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Student Handbook

2019 - 2020

"Opening Hearts, Opening Minds, Opening Doors"
Accredited by:
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
&
Commission on Accreditation
North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists

130 Tennessee Street, Redlands, CA  92373

Phone:  (909) 793-1000;  Fax:  (909) 793-9862

www.redlandsacademy.org

Redlands Adventist Academy is a Seventh-day Adventist Christian institution where the ultimate goal is to point students toward Christ.  To equip them to serve their school, church, and global communities, RAA dedicates itself to:

            Opening Hearts

RAA shares Christ as its primary mission in all aspects of education.  We believe that serving God gives us purpose, inspires a sense of identity and motivates us to serve our community.

            Opening Minds

RAA strives to build thinkers who create positive change.  We believe that all students have an equal opportunity to learn.  We are dedicated to meeting the individual needs of our students while inspiring them to be lifelong learners.

            Opening Doors

RAA seeks to ensure that students reach their full potential by empowering students with the knowledge and life skills to achieve their dreams and goals.

Redlands Adventist Academy is a coeducational day school providing education and learning for students in grades TK–12.  We are financially supported by the Southeastern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, local churches, tuition, and fundraising.  The school is accredited by the Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges & Universities and is evaluated regularly to determine its effectiveness in providing spiritual and educational opportunities for its students.  Redlands Adventist Academy is also fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Schools.

Redlands Adventist Academy admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  Redlands Adventist Academy makes no discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnic background, country of origin, or gender in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship, and extracurricular programs.

SPIRITUAL
 
A Redlands Adventist Academy student will be a positive growing Christian who:
  • Understands and respects Seventh-day Adventist beliefs.
  • Is given tools to develop a faith-based relationship with God.
  • Demonstrates personal integrity and exercises moral judgment.
  • Demonstrates compassion toward others.
MENTAL
 
A Redlands Adventist Academy student becomes a lifelong learner who:
  • Demonstrates competency in all subject areas.
  • Gains effective communication and technological skills.
  • Applies critical thinking and problem solving skills to everyday life.
  • Exhibits an appreciation for and develops skills in applied and fine arts.
PHYSICAL
 
A Redlands Adventist Academy student is an individual who:
  • Has a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
  • Takes responsibility for the management of his/her own personal health.
  • Uses the skills provided to develop a program of lifelong fitness.
COMMUNITY
 
A Redlands Adventist Academy student is a responsible and productive citizen who:
  • Contributes time, energy and talents to improving the quality of life in his/her family, school, local, and global communities.
  • Values the mutual relationship of all life and is a good steward of the environment.
  • Respects diversity and seeks to understand others’ views, beliefs and cultures.
  • Works cooperatively with others in group and team activities.
In order for students to successfully complete the school program at Redlands Adventist Academy, it is important that parents accept certain responsibilities as part of their child’s enrollment.
 
Parents will:
  • Know and understand the attendance policy.  For any absence or tardiness parents are to call the Administration office or leave a message on the Attendance Hotline (dial 909-793-1000, follow prompt to Attendance Hotline).
  • Attend all parent/teacher conferences and generally keep teachers informed of changes in their child’s home environment.
  • Attend school functions, especially those in which their child has a part.
  • For the safety of their student, parents must drop off and/or pick up their child no earlier or later than times specified for school, co-curricular or extracurricular activities.  RAA cannot assume responsibility for students who are left on campus after the designated pick-up time.
  • Be aware of their student’s current academic standing by utilizing FACTS SIS (RenWeb).
  • Be supportive of staff, teachers, and Administration in upholding school policies and classroom guidelines.
Teachers will:
  • Update grades on a bi-weekly basis.
  • Respond to parents’ communications in a timely manner.
  • Challenge and encourage students to achieve their highest potential.
  • Create a safe and harassment-free environment.
  • Treat students fairly and respectfully.
  • Suggest practical ways parents can aid in their child’s academic development.
Students will:
  • Abide by the guidelines and expectations in the student handbook.
  • Treat staff and students with respect.
  • Come to school prepared to learn.
  • Commit to applying themselves to their personal academic success.
Operating Hours (Start of School and Dismissal times)
 
Office 
Monday – Thursday: 7:45 am — 4:00 pm
Friday: 7:45 am — 1:00 pm
 
Elementary Grades K-2
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 am — 2:30 pm
Friday: 8:00 am — 12:00 pm
 
Elementary Grades 3-4
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 am — 2:45 pm
Friday: 8:00 am — 12:15 pm
 
Elementary Grades 5-6
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 am — 3:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am — 12:30 pm
 
Junior High
Monday – Thursday: 7:30 am — 2:40 pm
Friday: 8:00 am — 12:30 pm
 
High School
Monday – Thursday: 7:15 am — 2:40 pm
Friday: 8:00 am — 12:30 pm
 
KidsCare
Monday – Friday: 6:30 am — 7:30 am
Monday – Thursday: 2:45 pm — 6:00 pm
Friday: 12:00 pm — 4:00 pm

 

Family/Student Pick-up Times

In order to ensure that student pick-up is accomplished in an effective and safe manner, it is requested that families pick up all their children at one time, based upon the grade of the oldest student in the family.

Dismissal Times

*All TK-6 students not picked up from the bleachers by their families’ pick-up time will be signed in to KidsCare until picked up by a parent/guardian or adult on the authorized pick-up list.  TK-6 students may not be released to siblings/minors in order to watch athletic games or practices, or wait to be picked up.  KidsCare is not available for grades 7-12.

 

Supervision

Supervision is available on campus starting at 7:30 am for grades TK-12.  Supervision for grades 7-12 ends at 3:45 pm Monday through Thursday, and at 1:00 pm on Friday.  Students in grades TK-6 who remain on campus after 3:15pm Monday through Thursday, and after 1:00 pm on Friday will be admitted into KidsCare.  (See the Operating Hours schedule above.)  At that time, KidsCare charges will apply.

 

Siblings Leaving Campus Together at the End of School

Older students who will be walking or riding bikes home with younger siblings, but who will not be leaving campus immediately after school, may pick up their sibling(s) at KidsCare when ready to leave campus.  Written permission by a parent/guardian granting students permission to walk, ride bikes, or be driven home by a sibling must be on file in the Administration office.

 

Leaving Campus During the School Day

Signing Students Out

RAA is a closed campus.  As such, students are expected to stay on campus during the school day unless they are signed out by an authorized adult.  Authorized adults are individuals specifically designated, in writing, by the student’s parent or guardian.  RAA faculty and staff are not authorized to take students off campus unless it is for a school-approved activity for which a parent consent and permission form is required.  Students with prior written permission may drive a sibling to and from school. 

High School Students Only

Some high school students (primarily juniors and seniors) may not have 6th or 7th period classes.  In this case, with written permission from a parent/guardian, a student with no class(es) at the end of the day may sign themselves out in the Administration office at the conclusion of their last class.  This applies to students who drive themselves to and from school, or who are dropped off and picked up by an authorized adult.  In the event that a student with permission to leave early becomes ill or has a medical appointment to attend and must leave prior to their agreed-upon departure time, a parent/guardian will be contacted to grant permission for the student to leave campus.

Driving Privileges

Being that RAA is a closed campus, students are not allowed to drive themselves off campus during school hours, including lunch time, unless the Administration office receives written parental permission for a specific appointment; if this is the case, the student must be sure to check out at the Administration office.

