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      Cedars of Lebanon Academy is situated in a beautiful valley of southeastern Tennessee fourteen miles south of McMinnville on State highway 56.  It is housed in the former Mt. Olive Public School building.




      Cedars of Lebanon Academy was organized and incorporated in the state of Tennessee, Grundy County, in 1982 as a non-profit Educational Institution for the purposes of:

1.      Providing and maintaining a charitable, Christian (non-sectarian), co-educational, academic and agricultural institution;

2.      Providing an atmosphere for the promotion of strong moral character based upon the teachings of Jesus Christ; with the Holy Bible as the sole authority of standards of conduct and morality.




      Cedars of Lebanon Academy, hereinafter designated COLA, is dedicated to the adherence of Christian principles in all of its programs, teaching methods, social activities, and teacher-student relationships.  While a superior academic program is our objective, greater emphasis and importance is placed upon the attaining of spiritual qualities, growth, and godly character.

      COLA intends that upon completion of its course, young people will be equipped spiritually, morally, psychologically and academically to face the vicissitudes of life in whatever capacity or field of endeavor they should choose.  Our knowledge of the rigors of modern life with its inherent problems for Christian young people, makes it incumbent upon the Administration to excel in preparing its students to meet the greatest demands that may come their way.





      Since all of mankind are God’s creation, it remains that our greatest responsibility, potentials, and pursuits are related to God’s plan, God’s will, and God’s word.  It is obvious then, that no educational system which omits or prohibits the teaching of theology with emphasis on the Bible as the main building block (Jesus Christ, the chief cornerstone) in the forming of young people’s lives and personalities can adequately fulfill this great task.  The foundation for all learning begins and ends in the word of the Living God.

      Because of this self-evident truth, COLA has carefully selected textbooks and other materials which are compatible with this premise.  The Staff has pored over numerous volumes in an effort to obtain only the finest materials which are exemplary both in Biblical content and academic excellence.

      Parents and prospective students are invited to examine these materials prior to enrollment at COLA.




      COLA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, national or ethnic origin in its admission policies, in the administration of its educational policies, nor its athletic or other school related programs, and confers on all students equally all of the rights and privileges available to students of COLA.

      Both PARENTS and STUDENTS must be in basic harmony with the educational philosophy and moral standards (including the dress code and conduct requirements).


Parents must complete and return the following:

1.      Application form

2.      Health records, including immunization shots

3.      Parents’ consent form

4.      Parents’ pledge of cooperation

5.      Students’ pledge of cooperation

6.      Transcript from last school attended


      Every student who applies for admission to COLA is tested for proper placement in the academic program.  Students who have special learning problems will be given the same consideration as those with average abilities.


      Students who have a past record of disciplinary problem will be accepted on a probationary basis, and any student who demonstrates chronic problems will be asked to withdraw.  COLA is intended for those students who desire a Christian education and a walk with God.  Everyone who is considering enrolling in COLA should keep this in mind!  Students who do not meet these criteria are advised not to apply for admission.  (See REGISTRATION AND ADMISSION POLICY)


       Since the school is a private, Christian school, it is not funded by the state.  Therefore, textbooks are not furnished like they are for the public schools.  Our curriculum, the "A Beka Curriculum," is based on materials purchased from Pensacola Bible College.  The expense for this material is incorporated in the tuition charged to the student.  These materials become the property of the student.  Any notations, highlighting, etc. are at the discretion of the parent and student.

      Field trips, outings and other travel activities will be paid for by dividing the cost of traveling among the students on an equal basis.

      Parents who have extreme hardship problems should consult with the Administration concerning a scholarship grant through the school's PTO. 




      Every course of study at COLA is based on the fact that JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!  Consequently, every subject is God-centered and taught from a Christian perspective.  COLA rejects the humanistic approach to education.

      Bible is taught at every level.  Scripture verses are memorized by students.  Creation and other important events are studied, as well as the lives of God’s servants in the OLD and NEW TESTAMENTS.


GRADES 1 - 8



Language Arts







Social Studies/History


Physical Education




A student must pass every major subject in order to advance to a higher grade.


