Parent and Student Handbook

2018-2019

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International Community School (Singapore)

27A Jubilee Road
Singapore 128575

Tel: +65 6776 7435
Fax: +65 6776 7436
Email:
info@ics.edu.sg

Website:  www.ics.edu.sg

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CPE Reg No:199303918N
Reg Period: 06/07/15 to 05/07/19

1.0 INTRODUCTION

1.1 Welcome Letter from ICS Director

1.2 About ICS

1.3 Statement of Faith

1.4 Mission and Vision Statements

1.5 Core Values

1.6 Philosophy of Education

1.7 Philosophy of Service

1.8 Academic Achievements

1.9 Accreditation

1.10 Expected Student Outcomes (ESOs)

1.11 A Brief ICS History

2.0 ATTENDANCE

2.1 General Statement

2.2 School Calendar

2.3 School Hours

2.3a Arrival and Departure

2.3b Early Check-Out Procedure

2.4 Tardiness

2.5 Absences

2.5a Excused Absences

2.5b Unexcused or Excessive Absences

2.5c Prearranged Absences

2.5d Extended Absence due to Illness

3.0 COMMUNICATION GUIDELINES

3.1 Office Hours

3.2 Update of Contact Details

3.3 Parent Teacher Conferences

3.4 Addressing Concerns Philosophy

3.5 Grievance and Dispute Resolution

3.5a Academic Grievance and Dispute Procedure

3.5b Business and Contract Grievance and Dispute Procedure

3.6 Feedback and Complaints

3.7 Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF)

3.8 Volunteering

3.8a ICS Volunteer Policy

3.9 How to Help your Child Succeed at School

3.10 School Information System (SIS)/Learning Management System (LMS)

3.11 Translations

3.12 ID Cards

3.13 Lunch Pre-Ordering for JK – Grade 3

3.14 Use and Disclosure of Personal Information

3.15 Gifts to Teachers

4.0 HEALTH AND SAFETY

4.1 Immunizations

4.2 Illness Policy

4.3 Medication Policy

4.4 Medical Emergency Policy

4.5 Food Allergies

4.6 Students with Chronic Conditions

4.7 Physical Education

4.8 Counseling Services

4.9 Child Protection

4.10 Accident Prevention

4.11 Medical Insurance Coverage

4.12 Campus Security

4.12a Student Visitors

4.13 School Response to Weather-Related Conditions

5.0 SCHOOL UNIFORM

5.1 General Statement

5.2 School Uniform Provider

5.3 ICS Uniform

5.3a Guidelines for Boys

5.3b Guidelines for Girls

5.3c PE Uniform

5.4 Dress Code Violations

6.0 STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

6.1 Student Conduct Maxims

6.2 General Guidelines While at School

6.3 Being Late to Class

6.4 Being Prepared for Class

6.5 Lunch Conduct

6.6 Appropriate Use of Language

6.7 Playground Rules

6.8 Gym, Court, and Field Rules

6.9 Classroom Parties

6.10 Public Display of Affection

6.11 Sexual Purity Policies

6.12 Use of English on Campus

6.13 Fan Behavior at Special Events

6.14 School Bus & Field Trips

6.14a School Bus Service Provider

6.14b Bus Conduct

6.14c Bus Rules

6.15 Bully Prevention

6.16 Self-Harming Behaviors

6.17 Student Technology Code of Conduct

6.17a Acceptable Usage of Technology

6.17b Chromebook Program (Gr4 - Gr8)

6.17c Laptop Program (Gr9-Gr12)

6.18 Compliance with Relevant Singapore Law

7.0 DISCIPLINARY MEASURES

7.1 General Statement

7.2 Elementary School

7.3 Middle and High School

7.4 Detention

7.5 Suspension Guidelines

7.6 Expulsion/Dismissal from School

8.0 ATHLETICS

8.1 Athletic Director Welcome

8.2 Mission Statement & Goals

8.3 Sports Offered At ICS

8.4 Registration Fee

8.5 Sport Clubs

8.6 Parents’ Role

8.7 Communication Guidelines

8.8 Attendance

8.9 Eligibility Policy

8.9a Academic Eligibility

8.9b Physical Exam

8.9c Age Requirements

8.9d Conduct Eligibility

8.10 Transportation

8.11 Dress Code for Student Athletes

8.12 Sports Uniform Policy

8.12a Dates of Use for Team Uniform

8.12b Places of Use for Team Uniform

8.13 Athletic Code of Conduct Form

9.0 SCHOOL AND PERSONAL PROPERTY

9.1 General Statement

9.2 Games Gadgets and Toys

9.3 Mobile Phones

9.4 Lost and Found

9.5 School Office

9.6 Use of the School Phone

9.7 Campus Cleanliness

9.8 Library Resource Center (LRC)

9.8a LRC General Information

9.8b LRC Rules and Conduct Guidelines

9.8c LRC Charges and Fines

9.8d LRC for Elementary Students

9.8e Middle School and High School Students

9.8f Birthday Books and Book Donations

9.9 Textbooks

9.10 Lockers

9.11 Property Damage

10.0 ADMISSIONS & RE-ENROLLMENT

10.1 Admissions Policy

10.2 Valid Passes to be a Student at ICS

10.2a For All Pass Holders

10.2b For Student Pass holders

10.3 Guardianship Policy

10.4 Withdrawal Policy

10.4b Withdrawal Procedure:

10.5 Non-returnees

10.6 Transfer Policy

10.6a Transfer Procedure:

11.0 FINANCIAL AGREEMENT

11.1 Application Fee

11.2 Re-Enrollment Fees

11.3 Responsibility

11.4 Capital Fees

11.5 Textbooks

11.6 Tuition Schedule and Payments

11.6a Tuition Payment Method

11.6b Tuition Due Date

11.6c Outstanding Payments

11.6d Prorating of Fees

11.7 Refund of Fees

11.7b Refund Process

11.8 Installment Payments for Private Payers

11.9 Financial Assistance

11.10  Fee Protection Scheme (FPS)

12.0 ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ACADEMICS

12.1 ES Grading Policy

12.2 ES Report Cards

12.3 ES MAP Testing

12.4 ES Student-Led Parent Teacher Conferences

12.5 ES Communication

12.6 ES Homework Guidelines

12.6a ES In-Class Assignments

12.6b ES Incomplete and Late Assignments

12.6c ES Make-up Assignments

12.7 ES Technology Usage

12.8  ES Criteria for Repeating a Grade

12.9  ES Recognition

12.10  ES Learning Support

12.10a ES Learning Support Referral Process

13.0 MIDDLE SCHOOL ACADEMICS

13.1 MS GRADING POLICY

13.1a Middle School Intervention Cycle

13.2 MS Habits and Attitudes of Learning

13.3 MS Parent Teacher Conferences

13.4 MS MAP Testing

13.5 MS Assignments

13.5a MS Make-up Assignments

13.6 MS Bell Schedule

13.7 MS Chapel

13.8 MS Homework Guidelines

13.9 Bullying Policy

13.10 MS Extra Credit

13.11 MS Agendas

13.12 MS Academic Intervention

13.12a MS Academic Intervention Plan

13.13 MS Extracurricular Eligibility

13.14 MS Academic Honesty Policy

13.14a Cheating

13.14b Plagiarism

13.15 MS Retention

13.16 MS Learning Support

13.17 MS English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

14.0 HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMICS

14.1 HS Grading Policy

14.2 HS Requirements for Graduation

14.3 HS Grade Point Average (GPA)

14.4 HS Parent Teacher Conference

14.5 HS Transcript Release Policy

14.6 Participation in HS Graduation Ceremonies

14.7 HS Drop/Add Policy

14.8 HS Homework Guidelines

14.8a HS Assignments

14.8b HS Assignment Notebooks

14.8c HS Make-up Work

14.9 HS Extra Credit

14.10 HS Final Exams

14.11 HS Honor Roll

14.12 Standardized Testing

14.13 HS Bell Schedule

14.14 HS Chapel (The Gathering)

14.15 HS Retention Policy

14.16 HS Academic Probation

14.17 HS Extra-curricular Eligibility

14.18 HS Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

14.19 HS Learning Support

14.20 Week Without Walls

14.21 HS Academic Honesty Policy

14.22 Senior Privileges


1.0 INTRODUCTION

1.1 Welcome Letter from ICS Director

Welcome to International Community School (Singapore).  This is a place where you will find community.  Whether it is interacting with students, teachers, or parents, you are among friends here.

The ICS mission is to “educate minds and transform lives to impact the world for the glory of God”. This is the principle which guides us each day.  

We have developed this Parent & Student Handbook to communicate the procedures, policies, and expectations of ICS. This handbook will help you better understand how ICS functions and sets the guidelines for school operations.

As you read through this handbook if you find something which needs clarification, please make an appointment to meet with me, one of the principals, or the appropriate staff person. We’re always available to assist you. We are here to partner with our families to help meet the educational needs of each of our students.  

As a Christian school, we believe that we honor God as we serve others. We, the ICS faculty and staff, are here to serve you and your children.  1 Peter 4:11 states, “Let the one who serves, serve in the strength which God supplies that in everything, God may get the glory through Jesus Christ.”  We know that God has provided everything we need through his son Jesus Christ to fulfill the mission that He has given to ICS.

We have just concluded a year-long celebration of our 25th anniversary and look to the future with great expectation.  God has much more in store for ICS.  The best is yet to come!! We’re excited about this new school year and are thankful that you are joining us on this journey.

 

We hope that you and your family will have incredible experiences in the time you are at ICS. May God richly bless you and your family this year.

Sincerely,

Eric Alfrey
ICS Director


1.2 About ICS

The International Community School Singapore (ICS) is the only Christian international school in Singapore and provides American curriculum based education for students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12.  ICS currently has over 400 students enrolled.    

ICS celebrates its internationalism with over 30 different countries represented in our student body.  The majority of our students come from the US, Korea, Singapore and Indonesia.  United States’ citizens make up approximately 35% of the student population.

The parents of ICS students come from a variety of occupations and ministries. Approximately 20% of our students come from families serving in religious occupations. Business, government and professional expatriates make up the rest of the student body.

ICS celebrates the diversity of our student body! We welcome children from all parts of the world and all backgrounds. ICS does not discriminate in its admissions on the basis of national, ethnic or racial origin. The school respects the religious preferences of parents and students. However, parents should understand that the school is operated within the framework of Christian principles.  Most, but not all, of our students are from Christian families with the majority coming from Protestant faith traditions. About half of our student families are in Singapore because of employment in the business sector.

ICS has dedicated Christian teachers recruited through the Network of International Christian Schools (NICS). NICS is an interdenominational mission organization headquartered in the US and operates schools around the world. This type of recruiting ensures that the ICS teachers are here because they have a passion to serve their students.

We offer:

The fact that ICS is a Christian school affects every area of your child’s education in a positive way. The teachers view each child as a unique individual created by God, and thus seek to understand and love each one. They take seriously their responsibility to teach, encourage, and when needed, admonish.

1.3 Statement of Faith

We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of man and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith, life, and conduct.

We believe in one God, creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that Jesus Christ, without any change in His eternality, became man through the conception of the Holy Spirit and virgin birth, that He died on the cross, a perfect and complete sacrifice, in our stead and for our sins according to the Scriptures. He arose from the dead and ascended into heaven where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He is now our High Priest and Advocate.

We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and, during this age, to convict of sin and regenerate the sinner upon belief in Christ; at the time of regeneration baptizing the believer into the one body of which Christ is the head; and to indwell, guide, instruct, fill, and empower the believer for godly living and sacrifice.

We believe that man was directly created by God in His own image, but fell into sin. The entire human race is, therefore, lost and only through repentance, faith in Jesus Christ, and regeneration of the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.

We believe that the atoning death of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground of justification and salvation for all who believe, and that only such as receive Jesus Christ by personal faith is born of the Holy Spirit and by Him is sealed to the day of redemption.

We believe in the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ, and that the hope of His appearing has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.

We believe in the bodily resurrection of all the dead, of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, and of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting and conscious punishment.

We believe that the Church is composed of all persons who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the body of Christ, of which He is the head. We believe that water baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church during this present age. They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation.

We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as will honor and glorify and not bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord, and that it is commanded of God to remain separate from false doctrine, sinful pleasures, practices, and associations. 

1.4 Mission and Vision Statements

Our mission statement is “Educating Minds and Transforming Lives to Impact the World for the Glory of God”.

Our vision statement is “Every Student, Every Family, Every Day for Christ”.

1.5 Core Values

There are four core principles or core values by which we operate.  These core values are the bedrock of our school: our educational approach, our extra curricular activities, our sports programs, and our family events.  

Biblical Worldview

ICS is a Christian school founded upon the belief that God is the source of all truth, and true education is based on His revealed Word, the Bible.  We are dedicated to establishing a godly environment in which the Bible is actively integrated into all aspects of school life.   We strive to encourage students to imitate Christ through a variety of avenues: studying the Bible, age-level chapel services, spiritual emphasis programs, and service trips throughout Asia.

Caring Community

We are family.  When students join our school, they join the ICS family. Our international atmosphere is an open door for students of all cultures, races, and nationalities. We proactively work to build relationships among students and between students and teachers that go beyond the classrooms and grade levels. Our goal is to help our students to learn to respectfully interact across age, cultural, and ethnic boundaries. We also strive to reach out to our students by creating opportunities for each family member to participate in school functions.  

Holistic Education

We believe that education is characterized by a dynamic, challenging curriculum coupled with a high expectation for student achievement. We view education holistically.  Education includes far more than learning to pass a test.  We create opportunities for our students to apply what they have learned while maintaining a focus on in-depth proficiency in all subject matters.  Our goal is to instill a love for life-long learning.  

Personal Excellence

We believe every person should always pursue excellence. Pursuing excellence means that one is working towards being outstanding. Excellence has a place in the academic world, the professional arena, and our personal lives as well. We encourage all members of our community to strive toward excellence in whatever they do. We want our students to try their best in their academics, collaborate with their peers, and work to improve the ICS community and their world.  ICS employs teachers who strive for excellence in their professional lives and find ways to improve student learning in the classroom.  Teachers who seek professional development will provide their students with the best educational experience possible. Students will be challenged to develop and pursue personal excellence in their own lives, striving to follow and fulfill their God-given potential.

1.6 Philosophy of Education

ICS is a Christian school founded upon the belief that God is the source of all truth, and true education is based on His revealed Word, the Bible.  (John 14:6; John 17:17)

We are dedicated to establishing a godly environment where the Bible is actively integrated into all aspects of school life.  (I Corinthians 10:31)

We believe the purpose of education is to cooperate with parents to develop the knowledge and character that will enable students to fulfill their role within God’s plan.  (Deuteronomy 6:6, 7)

We believe that education is characterized by a strong, traditional curriculum coupled with a high expectation for student achievement.  (II Timothy 2:15)

We believe that respect for authority is an essential ingredient of quality education and character development; therefore our classrooms are controlled with firm, loving discipline by qualified and dedicated Christian teachers.  (Hebrews 12:6-11)

Our international atmosphere is an open door for students of all cultures, ethnicities and nationalities.  (Revelation 7:9-10) 

1.7 Philosophy of Service

At ICS, we provide students with opportunities to help them think critically, become problem solvers, and grow as quality communicators as they serve individually and collaboratively, both locally and cross culturally.

Our mission at ICS is educating minds and transforming lives to impact the world for the glory of God.  

ICS lives out its mission by showing love within our community and to those whose lives we encounter along our journeys.  We learn to love and serve others through imitating Christ, using the model He gives us to serve others (Matthew 20:28).  As Christians, we are committed to showing this love by doing good works in the world around us (Ephesians 2:10).

Service at ICS is curated to help students learn to value and respect all people, whether from backgrounds and cultures that are similar to or different from their own.  In each division, students are engaged in various types of service; all service is valued as an opportunity to engage the world around us in order to share Christ with the nations (Matthew 5:16; Matthew 28:19-20).  

ICS students engage in activities designed to provide opportunities to reflect on their God-given gifts and determine how they can use those gifts to serve others (1 Corinthians 12:5-6; 1 Peter 4:10-11).  Service includes asking the questions, “why is there a need?” or “how can I use my gifts and talents to assist in meeting that need?”  

Connecting the classroom with service occurs through service learning, which provides us with tangible experiences to be change makers and learn from the world in which we live.  Service learning opportunities at ICS include:

1.8 Academic Achievements  

The high school program focuses on college preparation and ICS offers several Advanced Placement (AP) and honors level courses.  

The school has had one National Merit Scholar, several National Merit Commended Scholars, and AP scholars since its inception.

1.9 Accreditation

ICS is a member of the Network of International Christian Schools (NICS), an interdenominational mission organization with its headquarters in the USA.

ICS is fully accredited by both the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).

ICS is a private international school registered with the Singapore Council for Private Education (CPE).

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1.10 Expected Student Outcomes (ESOs)

ICS is committed to the holistic development of ICS students and our teachers work towards specific outcomes in the areas of interpersonal, curricular and spiritual development.

Interpersonal

ICS students will recognize their personal uniqueness through:

  1. Demonstrating cultural sensitivity
  2. Developing a godly self-image
  3. Living productively

Curricular

ICS students will demonstrate academic excellence by becoming:

  1. Critical Thinkers
  2. Quality Communicators
  3. Problem Solvers

Spiritual

ICS students will:

  1. Appreciate God and His Word
  2. Develop Biblical Character by:
  1. Imitating Christ
  2. Modeling teachers
  3. Obeying Biblical authority

1.11 A Brief ICS History

In May 1992, a group of ten couples, led by Mr. Graham Holderness of St. George’s Anglican Church, came together from various denominational, ethnic, and national backgrounds with a common prayer and goal.  Their vision was to establish a Christian international school for Singapore.  Such schools had previously operated in Singapore but were not then in existence.  This group of pioneering parents was drawn from the corporate world, private businesses, mission boards, and interested individuals within the Singaporean expatriate community. They prayed, planned, and worked to carry out this vision of having a Christian school.  The original campus was located at #3 Mount Faber Road.  With the property procured, donations were soon to follow in the form of personnel, materials, and finances from interested individuals, companies, and schools.  

On 6 September, 1993, the vision became reality as the school opened the doors of its elementary program to the expatriate community of Singapore under its original name of Christian International School, Ltd. (CIS).  In 1995 the CIS school board voted to become an affiliate member of the Network of International Christian/Community Schools (NICS), which operates a growing network of Christian international schools in East Asia and throughout the world.  That same year the high school program (9th – 12th grades) was added, and the school’s name was changed to International Community School (ICS).

During the summer of 1996, ICS was accepted as a candidate for joint accreditation by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).  The accreditation process consisted of an in-depth self-study of every aspect of the school and culminated in October 1999, when the joint ACSI/WASC team paid an on-site visit to our campus.  Shortly thereafter ICS was awarded full accreditation for the maximum term (6 years) by both ACSI and WASC. 

In June 2001, ICS relocated to 514 Kampong Bahru Road, just down the road from its former Mt. Faber campus. God miraculously provided this campus after the Singapore Land Authority decided not to continue leasing the school the property on Mount Faber.

As the school grew, the facilities on Kampong Bahru became increasingly limited. After five years it was apparent ICS needed facilities to accommodate not just its rising enrollment but also its expanded programs. God again provided for the school by giving authorities at the Economic Development Board of Singapore a vision for how ICS was serving the expatriate community. They arranged for ICS to lease its current facility at 27A Jubilee Road. ICS had its full term accreditation visit in 2012 from ACSI/WASC.  The school extended its accreditation through 2018. The team highly commended ICS for its growth and excellence in providing a well-balanced education for children of the Singapore community. Today ICS features an American-based curriculum and a student body of over 400 children from many different countries. 

