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Academics

Christ Honoring Excellence

The writer of Proverbs teaches us that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” This is the foundation by which CVCA is built and the basis for how we interact in a world filled with intellectual, spiritual and social challenges.

CVCA is a state chartered, college preparatory school. Our commitment to Christian education is meant to inspire excellence which starts with our faculty, over half of which hold master’s degrees in their field; several holding doctorates.


Curriculum

Course Offerings & Descriptions



Graduation Requirements

Students in the Class of 2014 and beyond must have earned 24 high school credits as outlined below to be eligible for graduation from CVCA. Students must have also passed the Proficiency Test required by state law.

Bible* 4 Credits
English 4 Credits in grade-specific classes Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 or AP English Lit
Math 4 Credits Minimum 3 credits taken in grades 9-12
Science 3 Credits Including Biology & Chemistry
Social Studies 3 Credits Including Global Studies, Modern American History or AP US History, Economics, and Government
Debate 1/2 Credit Speech 1/2 credit accepted from prior to 2013-2014
Foreign Language*** 2 Credits Same Language in grades 9-12
Computer Applications 1/2 Credit
Physical Education** 1/2 Credit or 2 PE Waivers PE Waiver (PDF) (See Guidance Counselor)
Health 1/2 Credit
Fine Arts 1 Credit
Electives*** 1 Credit
J-Term* 4 units
Total 24 Credits

*Transfer students are required to pass Bible and J-Term only while in attendance at CVCA. Bible electives do not count toward the 24 credit requirement.
**PE Waivers do not count toward the 24 credit requirement.
***Biblical Greek does not count toward foreign language requirements.

NOTE: For a complete detailed description of all binding requirements, please see the Student Handbook or contact the Guidance Office. Details listed here are not binding and are for reference only.

Diploma With Honors

Students may receive an Ohio Diploma with Honors by meeting CVCA graduation requirements and additional requirements established by the Ohio State Board of Education.

This chart (PDF) outlines the criteria for the Diploma with Honors.

Please contact the Guidance Office for additional information.

College Course Credit

AP Courses are assessed by the AP College Board through exams each May. CVCA students enrolled in AP classes are required to sit for exams; they are excused from second semester CVCA exams in AP classes. According to the College Board…

  • The first thing to understand is that each college and university — not the College Board or the AP Program — makes its own decisions about awarding credit and placement. Most have a written policy spelling out things like the minimum required score to earn credit for a given AP Exam, the amount of credit awarded and how credits are applied. Review this information on the college’s website or by using the AP Credit Policy Search (LINK).
  • AP courses give students access to rigorous college-level work. AP students build confidence and learn the essential time management and study skills needed for college and career success.
  • Eighty-five percent of selective colleges and universities report that a student’s AP experience favorably impacts admission decisions. Also, research shows that students who take AP are much more likely than their peers to complete a college degree on time.
  • Additionally, CVCA students may choose to study outside of school for AP exams in classes we do not offer at CVCA (e.g., English Language and Composition; American Government and Politics). Students interested in this option should notify their guidance counselors. Tests are listed here (LINK).

CLEP (College-Level Examination Program)

Exams are available for those students wishing to “test out” of select college courses. According to College Board…

  • CLEP is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program, available at more than 2,900 colleges and universities. Again, students are cautioned to check with specific universities to see if CLEP scores are accepted.
  • At CVCA, students enrolled in Accounting, French 4 Honors, and Sociology may find that, with some outside studying, they can “test out” of these courses. CVCA faculty have information specific to the CLEP exams in their courses.
  • Students interested in CLEP should speak with their guidance counselors. Tests are listed here (LINK).

Local and Online College Courses

Local and online college courses continue to be available to CVCA students. However, state funding is changing, and the previous Post-secondary Option is no longer available. High school students wishing to consider taking a college course must meet the following criteria…

  • Be on track to graduate from CVCA.
  • Have a 3.3 GPA and either an 1110 SAT or 23 ACT; exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Be on CVCA’s campus for Chapel and Connections each week.
  • Take a minimum of four courses at CVCA in addition to one course at college and one period of travel; study hall, auditing, and teacher or office assistantship does not count as a course for this requirement.

CVCA can schedule a student for a computer-lab study hall for online classes. As always, college classes do not replace CVCA graduation requirements. Interested students should speak with their guidance counselors; these professionals will keep applicants informed on the state funding developments.

Guidance Office

Every high school student at CVCA has his or her own guidance counselor. If you have a general question for the guidance office, or if the student stops in with a general question and the assigned counselor is not available, one of the other counselors will certainly step in and take the question.

Periodically, each counselor will check the academic progress of the students in his or her group. We will work with you during the school year to help students get the academic support that they need.