GRADES 9 - 12


      High school students must complete at least 22 units of credit in order to graduate. These units must include certain specified courses as well as electives. College-bound students must include two years of a foreign language within their core curriculum.


Specified Courses:





  Algebra I, II


  Higher Math

Physical Education and Health

Spanish I, II, III


  General Science




Social Studies

  Government and Economics

  World History

  U. S. History

  Family Living


  Home Economics

  Agricultural Science



      Students who are failing any major subject cannot take an elective.  Units of credit are given only for passing grades.  Before a high school student can advance to the next grade, he must pass each semester of English and have earned at least 5 units of credit.  (A student entering the sophomore class must have at least five units; the junior class, 10 units; and the senior class, 15 units.)




A+    99-100      SUPERIOR

A     95-98       EXCELLENT          4.0 Points     

A-    93-94       VERY GOOD

B+    91-92

B     87-90       ABOVE AVERAGE      3.0 Points     

B-    85-86

C+    82-84

C     77-81       AVERAGE            2.0 Points     

C-    75-76

D+    74   

D     72-73       BELOW AVERAGE      1.0 Point

D-    70-71

F     BELOW 70    FAILURE            0.0 Points     


WP      Withdrew/Passing

WF      Withdrew/Failure

FA      Failure due to absences





      Homework is a vital part of the educational process.  Homework is given at the discretion of the teacher.  It must be completed neatly, thoroughly, and on time.  The teacher will notify parents or guardians if homework has not been completed.  Homework for absentee students will be sent home only upon request, but work missed during the absence must be made up.




      COLA recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of its students.  The following awards are presented each year: honor roll, perfect attendance, A in conduct, and Presidential physical fitness, and A in electives.




High Honors List        Point average must be at least 3.75

Honors List             Point average must be at least 3.50

Honorable Mention       Point average must be at least 3.00




      Faithful attendance and punctuality are important habits that must be developed at an early age.  Parents or guardians are responsible to see that students are on time and in regular attendance to school functions.  Generally the only excusable absence is for illness, bereavement, and verified medical appointments.  Absence for family trips must be known and approved beforehand by both the principal and teachers.  The academic needs and standing of the student will be among the deciding factors in approving planned absences.  No planned absences will be excused immediately before or after a school vacation taken for the purpose of extending the vacation, during quarter exams, the week of achievement testing, or the last week of school.  An unexcused absence is a serious offense.


Special notes concerning absences and tardiness:

1.    Any student who has been absent from school must present a note with a good excuse signed by parent or guardian.

2.     Announced tests missed due to absence must be made up on the day the student returns to school.  Tests that were announced while the student was absent must be made up within two school days of the student’s return.  In the event that the absence is unexcused, the test may not be made up and an F will be given as a grade.

3.    In order to be counted present at school for the day, a student must be in school for at least three class periods.

4.    If a student misses more than 30 days of school, he may jeopardize his promotion.  A high school student missing more than 30 days in any subject will not receive credit for that subject.

5.    All tardy students must come with an excuse that will be approved or disapproved. Three unexcused tardies will equal one absence from school.  Seven unexcused tardies to any class will warrant a suspension.

6.    No student is to leave the school campus without permission from the office.  The school will not allow a student to leave campus without an authorization from parent or guardian.

7.    A student who withdraws from COLA will not be allowed to return that same school year.




      A school calendar will be available at the beginning of the school year.

      The school year is divided into four quarters.  A report card will be issued to the students at the end of each quarter, and a progress report will be sent home at mid-quarter to those students who are doing below average work.




      Although dress styles and other personal standards in and of themselves do not denote spirituality, no aspect of Christian testimony is so readily obvious as that which relates to appearance.  While we realize that the Bible does not specifically tell us how we should dress or how our hair should be cut, it does give us some principles to follow.  It is true that while man looks at the outward appearance, God looks at the heart, but students need to recognize the reality that appearance does influence the atmosphere of the school.

