April 27, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions
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Do you offer financial aid?


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What are the age limits for Eagle?


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Do you accept transfer credits?


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What is the deadline for the upcoming school year?


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How many students are currently using your on-line program?


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What is the best way for parents to contact the teachers?


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Do you have written information that you could send me?


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What curriculum do you use?


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Does the tuition include materials, books, etc.?


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Where do you find the books?


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How much will books cost?


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Do you have any suggestions on how to get books for less money?


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How long will it take to do their work?


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Do students have to be online the whole time they are working?


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Can more than one student use the same computer?


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How do we pay for this?


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Do they have to be online at a specific time?


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What about time differences for chats and SKYPE conversations?


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What if they need to talk to their teachers?


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What is SKYPE?


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Class Chats? How secure are the chat rooms?


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What if we have computer problems, have to be out of town or go on vacation?


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What about report cards and transcripts?


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What about achievement tests? Can students take them through you?


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Do the students have interactions with other students?


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Do I have to enroll my child for a full load of classes?


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Do you offer a diploma?


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Are you accredited?


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Do you offer summer school?


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What do you believe?


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What about graduation ceremonies?


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What is an estimated cost for a fulltime HS student?


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What is an estimated cost for a fulltime JH student?


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Do you offer discounts for returning students?


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Is there financial aid for missionary families?


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What kind of grading system do you use?


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How does your math curriculum work?


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Does Eagle provide assistance in preparing for college?


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If I withdraw from Eagle, can I get a tuition refund?


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How do you deal with plagiarism at Eagle?


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Can I take more than 6 courses?


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What happens if a student transfers from another school to Eagle during a semester?


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What would a daily work load be for a 7th grader? What is required both from the student and the parent? How involved would the parent be?


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How do I request transcripts of my courses for college application?


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Can a Valley Christian Student transfer to Eagle Christian?


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How do I get a transcript sent to my new school?



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Do you offer financial aid?
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Limited financial aid is available to attend Eagle Christian School. Maximum financial aid available is a 20% discount toward required the tuition. The $100 registration fee is required in full and is non-refundable. To be considered for financial aid the family must submit a letter to the principal detailing their financial need and the amount of tuition they can commit to. Requests for financial aid without these items will not be considered.

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What are the age limits for Eagle?
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Eagle enrollment is based on grade levels not age limits. To be a student in Eagle Christian School the student must be in grades 6-12.

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Do you accept transfer credits?
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If you wish to transfer credits into Eagle from another school or a home-school program, you will need to submit the proper materials. To transfer credits from another school, request the school to send a copy of the official transcript to Eagle Christian School, Principal at principal@eaglechristian.org or FAX (888) 241-8108.

To transfer credits from a home-school program, you will need to send in detailed documentation of the work you did. Include materials used (text books, instruction materials, etc.), time spent in instruction and evaluation (hours listed on a weekly basis - The number of hours spent in instruction and testing count toward earning credit. Practice time needs to be documented, but doesn’t count towards the guideline of 90 hours required per semester. ), testing/evaluation procedures (written, oral or presentation) with grades for each evaluation, etc. The Eagle Office will evaluate the materials and let you know what credits we will accept into our program.

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What is the deadline for the upcoming school year?
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Classes begin the last week of August for the Fall semester and the middle of January for the Spring semester. Summer semester runs during June and July. Please refer to the current calendar for more specific dates. New students attend student orientation the week before classes begin. We will accept applications after this date on a case-by-case basis.

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How many students are currently using your on-line program?
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We have averaged 35 - 50 students over the past five years.

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What is the best way for parents to contact the teachers?
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When a student is enrolled with Eagle Christian School the student receives as username and password to enter the EaglePortal. The parents receive a separate username and password to the ParentPortal. Parents can call the teacher during their office hours using Skype or by using the ParentPortal, the parents can contact their student’s teachers any time and view their children's grades and assignment history for all courses.

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Do you have written information that you could send me?
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All information about the school is listed on our website; however, if you have specific questions please contact the Eagle Principal by email for further information at principal@eaglechristian.org. We do have printed brochures available.

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What curriculum do you use?
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We do not use a pre-packaged curriculum. We do use some books from A Beka and Bob Jones. Eagle develops its own curriculum taking materials from a variety of solid Bible based resources.

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Does the tuition include materials, books, etc.?
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Tuition does not cover the cost of textbooks. Some classes will require the purchase of textbooks and other supplementary materials.

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Where do you find the books?
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You will be directed to our curriculum resource page. We list several sites that have the books available.

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How much will books cost?
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An average full time Junior High student could spend up to $50 on text books and required materials. An average full time High School student could spend up to $150 on text books and required materials. These estimates are based on retail prices.

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Do you have any suggestions on how to get books for less money?
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There are several ways to minimize those costs. Most of our book sites offer both new and used books. Used books cost less. You may have a local home schooling association that has used textbook sales. You may be able to find some books for less locally. If you have a Barnes & Noble retail store in your area, they may order books for you and not be charged for shipping. Amazon.com often has the most reasonable prices if purchasing online.

