Cedar Hill

Preparatory Academy

 

Call for more information:

972-293-9800

Fax: 972-293-8383

info@thechpa.com

1513 S. Hwy. 67

Cedar Hill, Texas 75104

Appearance / Dress / Hygiene / Fragrances

We request that students come to class clean and neat.  Offensive body odors and dirty or unkept hair that is covering the eyes are not acceptable.  In addition, our school is a perfume free zone.  We ask our teachers / staff to not wear perfume or use other chemical fragrances (hand lotions, fabric softeners, etc.) due to the increased number of allergies and chemical sensitivities.  We would ask our students to abide by the same rules. “Clean and neat” also refers to clothing.  We ask that students dress appropriately.

What is inappropriate for students to be wearing to school?

-Profanity on clothing

-Clothing that promotes drugs or alcohol

-Pictures that would scare small children

-Clothing that doesn’t cover the body including exposed underwear

-Bizarre make-up

-Extreme hair coloring that would be distracting in class

-Distracting piercings (No jewelry can be worn in eyebrow, lip, or nose piercings)

Please note that backpacks and/or large purses are not allowed in classrooms.  There is not space for them. Also, keep in mind that the building is “very” air-conditioned.  If your child is cold-natured they will want to wear more clothes vs. less.

 

Attendance

We take our responsibility to educate our students very seriously; therefore, it is imperative that all Cedar Hill Preparatory Academy students are in attendance and on time every day.  We cannot teach a student that is not in attendance! We understand that there are occasions that students are ill and/or have conflicts that cannot be avoided.  We allow three (3) excused absences per semester unless special arrangements have been made with administration.  Unexcused absences and/or absences in excess of three (3) per semester will be made up as scheduled by administration during after school tutoring time.  The current hourly rate for tutoring will be charged to the student’s account.

In addition, tardies will be assessed if a student is not in their classroom prepared to begin at the appropriate time.  Five (5) tardies (anything less that 30 minutes) will be counted as one (1) absence. 

If a student will not be attending on any given day, it is the parent’s responsibility to contact CHPA to alert them.  If a student is not in attendance and CHPA is not contacted, parents will be contacted immediately.  Please note that we do not accept calls from students in regard to absences.

Bad Weather

When bad weather is an issue please listen to Channel 8 news.  We understand that our families travel from a wide variety of areas.  Administration will make a decision about road safety in our immediate area, but obviously, just because it is safe here, doesn’t necessarily mean that it is safe where you are.  Call us.  We will understand.  We will work with individual situations on a case by case basis. Please note that there are no make-up days.

Calendar / Holidays

Please find a current school calendar by clicking HERE. All holidays, teacher workdays, etc. are noted on the calendar. While we attempt to follow the calendars of local schools for major holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas & Spring Break) so that families can coordinate holidays, the rest of our calendar does not follow that of local schools. Please do not assume we are off because a local public / private school is — please refer to our school calendar for specifics!

 

Conduct

Respect – This encompasses everything.  One should have respect for others feelings, work and possessions.  This will be promoted and taught at every available opportunity.  Bullying is not tolerated.

Consequences – We believe in both positive and negative consequences — both of which are a result of a student’s choices and behavior.  If there is an issue with a student, that student will be asked to visit the office at which time a decision will be made as to how to handle the issue.  Normally, the three strike policy is utilized — we would prefer to handle all incidents at the school level; however, after three visits to the office, parents are called and the student may be asked to leave for the day or for the semester based on the severity of the offense.  We hope this is a policy we never have to enforce.

 

Electronic Devices to include Cell Phones

Cell phones, iPads, Mp3 players, and other electronic devices are not allowed in the classrooms.  While amazing inventions, these devices have been proven to be more distracting than helpful. This includes cell phones! Our students are not allowed to have their cell phones on them. (They are so talented at texting, etc. that they have been caught doing it while working with a teacher one-on-one! They are aware of every time it vibrates, etc.) Some students choose to leave their phones in their car. If they choose to bring them in, they place them in a basket at the front desk. If you need to talk to your child please call the front desk, and we will go and get them to talk to you and/or give them a message. The same rules apply for all electronic devices. *Note: Students will be given a one-time warning. On the second offense, the electronic device/cell phone will be kept for three days. A third infraction will cause the device to be forfeited for the remainder of the year.

 

Safety / Vehicle Policy

Students driving vehicles to school should not be on the premises prior to 12:45 p.m. unless they are here for school business.  The vehicles they drive may only occupy one (1) parking space.  Loud radios (i.e. woofers, etc.) should be turned off or down prior to entering the premises.  Students that conduct unsafe driving practices on the premises will not be allowed to park their vehicles on the property.

