemblies, organization appointments, work appointments, chapels, dormitory worships, and weekend religious services are expected of every student.
Students must fill out class absence forms for any absence other than school-sponsored trips or doctor appointments and must turn these in to Steering Committee for approval before the absence.
Parents of village students should call the Registrar’s office (ex. 2203) to notify the school of illnesses or anytime their student will not be in class.
Routine dental or medical treatment should be arranged by parents for their child over breaks and/or weekends when the child is home.
An approved excuse for an absence does not relieve the student of the work assigned that day in class.
Excused absences are given only for the following events: Death in the family (3 days), sickness/medical emergency, doctor’s appointment (only excused on the day of the appointment and a doctor’s note on return to school. The note must be brought in within one week of the appointment), Pathfinder events, traffic (tardies only with
email or phone call/text from parents), and travel complication surrounding breaks (with an email from parents outlining issue and itinerary). Notification of the absence
must be given to the school office/administration one week prior to the absence or in the case of a sudden or unplanned absence, one week after returning to school. Students will be given three personal days per semester. A request for these days must be submitted to the Steering Committee for approval, on a completed Absence Request Form, seven days prior to the first date that classes will be missed. Any absences beyond the three personal days that are not in the categories above (automatically excused), will be counted as unexcused and school work/seat time will not be excused or made up for each class missed. If five unexcused absences are received for a class during a semester, the student will not receive credit for that class. If credit is not received for a class due to attendance, then the class will need to be retaken in its entirety to receive credit for the class (not eligible for credit recovery classes). Exceptions to this policy may be considered only in extreme emergencies.
Students who have an F in attendance are not allowed to be candidates for any school offices (e.g. SA offices, class and club offices).
Although the attendance grade is not included in the GPA, the attendance grade is recorded as a permanent grade on the student's transcript. Every student may not be capable of an A in every subject, but every student is capable of an A in attendance.
Every student will start the school year with 100 points. Unexcused absences and tardies will cause the following points to be deducted from the initial 100 points:
one unexcused tardy=1 point deduction
more than ten (10) minutes late, but attend at least half of the class =2 point deduction
one unexcused absence=3 point deduction
1 point deduction=one unexcused tardy to assembly
2 point deduction=one unexcused absence to assembly
Full or half-day events such as picnics and service days - 3 point deduction = one unexcused tardy; 9 point deduction = full day unexcused absences
1 point is added if the student has perfect attendance (no unexcused absences or tardies) for one week (total points will never exceed 100)
Students and parents should check FACTS SIS on a regular basis to see if there are errors that need to be corrected.
Attendance grades and the consequences for each grade level are as follows:
A (90-100 points) - Students who maintain an A throughout the quarters, semesters, and year will receive special recognition and rewards.
B (80-89 points) - A letter will be given to the student with a copy sent to the parent/guardian and dean, as well as a copy for the student’s permanent file.
C (70-79 points) - The student will be campus bound. The student may be removed from campus-binding if he/she has one week of perfect attendance and may remain off-campus-binding as long as perfect attendance is maintained or until he/she earns enough points to bring the grade to a ‘B.’ If perfect attendance is not maintained, the student will revert to ‘C’ level consequences. A letter will be given to the student with a copy sent to the parent/guardian and dean, as well as a copy for the student’s permanent file.
D (60-69 points) - The student will be called to Guidance Committee and be given a level 4 write-up (possibly subject to suspension). A letter will be given to the student with a copy sent to the parent/guardian and dean, as well as a copy for the student’s permanent file.
F (0-59 points) - A student who receives an F is asked to withdraw from school. Re-admittance will be by staff approval only; it is not automatic. A parent/student conference may be required. A $50.00 re-application fee will need to be paid by cash, check, or credit card, for the re-application process. In the event the student is re-accepted, the student’s attendance grade will be returned to the C level. If the student loses further points resulting in a second F, he/she will no longer be allowed to continue as a student and will not be considered for re-admittance for the remainder of the semester.
Because Mount Pisgah Academy believes that the ability to work and carry responsibility is as important as any other aspect of school life, students must work a minimum of two hours each day. Some jobs may require more hours and the student is expected to work as assigned. To remain in compliance with state and federal labor regulations, job assignments and hour requirements will be monitored and adjusted as needed.
There are numerous work opportunities available and every attempt will be made to place the student in the position of his/her choice. The work committee will distribute the labor force according to job availability and student financial need. All students are expected to earn at least .50 semester periods of work experience by fulfilling their assigned work program with a passing grade.