2.0 ATTENDANCE

2.1 General Statement

School attendance is an absolutely necessary component of the educational process.  As our desire is for your child to be as academically successful as possible, please keep in mind that your child’s absences do affect his/her academic performance.  We ask for your cooperation with our attendance guidelines.

2.2 School Calendar

Refer to the ICS website for the most current school calendar.  

2.3 School Hours

Classes begin at 8:05am for all students.  School ends at 3:05pm for elementary school students and 3:10pm for middle and high school students.  On half days, school ends for all students at 12:30pm.  

2.3a Arrival and Departure

Arrival: Students are asked to arrive between 7:45am and 8:00am (and not before 7:45am).  Students are asked not to go to their lockers, classrooms or other parts of the school but should proceed directly to designated areas until they are dismissed.  

Departure: All students who do not ride the school bus must be picked up by 3:20pm or should depart the school when dismissed to walk home or board their designated bus/ MRT for transportation home.  As much as we would like to be able to allow children to stay after school, they must be supervised while on school grounds as their teachers often have additional classroom work and meetings to attend. If students are waiting for a parent, they must be sitting in the canteen. The school is not responsible for students after 3:20pm, unless they are participating in a school-sponsored activity.

ICS sponsors several Extra Curricular Activities (ECAs) after school and students may sign up for these activities at the beginning of each semester.  Parents are advised to make arrangements to collect their child from the canteen when the ECA is completed or by 4:15.  Students who ride private buses home must go immediately to the private bus.  Parents of students participating in an ECA, who would normally ride a school bus, must make arrangements for alternate transportation on the days that their child’s ECAs are held. If an ECA is cancelled, at least one day’s notice, if possible, will be given via email or the daily announcements.  Parents will be contacted should there be any last minute changes.

2.3b Early Check-Out Procedure

Only a parent or legal guardian will be allowed to check students out of school if the student is leaving the campus before 3:10pm.

A parent or legal guardian of elementary students must come in person to the front office and sign the check-out sheet prior to leaving the school campus.  

Parents of middle and high school students may call or send a note to give permission for their child’s early check-out however the check-out sheet in the front office must be signed by the student prior to leaving the school campus.  When middle or high school students check out early, teachers of those classes to be missed will be notified by email.  In the event that early check-out is due to illness, the first aid office will be responsible for notifying the teachers.  The office attendant will mark on the electronic attendance record whether the check-out is excused or unexcused.  

Seniors who have study hall scheduled during the last one or two class periods of the day may be dismissed early however they still must come to the office for early check-out.

2.4 Tardiness

Any students who arrive after the official start time should go directly to the office to receive a tardy and a late pass to enter class.

For middle and high school students, every incident where a student arrives after the official start time is designated as a “Tardy."  Each student is allowed 7 tardies per semester before any disciplinary action will be taken.  Since attendance is done electronically, office staff will issue a detention to a student for the 8th tardy.  Each additional tardy will result in a detention. For the 11th and 12th tardy, the principal will develop an appropriate action plan to help decrease the likelihood of future tardies.

In addition, please note the following:

2.5 Absences

Please try to schedule vacations around the school calendar.  However, if a family has an urgent conflicting activity, the parent should notify the school office as soon as possible detailing the anticipated absence.  

At no time should a student leave the school campus during the school day unless it is for a supervised school activity.  The other exception is for juniors and seniors who have permission to eat lunch off campus.  

Every absence is designated as excused or unexcused.  

2.5a Excused Absences

Reasons for absence from school that will be considered excused:

  1. Illness of student.
  2. Death in the family.
  3. Dental, medical or optometry appointments, when accompanied by a written excuse from the doctor. However, these should be made outside school hours whenever possible.
  4. Visa/passport requirements.

Emergency/ Illness

In cases of illness, injury or emergency, the parent should call the office before 8:30am on the day of the absence.  

If a student is absent from school due to illness or injury, a phone call or a written note signed by the parent or legal guardian explaining the absence is required.  The note should be given to the attendance clerk and should include the reason for and dates of absence.  

After three or more consecutive days of absence due to illness or injury, a medical certificate is required upon the student’s return to school.  In cases where there is a conflict between a doctor’s opinion and that of the school based on observation of the child in school, the school reserves the right to exclude a child from school until it is deemed appropriate for the child to return to classes.  

The student will need to see the First Aid Officer before returning to class if the absence was due to a contagious disease or an injury. After a contagious disease, a re-admittance slip from the attending physician is required upon returning to school to ensure that the child is no longer contagious. After an injury, a re-admittance slip from the attending physician is required upon returning to school to ensure that any medical accommodations are known and properly addressed.

When a student is absent for three consecutive days due to illness, the student or parent should contact the school for homework assignments.  This is to prevent excessive make-up work for the student upon return.

2.5b Unexcused or Excessive Absences

Elementary School

Students who are absent more than ten days in one quarter, will receive an incomplete for all subjects that quarter.

Middle School and High School

Middle school students who are absent more than ten days in one semester may be ineligible for promotion to the next grade. The number of absences will be recorded in the student’s permanent record.    

Note for High School Students: Absences are tracked by each individual class and the policy on number of days missing for each class will be in effect. The maximum number of classes missed is seven per semester. At the 8th absence, academic credit will be forfeited.

2.5c Prearranged Absences

Prearranged absences are marked as unexcused absences. The parent or legal guardian of the student must provide advance notice by completing the Prearranged Absence form.  The Prearranged Absence form is available in the front office or can be downloaded from the school website.

The school requests that 48 hours notice be provided to the school for prearranged absences, however when work assignments are requested from the teacher 5 days notice will be required.

Permission will be granted at the principal’s discretion and on the basis of the student's academic record, attendance record and length of time remaining in the semester.

It is the responsibility of the parents and/or student to get assignments from the teachers so that the student’s work may be completed and returned after the absence.  Assignments must be completed for the absence to be excused.  All student absences, excused or unexcused, count toward the allowable ten days/semester.

2.5d Extended Absence due to Illness

When a student is absent for three consecutive days due to illness, the parent or student is expected to contact the teacher for homework assignments.  This is to prevent excessive make-up work for the student upon return.

3.0 COMMUNICATION GUIDELINES

3.1 Office Hours

ICS office hours are from 8:00am – 4:00pm during school days.  

The main office can be reached at (65) 6776 7435.

Email:  info@ics.edu.sg

Website:  www.ics.edu.sg

3.2 Update of Contact Details

The school needs to be notified whenever a student’s contact details change.  There are many times throughout the year when the school will need to contact parents with information (i.e. school cancellations) or in case of an emergency.

ICS communicates regularly by email.  Therefore, all parents are required to have a valid email address on file with the school.  

3.3 Parent Teacher Conferences

Individually requested parent/student/teacher conferences are encouraged but must occur on a scheduled basis outside of class hours.  Parents may arrange for these conferences by contacting the teacher with whom they wish to meet.  The principal or counselor can be available for any of these conferences upon request.  

Formal parent-teacher conferences are held on a school-wide basis.  Please refer to the relevant elementary, middle and high school sections for further details.  

3.4 Addressing Concerns Philosophy

Parents are expected to promote and support the policies and personnel of ICS, to speak positively about the school, and to direct any questions or concerns to the appropriate individuals.  Complaining and murmuring about school policies or personnel to others in the school is contrary to the Biblical example of Matthew 18 and to the principle of unity among believers.  

 

At no point during this process should anyone not related to the individual concerned be involved in the process. 

The goal of Matthew 18 is restoration.  The desire is for the parent and the teacher, coach or staff member to be restored in their relationship with one another.  The mark of spirituality is not whether we are able to expose a brother but whether we are able to restore him.

Our goal is for each parent to understand that it is our desire that there be a spirit of unity at ICS and that our students avoid slander, gossip or whispering about one another. (Proverbs 6:16-19)

Slander - telling the truth with a design to hurt.

Gossip - sharing detrimental information with those who are not part of the problem or part of the solution.

Whisperer - one who secretly or privately passes on evil reports to others.

3.5 Grievance and Dispute Resolution

ICS recognizes that there will be situations where parents may not agree with the policies and procedures of the school.  ICS has established procedures to ensure that these concerns are heard and to the best of our ability are resolved.

Academic grievances and disputes are handled by one of the principals. Business and contract grievances and disputes are handled by the admissions office and business manager.  This procedure is intended to provide a mechanism through which grievances can be fully investigated and decisions rendered.

3.5a Academic Grievance and Dispute Procedure

Step 1. Speak directly with the appropriate teacher

Students or parents should first speak to the appropriate teacher.  For grade disputes, students or parents will have one week after grades are released and/or published to dispute the grade with the teacher.  The teacher has one week to respond to the dispute.

Step 2. Speak with the teacher and principal

If the teacher’s decision is not satisfactory, schedule a conference with the teacher and the principal. The principal has one week to respond.

Step 3. Contact the director

If the principal’s decision is not satisfactory, they will have one week from the date in which they received the decision to file an appeal with the director.  The principal and director have one week from the date that the appeal was received to render a decision.

Step 4. Appeal to the ICS Board

The board appeal process involves submitting the concern in writing to the ICS board of directors (school board) for review.  The board will review the concern and provide the parties with a decision within two weeks from the date of submission.  The primary focus of a board review is to ensure that appropriate policies are in place and that those policies have been followed. The decision of the board is final. Appeals to the board will only be considered for high school transcripts that affect the final grade by at least five percentage points and after steps one through three have been followed. Lesser disputes will be handled within steps one through two.  

Step 5. Contact CPE Student Services

If the board’s decision is not satisfactory, the parent can contact CPE Student Services

https://www.cpe.gov.sg/.

3.5b Business and Contract Grievance and Dispute Procedure

 

Step 1. Speak directly with the Admissions Director (if an admissions related contract question)

First speak directly to the Admissions Director, who will strive to explain the details of the contract and initiate corrective action if it is discovered that that an element of the contract has been incorrectly implemented.

Step 2. Contact the Business Manager

If a satisfactory resolution is not reached in Step 1, a parent may file a grievance by sending a letter describing the issue to the ICS Business Manager. This letter should be dated and filed as soon as possible but not more than one (1) calendar months after the event giving rise to the grievance. The Business Manager will investigate the grievance, inform the aggrieved in writing within 7 days and take corrective action as needed.

Step 3. Contact the Council for Private Education

If one of the parties is not satisfied with the resolution in Step 2, she/he should notify the Council for Private Education and follow their dispute resolution procedures.

Any actions that are taken are documented and a summary of the grievance outcome is communicated to the individuals who lodged the grievance. ICS’s dispute resolution policy is aligned to the dispute resolution provision in the Private Education Act.

3.6 Feedback and Complaints

ICS is committed to providing the best possible educational services to our students. We welcome all feedback, whether it is a complaint, comment or compliment. Your feedback provides us with valuable learning opportunities, which help us to continually improve our school.  Your input will be handled confidentially.  A feedback from is located on the Calendar & Resources page of the ICS website.  Use this form to submit compliments, comments, and complaints. The form is sent directly to the ICS Director.  The ICS Director will determine the most appropriate action to be taken to investigate and respond to your input.

3.7 Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF) 

The Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF) is excited to be planning another great year of supporting our students, teachers and families through various events and activities.  As a parent or guardian of a student at ICS, you are automatically a member of the PTF.  There are no dues or service hours required to maintain membership.  We’re just glad to have you here.

As an international school, we realize that family needs may be different than they are in the home country.  As such, our PTF hosts many events that are designed to offer parents the opportunity to fellowship with one another.  In addition to these parent-centered events, PTF hosts a variety of activities that reach out to the entire ICS community throughout the school year.  Some of our areas of service include:

We welcome you to share in these activities with us.  We also encourage you to keep informed of ongoing activities, and to participate whenever possible.

Consider joining us in building a stronger ICS for our children.  Whether you can contribute a lot of time or a little, your time, talents and ideas are needed and appreciated.  Please contact either the PTF or the main office for further information.

3.8 Volunteering

Each year our families will be given the Parent Volunteer Form. This form outlines some of the many areas where parents can become involved within our school community. Please fill out this important form and return to the main office. For more information contact the PTF or Main Office. Note: Families who receive financial assistance are required to be volunteers.

3.8a ICS Volunteer Policy

ICS recognizes and supports the role of parents as volunteers in our community. We value your participation in enriching the lives of students and faculty.

We require that ALL volunteers read and sign the volunteer form, the school’s child protection policy, and the school’s statement of faith.

Standard of Conduct for Volunteers:

  1. Volunteer work will fall under the authority of the activities coordinator and subsequently the authority and direction of the teacher. The teacher must approve all activities.
  2. Clean, modest attire must be worn at all times.
  3. Language, actions, & attitude, which model high standards of moral behavior, are expected at all times while on campus.
  4. Volunteers are accountable for performing their assignment in the safest manner possible, avoiding personal injury or injury to students or faculty.
  5. In order to give one’s undivided attention to the task at hand, we ask that you do not bring your preschool aged children with you when you come to serve. (Exceptions at the discretion of the teacher)
  6. Respect and care is to be given to property belonging to ICS, a facility ICS is using or to the property of another volunteer, parent or visitor.

3.9 How to Help your Child Succeed at School

Ensure your child gets adequate amounts of sleep

Sleep is food for the brain. During sleep, important body functions and brain activity occur. Skipping sleep can be harmful and can impact your scores on school exams, on the court or on the field.

Ask specific questions

Rather than asking ‘How was your day?” Try asking:

        What was the best thing that happened to you today?

Which was your most interesting class today?

What was the most difficult thing you encountered today?

Show interest in the details

Your child may want to communicate in details the story they discussed in literature class.  Try to listen carefully and ask questions.

Go over your child’s assignment book with them

Ask your child if any of the assignments are difficult for them.  If the answer is “I don’t have any homework” discuss the upcoming tests or projects (i.e. weekly vocabulary quizzes).  Check the test and projects posted on ICS’s LMS so you can help your child plan ahead.

Set up a homework center for your child

Find a pleasant place for your child to work that is free from distractions.  Encourage your child to keep this area neat and uncluttered.  Equip the center with all the things he may need to do his work (pens, pencils, and calculator).  Do not let your child study in front of the TV or use social media websites while studying.

Help your child learn time management 

Make a time schedule with your child.  Plan free time and study time.  Post a calendar in his room to record upcoming tests, projects, field trips, special events, etc.

Display a positive attitude towards teachers and school 

Your child will pick up on any critical attitudes you may have. Do not allow your child to blame poor results on the teacher, but help him/her to take responsibility.  Encourage your child to go to the teacher with any problem he/she has.

Communicate with your child’s teacher

Our teachers are here to help you and your child.  Please feel free to call them and discuss your concerns.  Remember that we are all working together for the same goal.  Do not wait for the official Parent Teacher Conference to talk with the teacher if you have immediate concerns.

Encourage your child

Look for ways to praise and encourage your child daily.  As he is developing socially, academically and physically, your encouragement is very powerful tool to steer him on the right path.  

3.10 School Information System (SIS)/Learning Management System (LMS)

Schoology is ICS’ learning management system (LMS) where students can digitally submit homework assignments, review grades, participate in interactive discussions, receive announcements and feedback, take tests, write academic blogs, and more. As a parent/guardian, you will be able to view your student’s academic activity within the platform. Parents are encouraged to check their Schoology account regularly to keep current on the progress and material in each class, as teachers and staff will update and communicate with parents through these systems.

Powerschool is ICS’ School Information System (SIS), a web-based platform which the school uses to store students’ overall records. As a parent/guardian, you will be able to view and download your students’ official report cards, transcripts, and other school records.

 
Links to these tools are available on the school’s website under “ICS Community” - Resources. New parents will be given instructions on how to set up both systems when your students start school.

3.11 Translations

When translations are provided by ICS in a language other than English, the English version is always the official version. Translations are provided as a courtesy and are not the official version.

3.12 ID Cards

All students at ICS are required to have an ICS ID card and all HS students should have their ID card on their person at all times when on campus.  ID Cards will be issued during the first weeks of school.  Students who lose their ID should notify the main office so that a replacement card can be issued.  The fee for a replacement ID is $20.00. 

The ID cards also provide entry/exit access to the back gate on school days between 7:30am and 4:30pm. Parents who wish to also have this access, please contact the Front Office.

As the school canteen is cashless, the student ID card acts as a debit card so that lunch and snacks can be purchased from the canteen. Students who do not have their ID cards at the time of purchase will be charged a $5 service fee, on top of the price of the food ordered. The total amount will then be debited from their Campus Card account.

Please ensure there are adequate funds in your child’s account by topping up the card. Alternatively, you may top up at the front office with a minimum amount of $100 in cash. If there are insufficient funds on the card, a negative card balance of up to $4 is allowed, after which the account must be topped up before the next visit to the canteen.

When a family leaves ICS they must request a refund of their campus card balance within 30 days of the last day of school.

3.13 Lunch Pre-Ordering for JK – Grade 3  

Lunch pre-orders are available to students from JK/K4 to Grade 3. Please note that failure to order will result in a charge of $7 for the meal.  The full price of the order will be debited from your Campus account as soon as the order is SAVED.

Instructions on the pre-order process is available from the front office.

3.14 Use and Disclosure of Personal Information

Use and Disclosure of Personal Information

ICS is committed to maintaining the confidentiality of all information provided by you and undertakes not to divulge any of this information to any third party without your consent unless otherwise authorised by law.  ICS will not disclose any personal information, course assessment materials, or assessment results for external third parties marketing purposes.

ICS has implemented a data protection policy and is in compliance with the requirements of the Personal Data Protection Act of 2012.  This policy serves as a guideline for the collection, use, disclosure and processing of personal data of its employees, students, parents, alumni, and prospective students and employees.  This policy covers personal data in ICS’s possession and in the possession of organizations which we have engaged to collect, use, disclose or process personal data on our behalf.

Photographs or Video

ICS faculty and staff regularly photograph and video students at school when they are participating in various activities.  These are generally used for ICS publicity purposes, such as: school newsletters, brochures, fact sheets, program materials, annual reports, calendars, displays, videos, website, etc.

You will be given an opportunity annually to opt out of appearing in any ICS-related publication. You can also notify ICS in writing at any point in the school year.

3.15 Gifts to Teachers

Gifts to teachers may not be used for any purpose of influence or coercion to affect a child’s assessment results.  

4.0 HEALTH AND SAFETY

4.1 Immunizations

ICS requires students to be vaccinated against measles and diphtheria as is required by Singapore Law (Infectious Diseases Act, Section 46, 4th schedule).  ICS highly recommends students vaccinations are kept current with the Singapore National Childhood Immunization Schedule.  Students who do not have the required vaccinations may not be allowed to attend classes.

4.2 Illness Policy

Any sickness or condition deemed contagious by the school will require the student to return home until normal health is restored or the child brings a re-admittance slip from his/her attending physician. Parents are asked to keep children home if they have a severe cold, undetermined rash or spots, fever over 100°F or 37.8° C, severe headache, upset stomach, diarrhea, or other symptoms of illness.  Please keep your child at home for 24 hours following a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea.

If the student becomes ill with fever or other symptoms during the day, he/she will be sent to the health services office.  The health care provider will contact the parents and request that they come and pick up the student from school. Please ensure you are able to pick up the student within a reasonable time frame.

Pink eye: Students who have been diagnosed with conjunctivitis or “pink eye” must remain at home until 24 hours after medical treatment has started.

Chickenpox: Students who have had chickenpox must remain at home until they have no fever for 24 hours and scabs form on the sores. A physician’s note is needed to readmit the student to class.

