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The Forestdale Christian School family exists to show children Jesus, nurture their love for Him and others, teach them to think, and empower them to serve.
Christian education is Christ-centered. A likeness to Christ in character is the aim of Seventh-day Adventist education.
It is the endeavor of the Forestdale Christian School to provide the setting, the inducement, and the opportunity for the individual conversion-growth experience. It is the purpose of the school to assist the home and the church. Forestdale School stresses intellectual, physical and character development which can enhance a relationship with Jesus and promote service to God and man.
It is the purpose of the school to teach obedience to Christian principles. An atmosphere is provided in which the students may become acquainted with Jesus as the Christ. No religious test is required of any student upon entering. It is expected that all who present themselves for enrollment assert their respect and honor for the religious principles on which the school is founded.
As the Forestdale Christian School approaches the ideals expressed in the preceding philosophy, the following objectives and guidelines are paramount:
A. Religious Objectives
1. A student will be presented with Scripturally based philosophy and standards including virtues of kindness, unselfishness, patience, cooperation, etc.
2. Voluntary participation in church religious activities are encouraged.
3. Students should recognize the importance of private devotions.
4. Students will be offered an opportunity to establish / maintain a personal relationship with Christ.
B. Intellectual Objectives
Students will be encouraged to develop an intellectual excellence that portrays:
1. An understanding of God as Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer of mankind.
2. The ability to think independently.
3. A mastery of the use of the tools of learning.
4. An ability to cope with the practical problems of life.
C. Vocational Objectives
Students will be introduced to a positive work ethic and a sense of economic values by:
1. Participating in manual labor and other occupational activities provided by the school and church.
2. Striving for excellence in workmanship in assigned tasks.
3. Developing initiative, self-reliance, and reliability through work experience.
D. Social Objectives
Students will be assisted to develop Christ-like personalities and characters, and to:
1. Regard others as worthy of respect.
2. Manifest Christian attitudes of propriety and respect in all social relationships.
3. Consider other points of view.
4. Respect the property of others.
5. Exercise self-control and self-discipline.
6. Conduct social functions which adhere to Biblical principles.
E. Health Objectives
In order to maintain good health which is a balanced relationship between mind and body, students will learn to:
1. Exercise temperance and moderation in all aspects of life.
2. Enjoy wholesome outdoor recreation and daily physical activity.
3. Obtain adequate and regular rest.
4. Practice principles of nutrition.
5. Develop regular habits of cleanliness.
WHO MAY ATTEND
Forestdale Christian School is open to elementary students in grades Kindergarten to Eight who express and demonstrate a sincere desire for a Christian education. They must agree to abide by the rules of the school as listed in this handbook during all school related activities.
Attendance at Forestdale Christian School is a privilege and not a right. In order to safeguard the scholarship and moral atmosphere, the school board reserves the right to limit enrollment or to request the withdrawal of any student whose presence is deemed detrimental.
Every parent and student will be expected to be familiar with the school rules and regulations. Violation of them may forfeit one’s enrollment.
The school board highly recommends that the parents be the child’s teacher for the early years of his/her life. By school board vote, a child five years old by the first day of school may be accepted into Forestdale School. A child not yet five at the opening of school may be admitted if he/she turns five by October 15 and has at least an average Stanine score of five (5) or a Percentile rank of fifty (50) on their Readiness test.
All perspective Kindergarteners will be given a Readiness test. Parents will be advised as to the results of the testing and the recommendations of the teacher. These tests may be given in the spring. All students admitted will be accepted based upon school board approval.