Noble Academy Upper School Student and Parent Handbook 2019-2020
PARENT AND STUDENT HANDBOOK
2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR
3310 Horse Pen Creek Road
Greensboro, NC 27410
Table of Contents
Head of School
Director of Enrollment Management
Director of Business and Finance
Director of Development
Director of Media and Educational Technology
Director of Operations/Athletic Director
Assistant Athletic Director
Upper School Staff
Head of High School
Head of Lower School and Junior High
High School Dean
Junior High Dean
US Administrative Assistant
Grades 9-12 Counselor
Grades 7-8 Counselor
Upper School Teaching Staff
Ken Brown (MANC)
Colleen Chenail (MANC)
Lower School Staff
Head of Lower School and Junior High
Lower School Dean
Lower School Administrative Assistant
Lower School Teaching Staff
Mary Mig McEntire
Colleen Chenail (MANC)
Stephanie Flowers (SLP)
These people can help you with the following issues:
PROBLEM SOLVING PROCESS
(Source: National Association of Independent Schools (www.nais.org)
Inability to clarify issues and/or establish satisfactory plan:
Established in 1987 and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1998, Noble Academy serves students in grades one through twelve who can benefit from an alternative approach to conventional education. Concerned and caring parents, experienced instructors, low student-teacher ratio, and a positive, individualized approach creating an environment that helps students maximize their learning potential, develop a positive self-esteem, and strengthen citizenship.
Noble Academy’s program emphasizes reading, writing, mathematics, science, social studies, physical education, technology, study skills, learning strategies, and social and emotional development.
Noble Academy is an independent, nonprofit, coeducational institution. Noble Academy does not discriminate in its educational and employment policies on the basis of race, color, sex, marital status, family/parental status, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, disability, age, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity (including gender expression.) Discrimination and/or harassment of any kind is prohibited and not representative of Noble Academy values.
Mission of Noble Academy
We empower students with learning differences to pursue their highest potential within a comprehensive, supportive education environment.
At Noble Academy We Believe…
The Board of Trustees governs our school. The Board of Trustees is responsible for overseeing the Head of School, who is charged with supervising all personnel including the Division Heads who assist her in overseeing the day-to-day operations. In addition, the Director of Enrollment Management is responsible for recruiting new families and all school publicity. Our staff meet professional requirements as established by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Noble Academy trains staff members in the specific needs of the population we serve. We rely on financial support/fundraising efforts for continuing evolution and development.
Noble Academy is an independent, non-profit, co-educational institution. Admission to Noble Academy is open to all eligible applicants regardless of culture, country of origin, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or disability (to the extent that reasonable accommodations are in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, or any other programs administered by the school).
Decisions are made based on the following factors: documentation of a diagnosed learning disability or attention deficit disorder, documentation of average and above intelligence, an apparent absence of primary behavioral or emotional issues, goodness of academic and social fit, and parent willingness to support our program.
Determination regarding re-enrollment is made each winter based on school performance and continued appropriateness to Noble Academy’s program. Dismissal or expulsion of a student would void that invitation to return.
Noble Academy is funded through student tuition and fees, endowment income, and annual giving. We receive no federal, state or local assistance. Because of our low student-teacher ratio, eighty-five percent (85%) of our operating budget is allocated to staff salaries. We provide all parents with information on various tuition-funding options.
In an effort to increase the accessibility of our program to families who could not otherwise afford it, a percentage of our operating budget is allocated to tuition assistance. The Board of Trustees approves the total amount of money available for tuition assistance awards on a yearly basis. Awards are based on family need as assessed by Tuition Aid Data Services (TADS) in the spring for the next school year.
Tuition assistance comes from our annual operating budget and named endowment funds. Awards are based on need. Only candidates who have been accepted can be considered.
The tuition assistance season begins each January for the upcoming school year. To apply for assistance, you will need to:
Decisions are made in April and May. Funds are usually exhausted by June for the upcoming school year. For more information regarding tuition assistance, contact the Director of Business and Finance.
The Annual Fund (The Knight’s First Fund) is a yearly program to raise unrestricted money for the needs of the school. Gifts go directly into the school’s operating budget. Every single dollar contributed to the annual fund makes a difference in the education of our children. Each family is expected to participate in the raising of annual funds.
Interested persons are encouraged to contribute to these funds at any time in order to facilitate attendance opportunities for qualified families who could not otherwise afford it. Gifts can be given in the form of memorial contributions, honorariums, or special gifts/recognitions.
Planned Giving opportunities orient donors to the tax benefits of gifts of cash, stock, real estate, life insurance, life income, bequests, and charitable lead trusts. Planned Giving is the path for the future of students at Noble Academy.
The role of the Board of Trustees at Noble Academy is to supervise the Head of School and to support the person in that role, to make final decisions consistent with the goals of the school, and to provide operational oversight of the school. The Board of Trustees and the Head of School together establish the mission of the school and fulfill the goals through the work of the following committees: Finance, Committee on Trustees, Development, Audit, and Policy. The Board of Trustees also holds the largest share of responsibility for the school fundraising.
Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of every other month (unless the fourth Thursday is a holiday, in which case the meetings would be held on the 3rd Thursday). All of these meetings are open and begin at 6:00 p.m.
Noble Academy is fortunate to have an active Parent/Faculty Association to foster a close relationship between school and home through educational and service opportunities. The PFA also fundraises to help provide our children and teachers with extras the operating budget could not otherwise afford. Each family’s membership, participation in PFA events, and support through service is critical to the PFA’s success. Parent/Faculty Association Board meetings are scheduled for the second Monday of each month. All meetings are open and are at 8:30am. Interested parents and staff members are welcome to attend.
2019-2020 PFA Advisory Board Contact List
Ways & Means
Director of Development
It is our expectation that parents will work together with the school to establish and maintain an effective partnership. This will be accomplished through:
THE SCHOOL DAY
Grades 7-8: 8:20-3:00
Grades 9-12: 8:20-3:04
GRADES 9-12 MONDAY, TUESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY
Monday & Thursday
Tuesday & Friday
Arrive at School: 8:10 Tardy 8:20
GRADES 7-8 MONDAY, TUESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY
Monday & Thursday
Tuesday & Friday
Arrive at School: 8:10 Tardy 8:20
WEDNESDAY BELL SCHEDULE – Grades 7-12
Arrive at School
Arrive at School
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday Dismissal and Lunch Times
12:20-12:50 (9-12); 12:50-1:15 (7-8)
Wednesday Dismissal and Lunch Times
11:30-11:58 (9-12); 11:58-12:25 (7-8)
On early dismissal days, students will be dismissed at 10:45 (2-6), 11:00 (7-12)
The Knight Club is not open on Early Dismissal Days.
When a 2-hour delay is announced, students should arrive by 10:10 a.m. In the event weather conditions cause a delay in school opening or a cancellation, announcements will be made at 11:00 p.m. or by 7:30 a.m. on WFMY Channel 2, Fox 8, or WXII Channel 12 . As soon as a decision regarding closure or delay is made, a message to that effect will be sent via the Emergency Notification System. NOBLE ACADEMY’S DECISIONS ARE NOT ALWAYS THE SAME AS GUILFORD COUNTY OR OTHER PRIVATE SCHOOLS. PLEASE WATCH FOR NOBLE ACADEMY’S ANNOUNCEMENT.
Early school closures will be announced in the same manner. If you hear or see the announcement, do not wait for your child to call you to pick him or her up. You can pick your child up at any time as long as it is prior to closing time. Please do not call the school before you come, so we can leave the phone lines open.
If there are severe weather conditions in your area but Noble Academy is open, use your best judgment in deciding whether or not your or your child should travel. Notify the school if you plan for your child to not attend that day. Your child will not be penalized if he/she does not attend school because you feel it is unsafe for you to drive him/her to school.
