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LCS has been proudly providing quality Christian education for over 25 years across from beautiful Elk Lake in Victoria, BC. Our school is open to all families who desire a Christian education and safe environment for their children. LCS offers kindergarten - grade 8 in split grade classrooms.

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Educating students to know Jesus, serve others and succeed academically.

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LCS Student Handbook 2017/18

The LCS Student Handbook is intended to be a helpful resource for families and students who have basic questions about LCS. The Handbook includes information on school policies, activities and admission. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the Handbook.

Download the PDF version here.

  1. Philosophy and Overview
    1. Mission
    2. History and Location
    3. Accreditation
    4. Objectives
  2. General Information
    1. School Insurance
    2. Daily Schedule
    3. Attendance
    4. Bicycles
    5. Lunches
    6. Citizenship
    7. Discipline
    8. Policies (Complete Policies are available in the Office)
    9. School Uniform
    10. Christian Emphasis Week
    11. Visitors
    12. Lockers
    13. Library
    14. Lost and Found
    15. Electronic Equipment
    16. Volunteer Information
    17. Transportation
  3. Academic Information
    1. Kindergarten
    2. Grade 1 - 6
    3. Grade 7 - 9
    4. Grading System
  4. Admission
    1. Financial Information
    2. Admission Procedures
    3. Resident Student Tuition Rates
    4. Discounts
    5. Home Schooling
    6. Non Resident Student Tuition Rates
    7. Textbook Loan

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Philosophy and Overview

Mission

Our system of education is based on the belief that all true wisdom and knowledge comes from God. The mission of Lakeview Christian School is to know Jesus, to serve others and to succeed academically.

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History and Location

The Seventh-day Adventist church in Canada operates a system of schools that began in 1872. Lakeview Christian School is located on Vancouver Island approximately mid-way between Sidney and Victoria in a picturesque setting overlooking Elk Lake. The school opened its doors in January 1987 as a result of the amalgamation of Vancouver Island Junior Academy in Sidney and Hillside Adventist School in Victoria.

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Accreditation

Lakeview Christian School is operated by the Victoria and Rest Haven Seventh-day Adventist churches and the British Columbia Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and is accredited by the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventist's Commission on Accreditation. All teachers in the school are provincially certified.

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Objectives

The specific objectives of the school are as follows:

  • Spiritual - To encourage and help students to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, a true knowledge of God, and a desire to do His will.
  • Mental - To help students develop habits of accuracy, discrimination, and sound judgment, based on Christian principles and to provide academic training in a variety of subjects which will allow students to move successfully to other learning institutions.
  • Social - To help students develop a desirable personality, while learning to value, respect and relate to others in loving and considerate ways.
  • Physical - To teach and encourage students to develop a healthy life-style, enabling them to enjoy personal health so that they can be of service to God and man.

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General Information

School Insurance

Basic minimum 24 hour accident coverage is included in the registration fee.

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Daily Schedule

School hours are 8:30 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Thursday. School closes early Friday at 2:00 pm to accommodate Sabbath preparation.

Students are expected to arrive on the school grounds no more than fifteen minutes before classes start and to remain no longer than thirty minutes following their last regular school activity.

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Attendance

Students are required to attend school regularly and be on time. Parents are requested to phone the school when their child is absent, stating the reason for it.

Students are required to remain on the grounds throughout the school day. Any permission to leave the grounds must be approved by the principal and will only be given in exceptional circumstances. In such circumstances an effort will be made to contact the parents or guardians to inform them of the student leaving the school.

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Bicycles

Bicycles brought to school must be left in the bicycle racks during school hours and are not to be ridden during school hours.

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Lunches

Students are encouraged to bring lunches to school that are balanced and nutritious. One of the goals of the school is to promote principles of good health; therefore, each student is requested to respect, recognize and reasonably cooperate with the health and dietary principles of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

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Citizenship

Lakeview Christian School is a Christian School. We therefore look for those who attend to desire an education with this special emphasis. All are expected to abide by the standards of the school and conduct themselves as courteous Christian young people. Admission to the school is considered a privilege for those students who appreciate its unique character and ideals.