Job assignments will depend on the student’s age, experience, and work availability. The work will be supervised by experienced instructors whose help will not only lend dignity to work, but will give the student an opportunity to become proficient in his/her work. All job changes and terminations must be arranged through the work coordinator and the work committee. Unauthorized termination of a job will jeopardize the work grade and work experience credit. If a student is fired from a job he/she will receive an unsatisfactory work grade and no work experience credit given for the period worked on the job from which they were fired. An effort will be made to place the student in another job. A student that is terminated from a second job during the school year may be asked to withdraw from school.
The meeting of work appointments is required, and absences and tardinesses will be dealt with as part of the overall student program. If a student is unable to fulfill their work appointment, they should make personal arrangements with their supervisor.
All students will be issued a North Carolina work permit. A Federal I-9 form must be completed in accordance with state and federal laws. These forms are required before a student will be allowed to work. Social Security cards and Birth Certificates or Passports are required for all students and these should be presented no later than the day of registration. State and federal law requires that a student must be fourteen years of age before starting work at the academy.
All student labor is evaluated on a regular basis with a standard grading instrument. This grade, reported through the office of the work supervisor to the registrar on a quarterly basis, becomes part of the regular grade reporting system and is recorded on the permanent student record. This grade is included in the computation of the student’s grade point average.
Dormitory Assistant Housekeeping
Food Service Music Department
Grounds/Gardens Office Personnel
Teacher’s Assistant Plant Services
The basic rate of pay in the work experience program is determined by the school and represents only a part of the total benefits. Students will be paid at least minimum wage. Students who are given work must pledge to fulfill their work obligations through graduation weekend. Work appointments are provided for the purpose of defraying school expenses and for providing vocational experience and training. Students who work not only gain valuable experience, but also learn the value of education as it relates to both time and money. Work well done is a real means of character building and should be so regarded by the student worker.
LAST DAY OF WORK
Students are required to complete work assignments through Sunday of graduation weekend. A student must check with his/her work supervisor before determining when he/she may leave for the summer.
Christian education pays rewards from now through eternity. Nevertheless, enrolling in a Christian school is a significant commitment in the context of a family’s overall financial priorities. The school board and administration therefore understand it is imperative to keep the cost as low as possible. Mount Pisgah Academy strives to be within reach of all young people who wish to attend.
The following financial policies have been adopted and it has been found that strict adherence to these policies is in the best interest of both the student and the school:
1. The account for the previous year’s expenses at Mount Pisgah Academy must be settled before the student is permitted to enroll for the current school year. Any delinquent accounts remaining from brothers or sisters who attended Mount Pisgah Academy must be settled before another member of the family is admitted as a student.
2. In harmony with the policy established by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and the school operating board, no transcript or diploma will be issued until the student’s account is paid in full.
3. A student transferring from another school must, at the time of registration, present a statement showing that his/her account at the other school is fully paid.
4. The educational service that Mount Pisgah Academy provides is charged on a flat-rate basis through the tuition, dormitory and cafeteria costs. This method provides for a more consistent monthly charge and prevents money from being a factor in the decisions made regarding classes enrolled in, eating in the cafeteria and other school program choices. There are additional fees but these are generally for services outside the core program offered.
5. MPA has partnered with a tuition management company called FACTS Tuition payments as well as financial assistance applications will be managed through this entity. Financial information and arrangements will continue to be directed through the finance office at the academy.
Accident insurance is paid for in the entrance fee. This insurance covers student injuries while the student is under school care and school-sponsored activities. It does not cover hospital, clinic or doctor visits due to illness. Parents’ insurance is the primary coverage and will be billed first; school insurance is secondary.
When eating in the cafeteria, village students, visitors, parents, and family members are expected to have a meal ticket which can be purchased in the business office or in the cafeteria ($55.00 for 10 meals or $6.00 for one meal).
It is the purpose of Mt. Pisgah Academy and the Carolina Conference of Seventh-day Adventists to keep the school charges as low as is consistent with good business management. The school reserves the right to change the rates charged at any time in order to meet changing economic conditions.
DAMAGE TO SCHOOL PROPERTY
Students are liable for damage to school buildings or property. Payment for damage must be made in cash to the business office within two weeks. An additional charge for vandalism will be assessed in the minimum amount of $25.
