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2013-2014 School Bulletin - PDF

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Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy
2013-2014 Calendar

Registration Day K- 12     
Ongoing Online
Late-Registration K- 12   
August 12-14
International Student Orientation August 15-16
Teacher In-service Day - No School August 15-16
First Day of School   
August 19
Labor Day - No School 
September 2
ITBS Test Weeks
September 9-20
End of First Quarter 
October 11
Beginning of Second Quarter   
October 14
Parent/Teacher Conferences (Minimum Days - 12:30pm)
October 22 & 23
Fall Festival - SUNDAY SCHOOL DAY October 27
Teacher In-service Day - No School October 28
Thanksgiving Break – NO SCHOOL
November 25-29
End of Second Quarter (Minimum Day - 12:30pm)
December 20
Christmas Break – NO SCHOOL
December 21-January 3
Teacher In-service Day- No School 
January 6
Class Resumes  
January 7
Martin Luther King Day - No School  
January 20
Teacher In-Service Day – No School       
February 10
President’s Day – No School
February 17
End of Third Quarter
March 14
Beginning of Fourth Quarter
March 17
Spring Break – NO SCHOOL   
March 24-28
Parent/Teacher Conferences (Minimum Days - 12:30pm)
April 2 & 3
Eighth Grade Graduation 
May 22
Last Day of School – End of Fourth Quarter (Minimum Day 12:30pm) 
May 23
High School Graduation Weekend
May 23 - 25
*Calendar subject to change without notice.
Please check the online school Google calendar for the most up to date news and changes.

Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy
796 Grayson Road Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Voice: (925) 934-9261
Fax: (925) 934-5871
Extended Care: (925) 759-1252

School Website: 
Owned and operated by the
Northern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Educational System

401 Taylor Boulevard P.O. Box 23165
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-0165
Telephone: (925) 685-4300
And the following Seventh-day Adventist Churches:

Oakland Spanish SDA Church
2410 E. 15th
Oakland, CA 94601
(510) 533-8874
Pleasant Hill SDA Church
800 Grayson Road
Pleasant Hill, Ca 94523
(925) 934-5803
Vallejo-Berea SDA Church
833 Louisiana Street
Vallejo, CA 94590
(707) 644-5673

Vallejo-Central SDA Church
1111 Colusa St.
Vallejo, CA 94590
(707) 643-4527

San Ramon Valley SDA Church
2260 Camino Rd.
Office Commons Park
P.O. Box 2689
San Ramon, CA 94583
(925) 866-1400
School Hours

Grades K - 2
8:15 am-2:30 pm Monday-Thursday
8:15 am-2 pm  Friday
8:15 am-12:30 pm Minimum Days
Grades 3 - 6
8:15 am-3:30 pm Monday-Thursday
8:15 am-2:00 pm  Friday
8:15 am-12:30 pm  Minimum Days
Grades 7 - 8
8:00 am-3:40 pm Monday-Thursday
8:00 am-2:00 pm Friday
8:00 am-12:30 pm Minimum Days
Grades 9 - 12
8:00 am-3:40 pm Monday-Thursday
8:00 am-1:50 pm Friday
8:00 am-12:30 pm Minimum Days
Office Hours
8:00 am-4:00 pm  Monday-Thursday
8:00 am-2:30 pm Friday
8:00 am-1:00 pm Minimum Days

PHAA Staff and School Board List
Staff List

Luz-Idalia Carreon Accounts Receivable, Administrative Assistant
Juan Damon Chaplain, Religion, PE
Morris Dolormente  J.H.— Home Room 7th, PE, AD
Ally Emmerson Principal
Sharon Gray Grades 1 & 2
Lorry Gospodchikov  Administrative Assistant
James Hamer Physical Plant Manager
Norval Jones Business Manager
Sean Kootsey  H.S. History, Religion, Publications
Evva Martinez  Office Manager
Esther Melgar  Kindergarten
Bonnie Mende  Choir K-2, Private Lessons—Voice & Piano
Jess Montellano Extended Care, Assistant Teacher
Janell Resseger Hot Lunch, Extended Care, Attendance, Librarian
Catherine Spaulding  H.S. English & Math
Rick Spaulding  Grades 3 & 4
Craig Stowers Science, Computer Applications
Aimee Veness J.H.—Home Room 8th, H.S. Spanish
Demetrio Villar Registrar, Assistant Principal, H.S. Math
Lise Wallace Grades 5-8 & H.S. Art
Arleen Wong Music Director, Private Lessons Piano & Instrument

School Board Executive Committee*

Ron Puccinelli  School Board Chairperson
Albert Miller Assoc. Super Int. of Ed, Personnel Chairperson
Karen Abbas Finance Vice Chairperson
Jason Mitchell Board Vice Chairperson
Ally Emmerson Principal, Secretary of the Board
*Due to the number of transitions between school years, a full board roster is not available.  
Check our web page for the full roster during the school year. 
Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy Mission
 "We desire the students at PHAA to connect with God through an interactive learning process as modeled by Christ."
He inspires; He transforms; He serves
 We commit to advancing this mission through building
  •     Relationships
  •     Relevance
  •     Respect
  •     Responsibility
Matthew 6:33 - God First
Romans 12 - Lead, Transform the Mind
Ephesians 4:12 - Service
2 Corinthians 3:18 - Reflect the Lord's glory
Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy exists to provide an environment where a relationship with Jesus Christ can grow and flourish. This relationship results in abundant living in this life, through unselfish service to others, and provides true happiness through a hope for a better life to come. We strive to help each student integrate the subjects of their classroom into a Christian character that serves both God and man. Central to our philosophy of education is our belief in God as the creator and sustainer of the universe, and the recognition that all humanity are unique children of God and stewards of this world. Seventh-day Adventist education includes the development of academic excellence to the greatest potential of each student and nurturing them to become a responsible adult.
Every student is considered a unique and precious individual before God. We seek the development of the WHOLE PERSON through our 4Rs. The school’s long-held goals of well-rounded education in mind, body, and spirit were the foundation for the 4Rs.

Relationships Respect
  • Develop a sense of self-worth, skills in interpersonal relationships, an understanding of the responsibilites of family membership and the ability to respond with sensitivity to the needs of others. *(J2E 3)
  • Recognize the value and importance of effective communication and develop the requisite skills. *(J2E 7)
  • Surrender one's whole life to God; develop a relationship with Jesus Christ; and allow the Holy Spirit to work in one's life. *(J2E 1)
  • Develop an appreciation of the beautiful, both in God’s creation and in human expression, while nurturing individual ability in the fine arts. *(J2E 9)
Responsibility Relevance
  • Develop an understanding of cultural and historical heritages, affirm a belief in the dignity and worth of others and accept responsibility for local, national, and global environments.          *(J2E 4)
  • Function responsibly in the everyday world using Christian principles of stewardship, economy and personal management.  *(J2E 8)
  • Accept personal responsibility for achieving and maintaining optimum physical, mental and spiritual health. (J2E 5)
  • Adopt a systematic, logical and biblically-based approach to decision-making and problem-solving when applied to the developing body of knowledge. *(J2E 6)
  • Desire to know, live and share the message and mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. *(J2E 2)
  • Develop a Christian work ethic with an appreciation for the dignity of service. *(J2E 10)

*A detailed list of the 10 J2E’s (Journey to Excellence) begins below.
J2E - Journey To Excellence

Seventh-day Adventist North American Division 
K-12 Education 10 Journey to Excellence Goals with Essential Core Elements
J2E 1    Acceptance of God
  • Surrender one’s whole life to God; develop a relationship with Jesus Christ; and allow the Holy Spirit to work in one’s life.
  • Accept God as the Creator and the Redeemer.
  • Have a growing knowledge of God’s Word and enjoyment in its study.
  • Embrace God’s gift of grace by accepting Christ as one’s  personal Savior.
  • Discover the importance and power of prayer and faith in one’s relationship with Jesus.
  • Respond to God’s love by using one’s spiritual gifts to serve others.
  • Recognize God gave the Ten Commandments to show us how to love Him & each other.
  • Value and participate in worship alone and with others.
J2E 2    Commitment to the Church
Desire to know, live and share the message and mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
  • Be an active participant in one’s local church.
  • Understand how the organization of the Adventist Church facilitates its mission.
  • Become involved in spreading the gospel throughout the world.
  • Accept the fundamental beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
  • Appreciate the heritage of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
  • Relate to lifestyle choices and cultural issues based on biblical principles.
J2E 3    Interpersonal Relationships
Develop a sense of self-worth, skills in interpersonal relationships, an understanding of the responsibilities of family membership and the ability to respond with sensitivity to the needs of others.
  • Recognize that God’s ideal for the basic unit of society is the family.
  • Develop an appreciation for the diversity of individuals.
  • Acquire knowledge, attitudes and skills essential to meeting family responsibilities, whether living alone or with others.
  • Recognize that God’s ideal for the basic unit of society is the family.
J2E4     Responsible Citizenship
Develop an understanding of cultural and historical heritages, affirm a belief in the dignity and worth of others and accept responsibility for local, national and global environments.
  • Exhibit concern and sensitivity for other peoples and cultures.
  • Participate actively in local, national and global communities.
  • Understand the functions of governments and their impact on individuals and society.

J2E 5    Healthy Balanced Living
Accept personal responsibility for achieving and maintaining optimum physical, mental and spiritual health.
  • Recognize that God’s ideal for quality living includes a healthy lifestyle.
  • Incorporate into one’s lifestyle the principles that promote health:  Nutrition, exercise, water, sunlight, temperance, air, rest, trust in God.
  • Avoid at-risk behaviors.
  • Apply Christian principles in recreation and sports.
  • Achieve a balance in work/leisure; balance physical, mental, social & spiritual activities.
  • Recognize the interaction of physical, mental & spiritual health with emotional & social well being.
J2E 6    Intellectual Development
Adopt a systematic, logical and biblically-based approach to decision-making and problem-solving when applied to the developing body of knowledge.
  • Broaden intellectual abilities through the study of God’s Word.
  • Use critical and creative thinking skills in “real-world” experiences.
  • Develop one’s intellectual potential in natural sciences and mathematics; arts and humanities; social sciences and applied arts.
  • Utilize effective study techniques to locate, organize and learn information.
  • Apply the principles of life-long learning.
  • Approach all intellectual pursuits from a biblical perspective.
J2E 7    Communication Skill
Recognize the value and importance of effective communication and develop the requisite skills.
  • Communicate effectively through the avenues of reading, writing, listening, speaking and non-verbal language. 
  • Apply a Christ-centered perspective to all forms of personal expression and media.
  • Understand how sensitivity to the differences of others affects communication.
  • Recognize how media and information technology impact communication.
  • Utilize communication skills to enhance one’s Christian witness.
J2E 8    Personal Management
Function responsibly in the everyday world using Christian principles of stewardship, economy and personal management.
  • Develop responsible decision-making skills.
  • Appropriately manage one’s personal finances.
  • Acquire skill in the use of technologies.
  • Develop basic home-management skills.
  • Value cooperation and teamwork when interacting in groups.
  • Develop conflict resolution skills.
  • Manage time effectively.
J2E 9    Aesthetic Appreciation
Develop an appreciation of the beautiful, both in God’s creation and in human expression, while nurturing individual ability in the fine arts.
  • View God as the Author of beauty, both in His creation and in human expression. 
  • Employ biblical principles as the basis for appreciation and expression of creative and performing arts.
  • Develop fine art talents through practice, performance and presentation.
  • Use aesthetic expression as a means of communication and service.
J2E 10  Career and Service
Develop a Christian work ethic with an appreciation for the dignity of service.
  • Develop an awareness of career options and opportunities in a changing world, as well as in the church.
  • Recognize the role of useful work in personal development and maintaining self-worth.
  • Develop skills that will enhance employability.
  • Experience the joy of serving others.
  • Identify one’s interest, abilities and values, understanding their relationship to career options.
  • Always put forth one's best effort in every task.
General Information
Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy was established in 1953 as Pleasant Hill Junior Academy. It became Pleasant Hill Christian School when it became a 12 grade school in 1998. Becoming operationally independent and fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in 2003, it changed its name to Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy. It is a part of the Northern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventist Educational System.
Admissions Policy
PHAA welcomes applicants who are in harmony with our objectives and endeavor to live according to these standards. When reviewing applications, several factors are taken into consideration, including present class make-up and size. It is the school’s goal to provide every student with a quality education. We admit students regardless of religious affiliation or ethnic origin. Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic background, country of origin, religion or gender in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.
New students are placed on attendance, citizenship, and academic probation for the first six weeks of school attendance.
Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy reserves the right to determine who may be on its campus at any time, and to refuse access to any persons or groups as appropriate.

