Welcome to Delaware County Christian School
We are excited that your family is joining the DC Community!
This page contains helpful information and useful links to assist you in your transition and to help you prepare for the upcoming school year. To begin, we recommend printing a copy of our New Family Checklist. This document will help you keep track of the information you should review and all forms that need to be completed prior to the start of the new school year.
Transitioning to DC
We highly encourage parents to attend our New Parent Orientation. This important meeting includes an overview of DC’s mission, vision, and values and provides valuable information regarding our school regardless of your student(s) incoming grade level.
Division administrators lead additional orientations for Lower School parents and Upper Campus parents and students. These meetings take place the week prior to the start of school and give more division specific information regarding your student(s) transition to DC.
Back to School Nights take place in September. This is where you will meet your student(s) teachers and learn more details that pertain specifically to their individual classes.
All of the forms, handbooks, and informational guides you need to review and/or complete are found below.
Begin by reviewing the information located in the Important Information menu. Here you will learn about important dates in the upcoming school year, the many ways you can plug into the DC school community, and the specific policies and procedures for each academic division.
The Information for Back to School and New Students section provides links to the forms you need to complete prior to the start of school as well as class supply lists, standardized dress code information, summer reading lists, and more.
We recognize the transition to a new school requires many details, so we are here to help! Please direct any questions you have to the Admissions Office at (610) 353-6522 x2283 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Expand the links below to learn about important dates in the upcoming school year, the many ways you can plug into the DC school community, and the specific policies and procedures for each academic division.
Back to School 2016 - Save the Dates!
- important dates at the start of the school year you won't want to miss!
New Parent Orientation
Tuesday, June 21 | 7:00-8:00 pm
New Parent Orientation
Monday, August 15 | 7:00-8:00 pm
New Family Open House
Thursday, August 25 | 5:00-7:00 pm
DC Family Picnic
Thursday, September 1 | 5:00 pm
DC Dedication & Praise Ceremony
Thursday, September 1 | 6:30 pm
PreK-5 Open House
Monday, August 29 | 8:30 am-12:30 pm
K-5th First Day of School
Tuesday, August 30
PreK Preview Days
Tuesday, August 30 & Wednesday, August 31
PreK First Day of School
Thursday, September 1
2nd & 3rd Grade Back to School Night
Tuesday, September 13 | 7:00 pm
PreK, 1st, & 2nd Grade Back to School Night
Thursday, September 15 | 7:00 pm
4th & 5th Grade Back to School Night
Wednesday, September 21 | 7:00 pm
LS Picture Day
Wednesday, September 21
First Day of School
Tuesday, August 30
MS Back to School Night
Tuesday, September 6 | 6:45 pm
8th Grade Retreat
MS Picture Day
Thursday, September 15
First Day of School
Tuesday, August 30
US Back to School Night
Thursday, September 8 | 7:00 pm
Whether it’s volunteering in your child’s classroom, joining a parent prayer group, attending special events on campus, or supporting our arts and athletics programs through the Friends of the Arts and Athletic Boosters, there are many ways to participate in community life at DC.
A number of our annual events and volunteer opportunities are described below. Additional offerings will be detailed in our weekly DC Connect email communications.
All-School Chapels are held at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. This well-loved tradition at DC provides a special time of worship for our entire school community. All alumni, parents, grandparents, and friends of DC are invited to attend. All School Chapels begin at 8:30am in the lower gym at the Upper Campus. MORE INFORMATION
THE ANNUAL FUND FOR DC
Tuition dollars do not cover the full cost of your child’s education. The Annual Fund for DC is the primary way our school closes the gap between revenue and the school’s operating budget. The Development Office oversees this important annual giving campaign and other fundraising activities that support the Annual Fund such as the DC 5K and the DC Auction. Parent volunteers can help with events and serve as Class Captains who help communicate information about the Annual Fund and encourage parent participation in giving. MORE INFORMATION
DC ATHLETIC BOOSTERS
All parents of DC athletes are considered to be a part of the Athletic Booster organization. A Booster parent leadership team coordinates all volunteer activities and raises extra funds to support athletic program. MORE INFORMATION
Join DC’s Head of School and various administrators for coffee and a time of fellowship and discussion on select mornings throughout the school year.