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How long will it take to do their work?
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The amount of time spent varies from student to student. We strongly suggest that each student set aside an hour a day to work on each subject. Students who struggle in math should plan to invest at least one hour per day, five days a week, in order to stay on schedule.

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Do students have to be online the whole time they are working?
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No, they do not have to be online the whole time. Some of their time might be spent reading or on a required writing assignment. Most of their online time would be spent turning in their assignments, doing any online quiz, or any online research required, reading/replying to course mail, in a class chat or on Skype with their teachers.

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Can more than one student use the same computer?
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Yes. However, we leave it to each family that has multiple computer users to work out their own parameters for computer use.

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How do we pay for this?
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A $100 registration fee is required at the time of enrollment and non-refundable. Tuition may be paid in full at the beginning of the semester or paid in 4 payments (due before the end of the Semester). We offer an online payment option for credit card users.

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Do they have to be online at a specific time?
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No. Teachers keep specific office hours, and if a student needs to chat (using Skype for voice or text) with that teacher, they will need to arrange to be online when the teacher has office hours. The only other time that is ‘time critical’ is a scheduled classroom chat.

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What about time differences for chats and SKYPE conversations?
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Teachers try to schedule chats to fit the broadest range of time zones possible. Class chats are a wonderful enhancement to the class. The teacher and students all meet in the chatroom (part of the portal) and exchange ideas.

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What if they need to talk to their teachers?
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Teachers have specific office hours when they are available to chat (using Skype for voice or text). If the matter isn’t pressing, they can send their teacher a course email.

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What is SKYPE?
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SKYPE is an Instant Messaging (by text or voice) program. It is available as a free download from the Internet. It allows teachers and students to communicate using voice and typing.

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Class Chats? How secure are the chat rooms?
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The Portal program we use is 'locked' and available only to those with a username and password. Each chat room is located within the student's classroom. There are NO publicly accessed chats in the Portal.

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What if we have computer problems, have to be out of town or go on vacation?
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If you are going to be out of town, and know ahead of time it is a good idea to have your student send a course email to each teacher letting them know that you will be out of town. Let the teachers know how long you will be gone, and make arrangements about how to deal with the work the student will be missing while he or she is gone. If you have computer problems or have to make an emergency trip a phone message to the principal will be passed on to the teachers.

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What about report cards and transcripts?
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Report cards and transcripts are available as PDF documents for you to view and/or print online utilizing the parent's EaglePortal account. Continuous updates of student grades, assignment history and instructor feedback are available for parents to view online. NOTE: Overdue tuition balances will prevent parents from viewing report cards/transcripts online and from requesting official transcripts until payment arrangements are made.

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What about achievement tests? Can students take them through you?
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No. Achievement tests are given under carefully regulated conditions. Geographic locations make it impossible for us to monitor the testing conditions. Many home school support groups have opportunities for tests to be given. When a student is old enough to take the PSAT, ACT or SAT tests, we can give you our school number. The results will be mailed to us and we can post those scores on a student’s transcript.

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Do the students have interactions with other students?
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Students have opportunities to ‘meet’ each other in class chats, class message boards, and Skype. Students are introduced to each other through Advisor groups organized by their grade level.

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Do I have to enroll my child for a full load of classes?
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No, you do not. You can enroll for 1 class or 6! Eagle is a very flexible program. A home schooling parent may not feel comfortable teaching a certain class. (Chemistry comes to mind.) They can enroll their student for that class and continue home schooling their student in their other classes. You may also decide to ‘leave it all to us’ and enroll in 4—6 classes.

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Do you offer a diploma?
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Yes, we do. To receive a diploma a student must meet all of our graduation requirements and be enrolled as a full time student their senior year. Any schoolwork not done through us must be verified before we can issue credit.

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Are you accredited?
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Eagle Christian School is accredited through the Norwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC), an accreditation division of AdvancED. This is a nationally recognized agency that works not only with online schools, but with many public and private schools around the world. While accreditation in itself does not ensure quality Christian education, it is our commitment to pursue excellence and educational accreditation.

Our parent and onsite school, Valley Christian, is a Montana state accredited school. Our curriculum guidelines follow the National Core requirements.

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Do you offer summer school?
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Eagle's summer session runs from the first Monday of June through the end of July (approximately 8 weeks). Due to the increased pace of instruction, a maximum of 3 courses are allowed.

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What do you believe?
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We are an interdenominational ministry. Please see our Statement of Faith listed on this web site.

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What about graduation ceremonies?
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Eagle offers an on-site graduation ceremony at our parent school, Valley Christian School in Missoula, Montana. This is a great time of fellowship for students with a desire to meet classmates and teachers. Graduation is scheduled the Saturday following Finals week for the Spring Semester.

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What is an estimated cost for a fulltime HS student?
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A fulltime HS student pays $2,700 (tuition and registration fees), plus $50-$150 for books, etc. for an entire year.