Hand-foot-and-mouth Disease (HFMD): HFMD is very contagious and is spread by direct contact with fluid from blisters, nose and throat discharge (coughing, sneezing) and feces.  Please monitor your child and look for the following common signs and symptoms:

Please do not send your child to school if you suspect HFMD and seek medical attention.  If a student is diagnosed with HFMD please notify the school.  We will screen other students in their class for signs of HFMD.  If your child contracts HFMD you will need a note from the doctor indicating when they can return to class.  Your child must be fever free for 24 hours and the blisters must be resolved.

Lice: Please notify the teacher or First Aid Officers if your child has lice.  Sharing this information will help us to reduce the incidence of recurrence of head lice within your child’s class.  We will conduct checks of your child’s class if there is a confirmed case of lice.  Your child is welcome back to class once they have received treatment - using both shampoo to kill the live lice, and combing to remove the nits (eggs).  You will need to continue using the combing method to remove the nits to prevent re-infestation.   Multiple treatments may be necessary if live lice are found after the initial treatment.  Please keep in mind that all clothing, soft toys and bed linens should also be washed at a high temperature.  You will also want to check the whole household for any signs of lice or nits.

Please visit www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/treatment if you require further information.

Upon returning to school your child will be screened by the First Aid Officer prior to returning to class.  A follow-up head check by the First Aid Officers will be conducted one week following initial treatment on any student who was positive for live head lice.

4.3 Medication Policy

  1. All medication must be left with the school health care professional. The parent or guardian must fill out a Medication Authorization Form with precise instructions written in English indicating the following:
  1. Time the medication is to be taken
  2. Dosage
  3. Name of medication and expiry date
  4. Expiration date of medication
  5. Reason the child must take the medication
  6. Name & phone number of prescribing doctor for prescription medicine
  1. Medication must be properly labeled, in proper containers, and must not be expired
  2. No student may at any time give or sell another student medication.
  3. All medication must be stored in a secure area that is not accessible to students.
  4. No medication is administered without first checking the student’s medical form in the office.

It is the responsibility of the student to be aware of the times the medication is to be taken and to visit the office at such times.  It is suggested that only the medication needed for that day be brought to school.

Parents must provide TWO (2) epi-pens to the school each school year. Students may self-carry emergency medications (i.e., asthma inhalers, epi-pens) and diabetic supplies with the approval of the administration. An “Authorization to self carry and self administer asthma inhaler and epi-pen” medication form must be completed annually.

The health care provider may dispense Panadol (paracetamol/acetaminophen) and other over the counter medications if required when the student comes to the office. The child’s current emergency information form will be checked to ensure that parental permission has been given.

4.4 Medical Emergency Policy

In the case of a medical emergency, the health care provider will contact the parents to discuss how to proceed. If the incident requires immediate attention, 995 will be called and a staff member will accompany the student to the hospital. Parents will be contacted about the details of the emergency and asked to meet the staff member at the hospital.

4.5 Food Allergies

It is the parent’s responsibility to inform the school of any food allergies and to provide emergency medication in case of accidental exposure to allergens. Food allergy information will be shared with teachers and canteen staff. Students who have severe food allergies and have an Epipen prescribed to them will be required to sit at a designated allergy table during meal times for their safety. For special occasions at school involving food (e.g., gingerbread house building),  those students with allergies listed will be seated at a designated allergy table to avoid any unnecessary risk. Please be aware that our canteen occasionally serves items that may contain nuts and that non-allergic students are allowed to bring peanut and nut items for their own consumption.  

As we do have several students with nut allergies, please do not send nut-containing items for class snacks. These items are not permitted in elementary school.

4.6 Students with Chronic Conditions

If your child has been diagnosed with asthma, we highly recommend they leave an inhaler in our office, or fill out an Authorization to Carry Emergency Medication form to self carry an inhaler.  We will require an Asthma Management Plan to be filled out by a physician to enable us to best care for your child.

If your child has been diagnosed with epilepsy, we will require a
Seizure Action Plan to be filled out by a physician so we can best care for your child.

If your child has been diagnosed with anaphylaxis, we will require a
Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan to be filled out by a physician so that we can best care for your child.

Please contact the First Aid Office for these forms..

4.7 Physical Education

If a student is unable to participate in physical education due to illness or injury, a note from a parent is required to excuse the student for one PE class. The school health professional will not excuse the student unless the illness or injury happens at school. If the student must miss more than one class, a medical certificate from a physician is required.

4.8 Counseling Services

ICS has two full-time School Counselors, one focusing on elementary and middle school consisting of junior kindergarten (JK)- grade 8 and one counselor focusing on high school grades 9-12. School counselors support students in the domains of academic, college/career, and social/emotional health. This is accomplished through individual counseling, group sessions, classroom guidance and curriculum, and parent presentations. Effective communication is a priority and the counselor’s goal is to ensure that ICS staff and families are working together to support student success.

Consent for these services is given when parents sign the ICS Student Parent Handbook in acknowledging the counseling services as stated in the School Counseling Handbook, including confidentiality and other information in regards to informed consent.  

Confidentiality is one of the main ethical considerations for school counselors and, while the primary obligation for confidentiality is to the students, this will be balanced against the student’s age and the parents’ or guardians’ rights and responsibility to protect these students and make decisions on their behalf.  In addition, the school counselor is required to take appropriate action if students engage in behavior that presents a clear and imminent danger to themselves or others.  This includes being assessed as a suicide risk, engaging in self-harm, reporting known or suspected child abuse (see Child Protection section) and responding to subpoenas or other proceedings dictated by the courts.

4.9 Child Protection

ICS adheres to the child protection standards as defined by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) and the Child Safety and Protection Network of which ICS is an associate member through the Network of International Christian Schools.

In summary, child abuse is any act by a person of influence who endangers or impairs the child's physical or emotional well-being.  It includes but is not limited to the following:  

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse occurs when a child is physically injured by non-accidental means (e.g. forceful shaking, burning, slapping, excessive discipline or physical punishment).

Sexual Abuse

All sexual touching between an adult and a child is sexual abuse. Sexual touching between children can also be sexual abuse. Sexual abuse between children is often defined as when there is a significant age difference (usually 3 or more years) between the children, or if the children are very different developmentally or size-wise. Sexual abuse does not have to involve penetration, force, pain, or even touching. If an adult engages in any sexual behavior (looking, showing, or touching) with a child, it is sexual abuse. 

Neglect

Child neglect is the deliberate denial of a child’s basic needs.  This is where a parent or a caregiver fails to provide adequate food, shelter, clothing, medical care and supervision or forces a child to do things inappropriate for his/her age.  

Emotional/Psychological Abuse

Emotional/psychological abuse refers to the significant impairment of a child’s social, emotional, cognitive and intellectual development, and or disturbances of the child’s behavior resulting from behaviors such as persistent hostility, ignoring, blaming, discriminating or blatant rejection of the child.  

If cases of abuse do come to the attention of staff members, ICS has an ethical and legal obligation to following the reporting requirements as outlined by MSF and NICS/Oasis.  

4.10 Accident Prevention

Students are expected to walk from one activity to another and to run only in designated play areas. They are not to hit, trip, roughhouse, or fight with other students.  Throwing sticks or stones are not allowed. Sliding down stair rails or concrete slopes are not allowed.  Students are also expected to exit the campus properly after school and cross the street safely.  

Since teachers are entrusted with the safety of the children, all students are to respond immediately and respectfully to any teacher or staff member when asked to stop a potentially dangerous activity.  

In addition, students are not allowed to be in a classroom or the library without an adult present except when on a specific errand for a staff member.  Students are not to be in the gymnasium or on the courts, fields, or playgrounds without an ICS staff member present.

4.11 Medical Insurance Coverage

Undertaking the provide Medical Insurance Coverage:

ICS hereby confirms and undertakes to the Student that it has in place a medical insurance scheme for all its students as required by CPE under EduTrust certification scheme. This medical insurance scheme shall minimally provide for an annual coverage limit of not less than S$20,000 per student, at least B2 ward in government and restructured hospitals and 24 hours coverage in Singapore and overseas (if student is involved in school-related activities) throughout the course duration, and the Student is encouraged to seek advice on whether more comprehensive insurance cover is required or desired.

ICS appointed medical insurance provider: AXA Insurance Pte Ltd

Certificate Number: GSC/Q0047868/10

Injured students requiring outpatient care must seek medical attention within 24 hours of the injury to qualify for this coverage.  Follow-up care related to outpatient treatment of injuries must be provided by the same practitioner and is covered for a maximum of 31 days from the date of the accident.  Claims must be filed with 30 days to qualify.

4.12 Campus Security

ICS attempts to maintain a “limited access” campus for the safety of the students. Please be sure to show car decal or student ID when coming on campus.  Students are expected to have their school ID with them at all times (unless held by their teacher).  

All visitors should report to the main office immediately.  Authorized visitors will be required to sign in and wear a visitor badge at all times.  Before the visitor exits the building, he/she is required to return to the main office to turn in the visitor badge and sign out.

4.12a Student Visitors

We are delighted to have parents, friends, and prospective parents and students as visitors. The office will make arrangements for the visit, and a staff member will be happy to show visitors around the school campus upon request.  

Students with friends who would like to accompany them to school should provide a confirmation note from the student visitor’s parent or guardian and complete an authorization form granting permission to visit ICS.  Once approved, the student visitor will receive a visitor badge for the day.  

4.13 School Response to Weather-Related Conditions

ICS has a school continuity plan for haze situations. ICS will take appropriate mitigation measures based on the health advisory for the day to ensure the wellbeing of our students and staff.

The PSI level will be monitored by the first aid office. In her absence the PSI level will be monitored by an individual designated by the director.

PSI Metrics To Use: PSI readings from NEA mobile app.

PSI Value: Singapore Air Quality Descriptor

0 - 50         Good

51 - 100         Moderate

101 - 200         Unhealthy

201 - 300         Very unhealthy

Above 300         Hazardous

The school has a detailed matrix the administration uses to guide making decisions during the school day in the best interests of the students.  The following is a brief summary of the matrix: once the PSI exceeds 100, student activity outside is restricted; as the PSI increases, students exposure outside will become increasingly limited.  The school does have a plan for responding to a hazardous PSI level.  More information is available upon request from principal.

5.0 SCHOOL UNIFORM

5.1 General Statement

Proper grooming must be taught along with other rules of manner and morals to help our students understand the importance of living a wholesome productive life.  ICS, through its dress standards, seeks every means at its disposal to encourage its students to think and act like Christian ladies and gentlemen. Our uniform serves to give the student a distinctive appearance, encouraging Christian conduct and promoting school pride.  It seeks to create an atmosphere conducive to learning.  The goal of our dress code is to establish high Christian standards for our school and our students. Of course while no outward appearance will gain any extra standing with God, students must still learn the importance of following dress guidelines. This submission helps students understand the importance of Biblical authority and obedience.

The school uniform should be worn at all times, except for special designated “free dress” days when students may wear other clothing.  Whether a normal school day or a special theme dress day, students’ clothing should be modest (cover the top, cover the middle, cover the bottom) and fit properly (not overly tight or overly loose, no low-cut tops, no spaghetti strapped tops, shorts should follow the fingertip rule and skirts should remain at no more than two inches above the knee). Students’ overall appearance should be generally conservative in nature with the school uniform in good repair. When students are on campus before or after regular school hours, the standards regarding school theme dress will be in effect. 

Students must wear the proper uniform during school hours. If available, used uniforms will be loaned to K4 to G3 students if needed. Students have one week to return the uniform washed and cleaned or they will be charged the cost of a new replacement uniform. G4 to G12 students who do not have the proper school or PE uniform will be required to buy a new replacement uniform from the front office.

5.2 School Uniform Provider

School uniforms, including all shorts and shirts, must be purchased from our supplier Lim Meng Keng Department Store.  

Lim Meng Keng Department Store

211 Holland Avenue

#02-18 Holland Road Shopping Center

Phone:  6468 3655    

Fax:  6469 0017

Please label all uniforms with the student’s name for easy recovery from Lost and Found.

5.3 ICS Uniform

5.3a Guidelines for Boys  

The school uniform for boys is outlined below. 

5.3b Guidelines for Girls  

The school uniform for girls is outlined below. 

In cases where there is disagreement over terminology or the general appearance of a student, the administration will make the final decision.  

5.3c PE Uniform

In Elementary School, students should wear their PE shirt with uniform shorts on the day of their PE class  (5th graders may wear PE shorts if they choose). Students are encouraged to wear hats during times when outside for PE.

In Middle and High School, PE uniforms (both red shirt and blue shorts) must be worn for PE by all students.  PE uniforms may be purchased at the same supplier as regular school uniforms.

5.4 Dress Code Violations

The first time a student is caught wearing jewelry and/or accessories that are not in conformity with the ICS dress code, the student will be asked to remove the item.  If the problem persists, the issue will be referred to the principal.  

For continual dress code violations involving issues of modesty, the student will be excluded from class until the problem is remedied. For those students who consistently violate the school’s dress code, other means of discipline such as detention or suspension may be used.


6.0 STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

To maintain a school of excellence and become students of integrity, it is important that ICS students develop self-control and self-discipline.  Through loving discipleship ICS students will be held accountable for the following maxims.

6.1 Student Conduct Maxims

I am responsible for:

  1. being ready to start at the beginning of class;  
  2. showing courtesy during class discussions by treating teachers and other students with respect;
  3. trying my best to pay attention and give full effort in every task;
  4. following all school rules to the best of my ability; and
  5. my conduct.  By my conduct I show respect for teachers, my fellow students, and myself.

6.2 General Guidelines While at School 

In addition, students are expected to adhere to the following guidelines.  

6.3 Being Late to Class

Students are to be in class and prepared when the bell rings.  

Elementary students will NOT serve detention for accumulated tardies.  However tardies will be noted on the student’s permanent record as well as the quarterly report cards.  

Middle and high school students will receive a demerit each time he/she is late to class.  Demerits are cumulative during the course of a quarter and if a student earns a total of four demerits (for all classes, not just one), he or she will receive an after-school detention.  

At the end of each quarter demerits are erased, allowing students to begin each quarter with a fresh start.  

Note:  This late policy does NOT include being tardy when arriving late to school in the morning but for periods B-G.

6.4 Being Prepared for Class

Students must be prepared for class by bringing required materials (textbooks, pens, pencils, paper, etc.) with them to each class period.  A student should learn to be responsible for his or her own items and not consistently use a friend’s at the friend’s expense.  If a student is unprepared or borrows materials from a friend, it may result in a demerit (for middle and high school students only).  This policy applies to electives as well as study hall.    

6.5 Lunch Conduct

Breakfast items may be purchased in the canteen from 7:45am to 8:00am each morning.  Beverages and snack items, such as fresh fruit and ice cream, are available for purchase throughout the day.  Please note that carbonated beverages and sweets are only available for purchase after school or with permission of a teacher/staff member.

Students should return trays, plates, bowls, and utensils to the proper receptacle and throw all trash and litter in the trash cans. Students may leave the canteen only after ten minutes of the designated lunch period.  

After eating students may engage in recreation on the basketball court and soccer field on designated days if not in use by a class and if field conditions allow.  Students may also go to the library after the ten minutes.  Students should stay in the canteen or designated recreational areas already mentioned until the dismissal bell rings.

11th and 12th grade students may eat lunch off campus. The students will be unsupervised during this time but they will be expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner and are to return to their next period class on time.  Students who abuse this privilege will be required to remain on campus during lunch.

6.6 Appropriate Use of Language

ICS has noticed an increase in the use of profanity and inappropriate language in our hallways.  While there are cultural differences in what is considered ‘cursing’, ICS staff will be reminding students that inappropriate and disrespectful language, in English or any other language, will not be tolerated.  We ask that parents/guardians remind their children about the importance of using appropriate language at school.  

6.7 Playground Rules

The playground is for elementary students with ICS supervision. Any non-elementary student shall be issued a detention for using the playground.

Elementary school students are expected to adhere to the following playground rules.

  1. NO student is allowed on the playground at any time without ICS staff supervision.
  2. Food and drinks are not allowed.
  3. Real or play fighting is not permitted.
  4. Students should help keep the playground neat and clean.
  5. The student must first get the teacher’s permission before leaving the playground area to retrieve a ball or other object.  
  6. Students are not to climb or play in trees, on fences or walls.
  7. No jumping off any equipment.
  8. Students must wait their turns at all times; no cutting in line.
  9. Tackling is not permitted.
  10. Students must line up immediately when the teacher blows the whistle or calls for the line-up.

6.8 Gym, Court, and Field Rules

All students are expected to adhere to the following rules.

  1. No dunking of balls.
  2. In the gym and on the court- no kicking of balls or kicking games (including soccer) unless verbal permission is given by a monitoring teacher.
  3. Return all balls to the monitoring teacher.
  4. In the event of thunder or lightning, all students must get off the soccer field and basketball courts. Activities can not resume until 20 minutes of the last occurrence of thunder or lightning.
  5. Treat equipment respectfully.
  6. Students must be supervised at all times by an ICS staff member if they are using the courts, gym, or field.

6.9 Classroom Parties

Room parent representatives will work with elementary school teachers to schedule and coordinate student birthday parties. Birthday children may bring party favors to give to ALL the students in the class and parents are welcome to attend and assist with the party. Please liaise with the school health care staff concerning student allergies. K4-Gr1 may celebrate all birthdays with their class once a month in the canteen. Gr2-Gr5 may celebrate birthdays during students’ lunch hour once a month.  

Individual gifts are discouraged to prevent hurt feelings. No invitations to parties outside of school may be distributed in a class unless all boys and girls in that class are included.

Official occasions for school classroom parties include Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and the end of the year. All other parties must be approved through the Elementary Office.  ICS is not responsible for parties held after school.

6.10 Public Display of Affection  

ICS believes that proper, God-glorifying relationships between young men and women should be encouraged. While we recognize that our Biblical standards may be outside what modern society encourages and promotes, we will continue to promote high standards of moral and ethical conduct.

6.11 Sexual Purity Policies

ICS is a school for children, not adults. Students who engage in sexual activity take on the roles of adulthood, enjoying privileges reserved for married adults and exposing themselves to the many adult responsibilities/potential consequences that are inherent in such activity. ICS has a duty to protect the moral environment of our community and to ensure the health and welfare of all our students. Due to this, ICS expects sexual purity from all of its students, and the administration reserves the right to dismiss from the school any students discovered to be willfully and/or continually sexually active. However, if a student is struggling in this area and in need of help / counseling, or has been the victim of any kind of sexual abuse, he/she may seek the assistance / advice of a teacher of the same gender or of our counselor, who stand ready to help. 


The school reserves the right to appropriately discipline any student involved with viewing or distributing content of a sexual inappropriate nature on campus or sharing such content from one ICS student to another student at any time. Appropriate discipline may include dismissal. Young people who are exposed to sexually explicit material from an early age have a much higher rate of sexual dysfunction as adults. Because ICS’s highest priority is the safety of the students it serves, ICS will take necessary steps to ensure students’ psychological well-being.

6.12 Use of English on Campus

Parents who send their children to ICS often do so with the express purpose of assuring that their children learn proper spoken and written English, also known as “the common language of ICS”.  All instruction at ICS is done in English. All documents, signage, and forms are done in English.  Therefore, students are encouraged to learn English as soon as possible. Research studies have shown that an effective way for students to acquire a foreign language is through immersion.  

Students who speak a language other than English on campus at any time will be assigned an appropriate consequence depending upon their age. For those students who continue to violate the school’s “English only” policy, other means of discipline may be used.