If your child drives to school, we will require him/her to contact a parent before leaving campus. Students will still follow normal dismissal procedures (collect work and sign out). If you are involved in a carpool, van service, or have a caretaker who picks up your child, we encourage you to make arrangements at the beginning of the year for transportation in the event that snow, ice, or other severe weather closes school. We will allow students access to their personal cell phones once an early release has been announced in case they need to contact a parent for clarification on transportation.
Noble Academy does not provide daily transportation to or from school. Noble Academy runs a bus route to and from Winston-Salem for a fee. This bus will make one stop in Winston Salem. Please contact the front office for rates and other details. Also, Greensboro Day School runs a selective bus route that is available to our families for a fee. Please contact Greensboro Day School if you are interested in pursuing this option. Noble Academy has school buses that are available for field trip transportation. Students who drive to and from school daily are not permitted to drive themselves (or others) on field trips or athletic events without prior permission from the administration and their parents. For bus etiquette and discipline concerns refer to student conduct.
We encourage parents to review the homework guidelines provided by your child’s teaching team as well as establish a homework schedule and a place at home where students can work without interference or distraction. Parents are to notify the child’s teacher in the event students are struggling with assignments or the amount of homework needs adjustment. In addition, if students are unable to complete homework due to extenuating circumstances, parents should contact the teacher via a note in the planner or an email.
Students are expected to follow team procedures and maintain a 3 ring binder. Dividers are provided by the school for each subject area. A homework folder is also provided to be placed in the front of the binder.
On-time attendance in school is critical to students’ success in school and in life. It’s understandable that some challenges to school attendance are unavoidable, such as illnesses or family emergencies. However, it’s important to understand the impact of absences from school, especially if they become frequent. Chronic absenteeism, typically defined as missing 10 percent (18 days) or more of a school year – as few as a couple of days per month – can cause students to fall behind in school. Absences can add up and impact reading, writing, and math skills, which will have a negative effect on student outcomes.
Note: Any planned absences require a written request in advance to the Division Head. After the request is approved, the Division Head will notify the student’s advisor so they may begin the process of making preparations for the student’s absence.
Tardies fall into one of two categories:
Excused: Excused tardies include appointments with written verification. Note from parent indicating that tardiness was not the responsibility of the student, illness with a parent’s note, etc. Classes missed due to a tardy arrival at school will count towards the total number of absences per class.
Unexcused: Unexcused tardies include oversleeping, car trouble, traffic, missing ride, etc.
1st – 3rd unexcused tardies - the student will receive a warning and will be informed of consequences of additional tardies.
4th– 5th unexcused tardies - the student will be required to serve lunch detention for each tardy. During lunch detention students are prohibited from using any electronic device, including computers for homework.
High School policy for additional tardies-
6th - 7th unexcused tardies - the student will report to an administrator to collect their phone for the rest of the day. The High School Dean will telephone or e-mail the parents when the student incurs the 6th unexcused tardy.
Additional unexcused tardies - the student will continue to turn in their phone to an administrator. A meeting with the High School Dean may be called.
Junior High policy for additional tardies-
6th unexcused tardy- the JH Dean of Students will telephone the parents to discuss the issue and lunch detention will be served
7th unexcused tardy - the student will be required to make up seat time by serving recess and after school detentions to complete assignments/time missed from class. This may result in missing after school events/games.
Additional unexcused tardies - the student and parents will meet with the JH Dean to discuss further action.
*The tardy policy starts over each nine weeks.
Student absences will be recorded in the front office and reported on each nine week report card. Students in grades 7 & 8 must be present at school for at least half the day to be counted as present for the day. Students in grades 9-12 and 8th graders enrolled in a high school credit course will have their absences tracked by class periods.
Students leaving campus during regular school hours must sign out at the office and sign back in upon returning. Students who drive may sign themselves in and out with parental permission. All other students must be signed out and back in by a parent or designated individual.
Because Noble Academy is SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) and SAIS (Southern Association of Independent Schools) accredited, students must regularly attend classes in order to receive credit. Absences will fall into one of three categories.
Excused - No Fault (A0): These absences are considered to be unavoidable and students will have more flexibility around turning in make-up work. Students with extenuating circumstances should contact the Head of High School or the Head of Junior High to discuss prolonged absences. Excused No Fault absences include death in the immediate family, religious observations, hospitalization, court appearances, and participation in school sports programs or field trips.
Excused (A1): These absences are excused, but students will still be held fully accountable for missed work. Communication with teachers is encouraged to schedule a time to make-up missed instruction. Category A1 absences include medical appointments, in-school detention, illness with a parent or doctor’s note or call, pre-approved family trips, pre-approved college visits with documentation, and pre-approved educational opportunities with parent note.
Unexcused (U): Unexcused absences include skipping school, or any absence without parent notification. The student may receive a zero for work or portions of work assigned and/or due during the missed class time.
Students accumulating fifteen or more total absences, for the year, in any one class will be subject to the following action steps:
Students accumulating five or more total absences, during any quarter, in any one class will be subject to the following action steps:
In the case of excessive absences in individual classes, without a medical release, Noble Academy reserves the right to restrict a student’s earned grade in that class to a maximum of a 59% for that quarter. Excessive absences will be defined on an individual basis and will be communicated with the parent and child when a student has reached more than five absences in a single quarter.
Absence Reporting Procedure
Students generally have three days to make up missed work after an excused absence, though students may communicate with individual teachers to arrange a different due date. Teachers will make the work available to the student and will help schedule a time to make up tests. However, the student holds responsibility for turning in the work within the allotted time.
The Noble Academy policy for behavior stems directly from our belief that respect is key to a positive, safe, and productive environment. All students, parents, and staff are responsible for facilitating Noble Academy’s mission to provide a safe, supportive, and positive educational setting. In order to encourage and ensure respect for self, others, and property, the staff and administration have established the following behavior intervention policy and procedure.
The staff will make clear to all students what the school policies, classroom rules, and behavioral expectations are in their classrooms and at Noble Academy.
Parents are seen as an integral part of behavior improvement process and will be expected to be involved with and supportive of addressing and solving problems.
Noble Academy expects students to do their own reading, writing, test taking, research and assignments. It is against the culture of Noble Academy to cheat or plagiarize in any academic endeavor. Cheating and plagiarism undermine the growth in maturity, responsibility and integrity needed to be successful in academics.
Noble Academy provides strategies and support for students to help them achieve academic success. Students should advocate for themselves and seek appropriate help from their teachers or counselor when they are experiencing difficulty with an assignment.
Plagiarism is the act of using another person’s ideas or expressions in your writing without acknowledging the source. (MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. Third Edition.)
To deceive or defraud. To take someone else’s property by false pretenses or trick. To deliberately take unfair advantage of someone. The act of receiving or giving information for a dishonest purpose.
Response to Cheating or Plagiarism:
1st offense in a given class – The issue is brought by the teacher to a member of the Upper School Administration to consult on whether cheating or plagiarism did occur. If it is determined that there has been cheating or plagiarism, the student may receive a zero on the assignment, will meet with the administrator to discuss the issue, and notification will be sent to the parents. The incident will be written up.
2nd offense in a given class – The student will receive a zero on the assignment. An administrator will meet with the student and may assign a suspension. Notification will be sent to the parents and the incident will be written up and included in the student’s discipline record.
3rd offense in a given class - A meeting will be set up with the student, the parents, and the administrator to discuss additional consequences up to and including dismissal from school.
The School Violence Prevention Act (SB 526) defines bullying and harassing behaviors as any pattern of gestures or written, electronic, or verbal communications or any physical act or any threatening communication that takes place on school property, at any school-sponsored function, or on a school bus and that:
Bullying and harassing behavior includes, but is not limited to: acts reasonably perceived as being motivated by any actual or perceived differentiating characteristics such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, socioeconomic status, academic status, gender identity, physical appearance, sexual orientation, or mental, physical, developmental, or sensory disability, or by association with a person who has or is perceived to have one or more of these characteristics. These acts are strictly prohibited and should be reported immediately to any administrator, counselor, or teacher. This applies to comments or behavior directed at students, school employees, or other third parties having business with the school.
