The school is designed to teach students to manage themselves well in a way that is sustainable for life. High levels of self-control are required to live well in the Kingdom. As such, the school offers many opportunities for students to make excellent choices and manage their progress throughout the school. The policies below help define lines for clear communication and conduct once accepted to the school. Through our teaching, students will receive excellent tools to aid in managing themselves well.
2. Student Policies
2.1 Standard of Conduct
Rather than prescribe a list of what students can and cannot do, we want students to “discern what is best”, “be pure and blameless” and conduct themselves “in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ” (Philippians 1.10,27) with “not even a hint of sexual immorality, or any kind of impurity” (Ephesians 5.3). This standard governs staff and students' personal and public life.
One of the kindest ways to honor others is to respect their time. As an aid to help develop this life skill and to help track attendance and progress, students electronically check in and out of all classes and ministry opportunities. To help juggle life and studies, students are given eight absences from teaching days (Mondays and Tuesdays) for the school year. These can be used any time after the first four weeks (our core value weeks) to manage events such as family gatherings, weddings, sick days, emergencies and travel schedules. In addition to these eight absences, students are also given ten absences from ministry opportunities (Sunday mornings and Monday nights). These absences allow students to manage their lives well without jeopardizing graduation from the school.
Tardies are tracked automatically by the electronic check-in system. If a student accrues three tardies these automatically become one absence. Depending on the day the tardy occurred, it will either deduct from the teaching absences or the ministry absences. As absences and tardies are calculated automatically by the check-in system, it is the student's responsibility to ensure that they have checked in and out. In the spirit of self-management, students will be able to check their absences and tardies on a week by week basis. If a student's absences and tardies exceed the number of days listed above, it is likely that the student will not graduate. A late submission of a school assignment will also count as a tardy. Remember, three tardies equals one absence.
2.4 Student Discipline
As the school requires a high level of self-management, students that struggle to make wise choices will receive quick and direct confrontation. This is designed to identify "blind spots" and help draw out the greatness within the student. School staff are trained and empowered to help champion students onward.
3. Financial Policies
3.1 payment of school fees
Tuition fees are due in full on September 5th unless students choose to use the Installment Plan. Students who choose to use the Installment Plan, must understand that they are committing to pay the full amount due, regardless of whether they complete the school. To clarify, this means even if a student is asked to leave the school, or decides to withdraw, their balance is due in full (with the exception of the refund policy as described above). The standard installment plan is detailed on the Financial Info page.
To make use of the in the Installment Plan a student must pay the full amount of the first installment at orientation. If the full amount of the first installment is not paid at orientation, the student will not be able to enroll in the school. After the first payment has been made in full, the student can take advantage of paying their remaining balance in two payments. If a student on the Installment Plan misses a payment deadline, they will be considered absent from school and will be locked out of the electronic check in system. They will remain locked out until their balance is in good standing. During this time, we encourage the student to continue to attend class. For each day of class and/or ministry opportunity that the student is behind in their tuition fees, the student will be marked absent. Once all absences have been used, the student will be ineligible for graduation and will be asked to leave the school. In this unlikely scenario, the student will still be required to pay the balance of their school fees in full. Our expectation is that no student will find themselves in this situation as we place a high value on self-management, especially in the area of finances.
Each year the school offers an optional three week outreach during the 2nd semester. There are a number of domestic and international locations where small teams are sent to partner with local churches and ministries to impact their communities. Students are given the opportunity to pick which location they wish to visit on a first come, first serve basis. The outreach costs are in addition to all other tuition fees. For those students who wish to go on outreach, a non-refundable deposit (a percentage of the total trip cost) is due at the time you select your outreach during the 1st semester. Only students who have paid their school fees in full will be eligible to go on outreach. The cost of outreach is somewhere between $1,000-$5,000 depending on the location. Specific costs are detailed as locations are finalized.
3.3 Refund of school fees
The first four weeks of the school year is treated as a period in which staff and students assess the program and decide whether this is the right time and place for each student. Should a decision be made for a student to leave the school, the refund of student fees (less the $400 non-refundable deposit) will be calculated as follows:
First week: 100% refund of total tuition cost
Second week: 75% refund of total tuition cost
Third week: 50% refund of total tuition cost
Fourth week: 25% refund of total tuition cost
Fifth and following weeks: 0% refund of total tuition cost
Any student who wishes to withdraw from the School of Supernatural Life must first arrange an appointment with the school directors to discuss the circumstances for withdrawal.
4. Graduation Requirements
In order for a student to be eligible for graduation from the School of Supernatural Life, there are four key requirements:
- School assignments
- Tuition fees
- Godly character
Students are expected to attend all classes at the School of Supernatural Life. However, we understand that life happens unexpectedly; doctors appointments get rescheduled, family visits town, sickness, kids school projects, the list goes on. To help students manage these aspects of life and attend school, each student is given eight absences from teaching days (Mondays and Tuesdays) and ten absences from ministry opportunities (Sunday mornings and Monday nights) for the school year. These may not be used during the first four weeks of school (our core value weeks). Once a student has exceeded the given number of teaching absences or ministry absences, they will no longer be eligible for graduation.
4.2 School Assignments
In first and second year, students are given assignments to complete. These include weekly journal assignments, book reviews and the preparation of two sermons in first year and similar assignments in second year. Students eligible for graduation will complete all tasks in a timely fashion.
Late or incomplete submission of any assignment will count as a tardy which deducts from the eight teaching absences. Please see the punctuality section above.
4.3 Tuition Fees
Students eligible for graduation will have paid all tuition fees in full.
4.4 Godly Character
Students eligible for graduation will have displayed godly character during the school in compliance with the code of conduct listed at the top of this page.
5. Additional Policies
Because the school grows to be a tight community, students that are dating each other (or are breaking up!) can cause a certain dynamic within the group that is not always helpful. In addition, the school is often focusing on the deep areas of the heart and on inner healing. Starting a relationship while emotionally vulnerable is not a great foundation for a strong relationship. In our desire to build a solid community and develop a culture of honor, students are encouraged to focus on their pursuit of the Lord and the healing of their heart in this season over finding a mate. If however, a student chooses to pursue romantic involvement with another, we ask that the pursuer come speak to the school pastors before initiating anything. For the sake of wisdom, romantic relationships between students and staff are not allowed. Above all else students are to guard their heart and ensure that they do not awaken love until the correct time (Proverbs 4.23 , Song of Songs 8.4).
5.2 Care of Facilities
In the spirit of excellence and contributing to our culture of honor, students are expected to maintain a high standard of care for our facilities. Our aim is to leave the spaces used in better condition than they were found. Small groups rotate to oversee the cleaning and care of the facilities each week.
5.4 Active Military DUTY Policy
Our policy regarding students being called to active military duty is here.
Policies last updated 3/24/16