The following requirements are to be followed by student drivers in order to operate a vehicle for the purpose of transportation to and from school:

  1. Students must have a current valid driver’s license.
  2. Students must register their vehicles with the Administration office as follows:
    • Submit a completed Vehicle Registration Form available at the Administration office.  A parent’s signature is required.
    • Provide Driver’s License and Proof of Insurance to the Administration office.
    • Students are issued parking permits to be affixed to the rear windows of each registered vehicle.
  3. Student vehicles are to be locked at all times and parked only as follows:
    • Students may park in the Student and Faculty parking lot closest to the baseball field and Kindergarten building.
    • Students may park on the street in front of the school if space is not available in the Student and Faculty parking lot.
    • Students are not permitted to park in any parking spaces with specific designations (visitors, school staff, etc.) 
    • RAA assumes no responsibility for vehicles parked on or off campus.  Students have the option of taking alternative transportation to and from school including, but not limited to, parents dropping them off at school, arranging a ride with another family with parental approval, walking, or riding a bike.
  4. Students may not leave campus in a vehicle without parental consent.  (Forms are available at the Administration office.)
  5. Students are expected to follow all of the applicable state driving laws including age restrictions for driving other people.  Student drivers are not permitted to take other students off-campus during school hours, after school or on school-sponsored outings and events.
  6. Vehicles are to be operated by their designated drivers only.
  7. Students are to operate vehicles in a safe and legal manner at all times.
  8. Students are not to be loitering in the parking area during school hours.

Repeated violations of the requirements above may result in the vehicle being towed at the student’s expense.

 

Students may have their driving privileges revoked for any of the following:

  1. Leaving campus without permission
  2. Violation of a traffic law or parking requirement
  3. Excessive speeding on or off-campus
  4. Transporting unauthorized individuals
  5. Transporting or storing contraband items or materials

The RAA Administration also reserves the right to revoke a student’s driving privilege for reasons not listed above. 

Skateboards, etc.

Skateboards, roller skates, roller blades or scooters are not to be used on campus at any time.  If used for transportation, it must be turned in to the teacher/sponsor until the student is ready to leave campus.

Transportation to and from School-sponsored Functions

Students are required to use school transportation to school-sponsored functions when the school provides transportation.  For a school function where transportation is not provided, the school assumes no responsibility for the students except while they are in attendance at the function.

Telephone

Except in cases of EMERGENCY, students and teachers are NOT to be called during class.  In order to maximize the use of instructional time, calls to the Administration office with requests to deliver messages to students should be made only in case of an emergency.

Lockers and Student Belongings

Junior and senior high school students are provided with lockers for their convenience and for the safety of their personal belongings.  The school assumes no responsibility for damage to or loss of personal property left on school premises.  Students should take the following precautions:

  1. Keep lockers locked at all times.
  2. Do not give any locker combination out to another person.
  3. Report any theft or damage to prevent further loss.
  4. Administration reserves the right to inspect the contents of lockers without prior notice to the student.

Library Procedures

Library books are loaned out for a period of one week.  Any material taken from the library must be checked out by the Librarian.  Items not returned will result in a charge to the student for the value of the item based on the designated vendor’s cost.

Class Parties

Parents wishing to plan a party for their child on campus and during school hours must first clear all plans with the classroom teacher.  Each teacher has the discretion to set policies and limits on individual celebrations.

Visitors

Should a student wish to bring a visitor to school or to a school-sponsored function, other than those to which the public is invited, the following guidelines apply:

  1. Students wishing to bring visitors on campus must submit a written request which must be approved by Administration at least one full day before the visitor arrives on campus.  A visitor’s pass must be obtained from the Administration office.
  2. Students may have a visitor a maximum of two days per year unless special arrangements are made.
  3. Visitors must comply with all dress code and conduct guidelines of the school.
  4. Visitor requests will not be processed/approved for the week prior to any major holiday, during testing weeks or the final three weeks of school.
  5. Students on probation will not be allowed visitors.

RAA reserves the right to restrict visitors from campus.  As a courtesy to the teachers and students, interaction between the visitors, teachers or students should take place after class time or at a designated time by the teacher.

Educational Field Trips

Field trips are a fun way to give students a hands-on experience outside the classroom while enabling them to interact with their community.  Here at RAA, our field trips will connect the learner’s experience to what is being taught in class.

Properly supervised and planned educational field trips are an important part of our instructional program.  We will endeavor to give students and parents adequate notice via the school calendar and weekly email reminders.  A signed permission form from a parent or guardian is required for student participation in all field trips.  In order to provide the best learning environment for our students, all parents (chaperones) participating in a school-sponsored field trip must follow these rules and expectations:

  1. The appropriate clearance/background check is required prior to participation in a school activity.  (Please see Volunteer section for more information.)
  2. Chaperones who provide transportation must meet insurance requirements, including providing a copy of current insurance showing the amount of liability, completing a transportation information form, and submitting a copy of driver’s license to the Administration office.
  3. No siblings or other relatives are allowed on field trips.  (The only exception to this is for Kindergarten field trips.)  Parents who go as chaperones need to concentrate on the supervision of their assigned students and not be distracted.  Each teacher will have specific instructions or responsibilities assigned to the chaperones for that particular field trip.  (Please keep in mind that guidelines established by the sponsors during the trip will be regarded equally with those set prior to the trip.)
  4. Adult chaperones will stay with and monitor assigned students for the entire trip.
  5. Students are expected to avoid associating with strangers with or without a chaperone.
  6. If bus transportation is used, all chaperones must travel with the whole group and not drive their own vehicles, unless asked by the teacher for a specific purpose.
  7. Chaperones are expected to adhere to the expectations of the school or teacher during the field trip.
  8. Volunteer drivers are not to make any unplanned stops (restaurants, etc.).
Volunteers

Anyone wishing to volunteer at RAA must complete the appropriate background checks and abide by the volunteer guidelines as outlined in the School Volunteer Commitment Form.  Parents should keep in mind that teachers have the discretion to determine dates and times for volunteers in their classrooms.

Volunteer Driver/Chaperone and Occasional Classroom Volunteer Requirements:

  • Must be 21 years of age
  • Receive a Sterling Volunteers packet of instructions and forms from the Sterling Volunteers Coordinator in the Administration office
  • Complete the Sterling Volunteers online volunteer orientation (once every 2 years)
  • Complete a background check as designated by the SECC Office of Education (once every 2 years)
  • Complete and submit the SECC Volunteer Commitment and Volunteer Transportation Information forms to the Sterling Volunteers Coordinator in the Administration office (every year)
  • Provide a copy of current proof of car insurance (every year)
  • Private vehicles must carry at least California's required minimum insurance which is 15,000/$30,000/$5,000. However, it is strongly recommended that private vehicles carry at least $100,000/$300,000/$50,000 and preferably $250,000/$500,000/$50,000.
  • Have a good record of safe driving
  • Understand that, in the event of an accident, the vehicle owner’s/driver’s auto insurance is “primary” and Adventist Risk Management insurance will provide coverage for that which is not covered by the primary insurance.  This will be made available once the vehicle owner/driver has filed a claim with their primary insurance company.
  • There is no cost for parents or legal guardians to process the volunteer screening.  Individuals who are not parents or legal guardians of RAA students must pay $18 at the same time the paperwork is submitted to the Sterling Volunteers Coordinator.

Extended Classroom Volunteer, Overnight Trip Chaperone and Volunteer Coach Requirements:

  • Complete all of the above required to be a Volunteer Driver/Chaperone or Occasional Classroom Volunteer
  • Receive a Live Scan fingerprint/Department of Justice packet from the Sterling Volunteers Coordinator
  • Complete the Live Scan background check, paying the fee to do so (which will vary based on location)
  • Tuberculosis Test – must have on file with the school a certificate showing that within the last four years the person has been examined and has been found to be free of communicable tuberculosis.
  • (California Health and Safety Code 121540).  Parents/guardians pay all fees related to receiving the TB screening.

Special Permission to Leave Early/Stay Late on a Field Trip

On certain field trips bus transportation is provided to and from RAA.  While on campus, on the bus, at the field trip and until returned to RAA, students are in the care of RAA.  Occasionally, parents/guardians desiring to attend the field trip may drive their own vehicles for the purpose of leaving the field trip early or staying late with their students.  In this case, a special permission slip must be completed prior to the field trip which releases students into the care of their parents/guardians.  Without this permission granted in advance, students are required to remain with RAA from the start of the day until their return to RAA via bus transportation.