      Dress is not the sole responsibility of the school.  It is dependent upon the cooperation of the students, parents and the faculty.  If all work together in maintaining this code it will enhance the school’s effectiveness as a Christian school.

      Our life goal should be to glorify God, even in dress (I Peter 3:3-4).  The items below illustrate the differences between the world’s dress philosophy and the Christian’s dress philosophy:

        The World …                                  A Christian …

·Glorifies self through dress (I Pet. 3:3)      ·Glorifies God through dress (Col. 3:17)


·Accentuates the body through dress             ·Accentuates Jesus’ radiance

       in our faces (II Cor. 3:18)


·Dresses seductively                         ·Dresses modestly;

        avoids the appearance

        of evil (I Thes.5:22)

·Uses dress, make-up and jewelry                 ·Endeavors to decrease

  to be noticed                                     self so that He may

        increase (John 3:30)


      It is not our intention to say that a Christian who does not meet our standards is in the wrong, but only that our students must meet these standards in order for us to be consistent in our enforcement.



General Dress Code Matters: Boys and Girls


v      Students must come to school and leave school dressed in their uniforms.  Changing into the uniform at arrival to school or into street clothes at the departure from school will not be allowed.  Students who have PE last period will be expected to change back into their uniforms at the end of PE.

v      Uniforms must be clean and in serviceable condition when worn.  Serviceable condition is defined as being in a functional condition without holes, missing buttons, broken zippers, fraying, tears or rips, worn thin, excessively faded, hanging strings, stained, burn marks, etc.  The uniform needs to be in good condition, well fitting – not too tight or too loose, pressed, and present a neat appearance.

v     Pants, skirts, and gym clothes are to be worn at the waist (no hip-huggers), and belts worn if the clothing has belt loops.

v     Shirts and blouses must be tucked in and of sufficient length that they remain tucked in when arms are raised to shoulder-level; no skin should be visible at the waist.  Only the top button may be left unbuttoned.

v      Appropriate undergarments must be worn, and all clothing should be worn in such a way so that undergarments will not be visible at any time, through normal movement.  No colored undergarments such as camisoles or dark bras are to be worn under the blouses.  This also includes tee-shirts worn under the school shirt – they are to be white, with no writings, pictures, or art works.

v     No outerwear is to be worn in the school building with the exception of the school hoodie.  You may wear coats or other outerwear to school, but they must be removed when entering the school buildings.  The hoodies will be ordered in September.

v     Hair must be natural in color.  A natural color is a color that a child could have at birth (natural blonde, natural brown, natural black, natural auburn).  “Highlighting” is permissible as long as it is not severely contrasting colors (bleach or blond on dark hair, red or black on light hair, etc.), but “chunking” is not allowed.

v     From time to time the school will have a “Casual Dress” day, allowing students to wear their own clothing.  The Uniform Standards with regards to modesty, fit, and length are to be followed on these occasions.  These same standards will apply for ANY extra-curricular school–sponsored event, such as S.W.A.T. performances, Open House, spaghetti dinners, band concerts, field trips, etc.

v     All students in Grades 4 through 12 scheduled for P.E. will dress for P.E. every day.  Note the dress code for P.E. classes.

v     The End-of-the-Year Outing will be casual dress, and when appropriate, swim suits may be worn.  However, they must be modest.

v     No “Speedo” style for either boys or girls.  For girls, no cleavage or excessive midriff skin is to be seen.




      Classroom Wear:

§     Black skirt worn at the waist (no hip-huggers) extending at least 2 inches below the knee with slits no higher than the bottom of the knee when either sitting or standing; or black jumper, also extending at least 2 inches below the knee with slits no higher than the bottom of the knee when either sitting or standing; NO DENIM,VELVET, OR SEE-THROUGH MATERIAL; ALSO NO LACE, OR  GATHERED/PLEATED RUFFLES.