 

Tobacco / Weapons / Drugs

No tobacco of any kind (including e-cigarettes), weapons, drugs or alcohol of any type are allowed on school property. Anyone in possession of (body, purse, backpack or vehicle, etc.) or under the influence of the same, will be dismissed from school.

 

Tuition

When you enroll in Cedar Hill Preparatory Academy, you are obligating for one year and required to sign a contract.  Since our methods require one teacher for one child in many areas, we obligate to our staff for one year; therefore, if the student does not complete the term of the contract – parents are committed to pay the full amount of the contract term remaining at the time the student withdraws. Transcripts/records will not be forwarded until the account is paid in full.

Tuition is annual.  If paid monthly, tuition is due on the first day of every month and charged on the last scheduled school day prior to the 1st day of the month. The tuition MUST be guaranteed with a credit/debit card on file. If a parent prefers to pay with cash or by check, it must be received prior to the day charges are made (see above). A late fee will be assessed to all unpaid tuition balances.

Click HERE for CHPA Tuition and Fees 2018-2019

Basic Academic Information (All Grade Levels)

       Homework Assignments

       Report Cards

       

Homework Assignments

While as a rule we do not give homework assignments, there are cases when a student does not complete class work and homework must be assigned.  High school is when this occurs more often.  If homework is given in high school, it is because the student is behind and/or needs additional practice on a concept.  Zeros will be given for students that do not make an effort to complete homework and the student may be required to attend additional time at an additional fee.

Report Cards

In grades 1-6, nine-week report cards indicate “Satisfactory” or “Unsatisfactory” progress in each of the following subject areas:  Language Arts (includes reading, spelling, grammar, spelling, handwriting, and the writing process); Math (includes arithmetic and mathematics); Physical Education (Integrated Practice Protocol Program which addresses gaps in sensory-motor integration and focusing skills); and Social Studies/Science.

In grades 9-12, nine-week report cards indicate number grades in each course being taken.

Grading Scale / 4-Point Scale

A          90-100 / 4.0

B          80-  89 / 3.0

C          70-  79 / 2.0

*No credit is awarded for a grade below 70.

*Two running grade point averages (gpa) are kept on all high school students – one for “Core Courses” only and one for “All Courses.”

Academic Honesty Policy

Academic honesty and personal integrity are fundamental components of a student’s education and character development. The academically honest student produces work representative of his/her own efforts and abilities; whereas, the academically dishonest student attempts to show knowledge and skills he/she does not possess.

Cedar Hill Preparatory Academy believes that promoting academic honesty is the responsibility of the total school community.   In an environment where there is a commitment to academic honesty, students will know that teachers will not ignore or condone cheating, intentional plagiarism, or other acts of academic dishonesty. Students will also know that teachers, administrators, and parents/guardians will hold them accountable for any act of academic dishonesty.

Stakeholder Responsibilities

Promoting an atmosphere of academic honesty is the responsibility of all the stakeholders (student, parent/guardian, teacher, and administrator). The student is expected to adhere to the principles of academic honesty in completing all school-related assignments including but not limited to tests, both in and out of class. The parent/guardian is expected to support the academic honesty policy, encouraging their student to practice honesty in all matters.  Teachers are expected to encourage honesty and clearly communicate to students that academic dishonesty will not be condoned. The appropriate level of student collaboration for every assignment/assessment should be clearly defined.  It is the teacher’s responsibility in particular to teach students the process for giving proper credit when completing research so as not to plagiarize. Teachers must initiate appropriate consequences when any student is found to have exhibited academic misconduct. Administration is expected to support and implement the academic honesty policy with all stakeholders.

Definitions of Academic Dishonesty

So that there will not be any question as to what academic dishonesty entails, detailed examples are provided below.

Cheating – Cheating is using dishonest means in an attempt to obtain credit for academic work.

The following are considered examples of cheating:

*using/providing notes, documents, answers, aids, or helping another student on any assessment (i.e. tests, including quizzes and exams) or assignments, unless expressly permitted by the teacher.

*utilizing communication/electronic devices to send or obtain unauthorized information

*looking at another student’s paper, talking during an assessment, or violating any other expressed directions given by the teacher

*tampering with teacher materials and/or student record

Plagiarism – Plagiarism is any use of another individual’s ideas, words, or work without giving him/her appropriate credit. This includes information acquired from internet sources and/or the work of another student.

This includes:

*copying information without giving proper credit

*paraphrasing without giving proper credit

  We feel strongly that it is the teacher’s responsibility to teach students how to not plagiarize!

Fabrication – Fabrication is inventing information, falsifying research/projects and/or using other products with the intent to deceive.

Examples include:

*creating a false reason to receive special consideration for an assessment or assignment

       *citing information not taken from the         source indicated

*submitting a paper, lab report, or other academic exercise containing falsified data or evidence

Tampering – Tampering with teacher materials and/or student records for purposes of cheating or fabrication will not be tolerated.  Students who tamper with teacher materials and/or student records are subject to all academic honesty consequences.