Access to and Transfer of Student Records

Redlands Adventist Academy is a private religious school that does not accept federal funds.  As such, it is not subject to the provision of the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  However, student records will only be available and accessible to authorized personnel, the student or the parent/guardian.

Access

Student records are legal documents which are kept in a secure location.  These documents include attendance records, report cards, cumulative folder history, behavioral notations, and health documents.  Access to student records is available through and managed by the Administration office.  Parents are legally allowed to have copies made of their child’s school records.

Transfer

School records are transferred to other schools upon “school to school” request.  Student records may not be taken by hand to another school.  All student records are transferred to other schools upon an official notification from an educational institution via mail, school fax, or email.

Custody Disputes

When there is a court document outlining custody arrangements, a copy should be provided to the school.  The school will abide by the specifications of such a document.  The school will remain as neutral as possible in any custody dispute.  In any legal dispute between parents, school personnel will be provided a copy of the court judgment.

 

Student Health

Maintaining a healthy learning environment is critical to every school.  Students learn best when they are healthy and strong.  We request that parents ensure that their students are feeling healthy and free from illness before bringing them to school.  Students must stay home from school if they exhibit any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Stiff neck or headache with fever
  • Any rash with or without fever
  • Unusual behavior change, such as irritability, lethargy, or somnolence (a state of strong desire for sleep, or sleeping for unusually long periods)
  • Jaundice (yellow color of skin or eyes)
  • Diarrhea (3 or more watery or loose stools in one day with or without fever)
  • Skin lesions that are “weepy” (fluid or pus-filled)
  • Colored drainage from eyes or ears
  • Brown/green drainage from nose with fever or complaints of illness
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Legitimate symptoms or complaints that prevent the student from participating in his/her usual school activities with or without the presence of fever
  • A need for more care than the school staff can safely provide
  • Any other health conditions not listed will be addressed based on SECC and/or state health policy

Student Medical Conditions

It is the responsibility of the parents to inform the school if their child has any medical conditions which may warrant more attention (allergies, chronic illnesses or any physical limitations).  It is prudent for parents to meet with a school administrator to inform them of student medical needs and any special medical instructions.

Medication Administration

According to Southeastern California Conference guidelines, school personnel are not to diagnose any health condition or give any internal medications, except as indicated below.  In addition, school personnel may not apply any external ointments, antibiotics or any similar first aid cream to cuts or scrapes.  If a student receives such an injury on campus, school personnel will thoroughly clean the injury with warm water and cover it with an adhesive strip.

Any student who is required to take medication during the regular school day, as prescribed by a physician, may be assisted by school personnel if the school has the following information on file:

  1. A written statement from the physician detailing the method, amount, and the time schedule by which such medication is to be taken.  (The medication must be in the original prescription container.)  Please request a form from the Administration Office.
  2. School personnel are not authorized to administer any over-the-counter medications.  Any condition that would keep a child from participating in a school activity, such as physical education, must have a written directive from a physician outlining restrictive behavior or limitations.
Emergency/Disaster Plan

Redlands Adventist Academy has implemented a plan for major emergency situations including earthquake preparedness.  Our school has formulated a site plan that incorporates conference procedures.  Staff members are organized to address emergency contingencies including first aid and search and rescue.  Also, emergency supplies at RAA include:  Emergency water supplies, first aid kits, sanitation supplies, auxiliary lighting systems and batteries, food supplies for 72 hours, blankets, bedding, tents and shelter.

In the event of an emergency please encourage your child to remain calm while waiting for you to pick him/her up.

RAA Emergency Procedures:

  1. The school will communicate via FACTS SIS (RenWeb) text messaging.  Please DO NOT telephone the school.  While we do understand your concern, all telephone lines may be needed for emergency communication.  Furthermore, all staff members will be engaged in keeping students safe and reuniting them with their families in an expedient manner.
  2. The school will notify you via an automated FACTS SIS (RenWeb) call or text if the students will be dismissed at an unusual time, or if the students have been moved to another location.
  3. Redlands Adventist Academy’s off-site evacuation center is located directly across the street at Arrowhead Christian Academy (ACA).  Their address is 105 Tennessee Street.
  4. In case of a citywide disaster, tune to local radio station KSGN 89.7 FM to obtain further information.
  5. Staff members in charge of student release will retain students on campus until you or your designee can come for them.
  6. Students will only be released to the adults listed on their Authorized Pick-up List.  (Forms to make additions/changes are available in the Administration office.)
  7. During a lockdown situation remain calm and be assured that we will do all that we can to keep all of the students safe.

Hazardous Materials

Hazardous chemicals and other toxic materials can be found in certain areas of the school.  RAA may have some materials known by the state of California to be potentially harmful.  Please be assured that the school properly manages all of these materials.

 

Redlands Adventist Academy (RAA) is a TK-12 school operated by the Southeastern California Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists.  RAA admits students of any race, color, nation, ethnic origin or religion to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

RAA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin or religion, in administration of its educational policies, scholarship, and other school-administered programs.

No religious test is required of any student upon entering Redlands Adventist Academy, but it is expected that all who apply for admissions will assert, respect, and honor the religious principles on which the school is founded.

 

Admissions Process

Application

An application for admission to Redlands Adventist Academy may be found on our school website:

  • Go to www.redlandsacademy.org
  • Click on ADMISSIONS; follow instructions

A non-refundable registration deposit is required for new students when the application is submitted.  Applications are considered complete when the following items have been submitted online, by mail, or in person:

  • Student Application
  • Copy of the most recent Report Card
  • Copy of the most recent Standardized Test Scores
  • Copy of the Birth Certificate*
  • Student Immunization Records
  • Teacher Recommendation Form
  • An interview with the Principal or Vice-Principal is required for grades 5-12

*All students, domestic or international, may not reach 20 years of age prior to the date of graduation.  A petition for exception may be submitted to Administration.

Medical Requirements (All Students)

As a school, we require that all of our students be medically cleared and up-to-date with their immunization requirements before beginning the new school year.  We appreciate and thank our families in advance for their cooperation and understanding regarding the health and safety of our students.

The state of California requires that all students be immunized before entering a California school, public or private, Transitional Kindergarten through 12th grade.  A report of immunization is to be submitted as a part of the registration process.

Physical Examination and Tuberculosis Screening (New Students)

  • A physical examination and a Tuberculosis screening are required for all new students.  A Tuberculosis screening and clearance by a health care provider dated within 12 months prior to school entry will meet health requirements.  (If the results are positive, further documentation of a physician’s examination must include a scoliosis exam.)
TK-12 Immunization Requirements

All TK-12 Students (new admissions and transfers for all grades) are required to have the following immunizations in order to be admitted (click the link below):

Parents' Guide to Immunizations 

 

International Student Admissions Requirements
  1. The student must demonstrate a proficiency of English by a personal interview and/or TOEFL test score of 80.
  2. An international student must have a guardian on the United States mainland.  The name, address and telephone number must be sent in with the application.
  3. An official copy of transcripts and school credits for all grades from 9th grade and onward must be sent to RAA.  If the transcript is not in English, it must be translated into English before submitting.
  4. A current immunization record, including infant records, and also a TB skin test result, must be sent to the school.  A physical exam must be completed by a physician and sent to the school.
  5. Personal reference forms should be completed and returned to the school.
  6. Must provide proof of health insurance coverage.
  7. In order to meet deadlines for visas, passports, and customs processing, prospective students should apply for admission by May 31 for fall entrance.
  8. Each student must pay the I-20 processing fee of $350.
  9. Each student must complete an International Student Application as well as the RAA application.
  10. The full year’s tuition and any applicable fees must be paid before the issuance of the I-20 visa.

Admissions Decisions

Each new application to Redlands Adventist Academy is carefully reviewed by Administration.  Screening and final selections are based on academic performance, behavioral history, assessment results, the willingness of the student’s parents to participate actively in the educational process of their child and the ability of Redlands Adventist Academy to meet the educational needs and development of the student.

Redlands Adventist Academy reserves the right to refuse acceptance at any stage of the admissions process, provided the decision is in accordance with the non-discrimination policy noted in this handbook.  Any questions concerning the outcome of the application should be placed in writing and be addressed to the Registrar.

Kindergarten Entrance Age Requirements

Students entering kindergarten must be five (5) years old by September 1st.  Students entering TK must be five (5) years old by December 1st.  When it is in the best interest of the student or the school, Redlands Adventist Academy reserves the right to deny admission to a student.

Home School Applicants

When a student has not been enrolled in a regular school program, Redlands Adventist Academy reserves the right to make appropriate grade placement in consultation with parents, taking into consideration the following factors:

  1. Chronological age
  2. Emotional, physical, and social readiness
  3. Scholastic achievement as determined by:
    • Standardized achievement test scores
    • Teacher evaluation of academic readiness including an interview to assess the student’s ability to reason and express ideas logically
    • Documentation of academic progress

Special Enrollment/Part-Time Students (Grades 7-12)

Home school students in grades 7-12 may enroll for up to two classes.  A high school student enrolled in sports must enroll in additional academic classes to meet the CIF requirement of 20 credits per semester.  Refer to the financial brochure for information on costs related to enrollment.  The application process must be completed prior to enrollment.  The following guidelines apply to special enrollment students:

  1. Course requests will be considered based on availability after full-time students have been scheduled.
  2. Students must enroll in back-to-back classes.
  3. Students must be picked up promptly at the end of each class as no supervision will be provided beyond class time.
  4. Students may participate in SA and ASB activities.
  5. Students may not participate in class trips or overnight trips unless the trip is directly connected to the academic class in which they are enrolled.
  6. If a student is going on an overnight Junior High trip, a parent must be able to attend with his/her child.

Acceleration/Retention of Incoming Students

It is not the policy of Redlands Adventist Academy to recommend either acceleration or retention for any child who is not currently a student of Redlands Adventist Academy.  This would include children entering from another private or public school.  However, when it is believed that either action is the most beneficial course for a child, Administration will make a recommendation for student placement.

Redlands Adventist Academy follows the directives of the Education Code of the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists which states that the following factors are to be considered in grade or level placement:

  1. Chronological age
  2. Emotional, physical and social development
  3. Teacher evaluation of academic progress

In addition, the Redlands Adventist Academy policy for acceleration requires the following:

  1. A student must be in attendance at Redlands Adventist Academy for at least one semester before the acceleration process may be initiated.
  2. A student’s standardized test scores in each test area must be above the 90th percentile ranking.
  3. A written recommendation must be submitted by the student’s last teacher.
  4. A student must have maintained a 3.5 GPA for the previous two years.

Other considerations will include:

  1. The ability of the child to work independently or in groups and to follow specific directions for completion of coursework during class time.
  2. Class size of the grade requested will be reviewed.

 

 

Proficiency Requirements

Prior to 12th grade graduation, each student must demonstrate a proficiency level of 9th grade (9.0) in mathematics, reading and language as demonstrated by the results of the Iowa Assessment.

Standardized Testing

The Iowa Assessment is administered during September of each school year for grades 3-11.  Results are given to parents at parent-teacher conferences in November for grades 3-8.  Results are sent by mail to parents of students in grades 9-11.

Grading

Students’ grades are based on percentages.  Teachers will inform students and parents of the grading scale used in their classes.

Grade Percentages Scale

93 - 100 ♦ A

90 – 92 ♦ A-

87 – 89 ♦ B+

83 – 86 ♦ B

80 – 82 ♦ B-

77 – 79 ♦ C+

73 – 76 ♦ C

70 – 72 ♦ C-

67 – 69 ♦ D+

63 – 66 ♦ D

60 – 62 ♦ D-

0 – 59 ♦ F

Grade point averages are based on the following scale:

                A                             4.0                          Superior

                A-                            3.7

                B+                           3.3

                B                             3.0                          Above average

                B-                            2.7

                C+                           2.3

                C                              2.0                          Average

                C-                            1.7

                D+                           1.3

                D                             1.0                          Below average

                D-                            0.7

                F                              0.0                          Failing

Advanced Placement (AP) classes are based on the following GPA scale:

                A = 5                      B = 4                       C = 3

 

Grade Level Designation

A student must have earned a minimum number of credits in order to move onto the next grade level.

Freshmen

Students who have completed the 8th grade

Sophomores

Students who have completed one year of high school with a minimum of 60 semester periods of credit

Juniors

Students who have completed two years of high school with a minimum of 120 semester periods of credit

Seniors

Students who have completed three years of high school with a minimum of 180 semester periods of credit and can schedule the courses required for graduation

Advanced Placement Policy

All students enrolled in an AP class are required to take the AP exam.  A fee will be charged to the student.

Honor Roll

In order for students to qualify for the honor roll the student must be enrolled as a full-time student and is required to have the following grade point averages:

Honor Roll: 3.0 - 3.49

High Honors: 3.5 - 3.75

Highest Honors: 3.76 - 4.0

Official Student Transcripts

To obtain an official transcript, or to have one sent, you must complete and sign a Transcript Request Form or email the Registrar.  This form is available on the RAA website:

Transcript Request

Unofficial Student Transcripts

RAA may automatically send unofficial senior student transcripts to La Sierra University, Pacific Union College, Walla Walla University, and Southern Adventist University as is common practice for academies in the Pacific Union Conference.  If a student or parent desires that their transcript not be automatically sent, please make this request to the Registrar and the request will be honored.

 

Academic Probation Policy

A student may be placed on a designated probation for a period of time.  He/she will be closely monitored by the Principal/Vice-Principal and his/her teacher(s) during this period.  Working closely with the parents to encourage the student to excel in needed areas will ensure an enjoyable school year.

 

Academic Warning
Grades 3-12

Academic Warning is a designation for students whose grades show two Ds, one or more Fs, or a GPA that falls under a 2.0 at the quarter grading periods.

A student who earns two Ds or one F at the quarter will be placed on Academic Warning for the next quarter.

Academic Warning requires a student to:

  • Attend a meeting with a parent, teacher (grades 3-6), and the Registrar/Counselor at the beginning of the probationary term.
  • Meet with the Registrar/Counselor regularly to review the student’s online grades, discuss current academic standing, and to develop an academic plan for successful improvement.

Academic Warning students may not participate in sports and co-curricular activities.

 

Academic Probation

Grades 7-12

Academic Probation is a designation for students whose grades show two Ds, one or more Fs, or a GPA that falls under a 2.0 at the end of two consecutive quarter grading periods or the end of the semester.  Any student with two or more Fs is automatically placed on Academic Probation.

A student on Academic Probation must complete the same requirements as Academic Warning.  Students on Academic Probation may not participate in athletics or co-curricular activities.  Any student who wishes to attend an RAA school-sponsored activity while on Academic Probation is required to write a letter to the Administrative Committee.  This letter should include the activity the student is attempting to attend and what progress he/she is making toward improving his/her grades.  This letter should be submitted at least one week prior to the activity.

The final decision as to whether a student will be allowed to continue as an RAA student after being placed on Academic Probation for two consecutive quarters will be made by the Administrative Committee.

Parents will be notified of a student’s placement on Academic Warning or Academic Probation by a letter from the Registrar/Counselor.

The Registrar/Counselor will meet with students who receive multiple Ds or an F in any course to devise a plan for making up the course.

Dropping or Adding a Class

In order for a student to drop or add a class:

1.  The student should attend the old class until the Class Schedule Change form (available from the Registrar) has been completed by the student and parent/guardian, and has been signed by the Registrar.