Meet Our Guidance Staff:

Mrs. Maureen Plum 10th Grade Guidance Counselor (330) 920-8204 Option 4
Mr. Steve Kasiguran 11th Grade Guidance Counselor (330) 920-8204 Option 3
Mr. Randy Tomich 9th Grade Director Of Guidance (330) 920-8204 Option 2
Mrs. Sara Fridline Director Of College Placement (330) 920-8204 Option 5

College Financial Aid & Scholarships

Local Scholarship List

Check the Scholarship List here (PDF). This list of local scholarships is updated every 2 to 3 weeks, so check back frequently!

CVCA’s CEEB Code: 361771


Helpful Resources

Powerpoint Slides from College Financial Aid Night (PPT)
7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA (LINK)
FAFSA website (LINK)
College Goal Sunday (Help on filling out the FAFSA) (LINK)

College Financial Aid Meeting for parents of Seniors
(Parents of Juniors also welcome)

After the applications are sent in, the next step is financial aid. We are hosting our annual meeting about college financial aid on Thursday, January 15th from 6:30PM-8:30PM in the Anne Tell Chapel. The main focus of the meeting will be on filing the FAFSA form that most colleges require in order to put together financial aid packages for your students. FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

The FAFSA is an online form to be filled out no sooner than January 1st but please plan to complete the FAFSA as soon after January 1st as possible to maximize your eligibility. Estimates can also be processed. Some institutions require the FAFSA to be completed by a certain deadline to be considered for institutional scholarships. Please check these dates with the schools your student is applying to.

The first step in filing the FAFSA is for the parent and the student to get a PIN (Person Identification Number). When you fill out the FAFSA online, you will have to sign it “electronically” and you can only do so after you are assigned a PIN.Set a goal of registering for a PIN before January 1st as it will speed up the FAFSA process.

Register for your PIN here: www.pin.ed.gov (LINK)

Parents of Juniors: You will not need to fill out the FAFSA until next year. However, you may attend this meeting if you would like some advance education on the financial aid process.

Other helpful websites on this topic are:

  • A helpful estimator (LINK)
  • A comprehensive financial aid website (LINK)
  • U.S. Department of Education Student Aid (LINK)
  • Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (LINK)
  • Apply and get a PIN at this site (LINK)

ACT & SAT Tests

2014-2015 SAT Test Dates
2014-2015 Dates
Oct 11, 2014
Nov 8, 2014
Dec 6, 2014
Jan 24, 2015
Mar 14, 2015
May 2, 2015
June 6, 2015
Registration Deadline
Sept 12, 2014
Oct 9, 2014
Nov 8, 2014
Dec 24, 2014
Feb 13, 2015
April 6, 2015
May 8, 2015
Late Fee Required Deadline
Sept 30, 2014
Oct 28, 2014
Nov 24, 2014
Jan 13, 2015
Mar 3, 2015
April 23, 2015
May 27, 2015

Additional information and registration materials may be obtained by calling our Guidance Office at 330-920-8204 or at the SAT website www.collegeboard.org (LINK).

2014-2015 ACT Assessment
2014-2015 Dates
Sept 13, 2014
Oct 25, 2014
Dec 13, 2014
Feb 7, 2015
April 18, 2015
June 13, 2015
Registration Deadline
Aug 8, 2014
Sept 19, 2014
Nov 7, 2014
Jan 9, 2015
Mar 13, 2015
May 8, 2015
Late Fee Required Deadline
Aug 9-22, 2014
Sept 20-Oct 3, 2014
Jan 10-16, 2015
Mar 14-27, 2015
May 9-22, 2015

Choose either of two test options; the ACT Assessment or the ACT Assessment Plus Writing (which includes a 30 minute writing test). Not all colleges and universities require a writing test. Check with the colleges you are considering or go to www.actstudent.org (LINK) for a list of institutions that require or recommend the writing test.

We recommend that students take each test once in their junior year and then retake the one they feel most comfortable with a second time. Juniors may want to wait until the spring semester to take the SAT so that they can use the results from the PSAT as a study guide.


Register Online
Register Online for the ACT (LINK)
Register Online for the SAT (LINK)
When students register, use the CVCA school code 361771. By doing so, CVCA will receive a copy of the results and can add this information to the student’s record to send to colleges.


Prep Classes

CVCA is offering SAT prep classes in October (PDF) and again in March (PDF). These classes are designed to help students do their best on the SAT and ACT tests. Cost is $120.00.

College Fairs

There are many upcoming college fairs in our area. College fairs are a unique opportunity to talk with representatives from many schools in one location. Check one out! Actually, check them all out!

Listings Coming Soon!

College Career Tools

Occupational Outlook Website (LINK)

The nation′s premier source for career information covers hundreds of occupations and describes “What They Do”, “Work Environment”, “How to Become One”, “Pay” and more. Each profile also includes BLS employment projections for the 2010–20 decade.


Making the Right Match Booklet (PDF)

A guide for college selection & planning prepared by CVCA Guidance Office.