Parent and Student Arrival and Departure
The parking lot is most congested at the beginning and the end of the school day. We have staff on duty and procedures to better assist you and your student safely and efficiently. Please follow the guidelines that are available online and at the office. PHAA accepts no responsibility for students arriving on campus before 7:15 am or remaining on campus after 6:00 pm M-TH or 4:30pm Friday.
*Student Drivers please see Motor Vehicle Section.
Extended Care - Grades K-8 Only 
Extending Care Phone Number
: (925) 759-1252

We offer before and after school extended care as a service for those parents who work and need this service. An Extended Care Agreement is provided for each student, outlining the policies and guidelines of the program. Morning Care begins at 7:15 a.m. and takes place in the downstairs hall and gym. All students in afterschool extended care will be part of a scheduled program of breaks, reading periods, study periods and library periods.  Watch for more information as this program develops.  It is our goal to create an afterschool program that helps students in a structured environment to increase safety and learning. All students in after school extended care well be required to follow the guidelines and participate in each phase of the after school program.
When a student is picked up, the adult picking the student up must go to the extended care supervisor and sign the student out on the sheet provided by the Extended Care Supervisor. Watch the sign for the location of extended care at the time of pickup.  Students may not sign themselves out of Extended Care. An older sibling may be allowed to sign out a younger sibling with proper authorization. Please contact the office for appropriate request forms and completion of the approval process. The approval process must be completed before the extended care coordinator.

K-2 students remaining on campus after 2:45 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and students in grades 3-4 remaining on campus after 3:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and all students remaining after 2:30 p.m. on Fridays are required to sign in with the Extended Care Supervisor.
Grade 5-8 students must sign in with the Extended Care Supervisor at 3:45 p.m. Monday – Thursday, and 2:30 p.m. on Friday. Personal toys and electronic games are not allowed in Extended Care. *(See Electronics/Cell Phone Use section).  Visitors are not permitted in Extended Care.
If Extended Care is closed, there will be a charge of $10.00 for every 15 minutes or fraction thereof for each student who remains on campus. Students must depart campus or be in Extended Care, and are not allowed to wait in front of the church due to insurance and legal requirements. Students, with written permission on file, may walk home or catch the bus (by waiting at or walking to the bus stop), etc. Students leaving campus without a parent must provide the school permission in writing.  K – 8 students remaining on campus will be signed in to Extended Care, and must remain in the supervised area at all times until signed out by the adult picking them up from school.

Elememtary Students Rding with Older High School Students must remain in extended care until picked up officially as usual from the extended care person.  No elementary students will be in the high school after school area (This is a safety and supervision issue for elementary students and the school). 


After School Guidelines — High School
High school students are permitted outside at the front entrance of the high school building from the fence separating the front parking lot from the elementary around to the senior rock which includes the student parking area.  High school students are not allowed on the field, in the gym or in a building unless in a classroom directly supervised by a designated adult or teacher, a varsity game is being played or they are in varsity and practicing. 
At no time shall the high school students be permitted in the "elementary zone," as defined by any area in which the elementary and middle school are being supervised as part of after school care. This is generally the area where the elementary classrooms are and is bordered by  the fence at the flagpole in the front and the fence in the back.  Remember, teachers are available every day after school except for during Monday staff meetings.  Do not wait until 4 pm to look for a teacher to obtain help.
Extended Care Opt-In Procedure For High School Students –Fill out and turn in the Opt in form, and inform your child they must be in after school care. 

Because no student may remain on campus without supervision, students participating in after school events or activities, such as Chamber Singers, Carillons, Intramurals and Varsity, should leave within 15 minutes of the close of the activity. 
Extended Care Charges
The charge for extended day care is $2.50 per half hour for each student. There will be a charge of $10.00 per 15 minutes for each student who remains on campus after 6:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 4:30 p.m. on Friday.
The opportunity to utilize this service is a privilege. Those not following the above guidelines may be asked to make other arrangements. Thank you, in advance, for helping us by following the guidelines and time frames.

Hot Lunch
PHAA offers a hot lunch program. PHAA makes provision for the purchase of a vegetarian hot lunch each day. Students are provided a lunch that follows the nutritional guidelines of the State of California and the SDA system.
The office will not provide lunch nor money for lunch to any student. There will be no IOU's. 

Federal law regarding asbestos requires a public announcement to be given regarding this material in your school. This facility has been checked by a certified asbestos person. The asbestos in the school is in the non-friable condition and presents no hazard at the present time. It will be checked at stated intervals to ascertain any change in the material. The report is in the school file and is available to those wishing to see it. Allow five working days for your request.
Parent Information
PHAA’s desire is for students and parents choosing to join our school family to embrace the spirit of the school policies (Spirit of the Law) as we grow together. By registering a student at PHAA, the parents and/or guardians agree to follow the policies and work with the school board, administration and faculty as it applies to standards of dress and conduct of their students.  Joining the PHAA school family, parents agree to meet all financial obligations.
Parents of our students are welcome on campus. In order not to be disruptive to a class, arrangements for visiting or helping should be made in advance. Each teacher has their own needs and timeframes.  Check in at the school office prior to entering school when class is in session. Messages, lunches etc., may be left at the school office. Please do not at any time go directly to a classroom, locker, or the playground. The teachers will not release children without clearance from the office. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Parent Pledge & Student Contract
The school registration form includes a parent and student contract. Each student and parent is required to sign this agreement before entering school. In general, a student and parent are pledging their cooperation with and respect for the school and its employees. It is understood that by coming to PHAA parents and students alike support the entire school program.  Each new student is on academic and behavioral probation for the first six weeks of attendance at PHAA.

Parents are expected to behave in a courteous manner towards all teachers, staff, students and anyone who is a part of our school family wherever they should be, including their own child while at school or at a school functions. Parents who do not follow the above guideline will have limited involvement at school and school functions. If the parent behavior continues their student may be asked to withdraw or be dismissed from school.
Parent-Student Communication During School Hours
Parents needing to contact their students, because of an emergency, during the school day are requested to leave a message at the office. Only in the event of an emergency will a student be called out of the classroom to take a call. During Extended Care hours please contact the EC Supervisor at 925-759-1252.
School & Family Communication Philosophy
The success of the school depends in a large measure upon the fullest cooperation between parents, students, teachers and the administration. At PHAA, we foster to maintain a healthy school community. We encourage you to take the opportunity to work with the appropriate PHAA personnel first in seeking resolution should any challenges or problems occur. If students share concerns with their parents regarding events at school, we ask parents to apply the principal of Mathew 18 and withhold judgment until a full understanding of events can be studied with the can often be prevented in this way.
The Administration reserves the right to question a student about his/her behavior or academic program at any time without parental consent.

All Visitors
Parents, friends, and children may visit our school as the program permits. It is necessary that arrangements for such visits be made with the classroom teacher and/or the Administration at least one day prior to the proposed visit. On the day of the visit, the visitor will check in at the school office and obtain a Visitor’s Pass.
Non-students are not to be on campus at any time unless arrangements have been made with the office. Visitors are not permitted in Extended Care.

Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy reserves the right to determine who may be on its campus at any time, and to refuse access to, or request to leave, any persons or groups as deemed appropriate. Visitors must also follow the school rules and cooperate with the school staff.
Student Illness
Please call the school office before 8:00 a.m. when your child will remain at home.
·         Please do not send a sick child to school.
·         Students who become ill at school will be sent to the school office.
·         Students unable to return to the classroom will be sent home.
Administration of Medications at School
Teachers will not diagnose a health condition or give any internal medications, including aspirin, except as indicated in the following statement: Any student who is required to take medication during the regular school day as prescribed by a physician may receive assistance as follows:
  • *Fill out the Authorization to Dispense Medication Forms
  • *Fill out the Self-Medication Form
* These forms can be found on our website or picked up at the front office. The forms include but are not limited to: A written statement from the physician detailing the time schedules, amount, and method by which such medications are to be taken. A written statement from the parent or guardian of the student giving permission for student to take the medication at school and/or self-administer his/her medication.

The medication must be delivered to the school office in the original container bearing the pharmacy label. This label must contain the name and place of business of the vendor, the prescription number and the date of such prescription, the name of the person for whom such a drug is prescribed, the name of the member of the medical profession who prescribed the drug, and must bear directions for use as prescribed.  Students are not to share medications of any kind.
Neither the school nor individual staff members will take the responsibility for a medication schedule that is missed or otherwise not adhered to by the student(s).

Cell Phones, Electronics, Computers, Cameras, Etc.
Telephone Use
If a student needs to use the phone and they do not have a cell phone they will need to ask their teacher and/or come to the office to use a phone.
The school telephones are primarily for school business.  Except in the event of an emergency, the office will not disrupt a class to have a student come to the office to make or take a phone call.

Cell Phones 
Cell phone use is a privilege, not a right. PHAA reserves the right to alter its policy for individuals, or as circumstances dictate, at any time. The school administration has the right to confiscate, look at and view all electronics (including cell phones), as governed by school policy.
Since cell phones continue to have increasing functions, it is impossible to write a policy which specifically addresses every new product.  Parents and students should keep in mind the purpose of our guidelines in relation to a Christian educational environment.  Cell phones should only be used as verbal and text communication and only when appropriate.  With increasing privacy issues in our new electronic age, additional cell phone features such as music, video, video camera, or digital camera functions should not be used at any time without direct permission from a staff member.

Teachers may ask or allow students to use their phones for academic purposes.  These occasions will be defined by the direct request of the teacher for a singular, specific purpose.  
Parents should not expect to contact students during class hours. Parent student communication during school hours or activities must fall within school policy timeframes and guidelines.

Extended Care -Cell Phones:
  • May be used with permission and in the presence of the Extended Care Supervisor.
  • May only be used in the phone (text messaging) function – for the purpose of contacting parents.
  • May not be used for games, or as MP3 players, and may only be used as an imaging device with approval/consent.
K – 6 Policy – Cell phones may not be seen or used for any purpose during school hours. Teachers are sensitive to the needs of the students and will be sure they are able to make contact with parents when needed. Should you need to contact your child during the school day, please call the Office and they will get the message to the teacher for your child.