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Discipline

Activities which may result in suspension and/or dismissal include (but are not necessarily limited to the following):

  1. Using, handling, possessing or supplying tobacco in any form, alcoholic beverages, narcotics or drug paraphernalia;
  2. Gambling;
  3. Dishonesty, stealing, or cheating;
  4. Undermining the ideals or beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church;
  5. Willful damage of any personal or school property. The student will be responsible for the cost of repairing the damage;
  6. Insubordination or defiance shown to teachers or staff members, or inciting such;
  7. Tampering with or misusing school fire fighting equipment or the fire alarm system;
  8. Using profane language, possessing or displaying obscene literature or pictures, or indulging in lewd conduct or suggestions;
  9. Possessing or using firearms, other dangerous weapons, explosives or incendiaries of any kind;
  10. Improper conduct involving persons of the opposite sex;
  11. Conspiracy or participation in any act that injures or disgraces another student.

Students who are involved in disciplinary action in the public domain (such as by the Police Department), may become involved in LCS disciplinary actions, as the student(s) did not represent the values and standards encouraged by the school.

There are six stages in the discipline process:

  1. Student-Teacher (Teacher keeps a record) - At this stage, the teacher will talk to the student about their problem causing behaviour and inform them that they are now at stage one in the discipline process. It is left to the discretion of each teacher when they believe a student is eligible for this stage.
  2. Student-Teacher-Parent (Teacher keeps a record) - If unacceptable behaviour continues, then the teacher will contact the parent/guardian and ask them to come into the school to discuss their child's conduct. At this point the principal will not be involved unless it is requested by one of the parties involved. If the principal is asked to be present then it automatically becomes the next stage, stage three. If the principal is not present at this meeting he/she will be made aware that it is taking place.
  3. Student-Teacher-Parent-Principal (Principal keeps a record) - The parties will meet at the school to try to further work out a plan to resolve the student's behavioural problem.
  4. Discipline Committee (Principal keeps a record) - If a student's behaviour is still causing problems, that student's name may be brought to the Discipline Committee. Both the student and the parents will be made aware that the student has now reached this stage in the discipline process. The Discipline Committee will recommend any further action to be taken by the school staff or they may recommend the student's name be presented to the School Board for dismissal.
  5. Appeals Committee (Minutes Recorded) - Parents may appeal the decision of the Discipline Committee, and present their case to the Appeal Committee. This is the final step of the parent(s) appeal.
  6. School Board (Minutes recorded) - The student's name will be presented to the School Board for dismissal. The student and parents will be informed that this step is about to be taken. This is the final stage in the process and the decision reached will be noted in the School Board Minutes.

Note:

At any stage in this process suspension of the student is possible; suspension may be for a maximum duration of two weeks. Suspension, which requires action by the principal, automatically places the student at stage four. A student may wish to talk to the principal at any stage of the discipline process.

The student and the parents have a right to request a review of action taken by appealing their case to the Appeal Committee. They may not appeal to higher stages until they have followed the stages of the discipline process as outlined above. If this is not done then they will be referred back to the appropriate stage. All final decisions are made by the School Board

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Policies (Complete Policies are available in the Office)

Internet Use Policy

Use of the Internet will conform to the ethical and moral standards of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Among the behaviours not permitted:

  1. Sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures;
  2. Using obscene or racist language in public or private messages;
  3. Harassing, insulting or attacking others;
  4. Damaging hardware or software;
  5. Violating copyright laws;
  6. Using another's password;
  7. Using the network to access or distribute illegal or illicit material.

Admissions Policy

Families wishing to apply for admission to LCS must complete an application package and submit all required documentation. Applications for admission will be evaluated based on previous student grades, attendance records, teacher/principal recommendations, parent cooperation and observation of the prospective student in academic and social settings.

A payment plan for tuition and all required fees must be agreed to before enrollment occurs. Please see the Tuition section of this website for payment options.

Special Learning Needs
LCS will enroll a student with special learning needs only if it can provide an appropriate educational program. LCS may decline applications for students with special learning needs if the school determines their needs cannot be met.

Families of prospective students with special learning needs will inform LCS of any relevant educational and/or medical recommendations made by clinical professionals upon application for admission and provide all necessary documentation before the student may be enrolled. Any nondisclosure of special learning needs may result in forfeiture of enrollment.

LCS reserves the right to re-evaluate the enrollment of students with special learning needs at any time during their education and dismiss students whose needs cannot be met by the school.