Any student who believes that he/she is being subjected to bullying or harassment shall immediately make a report to the High School Dean, school counselor or advisor. All reports of such conduct will be investigated. If the investigation results indicate that bullying or harassment was committed, parents will be informed and the student will be administered appropriate discipline. Reports of bullying and/or harassment that take place off school grounds and outside of school hours, but that have a significant impact on the school community or performance, will be investigated to the extent possible. Parents will be informed of said reports.
Sexual harassment of students, school employees, or third parties having any business with the school is strictly prohibited and should be reported immediately to any administrator, counselor, or teacher. Sexual harassment is defined as, but not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct which is in any way intimidating, offensive, or non-tolerant.
Discriminatory language is the use of language or terms that offend, denigrate, or exclude different categories of people because of their race, age, ethnicity, social status, gender identification, sexual orientation, etc..
Noble Academy does not differentiate between intentional or unintentional bullying or harassment through joking. Joking is not an excuse for harassment or bullying.
Cyber bullying involves the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group, that is intended to harm others” (from www.cyberbullying.org). Cyber bullying is the use of electronic information and communication devices, to include but not be limited to, e-mail messages, instant messaging, text messaging, cellular telephone communications, Internet blogs, chat rooms, social media postings/messages, and defamatory websites, that:
Response to Bullying, Harassment, Discriminatory Language or Cyber-Bullying:
1st offense – If it is determined that a student or group of students have been bullying or harassing another student, the student(s) may receive in-school suspension (ISS), will meet with a member of the Upper School Administration to discuss the issue, and a parent conference will be requested. The incident will be written up and be included in the student’s discipline record.
2nd offense – The student will receive ISS or out of school suspension (OSS), a parent conference will be requested and the incident will be written up and included in the student’s discipline record.
3rd offense - A conference will occur with the student, the parents, and members of the Upper School Administration to discuss additional consequences up to and including dismissal from school.
Students should be aware that certain activities outside of school hours or off school property may result in loss of school privileges and/or other disciplinary action up to and including suspension or expulsion.
Students may be subject to discipline for misconduct which is, or may be:
even if such conduct takes place off campus, on social networking websites, during non-school hours or on breaks from school. Such conduct will be evaluated at the sole discretion of the school, and the school reserves the right to take disciplinary action deemed necessary by the circumstances.
Communicating threats is defined as the communication of a serious, believable intent to physically injure another person or a person’s property.
Assault is defined as the unlawful touching or use of force with the intent to harm or do injury to others. Students, staff, and visitors of Noble Academy deserve the right to feel safe and free from harm. Incidences of assault will be dealt with seriously and repeat offenders will face dismissal.
Sexual assault is defined as, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual contact, touching others in an inappropriate place, or any other sexual contact which is in any way intimidating, offensive, or non-tolerant.
Behaviors such as theft, fraud, slander, etc. that are not expressly addressed in other areas.
Any other behavior that endangers or threatens the school community or individuals within the community will not be tolerated. This could include bringing weapons (real or simulated) on campus, triggering fire alarms, and other actions that directly or indirectly endanger others.
Response to Aggressive/Criminal/Dangerous behavior:
If school personnel suspect that a student is using and/or under the influence of drugs or alcohol the student’s parent will be notified to pick up the student and take him or her for testing, at an approved facility, on the day the suspicion occurs. Failure to comply with request for testing will result in an immediate OSS or dismissal.
The following substances are not allowed at school, in cars, at the Y, or at school functions or events.
With probable cause, Noble Academy reserves the right to search lockers, cars, book bags, purses, and students. If a student is found to be in possession of any of the above substances, the substance will be confiscated, the parents will be contacted, and appropriate action will be taken using the consequences listed below.
Response to Substance Abuse and Banned Substance possession:
Noble Academy prefers students to self regulate their behavior in accordance with the school’s mission and vision in as many areas as possible. Students who are more engaged in creating a positive and respectful learning environment are more successful lifelong learners. Faculty takes an active role in helping students understand appropriate behavior in and out of the classroom. Students who do not routinely meet the expectations will be referred to the Upper School Administrative Team for possible disciplinary action. The following overall expectations apply in all situations during the school day and at school functions.
RESPECT - Demonstrate positive, respectful and appropriate behavior toward every member of the school community, at all times and in all situations.
CONSIDERATION - Create an emotionally safe environment by preserving the self esteem and social acceptance of every member of the school community.
SAFETY - Maintain a physically safe environment by respecting personal boundaries at all times and in all situations.
OWNERSHIP - Be fully accountable for the outcomes of your choices, both in and out of the classroom.
ACHIEVEMENT - Engage fully in the learning process by making a sincere and honest effort to reach your academic potential.
Take responsibility for your work, your actions and your words
We utilize various intervention strategies in an effort to teach students positive behavior necessary for success. Prior to referring students to an administrator for disciplinary action, teachers will attempt to coach the student toward appropriate behavior by using a number of interventions. Serious infractions will be immediately referred for discipline. Typically, teachers use the following interventions but are not limited to them:
High School Discipline Plan
Faculty and Staff will utilize the discipline plan when helping students to manage behavior which does not meet the expectations of the school community.
Detention - Students may receive a detention from the High School Dean for any write-up they receive. Detentions are served in the lobby during lunch time. Students may not use electronics (including computers for homework) during the detention period.
All write-ups are entered into an internal discipline tracker. Your child’s disciplinary action report will be sent to you as a part of quarterly report card. If you wish to be updated more frequently, please notify the High School Dean.
5 Write-Ups– A written notification will be sent home by the High School Dean. Behavior interventions may be put into place, in consultation with the parents, student, advisor, and High School Dean.
10 Write-Ups- Student and parent conference is held with the High School Dean and additional behavior interventions will be put in place. The Head of High School is notified of behavioral concerns being demonstrated by student. Student serves a 2-day ISS. Students receive no more than 80% credit for all work completed during the suspension period.
15 Write-Ups- A 2-day OSS is issued. Student is referred to the High School Dean for Administrative Review of his/her status. Parents are notified by letter that student enrollment at Noble Academy is in jeopardy. A parent conference will be held and additional behavior interventions will be put in place. Students receive no more than 75% credit for all work completed during the suspension period.
20 Write-Ups - A 3-day OSS is issued. Any further accumulation of write-ups can result in outplacement from Noble Academy. A parent conference will be held and an individual behavior intervention plan will be implemented. Students receive no more than 75% credit for work completed during the suspension period, and it is expected that all work assigned will be completed.
PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINE RELATED TO “Administrative Referral”
Administrative Referral 1 - 2 Times
Student meets with administration and then is either returned to class or placed in ISS for the balance of the day on which they were sent to administration. At the second removal, a parent/student conference is held with the High School Dean to discuss behavioral concerns. No more than 80% academic credit can still be earned for the day, assuming that student completes all work assigned.
Administrative Referral 3-4 Times
At the third and fourth time a student is sent to administration, the student is placed in ISS for the balance of the day on which they were removed. The student then begins a 1-day OSS the day after they were removed from class. A parent and student conference is held on the morning of the student’s return to school outlining expectations for the balance of the year. Students receive no more than 75% credit for all work completed during the suspension period, assuming that the student completes all work assigned.
Administrative Referral 5 Times
At the fifth time a student is sent to administration, a student is placed in ISS for the balance of the day on which they were removed. The student then begins a 3-day OSS the day after they were removed from class. Students receive no more than 75% credit for work issued during the suspension period, assuming that the student completes all work assigned.
Parents are informed that outplacement procedures have been activated and
that any subsequent disciplinary problems could result in outplacement from Noble Academy.
