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Admission Policy

 

Champlain Valley Christian School (CVCS) seeks to glorify our risen Savior by equipping our children spiritually, intellectually, and physically to meet the challenges that Christians face in an ever-changing world.  We are grounded in biblical truth, academic excellence, and parental partnership while emphasizing a life-long commitment to Jesus Christ and Christian fellowship. 

As a Christian school, we partner with parents who want their children to receive a Christ-centered education. We recognize parents who make a commitment to Christian education have varying levels of personal faith and church affiliation.  Although it is our desire that one or both parents give evidence of a personal faith in Jesus Christ as his/her Savior,   families showing a strong interest to attend will be considered. In order for CVCS to nurture the children it serves, it is important that parents understand and support the school’s objectives. To that end, CVCS adheres to the following admission requirements. 

  1. The parent(s) or guardian(s) explore the strategy and values of Champlain Valley Christian School and determine they would like to have their child educated in accordance with the statement of faith and school objectives upon which Champlain Valley Christian School is based.
  2. The parent(s) or guardian(s) complete an application for enrollment. This application requires that at least one parent sign an agreement to have their child educated according to the school’s statement of faith and understand the school reserves the right to dismiss the child if he/she does not respect its spiritual standards or cooperate in the educational process (see Parent/Student Handbook.)  The application includes a $50 non-refundable application fee.
  3. A pastor turns in a completed pastoral reference form for the student’s household.  If the family is not able to obtain a pastoral reference, they must provide a letter of reference from a non-family member.
  4. The parent(s) or guardian(s) meet with the school board in order to share their family’s faith commitments; discuss the school’s desire to see a consistency in faith nurture between the home, church and school; and address questions the parents have about the school.
  5. The school requires students to participate in academic placement testing to assist with grade placement decision and confirm the school can adequately meet the educational and behavioral needs of the student. 

The Champlain Valley Christian School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of educational policies, scholarship and loan programs and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Admissions Process

  1. The parent(s) or guardian(s) get to know about CVCS by exploring the website, talking to current parents or students of the school, and visiting the school in person. Contact the school at 802-877-3640 or office@cvcsvt.com to schedule a visit and obtain an application packet.
  2. The parent(s) or guardian(s) complete and submit all application forms with the $50.00 application fee (non-refundable) to the school.
  3. After all the paperwork is processed, the school board will contact the family to schedule a time to meet.
  4. The parent(s) or guardian(s) meet with the school board in order to give the family and the board an opportunity to become familiar with each other, to answer any questions the family may have about the school, and to determine if CVCS is a good match for the family’s educational objectives. The school administrator schedules and oversees academic and behavioral assessment and makes a recommendation to the Board.
  5. A final decision will be made by the Champlain Valley Christian School Board.

In order for a student to be enrolled in Kindergarten, he/she shall have at least attained the age of five years prior to September 1st of the year he/she enters school.  A child beginning school for the first time must have a physical check-up and have all state required immunizations. A dental check-up is also advised, however not required. 

Academic and Behavioral Screening 

Kindergarten screening is offered to help assess a school placement that will help children achieve their best combination of personal happiness, academic progress, and the use of God-given abilities.

Children learn best if they are at a level and an environment suitable to them.  They must be motivated and challenged, but not frustrated.  For this reason, we do not move children from grade to grade regardless of their progress and learning capacity.

Every student new to Champlain Valley Christian School will be placed at his/her appropriate grade level after being assessed by qualified CVCS faculty members. This screening will take place after the following two steps have taken place:

  1. The Board has reviewed the prospective family’s application.
  2. The Board has interviewed and accepted the prospective family based on matters other than academics.

After the academic and behavioral screening has been completed, the faculty will make recommendation to the Board for admission based on the screening results, prior academic records, and other pertinent documentation. The Board will communicate the final decision for correct placement to the parents. 

CVCS is unable to admit a student whose academic, emotional, or behavioral support/service needs exceed the services CVCS is able to provide.  This includes, but is not limited to, a student who has been on or qualifies for an IEP, 504 Plan, or other plan for additional services.  If the CVCS Administrator and teacher performing the academic evaluation for grade placement determine the applying student will need additional services beyond the scope of CVCS (even if the child is placed in a lower grade level) that child will not be admitted for enrollment.