2.  The student should not attend the new class until the Class Schedule Change form has been completed by the student and parent/guardian, and has been signed by the Registrar.

3.  The student may drop a class during the first four (4) weeks of a semester without any record on their transcript.

4.  The student may drop a class up to two (2) days after quarter grades are posted for 1st and 3rd quarters and receive a "W" (Withdrawn) on their transcript.

5.  Classes dropped after that time will result in the student receiving a "WF" (Withdrawn/Fail) on their transcript.

Classes Repeated

A student may repeat a class to improve his/her grade.  Both classes will be recorded on the transcript.  The better grade will be the only one figured in the GPA calculation.

Incompletes

A student may receive an Incomplete (I) in a subject because of illness or at a teacher’s discretion.  If a student has not been able to turn in sufficient work to merit a grade, the work must be completed by the end of the next grading period.  If the work is not completed within this time limit, the “Incomplete” automatically becomes an “F”.

Off-Campus Classes/Correspondence

Core classes required for graduation must be taken on campus.  Certain electives or foreign language classes are permitted to be done online or by correspondence through an approved accredited school and you must show proof of enrollment by the first day of the semester.  This must be approved through Administration prior to the start of the semester.  The student is responsible to submit the transcript from said school to receive credit from RAA.

FACTS SIS (RenWeb)

FACTS SIS (RenWeb) is a secure online communication tool designed to assist parents, students, and teachers with sharing school information.  Participants will be given directions to obtain a password and then have access to information related to their classes:  progress reports, assignment information, and much more.  In addition to academic information, FACTS SIS (RenWeb) is the tool providing the latest in calendar and event information.  Activation instructions for participants are available on the website:

FACTS Family Portal (ParentsWeb)

Withdrawal Procedure

Forms are available in the Business Office.  It is the parent’s responsibility to obtain all necessary signatures before turning the form back into the Business Office and paying any balance due on the account.  All transcripts and cumulative files will be transferred when requested from the new school.

High School Graduation

Full-time students who have completed all graduation requirements are eligible to participate in graduation activities.  Graduation activities for the 12th grade are planned and conducted by Administration.  Student participation in the graduation activities is a privilege, not a right.  Administration reserves the right to deny participation in graduation activities to any senior who does not meet the established criteria for academic and citizenship standards, or whose account is not financially cleared by three (3) weeks prior to the date of graduation.

The graduating class is comprised of students who meet the following criteria:

-  Have completed any required home study courses

-  Have no “Incompletes” in a class required for graduation

-  Have completed 100 hours of community service

-  Have completed at least 240 units of required classes; 275 units are required for a college preparatory diploma

Community Service

Students shall participate in a minimum of 25 clock hours of community service/service learning for each year of attendance in an Adventist school.  Community service forms may be found in the Administration office.

Credit for Physical Education

Credit for physical education must be earned over six (6) of the eight (8) semesters with a maximum of 20 semester credits earned in 9th and 10th grade in formal physical education classes.  Credit for third year physical education must be earned during the junior and senior years in:

1.  Formal physical education classes and/or

2.  A hybrid 11th/12th grade PE class which includes credits for varsity sports.

3.  Students may play a Varsity sport for five (5) units of P.E. credit or two (2) sports for 10 units of P.E. credit.

8th Grade Graduation

Graduation activities for the 8th grade are planned and conducted by Administration.  Student participation in the graduation activities is a privilege, not a right.  Administration reserves the right to deny participation in graduation activities to any student who has not passed all classes during their eighth grade year, has not met the established criteria for citizenship standards, or whose account is not financially cleared.

Graduation Contract

Prior to the beginning of the senior year, each senior will receive a graduation contract stating what classes, community service hours and/or number of credits are required for completion of high school at Redlands Adventist Academy.  If a student is taking any credit recovery classes from a different provider, the transcript must be received in the Administration office three (3) weeks prior to graduation.

High School Graduation Requirements

Redlands Adventist Academy issues two types of diplomas:  a Standard Diploma and a College Preparatory Diploma.  Students who complete their requirements for a College Preparatory Diploma have also completed the A-G requirements for UC/CSU school systems.

A diploma is granted to the student whose scholastic records are satisfactory and who have successfully completed the following:

HS Graduation Requirements

 

Varsity Sports Program

Eligibility Requirements

To become eligible for Varsity or Junior Varsity participation, a student must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Redlands Adventist Academy, along with CIF, requires each athlete to have a yearly physical examination before participating in any athletics.
  2. Each athlete, pursuant to the CIF Bluebook guidelines, must have a cumulative 2.0 GPA.
  3. RAA student must not have any Fs during the previous grading period.
  4. Student must conduct himself/herself in an appropriate manner as established by the Code of Ethics and as directed by the Head Coach of the sport, Athletic Director and Administration.
  5. Student must not have any association with or use of drugs, alcohol, or tobacco at any time (365 days out of the year).

Participation Requirements

Each student athlete must maintain eligibility requirements throughout the season.  Furthermore, a student may lose eligibility to participate for one or more games through any of the following:

  1. Student has an unexcused absence for a day.
  2. Student has not attended at least half a day of classes/or all day.
  3. Student left school early during the day due to illness.
  4. Student violated any of the rules or Code of Ethics as determined by Head Coach, Athletic Director or Administration.
  5. Student must not have any association with or use drugs, alcohol or tobacco at any time (365 days out of the year).

Elementary Students and Sports

League sports at Redlands Adventist Academy are available for students in grades six (6) and up.  On rare occasions when there are not enough students to field a team, the Athletic Director may request that Administration and the Elementary Faculty Committee determine if 5th graders can try out for a particular sport during a specific season.

 

Criteria for Student Office

ASB and Class officers are elected in the spring for the following school year.  The exception is the Freshman class officers who will be elected in the fall of their Freshman year.  All applicants for ASB office must be in grades 10-12 and be full-time students of RAA.

RAA students seeking to run for student office must:

  • Obtain an application from the ASB sponsor.
  • Obtain one (1) letter of recommendation from a staff member.
  • Be in good academic and behavioral standing.
  • Students may hold the same office for no more than two years during their four years in high school.  Exceptions to this policy can be made by the faculty sponsor.

GPA requirements are:

Executive Officers (requires a 3.0 GPA)

  • President
  • Religious Vice President
  • Executive Vice President
  • Social Vice President
  • Community Service Director

Supporting Officers (requires a 2.5 GPA)

  • Secretary/Treasurer
  • Communications Director
  • Audio Tech Director
  • Visual Tech Director
  • Historian
  • “Inklings” Editor
  • Class Representative
Clubs

Clubs are authorized for the purpose of granting a place within the school for students to meet during non-instructional time.  Clubs can be initiated by teachers or students.  In accordance with the PUC Education Code C28-124 the “purposes, objectives, or goals must be clearly stated, and these purposes must be in harmony with the philosophy and objectives of the school”.

The following process must be followed in order to form a club:

  1. An RAA staff member must be willing to sponsor the club.
  2. A Petition to Start a Club form must be submitted.
  3. Approval must be received from:  Administrative Committee, Faculty Committee, and School Board (in that order).

Once a club has been approved, it may enjoy privileges including:

  1. Being included in the yearbook
  2. Fundraising opportunities
  3. Setting up an agency fund with the Business Office
  4. Communicating club activities in the school newsletter

A powerful and effective way to help equip students for success in school, as well as in life, is to encourage and ensure regular attendance.  Promptness and dependability are characteristics of successful students and are as important to education as learning materials and study habits.

 

Reporting Absences

Parents should call the Attendance Hotline (909-793-1000, follow prompts) by 7:45 am on the day of the absence if their student will be absent from class or classes.  If parents do not call to report the absence, an automated call will go out before noon to the homes of students who are absent.

