KIRK ACADEMY ADMISSIONS POLICY
Kirk Academy is an independent Christian School, providing a traditional, academically sound, Bible-based, college preparatory education. Our reputation for high academic and discipline standards makes us happy to extend the opportunity to have quality Christian education for your children.
Enrollment at Kirk is a privilege, not a right. Parents and students must understand that continued enrollment and re-enrollment of their children is dependent on their support of the school, its staff, and its policies. They are expected to adhere to the school policies as established by the Kirk Academy Board of Trustees as published in this handbook.
SPECIAL NOTE: Although Kirk Academy has a liberal acceptance policy, the administration reserves the right to make a final decision on any child. Our ministry is one committed to children, and our staff is a loving, nurturing one. It is always “painful” when a child is not accepted. There are times, however, when children have special needs that Kirk Academy cannot meet. Therefore, it would not be in the best interest of the child to place him/her in a school setting where they might not be successful. Some of those areas include, but are not limited to the following:
- Academically, Kirk Academy has a curriculum that is “college prep” in nature. If a child is below average in ability, or if a child has moderate to severe learning disabilities, Kirk Academy may not be the best school of choice. Kirk Academy does not have a formal resource program or special education component, due primarily to budget, personnel, and space restraints.
- If a child has behavior problems that adversely affect the learning of others or takes an inordinate amount of time, Kirk Academy is likely not the best school setting.
- If a child has a serious medical condition or has specific medical needs that can’t typically be met in a standard classroom setting, it might not be in the child’s best interest to attend Kirk Academy.
- In fairness to the child, if he/she has been professionally tested and evaluated for learning disabilities, behavioral concerns (such as ADD, ADHD), or a medical condition, the result of those tests should be made available to the school at the time of application or when they become available. It is at the discretion of the headmaster and/or the board designee to review any accommodations requested and to require appropriate medical documentation.
CRITERIA FOR ADMISSIONS
Parent or Guardian must meet with the Head of School before the admission process can begin
Families enrolling at Kirk Academy must provide the following:
- Registration Fee
- Completed Admission Application
- Completed Tuition Contract
- Payment of Tuition Fees
- A copy of student’s transcript, most recent report card, and/or achievement test scores
- A copy of the student’s Social Security Card and Birth Certificate
- A Mississippi Immunization Record
- Contact information from previous school for character reference(s)
- Grades, Attendance Records, Discipline Records, and current Class Schedule from previous school.Students must have records from any former school that indicates probable success at Kirk Academy.
- Students shall receive a favorable background report as stated by former school officials (including behavior and proper actions).
- All new children entering K5 or First Grade will be given a developmental test.
- Any new student entering grades 9-12 that was not enrolled at Kirk Academy the previous year, must complete and pass a drug test screening process administered by a licensed medical provider prior to acceptance at Kirk Academy. This screening will be at the parents' expense.
- All new students entering grades 9-12 must take and score at a minimum in the 70th percentile on an admission test administered by a school official.
- Final admission will be determined by a student’s past record and results on the admission test.
All admissions are subject to approval by the Board of Directors.
Students living within 60 miles of Grenada that are not registered prior to the first day of school are ineligible to participate in extracurricular activities for 30 days.
Kirk Academy admits students of any race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin in administration of its educational programs.
The administration reserves the right to deny admission to a student if, after testing and evaluation of the student’s application packet, it is determined that Kirk Academy cannot meet the needs of the student.
TUITION AND FEES POLICY
The following is a list of requirements for Tuition and Fees at Kirk Academy:
- Students may be removed from school when tuition becomes 60 days past due. If tuition and all fees are not current prior to taking exams in December and May, the student will not be allowed to take exams and will be given a zero on these exams. The determination of whether a patron is current is based on the contract, not each student. If the student is exempt from an exam, the exemption will be lost and the student will receive a zero for the exam grade.
- For the 2023-2024 school year, all contracts will have an end date of April, 2023. Thus, the 12-month contract will be from May 2023 until April 2024; the 11-month contract will be from June 2023 until April 2024, and the 10-month contract will be from July 2023 until April 2024.