News
FALL GARDEN
October 17, 2018
We have planted our Fall garden for 2018.  The students helped as we planted the seeds and the plants that we hope will yield fruits and vegetables for parents and students.

Any parent who wants to buy produce will be able to make a donation, or you can take some for free.  All profits will go toward the Spring garden.  It is going to be a great crop and a teachable activity for students.
2018/2019 Supply List
July 13, 2018

Freedom Academy

2018/2019 Supply List

7th-12th Grade

 

 

Pens (black and blue only)

#2 pencils

12 inch and centimeter ruler

6 plain color folders with inside pockets and prongs

4 packs of wide rule notebook paper

King James Bible 1611

Plain lunch box and plain backpack

4 wide rule spiral bound notebooks

Steno pad for homework assignments

Scientific calculator (9-12 grades only)

Graph paper

Clipboard for taking notes during chapel

Colleg rule composition book

3x5 index cards

3 – ring binder (with dividers) with loose-leaf notebook paper

 

 

*All school supplies & accessories should be plain with no pictures or characters on them.

 

Freedom Academy

2018/2019

3rd – 6th Grade Supply List

 

5- packs of pencils-regular or mechanical

5 - packs of wide ruled notebook paper

1 - pencil box

1 - pack of colored pencils

1 - pair of blunt end scissors

3 - boxes of tissue

1 - pump bottle of hand sanitizer

1 - ruler with centimeters and inches

1 - King James 1611 Bible

5 - pocket/prong folders

1 – 1” notebook binder

1 - yellow highlighter

3 - composition books (hard cover black & white style)

1 - compass/protractor kit (6th Grade ONLY)

1 - container of Clorox/Lysol wipes

1 – black pen

2 – red pens

1 – steno pad (for homework assignments)

1 – Webster’s Dictionary

1 – glue stick

2 – poster boards

1 – plain tote bag or backpack

 

 

You may bring your supplies on Orientation night (Tuesday, August 7th @ 7pm).

 

Classroom Wish List

Boxes of plastic spoons and forks

Rolls of paper towels

Color sharpie markers

Ziploc bags (large or small)

Cardstock paper

Index cards

Boxes of envelopes

 

*The Classroom Wish List items are not required for purchase, but if donated, are greatly appreciated!

Freedom Academy
2018-2019
1st – 2nd Grade Supply List

• 3 packs #2 pencils (prefer Ticonderoga)
• 1pencil box
• 2 packs wide ruled notebook paper
• 2 boxes of Crayola crayons (24 count)
• 1 Fiskars scissors
• 2 composition books (wide rule)
• 1 zipper pouch
• 1 ruler- inches and centimeters
• 1=2 count pink erasers
• 1 Crayola washable markers
• 2 boxes of Kleenex tissues
• 4 two pocket, 3 prong folders
• 1-3 ring binder (1 inch)
• 1pack glue sticks
• King James Bible
• Backpack (no rolling backpacks please)


Our class wish list

Plastic spoons/forks
Paper towels
index cards
 Ziploc bags
 Lysol wipes
hand sanitizer
Crayola air dry clay tubs


Freedom Academy

KINDERGARTEN SUPPLY LIST

2018-2019

v 1pack #2 pencils (prefer Ticonderoga)

v 1pencil box

v 2 boxes of Crayola crayons (24 count)

v 1 Fiskars scissors

v 1 composition book (wide rule)

v 1 zipper pouch

v 1 2 count pink erasers

v 1 Crayola washable markers

v 2 boxes of Kleenex

v 1pack glue sticks

v Backpack

 

 

The items below are frequently used throughout the year. Please remember us when shopping. We always appreciate the generosity of our parents.

 

  • Paper towels
  • Plastic forks/spoons
  • Ziploc bags
  • Clorox or Lysol wipes


 

Freedom Academy Student Handbook 2018-19
July 01, 2018

 

 

School Handbook

 

 

Freedom Academy

 

1118 N. Parsons Avenue

 

Brandon, Florida 33510

 

(813) 654-0836
www.freedomstatesmen.org

 

A Ministry of Brandon Baptist Tabernacle

 

 

 

 

From the Pastor . . .

 

 Dear Parents & Students,

 

  In 1995 I graduated from a Christian School.  After years in the government school system, I felt refreshed and blessed to have the opportunity to walk the halls of a school that held the Bible in high esteem and honored the God of the word.

 

  After graduation, the Lord placed me in ministry.  I determined to reach out and help others like others had helped me.  God birthed a desire for education in my heart.  Today, I am honored to have a small part in Freedom Academy.  I view it as an opportunity to offer young people a haven that they can run to as an escape from the crumbling society around them.  Because you chose Freedom Academy, I believe that you also share that same desire.

 

We are committed to the following:

 

1.     Spiritual influence – the faculty and staff of Freedom Academy desire to influence children for the glory of God.

 

  1. Academic excellence – we understand that the youth of today will need the proper skill-set to accomplish their dreams.
  2. Patriotism – Freedom Academy still salutes the stars and stripes, and we realize that we are standing on the shoulders of men and women who have made enormous sacrifices to make this country what it is.
  3. Extra-curricular activities – we will strive to make sure that our students are not only equipped inside the classroom, but have access to activities outside the classroom that help build character and make their educational experience fun as well.
  4. Family values – Freedom Academy supports the traditional family unit and all of the values that keep it alive and well.

 

At our school we desire to work with parents and students as a team.  We should all have the same objectives and work together to accomplish the goals that will make young people’s lives fulfilling.  We are very glad to have you on board and we look forward to a rewarding year at Freedom Academy.  We will be working hard to fulfill our motto, “Training Youth With Truth.”

 

 

 

Sincerely, In Christ

 

 

 

          Dr. J. Brad Bailey

 

Pastor, Brandon Baptist Tabernacle

 

 

 

Our Statement of Faith/ Introduction

 

1. We believe in the verbal inspiration and authority of the Scriptures. We believe that the Bible reveals God, the fall of man, the way of salvation, and God’s plan and purpose in the ages.

