School Policies

Immunizations

An immunization record is kept for each student. In order to keep this record up to date, please inform the school office when your child has an immunization update. If your child contracts a communicable disease, such as strep throat, chicken pox, etc., please contact the school administration so we may notify other families with children who were exposed.

Please notify school administration of any allergies, illnesses, or health conditions which may affect student performance at school.

Attendance Policy

Arizona Compulsory Attendance law requires that every person from seven (7) to eighteen (18) years of age attend school every day unless otherwise excused by statute or other legitimate authority. Attendance plays a vital role in education. Students who attend school on a regular basis are better able to keep up with their classes and complete assignments in a timely manner. 

Regular attendance at school is absolutely necessary for effective learning. When students are not in the classroom, consistent and sustainable learning is impeded. At Ridgeline Academy attendance is mandatory. 

Being absent from school for one day, or even from one class period, without acceptable cause is truancy. 

Evidence of habitual truancy includes, but is not necessarily limited to:

  • Failure of parent/guardian to ensure that his/her child attends school or classes as required
    by law
  • Five (5) or more absences/tardies from classes in one grading period; or
  • Seven (7) or more absences/tardies from school during one school year

Ridgeline Academy staff and administration have made intentional attempts in bringing the importance of regular attendance to your attention. Our policy is as follows: 

  1. When a student is absent from school, parents/guardians will receive a call from the school, regardless of the reason for absence.
  2. When a student has accumulated seven (7) or more unexcused absences and/or tardies in a school year, parents/guardians will receive a letter reiterating the importance of attendance and our policy.
  3. When a student has accumulated ten (10) or more unexcused absences and/or tardies in a school year, parents/guardians must meet with school administration to complete an attendance contract for improving attendance.
  4. When a child has accumulated fifteen (15) or more unexcused absences and/or tardies in a school year, a formal letter is sent home stipulating that a referral to the Juvenile Justice Center is pending, and that the student may be subject to retention.

Absences from School

An excused absence or tardy is one for which no negative consequence is assessed against the student. Students who are absent from or late to school for a valid reason are required to provide supporting written documentation. Students must bring to school administration written documentation on the day that they return to school. The written documentation must include the date or time and a legitimate reason for the absence. Approval of excused absences is made by school administration.

Parents/Guardians should notify the school as soon as they know the student will be absent.  Please provide the following information: (1) Name of the caller; (2) Student’s name and grade; (3) Reason for absence; and (4) Date of return to school.

Tardiness to School

If your student is arriving to school after the start time, please bring them to the office to sign in and receive a tardy pass to class. Students will not be allowed to enter class without a pass. Students with excessive tardies will be subject to attendance procedures specified in the attendance policy above. Three tardies are equal to one absence.

Early Release from School

If a student must leave school before the end of the day, a note to that effect must be brought from home. Parents/guardians are to report to the school office to sign out their student before leaving the campus during the school day. Early release from school is only approved in the event of student illness, a medical appointment or a family emergency.  To minimize absences, try to make appointments after 3:30 p.m.

No student will be released from school after 2:30 p.m. without approval from the school director.

The school administration will follow-up and investigate all unexcused absences, including late arrivals and early dismissals. A student, who skips class or leaves the campus without written permission from school administration will be considered truant and will result in an unexcused absence and disciplinary action.

WithdrawAl Policy

The Superintendent of Public Instruction has issued a form which must be used for student withdrawal from school (ARS 15-827). The form is available in the school office. Upon completion of the form, the parent and the student must meet with a school administrator for signature and exit interview before the withdrawal is processed. Records will be processed within 24 hours after this procedure is followed.

Promotion/Retention Policy

Students who fail one core course (language arts, math, science, and social studies) for the school year, in order to be given credit and promoted, must:

  1. attend an approved summer school program
  2. provide the school with a course syllabus for approval
  3. provide the school with evidence of attendance 85% of the program days
  4. successfully complete the course requirements

(Eighth grade students will not be promoted to high school without meeting these criteria.)

Students who fail more than one core course will not be promoted.

Special education students will need to meet the criteria set forth in their Individual Education Plans (IEP’s) to be promoted.

School administration will notify a parent/guardian of possible retention prior to December 31 of the school year. If notified, school administration and teachers will hold a conference with the parent/guardian to discuss the best place for the student.

Parents/Guardians may schedule an appointment with school administration to discuss the best placement for the student at any time.

Discipline Philosophy/Policy

To promote appropriate behavior, Ridgeline Academy maintains expectations and stated actions taken to promote positive behavior that are clearly defined and understood by students; incentives to support positive behavior and meaningful interventions to prevent negative behavior; and clearly defined and consistently enforced procedures to correct negative behavior. The Code of Conduct (Appendix 1) sets forth the behavior expectations and discipline procedures of the school.

Detention/Suspension

In the event a student is assigned detention or suspension for any reason, it shall be served on the day(s) designated. Detention will always be served at a predetermined time and location as defined by school administration, not the parent/guardian or student. Detention is not assigned to be served at a student’s convenience. If the student is in school but fails to report to detention for any reason, the penalty will be suspension. If the student has an appointment or other conflict with his/her scheduled detention; the appointment or other conflict will have to be changed or rescheduled, not the detention.

Uniform Dress Code

Students are required to wear the approved school uniform. Parents/guardians of students who come to school inappropriately dressed will be contacted and required to bring appropriate dress to the school. Students will face disciplinary actions which may include in-school suspension until appropriate dress is provided by the parent/guardian. Please contact the school office for a list preferred school uniform vendors.