7 – 12 Policy - Cell phones should not be a distraction to the learning environment. Therefore, cell phones should not be heard, seen or used during class, study hall, in the library or in any other designated learning area or time.
Locker rooms and bathrooms are not phone booths; please do not use them as such. Students may use cell phones outside of class time, but not in a classroom except with expressed permission from the teacher.

If a student is having a phone conversation and a staff member needs their attention, the student needs to discontinue their own conversation, listen, and follow the adult’s directions. If cell phones are being used outside of these expressed guidelines, they will be confiscated and kept until the end of the current grading period or when a $25.00 redemption fee is paid.

Electronic Devices & Cell Phones Used Outside of School Policy 
Cell Phones, iPod and MP3 player type devices, radios, tape recorders, televisions, CD players, laser lights, imaging devices, and electronic games may not be brought to the school or on any school trip(s) unless specific and prior arrangements have been made with the principal or school staff in charge of the event. Any of these items (and future electronic items yet to be invented) observed on campus or at school functions will be taken and kept until the end of the current grading period or when a $25.00 redemption fee is paid.

Personal Computers
We encourage all students to bring a laptop  with wireless capability to school.  Personal computers may be used for academic purposes only AND with the expressed permission of each teacher. Each teacher will review the appropriate time and use for personal computers.  Computer use various with each teacher, grades K-2 should not need laptops. Beginning in third grade, computers are more frequently used. This does not mean one has to purchase a laptop for use at school, we certainly encourage it but know that it is not possible for all. If one owns a laptop we do expect it to be brought to school for use.
Online Resources
Our school web pages are designed to keep everyone well-informed with calendars, schedules, homework assignments, forms and other general information. As continue transitioning into RenWeb more and class information like homework will be found there more so than on our school website. Traditional, hard copies of the information sent home in the past will only be available online. To be more eco-friendly, efficient, and cost efficient, PHAA expects these resources to be used by students and parents regularly and often.
RenWeb allows access to your child’s progress in each of their classes. Please utilize the opportunity to remain up-to-date on assignments, grades, and school activities. If the technology is not available to a particular student or family, please let us know so we can find other ways (such as sending hardcopies home) to maintain the flow of information. Typically, information from teachers will be updated weekly and sometimes even daily. Grades 1-12 will update grades and post assignments weekly every Tuesday or the second school day following vacation days or daily depending on each individual teacher. Kindergarten will not use RenWeb for grades and assignments. RenWeb does not have the ability to share all factors for grading in grades 1 and 2 it is only one of the grading tools.  Come to orientation for more information. We hope you will find RenWeb a most useful tool. We will continue to refine the flow of information on RenWeb to better serve you. Send e-mail to teachers using their first initial and last
Field Trips/Off Campus Activities
Field trips and other off campus activities provide an educational exposure that is not ordinarily available in a classroom setting. Teachers will provide parents with written notice when a trip is planned off campus.
We appreciate the help of parents who make these trips possible by driving and chaperoning. The following are guidelines recommended for off-campus outings:

  1. School regulations for behavior and dress are to be followed.
  2. Adult sponsors stay with and monitor assigned students for the entire trip
  3. Students are not to take along electronic devices (CD players, games, etc.).
  4. Students must have written permission from parents/guardians. Phone permission is not acceptable.
  5. Students may not drive to off-campus school sponsored activities.
  6. Students who choose to not follow trip policies may incur further disciplinary action upon return to school.
For educational, organizational, and safety factors siblings are not allowed on fieldtrips.  In extreme cases certain variations to this guideline may have to be made by the teacher to help the trip be successful.
Drivers & Volunteers
Automobiles used to transport students on these trips must have $100,000/$300,000 liability coverage. Drivers for a field trip must file proof of this insurance coverage and a valid driver’s license with our office each year. California law limits the number of passengers in a vehicle where students are transported to no more than nine. Each student must wear a seat belt. A student must be at least 13 years of age in order to ride in the front seat where an airbag is in place.

Volunteers are an essential element of Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy; we cannot buy what volunteers give to a school. We are committed at all times to providing a safe environment in which our students can grow mentally, spiritually, physically, and emotionally. Northern California Conference requires all volunteers sign the Guidelines for Volunteers and complete a Background Check Form. If transporting students, additional forms are required including proof of insurance and a copy of a valid California Driver’s License. Once authorized clearance has been received by the school, the volunteer/driver may fully participate in school activities. The Background  Check will remain in effect for three years. Insurance and Driver’s License information  needs to be updated when they expire.
Labeling of Clothes
Students’ names should be marked on all apparel that might be left at school. Lost and found articles should be turned in at the office. If items are not claimed after a certain period of time, the articles will be given to Community Services on a monthly basis.
Lockers (Grades 9-12) 
Students are issued lockers at the beginning of the school year. They are expected to help keep the locker area clean and their lockers neat. The school reserves the right to inspect lockers.
Students are urged to keep their lockers locked at all times. The school is not responsible for any loss from lockers. Combinations or keys for locks provided by students must be on file in the office. Bolt cutters will be used if necessary to gain access to student lockers.
Fundamental School Standards
PHAA’s school policies are designed to enhance the school’s learning environment and provide a setting where students can reach their fullest potential. The learning environment is improved as students and teachers work closely in a mutually respectful learning environment.
The following guidelines are designed to foster that atmosphere.

PHAA’s students and their parents will:
  • Exhibit support for the school’s spiritual goals. This includes being attentive and supportive during Bible class, and reverent during worship and chapel.
  • Demonstrate support for each teacher and each teacher’s program.
  • Demonstrate respect to staff and fellow students through cooperative and courteous behavior.
  • Respect school property and others by not participating in acts of vandalism of school or personal property.
  • Respect others by not using profane, crude or unkind language or gestures, including electronic media, etc.
  • Respect one’s self by not using or experimenting with tobacco, alcohol or other drugs.
  • For your safety, do not leave campus without permission.
  • Respect others by not participating in fighting, intimidating or threatening (verbally or physically) other students, school personnel or guests.
  • Students will show respect through demonstrating proper social conduct. Physical contact between students in grades 9-12 is limited to holding hands, no physical contact below grade 9
  • Respect all by not engaging in any act, which endangers others.
Students should not bring distracting or dangerous items to school. Examples of such items include narcotics, alcohol, tobacco, firearms (real or imitation), obscene literature or pictures, fireworks, pocketknives, cigarette lighters, slingshots, water pistols, toys, matches, playing cards or gambling devices. These items or anything else, which is felt to be detrimental or distracting, will be surrendered upon request. Students should not expect to have any of the above items returned.
Threat of Assault or Use of Force
All threatening words or actions are taken seriously at all grade levels. Students who threaten the use of assault or force, including electronic media, will be suspended until the issue is resolved.
  • The police may be called.
  • The student may be interviewed by the police.
  • The parents will be notified.
  • The student will not return to classes until a psychological evaluation has been completed, a conference with parents has been held, and the involved faculty have reviewed the findings of the evaluation and the conference.
Grounds for Suspension or Expulsion
The first offense on the following points renders a student liable to serious discipline or to immediate dismissal from school: Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person such as:
  1. Threats
  2. Assaults on staff members or other students.
  3. Fighting—Mutual combat in which both parties have contributed to the situation by verbal and/or physical action.
  4. Extortion
  5. Agitation of/or interface with a fight
  6. Harassing/hazing
  7. Verbal abuse
  8. Possessed, sold, or otherwise furnished any firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous object.
  9. Caused or attempted to cause damage to school property or private property.
  10. Stolen or attempted to steal school property or private property.
  11. Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity.
  12. Disrupted school activities or otherwise willfully defied the valid authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators, school officials, or other school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties.
  13. Sexual harassment.
  14. Being insubordinate by continual violation of any school regulation.
  15. Bullying or harassment via electronic media (see Electronic Media section)
The staff, teachers and PHAA board believe that everybody should enjoy our school equally, and feel safe and accepted, regardless of color, race, gender, popularity, athletic ability, intelligence, religion, or nationality.

Bullying can be pushing, shoving, hitting, and/or spitting, as well as name calling, picking on, making fun of, laughing at, and/or excluding someone. It can also occur through electronic media, such as posting to the internet (for example, on Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, etc.), text messaging, and pictures. Bullying causes pain and stress to victims and is never justified.
We need your help! Please inform us immediately and repeatedly if there is a perception of bullying or continued bullying in any circumstance.

Parents of PHAA students agree to the following anti-bullying pledge:
  • Inform faculty of changes in their children’s behavior or circumstances at home that may change a child’s behavior at school.
  • Alert the faculty if any bullying has occurred.
  • Keep themselves and their children informed and aware of school bullying policies.
  • Work in partnership with the school to encourage positive behavior, valuing differences, and promoting sensitivity to others.
  • Discuss regularly with their children their feelings about schoolwork, friendships and relationships.
Substance Abuse Policy
Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy is firmly committed to being a drug-free school. We recognize that substance use is a serious problem in our world, country, and community. We wish to be redemptive with students who have chosen to use substances, but we must also take steps to ensure that students are not exposed to harmful substances at PHAA.

The possession, sale, distribution, or use of any illegal substance is prohibited by Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy. These substances include, but are not limited to the following: alcohol, marijuana, hallucinogenic substances, cocaine, and cocaine-related substances, methamphetamines, narcotic drugs and anabolic steroids. Drug paraphernalia used to administer such drugs is also prohibited. The use of any tobacco product, the abuse of any household substance, such as using glue or whiteout as inhalants, or the misuse of prescription or nonprescription medications will also be treated as violations of the school’s substance abuse policy.

By enrolling a student at Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy, the parents are giving their permission and consent to permit school personnel to search students for illegal drugs during school hours or when the students are involved in school-sponsored events, whether or not the student is on school premises. This may include searches of lockers, desks, backpacks, vehicles and any other personal possessions owned or used by the student's), including clothing.

Searches may include the following:
  • The use of specially trained dogs and law enforcement officers.
  • Be conducted at any time.
  • Be held on a random basis.
  • Be without any prior notification to the students or their parents.
Students suspected of violating the school’s substance abuse policy may, at the discretion of the administration, be required to submit to drug testing at a clinic approved by the school’s administration. Drug testing at a clinic will be at the expense of the parent. A student who is requested to submit to drug testing may choose to withdraw from the school rather than proceed. At the discretion of administration, a student who readily admits to violating this substance abuse policy need not be tested.

Suspicion leading to drug testing will be determined through any or all of the following:
  • Firsthand or corroborated reports of substance use from students, parents, staff or individuals from the community.
  • Discovery of illegal substances or drug paraphernalia in the possession of the student.
  • Observation of erratic behavior suggesting a student is under the influence of a controlled substance.
  • Observation of any symptoms that may be caused by controlled substances, such as sensitivity to light, the smell of alcohol, etc.

Procedures of the first offense of this policy include:
  • Notifying the student’s parents and may include notifying the police.
  • A five-day mandatory suspension.
  • A conference prior to re-admittance to school between the administration, student and the parents regarding the possibility of expulsion or continued attendance.
  • A required initial professional assessment to be obtained from a school-approved resource regarding whether or not it is in the best interests of those involved for the student to return to school.
  • The understanding that if the student is not referred for expulsion, he/she shall be placed under a contract signed by the student, parent, administrator and counselor, which indicates the student’s responsibilities and expected behavior in order to continue school at PHAA.
  • Counseling is to continue with progress reports to the administration.  When appropriate, a statement of satisfactory completion of the recommended program as outlined in the original professional assessment must be provided to the school administration.
If a second violation of this policy occurs:
  • The school shall notify the police and the parents.
  • Assign an immediate suspension of up to five days.
  • Hold an administrative conference to consider expulsion.
  • A recommendation for expulsion will be made to the PHAA school board (if the charges are substantiated).
Pregnancy Policy
Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy is interested in the total person. The staff and faculty desire that each student develop a personal relationship with Christ in a positive, nurturing Christ-centered social environment. As such, we believe that our policy on the acceptance and retention of expectant students should be redemptive, supportive and non-condemning. While Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy does not condone promiscuous sexual activity, we want to be a caring school committed to fostering hope, offering encouragement and providing support to students in crisis.

Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy will not consider pregnancy, in and of itself, cause for denying admission nor view it as a de facto reason for expulsion. The staff and faculty are committed to working with students to provide or facilitate the guidance and counseling necessary to enable a student to work through this difficult situation.
When a young woman becomes pregnant, the first step is for her and her parents to meet with the principal to discuss the issues involved. If the father attends PHAA, he and his parents will also meet with the principal.
In addition to parents, a staff member will also sit in on this meeting. Together a course of action will be planned for keeping the student(s) in school as well as taking care of their individual needs.

This plan would include the following:
  • The student will be required to receive regular professional counseling as long as he/she is enrolled at PHAA. In addition, he/she will need to attend pre-natal classes. It would not be required that students attend as a couple.
  • Accommodations and modifications in physical education classes will be made on the advice of a physician. In addition, all extracurricular activities, including varsity sports, will be curtailed. If the father is a student at PHAA, the same applies to him.
  • Following the birth of the child, the involved students will be encouraged to do their best to be good parents. However, it will not be possible for a parent to bring a child to classes. As PHAA is not equipped to provide daycare, it will be necessary for off-campus childcare to be arranged.
  • Before and after birth, students are subject to the same attendance policy as required of all students. Exceptions will be made through the Administrative Council.
  • The mother will not be allowed to remain in school during the last trimester of pregnancy. She will have to complete her schoolwork independently. She will not be allowed to participate in any extra-curricular activities or march at graduation.
  • The young man will share equally in the responsibility of his actions and will also not be allowed to stay in school if the mother is also not allowed, he will not be allowed to participate in any extra-curricular activities or march at graduation.
  • Circumstances not covered by this policy will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis by the staff and school board.
Other School Policies
  • Students are expected to walk quietly in classrooms and halls.
  • Chewing gum is not allowed.
  • Students are not allowed to loiter in the restrooms or hallways.
  • Students should not throw any object in an unsafe manner.
  • For the protection of students’ property, students will not be permitted in the parking area during the school day.
  • Students may not leave the school grounds during school hours without permission from the office and respective parents. Checking in or out at the office is required when leaving or returning to the school grounds.
  • Because carelessness can be as destructive as vandalism, students are responsible for any marking of or damage to any school property such as gum.
  • Items may not be bought and sold among students.

Severe Clause
There are at times serious misbehaviors that require bypassing the regular discipline hierarchy. At those times, the principal may recommend and the school board may declare such a student may not return or finish the year at school.

Skateboarding, Etc.
Because of safety factors and insurance complications, scooters, skateboards, roller blades, mini-bikes, Heelys, and go-carts may not be ridden on the campus, which includes the church and school properties. If used for transportation, the item must be checked in at the office. Bicycles must be parked in the appropriate bike space. Students must walk their bicycles to and from the street.

Unprinted Regulations
Regulations adopted by the school administration and publicly announced to the students will have the same force as if printed in the school bulletin. Our desire is for students and parents choosing to join the PHAA school family to embrace the spirit of the school policies (Spirit of the Law) as we grow together.
Student Appearance
Basic Philosophy
There is evidence of a correlation between how students dress and the quality of the learning environment. A neat and properly attired student will have a definite bearing on the atmosphere that is conducive to study and good work. Again, our desire is for students and parents choosing to join the PHAA school family to embrace the spirit of the school policies (Spirit of the Law) as we grow together.

We accept the premise that the major responsibility for student appearance rests with the student. We ask the assistance of parents in guiding the student’s selection in proper clothing, make-up and hairstyle that is within the accepted standards defined by Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy. We ask parents to ensure that their students are dressed  appropriately for school. In situations where the nature of dress is not specifically covered in a detailed manner, the Administration and Staff reserves the right to use its discretion in determining the appropriateness of the attire.
Reminder: School policies apply to all school functions whether or not on school premises.

Grades 9 -12*
PHAA believes there is a correlation between how students dress and the quality of the learning environment. We ask that students wear clothes that are clean, neat, modest and functional. In general, one would dress up to go to work and school. The following guidelines should be kept in mind as students are preparing for school each morning.
  1. Clothing with holes or tears is not to be worn at school.
  2. Tank tops may not be worn at school. Female students may wear a full-shouldered sleeveless shirt or dress. Shirts and tops must also be tucked in or extend to a modest length, tops should have an appropriate neckline.
  3. Short pants, dresses and skirts must be of modest in both appearance and length. Shorts should be of good quality. Gym shorts and biking shorts may be worn during the appropriate class or club event. Cut-offs are not allowed. No spandex or extra tight clothing
  4. Jewelry should not be worn at school.
  5.  If worn to school, T-shirts should be of good quality and free of inappropriate artwork, phrases or logos. This includes alcoholic beverages, wineries, violence, illegal actions, movies, TV, comics and bands of any kind, or anything that in the judgment of school staff does not represent the standards of the school. (The above graphic guidelines apply to all garments, inappropriate logos, etc.)
  6. Appropriate footwear is to be worn at all times (No Flip Flops). Shoes should have non-skid soles. Every student should have at school a pair of shoes made for physical education activities.
  7. No sleepwear or undergarments are to be worn as clothes; underwear should not be seen at any time.
  8. No hats are to be worn in a classroom or meeting space or during a class or other organized meeting wherever it is taking place.Essentially hats are for outdoors.
  9. Oversized t-shirts excessively baggy or saggy pants and any other gang related apparel may not be worn at anytime.
  10. These rules are in effect on field trips and at school programs, as well.
Gapiosis n: a condition that occurs when the bottom hem of the shirt does not extend significantly below the top seam of the pants/skirts. When the bottom hem of the shirt just meets or does not at all meet the top seam of the pants/skirts, this is gapiosis. When back or tummy skin is seen at all between a top garment and a bottom garment, this is gapiosis.

Student & Faculty Dress Committee
The student dress committee will work with the principal and faculty representatives to clarify areas that seem to be confusing to a particular student or group of students if needed. The SFDC will be the final word where agreements cannot be made with a student who feels the dress code is being unfairly applied. Student members of the SFDC must be actively involved in enforcement and decision making.

Even though inappropriate garments worn may not be observed or cited it does not mean that the garment is okay to wear. Inappropriate clothing may be taken and a Dress Code Violation issued at anytime or when observed.

Grades K-8
Students are to be neat, clean, modest, and well groomed in appearance. Clothing should be of good quality, appropriate to the gender of the wearer, and worn in good taste.  Extremes in dress and hairstyles are to be avoided. Please also read “Basic Philosophy” in the preceding section titled “Student Appearance”.
The dress code is the following:
  • The California State Education Code requires that appropriate footwear be worn on all occasions on campus, as well as at all school-sponsored activities.
  • Jackets and socks should be of good quality and free of inappropriate artwork, phrases or logos. This includes alcoholic beverages, wineries, rock bands or anything that in the judgment of school staff does not represent the standards of the school.
  • Tops should be collared and sleeved. Only non-collared shirts purchased through our Home & School Organization are allowed
  • Boys—pants or walking-length shorts
  • Girls—jumpers, skirts, pants, walking-length shorts or skorts. Skirts and dresses should be modest in length and style when standing and sitting.
  • All clothing should be in good repair without tears
  • Rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and tattoos (including pen drawings) for either boys or girls are unacceptable. Chains including wallet chains are not to be worn.
  • The only items which may be worn on arms are a wrist watch and/or medical alert bracelet.
  • No head coverings should be worn in buildings.
  • Baggy and sagging clothes are unacceptable. Pants are to be worn above the hip. Pants that do not stay up without a belt are inappropriate.
Sexual Harassment and Other Forms of Harassment
Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy is committed to providing a school environment free from sexual harassment for all students. Incidents of harassment should be reported in accordance with the procedures listed below so school authorities may take appropriate action. Students who sexually harass others will be subject to discipline, up to and including dismissal. Employees who engage in student sexual harassment will be subject to discipline, up to and including termination.

Intimidation is a verbal threat to a student or staff member, which threatens physical harm to a person or the person’s property.
Harassment is an unsolicited and unwelcome written, verbal, physical and/or visual contact, with a racial or ethnic, religious, sexual or personal context or motivation. Written examples include but are not limited to threats, demeaning or humiliating statements, suggestive or obscene letters, notes or invitations. Verbal examples include but are not limited to derogatory comments, innuendos, slurs, offensive jokes or epithets, or comments about physical features. Physical examples include but are not limited to leering, gestures, display of suggestive objects, pictures, cartoons or posters, unwelcome or offensive touching, impeding or blocking movement. It is harassment whenever any one or more of the following occurs:
  • Any action considered by a reasonable person of the same gender to be sufficiently severe or pervasive to have a “negative impact upon an individual’s academic performance or creates an intimidating educational environment;”
  • A person continues to behave in the same manner after being informed that the behavior is inappropriate, demeaning, unwelcome, offensive or humiliating;
  • A person threatens reprisals or implies threats of reprisal following a request to stop an objectionable behavior.
  • A person says or writes something, which is knowingly untrue, a lie, or a misrepresentation or distortion of the truth and which damages another’s reputation.
Students are strongly encouraged to consider the school staff to be people who care about the welfare of students. It is our desire to resolve the above problems in the quickest, most satisfactory manner before a situation evolves out of control and before the student’s sense of personal safety is threatened. We hope that students will ask staff members for their assistance to resolve such problems at the earliest possible time.

Reporting Procedures
Students who have experienced sexual harassment shall report the incident to school authorities as soon as possible. If the harassment is between students, the student may report the incident to a teacher, the principal or an adult staff member. If the harassment comes from an adult, the student shall report directly to the principal or another responsible adult.
False accusations are a form of sexual harassment.

Problem Solving Procedures
The following procedure is based on the Biblical model found in Matthew 18 for resolving differences between individuals.
  • Request a conference with the teacher.
  • If not resolved, request a conference with the teacher and principal.
  • If not resolved, request another conference, which shall include one or more of the following: the Board Chairperson, pastor, or NCC Office of Education representative.
  • If not resolved, request a Board review. The problem should be submitted in writing. Should the problem involve a school employee, it shall be reviewed in executive session.
Motor Vehicles
If students choose to drive their vehicle (including motorcycles) to school, it is important that they remember it is a privilege, not a right. Since every privilege has responsibility, the school requests that students follow the motor vehicle policies to maintain the privilege.
  • Students’ vehicles are to be registered at the office. The registration request must be signed by a parent or guardian and must specify that adequate insurance coverage is provided for use of the vehicle.
  • No passenger outside of the immediate family may ride in a student-driven vehicle except for getting to and from school when specific written permission is submitted to and authorized by the principal.
  • Students’ vehicles are to be parked in the assigned parking space. Be sure the vehicle is locked, as Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy does not assume responsibility for damage or loss.
  • Vehicles are not to be used during school hours except by written permission of the parents and the school administration.
  • Students wishing to ride in a vehicle other than that of the immediate family must make arrangements through the principal’s office.
  • Students should not be in the parking lot unless they are entering or leaving campus.
  • Under no circumstances are students to borrow someone else’s vehicle — with or without their permission. Permission will not be given for a student to leave campus in a borrowed vehicle.
  • The speed limit on campus is limited to 10 mph because students are present.
  • The school’s student accident insurance does not cover any injuries caused by accidents of vehicles, which are not owned by the school.
Citizenship Grades
Each student is given 100 points at the beginning of every quarter. Each referral subtracts points from the 100 and the points remaining form a percent from which citizenship grades are calculated. 90%=A, 80%=B, 70%=C, 60%=D, below 60%=F.
Citizenship Expectations (Grades 7-12)
1.       A parent notification call will be placed for any student whose citizenship grade falls below B-.