The following will increase accuracy and efficiency of attendance excuse procedures:

  1. Please have absences excused immediately upon returning to school.  Parents can excuse an absence by leaving a message on the Attendance Hotline (909-793-1000, follow prompts).
  2. Explanation must include:
    • Date of absence
    • Student’s name
    • Student’s grade
    • Reason for absence (Note:  reporting an absence does not guarantee that it will be deemed “Excused”.  A determination will be made by the Registrar based on the reason for the absence.)
  3. If a student needs to leave class for an appointment, the student must be signed out in the Administration office by a parent, legal guardian, or other adult named on the Authorized Pick-up List.  In the case of elementary students, the classroom teacher must also be notified.
Excused and Unexcused Absences

Excused Absences include:

  • Illness
  • Medical and dental appointments
  • Court appointments
  • Death in the immediate family
  • Emergencies, accidents, or other unavoidable circumstances
  • School business/activities approved by faculty
  • Family vacation

Unexcused Absences include:

  • Student is studying, shopping, etc.
  • Any other excuse given
  • Should a student be sent to the Administration office for disciplinary reasons, the absence from class may be considered an unexcused period absence on the attendance record.
Prearranged Absences

There may be times when it is imperative for a student to be absent for reasons other than those stated above.  In such cases, the student must prearrange the absence.  A Prearranged Absence form is available in the Administration office and must be turned in with all necessary signatures at least two (2) school days before the absence is to occur. 

Please note that a prearranged absence does not automatically mean the absence will be excused.  However, a prearranged absence will ensure that students are allowed to make-up work upon returning to school.

Make-up Work for a Prearranged Absence

The following guidelines apply to making up work for a prearranged absence:

  • Students will receive make-up assignments upon returning to school.
  • Due to a variety of factors, teachers are not able to provide assignments before the student leaves on a prearranged absence.
  • Work must be made up by the deadline provided by the teacher.  Generally, students will have the same number of days that they were gone to submit all late work.
  • Parents and students should keep in mind that while each teacher will make every effort to assist students in getting caught up, it may be necessary for students and parents to spend extra time working at home reviewing concepts that were missed during the absence.
Illness

When a student exceeds 10% absence due to illness (4 ½ days per quarter), the school may require a doctor’s verification of the illness in order for the absence to be excused.

 

Illness During School

Any student going home early due to illness must be signed out at the Administration office.  Failure to do so will result in an unexcused absence for each class missed.

 

Truancy

A student is considered truant if he/she is any place that is not in accordance with school regulations.

The following instances constitute truancy:

  • Not attending school without parent’s/guardian’s authorization
  • Loitering on campus during class time without a pass
  • Leaving campus for any non-school related reason without following the prescribed checkout procedures
  • Leaving/skipping study hall

Consequences for Truancy

  • Conference with Administrator or Counselor and parent/guardian contact
  • Student is unable to make up school work missed while truant
High School Only

Excessive Absences (20% Rule)

High school student absences in excess of 20% during a quarter may result in withholding credit. The student may submit a petition to Administration to receive credit due to extenuating circumstances.

  1. 20% Rule:  Any student who is absent for more than 20% of the periods in a semester for any reason (excused or unexcused), except for school-related activities, will not receive credit in that class.  Where special circumstances exist (i.e. prolonged illness), a student may petition the Administrative Committee for reinstatement to the class.
    1. 20% absence policy is based on per class attendance.  For classes that meet four (4) times per week, 20% = 14 absences.
  2. If a student misses a whole day of classes they will receive an absence in each class.  This DOES count toward the 20% absence policy in each class.
  3. Tardies:  Students are considered tardy if they are not inside the classroom when the bell rings.
    1. Every three (3) tardies (per class) equal one unexcused absence
    2. Tardiness is defined as a student being late to school or to class during the first 14 minutes of the period.  At 15 minutes the student will be marked ‘Absent due to Tardy’.

Examples of Absences

 
Tardiness

When a student is tardy (late) for the beginning of school, the parent or guardian should sign the student in at the front desk of the Administration office, indicating the reason for being tardy.  If unable to do so, the parent or guardian may call the Attendance Hotline (909-793-1000, follow prompts) to indicate the reason for being tardy.  Note that a parent/guardian signing a student in late or contacting the Attendance Hotline does not guarantee an “Excused Tardy”.  Excused tardies will be determined by the Registrar based on the reason for the late arrival.

 

Excessive Tardiness (Beginning of Day)

It is the parents’ responsibility to help their children develop the habit of punctuality.  If a student is habitually late, the school reserves the right to develop a special attendance contract with the family.

Excusing Tardiness

It is the student’s responsibility to be sure an absence is changed to a tardy by:

  • Checking in at the Administration office if arriving more than 10 minutes late at the beginning of the school day.
  • Bringing a note from another teacher when held over by that teacher.
  • Clearing any unverified/unexcused tardiness within three (3) school days of the occurrence.
Absent Due to Tardy (JH and HS Students)

Students are responsible for being on time to each class period.  A student is considered tardy if he/she is not in his/her assigned place when class begins.  A student who arrives to class 15 or more minutes late is considered to have missed a significant amount of class time and will be marked absent due to tardiness.  These absences count the same as all day or all period absences, and will count towards the 20% rule.

Building integrity in our students is an essential component to RAA’s ethical code.  Therefore, it is expected that Redlands Adventist Academy students will exhibit positive behavior which honors God and shows respect towards themselves and others.  Students are expected to follow the school rules at all times.

In the event that a student should choose to violate a rule, please keep in mind that students are responsible for behavior both on and off campus which has the potential to interfere with the educational process at Redlands Adventist Academy.  As such, both on- and off-campus negative behavior is subject to potential disciplinary action.

 

Academic Integrity

Students are expected to maintain academic integrity at all times.  Examples of academic integrity include but are not limited to:

  • Doing one’s own work
  • Using only study aids that are explicitly allowed by the teacher
  • Not using others’ work as one’s own

Consequences for academic dishonesty may include but are not limited to:

  • Zero grade on the assignment
  • Zero for the quarter (after repeated offenses)
  • Notification to parent
  • Parent Conference
  • Academic Contract
Public Display of Affection

Physical expression of love and affection is a sacred and personal matter, often considered in poor taste if displayed publicly.  There is a time and place for everything and the public display of affection on campus is considered out of place.  RAA maintains a hands-off policy.

 

Gum

In an effort to keep our school campus clean, gum is not allowed on the RAA campus.

 

Reading Material

All reading or viewing material brought on campus should be in harmony with the Christian standards and values promoted by Redlands Adventist Academy.

 

Behaviors Subject to Disciplinary Action
  • Violation of The Principles and Values of Seventh-day Adventist Christian beliefs
  • Undermining the religious ideals and/or faith of the Seventh-day Adventist Church
  • Inflicting physical injury or willfully using force or violence upon another person
  • Committing obscenities, profanities, or vulgarity
  • Committing sexual harassment
  • Harassing, threatening or intimidating a student witness
  • Engaging or attempting to engage in hazing
  • Engaging in an act of bullying including, but not limited to, bullying committed by means of an electronic act, directed specifically toward a student or school personnel
  • Inappropriate display of affection
  • Conspiracies to perform or participate in any act that may injure, degrade, intimidate or disgrace a fellow student
  • Disrespect, defiance or insubordination
  • Willful disturbance of class
  • Continued refusal to complete or hand in assignments
  • Disrupting school activities or defying school staff
  • Possessing dangerous objects
  • Possessing real or imitation firearms
  • Causing damage to school or private property
  • Committing theft, robbery or extortion
  • Receiving stolen property
  • Tampering with school fire equipment or the fire alarm system
  • Possessing drugs, alcohol, or any other controlled substance
  • Selling look-alike substances representing drugs or alcohol
  • Possessing or selling drug paraphernalia
  • Using tobacco or tobacco products

 

Search and Seizure

The school search policy is effective for all students in attendance.  This policy is designed to balance the privacy of the individual student while allowing school officials to maintain a safe environment for all students.