Re-Registration of students Grades 1-9

  1. Submission of registration package
  2. Full disclosure of prior/acquired learning disabilities, including special learning needs
  3. Medical Form
  4. First month tuition and agreed payment plan for remainder
  5. Conditional enrollment for 90 calendar days
  6. Full admission following successful completion of 90-day probationary period

Non-Discrimination Policy

The safety and wellbeing of children in Adventist schools is of paramount consideration. Children deserve to be protected from abuse, neglect, bullying, harm or threat of harm. Therefore, all Seventh- day Adventist Church, BC Conference schools will ensure that children attending these schools will experience a learning environment that enables every child to feel safe, accepted and respected.

Adventist schools will continuously develop strategies to make students feel valued, respected and connected within the school community. This will include the protection of the students’ physical safety, social connectedness, inclusiveness as well as protection from all forms of bullying, regardless of their gender, race, culture, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity and expression, while remaining consistent with the Seventh-day Adventist faith-values, cultural perspective and philosophical values.

 

School Uniform

  1. The Lakeview Christian School uniform consists of selected items of clothing offered by R.J. McCarthy School Uniform in Burnaby, BC  (1-800-668-8261 or www.rjmccarthy.com).
  2. Students are to be aware that they are representing not only themselves and their families but Lakeview Christian School as well. All students shall therefore maintain a neat, clean and respectable appearance at all times when on school property, participating in a school-sponsored event, or when wearing clothing that identifies them as students of Lakeview Christian School.
  3. Students are to maintain a pair of shoes for indoor use only. These shoes shall be suitable for athletic use, and shall have non-marking soles.
  4. As a matter of respect, jackets, coats, hats are not to be worn in classrooms during school hours.
  5. In keeping with the Christian principles of simplicity and modesty, students are requested to refrain from the wearing of jewelry. Make-up and hair color must not be conspicuous and unnatural.
  6. The Principal, under the general guidance of the School Board, will provide policy interpretation.

Enforcement

In those instances where a student does not abide by the uniform policy, s/he will be subject to the LCS discipline process.

Students may choose to wear any combination of items listed below. All clothing must have LCS logo on it.

Golf shirts, pants, skorts (girls), walking shorts, cardigans, pullovers, and sweat tops.

Gym shorts and t-shirts are required for grades 6-9

Other Uniform Items

Navy or white socks or leotards.

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Christian Emphasis Week

Assemblies are conducted each day throughout Christian Emphasis Week for the purpose of emphasizing Christian ideals in behaviour and lifestyle. Students are encouraged to accept Jesus as their Friend and Saviour.

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Visitors

Visitors are welcome but are required to report to the office before going to any classroom. Students are not to bring friends to the school without prior permission from the principal.

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Lockers

Lockers are available for student use and should be secured with a combination lock. The school reserves the right to inspect lockers at any time it is deemed necessary. Lockers should be kept tidy and clean at all times. The school does not accept responsibility for lost items. Students are expected to leave lockers in the condition in which they found them. Any personal belongings kept at school are the responsibility of the student and should be secured in the student's locker.

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Library

The library contains books for reference and pleasure reading. Books in the Reference section may not be removed from the school under any circumstances. Only properly checked out books are to leave the school. Students failing to return books or returning them in a damaged condition will be held liable for the replacement cost of the book(s).

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Lost and Found

Name tags, especially for the primary grades, are recommended to be put on student's clothes in order to identify lost articles. Articles in the "lost and found" will periodically be donated to charity or disposed of.

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Electronic Equipment

Smartphones/cell phones, BlackBerries and video games, etc. are not to be used during classes without a teacher's permission. This also applies during all school sanctioned field trips.

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Volunteer Information

Any person who may be volunteering regularly to help with any school function or activity is required to fill out a "Police Record Check for Volunteers" form. The results will be kept on file in the school office. Occasional volunteers need to fill out a Statutory Declaration.

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Transportation

When private vehicles are used to transport students participating in a school activity, each driver must complete a School Use of Private Vehicle form which states:

  1. That he/she carries a valid driver's license and a minimum of $2,000,000 liability insurance;
  2. That he/she will act in accordance with the BC Motor Vehicle Act with regard to the use of seat belts;
  3. The vehicle is in good mechanical shape and road worthiness;

This form will be kept on file in the school office along with a photocopy of the driver's vehicle insurance papers.