College and Financial Aid Websites

CVCA’s CEEB Code: 361771

General Information College Board – SAT Testing (www.collegeboard.com) (LINK)
ACT Testing (www.actstudent.org) (LINK)
FAFSA Tutorial in 7 Easy Steps (LINK)
Christian College Information (www.christiancollegementor.com) (LINK)
Ohio College Information (www.ohiocollege.org) (LINK)
Schools that use Common Application (www.commonapp.org) (LINK)
Princeton Review (www.embark.com) (LINK)
Peterson’s Guide (www.petersons.com) (LINK)
Education Planner (www.educationplanner.com) (LINK)

Scholarships Financial Aid FastWeb (www.fastweb.com) (LINK)
SRN Express (www.srnexpress.com) (LINK)
College Board (www.collegeboard.com) (LINK)
Wired Scholar (www.wiredscholar.com) (LINK)
Scholarship America (www.scholarshipamerica.org) (LINK)
Financial Aid Information – (www.finaid.org) (LINK)
Information on 529 College Savings Plan (www.savingforcollege.com) (LINK)
U.S. Dept. of Education (http://www.ed.gov/students/landing.jhtml) (LINK)
Ohio Department of Education (http://regents.ohio.gov/) (LINK)
Sallie Mae (www.salliemae.com) (LINK)

PSAT & ACT Explore Testing

Wednesday October 15th 7:55AM-11:30AM: All sophomores and juniors will be taking the PSAT. This is a practice SAT (college entrance test) that we give to all 10th and 11th graders each year. All eighth graders and freshmen will take the ACT Explore. This is a grade-level appropriate practice test for the ACT (college entrance test). Explore helps students choose courses that prepare them for college. All students in grades 8-11 will be testing that morning. Results will be available to parents by the end of the first semester.

Seniors will be off campus for their senior class picture. Seniors do not report to school on this day.

Seventh graders will have a special program on Conflict Resolution during the testing hours.

7-11 grades will be dismissed for the day at 11:30AM.

Academic Support

Academic support is available at the junior high and senior high levels.

Free assistance is provided by one of the three certified teachers. This may take the form of one-to-one tutoring, small group tutoring, or with the use of a peer tutor.


Feel free to contact one of the teachers listed if you have questions or would like to discuss the program.

  • Junior High Coordinator: Mrs. Janet Weaver (330) 929-0575 x242
  • Senior High Coordinator: Mrs. Nancy Miller (330) 929-0575 x309
  • Tutor (Junior & Senior High): Miss Sharon Runyon (330) 929-0575 x306

Junior High

Junior High students may come for help before school, during study halls, during lunch, or after school.

Junior high students’ schedules are arranged through the Guidance office. An additional program for junior high students, H.O.P.E. (homework help, organizational skills development, personal attention, and encouragement) is available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:20PM – 4:00PM.

Senior High

The Senior High Academic Support Program is provided for those students who have experienced some difficulty academically. It also provides support for students making the transition from less challenging academic situations to the more rigorous expectations of CVCA.

Students are selected for the program in one of the following ways:

  • Referral by the Academic Dean
  • Students who have at least one portion of the OGT to pass
  • A recommendation by the guidance counselor and the approval of Mrs. Miller, Miss Runyon and/or Dr. Sewell
Parents desiring academic support for a student should contact the student’s classroom teacher. The teacher will then work with the student’s guidance counselor to arrange assistance.

Support services are provided in one or more of the following ways:

  • The student is scheduled for assistance during a regularly scheduled study hall. This is done by contacting the guidance counselor. The number of times per week that a student is scheduled depends on the need, the number of study halls available, and the number of students needing help at that time.
  • Students already approved for Academic Support may request assistance on an as- needed basis. For example, a study hall prior to a test may be used to meet with one of us for the purposes of reinforcing what the student has already done in preparing for the test.
  • Times are also available during lunch, before school selected days and after school. Before school and after school times should be arranged at least a day in advance. Some students have no study halls and these are the only times possible for them.
  • Peer tutoring can be arranged. The peer tutors are selected from members of the National Honor Society or by teacher recommendation. If possible, tutors will be the same gender as the student. Mrs. Miller or Mr. Bechtel, NHS adviser, will assign a specific place and time to meet.
The Academic Support program is intended to be a supplement to the student’s diligent work in class and on homework. It is not intended to replace the student’s effort or to replace receiving help from the teacher as needed. Before requesting help via the guidance counselor, students should have received help from the classroom teacher. Students will be expected to do their part in improving their academic record. Parents can help by checking to see that assignments are done and by encouraging students to seek help but please remember that high school students should be taking the responsibility for their work and grades. Parents can also provide a quiet place to study and materials to keep the student’s work organized.

It is our hope that each student who participates will benefit from the Academic Support Program and thus enhance his or her CVCA experience.

Online Learning

We are enhancing our strong academic program through a partnership with Sevenstar Academy. This program provides an inventory of online Christian courses and teachers that we can utilize to meet the needs of your family. Each course is built on a Biblical worldview, and each meets CVCA’s academic standards.