 

2. We believe in the Holy Trinity (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit).

 

3. We believe in the deity, virgin birth, and bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

4. We believe that salvation is “by grace” plus nothing and minus nothing. The conditions to salvation are repentance and faith, and when a person receives Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, His salvation is forever and can never be lost.

 

5. We believe that people are justified by faith alone and are accounted righteous before God only through the merit of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

6. We believe in the visible, personal, pre-millennial, and pretribulation return of Jesus Christ.

 

7. We believe in the everlasting conscious blessedness of the saved and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost.

 

8. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between one man and one woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter ones gender by surgery or appearance. Gen 2:24; Gen 19:5;13; Gen 26:8-9; Rom 1:26-29; I Cor 5:1; 6:9; I Thess 4:1- 8; Heb 13:4.

 

9. We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman. Gen 2:24; Rom 7:2; I Cor 7:10; Eph 5;22-23.

 

Nature and Purpose

 

Freedom Academy is an educational institution and is an integral part of the many ministries of Brandon Baptist Tabernacle. Brandon Baptist Tabernacle began its ministry in 1985 as Faith Baptist Church.

 

Our main purpose for Freedom Academy is to minister to families. Our prayer is that every student and every parent knows the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. We want to be a help to those families that acknowledge the authority of the Word of God in their lives and who profess faith in Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.

 

Our purpose is also to assist the Christian home in the child-rearing process and to see boys and girls come to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ and to assist parents in seeing their children grow and mature in the things of the Lord. Students in junior high and high school must have a desire to attend Freedom in order to be considered for enrollment. It is felt that students who do not want to attend this or any other Christian School would have a negative influence upon other students.

 

Although Freedom Academy will accept families from denominations other than Baptist, they must agree on the doctrine of salvation and on the fact that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that he is God. Brandon Baptist Tabernacle takes a clear stand on the modernistic, liberal contemporary religious movement. If there are major philosophical and/ or doctrinal differences between what a home believes and what the school believes, it would not be wise for a parent to pursue enrollment of their child in Freedom Academy.

 

The mission and purpose of Freedom Academy is to assist the Christian home in providing a sound education for its children, both academically and spiritually, in a Christ-honoring and caring atmosphere so that each child may be conformed to the image of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

School Verse

 

Deuteronomy 31:6 – “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”

 

Curriculum

 

Freedom Academy uses textbooks from Christian publishers A BEKA BOOK and Bob Jones University Press. These curriculums are widely used and respected as the best Christian curriculums available.

 

Accreditation

 

Freedom Academy is accredited by the Florida Council of Private Schools (FCPS).

 

Nondiscriminatory Policy

 

Freedom Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities of the school.

 

 

 GENERAL INFORMATION

 

 

 

Admissions Policy

 

Please refer to the section, “Nature and Purpose”, on the previous page. Also, students are accepted on the basis of available space, their character, and scholastic record. Parents who are looking for a school, only to avoid forced busing, would best have their interests served in another private school rather than Freedom Academy.

 

 

 

Enrollment Procedures

 

1. Fill out Application for Admission.

 

2. All students who will be going into 7th grade and up for the first time must arrange an interview with the principal.

 

3. Make sure all necessary records have been turned in.

 

4. Before any student can enter school, complete health records must be on file along with a copy of the student’s birth certificate.

 

5. If deemed necessary by the Administration, a pre-entry exam may be required.  

 

 

 

School Hours

 

School begins each day for all grades (K5 - 12th) at 8:00 a.m. and dismisses at 3:00 p.m. The warning bell rings at 7:50 a.m.

 

 

 

Items Not to be Brought to School

 

The following items are not to be brought to school: Guns, knives, matches, lighters, fireworks, gambling cards, dice, water or play guns, electronic/video games, iPods, iPads, tape/ cd players, headphones or earbuds,  radios, or picture albums. Any item that is associated with secular music or other questionable music is not to be brought or worn to school. All non-school related magazines, books, or paperbacks are to be brought to the school office for approval. Cellular phones, iPads and iPods are to be left at home. Bringing cellular phones to class or keeping in lockers or book bags will result in an automatic one day suspension for the first offense.

 

   Students must not bring anything to school that goes against our philosophy, such as: crude graffiti, occult art, or New Age art on clothes or notebooks. Any items of this nature will not be accepted on the basis that they are unbecoming of the Christian lifestyle.

 

This is not an exhaustive list. Students may be asked not to bring certain things to school after they have done it once.

 

 

 

ATTENDANCE POLICY

 

Although we are a private school, we are required to follow Florida State Statutes regarding absences, tardiness, as well as truancy.  
Failure to attend school will result in withdrawal from Freedom Academy. Please make sure that your child is in school.  
Habitually truant students will be reported to the proper/state authorities and can result in expulsion.

 

TO REPORT AN ABSENCE

 

1. The school will require written documentation upon a student’s return.  If a written excusable note is not received within two days of a student's absence, the absence will be deemed "unexcused".  One unexcused absence results in the inability to be exempt from any final exam.

 

2. The school shall make an effort to contact the parent or guardian on the day of the absence.

 

3. Records of telephone calls or parent contacts shall be retained by the school for future reference.

 

4. A student who is not in class at least one-half of the class period shall be counted absent from that class. In secondary, a student who is in attendance for any part of the day, is counted present for the day but will be counted absent for any class missed.

 

 

 

EXCUSED ABSENCES

 

Examples of excused absences are:

 

a. An illness of the student.  Absences related to accident or illness of the student that exceed 5 consecutive days or a total of 10 days within a 90 day period require a physician's statement.   Students must be free of fever for 24 hours before returning to school.

 

b. An accident resulting in injury to the student.

 

c. A death in the immediate family of the student.

 

d. Vacations are not excused.

 

e. A subpoena by a law enforcement agency or a required court appearance.

 

f. An emergency such as:

 

  1) Severe weather conditions

 

  2) A major personal or family problem

 

  3) Fire, flood, or other major damage to the home

 

  4) Involvement in an accident or breakdown on the way to school.

g.  A medical or dental appointment.  The student should provide a note from the doctor or dental office upon returning to school.

 

 

 

UNEXCUSED ABSENCES

 

Examples of unexcused absences are:

 

a. Bad traffic, overslept, alarm didn’t go off, etc.

