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.
|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)|
|Fine Arts||1 Credit|
*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.
This chart (PDF) outlines the criteria for the Diploma with Honors.
Please contact the Guidance Office for additional information.
Exams are available for those students wishing to “test out” of select college courses. According to College Board…
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…
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.
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|
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
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:
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).
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.
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A guide for college selection & planning prepared by CVCA Guidance Office.
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)
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 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 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.
Students are selected for the program in one of the following ways:
Support services are provided in one or more of the following ways:
It is our hope that each student who participates will benefit from the Academic Support Program and thus enhance his or her CVCA experience.
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:
*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 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…
…providing insight into His calling in their lives.”
School of Business & Entrepreneurship
School of Engineering
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
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.
Complete Jterm 2016 Trips information & registration forms can be downloaded here.
For more information regarding the Athletic Department Jterm policy, please see the “Jterm Athletic Policy” section below on this page.
Each trip has a CVCA faculty member as its lead faculty. This person can help you decide if 2016 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.
** Example: Grand Canyon trip is $1000, a deposit of $275 due at registration, a $300 payment is due on 9/15/15 and the balance of $425 is due 11/01/15).
Students must be in good academic and behavioral standing to travel with CVCA. Tuition and fees must be current at the time of application and until trip departure in order for students to participate on Jterm trips. Additionally, some trips and retreats require an application. Registrations must be accompanied by a $275 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.
Monday – Friday, January 5-10, 2015 & Monday, January, 12, 2015
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.)
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
One aspect of being an eligible worker is meeting all deadlines in a professional manner. Please print clearly. Obtain all signatures.
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.
Students are responsible for their own transportation to hosting sites.
There is no cost for Career Experience Opportunities.
A CEO is worth one (1) J-term credit; like all J-term activities, it is evaluated on a pass/fail basis.
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.
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.
These will be sent around 9:00PM via ParentsWeb e-mail on January 7th, 8th, 9th, 2015.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
Check out Mrs. Horsfall’s Web page (LINK): a place to find help with your research project.
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.
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.
(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.
Before receiving report cards, all overdue books must be returned and obligations met.
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.
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.
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.
Internet Public Library (LINK)
Database Directions (LINK):
A complete list is available here (PDF)
CVCA offers a limited course list of summer school subjects.
Download the high school summer school offerings and registration form here (PDF).
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.