Sevenstar is an optional, parent-paid program; it does not replace CVCA’s course offerings. All of the courses offered through Sevenstar will count as elective credit on your student’s transcript. We trust that you are excited about the possibilities of enhancing your student’s education through the following high school courses:

Marine Science

Set sail on a research expedition to explore the marine environment! This virtual expedition will leave from Tampa Bay and travel around the Earth investigating the many habitats and organisms of the oceans. As a crew member, you will be conducting research, performing experiments, gathering and analyzing data, and discovering humans’ interrelationship with the marine environment. The purpose of the course is to provide an overview of the marine environment. The content includes the nature of science, the origins of the oceans, the chemical and physical structure of the marine environment, ecology of the various sea zones, marine communities, and the interrelationship between humans and the ocean. We will learn about God’s creation the fulfillment of His charge to care for and rule over the earth.

Chinese 1

This is a beginning-level course that will introduce the student to a variety of areas of Mandarin Chinese (Simplified). In this course, the student will learn listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through activities that are based on pedagogically proven methods of foreign language instruction. Throughout the five units of material (Introduction to Chinese, Greetings, Calendar, Weather, and Time), students learn to express themselves using an ever-increasing vocabulary. Grammar is introduced and practiced in innovative and interesting ways with a variety of learning styles in mind. Chinese culture, sprinkled throughout the course, will help the learner focus on the Chinese-speaking world and its culture, people, geographical locations and histories. The course is aligned to the national foreign language standards. Note: Chinese 1 does not meet the CVCA foreign language requirements. We recommend students complete their CVCA foreign language requirements prior to enrolling in this enhancement.

Chinese 2

This course is a continuation of a beginning-level course that will introduce the student to a variety of areas of language learning. In this course, the student will learn listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through activities that are based on pedagogically proven methods of foreign language instruction. Throughout the five units of material (Daily Routine, Animals, Hobbies, The Body, and Descriptions), students learn to express themselves using an ever-increasing vocabulary, present-tense verbs, articles, and adjectives. Grammar is introduced and practiced in innovative and interesting ways with a variety of learning styles in mind. Culture is sprinkled throughout the course in an attempt to help the learner focus on the Chinese-speaking world and its culture, people, geographical locations, and histories. The course is aligned to the national foreign language standards. Note: Chinese 2 does not meet the CVCA foreign language requirements. We recommend students complete their CVCA foreign language requirements prior to enrolling in this enhancement.

AP Art History*

This course will provide students with college-level instruction in the history of art. Students will examine major forms of artistic expression from the past and present and from a variety of cultures. Students will learn to look at these works of art critically, with intelligence and sensitivity, and to articulate what they see or experience in light of a Christian worldview. Students will able to identify the presence or absence of Biblical truth reflected in art and architecture through the centuries. Note: AP Art History does not meet the CVCA fine arts requirement. Students must complete their fine arts requirement before enrolling in the AP course.

AP Computer Science A*

Students will play the role of a “survivor” while they work through the course material. AP Computer Science A is a college-level computer course covering the applications of computing within the context of programming methodology, algorithms, and data structures. This is a one-year course, and students will be able to take the College Board Computer Science A examination in May. The computer language that will be used is Java, which is a free download for either a Macintosh or a Windows platform.

Thinking & Learning Strategies*

This course will prepare students to succeed on reading, math, and writing assessments. Through reading, writing, and math activities, students will develop their critical thinking skills and test-taking strategies. The objectives of this course go beyond mere test preparation. In addition to becoming familiar with the common test formats, question-types, and rubrics, students will develop the critical thinking skills needed to succeed in the 21st century. Since God has designed each student with special gifts and talents, the course includes appropriate Scriptural references to enhance and expound a Biblical worldview. Commonly in today’s world, students are faced with worldly advice concerning self-esteem. This course, however, offers a fresh view of God-esteem, one which will help the students see beyond themselves and look to godly advice from the Bible and other Christians. Students will use a variety of learning methods in this course, including scoring rubrics, self-assessments, practice tests, and learning-log entries. While most of the course will be based upon independent practice, students will have opportunities to interact with their classmates through synchronous chats and discussion board activities.

*These courses entail a fee in addition to current CVCA tuition. There is a one-time registration fee of $20. Semester courses are $450, year-long courses are $550, and AP courses are $650. Parents interested in online classes as an enhancement to their student’s CVCA curriculum are asked to contact Dr. Judy Sewell at [email protected] -or- (330) 929-0575 x236.

Schools Of Distinction

Schools of Distinction provide an innovative opportunity for CVCA students. It is a two year curriculum designed for JUNIORS & SENIORS to expose our students to professional fields and potential majors. This program is in addition to the CVCA’s already rigorous college prep curriculum.


The Mission Of All Schools Of Distinction: “To expose our students to professional fields through…

  • Curricular enhancements (extra classes in a specific field)
  • Mentoring relationships (monthly meetings with a Christian in a specific field)
  • Experiential learning (internships, shadowing, competitions, guest lecturers, projects, etc.)