 

b. Absences caused by truancy of the student

 

c. Absences due to out-of-school suspension

 

1) A student suspended out-of-school or any class period(s) shall receive a grade of “zero” for tests and/or graded work missed.

 

2) A student found truant from school or any class period(s) shall receive a grade of “zero” for tests and/or graded work missed.

 

3) A student who receives an unexcused absence shall receive a grade of “zero” for tests and/or graded work missed.

 

d. Vacations, extended weekends, pre-planned days off are not excused.

  

*Unexcused absences that exceed 15 days within a 90 day period, may result in a call to the proper/state authorities and expulsion.

 

MAKE UP WORK

 

A student who has been absent, and whose absence is EXCUSED, is permitted to make up the work missed provided that the student makes arrangements with teachers immediately upon return to school. It is the student’s responsibility to make these arrangements. Make-up work must be submitted within the deadlines set by the teacher.

 

Any make up work that is needed must be called in ahead of time in order to give the teacher time to compile it.  Parents MUST make an appointment to pick up any make up work.

 

 

 

STUDENT ABSENCE NOTIFICATION

 

 Parents must provide school personnel with accurate telephone contact numbers (home and work) and ensure the numbers are correct if there is a change during the school year. This information must be given on the emergency contact section of the student’s application provided by the school and updated as changes occur.

 

 

 

TARDINESS

 

 In order to align our attendance/tardy policy with State Education Code and the rest of the District, parents will not be able to clear tardies for personal reasons (business phone calls, late car pools, over-sleeping, traffic, flat tires, vacations, “forgot something”, headaches, etc.)

 

“Legal” absence/tardy reasons are limited to illness, medical/dental appointments, religious holidays and funerals. Therefore, tardies resulting from personal (illegal) reasons will remain unexcused.

 

As always, disciplinary actions will be taken after 4 unexcused tardies.  In addition, any student arriving more than 30 minutes late without a valid, legal reason will incur a VT (very tardy).  More than three “VT’s” in one school year could result in a conference with parents and administration to discuss what actions should be taken.

 

It is understandable that traffic is bad.  Tires go flat, shoes get lost, car keys get misplaced and alarms don’t always go off.  However, NONE of these reasons are “legal’ in the State’s eyes and will remain unexcused.  Please plan ahead and allow extra time for unexpected delays as excessive tardiness will lead to disciplinary action.

 

Tardiness interrupts the classroom environment and interferes with the learning of other students.  Our first period bell rings at 8:00 am and students are considered tardy if they are not it their seats at 8:00 am.

 

Students arriving after 8:00 am must stop at the office and obtain a tardy slip before going to class.

 

*Parents cannot excuse first period tardies unless it is for a legal absence reason (illness, medical/dental, religious holiday or funeral).  All other reasons are considered to be unexcused. 

 

*Tardies due to traffic, over-sleeping, carpool trouble or any other “personal” reason will not be excused.

 

*Students who are not in their assigned seats when the tardy bell rings should assume that they were marked tardy.

 

 

 

Disciplinary Action:

 

*4th unexcused tardy results in an after school detention (cost is $10 due at time of detention)

 

*8th unexcused tardy results in Parent meeting and loss of privilege to any extra-curricular activity.

 

*12th unexcused tardy results in a three day out of school suspension.

 

*16th unexcused tardy results in a staff meeting to discuss possible expulsion.

 

 

 

 “Florida law defines "habitual truant" as a student who has 15 or more unexcused absences within 90 calendar days with or without the knowledge or consent of the student's parent or guardian, and who is subject to compulsory school attendance.” F.S. 1003.26

 

“When a student is continually sick and repeatedly absent from school, the student must be under the supervision of a doctor in order to receive an excuse. The doctor's statement should confirm that the student's condition requires absence for more than the number of days permitted by the district school board policy.” F.S. 1003.26

 

“The child study team may, but is not required to, implement other interventions, including referral to other agencies for family services or recommendation for filing a truancy petition pursuant to s. 984.151.” F.S. 1003.26

 

 

 

SIGN-IN PROCEDURE

 

1. Any student arriving to school after the session has begun must report to the school office. An admission slip shall be issued indicating excused or unexcused tardy or absence.

 

2. All absences and tardies are unexcused until a written excusable note is received from the parent/guardian or doctor.

 

SIGN-OUT PROCEDURE

 

1. Once students arrive anywhere on campus, they may not leave without permission from the office. Those who become ill during the day must be signed out in order to leave campus

 

2. Signing a student out of class early for an invalid reason will count as an unexcused absence or tardy if proper documentation is not provided such as a doctor’s note. Signing a student out for convenience will be considered an unexcused absence or tardy. Reasons for excused early releases are the same as excused tardiness.

 

4.If a student is signed in or out during a school day, it is the student’s responsibility get their make-up work from their teachers. Work can only be made up if the sign in or sign out reason is excused. 

 

 

 

Arrival and Drop Off Procedures

 

 Classes begin at 8:00 a.m. Parents, when bringing their children to school, are to drop them off in the designated area. This is for the safety of the children.

  

All traffic must enter at the south driveway and exit at the north driveway to drop off students.

 

Students who are not registered for before school care are not to be dropped off before 7:45 a.m. Any students dropped off before 7:45 a.m. will go into before school care and the parent will be billed.

 

To help avoid unnecessary delays in the traffic flow, please have your students collect all of their items and be ready to promptly exit their car.

  

 

 

Dismissal and Pick Up Procedures

 

 School is dismissed at 3:00 p.m. All students must be picked up at the same area they are dropped off (north entrance). Any student that is not picked up by 3:15 p.m. will be put in after school care and the parent will be billed.

 

 Teachers will be at the pick-up area each afternoon to assist children getting into their cars. No children will be allowed to walk out to a car by his or her self. They must be accompanied by a teacher or safety patrol for their personal safety.

 


Care of Property

 

It is expected of students at Freedom to respect the property of the church and school.  If a student damages or breaks something, whether intentionally or by accident, the student must pay to repair or replace the damaged or broken item(s).