  • The school Administration has the right and responsibility to conduct (in the presence of an adult witness, when possible) a search of a student’s property, including the student, a student’s automobile, clothes and/or backpack (or similar personal item) when there is a reasonable suspicion that a student may be in possession of drugs, weapons, alcohol or other contraband in violation of a school rule, school policy or law.
  • A student’s personal computer, tablet, smart-phone or other technology may also be searched when there is reasonable suspicion that the devices contain information relevant to a serious violation of a school rule, school policy or law.  The school will use reasonable efforts to make the search minimally invasive and targeted.
  • School property may be searched at any time for any reason.  School property includes, but is not limited to:  desks, lockers, school computers or electronic devices, classrooms, common areas, school athletic equipment, school vehicles and any other property owned or controlled by the school.  Students have no privacy rights or expectation of privacy in the utilization of any school property.
Harassment/Bullying Policy

Redlands Adventist Academy is committed to providing for all students a school environment free from harassment.  Incidents of harassment should be reported in accordance with the procedures indicated below, which allow the school authorities to take appropriate action.  Students who harass others are subject to discipline up to and including expulsion.  Harassment will not be tolerated on our school campus.  Involvement in such activities will seriously jeopardize a student’s standing at RAA.

Types of Harassment

Sexual Harassment – Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual advances or requests and other conduct of a sexual nature that is offensive.  It can be spoken, written, or physical behavior.  It includes offensive pictures, graffiti, jokes and gestures.  The target of the harassment and the perpetrator do not have to agree about what is happening; sexual harassment is subjective.  Harassment can be a one-time event or occur multiple times.

Bullying – All members of the school community are committed to ensuring a physically and emotionally safe environment.  We strive to value the rights of all people to learn without fear.

A student shall not intimidate or harass another student through words or actions.  Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, direct physical contact, such as hitting or shoving; verbal (or non-verbal digital) assaults, such as threatening, teasing or name-calling; and social isolation or manipulation.  When such conduct is repetitive or appears likely to be repeated, it is considered bullying.

Our school expects students and/or staff to immediately report incidents of bullying to the Principal/Vice Principal.  Staff members are expected to immediately intervene when they see or hear of a bullying incident.

Parents will be notified when their student has been involved in acts of bullying.  Students who bully may be subject to discipline.  Law enforcement will be notified if appropriate.

Threatening/Intimidation – This is defined as intentionally threatening or intimidating school personnel or students which causes reasonable fear of life or well-being, or materially disrupts the school environment.

Reporting Procedure

Students who have experienced harassment should report the incident to school Administration as soon as possible.  If the harassment is between students, the students should report the incident to the classroom teacher or any available teacher.  The students may also report to a school administrator.  If the harassment comes from an adult, the student should report directly to a school administrator.  Bullying or harassment of any type will not be tolerated at RAA, and may result in one or more of the following:

  • Suspension of 1-5 days
  • Meeting with Administration, student, and parents
  • Expulsion
Electronics

Electronic Communications

Verbal, nonverbal, or written communications, on and off campus, including video, pictures and graphics on classroom computers, personal computers, smartphones or other devices must demonstrate a positive purpose and basic Christian principles of decency.  Should the school become aware that a student has been communicating inappropriate content on or off campus or misrepresenting the Christian values of the school in communication, the student will be subject to disciplinary action.

Use of Electronic Devices on Campus

Students of all grade levels are encouraged to bring laptops, tablets, or smartphone devices for educational purposes.  The upper grade levels may require mobile devices, as some of their classes will require the use of a Wi-Fi enabled device.  Inappropriate use of mobile devices any time or anywhere may result in the confiscation of the device for the rest of the day and/or an incident report.

Parents are encouraged to purchase insurance for their child’s personal devices, as RAA assumes no responsibility for lost, damaged, or stolen items.

Elementary and Junior High Students Only

Electronic devices are to be used only in the classroom as directed by the teacher.  Use of electronic devices outside of class is only allowed before the start of school and after the school day has ended.  Personal use of the electronic devices between classes and during lunch is not allowed.  In the event that a student needs to communicate with his/her parents, the student should ask the teacher on supervision before using his/her device.  Violation of this policy will result in the electronic device(s) being confiscated and held in the Administration office until the end of the school day.

 

Internet Usage

We are pleased to offer our students access to the school network for email and online educational resources.  Access to the Internet will enable students to explore thousands of libraries and databases while exchanging messages with Internet users around the world.

While our intent is to make Internet access available to further educational goals and objectives, students may, on their own, find ways to access other material as well.  We believe that the benefits to students from access to the Internet exceed any disadvantages.

Students are responsible for good behavior on school computer networks just as they are in the classroom or school campus.  Communications on the network are often public in nature.  General school rules for behavior and communication apply.

The network is provided for students to conduct research and communicate with others.  Access to network services is given to students with the understanding that they agree to act in a considerate and responsible manner.  Access is a privilege, not a right, and responsible behavior is expected.  The school has the right and duty to monitor and restrict both the amount of time online and the sites visited.  This responsibility extends to any communication to or from sites.

It is not possible to list all activity that is not permitted, but the following are examples of unacceptable behavior that pertain to all technology:

  • Sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures
  • Distributing personal information about yourself or any other student on sites using chats, blogs, social networking or email
  • Arranging a meeting with an online contact without school or parental approval
  • Using obscene language
  • Harassing, insulting or stalking others
  • Damaging computers, computer systems or computer networks
  • Violating copyright laws
  • Using another person’s password or sharing your password with others
  • Browsing in another person’s folders, work or files
  • Using profiles or any other technology to bypass the school’s filtering, including using other wireless networks such as mobile hotspots, etc.
  • Intentionally wasting resources
  • Using the network for commercial purposes
Law Enforcement Involvement

In the case of suspicion of possession of weapons, controlled substances, and/or refusal to comply by the student, law enforcement may be called to mediate or investigate the incident.  The student may be immediately suspended pending further investigation.  Parents will be notified when it has been necessary to involve law enforcement.

 

Student Behavior During Field Trip/Tours
  • School regulations for behavior and dress are to be followed.
  • Students are to remain within general sponsor supervision at all times.
  • Students will adhere strictly to nighttime curfew and morning arising times as established by sponsors.
  • Students are expected to avoid associating with strangers with or without a chaperone.  This includes exchanging personal or social media contact information.

Consequences of Violation of Field Trip/Tour Guidelines

  • All disciplinary actions while away from school will be determined by the administrative designee.
  • Students may be sent home at his/her family’s expense, with no refund of fees.
  • Further disciplinary action may be recommended upon completion of the trip.
  • Excessive behavioral concerns may result in a recommendation to Administration that a student may not attend day and overnight field trips.
Behavior Consequences

“The object of discipline is the training of the child for self-government.  He should be taught self-reliance and self-control” (Education, E.G. White).  Administration, faculty and staff hold consistency in the outlined consequences to ensure a sense of accountability.