TIME: 8:30am - 9:30 am
DATES/LOCATION: October and March Options at both Lower and Upper Campuses. MORE INFORMATION
DC FAMILY PICNIC AND DEDICATION SERVICES
Join the entire DC Community for a Family Picnic. The picnic is followed by a Dedication Service which features a time of prayer and praise and new employee testimonies. This event takes place during the first week of school and is a long-standing tradition at DC. MORE INFORMATION
FRIENDS OF THE ARTS (FOTA)
DC Friends of the Arts supports students and faculty in all areas of the arts because we believe that
God-given creativity is to be celebrated and nurtured in every student, all to His glory. Friends of the Arts (FOTA) accomplishes this through volunteering, promoting, fundraising, advocacy and prayer. MORE INFORMATION
LOWER SCHOOL GRANDPARENTS DAY
Lower School Grandparents Day is a highlight of our school year. This event takes place in April at the Lower Campus. Grandparents attend a special program and have the opportunity to visit classrooms. Volunteer opportunities and sign-ups will be communicated by Homeroom Parents or from the Lower School Parent Volunteer Organization (PVO).
MIDDLE AND UPPER SCHOOL GRANDPARENTS DAY
This event usually takes place in October and provides a unique opportunity for students in grades 6-12 to share lunch with their grandparents in addition to giving them a personal tour of the Upper Campus. Parent volunteers are needed to help assemble and serve lunches. Volunteer opportunities and sign-ups will be communicated via email from the Middle and Upper School Parent Volunteer Organization (PVO).
MOMS IN PRAYER GROUPS
DC moms are encouraged to join a Moms in Prayer group that gathers weekly to pray for the needs of our school community.
TIME: 8:30am - 9:30am
DAY/LOCATION: See DC Calendar - Thursday Mornings - Lower Campus and Friday Mornings - Upper Campus
PVO – PARENT VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION
The Parent Volunteer Organization work within all three of DC’s academic divisions (Lower, Middle, and Upper) provides opportunities for parents to assist teachers and staff both in and out of the classroom as well as assisting with special school sponsored events. MORE INFORMATION
STRENGTHENING DC DADS
This early morning gathering provides an opportunity for DC dads to encourage one another in being the fathers God wants them to be.
TIME: 6:30am -7:45am
LOCATION: Hot Spot Diner, 3604 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square
DATES: See DC Calendar - Typically the third Tuesday of the month
Association of Christian School International
This organization serves Christian schools across the United States and around the World. DC has had a close working relationship with ACSI for many years and a number of our Heads of School have served on the national board of ACSI.
The Annual Fund for DC provides unrestricted monies that bridge the gap between tuition revenue and ongoing operating expenses like salaries, curriculum, campus maintenance, technology and financial aid. The practice of generous giving through The Annual Fund is long-standing, and we continue to marvel at the Lord's faithfulness in meeting our financial needs.
The Council on Educational Standards and Accountability (CESA) serves Christian schools and Christian organizations through leadership services, academic enrichment, programmatic development, professional development, and by providing fellowship and fraternity to those who serve within Christian institutions. Coming alongside schools and organizations, CESA seeks to enable Christian schools with rigorous, objective standards to guide their development, providing schools with the tools necessary to reach such standards and the networks necessary to propel Christian schools with excellence and accountability as their hallmarks. DC has been a CESA member since 2013.
DC's Upper School Athletic Program participates in the Bicentennial Athletic League.
DC Athletic Boosters
This group is composed of every DC parent whose child participates in interscholastic athletics. Members of the Boosters help raise funds and serve in various capacities to assist our athletic program. Boosters is managed by an executive committee of parents who work closely with the athletic director.