2.       Students with a quarter citizenship grade below C- will be notified

3.       Students with a semester citizenship grade of F will have a parent/teacher/principal conference and may be dismissed or placed on probation.

4.       Students who receive an in-school suspension will receive a minimum of a one letter drop in their citizenship grade.

5.       Students who receive an off-campus suspension will receive an automatic F grade in citizenship.

6.       Eligibility for student office and varsity sports is evaluated weekly

7.       Students may file an appeal. All appeals will be presented to the faculty for consideration and any necessaaction.

In order for the PHAA staff to do the best possible job of educating the students entrusted to them, the students must be in regular attendance. A successful educational program requires the cooperation of the parent, the student, and the school faculty at all points in the process. One of the most vital points is that of student attendance. We cannot teach a student who is not present. There is no adequate replacement for what is missed when a student is absent from class. The following policy has been established to encourage good attendance.
Missing Work
Whenever a student is absent or misses work, he/she is responsible to find out what assignments were missed. Whenever a prolonged absence is planned, all work to be missed should be obtained in advance and turned in to the instructor. Due to teacher policies and the nature of class work, not all school work may be made up. Refer to class syllabus for more details on homework policies.

Procedures To Follow If Student Is Sick
  1. Notify the school office before 8:00 a.m.
  2. Send a note with the student upon return to school which include:
  • First and last name of student.
  • Date (include time if absent for part of a day).
  • Reason for absence.
  • Signature of parent or guardian.

Excused Absences
Excused absences are defined as:
  1. Medical appointments, with verification.
  2. Personal illness/injury.
  3. Death in the immediate family.
  4. Court appointments, with verification.
  5. By special permission of administration.
It is important that appointments be scheduled (when possible) so that they do not interfere with school attendance. For an absence to be excused, it must:
  1. Have written parent/guardian verification.
  2. Written excuses should include the following information:
  • First and last name of student.
  • Date (s).
  • Reason for absence or tardy.
  • Parent’s signature.
Prearranged Absences
When it becomes necessary for a student to miss classes to accompany parents on an activity, a written request must be submitted to the school office a minimum of two school days prior for every school day absent. (Failure to make prior arrangements will result in the absence being unexcused). Teachers may provide the student with whatever work possible. However, some work done in the classroom cannot be adequately duplicated outside of the classroom and it will be missed. This will affect a student’s grade. Following a prearranged absence, a teacher may allow up to two days for the assigned work to be turned in. Prearranged absences do not necessarily constitute excused absences. The school calendar is provided in advance. This will enable you to plan travel and make other appointments, which will not interfere with school attendance.
Unexcused Absences
Any absence, which does not meet the conditions of an excused absence or prearranged absence, is automatically considered unexcused. In most cases, schoolwork missed due to an unexcused absence should be made up. Refer to the class’ syllabus for unexcused absence work policy.
Tardy Procedure
When tardy, the student will go directly to the classroom until 8:30 a.m. If the student cannot be in the classroom by 8:30 a.m. they must check in at the school office and obtain an admission slip before going to the classroom.
K - 8 School Attendance Policy
Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy requires a minimum of 85% attendance per semester. When a student misses more than 15% of the school days in a semester (13 days), the teacher and/or principal will meet with parents to determine the circumstances surrounding the absences and discuss options for the student. In some circumstances, a student may need to be retained in the same grade the following year.  It is PHAA’s goal to work closely with parents to ensure the academic success of each child, and to that end, we will do everything in our power to create an environment of success.  This policy relates to total absences excused and unexcused combined.
High School Attendance Policy
  1. Parents of students with a quarter grade below C- will be notified
  2. Students with a quarter grade of F in attendance will be placed on probation.
  3. Students with a semester grade of F in attendance will be placed on probation and may be dismissed.
  4. Students who are absent from a class more than 15 % of a semester (approximately 13 times per semester for a class meeting 4+ days a week), excluding school sponsored activities, will be dismissed from the class with a WF (withdrew/failing) on the transcript. This includes both excused and unexcused absences. Absences due to school-sponsored activities are not included.
  5. Students and/or the parents will be notified when the student reaches the 10% absent rate
  6. 3 tardies will equal 1 absence
  7. Eligibility for student office and varsity sports – see appropriate section.
  8. Students may file an appeal. All appeals will be presented to the faculty for consideration and any necessary action.
An attendance report will be posted on RenWeb once a week to each student listing his/her cumulative tardies and absences (excused or unexcused). It is the student’s responsibility to carefully check and care for any absence or tardy. All excusable absences and tardies must be cleared within one week of the absence or tardy being uploaded online.

Attendance Grades (Grades 7—12)
Each student receives an attendance score of 10 points per week... Each tardy (at the beginning of the day or between classes) deducts 1 point from the total score. Each unexcused single-period absence deducts 2 points from the total score. In addition, an entire-day absence without a written excuse confirmed as an excused absence according to policy deducts 5 points. See Standard grading scale for grade letter and percent breakdown.
It is not possible to earn back points in attendance. However, a valid written excuse related to illness, medical appointments, or a death in the family by a parent, guardian, teacher, or doctor will be accepted to excuse tardies or absences within a week of the posting. These excused tardies and absences do not deduct points from the attendance score.
Attendance scores are available for viewing at any time. Requests for corrections to attendance scores must be in writing. Contact the office for more information.

Academic Information

Academic Honesty
Student work is expected to be the work of the individual. Any form of plagiarism will not be tolerated. Honesty is expected at all times, including daily work and assignments and testing. Grades will only be issued for students adhering to this policy.

Academic Expectations (Grades 6-12)
  1. All assignments must be completed and turned in on time.
  2. Evaluation is an ongoing process. Any student with a midterm grade below C- may have a conference with the teacher, parents, or principal.
  3. Eligibility for student office and varsity sports is evaluated weekly.
  4. Students with a GPA below 2.0 or an F in any subject may be placed on Academic Probation. If this should occur at the end of second semester, returning students will begin the new school year on academic probation, unless summer school credit replaces the low grades.
  5. All 8th graders taking a high school course must received a grade of C or higher for the class to be applied to a college preparatory diploma. This requirement supersedes the C– minimum grade standard for high school students working for a college preparatory diploma.

Senior Trip Eligibility
In order to participate in the Senior Trip the senior student must:
  • Be passing all required courses for graduation
  • All independent study courses must be completed and verified by the registrar one week prior to leaving on senior trip
  • Attendance and citizenship requirements must be met as listed above
  • Be current on school finances as of April 30
Eligibility for Student Office
To be eligible and remain eligible for an S.A. or J.S.A. office, class office, club office, or other leadership position, a student must:
  1. Have been in attendance at PHAA for nine weeks (one quarter)
  2. Have a 2.0 GPA or better for the preceding semester grading period with no incompletes or F’s
  3. Have at least a C- in attendance and maintain at least a C- in attendance
  4. Have at least a B- in citizenship and maintain at least a B- in citizenship
  5. Have no D’s or F’s – will result in loss of office.
Students who do not meet the above standards will have two weeks to improve in that area. During that time they should attend officers’ meetings and carry out duties. They should take advantage of available tutoring. If the standards are not regained in two week’s time, the office is lost until the end of the term of office. Students may file an appeal. All appeals will be presented to the faculty for consideration and any necessary action.

Eligibility for Varsity Sports
Members must try out, make the team, and remain eligible according to the following criteria:
  1. Maintain a GPA of 2.0 or better.
  2. Have at least a C- in attendance and maintain at least a C- in attendance.
  3. Have at least a B- in citizenship and maintain at least a B- in citizenship.
  4. Have NO D’s or F's
  5. Release of liability, signed and returned
  6. Medical form filled out and returned (physical exam form)
  7. Fees paid.
  8. Eligibility will be evaluated weekly.
 Student athletes who do not meet the above standards will have two weeks to improve in that area. During that time, they should attend practices but will not be eligible to play. The level of practice participation of the student athlete will be determined by the Athletic Director in conjunction with the coach. The student athlete should take advantage of available tutoring. If the standards are not regained in two week’s time, the student athlete will not be eligible to play for the remainder of the season. Student athletes may file an appeal. All appeals will be presented to the faculty for consideration and any necessary action.

Eighth Grade Graduation Requirements
The following requirements must be met before students can obtain a diploma from PHAA:
  • The student must attain a passing yearly average grade in all subjects
  • All tuition and fees must be paid one week before graduation.
  • An eighth-grader who owes money or fails a subject will not march during the graduation exercises and will be issued a diploma only when he/she retakes and passes that subject through summer school, an approved correspondence course, or under the direction of a certified teacher/tutor.
Eighth Grade Academic Honors
The academic honor given at 8th grade graduation will be for students who attain a comprehensive class average of 88% or higher in all core classes during the seventh and eighth grade years.  The comprehensive class average will be calculated using the seventh grade year and the first three quarters of the eighth grade year.  The core classes are as follows:  Bible, Computer Applications, Language Arts, Math, Physical Education, Science, and Social Studies.  
High School Information
Grade Point Average
A GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated on each grade report card based on the following scale.
A          4.0   B-         2.7 D+        1.3
A-         3.7      C+        2.3         D          1.0
B+        3.3  C          2.0  D-         0.7
B          3.0   C-         1.7     F           0.0


Student Load
A student is expected to maintain a full schedule of classes based on the current curriculum. A minimum of five classes must be taken each quarter with no failing grades. The school reserves the right to adjust the student’s program if necessary.
Report Cards: Parent-Teacher Conferences
Grades for the first and third quarters will be given to the parents at the Parent/Teacher conference. The semester and year-ending reports will be mailed. Diplomas, transcripts, and final grades are released only upon the final settlement of the student’s financial account.
College Entrance Tests
The PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) is required for all Juniors to take in the fall. A charge of $14.00 will be required for the test. Sophomores are encourage to take this test as practice, but must still take it in the fall of their junior year.
The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) or the ACT (American College Test) is now required for all seniors. A charge is to be sent in with a registration form. The PHAA high school code is 053-016 for use with the form.

Independent Studies, Correspondence / Outside Credits
Any classes not taken at PHAA must receive prior approval from the Academic Review Committee. If prior approval for an Independent Study is not given, credit will not be applied. Independent Study request forms are available and a full review process based on individual needs will be followed. Please plan ahead by submitting the forms at least one week prior to a class starting and the end of the school year. Requests not submitted in writing at least one week prior to the above-mentioned periods might not be reviewed due to time constraints. Generally, classes are not approved to be taken elsewhere when the course is offered by PHAA and the school schedule makes it possible for the course to be taken while enrolled at PHAA.

