The mission of Cahawba Christian Academy is to provide a Christ-centered environment where students are challenged to achieve both spiritual and academic excellence.
Believing that homework is an integral part of the school program, each teacher will give homework to aid the students to advance his/her studies. We request parents' full cooperation in seeing that assignments are completed on time. Students in grades 1-6 are required to have an assignment book stating the work to be done at home. Failure to complete homework will affect the student's grades. In high school classes, completed homework can help offset a student's poor average. Chronic failure to complete homework will be brought to the attention of the principal and parents. Students in grades 7-12 may be required to carry assignment verification notebooks each day to every class to be initialed by the teachers and then verified by parents. Parents are strongly encouraged to check homework assignments for their children.
Semester exams will be given in grades 7-12. These exams will count 1/3 of a semester average. Exams are kept on file at the school for one year and are available for student or parent review in the school office.
First semester, only seniors who have an A average for the semester and no more than 4 excused absences (with no unexcused absences) may be exempt from exams. Second semester any student in grades 7-12 who has an A average and no more than 4 excused absences (with no unexcused absences) may be exempt from second semester exams. Three unexcused tardies in a class equals one unexcused absence and will result in loss of exam exemption in that class.
Students in grades 4-12 who make the A honor roll for each grading period will be granted an A-Day in the following grading period. An A-Day is a day out of school with no penalty. (It does not even count as an absence.) In grades 4-6, parents will be notified of the designated A-Day. This day is the only day allowed for A-Day absence unless special circumstances arise. In grades 7-12 A-Day will be determined by the Principal.
Seniors will be assessed a graduation fee to cover the cost of the diploma, graduation robe, and costs for the baccalaureate and graduation ceremonies. Students who qualify for graduation will be required to attend ALL practices and ceremonies for Baccalaureate and Commencement. Students who fall short of the requirements of graduation at the end of the senior year will not be allowed to participate in these ceremonies. In addition, students who have been involved in pranks or acts of a serious nature will not be allowed to participate in the ceremonies, or they may have their transcripts held until the school administration has had the opportunity to investigate and respond.
Seniors will be eligible for being recognized as class valedictorian or salutatorian, provided they have attended CCA since the 9th grade. The senior with the highest G.P.A. (95 or above), will be designated as valedictorian; the senior with the second highest G.P.A. (90 or above), will be recognized as the salutatorian. In the event that more than one student has distinguished themselves and, provided their G.P.A. is 3.9 or above, multiple salutatorians may be named. In the event that candidates have identical G.P.A.'s, the numerical averages of the candidates will be considered for class ranking. All candidates must have completed the coursework for the advanced diploma. These seniors will be required to deliver a speech during graduation or baccalaureate ceremonies. The speeches must be read and approved by the principal prior to being delivered. Any student caught plagiarizing or cheating on any test or major assignment may be disqualified from candidacy for valedictorian or salutatorian.