Greenbrier Christian Academy has replaced the traditional Guidance Office with a wider encompassing Student Services Office. While mostly academic in nature, the Student Services staff seeks to provide support to students in all areas of their lives by working in conjunction with the divisional offices, principals and discipleship programs.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – It’s free to file and oh so important!
The college admissions process can be daunting. Between touring, gathering application materials, and filling out financial aid forms, parents and students can feel overwhelmed. The starting point to be considered for federal or state student aid is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA, which becomes accessible online beginning October 1, is the foundation for how your aid is calculated and what aid is available to your family.
The above cliché is often used as a reminder that unless our actions back up what we say, then both (our words and actions) will be made ineffective. As I have walked the halls and visited classrooms, I can attest that students are experiencing the genuine care and professionalism of their teachers each day. Far greater than “informational vending machines,” the instructors at GCA demonstrate on a daily basis what it means to know and follow Christ. Just this past week, I was walking through the elementary wing and saw a teacher out in the hall with one of her students. My assumption that the student was in trouble was proved wrong when I saw the two praying together – specifically for the child’s mom to get better. The teacher didn’t have to step into the hall and pray with her student. However, she understood that her actions would speak louder than proceeding with her momentary agenda.
Before any “words” can be spoken, the teachers of GCA spend incalculable hours preparing for the instructional day. The academic team (consisting of divisional principals, the academic dean, and myself) are focused on collaborating with teachers in developing mastery-driven instruction. Utilizing available technology, cooperative learning structures, and other hands-on activities take learning outside of the textbook and provide the students with varied, academically rigorous experiences. Planning for this type of instruction is not accomplished solely within the designated hours of employment. I know this from personal experience! Late nights, early mornings, and weekends are when a majority of grading and planning is accomplished. How do you and I know this type of planning is happening? The teachers are showing us through their creative approach to instruction.
As a school, we continue to refine our approach to the continuity and delivery of instruction. This process is continual and we definitely appreciate your support of our endeavors. Even more, the administrative team thanks you for your prayers and support of your child’s teacher(s). They are the heroes of GCA.
College often seems like a far-away goal for many high school students and their parents. But, it is not too early to be taking wise actions to position yourself for that all important senior year and the college selection process. What can an underclassman be doing now to prepare for what God may have planned for him or her later?
To plagiarize, by definition, is “to present the ideas or words of another as one’s own.” (Merriam-Webster’s, 1997) Many articles and commentaries have been written over the past number of years underscoring the growing occurrences of plagiarism in academic settings and in the public arena. “Academic Integrity is a fundamental value of teaching, learning, and scholarship. Yet, there is growing evidence that students cheat and plagiarize.” (Clemson, 2010) Entire organizations and websites exist in an effort to counteract the trend toward unauthorized use of intellectual property.