ADMISSIONS POLICIES & PROCEDURES
Non-Discrimination Policy: Iakina Adventist Academy makes no discrimination based on race, religion or social background in admission or education policies, applications for admission, and participation in extra curricular programs. The school is open to all young people who desire a Christian education. Students who apply for admission should be in sympathy with the philosophy, purposes and objectives of the school and live in harmony with its principles.
Student Pledge: It is understood that every student applying for admission to Iakina Adventist Academy pledges himself to willingly observe all its regulations and uphold the Christian principles on which the school operates.
The Application Process: Acceptance to Iakina Adventist Academy is based upon the student's ability to benefit from the school's philosophy and curriculum and must adhere to the following application process:
- 1. Complete application, or update information.
- 2. Clear financial arrangements with the business office.
- 3. Complete or update immunization record.
- 4. Clear registration fee.
- 1. Complete application form.
- 2. Submit previous year's report card.
- 3. Transfer document from school attended.
- 4. Present Birth Certificate, updated Immunization record (for K5-Level 6), and Immigration Status Record.
- 5. Clear registration fee.
Grade Placement: The school can administer a grade placement test to any student. The result will help determine the grade which best suits the student's proficiency and progress. The final decision of grade placement will be left to the school staff in consultation with the parents.
Acceleration: Iakina Adventist Academy discourages acceleration of a student ahead of his age grouping. If consideration is being given to acceleration, the criteria as established by the Samoa Mission and Trans-Pacific Union Mission, Department of Education, must be followed.
Teachers Preference Request: Every effort is made to obtain a balance in each classroom, academically, socially, psychologically and behaviorally. Each child is looked at individually and we endeavor to place each child in the best possible learning environment.
The placement process is greatly complicated by parents requesting specific teachers and is therefore discouraged. Your co-operation in allowing us to make the placement decision will be greatly appreciated. If you feel that there are extenuating circumstances that we should be aware of regarding your child's placement, you may state those circumstances in a request letter to the Principal.
Modesty, simplicity, appropriateness for the activity, neatness, and cleanliness are important in choosing school clothing and uniforms. Uniforms must be clean, neat and well pressed for it represents the school. The following guidelines will assist in accomplishing this objective:
Established school uniform will be worn Monday through Friday. Disciplinary action will result when student consistently fails to wear school uniform on designated days.
- Uniform that is dirty, torn, frayed, grubby, or unbecoming is not acceptable.
- Messages on clothing with inappropriate meaning or advertising is unacceptable.
- Non-uniform clothes must be appropriate and conservative and not to encourage promotion of fads unbecoming of Christians.
- Jewelry such as earring, rings, ankle or wrist bracelets and necklaces are unacceptable.
- Hairstyles should be modest and appropriate in length and design; no exceptions.
- Unnatural styles that draw attention are unacceptable.
- Students are not allowed to wear mustache, beard or any form of facial hair style.
- Sleeveless shirts or tops are not acceptable.
- Tight pants, cutoffs, and ripped/frayed or torn pants are not acceptable.
- Tank tops and tops with shoulder straps are not permitted unless worn with a shirt or blouse underneath.
DISCIPLINE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Rules and guidelines in connection with the behavior of students are essential to maintaining a proper learning atmosphere in school. While it does not appear as a subject, it underlies the whole educational structure. Discipline is training that develops self-control, character, orderliness, and efficiency. Conformity to commonly accepted norms of behavior, particularly with respect to the rights of others, is basic to the preservation of a positive school environment.
The desired experience in discipline is self-discipline. One of the primary aims of Iakina Adventist Academy is to develop each student a level of self-discipline in preparation for a successful, self-directed life. Iakina Adventist Academy, when disciplining its students, it is important for them to learn:
- To take control of their lives
- To think for themselves
- To have to make decisions and live with consequences
- To experience logical cause/effect connections.
