General Policies

Academic Testing

Maranatha Baptist Academy maintains a thorough testing program to measure student ability and progress. Test results are used to help the administration and faculty to work more effectively with each student and to make continual improvements to the curriculum. Freshman and Juniors are given Stanford achievement tests each spring. Sophomores are given the PLAN Test in the fall. Juniors and seniors are encouraged to take the ACT test as well. Students will be notified in advance concerning the times and places of these examinations.

Attendance/Absence Policies

In order for your child to gain the most from school, he must be in regular attendance. Excused absences will be given for the following:

  • Illness
  • Bereavement
  • Medical/dental/driver’s testing appointments

If a student is absent from school, parents are asked to call the school office. Homework assignments may be requested by the parent. Students with a dental or doctor appointment during school hours are asked to bring a note to the office in order to receive an early dismissal pass. Students must sign out at the office before leaving. If the student returns to school before the end of the school day, he is asked to report back to the office to sign in. The student, whether present or not, is responsible for all assignments, classroom lectures, notebooks, tests, homework, etc. It is the student’s responsibility to go to his or her teachers to inquire about assignments missed. Students chronically absent may see their grade affected. All homework missed during time away from school is to be made up and have ready for class on the first day back unless prior arrangements have been made with the teacher. If the work is not completed, the student will receive a 60% for each missed assignment.

A maximum of twelve excused absences is permitted per year. These are for non-school sponsored, parent-attended activities. MBA recognizes the authority and privilege of the parents to request a student to be absent from school. These days need to be arranged in advance. If a student exceeds the allotted twelve excused absences, the consequences may be reflected in the student’s grade.

Change of Address

Students are to provide the Academy office with any telephone numbers, cell phone numbers, e-mail addresses or contact persons for emergency purposes. Parents need to notify the Academy office if there are changes in addresses or telephone numbers.

Chapel

Chapel is held to exhort, encourage, challenge and strengthen each individual present.

Child Abuse Policy

Maranatha Baptist Academy personnel are required by law to report any evidence of child abuse to civil authorities. All such reports shall also be made known to the Academy administration.

Church Attendance

In accordance with the clear biblical teaching concerning our obligation to the local church, each student is expected to faithfully attend the services of a Bible-preaching church.

Computer Usage

Each Academy student will receive a personal computer account which will allow him access to the internet for school research and projects. MBU utilizes a tightly monitored filter system to screen content. Students are to abide by conditions agreed upon in the IT agreement form which is a prerequisite for computer use on campus. Access to computers by students during the school day will be monitored.

Crusader Kickoff

Maranatha Baptist Academy begins each school year with several days of activity for all students. The program is designed to allow faculty and students to get acquainted in a warm spiritual atmosphere. During these days, activities are designed to address the spiritual, social, emotional and physical aspects of a student’s life.

Eligibility

Student eligibility for extracurricular activities is based on grade average and deportment. The following guidelines will be followed:

  • An eligible student must be a full-time student carrying at least five credits
  • A student must maintain a “C” average overall, while not having any failing grades.
  • A failing grade in a class on the semester report card will result in three weeks ineligibility for the next semester. If a student earns two failing grades on a semester report card, one of the courses must be made up before the student can participate.
  • Eligibility is determined after the first three weeks of school and weekly thereafter.
  • To participate in an athletic game or practice or extracurricular activity, including fine arts, a student must be in school a minimum of four hours the day of competition.
  • A student’s failure to remain eligible will disqualify him or her from participating in athletic competitions, being part of a special group and from performing during the school play. Students will be allowed to participate in athletic practice sessions and rehearsals for the school play.

Fire Drills

Fire drills will be regularly conducted for the safety of our students. Evacuation routes for the Main Building have been posted in all of the classrooms to enhance safety.

Gym Usage

Because of the tremendous usage of the gymnasium and the potential liability involved, students may not be in the gymnasium at any time without being involved in a directed school function. A faculty, staff or parent must be present at all times.