*The exception to this policy is for those students who have been encouraged to practice their elective language (Mandarin or Spanish).  

6.13 Fan Behavior at Special Events

Although ICS realizes that adults (parents/guardians) are not bound by the same code of conduct as their children enrolled at ICS, it should be noted that all persons attending ICS-sponsored events (social events, athletic events, etc) are expected to abide by all ICS policies pertaining to appropriate behavior.  

Any persons who exhibit inappropriate, rude, unsportsmanlike and/or unchristian behavior may be requested to leave such events at the discretion of the coach or director in charge of the event and/or any administrator in attendance.  

All parents and students should refrain from talking or interacting with the coach or players during practices, games, time-outs, halftime and/or coaching from the sidelines.  

6.14 School Bus & Field Trips

A permission slip listing emergency information must be submitted by a parent for a student to take part in school-sponsored trips away from school premises.

Each student participating in a field trip must turn in the General Waiver-Field Trip form and the required fees.  No student will be allowed to take part in school-sponsored activities without these items. In addition, the student's annual Emergency Contact Form must be completed and returned to the Front Office before the student will be permitted to attend any field trip off campus.

Regular school dress applies to field trips unless otherwise indicated by the teacher.  Field trips will be planned with great care as to the safety of the students.  They will be expected to behave well and follow the directions of the teacher and parents who may be assisting.  Misbehavior by a student may result in his/her exclusion from future field trips.

6.14a School Bus Service Provider  

ICS has contracted with a private bus company to provide transportation to and from school for those parents desiring it for their children.  

Goh Transport Contact Details

Goh Transport Services Co. Pte. Ltd

PO Box 1019, Ghim Moh Estate Post Office

Singapore 912701

Phone 6775 5115

Email:  gohtpt@singnet.com.sg

Fees for the bus service vary, depending on the distance from the student’s home to the school.  All payments for the service are arranged between the bus company and the parents.  

6.14b Bus Conduct

Responsible behavior will be expected on the bus by all students using the service.  Misbehavior on the bus may result in suspension from the bus or other reasonable consequences.  

For drop off at home, grade 3 and younger students must be met by an adult or accompanied by a sibling in grade 5 or older. No student who is listed as a bus rider will be allowed to remain on campus after school unless the office has received a note or phone call from the parents ahead of time requesting this or if the student is participating in an after school activity.  

Bus riders who will not be riding the bus on a particular afternoon must notify the school office that morning via a call, a written note or email from their parents.  Students are not allowed to use the office phone to gain parental permission for this.  

The bus company may have other specific requirements that those who use their service must abide by.

6.14c Bus Rules 

Students are expected to adhere to the following rules.

  1. Students are to remain seated in their assigned seats with the safety belts fastened until the bus arrives at school or their stops.
  2. Eating and drinking are not allowed on the bus (water is permitted)
  3. Students are not to distract the driver in any way.
  4. Throwing any item inside the bus or out the window is not allowed.
  5. Students are not to extend anything (including hands, head, or feet) out of the window.
  6. Students are not to use profanity, yell or make obscene gestures to motorists, pedestrians, or each other.
  7. Students should refrain from fighting, pushing, or kicking other students.
  8. Bus aisles must be kept clear of books, bags, and other student possessions.
  9. Students must walk when getting on and off the bus.
  10. The school’s discipline policy applies to all students being transported on the school bus.
  11. Students must be authorized to ride the school bus.
  12. Students who have not signed up for school bus service are NOT allowed to ride the bus home with a friend.

6.15 Bully Prevention 

ICS believes that every student has the right to be treated with respect and to feel safe within the learning environment. Students who are free from bullying are able to give their education the full attention and effort needed for success.

Research indicates that bullying behavior negatively impacts not only the learning environment of a school but can lead to long-term social and emotional problems for all involved. At ICS, bullying will not be tolerated and we believe that it is everyone’s responsibility to be educated on the facts and report bullying behavior that happens within the school community.

Bullying includes, but is not limited to:  repeated harassing, intimidating, teasing, or threatening. Cyber-bullying is bullying using email, instant messages, text messages, or other internet media.   ICS, in an attempt to Define, Identify, and Deal (DID) with cases of bullying within the school, has formulated a comprehensive plan to address the issues of bullying.  In school–related cases, the school will examine the facts, interview the necessary persons and work with all parties to provide a safe and secure environment to learn.  

Engaging in such activities may result in permanent expulsion from ICS and/or police action. It is highly recommended that parents model and monitor appropriate behaviors and actions in dealing with issues of bullying and harassment.  

Define, Identify and Deal (DID) Procedure

a) Define

ICS defines bullying is defined as a student engaging in harmful, persistent behavior by one of greater power to one of less power.

Bullying may include:

Verbal - name calling, sarcasm, spreading rumors, teasing

Emotional - excluding, tormenting (i.e. hiding books, threatening gestures), being unfriendly, racial taunts, graffiti, gestures, ‘staring out’.

Physical - pushing, kicking, hitting, pinching or any use of violence. Property damage would also fall under this category.

Sexual - unwanted physical contact or abusive comments.

Cyber- inappropriate messaging or photos using electronic communication.

b) Identify

All members of the school community, including teachers and parents, are encouraged to report any acts of bullying that they encounter.    

The student who believes s/he has been bullied and/or the bystander who has witnessed the bullying are strongly encouraged to report the bullying to the school counselor.  Reports of bullying by the bystander will be kept confidential in order to encourage bystanders to come forward and to prevent them from becoming part of the problem.  

The school counselor will liaise with the relevant parties to establish the nature and extent of the bullying after which the bully will be given an opportunity to make an apology and change his/her behavior.  If the bullying continues after this discussion, the school counselor will refer the matter to the appropriate principal after which it will become a disciplinary issue.  

c) Deal

Once it has been determined that bullying is indeed happening, the principal, the classroom teacher(s), the school counselor, and the parents of both parties will be made aware of the findings.  All matters will be confidential among the involved parties.

 

The following guidelines may be taken:

ICS prohibits reprisal or retaliation against any person who reports an act of harassment or bullying and if this occurs, appropriate actions be considered.

Awareness is the key to stopping bullying. ICS will be talking about the issues of bullying in the classroom, at assemblies, and one on one with students.  Everyone deserves to be safe and successful at school.

6.16 Self-Harming Behaviors

Like other international schools, self-harming has become an increasingly recognized problem in our schools.  While self-harming typically refers to cutting, it can also refer to other behaviors including scratching, burning and hair pulling.  

ICS seeks to respond to these incidences compassionately while still providing other students with a safe environment which is conducive to learning.  

When a staff member suspects or becomes aware of the self-harming behavior, the student will be referred to the school counselor for assessment and follow up.  

In order to provide a safe environment for all students, the student will be asked to adhere to the following guidelines:

If a student cuts during school hours, he/she will be asked to leave school for the rest of the day.  

Where the student is consistently unable adhere to the guidelines outlined above or where the behavior is worsening and it is deemed that ICS is unable to provide the kind of environment that the student needs, ICS Administration may ask the student to leave in order that he/she can receive intensive treatment.  Once the behavior has ceased or sufficient improvement has been made, ICS will consider re-enrollment.  

6.17 Student Technology Code of Conduct  

ICS is pleased to offer its students access to the Internet to expand and enhance their academic experience. All use of technology must be in support of and consistent with the ICS educational goals. It is the user’s responsibility to keep all inappropriate materials and virus-infected media off of their laptops.

 

The school expects that students will not access inappropriate materials. Inappropriate use includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism, pornography, hate mail, chain letters, unauthorized access (hacking), and email messages that initiate false alarms, etc. In addition, it is possible to purchase certain goods and services via the Internet that could result in unwanted financial obligations for which a student's parent or guardian would be liable.

 

Students utilizing ICS-provided Internet access must have the permission of and must be supervised by the school’s professional staff. Students utilizing school-provided Internet access are responsible for good behavior on-line just as they are in a classroom or other areas of the school. The same general guidelines regarding respect of others in both behavior and communications apply.

It is important to remember that ICS will not provide any technical support, troubleshooting, or repair of any kind for student owned electronic devices in use at ICS. It is the sole responsibility of the student/guardian to maintain such devices/computers in a timely manner to ensure students access to ICS resources and curriculum is not interrupted.

The Student Technology Code of Conduct handbook section outlines the policies, expectations, and penalties for violation of the ICS technology policy. By signing the handbook agreement, students and parents are signifying that they have read these policies and agree to abide by the terms. Your acceptance of the handbook terms also signifies understanding that the computer network, computers and student issued laptops are to be used solely for educational purposes and that there is no expectation of privacy with respect to the use of the same.

Violation of the policies described in this handbook will result in appropriate consequences including, but not limited to, loss of computer privileges, suspension, and appropriate financial restitution if any portion of this agreement is not upheld.

 

6.17a Acceptable Usage of Technology

 

Users should not expect that files stored on electronic devices and online systems in use at ICS will be private. Electronic messages and files on electronic devices and online systems in use at ICS may be treated like school lockers.

 

Administrators and faculty may review files and messages to maintain system integrity and insure that users are acting responsibly.

 

Any violation of ICS policy and rules may result in loss of ICS-provided access to the Internet. Additional disciplinary action may be determined in keeping with existing procedures and practices regarding inappropriate language or behavior. When and where applicable, law enforcement agencies may be involved.

 

ICS makes no warranties of any kind, neither expressed nor implied, for the Internet access it is providing. ICS will not be responsible for any damages users suffer, including--but not limited to--loss of data resulting from delays or interruptions in service. ICS will not be responsible for the accuracy, nature, or quality of information stored on discs, hard drives, or servers. ICS will not be responsible for personal property used to access ICS computers or networks. ICS will not be responsible for unauthorized financial obligations resulting from ICS provided access to the Internet.

 

The school's information technology resources, including email, all forms of cloud-based storage, and Internet access, are provided for educational purposes. Adherence to the following policy is necessary for continued access to the school's technological resources.

 

This Acceptable Use Policy applies to all on-site ICS computers, student-issued laptops, and student owned electronic devices used in the ICS Environment.

 

Student Expectations

 

Students must:

1.    Respect and protect the privacy of others.

 

2.    Respect and protect the integrity, availability, and security of all electronic resources.

 

3.    Respect and practice the principles of community.

 

4.    Respect and protect the intellectual property of others.

 

A student must not use or modify any computer technology (hardware, software, or peripherals, connections etc.) provided by the school without authorization from school authorities. This is to include notebook computers issued to students to assist in the delivery of the ICS curriculum.

 

6.17b Chromebook Program (Gr4 - Gr8)

 

ICS students are assigned a Chromebook to be used in their classes. The Chromebook is a learning tool, and should not be used during lunch or break.  Students are not to bring their Chromebooks home. They will collect their Chromebook from their homeroom each morning and return it to their homeroom for charging each afternoon.  Students are to treat the Chromebook as school property. Damage to a Chromebook that can be repaired will result in a damage fee of $150. If a Chromebook is lost or needs to be replaced a replacement fee of $300 will be charged. Students who do not report damage within 5 school days of occurrence may be responsible for the full cost of repair or replacement as required.

 

Chromebook Care

 

Chromebook Security

 

Chromebook Check Out / Check In

Chromebooks will be assigned to students at the beginning of each school year.  Skins and covers can be purchased by students for the chromebooks, but must be removed at the end of the year.  Stickers or other custom decoration are not to be put on the chromebooks under any circumstances, if installed the chromebooks will be returned to their original condition at the student's expense. Student will be issued chromebooks at the beginning of the school year.

6.17c Laptop Program (Gr9-Gr12)

ICS is loaning you, the student, a laptop in order to enhance and enrich your academic experience. The laptop is a primary learning tool. It is the expectation that you will make wise and responsible choices in the use, treatment and care of your laptop. The laptop is the property of ICS, and ICS may collect and inspect the laptop at any time.

Students must care for and protect the laptop assigned to them. Care and security guidelines are outlined below, but this is not an exhaustive list. Students and parents are responsible to ensure that proper precautions are taken to ensure the safety and security of the laptop.

Care

Security

Data Backup

Students must take responsibility for backup and recovery of their own data. ICS provides students access to online storage, but students must ensure daily backup of all their data. ICS will not be held responsible for lost information during a laptop repair or any other time.

Laptop Content Monitoring

ICS reserves the right to use monitoring software on all staff or student computers without notice, for the safety and security of our families and our school. Where such software is installed students, parents, and staff are not permitted to remove, modify, or access this software for any reason without written permission from ICS leadership.

 

ICS principals, IT department, or other ICS leadership may demand students to surrender laptops for random search or maintenance at any time. Students may be required (and should be prepared) to prove ownership of any software that is not part of the ICS default installation if requested by ICS leadership.

Laptop Check Out / Check In

Laptops will be assigned to students at the beginning of each school year.  All students are required to return their laptops before leaving school for the year. Laptops will be stored on the ICS campus during the summer break. Students will be required to account for all items issued to them to include any accessories. Stickers, skins, laptop covers or other custom decoration must be removed and the laptop restored to original condition at the student's expense. Laptop covers are required, just as textbook covers, but must be of a removable nature to prevent damage to laptops. If a laptop is discovered with a damaged cover or without one, a fee of $25 will be assessed and the laptop may be confiscated.  Student laptops will be re-issued at the start of the school year; ICS will attempt to re-issue laptops to the same student, but cannot guarantee this.

Laptop Loss or Damage

Students are responsible for the care and maintenance of the laptops they are issued. Any damage to, or loss of the laptop or its accessories will be the responsibility of the student. If a laptop is broken or has any technical issue, students are required to report such problems immediately to their teachers and the IT department. Students who do not report damage within 5 school days of occurrence may be responsible for the full cost of repair or replacement as required. Damage to a laptop that can be repaired will result in a damage fee of $200. If a laptop is lost or cannot be repaired a replacement fee will be charged. Replacement fees begin at $1000 and decrease depending on length of use at the discretion of the administration. Temporary “loaner” laptop will be provided. Students will be responsible to pay for the full cost of lost or damaged laptop accessories such as power supplies, computer covers, mouse, etc.

6.18 Compliance with Relevant Singapore Law

Ignorance of the law is no excuse for breaking the law. Hence, it is the responsibility of every international student studying in Singapore to know the relevant Singapore Law, especially those relating to ICA.

Consult www.singaporelaw.sg for other areas of Singapore law.  This information is given to provide general awareness of relevant Singapore laws. In some instances, other sections of this handbook outline stricter policies that govern ICS student behavior.  

7.0 DISCIPLINARY MEASURES

7.1 General Statement

We believe that respect for authority is an essential ingredient to quality education and character development; therefore our classrooms are controlled with firm, loving discipline by qualified and dedicated Christian teachers (Hebrews 12:6-11).  It is our desire that all of our students be controlled with self-discipline in their attitudes and actions.  To develop such self-discipline though, it is necessary for us to teach and train the students in this process.  ICS classroom teachers are tasked with the primary responsibility of ensuring that their students behave in a proper and fitting way at school.  At the beginning of the school year each teacher creates a classroom management plan, clearly communicates the rules and consequences to the students and then consistently implements it.  These classroom rules/policies will be available to the parents during Open House and posted on ICS’s LMS/SIS.  

Please be supportive of the teachers and administration in their decisions and let your child know that you and the school are on the same team – his/her team. We regularly pray for wisdom when counseling or disciplining children. Your support of the ICS staff will teach your child much about respect for authority. One of the best ways for a parent to support the school is to implement consistent, firm and loving discipline in the home, teaching respect for authority and not making excuses for the child.

7.2 Elementary School

The classroom environment must be conducive to learning. Therefore, classroom discipline is administered to teach a child respect for authority and to provide the best possible atmosphere for learning.  All students are to be subject to the authority of ALL staff members.  Students must be respectful to teachers, teachers’ aides, secretaries, drivers and visitors at all times.  Students are expected to follow classroom rules and to be prepared for class.  

Each classroom has a list of rules, rewards and consequences.  Therefore, the students know what behaviors are expected of them and what the consequences or rewards are for following the classroom rules.  When minor problems arise, the teacher will use positive discipline to support the student in making better choices.  Often, privileges such as recess are taken as the first step in disciplining a student.  If the student chooses to continually disregard classroom rules, the teacher will enlist the help of parents.  

At times it may be necessary for the teacher to send a student to the principal’s office.  For a series of minor problems or major offenses the school administrator will determine the appropriate corrective consequences.  Major offenses include, but are not limited to the following:  profanity, willful destruction of school property or that of another student, bullying, cheating, lying, fighting, and blatant disrespect to a staff member, theft, the use of alcohol or tobacco or a minor offense that has become a habit.  Depending on the misbehavior, discipline may take several forms such as: parent conference, “in-school” or “off-campus” suspension or expulsion.  

Elementary “in-school” suspension: Students who receive “in-school” suspension will remain on school grounds in a supervised area away from classes for the allotted time. The student will complete all class work, tests and projects assigned during that time.

Elementary “off-campus” suspension: Students who receive “off-campus” suspension will not be able to attend classes for the specified time.  The student must complete all class work, tests and projects within the specific time frame.

Please note that by signing the “Contract between International Community School and Parents” form at registration, you are stating your understanding of this agreement and are assuming your cooperation in these matters. As in all areas dealing with your child, you are welcome to contact the teacher or the office regarding any questions concerning the discipline of your child.  We desire to work with parents in educating their children and appreciate their support and participation in the area of discipline.

7.3 Middle and High School  

Because of the limited time for each class period and the importance of teaching the curriculum, discipline problems will be dealt with firmness and grace. Teachers typically issue detentions to middle school and high school students for misconduct.  Minor infractions warrant a demerit and are issued at the discretion of the teacher.  A student who accumulates four demerits will be issued a detention.  

At the end of each quarter demerits are erased, allowing students to begin each quarter with a fresh start.      

7.4 Detention

Detentions will be held on Tuesday and Friday of each week from 3:20pm to 4:15pm in the supervising teacher’s classroom.  Students will be issued a detention for the next available Tuesday or Friday.

 Parents will be notified of a student’s detention via electronic communication.

Students who misbehave in detention will be given another detention to serve.  If a detention is missed or the student is tardy, the principal will decide what additional consequences will be incurred.

Once a student has served detention for the accumulation of four demerits, the demerits are cleared.  To earn another detention a student must accumulate four more demerits.  At teacher discretion, a detention may be given to the student directly with no demerits if the behavior is dangerous or repetitious.  If a student serves two detentions during a quarter for misconduct, he/she will meet with the principal to discuss his/her behavior.

7.5 Suspension Guidelines

1.  Suspensions from school will be treated as excused absences. In high school, however, for each day of suspension, students will have one 1 point deducted directly from their semester grade for each class missed.  

NOTE:  At the discretion of the administration, students MAY be given the opportunity to earn back points especially if the punishment would endanger a student’s graduation or promotion (also see guideline #5).

2. Suspended students will be given the work they miss. The time they are given to make-up their work will be the same as listed in the handbook for other absences.

3.  The administration may suspend students for any of the following as well as for other offences that may not be listed here:

4.  At times the administration will dismiss students for infractions including, but not limited to:

5. These guidelines are in place to guide the administration when working with students. However, exceptions to the guidelines may be made based upon the contrition of the student, the circumstances surrounding the incident, the past behavior pattern of the student and the involvement of the parents/guardians and the church.

7.6 Expulsion/Dismissal from School

The school generally follows its discipline procedures contained herein.  However, there are circumstances in which the school administration and/or board may determine, in their sole discretion, that it is appropriate not to follow progressive discipline steps.  In cases in which a student has engaged in egregious, immoral, or other unacceptable behavior, the school reserves the right to suspend or expel the student immediately.  Permanent expulsion/dismissal from ICS may occur for behavior outside of school if it is of a nature that exhibits extremely poor conduct.