The DC Café offers breakfast and lunch to all students, faculty and staff on the Upper Campus. Located on the lower level of the DeMoss Center, the Café provides refreshment and a place for students to fellowship in the DC Commons. All purchases must be made via a debit account established with the Business Office.
Chromebooks are personal laptop computers that run on the Chrome Operating System. Chromebooks are designed to be used while connected to the Internet and support applications that reside on the Web, rather than traditional applications that reside on the machine itself.
DC Friends of the Arts supports students and faculty in all areas of the arts because we believe that God-given creativity is to be celebrated and nurtured in every student, all to His glory. Friends of the Arts accomplishes this through volunteering, promoting, fundraising, advocacy and prayer.
G Suite for Education is a special setup of the popular Google Apps, tailored specifically for educational institutions. Every Middle and Upper School student has an @dccs.org Google account.
The Upper School yearbook.
DC’s publication for current families, alumni, alumni parents and other friends of the school.
A select vocal group composed of Upper School students.
Moodle is a learning management system used by DC's Middle and Upper Schools. Course web pages.
ONE CALL NOW
One Call Now is a telephone and email messaging service used by DC to quickly reach parents with urgent school news such as school closings, delays and early dismissals.
The Parent Volunteer Organization operates in the Lower, Middle and Upper School divisions and provides opportunities for parents to assist teachers and staff both in and out of the classroom as well as assisting with special events.
The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association is the state organization that governs all athletic activities of public schools. Private schools may join and thereby participate in all state playoffs. DC joined this organization effective September, 2002.
RenWeb is DC’s online portal for students and parents. Students and parents can access the DC school directory, class assignments, grades, and announcements.
When a student is absent, parents/guardians are requested to notify the school office, by calling extension 1514 before 9:30 am.
Students who have a dentist or doctor appointment during the day must bring notes to the Lower School Office before 9:30 am of that day. If a student comes to school during the course of the day or leaves before the end of the day, he/she must be checked in/out by a parent through the Lower School Office.
Arrival and Dissmisal
Arrival: School starts at 8:20 am. Students may arrive to school as early as 7:50 am when teachers are on duty. Students in grades Pre-k and Kindergarten walk directly to their classrooms. Students in grades 1-5 arriving before 8:20 am gather in the gym and are dismissed at 8:10 am to their classrooms. If you arrive after 8:20 am, please sign your child in at the office.
Dismissal: Students traveling by car (car riders) will be called to gather in the chapel where they wait in class lines for their name to be announced via walkie talkie. They will then walk to the circle to the teachers on duty to be loaded into your car. You will receive a DC car sign specific to the current school year. Please have this in the front right side of your car dash so the teachers on duty can recognize and call your student for dismissal. This facilitates a smooth and orderly dismissal process and serves as an additional security measure. Please ask the office for additional copies if needed for more than one car.
Students traveling by bus (bus riders) will remain in their classrooms until they hear their bus groups called over the intercom. All bus riders will received a backpack tag on the first day of school to assist with getting on the right bus. This also helps students and teachers assist the safe transfer onto another bus if students must transfer busses on their route home. Younger students are assigned an older student to serve as a bus buddy.
Information here about chapel. We welcome parent attendance at chapel.
The Junior Knight Life is the Lower School newsletter for parents. It is emailed twice a month and has all the important information for the following two weeks included. In addition, the Head of Lower School sends a monthly letter home with school news and classroom teachers communicate via a monthly or weekly newsletter. You may also communicate with your classroom teacher by phone or email. Teachers will make every effort to reply within 24 hours.
Each class has two homeroom mothers who work hard at assisting teachers with field trip preparations, class parties and other class activities. You will meet your class’ homeroom mothers on Back to School night. Do not hesitate to ask questions and introduce yourself to these moms – they can help you meet others in the class and get you plugged into other school activities.
