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Discipline Code

“Chasten your son while there is hope, and do not set your heart on his destruction.” – Proverbs 19:18

In a professional and Biblical manner, Mountainside Christian Academy will deal with a student’s infraction (Love, Respect, Obedience, Submission, Honesty, Communication, Language and Speech, Etiquette & Responsibility {lack of}).

Depending upon the severity and/or recurring nature of the infraction, possible disciplinary steps by the teacher for any/all discipline code infractions are:

  • Verbal warning
  • Demerit issued
  • Prayer with student
  • Addressing the student’s behavior in a private conversation
  • Student’s seat may be changed
  • Time out
  • Loss of recess
  • Call/note home
  • Parent Conference
  • After-school detention – with prior parental notice
  • Probation
  • Suspension
  • Expulsion


At the Teacher’s discretion, a student at any time may be referred to the Principal.

Parents are encouraged to talk with teachers about behavior, attitude or academic issues of their students. Conferences can be set up by appointment, or parents can communicate via letter, e-mail or phone.

Merit Recognition
Merit certificates are issued at the end of each quarter for students who have accumulated less than 5 demerits in that quarter.

Demerits are negative incentives which indicate room for improvements in the student’s behavior. They do not necessarily equal ‘sin’. No one is expected to be perfect, and therefore, some demerits are to be expected. The system is designed to be objective and to indicate to the students and parents where the student is in need of improvement. Small numbers of demerits do not generally indicate a problem, large numbers do. The penalties, attached to the number of
demerits a student receives, are designed to bring the student’s habits within the parameters established by the school.

Demerit records are kept for all students and a copy is sent home with each report card.

Demerits are divided into three categories:
1. Responsibility demerits:
Untidiness; dress code violations; lack of supplies; homework not done; notes not returned to teachers or office etc.
The number of demerits issued for each of these infractions varies, depending upon each learning center.
Accumulating Responsibility Demerits:
At any time 5 demerits are accumulated in any category a 15 minute detention is given.

2. Procedural demerits:
Unauthorized talking; out of seat; disturbance/fooling around; learning center violations; tardy to class etc.
The number of demerits issued for each of these infractions varies, depending upon each learning center.

3. Moral demerits:
Poor attitude, backtalk & griping.
The penalty for these demerits are as follows:

  • 1st offense: 3 demerits
  • 2nd offense: 6 demerits
  • Elementary students – one hour of detention;
  • 7-12 grade students – one hour of detention and an essay.

Lying, cheating, swearing, stealing.
The penalty for these demerits are as follows:

  • 6 demerits
  • Elementary students: one hour of detention
  • 7-12 grade students: one hour of detention and an essay.

Accumulating Procedural & Moral Demerits in one Day
3 demerits in one day: detention – K-6 – 15 min.; 7-12 – 30 min.
4 demerits in one day: detention – K-6 – 30 min.; 7-12 – 45 min.
5 demerits in one day: detention – K-6 – 60 min.; 7-12 – 60 min.
6 demerits in one day: detention – K-12 – 60 min. & essay

Cumulative Procedural & Moral Demerits (Grades 5-12)
Cumulative demerit records will be maintained for all students in grades 5 and above. The following is a list of the penalties for the accumulation of procedural and moral demerits in one quarter:

15 demerits: Letter sent home to parents
25 demerits: Conference with student, Principal and faculty member. Detention of 30 minutes.
33 demerits: Conference with student, parents, Principal and faculty member. Detention of 1 hour.
40 demerits: Probation: No extra-curricular activities for the remainder of current quarter or the following quarter. If an additional 40 demerits are accrued before the end of the next quarter, the student will no longer be allowed to attend MCA. If by the end of the following quarter a student has received less than 40 demerits, they will be removed from probation.

Detention will be served beginning at 3:30 the day after the student has incurred the penalty. Notice will be sent home the day the penalty is incurred so alternative transportation can be arranged for the following day. This notice slip must be signed and returned to school the next day.

If 60 minutes of detention is incurred, it will served over the following two school days. Missed detentions will incur an additional 15 minutes of time to be served.

Faculty are not permitted to transport students home after a detention.

Grounds for Dismissal
The school reserves the right to dismiss or deny readmission to students for reasons in the following categories: