LOVE: According to the Holy Scriptures, our love for God must be our primary concern. Next to loving God, our love for others must be our next order of concern. Our love for God and others must be evident in our conduct. This is best demonstrated by putting the best interests of others before our own interests.
“Love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore, love is the fulfillment of the law.” – Romans 13:9B-10
RESPECT: Students must always be respectful of:
- The authority of the school administration, staff, faculty and all other responsible adults.
- The rights, property, safety and feelings of fellow students.
- The school and church property.
“Obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart.” – Ephesians 6:5-6
OBEDIENCE: Students must obey their parents and therefore their teachers, since the Christian family delegates responsibility and
authority for education to the Christian School. Students should be obedient to all requests that fall within Biblical teaching and morality. A student who is uncomfortable with a request, regardless of its source, is encouraged to seek advice and or instruction from the Principal and or a teacher.
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” – Ephesians 6:1
SUBMISSION: Students must submit themselves to the governing authority of the Christian School.
“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.” – Romans 13:1-5
HONESTY: Students must exercise honesty in all aspects of their character. Lying, cheating and stealing are contrary to Christian character and may not be used in any fashion or form. Academic honesty is critical as students prepare and complete assignments. Plagiarism, cheating, fabrication, misrepresentation of assignments and aiding others in the same, must not be part of the lifestyle of a MCA student.
“The Lord abhors dishonest scales, but accurate weights are His delight.” – Proverbs 11:1
COMMUNICATION, LANGUAGE AND SPEECH: Vulgar, profane, obscene and demeaning language or speech will not be heard at MCA. Students will not speak to anyone using language that is intended to be or that can be perceived as negatively sarcastic, taunting, ridiculing or provoking.
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” – Ephesians 4:29
STUDENT ETIQUETTE: The goal of appropriate student etiquette is for students to further demonstrate their Christian character by
participating in a positive manner when they wish to be recognized in class by the teacher. Students will participate when they are recognized before they speak in the classroom. Interruption of a conversation of any other person in the room, including teachers and other students, is not consistent with proper etiquette. In the corridors students are to exercise decorum and behavior conducive to a Christian learning environment.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” – Philippians 2:3-4
RESPONSIBILITY: It is important that each student make progress in the area of personal responsibility. For example, remembering classroom procedures, returning notes and homework in a timely manner, following MCA standards, having proper supplies etc., are all areas that students are expected to make a priority effort in accomplishing.
“And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man.” – Luke 2:52
ADDITIONAL ITEMS OF FOCUS IN THE CODE OF CONDUCT
Alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs and gambling
Mountainside Christian Academy has a zero tolerance policy for possession of illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, alcohol and tobacco. Students may not have possession of these items on the school property; in transportation to or from school, whether by private or public transportation; or in any school activity on or off campus. Any student found in violation of the school policy will be subject to involvement with civil authorities and/or expulsion. Students are expected to observe without exception, abstinence, both on and off campus from the use of these items.
Mountainside Christian Academy chooses a conservative pattern of student life with respect to dancing/ movies/movie theaters/television etc. Based on scriptural principles, all forms of entertainment should be evaluated for their worthiness before we engage in them. Apply careful and prayerful consideration, in order that all activities bring honor to Christ’s name.
Mountainside Christian Academy recognizes that people have varying personal preferences in this area. Music that will be played at school activities needs to get prior approval from the administration before being used. We would suggest that careful consideration be used in determining the bands and the music style that you choose for your personal enjoyment.
PC (Personal Contact)
Students are expected to refrain from physical contact with each other. Students who engage in sexual activity of any kind are subject to discipline including suspension and expulsion, because such activities are in violation of principles of the Word of God, and Mountainside Christian Academy.
In both the Old and New Testaments, God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity should take place outside of marriage between one man and one woman. Accordingly all forms of fornication, adultery, homosexuality, lesbianism, incest, and pornography are sinful, and, therefore, misuses of God’s gift of sex. (Gen. 2:24, Gen. 19:5, Gen. 26:8-9, Rom. 1:26-29, I Cor. 5:1, I Thess. 4:1-8, Heb. 13:4)
The possession of weapons is strictly prohibited. Guns, knives (legal length or otherwise), razor blades, box cutters, pepper spray, mace or any object that could be used to intimidate, threaten, or bring bodily harm to another student is forbidden. Students may not have possession of these items on the school property; in transportation to or from school by public transportation; or in any school activity on or off campus. Students may not have any type of knife in their lunch container.