Students accumulating suspensions risk losing academic credit for coursework. We strongly encourage students to monitor their own behavior and to ask for assistance when needed. During the Out-of School Suspensions for 3 to 5 times sent to administration, all work must be completed and turned in on the student's first day back to school. If work is not complete, the student will not be permitted to return to classes.
The Noble Academy Planner is designed as a system of checks and balances to help each student develop executive functioning skills, participate in the self advocacy process and develop organizational success. Each initial and signature serves a purpose in making sure homework is written correctly, goes home with the student, is completed and is placed back in the binder appropriately. With a system of 3s, 2s, and 1s, the teacher indicates student’s homework preparedness, level of appropriate engagement as it pertains to the Community Expectations, and treatment of others during each time period of the day. A write-up in the planner is designed for communication and not seen primarily as punishment. When patterns become evident and are negatively impacting the student and/or learning environment, administration will follow the steps in the Progressive Discipline plan to support the situation.
3 = Satisfactory 2 = Needs Improvement 1 = Unsatisfactory
Faculty and Staff will utilize the following discipline plan when helping students to manage behavior which does not meet the expectations of the school community.
All write-ups and referrals are entered into an internal discipline tracker. Your child’s disciplinary action report will be sent to you as each administrative referral occurs.
5 Referrals– A written notification will be sent home by the JH Dean of Students. Behavior interventions may be put into place, in consultation with the parents, student, advisor, and High School Dean.
10 Referrals- Student and parent conference is held with the JH Dean of Students and additional behavior interventions will be put in place. The Head of Junior High is notified of behavioral concerns being demonstrated by the student. Student serves a 2-day ISS.
15 Referrals- A 2-day OSS is issued. Student is referred to the JH Dean of Students for Administrative Review of his/her status. Parents are notified by letter that student enrollment at Noble Academy is in jeopardy. A parent conference will be held and additional behavior interventions will be put in place. Students receive no more than 75% credit for all work completed during the suspension period.
20 Referrals - A 3-day OSS is issued. Any further accumulation of administrative referrals can result in outplacement from Noble Academy. A parent conference will be held and an individual behavior intervention plan will be implemented. Students receive no more than 75% credit for work completed during the suspension period, and it is expected that all work assigned will be completed.
Part of our obligation as caretakers of the school is to share active responsibility for its cleanliness. As such, students who bring food or beverage (other than water) into the Upper School must keep such items in closed containers or bags until they reach one of the designated dining areas, e.g. the Knights Café, the courtyard, or the lobby tables. Drinks without a secure lid may not be stored in lockers.
Students are expected to treat all facilities with respect and to clean up after themselves, making sure to put all trash in the receptacles provided so that all members of the community can equally enjoy our facilities.
As members of the community we all share responsibility in taking care of our campus and keeping it presentable. All students are responsible for ensuring the Knights Café and courtyard are cleaned after lunch time, regardless of who made the mess. Students will be asked to complete clean-up tasks, which typically include sweeping, wiping down tables and clearing any trash left on or under tables. Students are expected to comply with all clean-up directions given by lunchroom supervisors.
For the purpose of providing safe transportation for all students the following guidelines must be observed by all students riding a Noble Academy bus for any reason:
Repeat offenses while riding the bus may result in the loss of privilege to ride the bus. No refunds will be given.
Students are expected to follow standards of dress and appearance that are compatible with an effective learning environment when attending school or field trips. Students violating the dress code will first have a conversation with their advisor to clarify the expectations of dress. A second violation or a violation that cannot be tolerated through the school day will result in the student being required to change his or her dress or appearance. Students refusing to change, or are unable to change, will spend the school day in ISS and can earn 80% credit for academic work.
All clothing must
Examples of prohibited dress or appearance include:
Distracting or inappropriate clothing, jewelry, makeup, nails or hair may be addressed by the Upper School Administration.
Repeated infractions will result in more serious disciplinary actions, including ISS and OSS.
The following devices may not be used or brought to classes at any time, unless the item has been approved by the teacher for a specific educational use. Students in High School may be permitted use during non academic activities. Use during after-school and extracurricular activities will be individually governed by the administration or advisor of that activity.
Misuse of any of these devices, as determined by the classroom teacher and the Upper School Administration may result in confiscation of the device or restrictions on its use.
ELECTRONIC USE EXPECTATIONS
Students may not:
Students may not:
All energy drinks are banned from Noble Academy, including: during the school day, at lunch, after school, and during any school-sponsored activity (field trips, athletic events, etc). We also discourage students from drinking them before coming to school. The decision to ban energy drinks at Noble Academy stems not only from the health risks, but also from the fact that the side effects (jolt and crash) are incompatible with a productive learning environment. A new brand of energy drink comes on the market every day, so there is no way to list all of them here, but some of the more popular brands are: Red Bull, Amp, Monster, RockStar, Jolt, No Fear, Full Throttle, Vault, and Burn.
It is at the discretion of the classroom teacher to allow food or drinks in the classroom. All food and closed drinks are to be stored in lockers. Food and drink can be used during the morning break time, in addition to the lunch times.
All students will be responsible for mastering the use of and properly caring for the school’s computers and for following acceptable use guidelines. Students may carry their own personal laptops unless they become disruptive.
The Noble Academy Computer Network is established for the educational and professional use of the Noble Academy students and staff. The network includes PC computers located in computer labs, classrooms, offices, the media center, and on a laptop cart connected to each other and the Internet. Access to the Internet enables students and staff to explore thousands of libraries, museums, and databases and communicate with others worldwide.
Noble Academy reserves the right to access any files stored on any computer owned by the school and to remove any material deemed inappropriate.
Plagiarism in any form is unacceptable and will be subject to academic consequences.
Email/School Recommended/Sponsored Websites
Email accounts set up for/with students are for Noble Academy school and academic business only. Students should NOT use any such email accounts organized by Noble Academy staff for any other purpose other than that related to school and communication with teachers and fellow students and only in conjunction with school assignments, classes, projects and other such Noble Academy related work. No personal use of such email accounts is authorized.
Access to any websites by students as required by Noble Academy teachers falls under the Noble Academy Acceptable Use Policies (in addition to the websites’ policies) and students are NOT to use such websites for any other purpose other than that related communication with teachers and fellow students and only in conjunction with school assignments, classes, projects and other such Noble Academy related work.
Personal Electronic Devices
As identified in the Parent and Student Handbook, some students are allowed to bring and access their electronic devices during the school day. Students must follow all stated expectations of the acceptable use policy on their personal devices while on school grounds.
Students assume all responsibility for the use and care of their personal property. Noble Academy is not responsible for damage to student’s electronic devices or other personal property. Students should NOT let other students have access to their devices, networks or information.
While Noble Academy provides students with on-campus Internet access and Internet classrooms via Google Classroom/Alma per the policies outlined herein and while the Noble Academy staff makes every effort to ensure student compliance with the terms of this Acceptable Use Policy, the school does not assume any responsibility for the consequences of a student's actions outside of the policies outlined in this document.
The appearance of any hyperlink to an external website or the recommendation by Noble Academy staff that students access such links indicates that Noble Academy has identified that website as having educational value and evaluated for its relevant content value. Unfortunately, websites change frequently and we are unable to guarantee any offsite link regarding current content, quality, or subsequent links. These links are inspected on a regular basis and every attempt is made to remove inappropriate or inactive links as soon as they are identified. Noble Academy does not control or guarantee the content of these sites and asks that if you encounter an inappropriate or dead link that you inform the school.
Although this policy has been carefully prepared and reviewed, Noble Academy assumes no liability for any errors, omissions, or misinformation. Use of any information obtained via the Internet is at the user's own risk. Noble Academy is not responsible for any damage suffered by a user. This includes, but is not limited to, loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, or service interruptions.