Harassment Policy

At Maranatha Baptist Academy, we expect every student to be treated with fairness, respect, and dignity. Accordingly, any form of harassment related to an individual’s race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age or disability, or any other legally-protected basis is considered a violation of this policy and will be treated as a disciplinary matter. For these purposes, the term “harassment” includes slurs and any other offensive remarks, jokes, graphic material, or other offensive verbal, written, or physical conduct. MBA is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy school environment and takes all appropriate health and safety precautions consistent with current medical knowledge. Accordingly, students may not refuse to work with, cooperate with, withhold services from, or otherwise harass, intimidate, demean, or isolate a student because of a known or suspected disability or disease.

MBA will take all steps necessary to prevent any form of harassment from occurring. All teachers are informed of this policy and have been instructed as to what constitutes proper and improper behavior. MBA is prepared to promptly take the steps necessary to enforce this policy.

Library

Students who wish to use the Cedarholm Library Research Center during school hours must first obtain a library pass from a teacher. Students will be issued a library card at the start of the school year. Academy students are to follow the Library policies.

Lockers

Each Academy student will be issued an individual locker. These lockers are to be used to store books and personal belongings. Locker checks may be conducted by the administration. Locks will be issued upon student request.

Lost and Found

A college lost and found is located in the Post Office. It will be open every school day. An additional lost and found will be maintained in the Academy main office for items left in the Academy hall.

Lunch

Students are to eat their lunch in the Dining Hall or in the upstairs Student Center. Students are not permitted to leave campus or go to their car during the lunch period without prior permission from the Academy office.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled each fall after the first quarter. However, we encourage parents to schedule conferences with individual teachers at any time.

Participation

To participate in or attend an athletic game, practice, or extracurricular activity, including fine arts, a student must be in school a minimum of four hours the day of the activity.

Prohibited Articles

Tobacco in any form, alcoholic beverages, medicines not prescribed for that student, narcotics, dice, playing cards, knives, guns, matches, explosives of any kind, electronic games, radios, televisions or earphones are prohibited. Palm devices and computers are permissible but are not to be used as games or distractions. Cellular phones may be kept in the student’s locker or on their person. They are not to be seen or heard during the school day. They may be used with permission from the school office. Prohibited items used in an unauthorized fashion will be confiscated.

Required Functions

All Academy students are to attend the Academy concerts and commencement exercises. If it becomes necessary for a student to be absent from a required function, the student must bring a note explaining the reason for the absence and have it approved in advance by the administration.

School Awards

Team MBA Award

  • This award is given to students who best represent the core values, ideals, goals, and mission of Maranatha Baptist Academy. The students are nominated and then voted on by the faculty and staff. A student must have attended the Academy for a minimum of two years in order to qualify for this award.

MBA Spirit Award

  • The recipients of this award are determined by the faculty and staff at MBA. The students chosen for this award represent the spirit and purpose of the core values of Maranatha Baptist Academy: teamwork, truth, learning, and excellence. There will be one student chosen from grades 9 to 11 to receive this award.

Highest Academic Average

  • Awarded to the student from each grade that has the highest numerical grade average for the school year.

Valedictorian and Salutatorian

  • The Valedictorian and Salutatorian are awarded to those seniors having the highest cumulative grade point average earned in the eight semesters spent in high school. The student chosen as the Valedictorian must have at least a 3.75 GPA and the Salutatorian must have at least a 3.5 GPA. In order for a student to be selected for either award, they must have been enrolled in the Academy for a minimum of two years as a full-time student.

American Christian Honor Society

  • This organization was founded by the American Association of Christian Schools in March 1979 as a means to honor those students that portray certain character qualities. The American Christian Honor Society seeks to:
    • Advance Christian Scholarship
    • Challenge Christian Leadership
    • Honor Christian Character
    • Stimulate Christian Service
  • Entrance into the society is based upon a certain level of academic achievement as well as observations by the faculty and staff at the Academy. To qualify academically students must reach the following academic levels: sophomores 95%, juniors 92% and seniors 90%.