Due to the varied policies and methods of different Independent Studies, seniors wishing to participate in graduation exercises need to complete and have grade verification of successful completion by the registrar two weeks prior to graduation weekend. Although it may be possible to receive graduation verification in this time frame, it is advisable to fully complete the independent course prior to Spring Break.
Graduation Requirements
Subject Area General College Prep Honors
English 40 40 40
Religion 40 401 40
Mathematics 20 302 40
Science 20 303 40
Physical Education4 30 30 30
Social Studies5 20 30 30
Life Skills 10 10 10
Technology6 10 10 10
Fine Arts 10 20 30
Health 5 5 5
Work Experience 5 5 5
Career Education Required7 Required7 Required7
Modern Language 0 20 20
Electives 40 0 0
Total Credits 250 270 300
Service Credit Hours 100 100 100

A student may receive an Incomplete (“I”) in a subject if because of illness or other major emergencies the student has failed to turn in sufficient work to merit a grade. Incompletes for any grading period must be made up within four (4) weeks of the end of the grading period unless there is special staff action. If the incomplete is not made up, the student’s grade will be computed based on the points that have been earned.

Class Schedule Change
Parental permission is required for all additions and withdrawals to student schedules. Withdrawals are not permitted after the designated “last day to drop.”
Senior Graduation – Honors & Recognition

   High School Academic Honors
Honors – 3.250-3.749
High Honors – 3.750-4.00
4 Year Recognition – Any student who has completed at least 7 high school semesters at PHAA will be recognized.
12 Year Recognition – Only those students who have missed no more than 1 semester at PHAA in 12 years will be recognized.

Non-School Awards – Any non school academic or scholarships awarded to a graduating senior must be pre-approved three weeks prior to the beginning of graduation to be included in the awards portion of graduation.  Please fill out the special circumstance form scholarship/award approval for recognition at graduation.  The academic committee will review the request.

Minimum Competency
In addition to the total credit and service credit requirements, for a general diploma, the student must attain a 9th grade proficiency in Language Arts and Math on the ITED (Iowa Test of Educational Development - a national standardized test created by the University of Iowa) and pass all required classes. For a college prep diploma, the student must attain a 10th grade proficiency in Language Arts and Math on the ITED and pass all required classes with a minimum grade of C-.   Students seeking an honors diploma must reach an 11th grade proficiency in both Language Arts and Math on the ITED and pass all required classes with a minimum grade of B in all classes.  See Honors Diploma requirements for competencies and requirements.
Where conditions exist that prohibit you, after diligent effort, from attaining the prescribed minimum level, you and your parents may request a waiver for this requirement from the administration and the Curriculum Committee of PHAA.

Graduation Requirements From High School
In order to graduate from Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy, the student should meet the following minimum requirements:
1.       Ten Credits of Religion is required for every year of enrollment in a SDA school.
2.       Must include Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2.
3.       Must include Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
4.       Varsity counts only after PE I & 2 have been completed
5.       US History and Government must be included.
6.       Keyboarding/Computer Applications is required.
7.      Career Ed will now be integrated into Senior Religion.
Freshman  Units  Sophomore Units
Religion I  10 Religion II  10
Algebra I 10 English II  10
English I    10    Geometry    10
Computer Applications 10 Biology  10
Physical Education I    10   Physical Education II 10
Study Skills  10 Health 5
Physical Science           10 World History  10
Electives 3-10 Electives  3-10
Total      70-80 Total    68-75
Junior Units   Senior   Units
Religion III 10 Religion IV 10
English III 10 English IV 10
US History 10 US Government 5
Physical Education III 10 Economics 5
Spanish I  10 Physics   10
Chemistry 10 Advanced Computers 10
Algebra II   10 Pre-Calculus  10
Electives   3-10 Life Skills 10
Total  73-80  Electives  3-10
     Total 73-80
Secondary Class Descriptions
All courses listed below have been developed in accordance with the subject area curriculum standards approved by the Northern California Conference Office of Education, North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists.
Business Education
Keyboarding - Five Credits                                            
This course introduces students to correct keyboarding techniques. The student is going into a world where a proficient use of the keyboard is not only recommended, but also required. The student will learn correct keyboarding techniques and develop usable typing speeds and accuracy. The student will also be introduced to the numerical keypad and basic typing formats for reports, memos, and other types of publications. This is a required course for graduation.

Computer Applications - Five Credits                                            
In today’s world with the integration of technology into most every aspect of our lives, this course will introduce the student to basic computer concepts and terminology, computer ethics and protocol, and computer security. The class will also explore other aspects of computing such as presentations, internet resources, computer hardware, and office document publication. Students will receive first hand experience using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Desktop Publishing - Ten Credits                                            
Fulfills Computer or Life Skills requirements for description of class look under Life skills
Print Media - Ten Credits                                            
This class will study the principles and production of print publications. Students will learn to create school newsletters such as Pleasant Views, promotional and marketing flyers, and explore student created school newspapers. The course is designed to introduce students to desktop publishing, computer generated design and news; feature, and editorial writing. Not offered every year
Fulfills Computer or Life Skills requirements

English I - Ten Credits - AG
Freshman English I is a comprehensive course integrating reading, writing, grammar, speaking, and listening in a literature-based curriculum. Literature will be presented by genre, including the short story, drama, essay, speech, poetry, and the novel. In addition to personal and creative writing, students will learn expository essay structure and beginning research techniques.

English II - Ten Credits - AG
English II builds the skills introduced in English 1. Close reading and critical thinking are encouraged while continuing to discover the writing process and grammatical skills. Vocabulary and research techniques are strengthened as wews, speech communication and improvement in standardized test taking skills with an emphasis in vocabulary and reading comprehension.

English III - Ten Credits - AG
THis course continues an emphasis in the study of America Literature along with a writing focus in both critical and imaginative processes. Portfolio evaluation and intensive study of grammar and usage provide opportunity for improvement of writing skills. Additional activities include journaling, outside reading and composition of book reviews, speech communication and improvement in standardized test taking skills with an emphasis in vocabulary and reading comprehension.

English IV - Ten Credits - AG
This course combines an emphasis in the study of British Literature along with a focus on writing in preparing the student for a working knowledge of English in higher education and the work area. Portfolio evaluation and advanced study of grammar and usage encourage continued use of process writing and improvement of writing skills. Other activities include journaling, speech communication opportunities, an outside reading program and improvement in standardized test taking skills with an emphasis in vocabulary and reading comprehension.

Concert Band - Six Credits                                             
High School students who are proficient on a musical instrument will become acquainted with musical nomenclature, performance practices, and history of instrumental music through rehearsal, performance, lecture, and field study.
Concert Choir - Six Credits - AG
Beginning vocal students will become acquainted with basic musical nomenclature and history of choral music. Aspects of vocal technique, performance practices, and theoretical basics will be presented through rehearsal, performance, lecture, and field study, with attention to cultural and stylistic diversity.
Chamber Singers - Four Credits                                            
Advanced vocal students will study musical nomenclature, performance practices, and history of choral music from the Renaissance to the present through rehearsal, performance, lecture, and field study. Advanced vocal technique, performance practices, and theory will be presented, with attention to cultural and stylistic diversity.

Carillon (Advanced Handbells) - Two Credits                                            
This course provides students in Grades 7-12 who are proficient in handbell performance, and acquainted with musical nomenclature, performance techniques, and the history of handbell music through rehearsal, performance, and lecture.

Music Appreciation - Ten Credits - AG
This course is an introduction into western music and basic music theory. The student will recognize different musical styles from analysis of both oral and written music as well as study the evolution of music from earlier periods to modern music. Students will learn how different aspects of music such as instrumentation, form, style, and other parts affect the overall perception of the piece. Offered odd years.

Private Lessons - Two Credits                                            
Individualized and small group instruction is available on piano, voice, woodwind, and brass instruments.

Small Ensembles - Variable Credit                                          

Art 1 - Six Credits - AG
Students learn studio art (media and techniques) with an emphasis in the Elements of art, which are line, color, shape or form, texture, and value. The students use the fundamentals in portrait, still life, and landscape subjects. Pencil, watercolor, pastel and gouache are emphasized. This is the only A-G approved art course.
Art 2 - Six Credits
Students learn studio art (media and techniques) with an emphasis in the Principles of art, which are repetition, space, variety, rhythm, and emphasis. The class explores mixed media, figure drawing, Asian art, and various subjects using ink, colored pencil, charcoal, and other assorted media.
Art 3 - Six Credits  
Students learn studio art (media and techniques) with an emphasis in the fundamentals of color theory, function and application. The class emphasizes perspective and composition using traditional drawing media such as pencil, ink, watercolor, and pastel
Art 4 - Six Credits                                             
Learn studio art (media and techniques) in a historical setting. Learning from the masters (via slides and videos), they create their own masterpieces in the styles of the period. They also learn to critique and appreciate the works and styles from different periods.

Foreign Languages
Spanish I - Ten Credits - AG
An introduction to the Spanish language (Castellano) to facilitate the development of the communication skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course follows the guidelines as set by the SDA Curriculum Guide for Modern Languages.

Spanish II - Ten Credits - AG
A continuation of the study of Spanish language (Castellano) to advance the development of the communications skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course follows the guidelines for second-year Spanish as set by the SDA Curriculum Guide for Modern Languages.
Suggested Prerequisite: a B - in Spanish I or petition to Academic Standards Committee.

Life Skills
Life Skills - Ten Credits                                            
Life Skills is a comprehensive course in family and consumer sciences with an emphasis in the following areas: study skills, personal development, relationship skills, families and friendships, childcare and development, management and consumer decisions, food, nutrition and wellness, clothing and textiles, as well as housing and living space. Students will be actively involved in discussing relevant issues and strengthening critical thinking through discussions and activities that encourage thoughtful and responsible decision making. Not offered every year
Desktop Publishing - Ten Credits                                            
This course teaches online yearbook creation through Lifetouch yearbook publishing. The course will also use Adobe InDesign and Microsoft software in the creation of the yearbook. Students will also be introduced to other Desktop Publishing software, processes and layout principals for a variety of media. This class can fulfill the requirement for technology or life skills.

Work Experience - Variable Credit                                          
Every student is required to earn a minimum of five (5) semester units of credit in work experience (100 hours). One semester unit of Work Experience Education is given for every block of twenty (20) clock hours of work. Credit is given at the end of each semester and at the end of the summer for work done during that time period only.

Service Credit - 25 Hours Per Year                                       
Each student is required to provide documentation of at least 25 clock hours of service for each year in attendance at an SDA high school. Students may count mission trips, assisting the elderly, volunteer work through a church or non-profit organization, or even service in church with an age group other than their own. Hours of service may be made up from a previous year, but cannot be banked for future years. Forms for submitting volunteer service are provided at the school office.  As with Work Experience, credit is given at the end of each semester and at the end of the summer for service done during that time period only.
*PHAA does not guarantee Work Experience or Community Service on our campus for every student. We encourage our students to go out in their hometown for Community Service and Work Experience. There are a few on campus service and work experience opportunities that students can apply. These opportunities do not guarantee a full completion of work experience or community service hours.
+To ensure credit for community service or work experience choices please contact the registrar prior to participating in the service or work experience.
Practical Work Ethics - Five or Ten Credits                                       
This is an arranged course that will focus on the practical aspects of ethical work and work responsibilities.  The student will need to obtain a regular on campus work position of 160—200 minutes a week.  Once a week the student will meet with the instructor to review and go over assignments.  Instruction and assignments will be in the areas of research on work ethics, job performance, self evaluation and other work related topics. 