It is well recognized that students need exercise throughout the day in order to do well in school. As such, we make every attempt to have students outdoors during recess times for physical activity. In the event of any precipitation, recess is indoors. Outdoor recess will be held without restriction if the temperature is above 25 degrees (including the wind chill factor). Outdoor recess will be held with some restrictions if the temperature is between 20 and 25 degrees. Coats, hats, mittens must be worn at all times when the weather is this chilly and students may be taken outside for a shortened recess to run and expend energy. Recess will be held indoors if the temperature is below 20 degrees (wind chill factor included).
The school day begins at 8:20 am and ends at 3:00 pm. Each teacher will communicate the specifics of their classroom schedule at Back to School Night.
Traveling by car: If your child is a car rider, please drive up to the front circle for morning drop off. A teacher will greet students and direct him/her. A fifth grade safety patrol student will be available to escort new and younger students. Pre-K and Kindergarten students may go directly to their classrooms, and do not gather in the gym. During the first week or two of school, Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers and or teacher’s aides will be outside at the circle to greet students and escort our youngest students to class.
For afternoon pick-up, please remain in your car and pull up to the front circle. You will receive a car rider identification sign during Open House. Please place this in your window for the teacher on duty to see. Your child will be called from the chapel to your car. This helps in keeping the dismissal process running quickly and smoothly.
Traveling by bus: Bus riders will receive a bus identification sign attached to their backpack on the first day of school. Please do not remove this tag. They will also be assigned a bus buddy to help them - especially if they are transferring buses. Those districts that will be riding the shuttle to and from the main campus are: Chester-Upland, Garnet Valley, Interboro, Penn Delco, Ridley, Southeast Delco, and William Penn. These students will be bused to and from the elementary school via the DC shuttle. Teachers are on duty at the main campus and will ensure all elementary children transfer to the proper bus.
Please make every effort to make sure your student knows his or her bus district and bus #. Any questions regarding your school districts busses should be directed to the admissions office at 610-353-6522, ext. 2285.
Transportation changes: If you need to change your child’s method of transportation for any reason, please send in a note to the school office every day you desire to make a change. We try to keep transportation changes to a minimum and ask your cooperation in not making any last minute changes. Students are not permitted to ride a different bus than their district bus. They may go home by car with those you have authorized for pick up on your transportation form in the beginning of the year. Any changes to these arrangements should be communicated via a note to the school. Please call in any last minute changes prior to 2 pm.
For the safety of our students and school community, the Lower School is a secure building. All visitors must sign in and out via the main office when visiting school.
The school day begins at 8:15 am and ends at 3:00 pm. Student schedules can be viewed via RenWeb.
The purpose of Academic Probation is two-fold: first, to give the student in academic difficulty an opportunity to improve; and, second, to give the student a strong warning that he/she is in academic difficulty and in danger of not continuing at Delaware County Christian School.
A student becomes eligible for Academic Probation when he/she fails two or more major subjects in a report period or has a "D" average or below in a report period.
A student who fails a required full-year course must make that work up in one of two ways:
- Pass a comparable course in a local summer school or an accredited correspondence school;
- Be tutored for 20 hours in the subject by a tutor approved by the school and pass a re-examination. (Note: A student must be tutored for 10 hours per single semester course).
All first semester required courses, which are failed, must be made up by the end of the third marking period.
If the Bible course is failed, the student must successfully complete a project assigned by the Bible teacher.
Students must have a final grade of F in order to make up any course.
World Language middle school students who complete level IA in 7th grade with a final grade of D or F must either 1) attend a summer class which meets 5 days for 2 hours each day, or 2) receive 10 hours of tutoring during the summer. Students will be given an assessment at the end of these 10 hours.
A middle school student who completes IB with a D or F must receive 10 hours of tutoring and pass the final exam before being admitted to level II. Such a student may instead elect to repeat level I in high school.
Progress Reports are emailed home in the middle of each report period, and at other times as necessary, for students who are failing a subject (69 or below) or who have unsatisfactory grades in a subject (70-75).
Exams, Tests, Projects
Tests are given in all major classes. NO student is expected to have more than two tests/projects on any one day.