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What is an estimated cost for a fulltime JH student?
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A fulltime JH student pays $2,700 (tuition and registration fees), plus $50-$75 for books, etc. for an entire year.

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Do you offer discounts for returning students?
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Yes - returning families will receive an $80/student credit toward next year's tuition.

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Is there financial aid for missionary families?
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Financial aid for missionary families would be considered according to need and number of students enrolled. Maximum financial aid available is a 20% discount toward required tuition.

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What kind of grading system do you use?
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Eagle utilizes a conventional A, B, C, D, F grading system. While we seek to emphasize learning over grades, we strive to make our grades reflective of student competence, achievement and most of all, a measurement of actual learning.

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How does your math curriculum work?
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For our high school math curriculum we subscribe to online textbooks provide through Holt McDougal. This provides students with a complete textbook and a video lecture of each lesson. Students also have a variety of resources available to help reinforce their learning. This type of curriculum provides consistent review at a solid pace, yet also allows students gifted in math to move ahead at their own pace. This service is provided by the school, there is no additional charge to the students.

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Does Eagle provide assistance in preparing for college?
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Eagle provides a General Studies and College Prep plan. In the College Prep plan, students are required to take more advanced courses that will help to prepare them for college. This plan includes additional Math and Science requirements, along with English courses that stress writing and evaluation skills. Eagle offers a SAT/ACT Prep course designed specifically to help students increase their math scores. Several Dual Credit Courses are offered through Moody Bible Institute at a discounted rate. Students receive college credit, to get a head start on their college career, while also receiving credit toward their high school graduation.

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If I withdraw from Eagle, can I get a tuition refund?
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The $100 registration fee is non-refundable If a student officially withdraws by notifying the Eagle Principal and receiving confirmation of withdrawal, before the first day of classes, tuition is refunded except the $75 non-refundable registration fee. Students are required to pay the full month's tuition if they have attended school during any portion of that month. A student is considered to be attending school until the Principal has been sent an official withdrawal request (though email). You

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How do you deal with plagiarism at Eagle?
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We operate on an honor system at Eagle Christian School. We subscribe to a online plagiarism program that allows our staff to submit papers for verification of original work. As Christians, we must have and demonstrate a high level of integrity in all of our actions. Our integrity and honesty is often the "light" the world will see when they look at us. A student at Eagle will have many opportunities to live an honest, upright life within the school environment. In a school setting, we are particularly concerned with issues such as: plagiarism, cheating, altering the work of another student, fabricating information on reports, etc. These are not little "school issues". We view them as major life issues and will deal with them accordingly.

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Can I take more than 6 courses?
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Since 6 courses are considered full-time, additional courses may be taken at an for an additional $225/course.

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What happens if a student transfers from another school to Eagle during a semester?
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If a student transfers to Eagle during a semester, transfer credit may be given upon receipt of an official transcript from the student's previous school. Tuition will be pro-rated according to the time remaining in the current semester. If for any reason a student cannot transfer credits, the student must complete all course work assigned by the instructor and pay the full tuition amount.

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What would a daily work load be for a 7th grader? What is required both from the student and the parent? How involved would the parent be?
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Here is a sample schedule for a FT JH student (7th Grade): Bible/PE, Math (Pre-Algebra), History, Science, English. The student would begin the week by logging into our school site with their own username and password and their courses would appear on their Profile Page. They would select each class and view the assignments due for the week. Usually we suggest that a student spend about 45 – 60 minutes a class per day. Bible/PE would have a Bible lesson for the week consisting of readings from the Bible and questions to think about as they read. The PE portion of the class requires a 30 min workout 5 times weekly. They can do any type of physical activity, as long as they tell the instructor what they’re doing (swimming, biking, running, karate lessons, etc) and report this on a weekly form. Math would requires a similar daily commitment (45-60 min) and allows the student to work at their own pace or contact the teacher during their posted office hours if they need help on a concept or assignment. The other classes would require 2 to 3 assignments a week so students may work on Science today and History tomorrow. We ask the parents to help the student make a weekly plan to ensure they have the time to complete their assignments on time.

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How do I request transcripts of my courses for college application?
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Send the College or University's Admissions Office address, Fax number and email to the Eagle Principal at principal@eaglechristian.org. (NOTE: One transcript is free with a graduates diploma, additional transcripts cost $2.50 for Faxed copies and $5.00 for mailed copies. (If more than one is required at a time each additional transcript is $2.50)

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Can a Valley Christian Student transfer to Eagle Christian?
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Eagle Christian is an extension of Valley Christian; however, admission to one school does not automatically mean you are admitted to the other. A Valley Christian student who wishes to attend Eagle Christian will need to complete the application forms.

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How do I get a transcript sent to my new school?
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If you are transferring to another school, have the new school send a request by email to the Eagle Principal at principal@eaglechristian.org. NOTE: The student's current tuition balance must be paid in full in order to receive a transcript.

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