…providing insight into His calling in their lives.”

Forms

School of Distinction Obligations and Parental Approval (PDF)

School of Business & Entrepreneurship

School of Engineering

School of Medical Professions

School of Ministry

  • SOM Application (PDF)
  • SOM Information (PDF)

Contact Information

The schools have limited space and require an application and interview process. This process begins by contacting the Chair of each school to receive an application. You must be accepted into the School of Distinction before scheduling classes in February. Contact any School of Distinction chairperson for more information.

Kim Beavers, School Of Business & Entrepreneurship
[email protected] (330) 929-0575 x101

Doug Fairchild, School Of Engineering
[email protected] (330) 929-0575 x120

Rick Lyons, School Of Medical Professions
[email protected] (330) 929-0575 x127

Rick Thompson, School Of Ministry
[email protected] (330) 929-0575 x610

Pay Annual Fee

Pay the annual Schools Of Distinction Fee below.

Student Name

J-Term

J-term (January Term) is an innovative curricular enhancement that began in 2011. Students have the unique opportunity to take non-traditional courses on campus, dig deeper into areas of study within the greater CVCA area, or literally travel around the world through a variety of educational and mission trips. In addition, juniors and seniors have the rare opportunity to experience firsthand a profession – Career Experience Opportunities – before deciding on a college or major.



Enhancing The CVCA Experience

  • Energizing students through in-depth studies.
  • Experiencing interdisciplinary learning.
  • Expanding learning beyond the classroom.
  • Exploring career possibilities and His calling.
  • Extending time that encourages deeper, more intense faculty-student relations.
  • Through it all, J-term encourages students and faculty to make connections by offering small class sizes, extended time together, and opportunities to learn and live outside our comfort zones. It reminds us that learning is a lifelong activity and an enduring gift from the Lord.

J-Term Courses

Course Registration and Release Forms (PDF)
On-Campus Course Offerings (PDF)

J-Term Trips

Will this be your time to travel to Norway or Brazil as part of our exchange program? Learn of literary giants in London or the glory that was Rome and Greece? Hike the Grand Canyon or explore Hawaii’s volcanoes? Strengthen your relationship with the Lord through photography in Savannah or by serving young Dominicans?


2015 J-Term Trips

Belize Adventure with Mr. and Mrs. Kamp
Literary London with Mr. and Mrs. Riordan
Norway – STEP: Short Term Exchange Program with Mr. Schilling
South Carolina – Photography with Mrs. Stofsick
Washington, DC with Mr. Samsonas and Mrs. Holmes
Urban Hope with Pastor Koons
SOBE Disney with Mrs. Beavers
SOM Boston with Mr. and Mrs. Thompson
Boys’ Basketball Teams with Coach Peters and Coach Herblet
Team Leaders with Mr. Young

Complete Jterm 2015 Trips information can be downloaded here (PDF).


2015 TRIP REGISTRATION & RELEASE FORMS

Download the forms here (PDF) Signatures required for student, parent and CVCA

Each trip has a CVCA faculty member as its lead faculty. This person can help you decide if 2015 is your year to travel. Please note the prerequisites or limitations, if any, for each activity. Also, be aware that different trips start and end on different dates; see individual listings. Trips and retreats will only be held if the minimum number of students is met during registration.


Registration Steps

  • Student signs forms.
  • Leader approves.
  • Parent approval and payment agreement signed.
  • Student submits form and deposit to front office.*

*Belize payment is made online through Joshua Expeditions.


Policies

Students must be in good academic and behavioral standing to travel with CVCA. Additionally, some trips and retreats require an application; please see lead faculty. Reservations must be accompanied by a 40% deposit unless otherwise specified. Trips are filled on a first come, first served basis except for those requiring application or team membership.

Because lead faculty must book trips in advance, there is no refund for individual cancellations. Families will receive complete refunds if the trip is cancelled prior to the end of the current school year due to lack of enrollment in the trip.

Lead faculty members have information concerning passports, visas, and immunizations, as required. Registered students must submit updated medical forms, shot records (if required), and parental consent to travel (available from the lead faculty). Families are strongly encouraged to purchase travel insurance.

CEO Experiential Learning

Career Experience Opportunities (CEO) provide an ideal time for students to observe and learn about a profession by shadowing a host in the local community. This is a chance for students to dive into the working world while considering future educational and vocational choices.


2015 CEO

Monday – Friday, January 5-10, 2015 & Monday, January, 12, 2015

Application Process

The Application Form (PDF) requires parental approval. Students are responsible for the completion of all paperwork; meeting deadlines is one way students show they are capable of fulfilling the requirements of a CEO. After turning in the Application Form, the application will be reviewed by Mr. Spodnik and the Administrative Committee.If the application is approved the student will be given a CEO Host Approval Contract. (Students DO NOT need to have a host prior to application, but must realize they will be responsible to secure a potential host upon acceptance into the CEO program.)