If a student is dismissed from ICS for any reason, any refund of fees will be made using the ition fees with no same policy as for withdrawing students (outlined in the ICS Refund of Fees policy). Students dismissed during the semester are liable for full payment of all turefund of any fees for any portion of a semester.

ICS will release transcripts or a student’s records only after confirming with the business office that the student’s account is paid in full.  If the student’s account is paid in full, records will be released and the transcript will be sent.  For current students, a copy of the student's last quarter grades will also be sent.  If the account is not paid in full, no transcript or other written details regarding the student's academic record for the current or any previous semesters will be released.


8.0 ATHLETICS

8.1 Athletic Director Welcome

Dear ICS Parents and Student Athletes,

We at ICS would like to thank you for being a part of our athletic sports program. We are devoted to you learning more than just sports, but life concepts on how you can glorify God. Athletics are trivial unless they are used as ‘instruments’ to teach lasting eternal values. The pressure, frustration, disappointment, excitement, and achievement experienced in athletics are experiences that can help prepare students to handle life beyond athletics.

Once again I believe this will be an awesome year if instead of striving to “be the best” we instead commit to doing our best.

Let’s pursue excellence for His glory in all that we do!

Serving Him,

Alicia Bandy

Athletic Director

8.2 Mission Statement & Goals

The ICS athletic program is designed with the intention of promoting character

development, team unity, and parental and community involvement with the hope of producing young men and women who love and respect God, culture and all mankind.

Athletic Department Goals


8.3 Sports Offered At ICS

8.4 Registration Fee

All elementary students who are participating in a league sport will pay a small fee for each sport they are participating in this coming school year.  These fees will be turned in with the necessary initial athletic paperwork such as registration form, handbook acknowledgement signature and athletic waiver.

8.5 Sport Clubs

We will be offering Sports Clubs for elementary students.  The goal of Sports Clubs is to give our students opportunities to be active and develop specific sport skills.  There will be a small one-time fee for Sport Clubs that will allow your child to have this opportunity.  The sport club fee is separate from the registration fee mentioned above that allows students to compete in league sports.

In order to accommodate the growth of our program, we need coaches for these sports.  If you have experience and time, ICS would love for you to commit to coaching!  Any who are interested should contact Coach Bandy. 

8.6 Parents’ Role

The standards athletes are held to also extend to parents. Parents, as well as coaches and athletes, represent the school to the community. The parent is expected to display Christian sportsmanship that reflects positively on the ICS school community. It is important that respect for opponents and officials be shown at all times. The parent is expected to encourage loyalty and dedication to the team and to the coach as well.

Attitudes of parents have great impact on the attitudes of athletes. Coaching and parenting can be difficult, but in spite of the challenges we all want the athletic experience to be positive and educational for each student to the greatest extent possible. It is our desire to make this a team effort that benefits the student, family, and community. We encourage all parents to volunteer in some way and actively pray for athletes, coaches, and the team.

Parents of elementary school students will need to make return travel arrangements for their child.

Parents of elementary school students participating in competitive sports will need to attend a mandatory meeting in August. Any parents that are unable to attend to the meeting will need to set up a time to meet with the athletic director to get the necessary information.

8.7 Communication Guidelines

Parents and athletes should expect the following information from their coach:

1. Expectations including rules and policies.

2. Schedule of team events.

3. Philosophy of the coach.

Coaches should expect the following following from parents and athletes:

1. Concerns that are brought directly to the coach.

2. Notification of any schedule conflicts well in advance.

3. Specific issues regarding the philosophy and expectations of the coach.

If concerns arise during the season, please follow these Matthew 18

guidelines:

  1. The athlete should first talk to the coach.
  2. If not resolved, the parent should contact the coach to discuss the situation.  The coach may have additional information from practice and from other contact with the student and the parent may have information about their child unknown by the coach. This discussion should be beneficial to both parents and the coach, keeping the welfare of both the student and team in mind. Please refrain from approaching a coach directly before or after a game. Call the next day and set up a time to talk or meet personally.
  3. If the conflict is not resolved, you may call the Athletic Director to discuss your concerns.
  4. If the conflict is not resolved, you may then call the sectional middle school or high school principal.

Items not to discuss with the coach:

1. Playing time.

2. Strategy or play calling.

3. Other student-athletes.

Items appropriate to discuss with the coach:

1. The treatment of your child.

2. Ways to help your child improve.

3. Concerns about your child.

We request that parents refrain from coming onto the court or the field during a game. We ask that you refrain from talking directly to the referees, and at no time during the game should negative comments be yelled at our officials. Any questions a parent has for a coach should not be asked directly before the game, during the game, or directly after the game. Please wait until the next day to ask your question.

Behavior that does not bring honor to God may result in the spectator being asked to leave the game.

Coaches and parents all want the athletic experience to be positive and educational for each student to the greatest extent possible. Prayers for athletes, coaches, and teams are important and appreciated.

8.8 Attendance

The athlete is expected to attend every practice and contest, and to give their full effort both in practice and competition. The athlete, the athlete's family, and the coach must resolve any exceptions to attendance at practices and contests prior to the absence.

For weekday games, students must be at school by lunch to be eligible to play.

For Saturday games, students must be at school by lunch on the Friday before to be eligible to play. If a student is absent from school on Friday due to sickness, they will not be permitted to play in the next day’s game.

8.9 Eligibility Policy

Because participation in extracurricular activities is viewed as a privilege, participants are required to meet the standard for eligibility in academic and behavioral areas (see below). All students may participate during preseason tryouts. Academically ineligible students are not permitted to participate in practices, or competition, until their eligibility is restored.

8.9a Academic Eligibility

Any student who receives an “F” on a quarterly Report Card will not be allowed to participate in interscholastic athletics during the next quarter. Athletic eligibility will be verified on the quarterly Report Card. The administration may restrict students on Academic Intervention from participating in extracurricular activities (ECAs), including sports events. Students must also be current regarding their school fees to participate in athletics.

Periodic grade checks will occur during the season.  Grade check forms will be available from the Athletics Office and are the student’s responsibility to retrieve and complete.  Students will use ICS’s LMS/SIS to record their grades and bring their grade checks to the next “Knightly Round Table” meeting to get it signed by their coach.  Any student who is failing a class or is making a D in class may be asked not to practice or play until his/her grade has been raised.  This is determined on a case-by-case basis between the Athletic Director, coach, and teacher involved.

8.9b Physical Exam

A physical exam is required for every ICS student who intends to participate in a league sport at ICS.  This exam must be performed by a medical doctor.  The form can be found on the website and is also available from the front office

The physical exam is good for participating during the current school year and therefore needs to be performed between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018.

If your child is a new student at ICS and a physical exam has been completed as part of the application process, then another physical exam will not be required for the 2018-2019 academic year.  However a physical exam will be required in subsequent years.  

 

8.9c Age Requirements

8.9d Conduct Eligibility

Once a player has been observed or reported by a verifiable and reliable source as using alcohol or tobacco during the season, the following actions will take place:

  1. The coach and student-athlete will conference.
  2. The Athletic Director and Principals will be informed of the reported incident.
  3. The student-athlete’s parents will be informed of the reported incident.
  4. The involved coach(es) and Administration will review the reported offence. If the offense is confirmed as accurate, the following disciplinary actions will be applied.


First Offense


Second Offense

8.10 Transportation

There will be transportation to all away games, but there will not be a bus provided after the game. Each student will be responsible to find their own way home. Each student athlete will receive a direction map book that will detail how to get to the venue locations from ICS. Coaches will be around after the games to help any student who needs help deciding the best route home.

8.11 Dress Code for Student Athletes

In all situations ICS students should think about respecting themselves and others, which includes the clothes we choose. Thank you for your commitment to these principles in the classroom and on the field and court.

Girls

Shirts:https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/6xiEfsC4RSagP3Od4GO1qcVuUo5kY5c-T981GimWs75qf9ja9xrYlaj-ZeRsnxPTtArDOmGErTbJWjZioPUmVu_Q948eGTD56S-KaKBIX75qKhnPVtdeVT34UwUuRETM

- Tank tops may be worn in the gym during closed practices.  (Tank tops must be covered by a t-shirt when outside the gym.)

- Tank tops may not be worn on the outside courts.  

- For volleyball and basketball practices shorts must be the length of typical soccer shorts.

- No spandex shorts

- For cross country and track you may wear appropriate running shorts like those pictured below. https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/QF9_toh484ACMTxuyNZrw_3NhAy1G1_HegiEQ-LLs-KsP0xDPKhVZQOnH5knhPnoghkT2jqDmajnph4DohBCGxZkUAti_VB7FkKdDALoKZ1iQW7GILsFY4kz7tC84umT

Shoes:  

- No dress shoes, flip flops, or flats should be worn to practice.  

- Please do not come barefoot to practice.

Boys

Shirts:

- Shirts must be worn at all times.

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Shorts:

- No spandex shorts. Running shorts like those shown below should be worn for cross country and track and field.

Shoes:

- Cleats should be worn at all soccer practices taking place on the field.

- No flip flops or non-athletic shoes should be worn.

- Please do not come bare foot to practice.

8.12 Sports Uniform Policy

8.12a Dates of Use for Team Uniform

8.12b Places of Use for Team Uniform

8.13 Athletic Code of Conduct Form  

All athletes and parents are required to sign the Athletic Code of Conduct Form and return it to the Athletic Director.  By signing this form, the athlete and parents acknowledge the procedures and eligibility provisions in place.


9.0 SCHOOL AND PERSONAL PROPERTY

9.1 General Statement  

Students are encouraged to develop a respect for property, whether it is theirs or that of someone else. A student will be required to pay for any damage done to school or personal property, whether intentional or accidental, and possibly be subject to severe disciplinary action.  

9.2 Games Gadgets and Toys

ICS is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Students who bring these items to school do so at their own risk.

Gadgets, cameras, games, toys, comic books, non-educational magazines, MP3 players, ipods etc. may be brought to school only if they are turned off and kept secure in the student’s locker or school bag during school hours.  They may not be used during school hours. Should such items be seen or heard during school, they will be confiscated and turned into the principal and will only be returned to the parent.  The 2nd time the item is confiscated it will be held by the principal for 4 weeks and then returned to the parent. The 3rd time the item is confiscated it will be donated to a local charity.  Large gadgets, games, sports equipment and toys that cannot be easily stored in a locker or school bag (e.g. skateboards) should be kept at home.    

School aids such as handheld computers and electronic dictionaries may be brought to school provided that they are only used in class by the owner and for academic purposes.  Otherwise, they are subject to the same forms of confiscation mentioned above.  

Toy guns, swords and knives are classified as weapons and may not be brought to school at any time – not even as part of a costume.  They will be taken away.  

9.3 Mobile Phones

For elementary and middle school students, cell phones may not be used from 7:30 to 3:10 unless permission is granted by a teacher. Phones should be kept secure in students bags or lockers during school hours so as not to be a distraction in class.

For high school students, cell phones may not be visible or used during passing periods or class time unless the teacher grants expressed consent, otherwise phones will be confiscated by the teacher. When a phone is confiscated, the teacher will pass it to the Academic Office. The student must relinquish the phone before school begins and retrieve after school for five school days following the initial incident. If further abuse of the phone occurs, the administration will take appropriate action.

9.4 Lost and Found

Please label all clothing, books, bags, etc. with the student’s name for easy identification.  Books, water bottles, clothing and any other articles found lying around the campus will be placed in the Lost and Found cabinet in the school canteen.  Only valuable items, such as watches, jewelry, wallets with cash, ID and EZ-link cards, will be kept in the front office until they are claimed. At the end of every quarter, unclaimed and unidentified items will be available for sale to the community, donated or disposed of. 

9.5 School Office

The school office is a place of business and students should only be in the office when on official business.

Students are not to use the school’s photocopy machines to make personal copies without special written permission from a teacher.  

Students are not to request office staff to make monetary change for them.

At no time is a student to be in the faculty lounge, custodian room or storage area unless accompanied by an appropriate faculty/staff member.

9.6 Use of the School Phone

Students may only use the office phone in cases of emergency. Forgetting lunches, books, assignments, or instruments or changing plans will not be considered emergencies.  

9.7 Campus Cleanliness 

Students are to take pride in their campus and keep it clean.  All trash should be thrown away and students should pick up stray litter when they see it.  If litter problems occur, some student privileges may be lost.

9.8 Library Resource Center (LRC)

9.8a LRC General Information

The library is open daily 7:45 to 4:15.

The student ID card acts as your student’s library card. Student ID cards are required for book check-out. Borrowers should not lend books to others, as they will be responsible for payment if the book is lost. A student using another person’s card will lose his/her privileges.

Students are allowed to check out materials for two weeks. A Junior-Kindergarten through second grade student may check out up to two books at a time.  Third through fifth graders may check out up to three books at a time.  Sixth through twelfth grade students may check out four books. Parents may check out up to ten books or videos at a time.  

If a student is absent on the day the book is due, please bring the book directly to the LRC for check in when the student returns to school. All other books are to be placed in the “Book Return” slot in the circulation desk.  Do not place books on top of the circulation desk when returning books.

Renewal: Students are to return materials before they are overdue.  Books can be renewed in person by speaking with the librarian or by email.  Three days before a book will be overdue, an email is automatically sent to parents and students to remind them that a book is coming due.

Holding Materials: Students may place a hold on a book through the student’s account within the ICS Follett Destiny catalog.  When the book is ready for pickup, an email will be sent to the homeroom teacher and the student.

Reference Materials & Magazines: Reference books and materials may be used in the LRC but cannot be checked out. Magazines cannot be checked out.  

Online Access: Online access to information in the library is encouraged.  All library accounts can be accessed from home to see what books are checked out, when they are due, and if there are any late fines.  Follow the directions on the school’s website, ics.edu.sg.  The LRC information is located in the “Our School” section.

We subscribe to World Book Web where students can access World Book Kids and World Book Student. This is available at www.worldbookonline.com. The Username is: icsworldbook and the Password is: password.

9.8b LRC Rules and Conduct Guidelines

Students must handle print and non-print media and equipment with care and exhibit self-controlled conduct in the LRC. Any student in good standing (with no late books or fines) may check out books.

Food and beverages are not allowed in the LRC.

Any student who consistently abuses the LRC rules may lose their privilege to check out books and/or lose their privilege to use of the LRC for a period of time determined by the library staff.

9.8c LRC Charges and Fines

Students may print from the computer for class assignments for a fee.  Black and white printing is $.20 per page and $.50 for a colored print.

When a book is overdue, a notice will be sent by email to the parent and student.  A fine of $.20 will be charged for each school day a book is late. The maximum fine is $2.00. The student will not be able to check out new books until the overdue books are returned and the fines paid. If a student is absent on the day a book is due, the book becomes due on his first day back at school without penalty and should be brought to the LRC.

An item is considered lost after ten days. At that point, the student must pay to have the book replaced.  If a book is damaged or lost, parents will be notified and the student must pay to have the book replaced. If the item is later found and returned undamaged, the cost of the book is refunded, minus a $10.00 late fee. Parents are not exempt from overdue fines.   

Detentions may be be given and student records will be held until all overdue books are returned, and late fines and printing charges are paid at the end of each grading period.

9.8d LRC for Elementary Students

Elementary students visit the LRC every sixth day for forty minutes.  For 1st to 5th grade students, approximately fifteen to thirty minutes are used for library instruction and/or story time. The remaining ten to fifteen minutes are used for check-out time.

Elementary students must be accompanied by an adult when in the LRC after school.

ES Special Programs: Accelerated Reader is a motivational reading program that tests students on the comprehension of books read within the student’s reading level range.  All students in grades 1-5 will be given a STAR Reading test at the beginning of each semester to determine the reading level of each child.  A goal is then created for the student to work towards.  Students are rewarded at the end of the semester if their goal is met.  Elementary students participate in a Read-A-Thon for a three week period during the first semester of the school year. A summer reading program is available for students who would like to earn prizes when they return from the summer break in August.

9.8e Middle School and High School Students

Students are welcome to come to the LRC before school (7:45-students are to wait in the canteen until then), during lunch (10 minutes after lunch begins), and after school (until 4:15) to study, research, return books, browse and check out a book, enjoy a magazine, or just read.  

The National Library Board in Singapore offers access to all the electronic resources it provides.  Such resources include eBooks, eDatabases, eJournals, eMagazines, and eNewspapers.  All Middle and High School students must have an eResource account with the NLB.  It is suggested that one account is established per family so that the siblings may share this account.  If assistance is needed, please contact the Library Resource Center.

9.8f Birthday Books and Book Donations

Celebrate your child’s birthday by donating a book to the LRC.  Donate $25.00 and fill out the appropriate form. The LRC will purchase a hardback book for the library in your child’s honor.  The book will be presented to your child with a bookplate including your child’s name and details of the special occasion.  In addition, your child will be the first student to check out the book.  

Donations may be made to the LRC for the purchase of library books in honor of or in memory of a family member, friend, teacher, student, or another special person. A bookplate acknowledging the donor and recipient will be placed inside the book.

Donation of new and gently used books are accepted on an individual basis.  Not all books donated will be placed in circulation due to copyright date, content, or condition.

9.9 Textbooks

The school fees cover the cost for the use of all textbooks.  The school expects students to treat all books with care and keep them covered at all times.  Book covers should not be taped or glued to the book itself.  Loss or damage of textbooks that goes beyond reasonable “wear and tear” will be paid for by the student.  

9.10 Lockers

Students are assigned a locker with a school-issued combination lock (for MS and HS)  for storage of personal and school-related belongings.  The lockers are school property and the students’ use of them is a privilege.  All lockers should be kept neat and clean with no materials stored on top or spilling out of them.  Lockers should not be damaged, decorated on the exterior or decorated in ways that are permanent or are of questionable morality.  

The school is not responsible for lost or stolen items that have been placed in the lockers.  The school encourages students to keep valuables at home, locked in a locker or with them at all times.  The school bears no responsibility for items taken from a locker.    

The school reserves the right to search any student locker at any time.  Students MAY NOT move their belongings to any locker other than the one assigned to them.

HS Students who are enrolled in a PE class must bring a lock for their belongings in the PE locker room or lock their belongings in their regular locker. All valuables must be locked at all times.

9.11 Property Damage

Students are responsible for damage to school property and equipment.  If not specifically listed below, the student is responsible for the full, actual cost of the repairs.  In any of these situations, the student may also be subject to disciplinary action ranging from demerits, detention, or suspension.

10.0 ADMISSIONS & RE-ENROLLMENT

10.1 Admissions Policy

International Community School (Singapore) does not discriminate in its admissions on the basis of national, ethnic, or racial origin.  Although ICS respects the religious preferences of parents and students, it should be understood that the school is operated within the framework of Christian principles.  Therefore, all students are required to participate in the Bible classes and chapel services.

The school maintains the right to refuse admission to students not meeting its academic requirements or to students displaying a lack of willingness to abide by its rules and regulations.  ICS anticipates that all new students will be successful and diligent. Grade placement for incoming new students is determined on the basis of the child’s age, the child’s former grade classification at his/her previous school, the child’s previous academic performance, and the child’s scores on ICS placement tests. 

All non-native English students must take a language assessment skill test before submitting an application; only prospective students who do not need intensive English Language support are eligible to apply.  ICS does not have an intensive English Language program.  