*General Math                       See Algebra I & IA

Algebra IA* - Ten Credits
This introductory Algebra course covers the first semester of Algebra I over an entire school year. The student is introduced to the fundamentals of Algebra while reviewing basic mathematical principles. Topics covered will include expressions, algebraic properties, number systems, solving equations and inequalities, and working with polynomials and radicals.  Must complete both Algebra IA & IB to successful the Algebra I requirement.
Algebra IB* - Ten Credits
This continuation course, in conjunction with Algebra IA will complete the requirement of Algebra I. Algebra IB picks up where Algebra IA left off with linear functions. Solving, graphing, and analysis of linear functions along with work with inequalities and radical and quadratic equations finish this two year Algebra I series. Must complete both Algebra IA & IB to finish the Algebra I requirement.
*The purpose of Algebra IA & IB is to help student successfully fulfill the requirements of Algebra I at a more manageable pace for diverse learning styles.
Algebra I - Ten Credits-AG
Algebra is considered the language of mathematics; therefore, its study is vital. This course is designed as a more integrated curriculum than traditional algebra. It includes additional topics of geometry, statistics and probability. More attention is paid to real-world problem solving. Students will not receive a diploma without successfully completing this class. Students needing a different approach to successfully complete Algebra I will be transferred to an Algebra I course (Algebra IA & IB) which will be taught over a two-year period. *General Math has been eliminated.
Geometry - Ten Credits - AG
This course offers a foundation in the essentials of Geometry and Trigonometry with applications to the real world. The language of geometry and trigonometry, including but not limited to, reasoning, proofs, parallels, congruent triangles, quadrilaterals, similarity, right triangles, circles, polygons and area, surface area, volume, loci and transformations are all studied. A scientific calculator is required.
Prerequisites: Algebra I: Grade of C– or better.
Algebra II - Ten Credits - AG
A required course for those students who wish to receive a college preparatory diploma, this course explores the topics covered in Algebra I more in-depth. Through complex problems and applications to real life, the student will find practical uses of mathematical concepts such as linear equations and inequalities, functions, matrices, polynomials, exponential and logarithmic equations, conics, probability and statistical analysis as well as with more advanced topics in trigonometry. Although just a scientific calculator is required, the student will be doing a lot of graphing, so a graphing calculator is highly recommended.
Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of Algebra I and Geometry, or with instructor and administration approval.
Pre-Calculus - Ten Credits - AG
This course is designed for the serious mathematics student. Students with the intentions of perusing careers in mathematics, sciences, or engineering will need this class as a springboard to college mathematics. Throughout the year, the student will learn topics such as, but not limited to the properties of the trigonometric functions and their applications, identities, rectangular and polar graphing, complex numbers, logarithmic and exponential functions, sequences and series, analytic geometry, derivatives, and limits.
Prerequisites: Suggest a B- in Algebra II

Physical Education & Health
Health - Five Credits
This course will guide the students through topics such as physical health, mental health, nutrition, physical fitness, substance abuse, modern health problems, and first aid. We will also identify what the Bible and Ellen White say about health and how to build and maintain a healthy body and mind.
Physical Education I & II - Ten Credits
A basic introduction of fundamental skills necessary to play different team sports. Flag football, volleyball, basketball, track and field, and softball are some of the sports covered. Emphasis is placed on rules, skill development, physical fitness, conditioning, knowledge, comprehension, and basic teamwork.
Physical Education III & IV - Ten Credits
Deals with advanced levels of many sports. It includes lifetime and recreational sports such as golf, tennis, swimming and aerobics. Emphasis includes skill mastery, proper mental attitude, and leadership development.
Varsity - Two Credits
An advanced level of interscholastic sports and competition, emphasis includes skill mastery, mental discipline, attitude, teamwork, and leadership development. The team sports include football, volleyball, basketball, and softball. Note: Varsity credit can not be applied until Physical Education I & II are successfully completed.

Religion I - Ten Credits
This course is designed to build and improve students’ relationships with God, helping them to view Him as their personal friend and Savior. Lessons cover the historical development of the Bible and its reliability. The lessons also deal with God’s gift of the Sabbath and salvation. Then the class delves into the experiences and relationships with selected families in the Old Testament and the application of biblical principles to their own family today.
Religion II - Ten Credits
This course uses the new Crossroads Series; this course is a study of the Gospel beginning with the Israelites, continuing through the early Christian church, concluding with Adventism and the Second Coming. The goal is for students to learn about the Christian church its structure, doctrines, and message. Students will learn how they can help to spread the Gospel to those whom they meet.
Religion III - Ten Credits
This course focuses on Daniel and Revelation, Romans, and other doctrinal studies. The goal is for students to learn about the Bible in sufficient detail so that they can then share the message of a wonderful Savior with others. Community service and other outreach programs are introduced.
Religion IV - Ten Credits
Emphasis is given to practical Christian living. Topics of study include biblical principles, which are basic to personal development and to success in one’s relationships in the home, the church, and the community. Units explore how to live successfully as a Seventh-day Adventist Christian at work, at home, and socially. Additional units explore careers and family life (from dating to retirement). Career Education will be incorporated into Religion IV as part of the Marriage and Family Unit.

Physical Science - Ten Credits
Physical Science is a science based upon the analysis of data. The realm of physical includes physics, chemistry, and the interaction of these upon the environment. This course deals mainly with the conceptual aspects of the physical sciences preparing students for greater understanding of the concepts presented in biology, chemistry, and physics.
Biology - Ten Credits - AG
This course is designed to teach the basic laws and principles of life and nature, as given by the Creator, and how they apply to our lives. This is a laboratory-based course and learning activities require laboratory experiences, nature collections, projects, field trips, reports, lectures, demonstrations, discussions, and videos. Topics include symbiosis, biochemistry, microbiology, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, genetics, DNA biotechnology and engineering, protein synthesis, origins and evolution, classification, plants, fungi, monerans, protists, viruses, invertebrate and vertebrate animals. Laboratory sessions are required. Two semesters 
Chemistry - Ten Credits - AG
This course is a quantitative laboratory science, which studies the composition and changes of matter based upon controlled experiments, logic and theory. The course consists of lectures, demonstrations, discussions, laboratory experiences, internet resources, and videos. Topics include atomic structure, the elements and the periodic table, chemical formulas, reactions and equations, Stoichiometry, states of matter, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, reductions and oxidation, and thermodynamics. Scientific laws, theories, principles, and concepts are taught from a perspective that promotes an appreciation for the wisdom and creative power of God. Laboratory sessions are required as well as a scientific calculator. Two semesters.
Prerequisite: Completion or concurrent enrollment in Algebra II.
Physics - Ten Credits - AG
This course is a laboratory science based upon the analysis and interpretation of physical data with the Newtonian and Quantum theory. The course consists of lectures, demonstrations, discussions, laboratory experiences, internet resources, and videos. Topics include the mechanics of motion, force, momentum, work, energy, waves and light, electricity and magnetism. Laboratory sessions are required as well as a scientific calculator.
Prerequisite: Completion or concurrent enrollment in Algebra II.

Social Studies
World History - Ten Credits - AG
In this course, students examine the history of the world from ancient civilizations to Desert Storm. During this journey, the students learn to understand the connections between the past and the present and understand the roots of current world issues, especially as they relate to current events. This course invites students not only to explore world history, but also to examine it in detail. In addition, this course encourages the students to think critically, examining issues from various sources in order to make educated implications.
U.S. History - Ten Credits - AG
In this course, students will acquire knowledge of the history of the United States, the development of its institutions and culture. Students will continually revise what it means to be an “American,” as they view events through the following themes: reform movements, values, economics, technology, environment, diversity, unity and conflict, culture, democracy, and our relationship to the rest of the world.
U.S. Government - Five Credits - AG
In this course, students will pursue a deeper understanding of the institutions of American Government. In addition, they will compare the various systems of government around the world today. The student will understand the principles of the Constitution that create our democratic form of government. Topics to be studied include Federalism, the legislative/ executive/ judicial/ branches of government, politics (political parties, the electoral process, role of the media, and importance of participation), state and local government and current events/ issues. In addition, the student will learn the fundamentals of economics and compare/ contrast various economic systems.
Economics - Five Credits - AG
Students study each of the three major divisions in economics: microeconomics, macroeconomics, and international economics. Analysis of these areas as they relate to the law of supply and demand will be studied. In this modern age of computers and instant information, the students are given an opportunity to observe the complexity of a global economy.

Student Organizations
Student Association (S.A.)
S.A. is a student organization for all students in Grades 9-12. The purpose of this organization is to foster the mental, physical, social and spiritual activities of the organization, and to develop high qualities of leadership and Christian character.
The Student Association is comprised of the students in Grades 9-12, and staff. This organization fosters the general interests, ideals, and 4Rs of PHAA. The S.A. provides an opportunity for students to obtain needed practice in such citizenship activities as intelligent voting, parliamentary procedure, able leadership in public action, and social skills. The outstanding programs, picnics, banquets, and other projects sponsored by the S.A. are evidences of its merit. This organization coordinates staff and student activities toward a common goal. It awakens the students to knowledge of their rights, their responsibilities, and their common interest in the 4Rs of PHAA.
Student Senate
The Student Senate is a forum made up of class, S.A., and staff representatives. It is the representative’s function to collaborate with staff and students. The committee makes recommendations regarding dreams, concerns and interests. The goal of a student senate is to create a better school environment.
Senior Trip Policy
All Pacific Union & NCC Policies supersede local school policy
No out of country trips may be taken
1.    $200 from each individual (cash, check or credit from individual fundraising) must be received at the business office by the end of the junior year.
2.    Final location & cost of trip must be determined by the end of the 6th week of the senior year.
3.    50% of the remaining individual student balance must be received by the end of first quarter of the senior year.
4.    Individual student final payment is due by the last day of January.
5.    No refunds once the first reservation has been confirmed.
Alternative Plans –
6.    Missing Junior Year Deadlines – Southern California Trip if able to be done for 65% of original cost estimate.  If no original cost estimate $650 cap.
7.    Missing Senior First Quarter Deadline – Northern, Central California or Tahoe Trip if able to be done for 50% of original cost estimate or 50% of $650 if no original estimate was determined = $325.
8.    Missing Senior Semester Deadline – Bay Area Senior Ditch Day using available collected funds to date.
Parent Section
Home and School Association
The Home and School Association provides parents with opportunities to be acquainted with the school’s objectives, ideals, and personnel. A child’s success in school is influenced, to a large degree, by the parents’ relationship and attitudes toward the school and its activities. Parents are encouraged to take an active part in the affairs of the Home and School Association.

Parent Participation Program 
Historically parent participation programs began to help foster parent involvement in their children’s education. Research showed that students did better if the parents came to school and participated, thus the beginning of parent participation programs. Over the years, different schools modified the reach of these programs. Some schools, such as ours, modified the program by sharing school needs and added helping the school or teacher to the “how to be involved with your child at school” parent participation options. We believe parent involvement including coming to a school program or cutting out shapes at home for the classroom is also an important component of a parent participation program.