In 7th grade, a final exam for the second semester is given in Honors Algebra I; 8th graders have first semester mid-terms in Honors Geometry I, Honors Algebra I, and Algebra I. The second semester final exams for the 8th graders are World Language, Math and Science. Middle School exams are worth 1/9 of the semester grade. Three days are set aside for review for mid-terms and final exams.
Long-term assignments/projects will be listed on RenWeb.
Report cards are records on a letter grade system. Numerical equivalents:
|A+ 99 - 100||B+ 90 - 91||C+ 82 - 83||D+ 74 - 75|
|A 94 - 98||B 86 - 89||C 78 - 81||D 72 - 73|
|A- 92 - 93||B- 84 - 85||C- 76 - 77||D- 70 - 71|
F Below 70
The Honor Roll is determined at the end of each report period. An average of A or above is necessary for highest honor, A- for high honor, and B for honor. A student is not considered for the honor roll if he/she has a grade lower than C- in any subject or more than one C in any subject.
Extracurricular Ineligibility Policy
A student becomes ineligible for extracurricular events when he/she is failing two or more major subjects. While ineligible, a student may not play in any games although they may try out for teams and participate in practice. A student may be removed from ineligibility each Monday providing he/she is no longer failing two or more major subjects. NOTE: Students with diagnosed learning disabilities may be granted exemptions at the request of the director of Student Support.
Due dates on assignments are to be taken seriously. Full credit cannot be given for daily assignments that are late. The grade on late assignments will be reduced by one grade per school day. Students are expected to complete all assignments even though they may be late.
When a student is absent due to illness, he/she is responsible for obtaining any assignments missed and submitting them to his/her teacher. Students are to look on RenWeb and Moodle for their missed assignments. Students are given one day for each day missed in order to complete the assigned work. For short-term absences (1-2 days) students should call a reliable classmate for assignments. For longer absences, please contact your student’s individual teachers.
For absences other than those incurred by illness, arrangements must be made beforehand with the teacher to make up work that will be missed. The student will be expected to submit make-up work on the day he/she returns and to pick up with the class where it is. This includes the taking of any tests or quizzes. Long-term assignments are expected before the student departs. Parents are required to notify the middle school office at least one week prior to a planned absence. Since absences are always a hardship for students, family vacations during the school year are discouraged.
Following an absence, a student is required to check in through the middle school office before reporting to his/her classroom.
A note, which clearly specifies the reason for each absence, is required. Although the note is due on the day the student returns, a one-day grace period is extended to students.
***If a student will miss school for reasons such as a church retreat, travel with parents, etc., the principal must be contacted at least one week prior to the absence. Students are required to turn in any missed assignments and/or projects prior to their leaving. Students are required to take any missed tests the day they return.***
Students who must leave school prior to 3:10 pm must bring a note to the middle school office before 8:15 am the same day. The note should include the student's name, time of dismissal, and the reason for early dismissal. The secretary will give the student an early dismissal pass.
It is the responsibility of students leaving early to check with their teachers for work that will be missed. This may be done during break or at lunch.
If a student comes to school during the course of the day or leaves before the end of the day, he/she must check in or out through the middle school office.
Parents must notify the middle school before 9:30 am on the day a student is absent.
Students arriving to school after 8:15 am are to report to the office. The school will excuse lateness for doctor appointments, traffic accidents or other unavoidable circumstances provided parents send a note stating the reason for the lateness.
Lateness due to bus delay will also be excused and no note is required. Latenesses for any other reason will be considered unexcused.
A student with three unexcused latenesses to school will receive a detention. Six unexcused latenesses to school will require a parent conference with the principal or his/her designee.
Late to Class
Any accumulation of three unexcused latenesses to any class will also result in a detention. Repeated lateness to class is considered a more serious behavior offense and will be handled accordingly by the school administration.
Students will not be counted late to class if they have an excuse note from the teacher of their previous class.
Since there are different causes and degrees of unacceptable behavior, there should be different responses. It is the school's desire to differentiate between acts of foolishness and/or immaturity and acts of willfulness. Behavioral offenses have been categorized as either less serious or more serious.