 

Generally, a child must be 6 years old by September 1 in order to be eligible for first grade, 7 years old by September 1 to be eligible for second grade, and so forth.  New students who are coming from schools following a calendar-based school year will of necessity repeat a half-year.  Since the stresses associated with moving to a new school (and many times a new country) are already quite challenging, we support students repeating a half-year.

10.2 Valid Passes to be a Student at ICS

All students enrolled at ICS must hold one of the following valid passes:

       Student pass

       Dependent pass

       Exemption Order/Diplomatic pass

       SC/PR

10.2a For All Pass Holders

It is the parent / guardian’s responsibility to keep the pass up to date and, upon renewal, to submit a copy of the renewed pass to the ICS student records office.   If ICS discovers any pass that has expired, the student records office will:

1.     Contact you to inform you that your child’s pass has expired.

2.     Inform the Academic Office that the student will not be attending class the following day due to the invalid pass. 

3.     Allow the child to return to school only upon receipt of his/her valid pass. 

10.2b For Student Pass holders

It is the responsibility of parent(s)/guardian(s) to request Student Pass renewal from the school at least 6 weeks before expiration of their current pass. As and when Student Pass holder’s passport has been renewed or changed, parent(s)/guardian(s) are required to submit copy of the renewed or new passport to student record office.

10.3 Guardianship Policy

While the Biblical mandate is clear concerning the responsibility of parents rearing their own children (Deuteronomy 6 and Ephesians 6), it is also clear that parents must at times seek the help of others to care for their children. Therefore, ICS attempts to aid these families through the following guidelines. All students who do not have a parent living in Singapore are required to have a guardian as stipulated below.

  1. Students living with guardians must be age 13 or older.
  2. Students younger than 13 years old are not allowed to live with guardians.
  3. Guardians must be approved by ICS. ICS prefers that students stay with relatives. Those missionaries that are living/working outside the country MAY be permitted to enroll their children if they are living with a guardian that the mission agency or church recommends.
  4. The guardians/parents must take the responsibility to get the necessary student passes for the children. (The office of student records will initiate the online registration with the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and the guardian/parent(s) must access the website (www.ica.gov.sg) to complete the registration). 
  5. ICS will only allow students to stay with guardians that have a “homestay” situation which means that the student MUST live full-time at the guardian’s home. Students may not stay in hostels or dormitory situations.

Parents are still responsible to make sure tuition payments are current.

10.4 Withdrawal Policy

Notice of withdrawal is required in writing to ICS.  Processing time for withdrawal requests is seven (7) days from receipt of written notice.

Students requesting withdrawal before the semester will be eligible for refund as outlined in the ICS refund policy.   Students requesting withdrawal during the semester are liable for full payment of all tuition fees with no refund of any fees for any portion of a semester.

ICS will release transcripts or a student’s records only after confirming with the business office that the student’s account is paid in full.  If the student’s account is paid in full, records will be released and the transcript will be sent.  For current students, a copy of the student's last quarter grades will also be sent.  If the account is not paid in full, no transcript or other written details regarding the student's academic record for the current or any previous semester will be released.

ICS may charge extra fees for multiple copies of report cards, diplomas, reference letters,

transcripts, or other certificates.  Students must pay for costs incurred in order to send

transcripts or other documents by any courier other than regular mail.

For Student Pass holders:  the admissions office will cancel the Student Pass on the last day of attendance at school (or at the time of notice of withdrawal if the student is not returning to the school) and advise the Parents to collect the Certificate of Cancellation from School Reception.  Students records and transcripts will not be released until the student pass has been returned.

10.4b Withdrawal Procedure:

Students intending to withdraw before the last day of the school year should follow the guidelines given below

  1. Submit detailed withdrawal information to the student records office (info@ics.edu.sg) in writing or by email, at least seven (7) days prior to the date of withdrawal.
  2. Complete the Early Withdrawal Checklist Form
  3. Request a refund of tuition and fees (if applicable). Refer to the ICS refund process for the steps involved in receiving a refund (processed within 7 days)
  4. Authorize ICS to transfer all the school records of your child to the next school when an official request is received from the admitting school

ICS will release transcript and other student records only after ALL of the above items have been completed.

10.5 Non-returnees

Non-returnees refer to students who are not returning nor re-enrolling after the end of the school year. To enable the Student Records Office to process the release of the student’s records, please:

1. Inform the Front Office of the decision to not return at least two (2) weeks before the last day of semester in writing or by email.

2. Complete the following checklist items:

3.  Authorize:

ICS will release transcripts and/or a student’s records only after ALL the above items have been completed

10.6 Transfer Policy

In certain circumstances ICS may recommend, or a parent may request, transfer of a student up or down a grade level from the enrolled grade.  This is applicable only to students in  junior kindergarten up to grade 8 students if:

If the parent makes a request for a transfer, the principal and teacher will meet with the parents and inform the parents of their decision within 21 days. If the parent accepts the recommendation, a new contract will be issued.  Contract signing will serve as the parents acceptance of the transfer. Fee Protection Insurance will be updated as needed. If the parent does not accept the transfer recommendation, they will be refunded the full re-enrollment fee.  The refund will be processed within 7 days.

10.6a Transfer Procedure:

  1. Recommendations are received from the teacher or parent to administration
  2. Students are given academic assessments
  3. Principals and teachers evaluate and make the necessary decision to transfer the student accordingly
  4. Parent are informed of the decision within 21 days
  5. Parents who accept the decision sign a new student contract.  Fees and associated invoices are adjusted as needed. Parents who do not accept the decision are given a full refund of the re-enrollment fee.  

Contact the business office for more detailed step-by-step information


11.0 FINANCIAL AGREEMENT

11.1 Application Fee

An application fee of S$2,000 shall be paid to International Community School (Singapore) (“ICS”) at the time that the application is submitted for consideration of enrollment by the Admissions Department.

11.2 Re-Enrollment Fees

The S$1,250 re-enrollment fee is an annual fee paid by all students as a means of securing their place in class for the following year.  Current students are offered an opportunity to re-enroll & reserve their space in class by payment of the re-enrollment fee each year between February 1st and March 13th. Re enrollment closes on March 13th. After that date, students must reapply (and pay the application fee) to secure a space for the following year

11.3 Responsibility

Families will be held responsible to pay for any damage to school property whether intentional or accidental.

11.4 Capital Fees

ICS does not charge a capital fee.  While not currently planned, ICS reserves the right to institute a capital fee in the future.

11.5 Textbooks

The cost of textbooks is included in the tuition fees.  Lost or damaged textbooks will be charged to the students.  

11.6 Tuition Schedule and Payments

11.6a Tuition Payment Method

All ICS tuition & fees are stated in Singapore Dollars.  ICS accepts payment for school fees in the form of local checks, bank-to-bank, GIRO, and wire transfers.  Checks should be crossed and made payable to “International Community School (S) Ltd.”  ICS does not accept post-dated checks.  For bank-to-bank or wire transfers please ensure the student’s name & ID number are referenced to enable us to credit the account correctly.  Please email a bank confirmation advice to finance@ics.edu.sg. All bank charges are to be borne by the remitter.

11.6b Tuition Due Date

Tuition fees are invoiced on 1 July or the date of acceptance for students starting after the first day of classes. Invoices are due for payment within 30 days from the date of invoice or the 1st day of attendance whichever occurs first. Past due accounts are subject to a 10% late charge for the remaining balance.

11.6c Outstanding Payments

Accounts with an unpaid balance past the due date are subject to a 10% late charge on the remaining balance.  Students with an outstanding balance may have their school attendance privileges revoked by the school until such time as their accounts are current. If any payment remains (tuition, fees, or fines) upon withdrawal or dismissal from school, no transcripts, transfer letters, or other records will be released for the current or any previous semesters until full payment is received. Seniors who have not paid all tuition and fees in full by May 1st will not be allowed to graduate with their class.  

11.6d Prorating of Fees

The application fee and the re-enrollment fee are not prorated regardless of the enrollment or withdrawal date. The annual tuition fee for late enrollment are payable according to the following schedule

Enrollment Within Quarter

Before / During 1st Quarter

During

2nd Quarter

During

3rd Quarter

During

4th Quarter

Annual Tuition Fees

100%

75%

50%

25%

 

11.7 Refund of Fees

The re-enrollment fee is non-refundable.  The application fee is only valid for the school year of application; it cannot be transferred to a subsequent school year. Re-enrollment Fees or Application Fees paid for a student cannot under any circumstance be transferred or applied to another student’s account.

Students who are not accepted for reasons not related to waitlists will receive a S$1,500 refund of the application fee. Students who withdraw before being accepted to the waitlist will receive a $1,500 refund. Students who withdraw from the waitlist will not receive a refund. Students on the waitlist who are not offered a place within 2 terms will receive a refund of S$1,500.

Refunds of fees are made according to the schedule below.  Processing time for refund requests is 7 days.

Fee Type

Withdrawal Notice before Acceptance Letter Received

Withdrawal Notice

after Acceptance Letter but Before Starting Class

Withdrawal Notice Received After Starting Class

Enrolling for / during 1st Quarter, Withdrawing during 1st Semester

 

 

 

Application Fee (New Students Only)

S$1,500

No Refund

No Refund

Annual Tuition Fees

100% Refund

100% Refund

50% Refund

Enrolling for / during 2nd Quarter, Withdrawing during 1st Semester

 

 

 

Application Fee (New Students Only)

S$1,500

No Refund

No Refund

Annual Tuition Fees

75% Refund

75% Refund

50% Refund

Enrolling for / during 3rd Quarter, Withdrawing for / during 2nd Semester

 

 

 

Application Fee (New Students Only)

S$1,500

No Refund

No Refund

Annual Tuition Fees

50% Refund

50% Refund

No Refund

Enrolling for / during 4rd Quarter, Withdrawing for / during 2nd Semester

 

 

 

Application Fee (New Students Only)

S$1,500

No Refund

No Refund

Annual Tuition Fees

25% Refund

25% Refund

No Refund

 

Currently Attending and Withdrawing for Second Semester

Fee Type

Before Dec 1

After Dec 1

Application Fee

(New Students Only)

No Refund

No Refund

Annual Tuition Fees

50% Refund

No Refund

 

11.7b Refund Process

Request for refund of fees must be submitted in writing by letter, addressed to the Admissions Director, or by email to info@ics.edu.sg.  The request must include the name(s) of the students and reason for the request.  The Admissions Director will confirm receipt of the request and contact the family to confirm the desired refund format (check or bank transfer) and refund date. Refunds will be granted based on the guidelines outlined above.

11.8 Installment Payments for Private Payers

ICS offers a GIRO deduction installment plan for families (not applicable to corporate payers) who desire an alternative to paying the tuition in full. The last installment is payable in March.  Contact the business office, finance@ics.edu.sg, for the GIRO application forms.

11.9 Financial Assistance

A financial assistance program is available for missionaries and vocational Christian workers. The application for financial assistance may be picked up from the business office. Consideration of these requests will be based on available funding and demonstration of need. Financial assistance is granted year-by-year; therefore, a new application must be submitted by 15 March each year.

Applications for financial assistance are reviewed each year in March.  Except for newly-arriving full-time missionaries, full-time pastors or full-time seminary students based in Singapore, no additional reviews for financial assistance will occur until the following March.  At that time, applications will be accepted for financial assistance for the next school year.  

11.10  Fee Protection Scheme (FPS)

The following description is made available to parents and students to ensure clear understanding of the purpose and scope of our FPS program.

ICS’s Undertaking to provide a Fee Protection Scheme

ICS hereby confirms and undertakes to the Student that it has in place a FPS by way of an insurance facility LONPAC Insurance Policy Number: Z13/BM00/000569 29 October 2016 to 28 October 2019.

FPS Insurance Facility

A copy of master insurance agreement between CPE, LONPAC Insurance BHD (the “Master Insurance Agreement”) and acceded to by ICS for the purpose of insuring the Student, is available on ICS’s website at www.ics.edu.sg. The Master Insurance Agreement sets out the events under which LONPAC Insurance BHD shall indemnify the Student for Fees paid to ICS.

ICS hereby undertakes that the:

  1. Coverage under the Master Insurance Agreement shall be extended to the Student;
  2. Student receives the certificate within seven (7) days of payment of any tuition and/or fees;
  3. Insured period shall commence from the Fee payment date to at least the next payment date.

Fee Protection Certificate of Insurance

Whenever FPS is purchased for a student, the certificate of insurance (COI) is automatically sent to the email of the student’s parent or guardian from the Lonpac e-system.  The student’s parent or guardian can also request the COI from ICS.

No Double Claim:

For the avoidance of doubt, if the Student and/or Parent receives any payment from ICS or the Insurance Company pursuant to a provision of this Agreement or the /Master Insurance Agreement in respect of any matter or damage, then the Student and his/her Parent shall not be entitled to claim against the ICS Insurance Company for the same payment in respect of the same matter or damage pursuant to any other provision of this Agreement or the Master Insurance Agreement.



12.0 ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ACADEMICS

12.1 ES Grading Policy

Students in Grades 1-5 receive marks of A,B,C,D, or F in academic subjects (ie, language arts, math, science, social studies, Bible), based on demonstration of grade-level standards in accordance with the table below.  

Letter Grade           Numerical Grade   

A+                          97-100

A                             93-96               

A-                            90-92              

B+                           87-89               

B                             83-86              

B-                            80-82              

C+                           77-79              

C                             73-76              

C-                            70-72              

D+                           67-69              

D                             65-66              

F                              Below 65          

Students will also receive attribute grades to show their understanding of each standard addressed in a quarter for math, reading, and language arts.  These attribute grades will indicate if a child has met the expectations of each standard that have been addressed (i.e., If the standard is multiplication through 12 for the year, and students have been taught through x3, they will only be assessed on their understanding through times 3 during that quarter.)  Students’ academic grades will not include their habits of work, such as work completion, participation, or attitude.  

Work completion, participation, and attitude, will be reported separately as habits of work grades.  Habits of work will give a more accurate picture of each students’ understanding of standards, as well as their work habits in class.

Students will also receive a grade for their work in non-academic subjects (i.e., art, music, computer, P.E., library).  

Attributes, habits of work, non-academic classes, and junior kindergarten through kindergarten will be graded using the following scale.  

4

Meets Grade-Level Expectations

3

Approaching Grade-Level Expectations

2

Below Grade-Level Expectations

1

Grade-Level Expectations Not Met

I

Incomplete

NA

Not assessed in this grading period

Students will have one week after grades are released and/or published to dispute the grade with the appropriate principal.  If the principal’s decision is not satisfactory, they will have one week from the date in which they received the decision to file an appeal with the director.  The principal and director have one week from the date that the appeal was received to render a decision.

12.2 ES Report Cards

The school year is divided into two semesters (four quarters). Report cards of student grades and absences are issued to parents at the end of each quarter.

Please keep in mind that report cards cannot be issued until all financial obligations are up-to-date.  

Throughout the semester, grades are electronically recorded weekly and available for parents’ viewing on our web based LMS/SIS program. Parents are advised to contact the appropriate teacher if they have questions about grades and/or missing work.

12.3 ES MAP Testing

The MAP assessments are computer-based, adaptive assessment tools that measure growth in learning for reading, language and mathematics and are aligned with American curricula and standards. In other words, as a student answers questions correctly the test gets harder and conversely, as the student answers a question incorrectly the test gets easier.  Therefore each student takes a test specifically targeted at his or her learning level.  When data is disaggregated by individual student, class and grade level, teachers are then able to pinpoint a student's instructional level and how to best support them.  

The MAP tests are administered two times a year and results are sent home with the next report card. These results enable parents and teachers to empirically track and measure student growth and achievement throughout the academic year.  

12.4 ES Student-Led Parent Teacher Conferences

The elementary school has one parent/student/teacher conferences at the end of the first quarter. The purpose is to have the student explain with the parents how he/she is doing academically and behaviorally in school.  Parents can sign up electronically. We encourage both parents to attend.  These conferences should last approximately 20 minutes. If parents have concerns they would like to discuss without their child present, they are welcome to contact the teacher to sign up for a second slot to meet without their child.

Any parent who would like a conference with his/her child’s teacher outside of the scheduled conferences is asked to arrange for a conference time in advance.  Since teachers have certain duties and responsibilities before and immediately after school, they are not always available.  You may set up a conference by contacting your child’s teacher directly.  

12.5 ES Communication

Information will primarily be communicated through Schoology.  If paper forms are sent home from the office, they will be distributed to students on Wednesdays.  Please check your child’s backpack on Wednesdays to see if there is any communication.

12.6 ES Homework Guidelines

In an effort to reinforce learning through practice, review, and remediation and to teach the student responsibility and good study habits, the school will require a certain amount of homework.  Teachers try to assign an appropriate level of homework for the grade level that they teach.

For each grade level, students are assigned approximately ten minutes of homework, i.e. 10 minutes for first grade and 20 minutes for second grade. Homework time that is needed often varies according to the personality and habits of the particular student. The amount of homework is based on the grade level of the students. Below parents may find a few suggestions for helping their child with homework:

  1. No one, except the student, is allowed to do homework assignments. Parents, siblings, and other adults who do homework for the child defeat the purpose of homework.
  2. Parents may assist the students by providing a time and place with an atmosphere that is conducive to study and concentration.
  3. Parents should check the student’s agendas and/or schoology to ensure that he/she is completing all of the assignments and preparing for all tests, quizzes, projects, etc.  
  4. Check over your child’s work for errors or sloppiness.  Be sure to check it even if it was done at school.
  5. Be alert to subtle changes in your child’s attitude.  Discouragement, anxiety, home problems, rebelliousness, and laziness are factors, which may influence your child’s academic progress.

12.6a ES In-Class Assignments  

The student is expected to complete daily assignments at school unless the student and the teacher have an agreement that the work may be completed after school or at home.  Assignments will be given to students as clearly as possible.  The student must take responsibility for understanding and completing all assignments.

12.6b ES Incomplete and Late Assignments

Teachers may require the student to stay in during recess to complete late work. The goal is not to defeat but to focus on what the student can do.

12.6c ES Make-up Assignments

When a student is absent from school, he/she is responsible for getting the make-up work from the teacher and completing the assignments.  Any work not made up will result in a zero for that assignment.  Make-up time will be on a “day for day” basis.  If the student is absent one (1) day, work must be turned in the day after the student returns to school.  The maximum time limit for make-up work will be five days for extended excused absences, unless otherwise agreed upon by the teacher and administration.  All students are required to make up all work whether the absence is excused or unexcused.  This includes tests missed during the absence.  To request homework assignments, please contact the teacher.

12.7 ES Technology Usage

ICS believes that technology is a tool that can be used to support the learning process.  Technology allows tasks to be completed more efficiently and in new ways that were previously unimaginable.  Technology also allows students to connect with the world and share their work with a global audience.  Students will focus on using technology as a tool for communication and creation.  Students will also be encouraged to develop character and creative thinking through the use of technology.  Through the technology curriculum, students will learn to find balance and navigate the digital world.  

All elementary classes have access to the technology. Prekindergarten through 3rd grade will have iPads for use in the classroom and access to a Chromebook cart.  Fourth and fifth grades will have a classroom set of Chromebooks for student use.  Filters have been put in place to help students remain safe in the online environment.  ICS teachers also physically monitor student use of technology and teach students the skills needed to become effective digital citizens.  

Students are expected to use technology with respect, following the rules of the classroom and using technology as directed by their teachers.  

12.8  ES Criteria for Repeating a Grade

Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten:  May be held back if they do not exhibit necessary reading readiness skills, and/or age appropriate developmental maturity.  

Note:  Jr. Kindergarten students are not prepared for and will not advance to grade 1.  The successful completion of JK will result in promotion to Kindergarten.