The Administration will entertain extreme disciplinary problems that may occur. Before any case reaching this stage, disciplinary actions may be handled by individual staff and faculty members. If any problems are not resolved between students, parents, and staff, then the case may be referred to the Administration for further actions. Disciplinary actions may include, but are not limited to, loss of privileges, special duties, detention, fines, confiscation, restitution, re-assignment, suspension, or even expulsion.
The success of the school depends in a large measure upon good faith and wholehearted cooperation between the school staff and parents in handling student problems.
Expectations for Conduct
Some practices will not be tolerated at Iakina Adventist Academy. In general, respect for other people and things are expected of all students, faculty and staff. Based on this principle, all students are subject to disciplinary actions for any violations committed. Among some of the basic offenses are the following:
- Use of drugs, narcotics, alcohol, or tobacco products. Iakina Adventist Academy is a Drug Free campus and there is zero tolerance for any form of drug involvement, use, distribution, or possession. Immediate expulsion from school will result in any infraction.
- Playing games that do not uphold Christian values, such as gambling, betting, etc.
- Possessing dangerous weapons at any time around the school campus.
- Using profane language or possession of obscene literature or pictures.
- Stealing, dishonesty, lying, cheating, fighting, etc.
- Destroying school or other student's properties.
- Undermining the principles of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
- Harassment of other people, including other students and staff.
- Tampering with safety equipment or school building wiring.
- Disrespecting teachers and staff or being disruptive in class.
Because communication sometime breaks down and can result in misunderstanding, a grievance procedure is established by the Iakina Adventist Academy School Board in harmony with the counsel of Jesus in Mathew 18. Please follow the procedure listed below in case of a problem.
- 1. If you have a concern about a specific classroom problem, talk to the teacher first in order to discuss the concern and resolve the stated problem.
- 2. If satisfactory results are not obtained, contact the Principal to request a conference.
- 3. If further action is required, a complainant may make a written request to the School Board through the Chairman.
- 4. If the complainant wishes, he may appeal the decision of the School Board to the Samoa Mission, Department of Education.
- 5. It is recommended that records be kept of all communications in any grievance case.
SICKNESS OR ACCIDENT
Students who become sick at school will be cared for by staff till parents are contacted. In serious cases, immediate attention will be obtained while parents are being notified but all medical costs are the responsibility of the parents. Simple first aid will be applied at the school for minor cuts and abrasions, etc. The school will not be held liable for accidents that may occur as proper supervision is given by the staff.
LIBRARY POLICIES & PROCEDURES
- Philosophy and Goals: The purpose of the Library is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information. This is accomplished by providing intellectual and physical access to materials in various formats; providing instruction to foster competence and stimulate interest in reading, viewing and using information and ideas; and by working with other fellow teachers and educators to design learning strategies to meet the needs of individual students.
- Hours of Operation: The Library is open during all school hours and is then closed 1 hour after schools are out.
- Circulation: Reference books must be used in the library and cannot be checked out. Other books can be checked out for up to 7 days and can be renewed if no one else has requested the book. There is no limit (within reason) on the number of books that can be checked out at one time. Check out privileges is revoked if a student owes a fine or has an overdue item.
- Fines: The fine for overdue books is $.25 per day. The maximum fine charged for an overdue book is $5.00. If a book is lost, a replacement fee must be paid. If the book is later found and returned the money will be refunded minus the overdue charge. If you break an old chair you will be fined half the prize but for new chairs you will be charged the full amount.
- o Students-Library policy is directed toward keeping the Library a calm, friendly, well-equipped area in which students may study or spend leisure time reading. Students who wish to use the Library must accept a basic idea-that they are not to disrupt others. Use the Library for reading and studying only. Decisions regarding the appropriateness of behavior will be made the Librarian.
- Internet: Library is equipped with Internet access. Students can use from 8:00 to 3:00pm given authorizations from a staff member
COMPUTER LAB POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Privileges: The Computer Lab is here for the use of all students at Iakina Adventist Academy. The use, however, is a privilege and comes with some responsibility. Any student not demonstrating this responsibility may lose this privilege. Removal of any equipment, materials or supplies without prior approval is strictly prohibited. Persons caught will lose computer room privileges during rest of school year.