Grades 7-12 Acceptable Use of School Equipment and Services
Noble Academy expects the use of this resource to be consistent with the mission of the school. The use of the network is a privilege, not a right, and may be revoked if abused. Although the Noble Academy staff will make every effort to supervise and guide students in the use of the computers and the safe use of the Internet, the student is personally responsible for his/her actions. Violations of the Acceptable Use Policy may result in loss of computer privileges, or other appropriate disciplinary actions, and/or legal actions.
Students will observe the following rules while using the computers:
* Repeated violations of our Acceptable Use Policy could result in technology privileges being revoked.
Noble Academy Media Center
Noble Academy has one full-time media specialist serving all students. The media specialist helps students find reading material that is interesting while also appropriate for their reading level. The media specialist is also a wonderful resource for teachers. He often instructs students on how to conduct research. Parents can request the “Noble Academy Statement of Concern about Educational Materials” from the media specialist.
Noble Academy hosts a Book Fair each year.
Field trips are scheduled periodically by teams and by individual teachers as educational experiences for their students. In order for students to participate in field trips, parents must submit the “Field Trip Authorization” form for the year and other permission forms when applicable. Notification of field trips will be sent home prior to each trip, and parents will be informed if there are costs associated with the trips. Every student is responsible for following Noble Academy’s rules and expectations as well as any other rules specific to each trip.
All students going on any school related event or trip will travel in vehicles designated or provided by the school, remain with the group and return to school unless, under very special circumstances, their parents have made a request in writing to the school for other arrangements to be made. If students are driving, with parental permission, to the field trip destination, they will be provided with detailed directions to the destination and the cellular phone number of the staff member in charge.
The school distinguishes between school-sponsored field trips and those that are not school-sponsored. In addition to the trips described above, the school at times sponsors weekend trips and trips during the spring Skills Week, visits to foreign countries, and other purposes related to school programs. In such cases, staff chaperones are designated school representatives, and all school rules apply. At times there may be trips involving Noble Academy students during vacations which have purely social purposes and are not school sponsored (notably, trips involving seniors after graduation). The school assumes no responsibility for such trips.
A tub for lost and found items is located in a convenient place on campus. Please have your child ask the Administrative Assistant to help check there regularly for items that are missing. It is very helpful to have names on coats, jackets, sweatshirts, book bags, lunch bags, etc. Lost and found items are placed on display several times per year for students and parents to claim. Unclaimed items are then donated to charity.
Students are responsible for returning all Noble Academy textbooks, library books, materials and athletic uniforms and equipment. At the end of the year students will be given written notice of missing books or equipment and the replacement cost. It is the student’s responsibility to share that information with the parent. Please be aware that the end-of-year report card or transcript will not be mailed until either the books or equipment have been returned or payment has been made for the missing or damaged items. No bill will be sent for this. If you have not received your report card two weeks after the last day of school, call the school to see if your student owes books or equipment or has an outstanding debt.
Invitations to private parties should not be brought to school for distribution. A school directory is provided each year to every family with contact information. Those attending a private party or event should be picked up away from Noble Academy. Please be aware of the feelings of students who are not included when making plans for a special occasion.
Noble Academy consists of grades 2 through 12. The curriculum is based on the North Carolina Standard Course of Study, with a strong emphasis on mastery of skills at each level. In grades 7 - 8, students are scheduled according to achievement level in that subject and are often in mixed grade level classes. A focus is on remediation and closing gaps for those students who require that while challenging students in areas where they need to be challenged. The High School has a college preparatory program. Students are scheduled according to classes and credits needed for graduation as well as achievement level when possible.
Students in grades 7-8 take the following classes:
Reading Mathematics Social Studies
English Skill Building Science
Art/Performing Arts/PE/Music/Idea Path
An effective skill building program is vital to student development and is a unique program to Noble Academy. Skill Building time is designated for addressing and enhancing student’s individual academic goals and objectives. Topics vary but generally include many of the following: Brain Warm-ups, Listening Skills, Organizational Skills, Study Skills, Learning Strategies, Academic Review through games, and other activities.
Noble Academy sets aside one week each school year for grades 9-11 to focus on topics and themes discussed in Skill Building classes. Information about this special week will be sent home to parents by the end of the first nine weeks. Seniors have the privilege of doing a three-week, off-campus internship during second semester. Advisors assist seniors in identifying and securing effective internship sites. Completion of internships and formal presentation of the experience is required for graduation.
Noble Academy has defined two sets of requirements for graduation (see table below). The requirements on the right are the minimum requirements for graduation, which are appropriate for students who will not be transitioning to a four year college immediately after graduating. Students who wish to be eligible for admittance to a four year college should strive to meet the requirements on the left. Courses offered each year are driven by graduation requirements, teacher availability/expertise, and the number of students needing a particular course. Low demand classes may only be offered every two to three years.
Noble Academy Graduation Requirements
College Prep Requirements
These requirements meet or exceed the Minimum Course Requirements for Undergraduate Admission to UNC (public 4-year) Institutions.
These are the minimum requirements for a high school diploma from Noble Academy which would serve to meet the “Open Door Policy” at NC Community Colleges.
Entrance requirements for independent colleges and universities vary among institutions. Students who wish to attend a private college should aim to meet the requirements for a College Prep Diploma in order to improve their chances of admission.
1 Credit OR administrative waiver/substitution
3 to 5 Credits (a 4th science or history could replace an elective credit)
(required freshman seminar/strategies)
(required freshman seminar/learning strategies - not retroactive for students who transfer in)
From grade 9-10: Minimum of 5 units cumulative must be earned (including English 9).
From grade 10-11: Minimum of 10 units cumulative must be earned (including English 10).
From grade 11-12: Minimum of 16 units cumulative must be earned (including English 11).
Students who have satisfactorily completed all required courses in the chart above (either column), meet the reading graduation requirement, and complete the senior internship requirement, will be awarded a high school diploma at graduation. A standard/modified diploma may be an option for some students on a case-by-case basis as determined by the administration.
Noble Academy will provide a class rank for college admission applications when requested to do so . Class rank is based on the grade point average.
Honors Classes AP Classes
A = 5 A = 6
B = 4 B = 5
C = 3 C = 4
D = 2 D = 3
Any one semester course will earn a half credit (.5) and one half of the above number of points.
Noble Academy does not offer AP classes, but students may transfer them in from another school.
The Dropout Prevention/Driver’s License legislation, which became effective August 1, 1988, reflects a coordinated statewide effort to motivate and encourage students to complete high school. The revocation of a student’s driving permit or license will result if a student is unable to maintain adequate academic progress, drops out of school, or commits an offense involving drugs, alcohol, or weapons. Additional information about this law may be found at www.ncdnpe.org or at www.ncdot.org
Students are required to present a Driving Eligibility Certification (DEC form) in order to receive a North Carolina driver’s permit or license. This certification form will be issued through Noble Academy and is good for 30 days. To receive the certificate a student must be showing adequate academic progress, and, for Noble Academy is defined as passing 5 of 6 courses each semester. NC legislation requires students to show an original or certified copy of his or her birth certificate and the Driver Education Completion Certification. The form with parent signature should be returned to the Upper School Counselor to complete.
Students who have already obtained a permit or license, and are no longer meeting the initial criteria, will be reported to the Department of Non-Public Instruction and the NC Department of Motor Vehicles. Reports will be made to Non-Public Instruction / DMV when a 15 - 17 year old has:
There is a provision in the state law to appeal a student’s situation based on hardship considerations. In all cases of hardship, documented proof must be submitted along with the hardship form (to be filled out by parents). The specific hardship circumstances are divided into four categories:
Exceptional Children Considerations
If a student has their permit or license revoked, they can be issued a new DEC form at the conclusion of the next semester where the criteria is met.
Contact the high school counselor to obtain a driving eligibility form or for questions about this process.