 

 Students are also expected to respect the property of other students. Students who damage or break other student’s belongings must also replace them.

 

 

 

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

 The registration fee, book fee, and academic fee MUST be paid upon enrollment, unless other arrangements have been made with the administration.

 


Partial Tuition (Prorating): Parents are responsible for a whole month's tuition once a student has attended four (4) days of class within the month. Parents are not responsible for complete months prior to enrollment.

 

 

 

Tuition Payments

 

 There are TWO payment plans for tuition. They are as follows:

 

 Plan 1 - Pay the full amount in one payment on or before August 1st.

 

 Plan 2 - Pay the full amount in 10 equal payments. The payment is due on the first of each month, beginning August 1st and going through May 1st.

 

 

 

Payments that are mailed must be received in the office by the fifth of the month to avoid late fees. Payment Address:

 

Freedom Academy

 

1118 North Parsons Ave

 

Brandon, Florida 33510

Payments can be made by credit/debit card, cash or check

 

 

 

Accounts must be kept current.  If an account reaches 10 days past due, that student may not be allowed back in class until the account is caught up. Also, all transcripts, school records, diplomas, and report cards will not be released until all accounts are paid in full.

Discounts

For parents in the military or retired, all Matriculation Fees (Registration, Book, and Academic) are cut 50%.

 

 
Scholarships

Freedom Academy accepts Step Up for Students Scholarship, the Gardiner Scholarship, AAA Scholarship, and the McKay Scholarship. The amount of scholarship award is determined by the scholarship itself, not by the school.
Parents are responsible for any remaining balance after scholarship payments have been received.  It is the parents' responsibility to know what that balance is and to make payment arrangements with the office.  Failure to keep current will result in a hold placed on report cards and/or transcripts.

Beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, all scholarship families MUST sign the payment agreement prior to the beginning of the school year.  

 

Late Fees and Returned Check Fees

 

 After the 5th of each month, a $20.00 late fee will be assessed to any account which has not been paid. If the office receives a check on or before the 5th of the month, and we are asked to hold the check until after the 5th, a $20.00 late fee will be billed to your account.

 

Returned Checks for any reason will be charged according to our bank policy.

 

 

 

 As per our Fee Schedule, please remember:  ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE!

 

 

 

 

 

Lunchroom

 

 Students will bring their lunches to school.  Microwaves are available for use in the lunchroom.  Snacks and drinks are available for purchase in the school store. All silverware, napkins, & condiments are to be provided by the parent.  STUDENTS MUST BRING A LUNCH!  When your child comes regularly without lunches, it is cause for concern and will result in a call to the parent.  

 

If a parent comes to eat lunch with their child, all lunch rules must be followed. It is lunch time, please respect that our teachers must also eat their lunches during this time.

 

 

 

 Medications Policy

 

Only Parents can administer medications.

 

 

 

Music Policy

 

 Freedom Academy holds a strong conviction that any rock music (including so-called “Christian” rock), rap, hip-hop, or country music hurts a student both spiritually and emotionally. Therefore, parents are encouraged to monitor closely what music they allow in their homes and what their children are allowed to listen to. Students who are heavily involved in this type of music will not receive the proper benefit of being in a Christian school.

 

 

 

Parent/Teacher Conferences

 

 If a parent wishes to have a conference with a teacher, the parent should call the school office to arrange a conference. It is school policy that parents do not go to classes during school time without checking in at the office first.

 

 

 

All Parent/Teacher Meetings are mandatory for at least one parent, and for all students to attend. Teachers are also available to see parents one on one on an appointment basis.

 

  

 

School Office Hours

 

 School office hours during the school year are 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

 

 

 

Selling On Campus

 

 Students are not allowed to sell items on campus unless they are connected with a Freedom Academy fund-raising effort.

 

 

 

Student Drivers

 

 Student drivers are to park in the south parking lot in front of the school and exit their cars upon arrival. Students are not to return to their cars during the day without permission. A student who does not heed the safety rules and traffic procedures will be subject to the loss of driving privileges to school. Other students are not permitted to ride with student drivers unless written permission is submitted by both the drivers' and passengers' parents. Students who want to drive MUST have passing grades. Excessive absences and tardiness will result in loss of privilege of driving to school.  

 


Visitors

 

 Visitors must secure a pass from the school office upon arrival. Visitors are to dress according to the school dress code. Visitors and Parents are not allowed during exam week or achievement testing week.

 

 Withdrawal Information

 

 As soon as a parent knows that their student will need to withdraw from Freedom Academy, the school office should be notified so arrangements can be made. All records and report cards can only be released if the student’s account is paid in full.  It is our policy to ONLY transfer transcripts and/or report cards and attendance records.  We do not transfer other personal information such as immunization records, birth certificates, or health forms. 

 

 

Communicable Diseases

 

 Freedom Academy desires to maintain a healthful school environment by instituting controls designed to prevent the spread of communicable diseases. The term “communicable disease” shall mean an illness which arises as a result of a specific infectious agent which may be transmitted either directly or indirectly by a susceptible host or infected person or animal to other persons.

 

 Any student or employee with a communicable disease for which immunization is required by law or is available, shall be temporarily excluded from school while ill and during recognized periods of communicability. Students and employees with communicable diseases for which immunization is not available shall be excluded from school while ill. If the nature of the disease and circumstances warrant, Freedom Academy may require an independent physician’s examination of the student or employee to verify the diagnosis of communicable diseases. Freedom Academy reserves the right to make all final decisions necessary to enforce its communicable disease policy and to take all necessary action to control the spread of communicable diseases within the school.

 

 A teacher or administration official who reasonably suspects that a student or employee has a communicable disease shall immediately notify the school office.