First and second grades: May be held back if they have not made satisfactory progress in reading or math. The lack of age-appropriate developmental maturity may also cause a student to be retained.

Third through fifth grades: May be held back if they fail two major subjects (Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, or Science).  Reading below grade level can be considered as failure of a major subject.

Elementary ESL students may also be held back in grades 3-5 if they are failing math and if they are not making sufficient progress in their ESL classes.  Students in grades 3-5, who do not test out of ESL after two years, may not be able to re-enroll for the following school year.

If a child does not meet the requirements for passing into the next year during a repeat year, they will not be able to enroll at ICS for the following school year.

The principal reserves the right to retain or pass a student after reviewing all relevant factors and options, and it is deemed in the best interest of the student.

12.9  ES Recognition

The ICS Order of the Knight is given out at the end of the year to one student in each class.  This is the school’s highest degree of recognition and the criteria are:

 

Christian Witness – The student must have a clear Christian testimony concerning salvation.

Character – The student must have good work skills and study habits, be on time, be considerate, demonstrate integrity, and be cheerful (Fruits of the Spirit).

Academics – The student’s GPA for both semesters must be an “A” average.

Attendance – Students’ attendance does not hinder their academic performance.

Service - The student served the school community and/or local community (neighbor, clubs, church) in a volunteer capacity or showed a willingness to lend a helping hand when needed.

ESO Recognition will also be given based on the following criteria:

Interpersonal – The student must be demonstrating cultural sensitivities, developing a godly self-image, and living productively

Curricular – The student must be a critical thinker, quality communicator, and problem solver

Spiritual – The student must appreciate God and His word, imitate Christ, model teachers, and obey Biblical authority

12.10  ES Learning Support

ICS recognizes that each student comes to our school with varying abilities and areas of need. The Learning Support department exists to assist students whose academic needs are greater than those of their peers. Students with academic-based special needs desiring to be admitted to ICS must meet with the Learning Support coordinator prior to acceptance to ICS. In some cases acceptance at ICS may be contingent upon placement in the Learning SUpport department. Acceptance into the Learning Support program is at the discretion of the respective principal, and the Learning Support coordinator.

While ICS seeks to serve the needs of families in Singapore to the best of our abilities, we also acknowledge the limitations of the programs we are able to offer at this time. ICS typically cannot accept students with special needs requiring services in a self-contained classroom, students with severe physical limitations, or students with severe emotional/behavioral needs.

The Learning Support program offers the following services to students in Kindergarten through 12th grade who are able to receive the majority of their education in the general education classroom:

12.10a ES Learning Support Referral Process

When a classroom teacher suspects that a student may have a Learning Support related problem he/she will follow the referral process listed below:

  1. The classroom teacher must identify a possible solution/accommodation to alleviate the problem and must document the use of this solution for two weeks.
  2. If no improvement is observed, the teacher must identify an additional solution/accommodation and document the use for an additional two weeks.
  3. If no improvement is observed after the second solution is tried, the teacher must bring the documentation of both attempts to the principal and the Learning Support coordinator.
  4. The respective principal will then schedule a meeting with the parents, the classroom teacher(s) as applicable, and the Learning Support Coordinator.
  5. At this meeting, the team may recommend that a professional evaluation/assessment be completed for the student by an independent professional, at the parents’ expense.
  6. Once the results of the assessments are received, the educational team will again meet to determine the services necessary for the student to be successful in the general education classroom.
  7. The educational team will create a Learning Support Plan or an Accommodation Plan for the student as deemed necessary. Note that Learning Support Plan are part of Learning Services Direct Support.  There will be additional changes for these services.

13.0 MIDDLE SCHOOL ACADEMICS

13.1 MS GRADING POLICY

The school year is divided into two semesters (four quarters).  Report cards of student grades and absences are posted on ICS’s LMS/SIS at the end of each quarter.  Paper copies of these report cards are made available upon request

Grades serve as a form of communication of students’ academic learning.  The grade a student receives in a class should clearly communicate to students and parents the level of understanding of the content of the class.  In order for grades to clearly communicate student learning, a student’s habits and attitudes of learning must be separated from their academic grade.  

Academic Grading Scale:

Numerical Grade

Letter Grade

97-100

A+

93-96

A

90-92

A-

87-89

B+

83-86

B

80-82

B-

77-79

C+

73-76

C

70-72

C-

below 70

IE (Insufficient Evidence)

In middle school, students get the foundational understandings that they will need for success in high school and beyond.  We desire our students to have a strong academic foundation and believe that all students are capable of being successful.  Students who do not reach an acceptable level of mastery on assessments will be given opportunity to retake or redo them until they reach an appropriate level of understanding.  If a student does not show adequate learning by the end of the quarter, they will receive and IE on their report card and will have 2 weeks to show sufficient evidence of learning.  If sufficient evidence of learning is not demonstrated, the student’s grade in that class will be marked as an “Incomplete”.

Students will have one week after grades are released and/or published to dispute the grade with the appropriate principal.  If the principal’s decision is not satisfactory, they will have one week from the date in which they received the decision to file an appeal with the director.  The principal and director have one week from the date that the appeal was received to render a decision.

13.1a Middle School Intervention Cycle

Our ultimate goal in middle school is student learning.  We want you, as students, to learn first and foremost.  In order for us to better assist you in learning, as well as help you take ownership of your learning, an intervention cycle has been developed.  The intent of this cycle is to support you, the students, as soon as you show you are in need of support, so no student slips through the cracks and ends the quarter/semester with multiple IEs. An intervention cycle consists of “red flags” with corresponding interventions.  These interventions automatically kick in when a red flag is evident.

Please read the red flags and interventions below.  This will begin this semester, but may be tweaked as we see areas to improve.  Our ultimate goal is for you to not need these interventions but take responsibility for your learning and success, but we also know that some support is needed in moving toward that level of responsibility.

Red Flag

Intervention

  • Assignment more than 1 week late

OR

  •  IE was earned for an assignment

Attend mandatory lunch study sessions (Every day but Thursday at the table in the front of the canteen near the stairs to the gym) until assignment is completed to acceptable standard

Principal will schedule lunch study sessions for the student and students will be notified via email.

  • IE on test

 Attend mandatory lunch study session (Tuesdays)

Mandatory retest during retest session (Thursdays after school)

Principal will schedule the study and retake session and notify you if and when you need to attend these sessions. Attendance is not optional, and failure to attend will result in a consequence. If you have been scheduled for a retest, you must attend Thursday after school even if you have other commitments (ECAs or Sports) because you are a student first.

  • Two consecutive IEs on tests in a subject

Conference with teacher during advisory to identify points of action for the student and ways for the teacher to support the student. The teacher contacts parents notifying them of the meeting.

  • Two or more IEs on a grade check (grade checks will happen weekly, beginning the second week of the quarter)

Conference with principal during advisory and a  plan will be developed for getting back on track. Parents will be informed about the contents of this meeting

  • Two or more IEs on 3 consecutive grade checks

Conference with teachers, principal, student and parents; document formal plan to prioritize student learning that will be signed by all parties.

13.2 MS Habits and Attitudes of Learning

Students will be assessed on their preparedness, engagement, initiative, and collaboration under the attributes for each class.  These skills are important for students to develop, but are separate from their academic learning.

Students will have one week after grades are released and/or published to dispute the grade with the appropriate principal.  If the principal’s decision is not satisfactory, they will have one week from the date in which they received the decision to file an appeal with the director.  The principal and director have one week from the date that the appeal was received to render a decision.

13.3 MS Parent Teacher Conferences

The middle school has one scheduled parent/teacher conference at the end of the first quarter. The purpose is to give parents an opportunity to ask teachers how their child is doing academically and behaviorally in school.  We encourage both parents to attend.  These conferences should last approximately 10 minutes.  

Any parent who would like to meet with a teacher in addition to the conferences is asked to arrange for a meeting time in advance.  Since teachers have certain duties and responsibilities before and immediately after school, they are not always available.  You may set up a conference by contacting your teacher directly.    Please do NOT drop by the class during school time to talk with the teacher.

13.4 MS MAP Testing

The MAP assessments are computer-based, adaptive assessment tools that measure growth in learning for reading, language and mathematics and are aligned with American curricula and standards.  In other words, as a student answers questions correctly the test gets harder and conversely, as the student answers a question incorrectly the test gets easier.  Therefore each student takes a test specifically targeted at his or her learning level.  When data is disaggregated by individual student, class and grade level, teachers are then able to pinpoint a students’ instructional level and how to best support them.  

The MAP tests are administered two times per year and parents will receive the results at the end of each testing session.  These results enable parents and teachers to empirically track and measure student growth and achievement throughout the academic year.  

13.5 MS Assignments

All assignments (projects, papers, etc.) should be completed and ready to be turned in on the day that they are due.  If a student does not have an assignment completed by the date it is due, they need to meet with the teacher and make arrangements to complete it as soon as possible.  Our goal is to teach students responsibility in completing tasks in a timely manner and taking initiative to arrange with teachers if they are unable to do so.  

If students are consistently late with assignments parents will be notified and students may be asked to work through lunch or stay after school to work on their late assignments.  

Assignments will not be assigned over extended breaks during the school year (Christmas and Spring breaks).

13.5a MS Make-up Assignments

When a student is absent from school, he/she is responsible for getting the make-up work from the teacher and completing the assignments.  

Make-up time will be on a “day for day” basis.  If the student is absent one day, work must be turned in the day after the student returns to school.  The maximum time limit for make-up work will be five days for extended excused absences, unless otherwise agreed upon by the teacher and administration.  

When major assignments, with due dates communicated well in advance, are due during an absence, the due date will still be enforced and the assignment should be handed in before the absence or on the day of return.  

All students are required to make-up all work whether the absence is excused or unexcused.  This includes tests missed during the absence.  

13.6 MS Bell Schedule

Middle School Bell Schedule

Blue/Red Day Schedule

(70 minute blocks with 45 minute electives)

8:05-9:15

Blue/Red Block 1

9:15-9:25

Break

9:25-10:35

Blue/Red Block 2

10:40-11:50

Blue/Red Block 3

11:55-12:25

Lunch

12:30-1:15

Electives

1:20-2:30

Blue/Red Block 4

2:35-3:10

Advisory (Chapel is Every Second Red Day of the Week)

13.7 MS Chapel

Chapel is held on the second Red Day of the week at 2:35pm in the Multipurpose Room (A204).  Parents are welcome to attend at their convenience.  Students should bring a Bible to chapel.

13.8 MS Homework Guidelines

Homework is given in middle school as a way for students to practice and reinforce the skills and concepts that are being taught in class.  All students learn at a different pace and in different ways, and homework gives students one more way to practice which leads to learning.  Homework is used by teachers to check for understanding and monitor student learning.  Students may have 30-90 minutes of homework daily.

Students will receive feedback on their homework to guide their understanding so all students move toward mastery.  

Students are encouraged to take homework seriously as it is meant to help them learn. Failure to complete homework will be reflected in the Habits and Attitudes of Learning grades in each class.

13.9 Bullying Policy

Rationale:

The middle school years are a tumultuous time of growth, change, and uncertainty in the lives of the students.  It is in these years that children seek to develop their own identity apart from their parents. At the same time they are experiencing tremendous changes physically, mentally, and emotionally.  For the first time, these young people are turning to their peers instead of their parents for advice, support, and a sense of identity. The information about themselves that they receive from their peers at this time can have a significant influence on their identity development, therefore it is essential that ICS provide a safe, welcoming environment where students feel free to be themselves. One of the ways that we seek to do this is through a comprehensive anti-bullying policy.

Our desire through this policy is to develop character with in our students, character that is manifest in all areas of their life, but especially with regard to how they treat one another. We want students to change their behavior, not just deal with a consequence.  With this in mind, the following is how we handle reported bullying.

Procedure:

Reports of bullying are handled by our school counselor.  Students are encouraged to change behavior and treat others with kindness.  The counselor follows up with the victim for the next few weeks to ensure the bullying has stopped.

The third time a student is implicated as a bully, the student is referred to the principal. The following steps are taken:

        

  1. The students and principal discuss the bullying behavior, and the student is reminded of the policy and how seriously we take bullying. A detention is given and the parents are notified
  2. If the students is found to be bullying again, the student and parents meet with the principal to discuss the behavior and behavior modification skills are taught. Student is suspended for a time.
  3. If the student continues to bully, the student and parents will meet with the principal to discuss the behavior and the the student may be dismissed from ICS.

13.10 MS Extra Credit

Please do not request extra credit to help raise your child’s grades.  If a student is not able to keep up with his/her regular schoolwork, requesting additional work is inappropriate.  Extra credit is a privilege not to be given for the purpose of rewarding irresponsibility.  Raising grades through extra credit work only masks the problem and gives parents and students a false sense of accomplishment.

13.11 MS Agendas

All students are given an agenda and are encouraged to keep a consistent record of their homework, tests, quizzes, projects, and any other schoolwork that is due.  Parents are urged to review their child’s agenda periodically to ensure that assignments are being written down and accomplished.

13.12 MS Academic Intervention 

ICS realizes that each student is a unique creation of God. As unique individuals, students are gifted in many different ways and come from many different cultural backgrounds. It is our desire as a school that each student be encouraged to do his/her very best for God’s glory. In order to help those students who may struggle with academic performance, ICS has instituted this academic intervention policy to help students maintain acceptable grades.

Students may be placed on academic intervention for receiving an IE during a quarter (9 weeks).  At the end of a semester, the student may be removed from academic intervention by having at least a C in each class for one quarter.      

The school administration will inform the parents when any student is placed on academic intervention. Middle school students on academic intervention will be monitored by their classroom teachers, principal and/or the study skills teacher.

Students will be evaluated for Academic Intervention at the end of a semester.  If a student enrolls in school after the beginning of a quarter they will be given the rest of the partial quarter in which to acclimate and adjust to the ICS academic environment.  They will then be evaluated at the following quarter.  

A teacher may use personal judgment, with the administrator’s approval, in deciding whether or not a student will go into or be removed from the AI program.  In general, ESL students who receive a grade below C in one or more classes will not be placed on AI or restricted from after-school activities.  They may however be required to meet with a mentor twice a week.  

Parents of students who consistently remain on Academic Intervention will be required to meet with the administration. The policies stated herein may be altered as deemed necessary by the school administration, based on the student's academic performance, behavior, attitude and adherence to these guidelines.  Please note that a student who is on Academic Intervention for two continuous semesters may be put on Academic Probation.  This student will have a quarter (9 weeks) to bring all his/her grades to a C.  If the student still fails to show improvement, the administration may ask the parents to seek additional psychological testing for specific learning disabilities, the school may ask the student to withdraw from ICS, be placed in a lower grade level, or to be retained in the grade for the next school year.

13.12a MS Academic Intervention Plan

The Student’s Part:

  1. To have his/her parent check his/her assignment notebook each evening.
  2. To ask the teacher for help when he/she is having difficulty.
  3. To complete the assignments to the best of his/her ability and turn them in on time.

The School’s Part:

  1. The Study Skills teacher will monitor the student’s progress if a teacher is available (if not, the homeroom teacher will assume this role).  These meetings will take place during the Study Skills (elective class).  It is the student’s responsibility to come to this class prepared with work.  The teacher will keep record of the student’s progress and give feedback to the principal and parents.

The Parents’ Part:

  1. Please check your child’s assignment notebook when he/she comes home and help schedule his/her evening to get all the work done.  Sign the book when all assignments have been completed.
  2. Check your child’s grades and upcoming assignments by using your LMS (Learning Management System) account.  
  3. Communicate with the school when you have concerns.  We want to partner with you for your child’s success.

13.13 MS Extracurricular Eligibility

Any student who receives an “IE” on a quarterly Report Card will not be allowed to participate (practice or compete) in interscholastic athletics or drama productions during the next quarter. Extra-curricular eligibility will be verified on the quarterly Report Card.  

The administration may restrict students on Academic Intervention from participating in extra-curricular activities (ECAs).  

Students must also be current regarding their school fees to participate in athletics.  

13.14 MS Academic Honesty Policy

Cheating on any assignments such as a test, homework, project, quiz, essay, etc., no matter the subject written for, shall carry the same consequences.  Cheating is unacceptable and does not honor Christ.  

13.14a Cheating

The following are common forms of cheating:

Sharing answers: Copying another student’s work whether with their permission or without permission.

Cheating on tests or quizzes: Cheating on a test or quiz could involve looking at another student’s paper, using extra information without the teacher’s permission or sharing answers.

Taking credit for work you did not do: Not acknowledging the help of a parent, tutor, sibling, classmate, or teacher.  This also includes someone else completing or helping to complete the student’s work to the extent that the work is beyond what the student would be capable of doing.

Telling/Asking what is on a test: Asking or telling what question, answer, or information was on a test or quiz.

When a student is found to be cheating on a test or quiz he/she will be required to redo the assignment or complete an alternative assignment/assessment.  The principal and parents will be contacted by the teacher.  If a student chooses to cheat a second time, consequences will be decided at the principal’s discretion.

13.14b Plagiarism

The following are common forms of plagiarism.

Direct copy: Copying word for word what someone else has already written.

Paraphrase: Taking someone’s writing and changing some vocabulary words but keeping the same sentence structure.

Taking the idea: Taking someone’s creative idea and not giving credit for it.

*Remember you can use other people’s ideas and words IF you give credit by correct citation.

A student who has plagiarized for the first time will be asked to rework the piece.  A second offense will result in an end mark reduction and a consequence  will be at the discretion of the teacher and principal.  

13.15 MS Retention

Failing semester grades (the average of two quarter grades) in two major subjects (Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, or Science) may result in the necessity of repeating the grade.  Reading below grade level can be considered as failure of a major subject. Students must pass Pre-Algebra in their 8th grade year or they will be required to take an online course in order to be enrolled in high school.

13.16 MS Learning Support

ICS recognizes that each student comes to our school with varying abilities and areas of need. The Learning Support department exists to assist students whose academic needs are greater than those of their peers. Students with academic-based special needs desiring to be admitted to ICS must meet with the Learning Support Coordinator prior to acceptance to ICS. In some cases acceptance at ICS may be contingent upon placement in the Learning Support program. Acceptance into the Learning Support program is at the discretion of the Principal and the Learning Support Coordinator.

While ICS seeks to serve the needs of families in Singapore to the best of our abilities, we also acknowledge the limitations of the programs we are able to offer at this time. ICS typically cannot accept students with special needs requiring services in a self-contained classroom, students with severe physical limitations, or students with profound  emotional/behavioral needs.

The Learning Support program offers the following services to students in Grades 6-8 who are able to receive the majority of their education in the general education classroom:

MS Learning Support Referral Process

When a classroom teacher suspects that a student may have a resource related problem he/she will follow the referral process listed below:

  1. The classroom teacher must identify a possible solution/accommodation to alleviate the problem and must document the use of this solution for two weeks.
  2. If no improvement is observed, the teacher must identify an additional solution/accommodation and document the use for an additional two weeks.
  3. If no improvement is observed after the second solution is tried, the teacher must bring the documentation of both attempts to the principal and the Learning Support  coordinator.
  4. The respective principal will then schedule a meeting with the parents, the classroom teacher(s) as applicable, and the Learning Support coordinator.
  5. At this meeting the team may recommend that a professional evaluation/assessment be completed for the student by an independent professional, at the parents’ expense.
  6. Once the results of the assessments are received, the educational team will again meet to determine the services necessary for the student to be successful in the general education classroom.
  7. The educational team will create a Learning Support Plan. Note that Learning Support Plans are part of Learning Services Direct Support.  There will be additional changes for these services.