§      Oxford-type, button front, white blouse with regular or Peter Pan collar, either long, short sleeve, or 3/4 length sleeve – NO CAP SLEEVES PUFF SLEEVES, FRILLS, LACE, RUFFLES, ETC; or white Polo shirt with 2 or 3 button top flap.  Polo shirt MUST have school logo embroidered on left breast (available from P. K. Embroidery).  Long sleeves may be rolled up 2 or 3 turns, but not “scrunched up” above the elbow.  Polo shirts are not to be tied up on the shoulder or at the waist.  Blouses shall be loose enough to avoid a gapping between buttons.

§     Black dress shoes with no more than 2” heel/sole combination; dress shoes are defined as closed toe and heel, oxford or flat/loafer style. No sandals, boots, high-tops, flip-flops, backless or athletic shoes may be worn to school.

§     White socks or stockings; no ankle socks; black, or white tights may be worn during inclement weather.  Leg warmers may also be used, but they must be worn with socks.  These leg warmers must be removed upon entering the building.

§      Jewelry may be worn in moderation; 1 earring per ear, whether pierced or otherwise, no larger than 1” in diameter and worn on the earlobes ONLY – NO OTHER BODY PIERCINGS ARE ALLOWED; no more than 2 rings on each hand; necklaces, bracelets (wrist or ankle), and watches in moderation.


      Gym Class:

§     Gym suit – dark gray or black, loose fitting athletic pants, capri length or longer; or either black or gray basketball shorts with or without stripes, but stripes must be red, black, or white.

§     Light gray, loose fitting tee-shirt long enough to cover midriff when arms are raised; or special tee-shirt with school logo on left breast (logo ONLY from P.K. Embroidery); shirts are not to be tied up at either the shoulder or waist; no bare midriffs.  With the exception of the school logo tee shirt, there is to be no writing on the shirts.

§      Athletic shoes

§     White socks (no ankle socks)

§      Incorrect uniform – no P.E. & no credit for the day.


     Formal Wear:

§     For graduation or other designated school-sponsored formal events, dress length, including slit, should not expose the legs more than knee length.  No backless, strapless, spaghetti straps, or halter-style dresses will be allowed.  Necklines must be modest, with no visible cleavage.




      Classroom wear:

§     Black pants worn at the waist (no hip-huggers); NO DENIM MATERIAL

§      Oxford-type, button front, white shirt, either long or short sleeve; or white Polo shirt with 2 or 3 button top flap.  Polo shirt MUST have school logo embroidered on left breast (available from P. K. Embroidery).  Long sleeves may be rolled up 2 or 3 turns, but not “scrunched up” above the elbow.  Polo shirts are not to be tied up on the shoulder or at the waist.  (Note the restriction above about tee-shirts worn under your school shirt.)

§     Black belt to be worn with any pants that have belt loops (exception – Kindergarten boys do NOT need to wear a belt.)

§     Black dress shoes; dress shoes must be Oxford or loafer in style.  No sandals, boots of any kind, or athletic shoes are to be worn to school.

§     White or black socks (no ankle socks)

§      Jewelry in the form of watches and rings (no more than 1 per hand), or bracelets in moderation are allowed.  No necklaces or earrings of any kind.  NO BODY PIERCINGS ARE ALLOWED.


     Gym Class

§     Gym suit – dark gray or black, loose fitting athletic pants; or either gray or black basketball shorts with or without stripes; stripes must be black, red, or white

§     Light gray tee-shirt; or special tee-shirt with school logo on left breast; shirts are not to be tied up at either the shoulder nor waist; no bare midriffs.  With the exception of the school logo tee shirt, there is to be no writing on the shirts.

§      Athletic shoes

§     White socks (no ankle socks)

§      Incorrect uniform – no P.E. & no credit for the day.


Boys’ hair is to be trimmed above the shirt collar.  Punk, Mohawk, bowl-cuts, pony-tails, or other bizarre or popular, worldly styles are strictly forbidden.  No funky colors are allowed.  Adolescent young men are to be clean-shaven at all times and shall not wear beards, mustaches, or extra long sideburns.


      All dress standards whether stated or not are at the interpretation of the school staff and not the student.  Students not in compliance with the dress code will be kept in the office until they can be brought into compliance, or sent home, at the discretion of the school.  If there is any question as to whether a particular article of clothing meets these requirements, the article of clothing should be brought to the office BEFORE it is worn.  If it has been newly purchased, DO NOT REMOVE any tags until AFTER it has been approved.


