The junior high offers a departmental approach to education in which teachers specialize in specific areas. It is believed this approach will be of benefit to the students and the teachers. By specializing, each teacher can build a stronger curriculum and become more knowledgeable of materials and methods to facilitate learning. This approach provides more continuity between junior high and high school. Students have a short homeroom period and then move throughout the day from classroom to classroom. The homeroom serves as a "home base" for students where they can purchase lunch items as well as store their books and materials. Attendance is taken during homeroom period.
Life Science, English, Bible, World History, Math, Boys PE and Girls PE.
Earth Science, English, Bible, US History, Math, Boys PE and Girls PE.
ELECTIVES are offered each semester in order to enrich the Junior High program. Elective classes include offerings such as Art, Choir, Drama, Multimedia, Yearbook Print and Publishing, Home Survival Skills, Cross Training and Math Lab. Some electives require a materials fee.
CHAPEL is held each week. Pastors, missionaries, Bible teachers, or Christian athletes are invited to speak. Student involvement is also encouraged.
One of the main objectives of the junior high program is to enable the students to successfully transition from elementary school to high school. Junior high is characterized by the following:
- Longer reading assignments
- Projects of longer duration
- Working independently
- Numerous classes and teachers
- Increased class time
- Longer homework assignments
To make this transition, it is important for the students to develop good study habits and organize their time effectively. Various methods will be taught to assist the students. Students will be expected to:
- Complete assignments on time
- Plan ahead for tests and assignments
- Organize time and materials for class
- Be attentive in class (ready and willing to learn)
- Make necessary corrections (CRCs) on papers within time limits
- Build skills in weak areas (cooperating with teachers, aides, and tutors)
- Communicate effectively with parents and teachers about class
- Obey the classroom rules
Junior high classroom teachers will provide an environment conducive to learning and growth. The application of biblical principles and effective methodology by the teacher will result in the following:
- An orderly classroom
- Subject matter presented in a variety of formats – lecture, discussion, class participation
- Timely feedback to students and parents on classroom work and general progress
- Periodic assessment and evaluation
- Parent-teacher conferences twice a year
Assignments are appropriate to the grade level. Consideration is given for school and church related activities. Additional time or assistance is offered to students having difficulty keeping up with the progress of the class. Students may need to put forth extra effort if they are to succeed. The cooperation and support of the school by the parents is critical to the success of the education of the child. This can be achieved in the following manner:
- On-going communication with the student, teacher, and administration
- Providing a study area in the home
- Overseeing the student's study time to assure completion of daily assignments
- Assisting the student to improve skills and develop an inquiring mind
- Monitoring long-term projects such as term papers and science fair projects
- Helping the student prepare for quizzes and tests
A weekly assignment portfolio will be provided for students to keep their current work. This portfolio will be sent home and parents are asked to review the enclosed materials and then sign and return the portfolio by the next school day. Weekly student planning sheets will be available to keep a record of daily assignments. Parents can check assignment sheets as needed.
Parents are encouraged to help their children develop good study habits at school and at home. Students are encouraged to have a weekly planner. This planner will help the students to keep track of daily and long-range homework projects and deadlines. Students need a quiet place to study at home. Parents are encouraged to establish a "study table" or set aside a specific time period for schoolwork. Some students are well organized and need minimal direction while other students need closer supervision and direction by parents and teachers. Helping students to develop good study habits is crucial at this age. Time spent now will encourage better grades now and in the future.
One way Christian testimony is evidenced is by our dress in everyday life. We believe that a student who is neat and properly dressed will be a positive influence in the school and will help create an atmosphere that is conducive to learning. The purpose of our dress code is to encourage students to dress modestly and neatly.
Students should dress neatly and appropriately. We caution against extreme fads because they often conflict with our dress standards, and may oppose Christian principles. Also, a student should not dress in such an unusual manner that undue attention is drawn to him or her or that the academic atmosphere is disrupted.
Modesty, neatness, cleanliness, appropriateness, and safety are the basic premises upon which the dress code has been developed. It is not meant to imply that certain clothes are good or bad, but that some styles are appropriate for Forest Lake Christian High School and others are not. When students do not meet our dress standards, they will be counseled and the offense corrected before being allowed to return to class. On the second offense, students will be considered unexcused for the time they are out of class. This may include returning home to correct the offense. Further non-compliance will result in additional action by an administrator. The administration reserves the right to make final decisions in all dress code manners.
Guidelines for All Students
- Clothing should be neat, clean, and fit the student well. Oversized clothing, form fitting, or skin tight clothing is not acceptable. Shirts or sweaters with inappropriate writing or pictures such as names of bands, alcoholic beverages, skulls, etc. on the front or back may not be worn to school. Appropriate logos might include sport logos, names of colleges, or biblical themes.