Use During Class Time: On occasion, various classes may use the lab for uses deemed beneficial by the instructor. Students must be under close supervision and must follow instructions for class work when using the lab. Students who are to be in the class during assigned period must have priority to available units. They must not abuse this privilege.
Use Outside Class: The lab is available to students for the completion of various school related tasks. These may be assignments given by a class, general research or practice. The lab, however, is not an entertainment center. Use for non-academic purposes is not a granted privilege. Use outside of class is not a priority during class periods. Staff, faculty, or anyone not a member of the class in session must not interfere with class proceedings and must not be occupying any unit or disrupting a class in session.
Security: Security issues in the computer lab fall into three categories:
- 1. Protection of student material- Wise use of backup copies is important for the protection of student files. Another prime concern, however, is the unauthorized tampering with or use of student files. Students do not have the privilege of erasing, editing, copying or moving any files other than their own.
- 2. Protection of computer lab equipment- For the protection of hardware and software, certain behaviors are strictly forbidden:
- a. Installation of any software other than that installed by the lab administrator.
- b. Bringing in food, drink, gum, candy or any magnetic article.
- c. Moving, rearranging, modifying, or otherwise abusing equipment.
- d. Running or other form of horse-play.
- 3. Adherence to copyright laws- It is our moral obligation to uphold United States and Bible laws and standards. For this use, illegal use, modification, or piracy of software is strictly prohibited.
The Internet: Iakina Adventist Academy receives T1 AS-DOE Erate link for its Internet service. We take the use of this resource very seriously. Any student using the Internet in any form must have a signed Acceptable Use Policy form filed and on record. Furthermore, use of the Internet is closely and strictly supervised. Student correspondence and materials sent or received on the Internet are not private and may be examined by a supervisor at any time. However, students do not have the privilege of perusing materials intended for someone else.
Information accessed through the internet must be related to education. Pornography and other adult-content materials are absolutely prohibited and accessing them via the Internet is not part of this education at Iakina Adventist Academy. Any student or user of the computer lab who violate and abuse computer lab policy will automatically forfeit Computer Lab privileges if found guilty.
HOME AND SCHOOL ASSOCIATION
All parents of students attending Iakina Adventist Academy as well as staff and teachers, and friends of the school are members of the Home and School Association. Its purpose is to help the school reach its potential by:
- Providing a voice of the group to the Board and school administration in relation to operation of the school.
- Assist faculty in providing extracurricular opportunities to students.
- Ensure support is provided to the school that shows partnership between parents and school in education process of each child.
- Assist in raising funds to supplement enrichment activities that may need financial help over and beyond school budget.
The President of the association automatically becomes a member of Iakina Adventist Academy School Board.
Policy on Grades, Attendance & Discipline
The primary purpose for attending a Christian school is to receive an education that will fit the person for this life and the life to come. While the staff has a responsibility to uphold and promote Christian ideals, the main function of a school by definition is to prepare the student academically. Thus the academic program must take precedence over other programs the school offers.
1. Students who receive an incomplete in any course need to take immediate steps to correct their deficiencies; therefore, they will be ineligible to participate in off campus academic or non-academic school activities until the problem is corrected. Students with incompletes will be eligible as soon as the incompletes are officially changed to passing grades.
2. A student who is eligible for Extra-curricular activities (athletics, class or S.A. office etc.) must have at least a 90% attendance rate for all classes, including chapel and study halls.
3. Students currently under disciplinary measures such as suspension, behavioral probation, etc, may not participate in any school-sponsored off-campus activities until their discipline period has been completed. Students attending or participating in school-sponsored on-or off-campus activities who do not uphold the school's dress or behavior standards will be counseled and may be excluded from the next off-campus activity.