Behavior - Less serious offenses
Detentions for less serious offenses due to immaturity/foolishness will be served during lunch and activity period. Less serious offenses, which are repeated, may result in an after-school detention.
Less serious offenses involving willfulness or defiance will result in an after school detention. A normal after school detention lasts from 3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Students and parents will be notified at least one day in advance when an after school detention is to be served. Students should come prepared for a work detail.
It is the responsibility of the teacher or administrator to determine the discipline necessary for less serious offenses. Teachers may also choose reproof or other less serious action in response to less serious offenses.
Behavior - More serious offenses
Depending on the severity of the offense, discipline must be selected from one of the following: dismissal from class, various work details, suspension, behavioral probation or expulsion.
Probation gives the student an opportunity to correct a serious problem. If he or she does not improve to a satisfactory level, the consequence will be expulsion or forced withdrawal from the school.
Foul language, including taking the Lord’s name in vain, is not acceptable for young people at Delaware County Christian School. Violation is considered serious, resulting in a potential suspension.
Any action taken by a student that disturbs the privacy or invades the private property of a teacher or administrator at his/her home or that affects his/her private property at school (such as a vehicle) will be viewed as a serious form of misbehavior.
Any action taken by a student that takes the form of a prank done to, with, or on the property of the school will be viewed as a serious form of misbehavior.
Such behavior will receive strong discipline, which may include suspension or expulsion. The cost of any damages resulting from such behavior will be the responsibility of the student and his/her parents.
Students are responsible for the care of desks, chairs, lockers, walls, bathrooms, sinks, etc. Any markings will be cleaned by the student responsible. In addition, disciplinary action will be administered for the defacing of property. Parents are responsible for the replacement or repair of school property when their child is at fault. Fines are levied for lost textbooks and those damaged beyond repair. Students are not to litter or damage the shrubbery.
Zero Tolerance Drug Policy
Possession or use of illegal drugs, as well as the abuse of medications will result in an automatic suspension with a possible recommendation for expulsion.
Students who desire help with a drug problem will be supported by the school. An action plan will be set up between home, church and school, which will allow the student to remain at DC. Students involved in the distribution of drugs will be recommended for expulsion.
If your son or daughter is sick or will not be in attendance on any given day, please call the Upper School Attendance Line at 610-353-6522 ext. 2201 by 10 am and follow the voice mail instructions for the Upper School attendance line. Please send a note with your student when they return to school with the reason for the lateness or absence. Their absence is marked unexcused until a note/email is presented. Please refer to the handbook for more details.
Arrival and Dissmisal
Please have your student sign in at the Upper School office if he/she is late to school in order to receive a pass to their class. A note from a parent/guardian is required when signing in. Similarly, if your student needs to leave school early for a doctor’s appointment or other reason, they will also need a note in order to receive a pass to leave their class at the requested time of dismissal. Sports team dismissals do not need a note. Please see the handbook for clarification on excused & unexcused absences.
Upper School chapel is every Wednesday from 11:40 am – 12:30 am in the DeMoss Auditorium. Students are to be seated with their advisory groups.
Student cell phone use is not permitted during school hours. Emergency calls can be made to/from the Upper School office (610) 353-6522 ext. 2205.
The school day begins at 8:15 am and ends at 3:00 pm on M, T, Th & Fr. SAIL days are on Wednesdays and have a different schedule with a 9:00 am start time and ending at 3:00 pm. If students choose to participate in a specialized study or arts program their day begins at 8:15 am on Wednesdays as well. Individual student schedules can be viewed via RenWeb.
Parking spaces are limited to seniors and underclassmen with a hardship case (must be approved by Mr. Hoch). Parking permits are obtained through the Upper School Office. Parking applications are available online.
Please remember that all visitors must check into the Mansion office in order to receive a visitor’s badge that is to be worn during your time on campus.
Information for Back to School and New Students
Everything you need to get ready for the start of school - forms, supply lists, summer reading, and more!