 

 These reportable diseases include but are not limited to the following: acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), aids related complex (ARC), amebiasis, animal bites of humans only by potentially rabid animal, anthrax, botulism, brucellosis, campylobacteriosis, chancroid, dengue, encephalitis, giardiasis (ace), gonorrhea, granuloma inquinale, Hansen’s disease (leprosy), hemorrhagic fevers, hepatitis, histoplasmosis, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), Legionnaire’s disease, leptospirosis, lymphogranuloma, venereum, malaria, measles (rubella), meningitis, meningococcal disease, mumps, paralytic shellfish poisoning, pertussis, pesticide poisoning, plague, poliomyelitis, psittacosis, rabies, relapsing fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, rickettsia, rubella (including congenital), salmonellosis, schistosomiasis, shigellosis, smallpox, syphilis, tetanus, toxoplasmosis (acute), trichinosis, tuberculosis, tularemia, typhoid fever, typhus, vibrio cholera, vibrio infections, yellow fever. 

 

 

ACADEMIC INFORMATION

 

 

Curriculum

 

 At Freedom Academy, we recognize that Jesus Christ is the source of all knowledge and that according to Proverbs 10:14, “Wise men lay up knowledge . . .” The Bible is the guide for life; therefore, Bible study is a recognized part of the curriculum at Freedom Academy. All students have a Bible class each day, and chapel each week, which includes Bible study, Bible memorization, and practical Christian training. In Bible class and chapel, students must use the King James Version only.

  

 Grading Scale

 

 The following letter grading system is used in grades K5-12:

 

 Grade A equals 90% through 100%, has a grade-point average value of 4.0, and is defined as “outstanding progress”.

 

 Grade B equals 80% through 89%, has a grade-point average value of 3.0, and is defined as ”above average progress”.

 

 Grade C equals 70% through 79%, has a grade-point average value of 2.0, and is defined as “average progress”.

 

 Grade D equals 60% through 69%, has a grade-point average value of 1.0, and is defined as “lowest acceptable progress”.

 

 Grade F equals 0% through 59%, has a grade-point average value of 0, and is defined as “failure”.

 

 Grade I equals 0%, has a grade-point average value of 0, and is defined as “incomplete”.

 

 

 

Homework

 

 Homework is an important part of the school program. Students are expected to fully complete homework assignments. Homework should be expected each day.

 

Honor Roll

 

 Quarterly, Principal & Honor Roll Certificates will be given out.

 

 Principal’s Honor Roll – All A’s (quarterly), no disciplinary issues, and no unexcused tardiness or absences.

 

 A Honor Roll – A’ average with no “C’s” or below (quarterly), no disciplinary issues, no unexcused tardiness or absences, and an “A” in Bible.

 

 A – B Honor Roll – “B” average with no “D’s” or below (quarterly), no disciplinary issues, no unexcused tardiness or absences, and must have at least a “B” in Bible.

 

 In grades K5-6, a student who receives a C in conduct on their report card is not eligible for the honor roll.

 

Report Cards

 

 Report cards are issued every quarter. They will be handed out at the mandatory Parent/Teacher meetings. The final report card in December and May will be brought home by your child.

 

All grades are online at www.stepupforstudents.org under the “Teaching and Learning Exchange”.  Parents must create an account for themselves to access grades at any time.  It is the parents’ responsibility to check their students’ grades as well as attendance.

 

Tri-weekly papers are no longer available, however report cards will continue to be sent home at the end of each quarter.

  

GENERAL DISCIPLINE INFORMATION

  

Disciplinary Dismissal

 

 A student may be dismissed or expelled from Freedom Academy or asked not to return the following year if the student is completely out of harmony with the spirit and policies of the school.

  

Reasons for Dismissal

 

 1. Parents will not cooperate with the administration.

 

2. A student’s conduct, attitude, negative influence, or lack of effort makes it unadvisable for that student to remain at Freedom.

 

3. Continual failure to achieve academically or continual lack of effort.

 

4. Accumulation of 3 suspensions.

 

5. Failure to remain current on school account.

 

6. Excessive tardiness or absences.
 

 

Reasons for Expulsion

 

 1. Use, association, or possession of drugs or alcohol at any time.

 

2. Threats to teachers, staff, or students.

 

3. Intentional destruction of property.

 

4. Forcible entry into any school buildings.

 

5. Obscene gestures and language directed at the faculty or staff.

 

6. Immoral behavior. 

 

7. Possession of pornography.

 

8. Possession of any type of weapon or explosives or literature on explosives.

 

9.  Online Bullying or Bullying in general.

 

10. Excessive unexcused tardiness or absences.

 

General Conduct

 

 Freedom Academy insists that each student shows respect for God, country, family, faculty, and fellow students. A student or family that will not cooperate with the school will not be allowed to remain at Freedom Academy. If parents cannot conscientiously support the school, it would be best for those parents to have their children in a school where there is not open dispute or major disagreement.

 

 Parents are asked to keep in mind that their son’s or daughter’s behavior off campus has a bearing on the image and testimony of Freedom Academy. Anything that the administration feels would bring reproach upon the name of Freedom Academy will be dealt with accordingly, and may result in dismissal from school.

  

 

Chapel

 

 All students are required to attend chapel. Students are to bring their Bibles to every chapel service. Chapel is normally conducted every Wednesday.  Boys are to wear khaki slacks, and a navy blue polo shirt. Girls are to wear uniform dress as normal with a navy blue polo shirt.

 

Eligibility for Extracurricular Sport Activities

 

 In order to participate in sports, a student must maintain at least a “C” average in class. Grades are checked every week.  Any student athlete that has below a B average in Bible class will be ineligible to play in games or participate in practice until the coach allows. No student will participate in sports with an outstanding detention or other disciplinary issues as determined by the school office.  

  

Attendance at Ball Games Home and Away

 

 Students and parents are expected to exhibit Christian character at all ball games. Booing or taunting another team or an official is totally unacceptable. The testimony of Freedom Academy is more important than the outcome of any game.

 

Students are to remain in the bleachers or in the gym and not to be loitering in the parking lot or outside the gym during games.

 

Leaving School Grounds

 

 Students are not permitted to leave school grounds during the day without permission from the office and parental permission. All students must sign out in the school office before leaving campus. Students must have written authorization to go home with another student or parent. Under no conditions is a student allowed to leave school grounds without written permission. Student drivers are not to give rides to other students without written permission from all parents involved. Violators will lose their driving privileges and all parties are subject to suspension from school.

  

 Lunchroom

 

 Students are not to take food or drinks out of the lunchroom.