Supervising teacher(s) of the event will ensure that:

  1. There is a separate seat belt available for each passenger;
  2. Elementary students do not occupy passenger seats equipped with air bags.
  3. Students in the lower grades need to use a Booster Seat (provided by LCS).

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Academic Information

In all grade levels students cover the subjects necessary to meet provincial guidelines.

Upon enrollment, students are assigned to the appropriate learning level based on their age, maturity, ability, and previous educational experience if applicable. Students' progress from one grade to another is based on their mastery of expected learning skills and achievement of learning goals. Readiness for the next level of learning challenges is a major consideration for promotion.

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Kindergarten

The kindergarten curriculum is designed to prepare children for a successful gradeone year. Students spend time learning their letters, sounds, numbers, colours, etc. They also focus on learning appropriate school behaviour such as taking turns, sharing, and working together. They are passed on to grade one if they are developmentally ready.

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Grade 1 - 6

Students will normally complete these divisions of work in six years. Readiness in the core subjects (English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science) form the basis of promotion.

Subjects offered in Grades 1 - 4

  • Bible
  • Mathematics
  • Language Arts:
  • English
  • Handwriting
  • Spelling
  • Reading
  • Phonics
  • Science/Health
  • Social Studies
  • Fine Arts: Music, Drama, Art
  • Physical Education/Dance
  • Career Education
  • Information Technology

Subjects offered in Grades 5 - 6

  • Bible
  • Mathematics
  • Language Arts:
  • English
  • Handwriting
  • Spelling
  • Reading
  • Social Studies
  • Science/Health
  • Fine Arts
  • Physical Education/Dance
  • Information Technology
  • Spanish (second language)
  • Career Planning
  • Music/Band/Drama

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Grade 7 - 9

Subjects offered in Grades 7 - 9

  • Bible
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Science/Health
  • Band
  • Physical Education/Dance
  • Spanish
  • Home Economics
  • Information Technology
  • Health and Career Education
  • Drama
  • Fine Arts

In grade 7 promotion is by grade. If a student fails two or more core subjects (Math, English, Science, Social Studies) he/she will be required to repeat the year.

In grade 8 and 9 promotion is by subject. Courses failed must be repeated the following year or taken at summer school.

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Grading System

Grades K - 3 - Number grades (4, 3, 2, 1) and anecdotal reporting is used.
Grades 4 - 9 - Letter grades and/or percentages and anecdotal reporting are used.

In determining percentages and letter grades the following will be considered:

  1. Daily class work and homework,
  2. Quizzes and unit tests,
  3. Labs (where applicable),
  4. Research projects,
  5. Behaviour and class participation.
Grade Codes Grades 1-3 Grades 4-7 Grades 8-9
Outstanding, above grade level 4 A 86 - 100%
Good, fully meeting grade level 3 B 73 - 85%
Good, meeting grade level 2 C+ 67 - 72%
Satisfactory, meeting grade level   C 60 - 66%
Needs Improvement, not yet at grade level 1 C- 50 - 59%
No demonstration of minimally acceptable performance in relation to the learning outcomes in this reporting period   I 49 - 0%
Final letter grade. No demonstration of minimally acceptable performance in relation to the learning outcomes for the course   F  

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An I (Incomplete) is given before an F grade. If all necessary work is not completed in the time allotted by the teacher an automatic F grade is given.

In order to be on honour roll in grades 4 - 9, a student must have an average across all their subjects of 86% or more. Honours is 86 - 94% and High Honours is 95 - 100%

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Admission

The administration reserves the right to refuse any applicant who will not be well served by the school or whose influence it is felt will undermine the school's objectives and standards. All new students enter the school on a 90-day Probationary Contract.

For entrance into grade one, we will accept students who are six years old by December 31 of that school year.

Financial Information

The Seventh-day Adventist educational system is the second largest in the world and operates Christian schools from kindergarten to university. The local Seventh-day Adventist churches believe the words of Christ that "you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind," Luke 10:27. For many years they have given high priority to teaching children in an environment which not only emphasizes excellent academics, but also draws them to know Jesus Christ. The school board and teachers provide an excellent learning environment at a tuition rate which is affordable for most individuals. Families, who need financial assistance, may contact the Principal and fill out the financial aid application form, to be considered.