Presidential Academic Awards

  • The purpose of the President’s Education Awards program is to recognize academic success in the classroom. The two categories of awards are the President’s Award for Educational Excellence (students achieving a 3.8 GPA or above for this current school year) and the President’s Award for Educational Achievement (i.e. students that show outstanding educational growth, improvement, commitment or intellectual development in their academic subjects).

School Closings

A severe storm or other emergencies may require the school to be closed. If Watertown Unified School District is closed then MBA will also be closed. When the school has been closed, look for Watertown Unified School District on the following TV and radio stations:

  • WKCH 106.5 FM WJJO 94.1 FM WISN-TV Channel 12
  • WTMJ 620 AM WFAW 940 AM WSJY 107.3 FM
  • WISC-TV Channel 3 WMTV-TV Channel 15 WTMJ-TV Channel 4

School closing information is also available by calling the college Welcome Center at 920-261-9300.

School Equipment

Each student is expected to treat every piece of property at the school with respect. Students are encouraged to help keep the floors and grounds free of paper and other materials. Cost of damages inflicted upon school property will be paid by the student. Individuals causing willful damage will be disciplined and assessed fees for repair or replacement.

Senior Trip

Each year the Senior Class takes a class trip. This usually occurs near the end of the year. All seniors are expected to participate, as it is part of their graduation requirements. The cost of the trip will vary, but there is an opportunity to raise many of the funds during the year by class projects.

Solicitation

Soliciting is not allowed at MBA without the permission of the administration. This includes the selling of tickets, candy, etc., the distribution of political or religious materials, or the circulation of petitions.

Student Activities

Student activities at MBA are designed to build leadership qualities in our students and to provide a guided atmosphere for social interaction. Each grade is sponsored by an Academy faculty. Under the guidance of its sponsor and the leadership of its officers, each class plans and conducts class meetings, events, and fundraisers.

Student Drivers 

Any student, having permission from their parents and possessing a valid driver’s license, may drive to school. Once a vehicle has been parked on campus, the student is to leave the car and not return to it until the end of the day, unless special permission is obtained from the Academy office. Loitering around the cars is prohibited. Under no circumstances are students to transport anyone other than those assigned by the parents to ride with that student driver. Couples are not allowed to be in cars.

Academy students are to register each of the vehicles that they will be driving to school, whether parking on campus or parking on the street. Vehicle registration forms may be obtained from the Academy office. The Academy has an assigned student lot on the east side of the main building. If an Academy student parks anywhere on campus, a fee must be paid and a sticker must be placed in the lower left of the rear window. Violation of parking areas, registration stickers, or posted speed limits may result in the issuance of a ticket by campus security. Repeated offenders or reckless drivers will lose driving privileges.

Student Leadership

Each year students will elect a student body president and two vice-presidents to form a student body council. Each class will also elect a class officer to complete the student body council. This council will consist of seven students and work with a faculty advisor to help provide leadership, direction, and ideas for student activities throughout the school year.

Threatening Speech Policy

It is the desire of Maranatha Baptist Academy to help parents train their children to communicate with peers and others with charity and goodwill. The Academy does not tolerate demeaning or disrespectful depictions of individuals or groups regardless of the form of communication (written, oral or art). Depictions of violence or threats against an individual or ethnic group will be addressed aggressively by the administration. Penalties will range from suspension for portrayals done in ignorance or jest to expulsion and/or involvement of local law enforcement authority for more serious representations. Parents are encouraged to warn their children that punishment for such depiction of violence or the threat of violence will be severely punished.

Visitors to Academy Classes

Parents are always welcome to visit Academy classes. In order to provide uninterrupted instruction, we ask that classroom visits and teacher conferences be scheduled in advance through the school office. Teachers are happy to arrange conferences with parents as needed but must maintain normal classroom responsibilities. Please also remember that MBA is a smoke-free environment. Visiting students must obtain permission from the Academy administrator in advance of a visit. Visitors are expected to abide by the Academy dress code.

Withdrawal

Withdrawals from school are to be made through the Academy office. Students are considered enrolled in school until notification has been given to the office. Tuition is due and payable until that time. A two-week notice of intent to withdraw is requested. Records will not be released until all bills are paid and all textbooks and materials have been returned.