- T-shirts may be worn if they are appropriate and modest. Plain white cotton t-shirts are not allowed. Sports jerseys are not acceptable as school wear, even when worn with undershirts.
- Uniforms, military fatigues, surgical wear, overalls of any style, and trench coats are not allowed.
- Students may wear pants that are clean and neat. Pants with frayed/torn bottoms, knees, pockets, or any other area are not allowed. Cuffing, pinning, taping, or stapling is not permitted as a daily alternative. Pants, shorts, and skirts must be worn above the hips, not on or below the hips. Sweat pants, warm-up suits, or jogging suits are not appropriate wear for school.
- Hats of any variety may not be worn anywhere indoors during schools hours (a "hat" includes all head coverings, i.e., sweatshirt hoods, stocking caps, etc.). Hats may not be worn backwards, sideways, or inside-out at any time on campus or at school activities.
- Shoes are to be worn at all times and laces must be tied.
- Simple jewelry is acceptable. Earrings are allowed for girls, but boys may not wear earrings. Body piercing and tattoos are not allowed. Collars, spikes, chains, etc. may not be worn as jewelry or left dangling from clothes and are NOT permissible at any school function. Sunglasses may not be worn anywhere indoors during school hours.
- Hair dyed in unnatural colors, spiked hair exceeding one-inch in length, and partial or complete shaving of the head is not allowed.
- Walking shorts that are no shorter than four inches above the bent knee and no longer than the bottom of the knee cap are acceptable. Shorts must have pockets, a zippered or buttoned fly and belt loops. Exercise shorts or board shorts are not acceptable.
Each week on Wednesday, students will be attired in "Professional Dress." Girls must wear skirts or dresses that conform to the policies listed in the Girls Dress Code. Boys must wear slacks and a dress shirt with a collar. Knit shirts or jeans of any style, color, or variety are not acceptable Professional Dress for boys.
Girls' Dress Code
Girls should take care that they appear neat and well-groomed. Clothes should be modest, meaning that they should fit well and not be provocative or revealing. The following guidelines are intended to help girls make wise decisions when dressing for school and school-sponsored activities.
- Dresses and skirts will not be tight, nor be shorter than four inches above the bent knee. Slits in dresses or skirts also should not exceed four inches above the knee. A dress or skirt must always be dress code length, even when wearing leggings or tights. Skirts must be worn above the hips, not on or below the hips.
- When determining the style of your blouse, shirt or knit top, bare midriffs, backs, or shoulders are not allowed. Tank tops of any type or style are not allowed. There will be no revealing necklines and no form-fitting or shape enhancing tops that accentuate the bust. See-through fabric is not acceptable. Girls must wear a bra at all times and the back and front necklines are to be well above the normal bra-line. Bras may not be visible through clothing. Shirts need to be buttoned and long enough to stay below the waistband, even when arms are raised above the shoulder. You must be able to "pinch an inch" of fabric without stretching the top to do so.
- Form-fitting clothing made out of stretch material such as Lycra is not acceptable.
- Hairstyles must be natural and practical, not extreme. Subtle highlights are acceptable. Make-up should be neat and appropriately inconspicuous.
- Tight pants are not proper for wear on campus or at any school function, unless they are covered by a top which meets the length requirement for dresses. Of special concern are pants made of knit fabrics. Jerseys, sweat pants, warm-ups, jogging suits, or long underwear worn to show under the skirts, dresses or shirts are not appropriate.
Boys' Dress Code
Boys should take care that they appear neat and well-groomed. FLCS takes the view that sloppy or overly casual dress is not conducive to good work habits. The following are guidelines to proper and appropriate dress for school and school-sponsored activities:
- Knit sport shirts or shirts with collars and sleeves covering the shoulder and upper arm are appropriate school attire. Tank tops or plain white cotton t-shirts are not allowed for external wear; other styles of t-shirts are acceptable if neat, appropriate and clean. Shirts that are excessively long (anything longer than the bottom of the back pockets on a fitted pair of pants) must be tucked in.
- Shirts or sweaters with inappropriate writing, pictures or advertising may not be worn to school. Appropriate logos might include names of colleges, sport logos, or biblical themes.
- The general principles of neatness and simplicity should govern hairstyles. Hair should be clean and practical, not extreme. It should be cut to the general contour of the head and be kept trimmed and combed. Hair should be of conservative length, off of the collar, ears and eyebrows. Partially or completely shaved heads are not allowed. The only hair color allowed is that which is natural to you. NO highlighting is allowed!
- Faces are to be clean shaven. Sideburns may not extend below the earlobe.