 

Lockers

 

 Lockers will be assigned to students in grades 5-12. Locks may be supplied by the school. Locks from home are permissible as long as the combination is on record in the school office. Students are to keep their lockers locked at all times and should not give their combinations to other students. Students are not to switch their assigned lockers with anyone. Failure to keep this policy could result in dismissal from school. Freedom Academy reserves the right to inspect lockers at any time, without the student present. Students that do not turn their school lock in at the end of the school year will be charged a $5.00 fee.

  

Senior Transfer and Academic Policy

 

 A senior must take a minimum of four class periods each day.

 

ACADEMIC INFORMATION

  

Course Change

 

 No course generally may be added or dropped after the first two weeks of a new semester. Permission to drop a course must be secured through the school Principal.

 

Daily Schedules

 

 There are seven fifty-minute periods scheduled for classes, and lunch after 4th period. Class schedules will be given out to students no later than the first day of school.

 

Requirements for Graduation

 

 The State of Florida requires twenty-four (24) credits for graduation. Students who plan on entering the state university system in Florida must take two years of a sequential foreign language. Freedom Academy requires the following number of credits for graduation: English-4, Math-4, Science-3, History-3, Physical Education-1, Life Management-1/2, Public Speaking 1/2, Performing Arts (choir, band, etc.)-1/2, Practical Arts (keyboarding, accounting, computer) - 1, Electives-8.  All students must have 4 credits in Bible.

  

A grade point average of 2.0 is required for graduation or promotion.

  

Summer School

 

 Freedom Academy does not conduct a summer school. If a student is deficient in grades, he/she must secure a tutor to remediate any deficiencies. The school office can generally recommend a tutor.  Classes are also available through Florida Virtual School.

  

Academic Penalties

 

 If a student has an unexcused absence, a zero will be averaged into the daily average. If the student missed a test or a quiz with an unexcused absence, a zero will be recorded for the grade.

 

 

 

DISCIPLINE INFORMATION

 

 

Demerit System

*Chewing Gum/Eating without permission – 1 demerit

*Tardy to class – 1 demerit

*Unprepared for class – 1 demerit

*Failure to return parental notices – 1 demerit

*Not shaved and hair code violation – 1 demerit

*Talking without permission/disrupting class – 1 demerit

*Writing, reading, or passing notes – 1-5 demerits

*Dress Code Violation – 1-5 demerits

*Disrespect – 5-10 demerits

*Inappropriate Physical Contact – 5-25 demerits

*Horseplay – 1-10 demerits

*Inappropriate language or behavior – 5-20 demerits

*Direct disobedience – 5-20 demerits

*Cheating – 15 demerits

*Profanity, Vulgarity, Obscene Gestures (written or spoken) – 20-25

*Bullying (including online bullying) or physical violence – 20-25 demerits

*Lying – 10-15 demerits

*Stealing – 15 demerits

*Not Turning in Cellphone – 20 demerits

*Drugs or Alcohol – EXPULSION

*Pornography – EXPULSION

*Weapons -EXPULSION

 

-10 demerits will result in Detention ($10 due prior to scheduled detention)

-15 demerits will result in a parent/teacher conference and detention ($10 due prior to scheduled detention)

-20 demerits will result in a parent/teacher conference and 1 day out-of-school suspension ($10 due prior to scheduled detention)

-25 demerits will result in a three day out-of-school suspension and disqualification from all extra-curricular activities.

-A student who accumulates a total of 40 demerits in two successive semesters will not be permitted to attend the school without the approval of administration.  -A student who accumulates 30 demerits in one semester may lose the privilege of attending Freedom Academy after administration reviews record.

 

 

Detention Period

 

 Detention period will be held from 3:05-4:00 on assigned days. Any student that arrives to detention after 3:05 will not be allowed to serve that day. Another detention may be issued for FAILING TO APPEAR.

Each Detention period costs $10.00.  Detention must be paid prior to serving.  If not, the student will not be permitted to serve, and a second detention may be assigned.

 

Accumulating excessive detentions will jeopardize both a student’s participation in school activities and his/her continued enrollment at Freedom Academy.

  

Dismissal for Excessive Detentions

 

 A student who receives 3 detentions in one 9-week period will receive a 3 day out-of-school suspension. After a student has accumulated 3 out-of-school suspensions, that student will be expelled.

  

 

DRESS CODE FOR ELEMENTARY AND HIGH SCHOOL

 

Colors:  All girls and boys are to wear red, white, or blue polo shirts. Girls are to wear Khaki or Navy long uniform skirts and boys are to wear khaki or navy uniform pants. K-5 through 5th grade are allowed to wear khaki or navy knee length uniform shorts.  


DRESS CODE VIOLATIONS - Any student that comes to school out of uniform will be asked to leave the classroom until they are in proper uniform.  Any class time missed will be considered unexcused.

 

 

DRESS CODE

 

 II Corinthians 6:17 commands Christians to “come out from among them” and be separate. I Thessalonians 5.22 states, “Abstain from all appearance of evil.” God clearly desires that there be something different in the life of the believer. Christians must avoid the temptations to look like the world or to associate with a particular worldly group by their dress. Student at Freedom Academy are to dress neatly and to avoid the appearance of evil that comes from dressing in a worldly manner. Students will be led to focus on modesty and demonstrating behavior that “becometh holiness” in their dress standards.

 

Girls

 

 Attire should be feminine, appropriate, and modest in length, style, fit, and neckline. Following are some guidelines to assist our young ladies in abiding by the dress code. As other dress code issues arise, the administration will seek to handle them in an appropriate manner.

 

 1. Uniforms are to be worn daily. Uniforms are to be worn at all school sponsored events; exceptions will be announced by the administration.

 

 2. Students who stay after school must remain in complete uniform unless involved in sports.

 

 3. Uniform skirts, jumpers, and culottes or walking shorts are to be loose fitting and to the bottom of the knees. Please keep in mind that skirts, jumpers, and culottes are to come to the middle of the knee when seated. Uniform dresses, skirts or jumpers are to be worn every day. Culottes or walking shorts are not to be worn in the classroom, but may be worn for extracurricular activities, and field trips when appropriate. 