Hosts

Accepted students will shadow a “host” professional during J-term. The student (and student’s family) is ultimately responsible for finding a Christian host in the desired field. We suggest you contact relatives, friends, and church members to see if they would be able to connect you with a possible host. That host must be approved by CVCA during the fall semester prior to the Career Experience Opportunity

Timeline

One aspect of being an eligible worker is meeting all deadlines in a professional manner. Please print clearly. Obtain all signatures.

Application due to Mr. Spodnik’s Office:
Approval by Administrative Committee:
Student submits signed Hosting Contract:
Accepted March 17 to August 22, 2014
Student given Host Approval Contract
Due to CEO Office by September 12, 2014

Requirements

Career Experience Opportunities are a professional yet flexible approach to careers. Accepted students and their hosts should arrange for the most optimum times for “shadowing”; office hours, meetings, or professional development seminars are just a starting point. Minimum time requirement is 30 hours with the host; travel time and lunch are not included in this. Some hosts might prefer daily attendance of approximately 6 hours, while others might suggest a more flexible arrangement.

Students are required to keep a CEO Log in which they note their hours and activities; the log requires the host’s signature. The CEO office will check this log after J-term, so it should be kept current. In addition, students are required to participate in the CEO GOOGLE APP in which they discuss their experiences with other students and with Mr. Spodnik. The GOOGLE APP is an online, secure, closed discussion board. Only students enrolled in our CEO program will participate in the short, daily discussions.

The culminating requirement is a two- to three-page (2-3) typed reflection paper about the CEO. Details are included in the CEO Student Requirements section.

Transportation

Students are responsible for their own transportation to hosting sites.

Cost

There is no cost for Career Experience Opportunities.

Credit

A CEO is worth one (1) J-term credit; like all J-term activities, it is evaluated on a pass/fail basis.

Questions?

Contact Mr. Spodnik by calling (330) 929-0575 x209 or e-mailing [email protected] -or- Mrs. Allen by calling (330) 929-0575 x210 or e-mailing [email protected]

J-Term For Junior High

Students in grades 7 and 8 DO NOT need to register for the Junior High Experience; they are automatically enrolled. Mr. Churchill and Mrs. Hoffman will send information packets home in December.


WinterBlast

Winter Blast is the Grade 7 overnight retreat. Throughout our time together, we will be using sports fields for group games and such, but the more important part of the retreat will occur during our daily chapels. Students will also have the opportunity to share with one another during Connections time. Students will be mentored by CVCA faculty and staff, along with CVCA alumni college students who are serving as chaperones. As you can see, our days will jam-packed, but we are excited to spend it having fun and learning more about God and each other through messages and our worship times.

WinterBlast 2015: Tuesday, Jan 6th – Thursday, Jan 8th.

Downloadable Forms

Cover Letter Sent Home (PDF)
Information For Parents (PDF)
Field Trip Permission Slip (PDF)
Skyview Ranch Camp Program Activity Waiver (PDF)
Medical Release Form (PDF)
Medical Release Form (Medication) (PDF)
Student Packing List (PDF)

Created For Freedom

Created for Freedom is an expedition for 8 graders through the northern Kentucky and Cincinnati area. Students will retrace the historic steps of freedom that were part of the Underground Railroad and consider the intelligent steps of Creation in relation to a biblical worldview of science. Area attractions include the National Freedom Center, the Creation Museum, the Newport Aquarium, the Freedom Trail, and Co-Co Key Indoor Water Resort. Accommodations are provided at a nearby Christian retreat center with an atmosphere of fun fellowship and inspirational worship. Chaperones include several CVCA faculty members along with college-age alumni.

Downloadable Forms

8th Grade Packing List & Info (PDF)
Medical Release Form (PDF)
Check-In Medical Form (PDF)


DAILY UPDATES & PRAYER SUGGESTIONS

These will be sent around 9:00PM via ParentsWeb e-mail on January 7th, 8th, 9th, 2015.

EMERGENCY CELL PHONE

(440) 567-5004


Contact Information

Academics:
Winter Blast (7th Grade):
Created for Freedom (8th Grade):
Dr. Judy Sewell ([email protected] -and- x236)
Jennifer Moore ([email protected] -and- x227)
Eileen Hoffman ([email protected] -and- x607)

J-Term For Senior High

CREDIT REQUIREMENTS

Students are required to earn one (1) J-term credit each year of high school enrollment for a total of four (4) credits. Approved Career Experience Opportunities earn one credit. Half-day courses earn one-half credit; therefore, completing both a morning and afternoon class will earn a student a full J-term credit. Full-day courses earn one credit. CVCA-sponsored trips and retreats also earn one credit.

CEO
Morning Course
Afternoon Course
All-Day Course
CVCA Trip or Retreat
1 Credit
1/2 Credit
1/2 Credit
1 Credit
1 Credit

Students may not enroll in the same course more than once during their time at CVCA.

