Enrollment & Tuition Info
Why Christian Education?
1. GOD’S WORD IS TAUGHT. We have a clear biblical mandate to saturate our children’s minds with the Word of God. It is a difficult task under any circumstances but virtually impossible in a pubilc school setting.
2. GOD TELLS US TO TEACH CHILDREN THROUGH THE WORD. God expects you as a Christian parent to nurture His Word in the hearts and minds of your children. This is best accomplished in a setting where home, church and school all send the same message of truth with conviction and consistency.
3. THE SCHOOL TEACHES YOUR VALUES. Even the best public schools usually either teaches against the values you teach at home or disregards them altogether. By entrusting your child to educators who share your values you will have more time to get to know them instead of debriefing them.
4. SAFETY. Christian schools are a safer place for your children to receive an education. While not devoid of problems-even severe ones like drug and alcohol use- they are far less likely to occur and far more likely to be met with firm disciplinary action.
5. ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT. Contrary to popular opinion, students at Christian schools consistently outperform their public school counterparts. Their standardized test scores are way above the curve and they are better prepared for college upon graduation.
6. PARENT AND STUDENT INVOLVEMENT. In a Christian school children are more likely to be involved in extracurricular activities because it is a less-threatening atmosphere. Parents are more involved because the school and home are partners in the child’s education.
7. TEACHERS LOVE AND FEAR THE LORD. Christian school students perform well academically because they have a higher percentage of teachers who genuinely care about them because of their own love for the Lord. Most of these dedicated men and women sacrifice greater monetary rewards to serve where they can do the most intrinsic good.
8. INDIVIDUAL ATTENTION. Christian schools can almost always offer more individual attention than public schools. Class sizes are smaller and students are encouraged to be participants rather than spectators, learning how to think quickly while gaining valuable experience in sharing their thoughts and opinions in a public forum.
9. SUCCESS AFTER GRADUATION. Because students perform at a higher level in the classroom their options upon graduation are more abundant and they are more able to handle the rigors of higher education. They have also recieved the spiritual foundation they need to excel in areas of ministry, whether it be as a career or volunteer oriented.
10. PEER PRESSURE. Children will be exposed to bad company no matter where they go to school. But in a Christian environment they will be less likely to find themselves surrounded by destructive influences and more likely to find positive ones.
The purpose of the dress code is to help the student better focus their attention on academic and spiritual improvement by reducing the distractions that may be caused by others’ outward appearance. Students are expected to follow both the letter and intent of this dress code at school and while participating in school activities.
Grace Christian Academy has a testimony to maintain in the community. One way the community judges the school is by the attire of its faculty and students. Because of this, it is imperative that everyone associated with GCA be above reproach in the matter of outward appearance.
The key requirement of clothing for all students is that it be neat, clean, modest and appropriate for a student in a Christian school. All clothing must be of proper sizing and cover all undergarments.
Clothing must not be either made or worn so loose or so tight as to be immodest or in any way revealing. The following Biblical references are guides to assist us in this area: I Tim. 2:9,10 & I John 2:15.
1. Dress pants, khakis, chinos or jeans may be worn. This excludes camouflage pants, military fatigue pants, work pants, sweatpants, wind pants and excessively tight or baggy pants. Pants should not be ripped, torn or frayed. Belts will be worn on pants that have belt loops. Appropriate length shorts may be worn April-Oct.
2. A dress, polo shirt or t-shirt with no writing may be worn. Shirts should be tucked in. They may be left out if they have a straight hem on the bottom. Muscle shirts are not allowed. Hooded sweatshirts may be worn in school as long as the hoods are down. Hats will not be worn in school.
3. Casual or dress shoes may be worn. Neat and clean sneakers may be worn. Sandals with a strap on the back may be worn. Flip-flops may not be worn.
4. Hair must be neat, clean and trimmed. Mustaches should also be neatly trimmed. Beards are not allowed. No extreme colors or styles are allowed
5. Body piercing of any kind are not allowed.
6. Sunglasses are not to be worn in school.
1. Dress pants, khakis, chinos or jeans may be worn. This excludes work pants, sweatpants, wind pants and baggy pants. “Skinny jeans” or leggings must be worn with long tops (to the fingertips). Pants should not be ripped, torn or frayed. Belts will be worn on pants with belt loops. Appropriate length shorts, to the end of the fingertips, may be worn April-Oct.
2. Girls may wear modest blouses, collard shirts, polo’s and t-shirts with no writing on them. Shirts or blouses with low scooped necks and backs are not allowed. Shirts are too short and not allowed if they allow a bare midriff to be seen when the arms are raised. No tank tops are to be worn unless covered by a sweater, jacket, vest or similar covering. Sleeveless collared shirts are allowed. Hooded sweatshirts maybe worn in school as long as the hoods are down. Hats will not be worn in school.
3. Skirts or dresses may be no shorter than the top of the knee when standing. Slits in skirts or dresses are to be no higher than the top of the knee when standing. Skirts and dresses should not be form fitting. They are too tight if at least 2 inches of material can’t be pinched freely at the hip area. Dresses with spaghetti straps or that are low scooped in the front and/or back are not to be worn without another covering that meets the dress code.
4. Casual or dress shoes may be worn. Neat and clean sneakers may be worn. Dress sandals may be worn but flip-flops may not. Heels are to be no more than 1? in height
5. No extreme or unnatural hair colors or styles.
6. Pierced jewelry is allowed only on ears. Gauged ears/earrings are not allowed.
7. Sunglasses are not to be worn in the school building
For special occasions, such as Sports Award Nights, and formal functions, such as the Senior Banquet students may dress up as formally as desired as long as they are in keeping with the school’s dress code standards.
Tuition is never an issue!
This is a very real problem and one of the most common parental objections. Christian schools cost money, a lot of money. But before we get too carried away with fiscal concerns, we need to ask ourselves an important question: Do we have a moral obligation to give our children a Christian education? If so, then God will do for us what He does anytime He gives us a command. He will give us the means to obey it.
Statements like: “God will make a way” or “If He’s called you, He will equip you” may sound a little trite, but they happen to be true. If you have a biblical mandate to provide your children with a Christian education – and all of us have to make that determination for ourselves – God will not let a little thing like insufficient funds stop you from obeying Him. Not if you are committed to hearing and obeying His will in the matter.
He may give you a raise or provide a part-time job. He may show you how to cut a few corners. One way or another He will make a way – because if educating your children in a Christian setting is a genuine responsibility, the financial cost becomes a genuine need. And God has promised to supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. In some cases, churches have been known to assist their members. Sometimes grandparents, aunts and uncles are able to provide financial support. Financial aid may be available through the school for needy families.
At the end of the day, God may ask you to have a step of faith. Then another. Then another. Pretty soon you will be walking in a promise that has been repeated so often it has become the quintessential Christian cliche. When God calls us to a task, He equips us to fulfill it. The Red Sea was no match for Him. The red in your checkbook will not be either!
Link to “Maine Children’s Scholarship Fund”