 

4. Girls are to wear uniform blouses that are modest in the neckline when bending over or stooping. This should be checked before purchasing a garment or before wearing a garment to school. When lifting both arms over head no mid-section skin should be showing. Shirts must be buttoned, except for the top button. Short-waisted tops are not appropriate. Proper underclothes are required at all times.

 

5. Sweatshirts with school logo may be worn as long as a uniform shirt or blouse is worn underneath. PINK (Victoria Secret) or other visible name brand logos on sweatshirts or clothing is NOT allowed. 

 

6. No jeans or slacks are to be worn at any time. T-shirts and hats are not to be worn.

 

7. Enclosed toe and heel on shoes are required. No sandals or backless shoes are allowed. Regular school shoes or sneakers may be worn. Hose or socks, are to be worn daily. Shoes must be tied at all times.

 

8. No tattoos or body piercing are permitted. Earrings may be worn by girls, but no more than two (2) in each ear.

 

9.Make-up when used should enhance one’s natural look and beauty, without being extreme.  

10. Girls are to wear a khaki skirt and navy polo shirt on Chapel day.

 

11. For extracurricular activities such as field trips or athletic events, uniform, skirts, jumpers, culottes or loose-fitting walking shorts that are below the knees maybe worn. Girls may not wear slacks at any time. Polo shirts, spirit shirts, or modest blouses are expected, with no halter tops or immodestly tight fitting shirts. No jeans of any color or style at any time. Midriff (mid-section) is to be covered when hands are raised. Low-cut necklines (front or back), over-sized and off-the-shoulder necklines, sheer blouses, and tight-fitting outfits are not permitted. Sundresses may only be worn as jumpers, with blouses. Undergarments are not to be visible. Sandals are permissible as long as they have a strap on the heel. Please remember, you are representing Freedom Academy at these activities.

 

12. Girls MUST wear khaki or navy uniform skirt.

 

Boys

 

 1. Uniforms are to be worn daily, and will not be oversize and/or baggy. Uniforms are to be worn at all school sponsored events; exceptions to this policy will be announced by the administration.

 

 2. Students must be in the complete proper uniform, and remain, when arriving at school or any school sponsor or sanctioned event until one leaves

 

3. School uniform shirts and standard uniform pants are the only acceptable dress for the classroom. All shirts are to be tucked in for a neat appearance and all buttons, button except for the top button. However, when wearing a tie, all buttons will be buttoned, including at athletic events. T-shirts are not acceptable. The only exception is approved spirit shirts and guidelines will be explained to the students. Pants will not be tucked in socks and should fall just short or touching the top of the shoe.

 

 4. Under shirts must be plain with no writing.

 

 5. Belts are to be worn every day.

 

 6. Dress or casual dress shoes may be worn each day. Athletic-style shoes may also be worn each day..

 

 7. Sweatshirts with school logo may be worn on non-chapel days as long as a uniform shirt is worn underneath. Long-sleeved undershirts, jerseys, or turtlenecks should not be worn with short-sleeved shirts.  Visible name brand logos on sweatshirts or clothing are NOT allowed. 

 

8. Hair must be neat and conservative in appearance. It should be kept trimmed, off the ears and collar, and at least one finger width off the eyebrows. Sideburns are not to extend below the bottom of the ear. Very faddish or extreme haircuts are not acceptable. This would include the bowl cut look, the shaved on the sides and cropped on top look, Mohawk’s, and slices or carvings in the hair. Dyed hair is not acceptable. Flat tops or athletic type haircuts are acceptable. Hair should not be higher than 1 inch.

 

 9.  Boys should be well-groomed each day.  Young men MUST be clean shaven every day.

 

10. Necklaces and bracelets (except medical ID, Doctor’s note must be on school file) or earrings are not permitted on boys.

 

11. No tattoos or body piercing are permitted.

 

12. Chapel day attire: Tan (Khaki) uniform slacks and navy blue polo shirt are to be worn. Belts are to be worn. Dress, casual, or athletic shoes will be worn. Chapel is conducted normally on Wednesday.

 

13. For extracurricular activities, including athletic games, school uniform, Dockers-style pants or neat jeans are allowed.

 

14.  Boys are to wear khaki or navy uniform pants. NO joggers allowed.

 

 Baggy or skinny jeans are not acceptable. Tank tops are not acceptable. Spirit shirts are encouraged. School logo sweatshirts may be worn.

Banquet and formal attire:  Banquet and formal attire guidelines will be given out when the occasion calls for it. Godliness and modesty are the criteria for choosing formal wear. Violators will be asked to leave.


***Boys and Girls K-5 through 5th grade may wear khaki or navy KNEE LENGTH uniform shorts. 


Wednesday
is chapel day at Freedom, girls must wear a navy polo with a khaki skirt, while boys wear a navy polo and khaki pants. 







 

Homework

 

Reasonable amounts of homework will be given. It should be completed each day. Light homework if any is assigned on Wednesday.

  

Chapel

 

Students have chapel one day each week. It is a time for singing and the teaching of the Bible. Various staff members of the school speak in these chapels. On occasions, there are guest speakers.

  

Discipline

Freedom Academy has a zero tolerance policy regarding bullying. 
Any student found bullying or otherwise "picking on" other students may be removed from Freedom Academy immediately.  We will STRICTLY adhere to this policy.  

 

1st through 6th grades are expected to behave according to Freedom Academy policies as well as their classroom rules. If there is a minor discipline problem, the teacher will handle it in the classroom. If a problem persists, the teacher will send a discipline notice home to inform the parent of the problem. The note is to be signed by the parent and returned the next day. It is our expectation that parents will address the problem with their student.  Conferences may also be arranged as necessary.
Freedom Academy believes in the Biblical corporal correction, but we will not administer corporal correction. This is left to the parents.

Detention may be assigned as deemed necessary and appropriate by the Administration.  Detention costs $10.00.  Detention cost must be paid before it can be served.

 

If a problem persists, the Principal will call the parents to have them respond to the issue. If a situation arises in which the student continues to disobey or disrupt the class, the student will be removed from Freedom Academy.

