We love the community of people the Lord has brought together at Hilger Higher Learning and are committed to walking together intentionally. There are a few specifics that we all agree to abide by together during the season that we are a part of the Hilger Higher Learning family. We do not believe that all of these things are necessarily the only way you can honor Jesus in community, but we do believe these are the ways He has called us to live together. If you are a part of Hilger, you are agreeing to abide by these things while you are a part of our program.
We require that at least one parent or guardian has a profession of faith in Jesus Christ and be in regular attendance at a local Christian church. We are a distinctly Christian tutorial program providing quality educational classes from a Biblical perspective for children of Christian families. All parents and students are required to meet the following behavioral terms and conditions:
- At least one parent or guardian must profess faith in Jesus Christ and be in regular attendance at a local Christian church.
- The student must conduct him/herself in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.
- The parent must be completely involved in every subject the student takes from HHL.
- The student must complete all homework on a consistent basis.
- The student must not have excessive absences. Our teachers will let you know if this becomes a problem.
- The student’s grades must reflect his/her ability.
- The student must leave the church premise (parking lot included) after class, unless otherwise supervised by an adult or if he/she has another class within the allowed 10 minute window.
The great commandment that Jesus gave (Matthew 22:37-40) tells us to love God first and foremost, and to love our neighbors secondly.
“Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.” (Ephesians 5:4) “Brothers, do not slander one another.” (James 4:11) Further, God’s word encourages us not to gossip or spread rumors about one another.
“The Lord abhors dishonest scales, but accurate weights are his delight.” (Proverbs 11:1)
Micah 6:8 reveals that God requires us “to act justly and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God.”
Matthew 18 Principle
“If your brother sins against you go and show him his fault just between the two of you. If he listens to you – you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector.” Matthew 18:15-17
God’s word instructs and encourages us to talk directly to those with whom we are at odds. If your child has an issue with his/her teacher or another student, please call the teacher to get her perspective of the situation. Our teachers will call you or directly address your child (usually outside of class, one-on-one) if a misunderstanding or issue arises.
All students are expected to use the facility as carefully as they would any other public or private building. Any abuse of the building will require immediate correction. Some other points to keep in mind are:
- Please do not drop your child off more than 10 minutes prior to the start of class. If your child drives, please do not allow him/her to arrive more than 10 minutes before the class starts.
- If your child has more than 10 minutes between classes, other than during our lunch time, he/she must be with you, another adult or an HHL teacher.
- If your child has more than 10 minutes between classes, other than lunch time, and you are not with them, he/she must register for a study hall, if one is being offered during their gap of time or leave HHL’s campus.
- Students may not enter the sanctuary, unless it is for a class or function, and students should not be in a vacant classroom unsupervised.
- Students are not permitted to hang out in the parking lot.
- No food or drink should be eaten in classrooms, unless there is a teacher supervised party.
If a child is absent, we ask parents to call or email the teacher so he/she will know why a child was absent, and to request whatever class information was missed. If you know you will be going on a trip, please try to contact the teacher ahead of time to get your child’s homework. It is the student’s responsibility to catch up on any work he/she misses!
Correction or chastening is mandated by God through scripture for conduct that is unacceptable according to set standards. The ultimate goal for students is that they become self-correcting because they are truly committed to doing the will of the Father. In the event that a student at HHL needs correction, we are committed to working closely with the parents/guardians of that student to redeem the situation.
Cell Phones and Ear Buds/Headphones*
While cell phones are allowed at HHL, students are expected to have their phone put away and out of sight when they come to class or study hall. In other words, students need to put their phones away BEFORE they enter the classroom. Students may only use their cell phone during a break between classes. If a student has an emergency and NEEDS to get in touch with a parent during a class, they are to ask permission from the teacher and explain the situation, so they can step out and use the phone. Lastly, if a student has their phone out or is caught using their cell phone during class, their teacher will take it away until the class is over. If a student is caught a 2nd time, their teacher will give it to Lois Anderson (our secretary) and a parent will have to come get it in order for the student to get their phone back.
*Ear buds or Headphones are only allowed in study hall.
Christ has called us to be bearers of the truth and people of integrity and honesty. In line with what God tells us in His word, we have an Integrity Code to help students become more like Christ in their academic and personal pursuits. While students are encouraged from time to time to collaborate and help each other, they will ensure that the work he/she submits is their own and that they will neither give nor receive unauthorized assistance or information in any form of school work to another student. Since all HHL students are homeschooled, they may not be familiar with plagiarism. Plagiarism is cheating, and is often a difficult concept for some students. Students must give credit on all writing assignments for work that is not exclusively their own-whether that work is specifically quoted or paraphrased. Finally, students are expected to do all in their power to support the community of trust embodied in the Integrity Code and will not condone violations of the Integrity Code by others.
Please send your child to class looking neat and modest. If any clothing draws our attention in a negative way, we will warn your child once and then send him/her home the next time. (For example, short shorts or skirts, tight or low-cut shirts, inappropriate advertisement, etc.) Tanks need to be three fingers wide over the shoulder and skirts must be no higher than three fingers from the top of the knee. Shorts need to be modest. Skin tight leggings may be worn, but long shirts or skirts need to be worn so the leggings are not revealing.
High Priority – Academic Accountability
In seeking to develop a successful academic environment for each of our students, while maintaining academic integrity, any student who receives a “70%” or lower will be put on High Priority – Academic Accountability. The parent will be notified in the form of a letter. Certain guidelines will be sent to you, along with monthly progress reports, to help your child progress and become more proficient in the area of study in which they are struggling.
Concerning Social Media, it is our hope and prayer that our students are engaging with their peers in ways that are in line with what HHL stands for and seeks to uphold. If we learn of something that has been posted/communicated via social media, we will touch base with the student’s parents to make sure they, too, are aware of their child’s social media interactions. If a student communicates (verbally or by picture) something that is not in line with the standards and behaviors we encourage and require at HHL, he/she may be subject to dismissal from, and at the sole discretion of, Hilger Higher Learning.
Removal – Dismissal
If the aforementioned headings, as outlined here and on our application, along with the terms and conditions as stated, are not met and/or if biblical behavior is not kept throughout the school year and/or over the summer, we reserve the right to ask the student to discontinue classes at Hilger Higher Learning. We have a zero tolerance policy if items such as (including but not necessarily limited to) alcohol, drugs, or tobacco (this includes e-cigarettes and vaping) are possessed or consumed by a student. Under no circumstances may a weapon be brought on campus! Additionally, if a student is caught cheating on a test or quiz, he/she will be subject to dismissal from, and at the sole discretion of, Hilger Higher Learning.