Because we believe J-term is a chance for students to explore new ways of learning, all J-term courses are pass/fail. If a student does not earn credit for a J-term course, he or she will be required to enroll in a CVCA “special J-term” summer school course in order to complete the graduation requirement. THIS IS A CVCA GRADUATION REQUIREMENT.

SCHOOL DAY FOR AM/PM and ALL DAY CLASSES

The J-term school day for a high school student is divided into two sessions and one course is taken per session. The morning session is 8:00-11:00. Lunch, held on campus, is 11:00-11:40; regular cafeteria items will be available. The afternoon session is 11:45-2:45. All-day sessions from 8:00-2:45 are also available. The longer class periods make it possible to offer courses that ordinarily could not be held in a traditional class time.Students need to check course descriptions carefully to be familiar with individual class expectations, as some vary from the hours listed here.

POLICIES

Students should understand that all school rules remain in force during J-term. Students must be in good academic and behavioral standing to participate in any off-campus J-term events.

ATTENDANCE

All students are required to attend each day of J-term. Due to the intense nature of the J-term curriculum, even one day of absence would lead to a student missing a major portion of the course content and activities. As always, we ask that you do not schedule any outside activities that conflict with the school day at CVCA. Attendance will be taken; students are expected to arrive on time and be prepared to learn. Some courses have guest speakers or field trips, and these events cannot wait for tardy students. Student absences must be called in to the attendance secretary at extension 218. Students who are unable to attend J-term for the entire period will NOT earn credit, and they will need to earn that credit during summer school. Please plan accordingly.

STUDENT APPEARANCE STANDARDS

“Friday Dress” spirit wear is appropriate for all on-campus courses. Off-campus courses, trips, and retreats may, of course, require or permit other apparel; please see the “Advisory” for each course. Students representing CVCA through Career Experience Opportunities should dress in the profession’s business attire; please ask your host about appearance standards.

J-Term Athletic Policy

We realize J-term may cause conflicts with winter athletes and thus we have established policies for each of our winter athletic teams. The specifics of each policy vary in each sport due to the differences in the type of sport, league affiliation and scheduled contracts, and /or practice demands and expectations.

It is the intention of the department for all teams to have a TWO-YEAR ROTATION: one year having normal practice time while their student athletes sign up for classes and/or CEOs during J-term . . . the next year providing a special “team-specific” experience that would include out-of-town travel and more. This gives students the opportunity to have a special “team-specific” experience with their teammates and to receive the benefits of the many opportunities afforded by J-term throughout their CVCA careers.

COMMUNICATION IS VERY IMPORTANT. PLEASE TALK WITH YOUR COACH ASAP WITH ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS.

Boys’ Varsity and JV Basketball (Jay Peters)

Because of the level of commitment that is expected in these programs, students will be required to choose their athletic program’s J-term experience. On the years where there isn’t a trip scheduled for J-term, individuals will have the opportunity to participate in the classes provided by the school while having practice at the end of the afternoon session of J-term (3:00). However, this does not include trips away from school (London, Germany, Chicago, etc.) that would prohibit them from attending practices. Arrangements can be made to accommodate students to miss practice at the discretion of the coach.

Student-athletes in the above sports can take classes and CEOs but cannot go on J-term trips that aren’t sport specific. Choosing to go on an extended outside trip would not allow you to be a member of the team for that year.

Swimming

The swimming program would prefer that their athletes not go on a trip during the season. Leaving for a trip would cause the athlete to miss practices and competitions. However, if an athlete is extremely passionate about a trip, they should contact the coach well in advance to try and work something out.

Girls’ Varsity/JV Basketball

Because of the level of commitment that is expected in these programs, students will be expected to choose their athletic program’s J-term experience. As a member of the Girls’ Varsity or JV Basketball teams, if an athlete misses practices or games during J-term, that action may adversely affect that athlete’s participation in future contests.
Student-athletes may go on J-term trips that are not sport specific, but doing so may affect your status on the team.

Hockey and Wrestling (Doug Fairchild & Dave Bergen)

Although it is the desire of these teams to have all their members participate with their teams during J-term, the members of these teams may participate in any of the J-term activities provided they communicate with their coach prior to the J-term. If they are going on a trip that would have them away for an extended time, coaches should be informed by the beginning of the school year.

Library

Our Library/Learning Resource Center is available for quiet study from 7:30AM until 4:15PM during school days. Library services are available until 3:45PM.

(At 4:15PM students in the library are escorted to the cafeteria, and parents may pick them up at the main entrance.)

Cindy Horsfall, Director of Library: [email protected] -and- x612
Lisa Bradley, Librarian: [email protected] -and- x615
Library Front Desk: (330) 929-0575 x615

Check out Mrs. Horsfall’s Web page (LINK): a place to find help with your research project.