 

Field Trips

 

During the year there will be field trips to different points of interest. If a child has had inappropriate conduct in class they may not be permitted to attend field trips. Field trips are considered privileges. Students must wear their red school shirt or their Freedom Academy spirit shirt.

 

Parents who intend on attending field trips MUST be fingerprinted at the beginning of the school year at your own expense. 

 

Parents are required to observe the school dress code when assisting with field trips or helping with parties at school.

 

 

School Hours

 

School begins at 8:00 a.m. Students who arrive after 8:01 are considered tardy. School dismisses at 3:00 p.m. Children who remain after 3:15 will be put into After School Care and will be charged.

 

Arrival and Drop-Off Procedures

 

Please refer to the Arrival and Drop-Off Procedures in the “General Information” section of this handbook.

 

Dismissal and Pick-Up Procedures

 

Please refer to the Dismissal and Pick-Up Procedures in the “General Information” section of this handbook.

 

Before and After School Care

 

If a parent needs Before or After School Care, or both, arrangements can be made in the school office. Children not signed up for Before School Care must not arrive before 7:45 a.m., or they will be put in Before School Care and the parent will be billed. The students may go to class at 7:45 a.m.

 

Before School Care is available beginning at 7:00 a.m. At 3:15, all students signed up for After School Care will go to the designated area and can be picked up there. After School Care ends at 6:00 p.m. SHARP.

 

Any student picked up after 6:00 p.m. will be billed an additional $5.00 for every minute past 6:00 p.m.

 

Before and After School Care is to be pre-paid weekly

 

KINDERGARTEN DIVISION

 

Admission

 

A student must be five years old by September 1st to be admitted to the kindergarten program.

 

School Hours

 

School begins at 8:00 a.m. If a student arrives after 8:00 a.m., the student is considered tardy. Dismissal time is 3:00 p.m.

 

Discipline

 

Kindergarten students are taught that it is right to obey. Rules are explained very carefully and ample time is given for the students to learn what is expected. Positive reinforcement is used as much as possible to accomplish this. If a discipline problem persists at school, a note will be sent home to the parents asking for their help. A conference may also be necessary at times. We do believe in Biblical corporal punishment, but the school does not administer corporal punishment. This is left to the parents. If a problem persists the Principal will call the parents and have them come to the school. If a situation arises in which the student continues to disobey or disrupt the class and the parents refuse to come to school, the student will be dismissed from Freedom Academy.

 

Parties

 

The children may celebrate their birthday at school with a party if the parents desire. Please let the teacher know in advance. Please make provisions for students with medical conditions.

 

Homework

 

Homework may be assigned up to three nights a week. Any written homework should be returned the following day. Homework will be assigned on Wednesday only when classwork or seatwork was not completed.

 

Field Trips

 

Students will wear a red school shirt. Parents are asked to observe dress codes when assisting with field trips and parties.

 

Chapel

 

All students have chapel on Wednesday.

 

 

 

EMERGENCY CLOSINGS and RE-OPENINGS.

 

In the event of any school closing and re-opening, Freedom Academy will contact WTVT Channel 13 Fox News. 813-876-1313 or www.wtvt.com. It is the parents’ responsibility to check for openings and closing when severe weather or situations arise. We do not adhere Hillsborough County protocol openings and closings.

 

 

 

FINAL REMARKS

 

Freedom Academy reserves the right to alter any of the regulations and procedures in this handbook if deemed necessary.

 

The school’s desire is for the parents to understand that it is the goal of Freedom Academy to work closely with parents in the teaching and training of their children. This handbook is provided so that both the school and the parents can work together to accomplish the greatest spiritual and educational goals for our students.

 




ADDENDUM TO THE STANDARD OF CONDUCT

 

 A student may be dismissed or expelled from school or asked not to return the following year if he/she is out of harmony with the Statement of Faith (page 1), the spirit, or the policies of the school whether on or off property as determined in the sole discretion of the administration. Readmission considerations following dismissal will be determined on a case-by-case basis. The staff desires a harmonious relationship with parents. If parents have a question about school policy or an event that involves their child, they are to notify their child’s teacher. An effort will be made to resolve any differences and maintain excellent communication between parents and ministry staff.

 

Physical Contact & Immorality Defined

 

Demonstrations of romantic involvement between students on school property are forbidden. Hand holding, embracing or any other contact that would contribute to undue familiarity will not be tolerated. This type of behavior will result in detentions, suspensions or expulsion. Boys and girls must maintain a six-inch rule distant at all times. Behavior should be above reproach. In accordance with the ministry’s statement of faith and in recognition of Biblical commands, no immoral conduct will be tolerated. The Bible strictly forbids such conduct which includes immoral actions as well as advocating for sinful behavior. The following will not be tolerated in any form and will constitute expulsion: any actions or identifying statements concerning fornication, adultery, homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, or pornography. Gen. 2:24; Gen. 26:8-9 Gen. 19:5; Lev. 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; I Cor. 5:1; 6:9; I Thes. 4:1-19; Heb. 13;4.

All boys MUST use the boys' restroom, and all girls MUST use the girls' restroom.

 

Definition of “Immoral Act”

 

Bodily Contact, actively undertaken or passively permitted, between members of the opposite sex or members of the same sex for the purpose of satisfying sexual desires and any bodily contact that a reasonable person would understand to demonstrate a propensity or intent to engage in an immoral or homosexual act.

 

Definition of “Identifying Statement”

 

A statement that a student is a homosexual, bisexual, or otherwise immoral, or words to the effect or language or behavior that a reasonable person would believe is intended to convey the statement that a student engages in or has a propensity or intent to engage in immoral and/or homosexual acts. Example: “ I am gay,” “I am homosexual,” “I have a homosexual orientation.” Homosexual conduct, defined as acts or identifying statements, is incompatible with the enrollment at Freedom Academy and is a basis for dismissal. 

 

Premarital Pregnancy Policy

 

A student who is pregnant, married, or a parent of a child will not be allowed to attend Freedom Academy.  If a student becomes pregnant, she will be asked to withdraw immediately.  Young men responsible for pregnancy will be held accountable in a similar manner.