The school is funded by four sources:

  1. Tuition and registration fees.
  2. Subsidies from Victoria and Rest Haven Seventh-day Adventist churches
  3. The B.C. Conference of Seventh-day Adventist.
  4. B.C. Ministry of Education.

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Admission Procedures

New students Grades K-9

  1. Submission of application package including:
    • Pastoral, school and non-relative references (Character Reference Form)
    • Full disclosure of prior learning history, including special learning needs if any
    • School records of previous school
    • Copy of most recent report card
    • Care card number
    • Legal Residency Form
    • PIPA
    • Use of Internet and email Form
    • Parental Volunteer Form
    • Medical Form
  2. Teacher/Principal meeting with student and parents
  3. Grade placement test (as determined by school administration)
  4. Observation in academic/social setting (as determined by school administration)
  5. First month tuition and agreed payment plan for remainder
  6. Conditional enrollment for 90 calendar days
  7. Full admission following successful completion of 90-day probationary period
  8. Obtain LCS school uniform

Re-Registration of students Grades 1-9

  1. Submission of registration package
  2. Full disclosure of prior/acquired learning disabilities, including special learning needs
  3. Medical Form
  4. First month tuition and agreed payment plan for remainder
  5. Conditional enrollment for 90 calendar days
  6. Full admission following successful completion of 90-day probationary period

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Resident Student Tuition Rates

Tuition rates are to be applied monthly for ten months.

Grade K - 2 3 - 6 7 - 9
Student Tuition per month $275.00 $300.00 $325.00
  • $100.00 non-refundable registration fee
  • $100.00 Activity Fee (outings)
  • $100.00 for (20) Volunteer Hours for Parents
  • $25.00 for Earthquake Kit

SEPTEMBER tuition fee is NON-refundable, to be cashed on September 1

Tuition rates are set by the school board. Accounts are expected to be paid promptly. Postdated cheques for tuition are required at registration and should be made payable to LCS for the first of every month. If accounts cannot be paid as scheduled, parents should consult with the principal.

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Discounts

If you have more than one child in the school the following discounts will apply, based on the student in the highest grade.

  • Second student: 15% discount
  • Third student: 30% discount
  • Fourth student: 50% discount

$100.00 deduction (from June's tuition) will be given to families referring a new student to LCS.

5% discount will be offered to parents who pay the FULL tuition at once: Sept-Dec cheque will be cashed in September, as January-June cheque will be cashed in January.

Special assistance for Seventh-day Adventist students may be made available on request from the Victoria or Rest Haven Seventh-day Adventist churches; however, this should be arranged before registration. For information about this assistance please contact your pastor or enquire at the school office. Financial assistance may be available through the school for non Seventh-day Adventist students. Please contact the office for information.

If students are withdrawn or are asked to leave the school part way through a month there will be no refund of tuition fees for that month. Students need to indicate withdrawal at least 30 days before leaving LCS.

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Home Schooling

Under the provision of the School Act, (Bill 67) of the Province of B.C., and in harmony with policies established by the school board, LCS may register students of parents who prefer to educate their children at home. Registration and tuition fees may apply.

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Non Resident Student Tuition Rates

Tuition for non-resident students is $11,000 for the year (Payable upon registration with a non-refundable international money order in Canadian funds) for each student. Students may also attend for one month or less for a fee of $1,100 per month. Tuition for students staying for 1-6 months is $1,100 per month. All non resident students must pay a non refundable registration fee of $100. Agent's fees may apply.

The above rate covers textbooks, workbooks and other consumable supplies used by the student. Textbooks are supplied on a loan basis and students are responsible for returning them in good condition. If books are not returned at the end of the year or if badly damaged, payment will be required for replacement of these books.

The tuition rate does not include the cost of field trips, sporting events, hot lunches and other various activities and events. Non-resident students should come to Canada prepared with approximately $100/month extra for these activities.

Any non-resident student interested in attending LCS must apply for their student visa as early as possible to avoid any delays in registration. The school may assist with any visa applications.

The school reserves the right to evaluate the student and assign him/her to the appropriate grade level.

Non-resident students are required to wear LCS school uniform.

The school reserves the right to limit the number of ESL students to no more than 25% of each grade/class or no more than 20% of the total school enrollment.

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Textbook Loan

Textbooks are supplied on a loan basis and students are responsible for returning them in good condition. If books are not returned at the end of the year or if badly damaged, payment will be required for replacement of these books.

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