The following numerical grading system is used to evaluate student’s work:
90 – 100 EXCELLENT (A)
80 – 89 ABOVE AVERAGE (B)
70 – 79 AVERAGE (C)
60 – 69 BELOW AVERAGE (D)
0- 59 UNSATISFACTORY (F)
Junior High grades will be divided into three categories. Category 1 grades include weekly class participation, homework and classwork. Category 2 grades include quizzes, short papers and small projects or project checkpoints. Category 3 grades include tests, projects, presentations and papers.
Grades will be weighted for the overall quarter average by the following percentages:
Category 1 40%
Category 2 30%
Category 3 30%
Homework will be graded for completion and quality; and at least two to three homework assignments per week per class will be graded for accuracy.
Teachers may require students to serve detention if completed homework is of poor quality in order to redo the assignment.
Junior High Homework/Classwork Grading
Two types of homework/classwork will be given by teachers. The first are assignments graded for completion/effort and the second are assignments graded for accuracy. Three to four assignments per week will be graded for accuracy for all academic core classes in Junior High.
Assignments graded for completion/effort will be used for goals such as proof of study, practice with a new topic/concept, testing a student’s ability to complete work independently, etc. If the assignment is not fully completed or receives a grade below 50% then a homework detention will be assigned.
Assignments graded for accuracy will be given a percentage or corresponding letter grade based on the number correct in the assignment, or the number of points earned out of the number available. They will be entered in the grade book as a percentage.
In homework detention, the student will have the opportunity to redo the assignment for a maximum grade of 100%.
Junior High students who regularly receive homework detention in a particular class during a quarter may receive the following academic penalty at the discretion of the advisor and Junior High team:
The responsibility of turning in missing work ultimately falls on the student and will result in a grade of 0 if work is still missing or incomplete after a detention has been assigned and served.
Quizzes may be announced or unannounced and are for the purpose of checking how well students are understanding the homework or mastering the current unit. Quizzes will not be as comprehensive as a unit test, however.
High School grades are divided into categories that can vary by class. Individual assignments are weighted based on how many points each assignment is worth. Assignments that are larger in scale will carry a higher point value.
Sample ranges for assignment types are:
Participation/classwork: 5 - 10 points
Homework: 5 - 25 points
Quizzes/small projects: 40 - 80 points
Tests/large projects: 100 - 150 points
High School Class Participation, Homework, and Classwork Grading
The High School does not routinely assess class participation with a daily or weekly grade; however, teachers often plan lessons around student participation and on these occasions students will receive grades.
Homework in High School is always graded; homework assignments may be graded either for completion/effort or for accuracy.
Students who do not turn in their homework will be expected to stay after school, receiving reduced credit for the assignment. Students may also talk to the teacher to request an extension. The teacher will communicate the new due date (for reduced credit) with the student and parents. If the assignment is not turned in by the new communicated due date, it will receive a 0.
Classwork may also be graded either for effort and completion or for accuracy.
Quizzes may be announced or unannounced and are for the purpose of checking how well students are understanding the homework or mastering the current unit. Quizzes will not be as comprehensive as a unit test, however.
Students may not be given more than two tests in one day. High School students are given the opportunity to retake one test per subject each nine weeks period. When a student retests, the final test grade is an average of the first grade and the retest. Language (English and Spanish) and science tests will be given on even numbered days; math and history tests will be given on odd numbered days. Teachers who want to give a test on a differently assigned day will check with students and teachers to make sure there are not 2 other tests on that day.
Extended projects will be accompanied by written expectations and a timeline of periodic due dates. Late grades will not be given for any deadlines or final completion, as this defeats the purpose of teaching time management and organization through projects. No student can receive a zero on a whole project, however, because of the built-in periodic deadline grades. When a student misses a project deadline, the parents will be notified immediately to ensure the student gets back on track for the remainder of a project.
Projects are assigned in advance. Therefore, the 3 day make up policy does not apply to long term projects or assignments even if a student is absent just prior to the due date. If a student is absent on the due date the project or assignment is due on the day the student returns to school.
Honor Roll requires that a student have passing grades in all subjects and no grade lower than a C.
Honors quality points will be used when calculating grade point averages for those students enrolled in honors level courses.
Report cards are e-mailed after the first, second and third nine weeks of instruction. Between formal report cards, a student’s Alma account will record an accurate current level of progress. Teachers will input grades within a week of their due date. If there is a concern about a current grade, please communicate directly with the teacher of the class in question. Final report cards will be mailed home in June once all fees have been paid and all books and uniforms have been returned. If you have not received the final report card two weeks after the conclusion of school please contact the front office.
Formal conferences are held in the fall and in the spring to review the student’s Academic Profile, MAP assessment, and academic progress. An optional conference day is set aside in the winter, when parents can request to meet with any or all teachers, with or without the student. Additional conferences are scheduled as needed. Students in grades 7-12 are required to attend and participate in conferences. Conferences are led by each student’s advisor with input from other members of the teaching team. Refer to the school calendar for these dates. Please do not schedule vacations during this time.
Assessment is a dynamic and continuous process aimed at understanding and improving student learning. It involves making our expectations visible and public, measuring student learning against our expectations, and using the resulting information to guide our instructional practices in order to improve student performance.
A variety of assessment tools provide information and documentation to students, parents, and teachers by helping them understand “where we are.” Informal methods of assessment include, but are not limited to, quizzes, portfolios, graded exercises, class discussion, class work, projects, cooperative groups, and teacher observations. Formal assessment tools include, but are not limited to, PSAT testing, PreACT testing, ACT and SAT testing.
Students in grades 2 - 11 at Noble Academy will be formally assessed two times a year in order to assist with placement and planning, measuring progress, and assessing academic readiness. Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) is a not-for-profit organization committed to helping schools throughout the nation improve learning for all students. As a result of NWEA tests, educators can make informed decisions to promote your child’s academic growth.
MAP— NWEA’s computerized adaptive tests are called Measure of Academic Progress, or MAP. Noble Academy uses the MAP tests in the area of mathematics, reading, and language. Although the tests are not timed, it usually takes students about one hour to complete each test. Families will be notified prior to testing days so students can be well-rested and fed a balanced breakfast. Students do not need to study or prepare for the MAP testing and no pressure should be placed on them by the school or families.
Midterm and final exams are given in all high school level courses. Midterm projects are given at the end of the first semester. Final exams are given during the last week of school. Specific information about the exam schedule is sent home two to three weeks prior to the exams. Please refer to the school calendar for the specific exam dates. Parents are responsible for making lunch and transportation arrangements. During any period when a student does not have an exam, he/she should not be at school.
All students in grades 9-12, and any students in grades 7 and 8 taking Algebra I or Geometry courses, take course examinations at the end of each semester. Examinations are cumulative and count a set percent of the semester average (see below). For a full explanation of the exam weight changes for the 2019-20 school year, please click here.
Exams counting 10% of semester
Exams counting 12% of semester
Exams counting 14% of semester
Exams counting 14% of semester
Exams counting 16% of semester
Chemistry of Cooking
A student will receive course credit if a passing grade has been earned in the course (as a year-long average) and attendance requirements have been met.
Seventh and eighth grade students taking Algebra I or Geometry will have their credit posted on their official transcript. By state policy though, the grade is not calculated into their high school grade point average.
Seniors may be allowed to exempt some of their final (not midterm) exams, under the following circumstances:
Students in grades 9-12 may need a new evaluation to transition to college. If there are concerns about student’s progress or if an evaluation is needed to qualify students for accommodations in grades 9-12 (PSAT, SAT, ACT, etc), Noble Academy will notify parents/guardians that an evaluation is required. Parent/guardians are responsible for any evaluation costs. Evaluations may be available free of charge through the public school. Please see your child’s counselor to discuss testing options. Noble Academy encourages each child to be reevaluated to determine continued eligibility every three years.
The Department of Nonpublic Instruction requires standardized achievement tests to be administered to all students in grades 3, 6, 9 and 11. This requirement may be met through MAP testing, PSAT, SAT or ACT testing. Any student in grades 3, 6, 9 or 11 not participating in one of these tests will then be individually tested using the reading and math portions of the Woodcock Johnson III Tests of Achievement. The counselor will notify parents of their child’s testing date. In addition, if your child recently had educational testing or you plan to have your child tested somewhere other than Noble Academy, please notify your child’s counselor.