      ALL students are subject to inspection by any staff member at all times.  Failure of the student to respond to correction is a sign of rebellion and may lead to expulsion of that student from COLA.

      The following are some suggested places to purchase the school uniform, however, please understand when shopping that all uniforms (even from these suggested places) may not meet COLA standards.  It is your responsibility to purchase clothing that meets this standard.


Local Stores:                                   On line:


J. C. Penny’s                             French Toast Uniform

  3 Star Mall                            www.frenchtoast.com

Wal-Mart                                  Lands End Uniform

  70S Bypass                                www.landsend.com

                                          All Heart Kids Uniforms


More distant stores:

Target                                       P.E Uniforms

  Hwy 98, Murfreesboro

          Chattanooga                   Any of the above  




  Hwy 98, Murfreesboro



J.C. Penny’s

  Northgate Shopping Center

  Hwy 98, Murfreesboro





  Hwy 98, Murfreesboro





Note:  Thanks to the administrators of Cornerstone Christian School, Roseville, CA (www.cornerstonechristian.org); Faith Baptist Academy, Hinckley, MN (www.fbchinkley.org); Faith Christian School, Mesa, AZ (www.faith-christian.org); and Kodiak Christian School, Kodiak, AK (www.kcseagles.org) for allowing the use of portions of their dress codes in compiling our own dress code.






1.                Profanity (foul language, off/color jokes, using God’s name in

2.      Cheating.

3.    Lying, deliberate misrepresentation.

4.      Leaving campus without permission from the principal.

5.      Playing of rock or country music at school.  Cell phones, radios,
 cassette players, CD players, MP3’s, etc., are forbidden at all

6.    No rock nor country music logos permitted

7.      Defacing or destruction of school property.

8.      Tobacco, alcohol or drug use.

9.      Familiarity with the opposite sex. (Familiarity is defined as any
 intentional, unnecessary physical contact with the opposite

10.      Disrespect toward an adult.

11.      Carrying of weapons (guns, knives, etc.)

12.      Fighting, wrestling, arguing, boisterous behavior.

13.      Throwing objects in the buildings.

14.      Pornographic magazines or books, novels, comics.

15.      Chewing gum.

16.      Trespassing (going into unauthorized areas).

17.      Misbehavior on bus or van.

18.      Running anywhere in the buildings.

19.      Misbehavior in the rest rooms.

20.   Using the telephone without permission.

21.      Talking or passing notes during class.


    If for safety concerns, parents wish their child to carry a cell phone if they are DRIVING to school, the cell phones MUST BE TURNED IN TO THE OFFICE UPON ARRIVAL.



2.      Cooperation with Administration. Proper attitude is necessary.

3.      Appropriate behavior & respect, especially during Assembly and Chapel

 4.      Punctuality.

 5.      Completed assignments.

 6.      Courtesy toward adults and students.

 7.      Proper uniform.

 8.      Politeness during lunch break.

 9.      Maintaining a passing grade.

10.      Tardy and Absent excuses (written).

11.      Assisting in after-school cleanup.

12.      Returning due Library books.





      Detentions (one hour after school) are given in order to correct improper behavior and enforce the rules and standards of COLA.  There are three types of detentions that deal with problems of discipline.  These are 0, A, and B detentions.  Only six Type A detentions will be allowed to be served.  The sixth detention assigned also means a suspension will be served.  The seventh detention assigned means that the student will be expelled from COLA.


      Of course, all situations cannot be anticipated, therefore, detentions are not limited to only those offenses or infractions listed.



      Type 0 detentions are assigned for minor offenses or infractions of rules with three Type 0 detentions being equivalent to one Type A detention.  The following are included:


1.      running

2.      throwing objects in the building

3.      not being in proper uniform

4.      not returning signed tests, notes, papers, etc.