Consequences

It is the school’s intent, through the use of consequences, that the student will learn from his/her mistakes and not exhibit dishonest behavior in the future. Violations of academic honesty are cumulative during a student’s entire attendance at CHPA High School (grades 9-12).

First Offense

*The student will be required to complete an alternative assignment with a ten point penalty deducted from the grade earned.

*The teacher will submit a referral to the administration.

*The administrator will notify the parent/guardian.

*The administrator will record the incident in the student’s personal file.

Second Offense

*Student will receive a zero for the original assignment.

*The teacher will submit a referral to the administration.

*The administrator will notify the parent/guardian.

*The administrator will record the incident in the student’s personal file.

*A conference will be held with the student and his parent/guardian.

Third Offense

*The student will be required to complete an alternative assignment with a ten point penalty deducted from the grade earned.

*The student will receive a zero for the original assignment.

*The student’s nine weeks grade will be lowered by one full letter.

*The teacher will submit a referral to the administration.

*The administrator will notify the parent/guardian.

*The administrator will record the incident in the student’s personal file.

*A conference will be held with the student and his parent/guardian.

*The student will receive a one day suspension.

*The student will receive no academic recognition or awards at their graduation ceremony.

Appeal Process

The burden shall be on the appealing party to demonstrate why the school’s decision should be overturned.  Appeals should be made to the school administration. The decision of the administrator shall be final.

Credit Recovery

When a Cedar Hill Preparatory Academy High School student fails a class at their previous school or while enrolled at CHPA, the class must be made up.  The student may retake the class during the regular school day or if time is an issue they will be required to regain the credit through Credit Recovery during the summer.  Credit Recovery classes are open to students from other schools and are offered based on student needs.  Classes will be formed when three or more students need credit for the same course. The first semester will be taught during the first summer session; the second semester will be taught during the second summer session.  Students from other schools will be provided with a transient transcript reporting their grade(s) to their home institution. Passing grades for CHPA students will be recorded on their transcripts in addition to the failed course, but only the passing Credit Recovery grade will be counted in their grade point average.

Dual Credit Classes

Students who are mature enough and ready academically are invited and encouraged to enroll in dual credit classes at local community colleges for some of their credits.  If this is something that a student is interested in, they must notify us so that we can help them proceed.  They must have already met the TSI (Texas Success Initiative) requirements for the school they want to attend.  They can have adequate scores on the TSI, the ACT, the SAT, etc.  (We help prepare students for all of these entrance tests.) Once TSI requirements are met, the community college may or may not want us (CHPA) to sign a contract with them for agreed upon services.  The courses are completely free at some community colleges; however, some do charge.  Students are always responsible for purchasing their own books.  Courses taken for dual credit will count both for high school graduation and college credit.  For example, English 1301 and 1302 credit will count for both freshman college English and high school English IV.  Students are usually limited by colleges as to how many dual credit courses they will be allowed to take, but it is possible to concurrently complete your freshman year of college as well as some sophomore level classes if dual credit is pursued for both junior and senior years.  Students who are ready for dual credit may complete these classes entirely on their own and take other classes with us or we can support the dual credit classes – monitoring progress, helping with assignments, etc.  Not all students are candidates for this program.

Repeated Courses Policy

Cedar Hill Preparatory Academy allows CHPA students to repeat any course passed with a grade of 70 or higher one time for potential grade improvement. The repeated course must be completed at Cedar Hill Preparatory Academy after hours or during summer school and alternative tests must be given. Both the original course grade and the repeated course grade will be included on the student’s transcript.  The course with the higher grade earned will be included in the calculation of the student’s GPA. The course with the lower grade will be reported as 0.00 credits on the transcript.  Repeated courses are not offered to students that are not full time Cedar Hill Preparatory Academy students.

Transcripts

Cedar Hill Preparatory Academy students will be provided with two official transcripts when required course work is completed and accounts are in good standing. Sealed transcripts may be given to the parents, however, many trade schools/colleges/universities require transcripts that are sent directly from our school. Additional official transcripts are $15.00 per transcript (unofficial are $10.00). Each transcript request (both official and unofficial) needs to be made via our Transcript Request Form (the form can be found HERE).

Transient Students

Transient or “visiting” students are individuals who are currently enrolled at an institution other than Cedar Hill Preparatory Academy and that want to take a class or classes at Cedar Hill Preparatory Academy and transfer the credit(s) back to their own home school. This can include credit recovery but it is not repeating a course for credit. CHPA will provide the student’s home institution with a transient transcript.  The student’s home institution will follow their own guidelines as to how the transient course(s) will affect a student’s grade point average.

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