Unacceptable and inappropriate behavior may result in one or more of the following consequences:

  • Verbal Warning:  Student receives a verbal warning from the teacher or Administration.
  • Communication with parents:  Parents are informed through a phone call or email regarding the misbehavior.
  • Student Conference:  One or more school officials meet with the student and try to reach an agreement of acceptable behavior.
  • Parent Conference:  A conference is held with the parent or guardian in person or by phone with one or more school officials regarding the student’s behavior.  The student or a pastor may or may not be involved.
  • On-campus Supervision:  The student may be removed from one or more classes, but will remain at school in a supervised location.  Students may not return to classes until parents are notified and the issue is resolved.  A student may be detained for disciplinary reasons after dismissal from school.
  • Probation:  A student may be placed on probation for a period of time to determine if the student has made significant changes that will allow him/her to remain at the school. 
  • School Alternative Program:  A student may be temporarily assigned to an alternative program by the Principal or designee.  The alternative program could include a reduction in the school day, temporary independent study or another alternative that is short of suspension from the school.
  • Off-Campus Suspension:  A student may be suspended off campus for a serious offense or when other means of correction have failed to modify a student’s behavior.
  • Expulsion:  A student may be expelled by the School Board.  The student shall be notified that he/she is being suspended for up to 10 school days and that he/she is being considered for expulsion.
  • The following policy applies to students in grades 7-12 who are suspended:
    1. Homework:  Students on suspension may make up tests and assignments missed during their suspension.  Students must arrange with teachers to make up missed assignments and are responsible to turn in all homework assigned during this time.
    2. Class Officers:  A student who is suspended may lose the privilege of holding a class or ASB office.

Expulsion

Some offenses are so serious that immediate removal from school is required.  A suspension will precede a recommendation to the School Board for expulsion.  Students expelled for any reason may reapply after one full semester of school has passed.  Readmission will be contingent upon Administration and/or School Board approval.

Appeal

The student, or the student’s parent(s) or guardian, has the right to appeal a suspension and/or expulsion.  Appeals of a suspension will be heard by the Discipline Committee.  The suspension may have been served, but if the suspension is overturned on appeal, all reference to the suspension will be removed from the student’s record.  Expulsions may be appealed to the School Board Grievance Committee.  If the expulsion is overturned, all reference to the expulsion will be removed from the student’s record.

 

Grievance Policy

The following procedure is to be used as a guideline if a parent is in disagreement with a disciplinary action taken by school Administration:

  1. Submit in writing to the Principal or the School Board Chairperson a letter of appeal requesting a meeting with the Grievance Committee.  The letter of appeal is to include the specific facts and circumstances giving rise to the grievance, Administration’s action to which the parent objects, and the requested relief sought by the parent.
  2. The Grievance Committee will meet and review the parent’s letter of appeal and may request a hearing with the parent and school Administration prior to making its recommendation.
  3. A parent who has submitted a request to the Grievance Committee may appeal the recommendation concerning their request to the School Board.  Any parent making such an appeal to the School Board shall submit a letter of request to the School Board Chairperson.  A copy of the letter of appeal which was submitted to the Grievance Committee must be attached.  These letters must be submitted no later than one (1) working day before the next regularly scheduled Board meeting.
  4. Any appeal heard and decided by the School Board will exclude members of the Grievance Committee.  At any appeal before the Board, the appealing parent must choose to have present at the hearing a parent from Redlands Adventist Academy who may, at the request of the Board, act as advisor to the Board.
Substance Abuse Policy and Philosophy

Redlands Adventist Academy believes in and promotes a drug-free school environment.  In cooperation with home, church, and other segments of the community, the school operates a program to help students remain free of all controlled substances, tobacco, and alcohol.

Two major approaches are used in working with students under the drug-free school environment:

  • Voluntary Intervention Program
  • Prescribed Intervention Program

The Voluntary Intervention Program is available to students who may be engaged in drug-related activities and are seeking assistance for discontinuing these activities through voluntary intervention.  The program is designed to assist students who are known to be engaged in drug-related activities and who are willing to make a commitment to discontinue drug use and participate in intervention.  In light of the Redlands Adventist Academy commitment to being a drug-free school, the Intervention Program is a one-time option.  If drug use reoccurs, the student will be asked to withdraw.  The student and parents may petition Administration for re-acceptance.

 

Voluntary Intervention Program
  1. The student contacts any Administration member and asks for assistance.
  2. The school Counselor is contacted and a team is formed which is comprised of parent(s), the school Counselor, the school Principal, Vice Principal, and a teacher.
  3. The student is asked to define the nature of the drug-related activity.
  4. The school Counselor makes available names of school-approved substance abuse rehabilitation therapists.  The student and parent(s) make an appointment for an assessment and evaluation.  The assessment must occur within the time frame determined by the team.
  5. A contract with recommendations is given to the student and the school Counselor by the substance abuse rehabilitation therapist.  The administrative team may choose to include steps they deem necessary from the school’s perspective.  If the student and parent(s) agree to the terms of the contract, the school Counselor will monitor compliance with the terms of the established contract on an ongoing basis with the family and therapist.
  6. If the terms of the contract are broken, or if the student and family do not agree to comply with the contract, Administration will be notified.
  7. As a participant in the Voluntary Program the student must agree to random drug testing.  Fees incurred for assessment/treatment are the responsibility of the student/parent(s).
  8. Students who choose to volunteer information about substance abuse to Administration and who agree to the terms of rehabilitation as outlined by the administrative team may be exempt from immediate suspension from school.
Prescribed Intervention Program
  1. Documentation regarding the drug-related activities of a student is conveyed to the Principal and/or school Counselor.
  2. The parent(s) and student shall meet with the school Counselor/Principal to discuss the drug-related activity of the student.
  3. The administrative team reviews:
    1. The circumstances surrounding the drug-related activity.
    2. Any disciplinary action(s) taken by Administration.
    3. The response of the student and parent(s) to such drug-related activity.
  4. The student and parent(s) shall sign a statement agreeing to random drug testing.  Any drug testing must be completed within the time frame specified by the administrative team.  The student/parent(s) are responsible for any fees incurred regardless of testing results.
  5. It is the responsibility of the parent(s) to arrange for an appointment with the professional assessor within the prescribed timeline.
  6. The administrative team shall prescribe an individualized program based on the evaluation of the professional assessor.  The program may include:
    1. A drug education class
    2. Personal counseling
    3. Outpatient treatment
    4. Inpatient treatment
    5. Drug testing
  7. The student shall not be permitted to return to classes until:
    1. The initial assessment is complete.
    2. The administrative team reviews the evaluation of the professional assessor and recommends an individualized program.
    3. The parent(s) and student accept the recommended program.
    4. Continued enrollment is determined, in part, by a demonstration of cooperation with the recommended program.
    5. Other treatment as recommended by the professional assessor.

It is our desire that the Christian atmosphere, which parents have chosen for their children, should include an awareness of appropriate clothing choices.  Provided are guidelines for comfortable dress which enhance the mission and purpose of the school, as well as accommodate the needs of the greater community.

Students are expected to dress in a manner that does not detract from a positive and productive learning environment.  In areas of disagreement, Administration reserves the right to render a final decision.

  • Shirts must be solid-colored or striped collared polo shirts; no other patterns or words will be allowed.  Dressy button-up shirts in solid color or stripes are also permitted.  Shirts must be modest and cover the midriff (between the chest and waist) at all times.  Sport team logos or advertising may not be worn on any clothing.  Most small brand logos or insignias are acceptable. 
  • Sweatshirts and jackets must be solid-colored or RAA merchandise only.  A sweatshirt hood is not considered a collar.  A collared polo shirt must be worn under sweatshirts and jackets.
  • Pants, shorts, skirts, and skorts must be either navy blue, tan, or black in color. 
  • Jeans/denim may only be worn on Fridays. 
  • Pants must fit well with no undergarments visible at any time, and be free of holes (7th-12th grades). 
  • Leggings and sweats are not part of the dress code.
  • Shorts and skorts must be fingertip length or longer when standing.
  • Skirts and dresses should be no shorter than 2” above the knee when standing.
  • Jewelry of any type may not be worn at any time.
  • Hats, caps, visors and other head coverings may only be worn outside of the classroom.
  • Hair must be neat and well groomed.  Avoid extreme hairstyles.
  • Closed-toe shoes must be worn at all times.  Sandals/flip flops are not allowed.  Appropriate footwear must be worn for PE classes, varsity sports, and science labs.
Dress Code Enforcement

Failure to abide by the Redlands Adventist Academy dress code will result in a dress code infraction being written and emailed home.  Further consequences are at the discretion of Administration.