5.      being tardy repeatedly

6.      forgetting absence notes

7.      chewing gum - eating in class

8.      incomplete homework

9.      minor classroom misbehavior, such as:

   ·       forgetting to raise hand for permission to speak

   ·       whispering

   ·       passing notes

   ·       out of desk without permission



      Type A detentions are given for serious infractions and count toward expulsion. They include such offenses as the following:


 1.      repeatedly doing incomplete or unacceptable homework

 2.      not having homework in on time or as assigned

 3.      “horseplay” or other rowdy behavior

 4.      fighting

 5.      disagreeing with teacher

 6.      lying, deliberate misrepresentation

 7.      copying another student’s homework

 8.      distracting rest of class

9.      bringing improper material to school - comic books, radios, tape players, MP3’s, CD’s, cell phones, etc.


11.      familiarity with the opposite sex

12.      misbehavior on bus or van

13.      any minor offenses not corrected by 0 detentions



      Type B detentions are given for very serious infractions and are counted twice toward expulsion.  (One B detention = two A detentions).  The following are some of the very serious offenses:


1.      cheating on a test

2.      arguing with a teacher

3.      insolence

4.      damaging property

5.      forging signatures

6.      cursing, foul language, either oral or written

7.      trespassing (going into unauthorized areas)

8.      repeatedly being asked to leave a classroom


NOTE: Depending upon circumstances and the judgment of the teacher and the administration, any of these listed offenses may be assigned a different type of detention.



      Suspensions count as a B detention and may be given directly by the administration considering the seriousness of the matter, the circumstances, and the recommendation of the teacher.



      Expulsion may be required of any student whose behavior or conduct is in violation of the standards of COLA as determined by the administration of this school.  A student may be expelled for such infractions as:


1.    possession, distribution, or use of tobacco, alcohol, drugs, or other harmful substances

 2.    stealing

 3.    possession of weapons or anything that could be used as a weapon

 4.    being assigned seven detentions


      Violation of any school rules or improper behavior on field trips will warrant severe penalties.


      Following the 3rd Type A detention (or its equivalent), the parent will receive a notification calling for a conference with the teacher and principal.  A note following the fifth Type A detention will indicate that suspension will follow the assignment of the sixth detention.  Expulsion follows the assignment of the 7th detention.


      The Administration reserves the right to revise these rules and regulations without prior notification.


      The Administration of this institution reserves the right to dismiss at any time any student whose influence is found to be harmful to other students or fails, by his conduct, to uphold the standards and meet the requirements of the school.





      In evaluating a student’s application for registration to return to the academy the following year, a student’s record will be considered carefully in two significant areas - academic achievement and behavior.  Students with poor academic or behavioral records will be refused registration and admission to COLA or will be placed on probation according to the following conditions.





Any student with two or more F’s for the yearly average will not be allowed to return.



Any student with seven or more detentions will not be allowed to return the following year.





Any student with one F for the yearly average in a major subject (Math, Literature, Grammar, Rhetoric, Science, or Social Studies) will only be allowed to return on probation.  This means that one F in any major subject on the report card will result in dismissal from the Academy.



Any student with six detentions will be allowed to return on probation.  This means that anyone who returns in the fall with six detentions will be allowed to serve only one detention plus suspension.  The second detention assigned will mean that the student will be dismissed from the Academy.


      This stringent requirement is necessary in order that the faculty of COLA may continue to offer the students of this area a quality educational program.





      On October 3, 1988, COLA met the Federal Environmental Protection Agency’s requirement that all schools, public and private, be inspected for the presence of asbestos, with the results being that no asbestos, either friable or non-friable, was found in any of the building materials used.

      Nevertheless, we were required to have and maintain a management plan to handle any problems that may arise because of this asbestos. This Management Plan was prepared by Jerry Colter, a certified asbestos inspector (certificate number 171), and submitted to COLA on November 11, 1988, signed for by Mr. James W. Sanderson as the LEA designated person.

      A copy of this plan is available to anyone who wishes for inspection and substantiation.  Mr. Ned DeLand, Principal and current LEA designated person, and Mr. Randall Walton, President, each have a copy in his respective office if any interested persons wish to peruse it.