Noble Academy administers the Writing Assessment each winter and spring in order to gain a better understanding of each individual student’s independent writing level. Students in grades 7 and 8 participate in the writing assessment. Writing assessments are scored by an outside agency.
The PSAT is nationally administered by the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) and assesses students in the area of Critical Reading Skills, Mathematics, and Writing Skills. The PSAT administration is coordinated by the testing coordinator for students in the 11th grade. The test will be given on the national test date in October. A registration fee, made payable to Noble Academy, is required.
Students with current Academic Profiles and current psycho-educational evaluation may request accommodations. Requests for accommodations must be submitted to the College Board- Services for Students with Disabilities at least 7 weeks prior to testing. The request for accommodations may be made at www.collegeboard.com. See the testing coordinator for assistance.
Noble Academy also provides the option for 9th grade students to take the PSAT 8/9. The PSAT administration is coordinated by the testing coordinator on a date in the winter. A registration fee, made payable to Noble Academy, is required.
The PreACT is nationally administered by ACT, a mission-driven, non-profit organization dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. PreACT simulates the ACT testing experience within a shorter test window on all four ACT test subjects: English, math, reading and science. Results predict future success on the ACT test, and provide both current achievement and projected future ACT test scores on the familiar 1-36 ACT score scale. Noble Academy gives the PreACT to 10th grade students. PreACT administration is coordinated by the testing coordinator on a date in the winter. A registration fee, made payable to Noble Academy, is required.
Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT)
The SAT is a nationally administered test by the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB). Like the PSAT, the SAT assesses students in the areas of Verbal Ability, Mathematics, and Writing using a multiple-choice format. In additions, students participating in SAT testing are required to write an essay.
The SAT is administered at national test centers in our area or at Noble Academy, depending upon the student’s specific accommodations. Students with a current AP and current psycho-educational evaluation may request accommodations. Request forms must be submitted to the College Board – Services for Students with Disabilities at least 7 weeks prior to testing. If a student has already filed a request for accommodations, this does not need to be completed again. The request for accommodations may be made at www.collegeboard.com. See the high school counselor for assistance.
The testing coordinator has registration information available for interested students. Students with disabilities may now register by mail, by phone or online. Participation is recommended for all college bound students. We recommend that juniors take the SAT in the spring and seniors take the SAT in the fall. Students may wish to take the SAT several times.
Information on test dates and deadlines for registration is also available at www.collegeboard.com.
Noble Academy Code: 341595
The ACT assessment is administered by the American College Testing Program. The assessment includes a high school course/grade questionnaire, interest inventory, and student profile section in addition to four tests of educational development. The high school counselor has registration information available for interested students. ACT also has a request for accommodation form for students with disabilities. The approved accommodations determine whether the student tests at a national test center or at Noble Academy. Test centers are listed in the registration materials.
Both College Board and ACT have their own criteria for deciding accommodations. In general, to qualify for any accommodations, a student must:
In an effort to facilitate student responsibility for completion of classwork, homework, assignments and make up work; involve parents and keep them informed in real-time of student assignments; and to effectively prepare Noble Academy students for the world of e-learning they will face in their educational and professional pursuits, the Alma Management System (LMS) will be used in all academic classes for grades 7 – 12.
Alma is a convenient means for students and parents to know what work was missed or due during absences and as a constructive means for parental involvement and awareness of student assignments and responsibilities. Teachers will post homework assignments at the end of each class period.
Extensive training and informational resources will be provided to students on how to use Alma within the framework of Noble Academy methodologies and expectations. Parents will each receive an individual access code that allows them to check assignments and current grades. Teachers will post grades within a week of the assignment due date so that a current level of progress may be reflected.
ALMA AND STUDENTS
All students will be automatically registered for their Alma classes through their Noble Academy Google account.
Acceptable Use of Alma LMS:
The Acceptable Use Policy above addresses Alma as a school sponsored service and the School will expect strict adherence to this Policy and all rules governing the acceptable and productive academic use of this powerful educational technology.
Academic teachers in grades 7 – 12 will post on a daily basis (at the end of each class period) homework assigned. Students in grades 7-8 will also write down their homework in their assignment book and will be signed off nightly by a parents. Students in 9th grade will be issued a planner and will be required to use it for the first half of the year. Students in grades 10-12 will have the option to use a planner that will be used to help with time management skills, and students may write down their assignments if they choose.
Students should access Alma on a daily basis for assignments, supplemental resources, posting, discussions and other such e-learning activities. It is each student’s responsibility to ensure that he or she can access Alma either at home and to communicate with teachers, in advance, any challenges in accessing Alma.
The standard Noble Academy policy on homework will be in effect for any work posted via Alma, including penalties for missed or late work. Students who experience technical difficulties must present evidence of a fair attempt to complete the assignment, such as a note from a parent, an email with screenshot, a printed copy, etc. in order to have an opportunity to redo the assignment.
Absences / Makeup Work
Personal responsibility for work missed is a key to academic success. A student who will be absent for any period of time is expected to access Alma to know what was done in class and what homework or assignments are or will be due. Noble Academy standard absence and makeup work policies will remain in effect.
ALMA AND PARENTS
All parents will receive an individual code and instruction on how to gain access to their child’s account. It is up to the parent to set up their account and check Alma as needed, though the Director of Media and Educational Technology will assist as requested.
Acceptable Use of ALMA:
The Acceptable Use Policy for Alma has been provided to students and parents as a separate document and the School will expect strict adherence to this Policy and all rules governing the acceptable and productive academic use of this powerful educational technology.
Parents will be able to access the Alma system from any Internet-equipped computer and have access to all classwork and homework assigned all of which will compliment the details in their respective planners.
Alma and access to the resources offered should be viewed as a compliment to student instruction and as important as an opened notebook or textbook. As such, parents are asked to facilitate their child’s access to Alma as students will need to access the site on a daily basis for assignments, supplemental resources, posting, discussions and other such e-learning activities.
In addition to school-wide access to Alma, it is each parent’s responsibility to ensure his or her child can access the Alma system either at home, at school.
As parental participation is essential to student success, parents are provided access to Alma classes as tool of convenience for monitoring their child’s classwork, homework and assignments. Parents are requested to develop the productive habit of signing into Alma on a regular basis to monitor classwork, homework, assignments and resources provided.
Absences / Makeup Work
Personal responsibility for work missed is a key to academic success. It is hoped that access to classwork, homework and assignments will facilitate parental involvement in ensuring that a student who will be absent for any period of time will know what was covered in class and what homework or assignments were, are or will be due. Parents will no longer need to contact the school for these assignments as they and/or the student will already have it on Alma. Noble Academy standard absence and makeup work policies will be enforced.
The purpose of Noble Academy’s comprehensive school counseling program is to help all students achieve academic and personal success. In order to meet the academic, career, and social/emotional needs of students, we offer individual and group counseling, classroom guidance, consultation and collaboration, academic advising, career development, and student assessment.
Information shared by students with counselors is confidential to the extent permitted by legal and ethical standards. Because Noble Academy utilizes a “team” approach to working with students, the counselors work closely with the teaching teams and administrators concerning student issues. Counselors may share student information when it is a necessity to consult with others and when there are legal and ethical limits to confidentiality. Counselors can not guarantee confidentiality when:
Upon receipt of an official transcript, Noble Academy will accept and classify transfer credits from schools that are accredited by a regional or state-accrediting agency or a registered home school. Noble Academy does not accept course credit for grades 9-12 from tutoring programs or from instruction provided by an individual acting privately.
In the case of transfer credits that cannot be validated, Noble Academy reserves the right to administer validating examinations or to establish credits earned through evidence of scholarship performance in trial subjects and/or course assignments.