Opportunities for Completing Parent Participation Hours
There are so many ways to complete hours not all will be listed. Watch for announcements, be creative, ask and suggest options. Please make prior arrangements when coming to school for parent participation hours. A few are listed here:
·         Come to a school program or function – just for fun
·         Drive a student or group of students to an off campus event (field trips, music concerts, games, etc.)
·         Come watch a sporting event, cheer our teams on
·         Come play at recess
·         Assist a teacher
·         Help our Home & School
·         Create & cleanup school functions
·         Help out around the school – grounds, custodial, physical plant – we need you!
Record Keeping Procedure & Crediting Hours 
Parents will record hours online. Please record as you complete the hours. Parent Participation hours should be reported throughout the school year. Billing occurs for any hours not served or recorded by April 20 of the current year. At some big events such as the fall festival, the binder will be brought to the event and yes, double hours for cleanup will still be given and approved by a staff member at the event. Most of the record keeping will be done by the parents on the honor system, you write it in the binder we post it as completed. Our goal for PHAA: A successful Parent Participation Program means no family is billed unless they choose that option!”
If you are unable to fulfill and record your participation hours by the April 20 deadline, here is how you will be billed. The amount owed will be added to your account in the May and/or June supplemental billing.  Hours served or recorded after April 25  will be credited towards the hours required for the upcoming academic year.
Time Requirements:   
                     Two-parent family = 30 hours or $500 (Per Academic Year)
                     Single-parent family = 15 hours or $250.00 (Per Academic Year)
 Per-hour Billing Rate:  $17.00/hour (April 20, 2012)
Donation of Parent Participation Hours:

A maximum of 25% of Parent Participation hours may be donated to your account. Four hours may be donated to a single-parent family and eight hours may be donated to a two-parent family.  This means, a single-parent family is required to work 11 of the 15 hours and a two-parent family is required to work 22 of the 30 hours.
Donation of Goods: Not applicable to Parent Participation

Financial Information
The Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy Board attempts to keep school charges as low as possible, consistent with good business practices. The following general financial policies have been adopted and will be followed.

Payment of Accounts
Tuition is to be paid in 10 equal payments. The first payment is due when you register or the late registration date August 12, 2013. The remainder of the payment schedule is:
September 15  December 15 March 15
October 15 January 15 April 15
November 15 February 15 May 15
If the 15th of the month falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or a holiday, the payment is due on the following school day.  Payments can be made by check, cash or credit card. We accept Visa and Master Card.
Statements will be mailed about the first of the month and are due on the 15th.  Accounts not paid in full by the end of the month, will be charged a late fee of $10 per month. 
Because of space limitations, monthly statements provide information on only the transactions enacted during the just-completed month. Upon request, however, parents may obtain a complete and detailed history of their child’s account.
Financial Policy
It is the financial policy of the school to limit the past due accounts of a student or family to a maximum of two months tuition. No student may remain enrolled if this will cause the student’s bill to be more than two months past due. If the account is not cleared and no arrangements are made after 45 days, a withdrawal notice will be mailed to parents. After 60 days, of delinquency, you will be asked to withdraw and student will not be admitted to the classroom until balance is paid in full. The only exception to the preceding policy would be if the parent or responsible party submits to the Finance Committee or Business Manager an acceptable payment plan, in writing, of the past due amount. Any further delinquency on the regular account, or on the approved plan, would mean removal of the student from school.
Tuition charges are based on 180 school days and school credit completed each semester. Tuition is billed on the basis of 10 payments. Tuition refunds are based on the percentage of the school year the student is enrolled in school.
Each constituent church has a plan to assist their members in making Christian education possible for young people who need such assistance. Parents or guardians should secure an application form from the school or church office and return it no later than two weeks prior to registration.

Unpaid accounts of the previous school year must be paid before a student can register or receive discounts. A student transferring from another private school must show that his/her previous account is paid in full before enrolling at Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy.
Tuition Rates
The tuition rates listed below are to be paid in ten equal monthly payments. The first payment is due upon registration or by the late registration day August 9, 2012.
Grade  Yearly   Monthly
Grades K-6 Tuition 6570.00 657.00
Grades K-6 Tuition (S) 6110.00 611.00
Grades K-6 Tuition (C) 5040.00  504.00
Grades 7-8 Tuition 8640.00 864.00
Grades 7-8 Tuition (S) 7910.00  791.00
Grades 7-8 Tuition (C) 6640.00 664.00
Grades 9-12 Tuition 10,470.00 1,047.00
Grades 9-12 Tuition (S) 9890.00 989.00
Grades 9-12 Tuition (C 8320.00 832.00

Tuition Rate Inclusions:
The aforementioned tuition rates now include the following fees previously charged separately:
Registration   Home and School  Student Supplies
Technology    Art Supplies    Science Lab
Jr. High Student Body Student Association Graduation
Earthquake Kits Symphony Book Deposit
Textbooks Get Acquainted Day  Etc.
Constituents SDA (C) includes parents or guardians who are members of the Oakland Grand Avenue, Oakland Spanish, Pleasant Hill, Vallejo-Berea, Vallejo Central, and San Ramon SDA Churches. Bay area churches which pay a subsidy directly to the school, also members of churches which pay a subsidy in support of a Seventh-day Adventist school in the Northern California Conference of SDA.

SDA (S) includes parents or guardians that belong to a Seventh-day Adventist Church which does not subsidize a Seventh-day Adventist school.
International Students:  Please contact the school office and look on the International Students Page.

Family Discounts                                  % of Tuition for each child
     Two (2) students attending from the same family ...................... 2%
     Three (3) or more students attending from the same family .... 7.5%

Family Discount Policy
For students receiving scholarships, these credits will not be applied to the account until payment has been made on the account by the family.

Incentive Programs
We have four incentive programs that offer savings in tuition during the second semester if verified. Only the largest single incentive will be applied.  Applicable to students enrolling in grades 2 -12 only.
  • First time at PHAA - FIRST MONTH FREE
  • Referral Discount - a current family at PHAA who refers a new family to the school who subsequently enrolls for the year will be given a discount of $400-$700 (Elementary $400, High School $700) which will be discounted from their tuition balance during the second semester.
                                           *Additional Charges
PE Uniform (Grades 7-12) $30.00 Each Uniform
Private Music Lessons $25.00 Per Lesson
Instrument Rental(s) $25.00 Per Month
Extended Care $ 2.50 Per 1/2 hr or fraction thereof
Extended Care Late Fee $10.00 Per each 15 min or fraction thereof
NSF Checks $25.00 Per check returned by the bank
Outdoor Education (Gr. 6 & 8) $400.00 Estimated
Bible Conferences $120.00 Estimated
SA/JSB Banquets $35.00-$60.00 Estimated
Varsity/Jr. Varsity $250.00-$500.00 Estimated
Music Uniform $125.00 Estimated
High School Study Tour* $600 to $800 Estimated
Class Field Trips - Varies 
*The Study Tour includes, Academic, Music, Service & Outreach Components

Extended Care Charges
The charge for extended day care is $2.50 per half hour for each student:  beginning 15 minutes after school is dismissed at the end of the day. There will be a charge of $10.00 per fifteen minutes for each student who remains on campus after 6:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and after 4:30 p.m. on Friday.
Music Lessons
Private music lessons are available and will be charged on a per lesson basis. Lessons which are not given because of a student’s irregular attendance, or because a student’s instrument is missing, will be billed, and will not be rescheduled.

Parent Participation – See details in previous section above
Time Requirements:
Two-parent family = 30 hours or $500 (Per Academic Year
Single-parent family = 15 hours or $250.00 (Per Academic Year)
Per-hour Billing Rate = $17.00/hour (April 26, 2011)
Donation of Goods =    Not applicable to Parent Participation

Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy
This program is designed to provide for our International Students with academic support, guidance, and homestay services. The students have access to language acquisition support, college prep information, graduation requirements, academic planning, and homework help as needed. Each student comes with a different set of needs and skills and we meet each students at their level of needs and goals. All International Students attending PHAA is also a participant in ISAAP. Please see the Coordinator or our School Principal for more details on services.

ISAAP Student Tuition and Fees
International students are charged a different tuition rate and fees per each grade section.

Non-Refundable International Student Registration Fee (any grade level): $5,000.00*
*This fee is for Registration only and is Non-Refundable. This amount does not include any tuition fees or other fees or charges for trips, activities outside of class, or other school-sponsored activities. 
For more information and details for International Students, please contact us directly by phone or go directly to our International Students Page on our website.

All International Students are required to participate in most extra-curricular activities that may include: Sports/Varsity, Music/Educational Tours, Community Service activities, Banquets/Dinners, Student Association events, Fundraising, etc.

Private music and voice lessons are also available and highly encouraged. The tuition fee for International Students also covers services provided by the International Students Academic Assistance Program (ISAAP). If you have any questions about ISAAP, please speak with the Coordinator and/or our School Principal.

International Students requiring Homestay Services must be aware that the fee for Homestay Services is not part of the Tuition Fee.

International Student Admissions Procedures
International students who sincerely desire a Christian education from a Seventh-day Adventist school may apply at PHAA. Students who live with qualified sponsors will be considered for admission. All international students accepted into PHAA must attend for a minimum of two (2) Academic years to be eligible for high school graduation. Students in lower grades (1st thru 8th) who desire admission as an international student will be considered only if they will be living with their parents or relatives – NOT guardians or sponsors.

First-Time International Students:

  • Complete PHAA application packet and submit it to the Administration office
  • Attach translated transcripts to the application packet; PHAA reserves the right to designate a translator at applicant’s expense
  • Provide most recent TOEFL score
  • Provide two (2) recommendation letters written in or translated into English
  • Meet application deadline of March 21, 2014
  • Arrange for a Skype interview with our Principal

Once these steps are taken and the applicant is pre-accepted, the application will be processed. Final acceptance is based on current English command, the most current grades, attendance record and citizenship (behavior). Students will be notified of acceptance via email and the final acceptance letter will be mailed to the address listed on the application. The letter will also contain further instructions and deadlines.

Processing the I-20
One-half (1/2) of the year’s tuition must be paid in full prior to I-20 issuance. The remaining tuition balance will be due and payable prior to the following new semester. Once the I-20 is processed, it will be sent, along with a Final Letter of Acceptance, by FedEx to the address on the original application. It will include important information to be able to meet other admissions deadlines.

Elementary/Middle School Students (Grades 1-8)
Younger than High School students are expected to live with their parent(s) and NOT with any PHAA Homestay family. Proof of parent relationship to the student will be required and requested during the applications process. However, the admissions process and requirements remain the same.

High School Students (Grades 9-12)
Students applying for any high school grade (9th thru 12th), will be considered for Admissions whether or not they live with their parent(s), guardian(s) or a designated Host/Sponsor family. Any other living arrangement (i.e. – relatives, extended family, family friends, etc.) must be discussed with and approved of by the School Admissions and Administration. Students already living alone or independently from their family will not be accepted into PHAA.


Address/Telephone Changes
Any changes in our students’ address/telephone or contact information must be reported immediately. It is imperative that student records are updated accordingly in case of an emergency, for the mailing of official transcripts and report cards and any other important contact that should take place during the school year. Students will notify all parties involved in their student life: PHAA Staff/Administration, Homestay parent(s), and/or Faculty. A letter from a parent or other guardian/sponsor will suffice as well.


Medical/Immunization Information
In compliance with California State Law, medical and immunization forms must be completed and returned to the Administration Office prior to attending classes at PHAA. Immunization records must be in writing and signed by a physician. The following immunizations and tests are required:

  • Measles (Rubeola and Rubella, or proof of having had the disease)
  • DPT series (includes diphtheria, pertussis/whooping cough, and tetanus)
  • Salk o Sabin Polio vaccine series
  • Mumps
  • Current TB (tuberculosis) clearance
  • Proof of parent relationship to student for student applying for 8th grade or below
  • Proof of residency with parent, guardian or qualified sponsor for any student applying for grades 9-12

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