Goals & Policies

The Mission Of The CVCA Library

is to encourage students and staff to be effective users of ideas and information. The library will provide intellectual and physical access to materials in several formats. Librarians and staff at the CVCA Library will instruct students to foster competence and stimulate interest in reading, viewing and using information and ideas. We will strive for academic excellence shaped by Biblical worldview. We will help to direct and challenge students toward lifetime skills and careers as God’s people.

Our goals at the CVCA Library are to provide materials that will enrich and support the curriculum taking into consideration the varied interests, abilities, learning styles and maturity levels of students served. We strive to use our materials to stimulate growth in factual knowledge, literacy appreciation, aesthetic values, higher level thinking skills and ethical standards. We will provide materials on opposite sides of controversial issues so that students may, under guidance, develop discernment and critical analysis of all media. We will provide materials representative of the various religious, ethnic and cultural groups so that students understand their influence upon society and the world. We will provide a quality selection of Christian fiction to encourage a lifelong enjoyment of reading.

Objectives Of The CVCA Library

Our objectives are to provide resources to students and teachers with a systematically developed collection that coincides with the curriculum. We will create an atmosphere conducive to learning. We will continually work to keep our collection up-to-date and in good condition. We will provide instruction and assistance in accessing information in online databases. We will maintain an effective relationship with students, staff and community. We will direct and challenge students toward developing interests, abilities, lifetime skills and careers as God’s people.

Library Policies

1. Materials:
(a) Materials may be checked out for a period of two weeks. Books may be renewed once. (b) Certain reference books or materials in high demand may be borrowed overnight only and returned by 8:25AM the following school day. (c) Certain sub-collections as for a specific class project may be restricted to in-library usage.

2, Lost Materials:
If a book is lost, a deposit of the retail price of the book must be paid. This amount will be refunded if the book is found.

3. Obligations:
Before receiving report cards, all overdue books must be returned and obligations met.

4. Behavior:
a. Students are expected to be courteous and quiet in the library. Students who fail to cooperate will forfeit the privilege to use the library.b.No food or drink is allowed in the library. First offense is a warning and second offense is a detention.

5. Fines:
Students will be notified of fines and late materials in homeroom. Those who owe materials or money will be blocked from computer access before and after school until their fine is paid or materials are returned/renewed. Students owing more than $1.00 will have an e-mail sent to parents.

6. Tardiness:
If a student coming to the library from study hall is tardy twice, s/he will be escorted back to study hall and lose library privileges for one calendar week.

Links

Internet Public Library

Internet Public Library (LINK)

  • Homework Help
  • Newspapers
  • PATHFINDERS: Bibliographies of print and electronic sources of information on many academic topics.

Info Ohio

Database Directions (LINK):

  • Ask the Librarian for InfOhio’s current username and password. Click on link above and enter these here.
  • Select your general area of interest.
  • The next page is the search screen where you can type in the topic you are interested.
  • In the box below click on full text. If you want, you may also limit the articles by publication – a certain magazine, or when it was published (if you want the most up-to-date information.)
  • Click on search and the next page will be a list of articles. You may then scroll through the articles and click on the title of one that is of interest to you.

Reading Lists

While these are complete lists, individual teachers may offer a more limited list or require certain works from these lists. Always check with teachers before finalizing selections.


MASTER BOOK LISTS FOR ENGLISH CLASSES

  • 12th Grade Novels (PDF)
  • 12th Grade Plays (PDF)
  • Honors & AP: Novel & Paired Play List (PDF)

Read Aloud Book List

A complete list is available here (PDF)

Summer School

CVCA offers a limited course list of summer school subjects.


Registration

Download the summer school booklet and registration form here (PDF COMING SOON).


Student Attire

Students may wear CVCA uniform shorts, Bermuda style shorts, cargo shorts or Capri pants. No jeans or shorts other than those listed. Students may wear our CVCA Student Appearance slacks or skirts.

  • Golf style polo shirts, CVCA spirit wear t-shirts. No camisole shirts or tank tops.
  • Non-CVCA students attending summer school should check, if necessary, with the Academic Dean’s office for clarification of appropriate dress for summer school.

Because of the accelerated nature of summer school, absences for reasons other than illness are not permitted.

Early registration discount applies to all registrations received by TBA.
Please note that withdrawal of registration will be refunded less 30% of the course fee.

Course Offerings

All course offerings dependent on sufficient student enrollment.

  • Junior High Summer School Offerings (TBA)
  • Senior High Summer School Offerings (TBA)

Honor Roll

Junior High Honor Roll

  • First Quarter (PDF)
  • Second Quarter (PDF)
  • Third Quarter (PDF COMING SOON)
  • Fourth Quarter (PDF COMING SOON)

Senior High Honor Roll

  • First Quarter (PDF)
  • Second Quarter (PDF)
  • Third Quarter (PDF COMING SOON)
  • Fourth Quarter (PDF COMING SOON)

Faculty Websites


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