13.17 MS English as a Second Language (ESL) Program 

The ICS English as a Second Language department provides ESL students a safe, student-centered environment where they are encouraged and given the tools necessary to increase their English language fluency and confidence.

Students whose first language is not English are given a language assessment when applying to ICS. Upon acceptance to ICS, students are placed in an ESL class if the language assessment indicates that English language instruction is needed.

Students may exit the ESL program after attaining a level of proficiency on the language assessment, ESL teacher’s approval, teacher recommendation and principal’s approval. Once a student exits the ESL program, they will be enrolled in our reading lab elective to help them continue to gain confidence in their reading and writing skills.


14.0 HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMICS

14.1 HS Grading Policy

The school year is divided into two semesters and each semester is subsequently divided into 2 quarters, for a total of 4 quarters.  Students in Grades 9-12 receive numerical grades for all subjects. HS progress reports will be posted in LMS at least every three weeks for students' individual classes.

Letter Grade             Numerical Grade   GPA Scale

A+                          97-100            4.0

A                             93-96              4.0 

A-                            90-92              3.7

B+                           87-89              3.3 

B                             83-86              3.0

B-                            80-82              2.7 

C+                           77-79              2.3

C                             73-76              2.0

C-                            70-72              1.7

D+                           67-69              1.3

D                             65-66              1.0

F                              Below 65          0.0

Students will have one week after grades are released and/or published to dispute the grade with the appropriate principal.  If the principal’s decision is not satisfactory, they will have one week from the date in which they received the decision to file an appeal with the director.  The principal and director have one week from the date that the appeal was received to render a decision.

14.2 HS Requirements for Graduation

Total credits that must be earned for graduation:  24

In order to qualify for graduation from ICS, students must complete credits in the following specific subjects and be enrolled in ICS for at least two consecutive semesters preceding their graduation from ICS:

Math, 3 credits required: 1 - Algebra I, 1 - Geometry, and 1 - Math elective.  (Only Math courses taken in Grades 9-12 may count toward this requirement.  Students who take Algebra I in 8th grade are still required to take Geometry and two additional math electives.)

Science, 3 credits required: 1 - Biology, 1 – Chemistry (Honors and AP are available), Conceptual Physics, 1 – AP/Honors Physics, 1 – Anatomy and Physiology. Biology (regular or AP), Chemistry (regular, Honor, or AP), and Physics (Conceptual or AP) are required.

Social Studies, 3 credits required: 1 - World Geography OR World History, 1 - U.S. History, and 1 - Government & Economics. (U.S. History and U.S. Government & Economics are required for all students who are U.S. citizens or who plan to attend a U.S. university. As the resources and staff permit, non-U.S. citizens who do not plan to attend U.S. universities may take other Social Studies courses designated by the administration in lieu of U.S. History or U.S. Government. Examples of this may be Asian Studies and/or Comparative Governments.)

English, 4 credits required:  1 - English 9, 1 - English 10, 1 - English 11 (includes American Literature), and 1 - English 12 (includes British Literature/World Literature) or AP English.  Transfer students may be allowed to take an elective English class to fulfill their four credits of English.

Physical Education and Health, 1 credit required:  It is a requirement for 9th and 10th grade students who are enrolled as full-time students (taking 4 classes or more during any given semester) to take a PE class as a part of his/her course load. If a student’s schedule cannot accommodate a PE class, the student may fulfill the requirement as a 11th or 12th grader.  No more than 2 of the credits required for graduation may be earned in P.E.  Health is a required class for graduation.

Fine Arts, 1 credit required:  Available options include Music, Drama, and Art. If credit is given for participation in the school play, it will be awarded on a pass/fail basis and not affect a student’s GPA.

Foreign Language, 2 credits of the same language are required:  Currently, Mandarin and Spanish are offered. (Students already fluent in two languages may be exempt from this foreign language requirement.)

Computer, 1 credit required

Speech, 0.5 credit required

Electives, 5.5 credits:

Biblical Studies counts as an elective credit.  No specific number of Bible credits are required for graduation; however, it is a requirement that every child enrolled as a full-time student (taking 4 classes or more during any given semester) take a Bible class as a part of his/her course load.  In addition, all seniors are required to take Senior Biblical Worldview and successfully complete the senior thesis and thesis presentation for graduation.

Total credits that must be earned for graduation:  24

In addition, any student who has any outstanding coursework to complete - an online course, credit recovery, or otherwise, must complete the requirements and provide documentation of successful completion by July 31st of the same year.

Community Service Graduation Requirement:

Every high school student is required six hours of community service for every semester attended at the high school. This requirement will be listed on the student transcript.

14.3 HS Grade Point Average (GPA)

To graduate with honors, a student must have achieved a cumulative ICS high school GPA of 3.70 or above.  Students who have less than four full semesters at ICS but with a qualifying GPA, will graduate as cum laude. Students who have participated in any known form of academic dishonesty will not be able to graduate with honors, despite their GPA. 

International Community School recognizes the importance of diligence, commitment, and perseverance. In order to encourage our students to complete their high school education with the best possible preparation for college, ICS has instituted the following policy on GPA calculation:

  1. Grade Point Averages (GPAs) are computed based on final class grades (semester grades, not quarter grades).
  2. ICS will compute and report a transfer student’s GPA based solely upon his/her classes completed at International Community School.
  3. High school classes that are exempt from GPA include teacher’s aide, office aide, library aide, Week Without Walls or any other high school class that receives a pass/fail grade.
  4. A weighted GPA is applied as follows:
  1. Honors classes will receive grades based on a 4.5 GPA scale.
  2. Advanced Placement (AP) courses will receive grades based on a 5.0 GPA scale. 
  1. Final official transcripts with final GPAs will be available one week after the 2nd semester report cards are issued.
  2. Additional information about high school academics can be found in the course catalog found in the Academic Office or on the school website.

14.4 HS Parent Teacher Conference

The purpose of parent teacher conferences is to have the student explain with the parents how he/she is doing academically and behaviorally in school.  We encourage both parents to attend.  These conferences should last approximately 15 minutes and are conducted on a drop-in basis.

Any parent who would like to meet with a teacher in addition to the conference is asked to arrange for a meeting time in advance.  Since teachers have certain duties and responsibilities before and immediately after school, they are not always available.  You may set up a conference by contacting your teacher directly.    

14.5 HS Transcript Release Policy

  1. ICS will release a transcript only after first securing permission from the Business Office to make sure the student’s account is paid in full.  Additionally, all fees must be settled, detentions served, and all school property must be returned before the release of transcripts.
  2. If student accounts are not paid in full, no transcript or other written details regarding the student's academic record will be sent.  
  3. ICS may charge fees for printed copies of report cards, diplomas, reference letters, transcripts, or other certificates. Students must pay for costs incurred in order to send transcripts or other documents by any courier other than regular mail.
  4. Any request for transcripts and other documents as needed should be made through the Parchment service.

14.6 Participation in HS Graduation Ceremonies

All school fees must be cleared by May 1st for students to be allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies.  Any senior that is deficient of more than 1 required credit and/or has not submitted a senior thesis that meets the basic requirements, will not be allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies.

14.7 HS Drop/Add Policy

If a student wishes to drop or add a class from/to his/her schedule the following procedures must be followed:

  1. Students may change their schedule up through the first three blocks of each day (Red and Blue) of the semester.
  2. The student must request a drop/add slip from the academic counselor.
  3. The student takes the form to the appropriate teachers for their approval and signatures.
  4. The form is then returned to the academic counselor for his/her signature and/or the principal’s signature.  The academic counselor may wish to contact the student’s parents or guardians for their permission.
  5. The student is notified of the result of his/her request.
  6. If changes are approved the academic counselor will change the master schedule and print a new schedule for his/her file and for the student.
  7. The drop/add slip will then be filed in the student’s permanent record file.
  8. Students who drop after the prescribed time (see above) will have a “withdraw fail” notation on their transcript. Students may be required to have parental permission to drop a class after the prescribed time (see above).

9.         All AP courses are considered year-long classes and credit is only issued in increments of one for these classes.  This means no partial credit will be given for an AP course that is not completed.

14.8 HS Homework Guidelines

Homework is a required element of our curriculum, reinforcing what is taught in the classroom.  Teacher-assigned homework activities are meant to reinforce concepts and skills that have already been presented and modeled in the classroom.  Students are expected to do homework daily.  High school students can expect from 90-120 minutes of daily homework.  AP and Honors Courses will require additional time and fall outside these general guidelines.

14.8a HS Assignments

All assignments (homework, projects, papers, etc.) should be ready and turned in when the teacher asks for them.  If an assignment is late, incomplete, or not ready, the following applies:

Assignments that are reviewed in class will not be accepted late.

At times a teacher may not accept a late assignment depending on the circumstances and type of assignment.  This will be communicated to the class when the assignment is given.

If late homework becomes a chronic problem, the teacher will notify the parents.

All projects, papers or portfolios are to be turned in on the date the teacher requires.  A ½ day excused absence does not remove that requirement.  Students must take the initiative to turn their work in on the due date, either when they arrive at school in the afternoon or before they leave if they must leave early.  Students should seek clarification from the teacher if they are unsure whether an assignment falls under these guidelines.  Certain assignments may fall outside of these guidelines; if so, the teacher will announce the late penalty when the assignment is given.

14.8b HS Assignment Notebooks

All students are encouraged to keep an assignment notebook in which they consistently record their homework, tests, quizzes, projects, and any other schoolwork that is due.  Parents are urged to review their child’s notebook periodically to ensure that assignments are being written down and accomplished.  

14.8c HS Make-up Work

Generally, students will have one day for each day absent to make up missed work.  However, special circumstances (consistent absences or extended illness) may require a different time schedule. This schedule should be worked out with each individual teacher.

When a student is absent, the student must work diligently with his/her teachers to make up the work as soon as possible, but at least within twice the amount of time which was missed.  Such work is the responsibility of the student, not the teacher.  When an absence occurs, the student shall receive full credit for make-up work, unless it is turned in past the deadline stated above.  If, however, a student misses only the day a test is given or an assignment is due, he/she is responsible to make up the work the first day he/she returns.

Work or tests assigned prior to the absence that fall due on the day of or the day after the absence should be turned in or taken the day the student returns to school.  An exception to this would be if the parent wrote a note stating that the student was unable to do any studying at all during his/her illness; the test/assignment could then be delayed by one day.

The absent student is responsible to find out what work he/she has missed and is expected to make up all such work. The student or parent should contact the teacher via email or check the class website for assignments that were missed.

14.9 HS Extra Credit

Please do not request extra credit to help raise your child’s grades.  If a student is not able to keep up with his/her regular schoolwork, requesting additional work is inappropriate.  Extra credit is a privilege not to be given for the purpose of rewarding irresponsibility.  Raising grades through extra credit work only masks the problem and gives parents and students a false sense of accomplishment.

14.10 HS Final Exams

Comprehensive final exams are given for most classes, but comprehensive-oriented projects in which a student earns an individual grade (as opposed to a group-based grade) may be given. Students in grades 9–12 are required to take end-of-semester (final) exams in most courses. The grade for a final exam makes up twenty percent (20%) of the student’s semester grade.  Semester exams are administered during the last 4 days of each semester.  Please ensure that your child is not absent for his/her final exams.  Final semester exams can only be rescheduled due to an illness, death in the family, or other family emergency.  Early travel plans or departure requests will not be considered and do not classify as a family emergency.

Seniors are exempt from second semester exams.

14.11 HS Honor Roll

The honor roll list will consist of students who have earned at least a 3.7 GPA from the previous semester.

14.12 Standardized Testing

All students in Grades 9-11 are required to take the PSAT/NMSQT in October.

14.13 HS Bell Schedule

HS bell schedule available here.

14.14 HS Chapel (The Gathering)

Chapel, otherwise known as The Gathering, is held in the MPR on a weekly basis. Refer to the HS Bell Schedule.

14.15 HS Retention Policy

Failure of courses at the high school level is dealt with on an individual basis and will impact the student’s ability to meet credit requirements for graduation. Students may be required to retake a failed course at ICS or through a credit recovery online/extension learning option at their own expense. If a student does not earn credit in a prerequisite course, i.e. Geometry semester 1 is required for Geometry semester 2, a student cannot be enrolled in the class until credit is earned by retaking the course or through a credit recovery option. Please see the academic counselor for more information.

14.16 HS Academic Probation

ICS realizes that each student is a unique creation of God. As unique individuals, students are gifted in many different ways and come from many different cultural backgrounds. It is our desire as a school that each student be encouraged to do his/her very best for God’s glory.  All high school students are encouraged to seek help from their teachers before or after school if they have questions or if they are struggling with a certain class.

If a student earns a “D” or lower on a quarter or semester grade, or is not making progress toward a diploma, the administration will place the student on Academic Probation.  This student will have a quarter (approximately 10 weeks) to bring all his/her grades to a “C”.  If the student still fails to show improvement, the administration may ask the student to withdraw from ICS.

14.17 HS Extracurricular Eligibility

Any student who receives an “F” for a quarter grade will not be allowed to participate (practice or compete) in interscholastic athletics or drama productions during the next quarter. Extra-curricular eligibility (including student council) will be verified based on the student’s quarterly grades.  The administration may restrict students on academic probation from participating in extracurricular activities (ECAs).  Students must also be current on their school fees to participate in athletics.  

14.18 HS Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

ICS offers an expanding Advanced Placement (AP) program to help prepare students for the demands of university education.  AP courses follow specific content and learning objectives that are set by The College Board, which allows students to sit for exams at the end of the course.  Students who score well on the exam could receive college credit at the discretion of individual colleges and universities. Because of the high standard that AP courses require of students, AP class sizes will be limited to 15 unless special permission is granted by the respective AP teacher.

The following courses will be offered onsite or online in the 2018–2019 school year. See the course description in the course catalog for the prerequisites for each course.

AP Biology        AP Physics C - Mechanical

AP Calculus        AP Psychology

AP Chemistry        AP Spanish Language

AP Chinese Language        AP Statistics

AP English Literature        AP Studio Art

AP Macroeconomics        AP US History

AP Microeconomics        AP World History

AP Physics 1 - Algebra Based

                        

Students will be accepted into AP courses on the basis of having successfully met all prerequisite coursework requirements and the instructor’s approval.  During the course selection process in the spring, students will have the opportunity to consult with the course instructor and the academic counselor to ensure that they are adequately prepared for AP studies.

All students enrolled in an AP designated course must sit for the AP exam.

Credit earned from NorthStar Academy, will be indicated on a student’s transcript and will affect the student's GPA.

Honors and AP Criteria Policy

Students who wish to enroll in an AP or honors course will be considered based upon the following criteria:

Upon enrolling in an honors or AP course, students are expected to:

A student who receives a grade of 69% or lower at any quarter may be dropped from the AP course, unless credit from the course is required for graduation and the students will receive a Withdrawal/Fail on their transcript.

14.19 HS Learning Support

ICS recognizes that each student comes to our school with varying abilities and areas of need. The resource department exists to assist students whose academic needs are greater than those of their peers. Students with academic-based special needs desiring to be admitted to ICS must meet with the Learning Support Coordinator prior to acceptance to ICS. In some cases acceptance at ICS may be contingent upon a placement in the Learning Support department. Acceptance into the Learning Support program is at the discretion of the Principal and the Learning Support Coordinator.

While ICS seeks to serve the needs of families in Singapore to the best of our abilities, we also acknowledge the limitations of the programs we are able to offer at this time. ICS typically cannot accept students with special needs requiring services in a self-contained classroom, students with severe physical limitations, or students with significant emotional/behavioral needs.

The Learning Support program offers the following services to students in 9th through 12th grade who are able to receive the majority of their education in the general education classroom:

HS Learning Support Referral Process

When a classroom teacher suspects that a student may have a Learning Support related problem he/she will follow the referral process listed below:

  1. The classroom teacher must identify a possible solution/accommodation to alleviate the problem and must document the use of this solution for two weeks.
  2. If no improvement is observed, the teacher must identify an additional solution/accommodation and document the use for an additional two weeks.
  3. If no improvement is observed after the second solution is tried, the teacher must bring the documentation of both attempts to the principal and the Learning Support coordinator.
  4. The respective Principal will then schedule a meeting with the parents, the classroom teacher(s) as applicable, and the Learning Support coordinator.
  5. At this meeting the team may recommend that a professional evaluation/assessment be completed for the student by an independent professional, at the parents’ expense.
  6. Once the results of the assessments are received, the educational team will again meet to determine the services necessary for the student to be successful in the general education classroom.
  7. The educational team will create an Learning Support Plan or an Accommodations Plan for the student as deemed necessary.

14.20 Week Without Walls

Week without Walls (WWW) is a compulsory service program that takes place in March (see calendar). However, if a student requires significant medical, psychological, or behavioral support, the administration, in consult with the team leaders, counselor, first aid office, and WWW coordinator, may determine that a student's WWW participation may be modified to suit his/her needs. For more information on the WWW program, see the WWW handbook that will be provided to your student and/or the WWW coordinator.

Local Community Service

In addition to serving through the Week Without Walls (WWW) program, local community service (LCS) is also requirement at ICS for high school students. Students must serve three hours a quarter for each quarter enrolled. The service should be done in Singapore outside the ICS community. Students are strongly encouraged to find opportunities that are relational, regular, and redemptive in nature. Although students are not required to obtain preauthorization from their WWW team leader who tracks their hours, they would be wise to do so in case the service performed does not meet the requirement. When the requirement is meant, a statement to that effect will be placed on their transcript. LCS does not affect students' grade point average (GPA). Service during summer, Christmas, and spring break can be applied either to the preceding or proceeding quarter, depending on the needs of the student.

14.21 HS Academic Honesty Policy

Cheating:  Students who have been found cheating on any assessment such as papers, projects, homework assignments or tests will be given a zero percent (0%) for the assessment.

Plagiarism:  The Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary, 1989 defines plagiarism as: “(v):  to steal and pass off [the ideas and words of another] as one’s own; use [a created production] without crediting the source;(vi) to commit literary theft; present as new or original an idea or product derived from an existing source; derived from the Latin word plagiarius meaning kidnapper.” Plagiarism is also considered cheating and is subject to the same 0% penalty as any other type of academic dishonesty. If a student plagiarizes on a rough draft of a paper, the teacher and the principal will confer and decide the outcome.

 

At ICS students are expected to complete a variety of research projects. Each project often receives several grades, one of which is for the final copy of the research paper. In the research process it is expected that students will give credit to the various sources they use to obtain information for their papers. Not giving credit to someone for his/her work can incur very heavy penalties.  In university, students are likely to be expelled if they are found to have plagiarized. Plagiarism is a form of academic dishonesty and will be treated as such. 

The teacher will inform the principal regarding all instances of academic dishonesty. The first instance of academic dishonesty will result in a zero, the second instance in a zero and a suspension, and a third instance will likely result in expulsion.

14.22 Senior Privileges

Arrival/Dismissal: Seniors who have study hall scheduled during the last one or two class periods of the day may be dismissed early.  Students must come to the office for early check-out. Seniors who do not have a 1st block on Blue days may report to school for 2nd block by first reporting to the attendance office.

Study Hall: Study hall is a class for the sole purpose of working on schoolwork.  It is not a time for socializing or other non-academic activities.  

Exempted from 2nd Semester Final Exams: Seniors are exempted from the 2nd semester final exams.  The 2nd semester grade will be an average of the 3rd and 4th quarter grades.

Senior Class T-Shirt: Once a senior class t-shirt is approved by the administration, the seniors may wear the shirt with school bottoms.


ICS Parent / Student Handbook 2018-2019        

Version 2018.02 - 4 Dec 2018