No student should allow his/her account to get in arrears more than 45 days without making proper arrangements with the business office. Failure to do so may make it necessary for the student to drop classes until satisfactory arrangements are made. All accounts must be up-to-date before examinations are taken.
A student account two months behind will automatically suspend the student from the school unless suitable financial arrangements are made. Transcripts, credits and diplomas will be issued only to students whose accounts are paid in full, or arrangements made with the business office. Transcripts will not be released until the check clears the bank, or a certified check or cash is presented to the business office.
The entrance fee is not refundable regardless of how short a period the student is in school. It is also payable in full for all registrants, regardless of enrollment date. The entrance fee covers the following items: yearbook, school paper, Student Association, library, recreation, Saturday night programs, insurance, boys and girls clubs, guidance and testing materials and minor nursing services/medical supplies.
New students who turn in their application form by June 30 with a $100 non-refundable deposit, will receive a credit to their account for another matching $100.
ILLEGAL ENTRY OR EXIT
An incident involving unauthorized entry or exit to or from the school buildings is accompanied by a fine of $25.00. If items are missing or damage is sustained, the amount necessary to replace or repair will be added to the fine and these costs must be paid in cash to the business office within two weeks. Any illegal activities may be dealt with by the police department.
The estimated labor earnings as presented on the Financial Information sheet is not a promise or guarantee regarding the amount which the student will earn. This can be affected by the following: extent of the student’s involvement in school organizations, scheduled home leaves and open weekend leaves, work absences while on campus and other reasons.
Student employees will be paid for all hours worked at the Academy. Student employees may elect to have wages earned assigned directly to the student’s tuition account by completing a Student Job Wage Assignment Authorization form for each employer.
Students who enroll late but receive full credit will be required to pay full tuition. A full non-refundable entrance fee will be charged regardless of when a student enters school.
LENDING OF MONEY
Money will not be lent to students from the business office except in cases of serious emergency. Money for transportation, clothes, personal needs, etc. should be arranged for between parents and student before the time it is needed.
MULTIPLE STUDENT DISCOUNT
Village Students - A monthly 10% multi-student tuition discount will be applied to the second and each additional village student’s account when two or more students from the same family are enrolled at Mount Pisgah Academy.
Dorm Students - A monthly 15% multi-student tuition discount will be applied to the second and each additional dorm student’s account when two or more students from the same family are enrolled at Mount Pisgah Academy. Information regarding reduced discounts for denominational employees is available in the office.
Technology Fee/Books $350 per year
Cafeteria tickets (village students) $55 for 10 meals
or $6 for one meal
Private music lessons as arranged with teacher
Transportation Local (doctor, etc.) $7/trip
Transportation (Asheville airport) $15 /trip
Transportation (GSP airport) $35/ trip
Transportation (Home Leaves) actual cost varies
Other special travel $0.43 per mile
Medical supplies/prescriptions actual cost
Graduation Fee (Seniors Only) $100
ACT actual cost
SAT actual cost
Career Assessment CDP/CISS (Seniors Only) half of actual cost
Acrosports (Gymnastics Team) $235 per year
or as arranged
Band $75-$125 depending on cost of uniform
Choir $75-$125 depending on cost of uniform
Handbells $75-$125 depending on cost of uniform
College / Dual Credit Classes:
SAU & WAU (3-5 credits per class) Approx. $150 per credit hr
Single Occupancy Room $100 per month
Refrigerator $50 per year
Village Students/Visitors $5 per night
Students who may be absent for a period of time, but are allowed to make up work or receive full credit will be required to pay full tuition. In extreme circumstances, a refund of boarding charges may be allowed for extended absences, provided application is made at the business office immediately following such absences.
A room deposit of $100 is charged for each dormitory student. This deposit is included in the amount due at registration and is refundable at the end of the school year. If the student’s room key is not returned at the end of the year, a deposit will not be refunded. Any cost of repairs or cleaning that have to be done will be deducted from the deposit. If damages exceed the room/key deposit, additional charges will apply.
Worthy Student Scholarships. Students who cannot pay the full tuition fees may qualify for Worthy Student Scholarships after completing the Financial Assistance Application. The limited funding for this program comes from Mount Pisgah Academy alumni, the Carolina Conference, the Southern Union Conference, and other miscellaneous donors.
Students who receive these funds must:
Be a dorm student
Maintain a minimum 1.5 GPA
Earn at least a ‘C’ work grade
Maintain at least a ‘C’ citizenship grade