Noble Academy will provide prompt and accurate transcription services for students entering and leaving the school providing all obligations and debts to the school have been satisfied. A profile sheet which describes Noble Academy and its program is sent with transcripts.
All student cumulative files are destroyed 10 years after the last date of attendance. An official copy of the official transcript (grades 8 – 12) is kept indefinitely.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding student records, please contact the counselor.
Students who are applying to other schools and need recommendation forms completed by a teacher should provide the teacher with the form and a self-addressed stamped envelope.
Our program is designed to provide an athletic opportunity for students in grades 7-12. We offer our students a sense of friendly competition with students from other regional public and private schools. The objective is to give our students a chance to enjoy athletic participation in the afternoons following school and to help them learn what it means to be part of a team.
Participation in athletics does not lessen an individual’s academic responsibility. In the event that a student misses any classes because of an athletic event, he or she is responsible for meeting with his or her teachers prior to the absence and securing the necessary items required to complete any assignments. Participation in athletic events is a privilege and not an excuse for late homework or missed tests. Each participant should understand the importance of proper time management and should realize the time commitment required to participate in athletics.
All student-athletes must attend school for at least 3 periods of the day (not counting lunch) on the M, T, Th, F schedule and 2 periods (not including lunch) on a W in order to be eligible for participation in a game that day. No Fault absences do not fall under the game-day eligibility attendance requirement. No Fault absences include death in the immediate family, religious observations, hospitalization (with a doctor’s note expressing clearance to play that day), court appearances, and participation in school sports programs or field trips.
Athletes are responsible for their own uniform. If it is not returned the family is responsible for the cost of the uniform.
According to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, a temperature of 92°F or higher combined with humidity of 90% or higher constitutes an unsafe environment for practice or games. Games or practices will be delayed or cancelled if these conditions exist.
Noble Academy athletics are co-educational programs. Any student in grades 7-12 may participate in athletics as long as they show satisfactory school attendance, academic progress, appropriate behavior and a positive attitude. Students will not be excused from homework detention; however, they will still be allowed to attend practice and/or participate in the game. On days an athlete serves detention, transportation must be supplied by the parent if the game/practice is away or at the YMCA.
Students may only walk to the YMCA with parent permission. Playing time will be up to the discretion of the coach. Students who are suspended or who are assigned to ISS will not be eligible to practice or participate in a game on that day. Individual participation contracts will be issued for repeat offenders as needed. A meeting with the student, coach, parents, and administration will be held to lay out the specific details and consequences.
Junior High Athletics - Grades 7 & 8 athletics are co-educational and include cross country (late summer), soccer (early fall), flag football (mid-fall), volleyball (winter), and basketball (winter). Any student may participate in athletics as long as they show satisfactory school attendance, academic progress, and behavior. Students who are suspended or who are assigned to in-school detention/suspension will not be eligible to practice or participate in a game on that day. Students will not be excused from homework detention for athletic practices or games.
Varsity athletics are co-educational programs. Any student in grades 9-12 may participate in varsity athletics as long as they show satisfactory school attendance, academic progress, and appropriate behavior. Students in grade 8 may occasionally be asked to try out for a varsity sport with an invitation by the athletic director. Students who are suspended or who are assigned to ISS or OSS will not be eligible to practice or participate in a game on that day. Varsity athletic opportunities include soccer, cross-country and volleyball (fall), boys and girls basketball (winter), Flag Football and golf (spring).
Health Physical Form: All students in grades participating in athletics must provide the Athletic Director with a current Health Physical Form completed by a physician prior to attending practices and games.. This packet includes the concussion management form as well as the Code of Conduct form.
Noble Academy Community Programs has provided educational services to individuals from the greater Greensboro area since 1982. Trained staff is available to conduct comprehensive educational evaluations and/or consultations as well as a range of instructional programs that are outside the scope of services provided by the day school.
Available services include:
Please contact the Head of LS & JH for availability, scheduling and fees.
During school hours, some students require the administration of prescribed medication either on a regular basis or temporary basis. In order to deal with the concerns regarding the legal consequences in administering medication and the manner in which the medicine is sent to the school by parents/guardians, the following medication policy will be followed at Noble Academy:
Medication will be administered during school hours by a designated person when needed and will be defined as those prescribed medications needed by the student to keep him/her in optimum health and to help maintain maximum school performance. The parent and the child must retain primary responsibility for managing the child’s medical care and for cooperating with the school in the administration of the medication. The school will assume no responsibility for students that self-medicate. This is the responsibility of the students’ parents.
Because many children have a variety of health issues, such as an allergy to bee stings, or asthma etc., it is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to ensure that the school is aware of the situation and to provide all preferred emergency information by completing a Medical Record for the child’s Health Room File. Please supply any appropriate medication.
All non-prescription (over-the-counter) medications available to students through the Noble Academy Health Room will be administered with parental permission only. The portion of the Health Room Information Form concerning non-prescription medications must be filled out and updated annually. All over-the-counter medications shall be administered only “as needed.” The date and time, along with the name of such medicine and the reason it was given, will be recorded on the Over-the-Counter Medication Log.
Parents will be contacted and students will be sent home if they have a temperature of 100° F or higher or have any obvious illnesses. When a student complains of not feeling well, but shows no clear signs of illness, the administration and counselors will care for the child in the manner that seems best. Counselors will communicate with parents if the child complains frequently.
Parents must notify the school immediately any time a student contracts any infectious disease. This information should be given directly to the administration. All individual or special health problems/needs should be explained to the administration and counselors. Students may need a doctor’s note upon returning to school.
Students may occasionally need over the counter medication during school hours. These medications must be turned in to the Health Office with parental written instructions concerning time to administer medication and dosage. Students may not carry medication on their person or keep medication in their lockers. Students must report to the Health Office to receive over the counter medications.
Once a child is identified by the parent and the school as having a need for medication to be given during school hours, the parent or guardian will be given a form that must be completed by the attending physician. The Physician’s Authorization of Medication for a Student at School form also includes a Parent’s Permission section, which parents must complete as well. Prescribed medications administered by designated school personnel during school hours will not be given unless this form is completed, returned by the parent/guardian, and placed in the appropriate student Health Room folder.
Students may occasionally need prescribed medications on a short term basis. These medications must also be turned in at the Health Office along with a parent note giving instructions for time and dosage. Students may not carry medication on their person or keep medication in their lockers. Students must report to the Health Office to receive the prescribed medication.
1. Provide to the school the medication in an appropriately labeled pharmacy container that includes the child’s name, name of medication, unit dosage, time to be given and how it is to be administered.
2. Provide to the school a written physician's prescription for the medication and for each change in medication or dosage. This may be personally delivered or faxed by the child’s doctor to Noble Academy at 282-2048.
3. See that the pharmacist labels two (2) containers, one for home use and one for school use if the child is to receive the medication at both sites.
4. Provide new containers with appropriate labeling when medication changes are made and to remove the medication from school when they are discontinued or when school is out.
5. Ensure that the child does not keep any medication on their person or in their locker at any time. Exceptions require a doctor’s note on file in the Health Office and / or administrative approval.
6. Inform the school of other medication changes even if the school does not administer that medication during school hours. In case of a health issue requiring medical attention it is imperative that the school know about all medications that a student is taking.
1. See that the prescribed medications are kept locked; in a secure place (exceptions may be made for prescriptions requiring refrigeration).
2. See that one or more persons shall be designated for securing and/or administration of the medication. A backup person may be needed should the primary be absent from work.
3. Maintain records of the administration of the prescribed medication to each student as directed. Each dose, the time, date, and the name of the drug will be documented on the Prescription Medication Log each time the prescribed medication is given. When appropriate, the date the medication is discontinued will also be recorded.
Please make sure that the following forms have been reviewed, filled out, signed and returned to the front office of the school. Extra forms may be found on the website or picked up at the front office.