The approved school uniform is as follows:

Shirts

A blue or orange polo shirt with the Ridgeline Academy logo from an approved vendor is the only acceptable uniform shirt.

  • Undershirts must be a solid color.
  • Polo shirts and undershirts must be tucked in at all times.
  • All shirts/tops blouses must be tucked in at all times. 
  • Shirts/tops/blouses must be long enough to stay tucked in with your arms raised.
  • Shirts that are oversized or too tight are not allowed.
  • Button down shirts in uniform colors are also acceptable—ties are also permitted when   worn with a button down shirt.
  • School athletics issued jerseys/uniforms are allowed on game days only
  • No undergarments may show.

Pants 

Dark navy blue or khaki, industrial uniform style pants (Dockers brand is an example of an appropriate pant style), walking shorts, skirts, culottes, or jumpers (girls only) of the appropriate length and fit are allowed.  

  • No athletic wear is allowed. This includes fleece, spandex, and nylon (windbreaker    material).
  • The length of the pants may not cover shoes or be dragging on the floor.
  • No logos of any kind including athletic and/or professional sports logos.
  • Shorts may cover the knee but may not go past the knee.
  • Shorts and skirts must be as long as the end of the fingers when arms are at the side.
  • Slits in skirts, dresses, or pants are not allowed.
  • No oversized/baggy/loose fit pants or shorts will be allowed.
  • Belts are required.  No initials/designs/printing on belts or buckles or hanging belts
    are allowed.

Sweaters

Solid color sweaters and sweater vests are the only acceptable uniform sweater. No logos may appear on sweaters.

Shoes

Shoes must be closed-toe and closed-heel. Shoes may not have heels or platforms, wheels, lights, make noise or be otherwise distracting in nature. Administration reserves the right to
define “distracting”.
 

The following items are not permitted:

  • Hats, caps or any headwear
  • No tattoos (temporary or other)
  • No facial piercing
  • No unnatural hair color or hair styles (hair spikes longer than two inches).  Hair must be neat, clean, and well-groomed. Hairstyles should not create a safety and/or health hazard and/or interfere with the educational environment of the school.
  • No buttons, jewelry, or other accessories which contain vulgar, lewd, obscene or other messages which may lead to substantial interference with school activities—This includes backpacks and notebooks that are written on inappropriately.

Spirit Fridays- Students need to be in approved uniform tops or spirit shirts on Fridays but may wear denim bottoms. Shirts must be tucked-in.

Dress Down Mondays - Student Council sponsors Dress Down Mondays for $1. The last Monday of each month, students will be able to  pay $1 to dress down in their favorite everyday attire. The school dress code still applies.

Dress Down Monday Guidelines

Click here for information on purchasing uniforms. 

****Administration will have final say regarding any issue related to dress code****

Homework Policy

Homework is assigned to aid each student in time management, personal responsibility, the strengthening of basic skills, the practice of skills for concepts taught in class, developing initiative, and fostering independent learning. Homework will also keep parents/guardians involved in their student’s daily work, academic progress and the curriculum at Ridgeline Academy. At Ridgeline Academy, homework assignments empower learning, through projects that allow creativity and expansion of ideas. Teachers carefully consider the purpose and relevance behind homework assignments to ensure homework will promote a quality and meaningful learning experience. 

Homework may be assigned for each grade level in accordance with grade-level specific developmental needs. Daily homework will be due on the next school day unless otherwise designated by the course instructor. Students are required to complete all homework assignments.  Students that do not complete all homework assignments may be referred to administration for disciplinary action.

Students that fail or have repeated violations of the Homework policy may be subject to additional disciplinary action, up to and including suspension or expulsion from school.

Make Up Homework

Students are expected to complete all homework and assignments missed due to absence. In the case of illness or other unexpected absence, parents/guardians may contact the school office to request homework and assignments be prepared for pick-up during normal business hours.  It is the responsibility of the student and parent/guardian to ensure make up homework and assignments are completed.

Failure to complete missed homework and assignments may result in a lower class grade and disciplinary action.

Mandatory Support Policy

Students whose grades fall below a satisfactory, “C,” level in any core class may be offered an opportunity to receive additional support. Teachers will place selected students on a Support Contract. This contract may require, but is not limited to, additional assignments, outside study time, peer support, tutoring, or any other item the teacher or school director feel may support the appropriate development of the student. The student will be required to complete all items included in the Support Contract until his/her grade returns to a satisfactory, or “C,” level or an additional, previously agreed upon benchmark.

Student Textbook Policy

Ridgeline Academy will assign each student with a take home textbook. These textbooks are the property of Ridgeline Academy and are on loan to students. State law requires students to be responsible for the care of textbooks and related material assigned to them. Students issued a textbook(s) under signed contract are considered to be fully responsible for the care and return of that book to the appropriate designee in the condition in which it was signed out to them. Textbooks not returned (i.e. lost, stolen, etc.) or rendered unusable (i.e. broken binding, water damage, missing pages, etc.) are assessed a full replacement cost for that book, and textbooks considered to be returned in a condition different from its first issue to that student (i.e. written markings, ripped, excessive damage, etc.) are assessed a damage or replacement fees. Administration has final authority in determining the condition of textbooks and levying damage or replacement fees. (ARS 15-727 & 15-729)

Students must pay any and all costs assessed on issued textbooks while in their possession. Until all fines are paid in full, students will not be issued another textbook, and student services, including student activities, athletics, or other extracurricular programs may be denied. Official student grades and official transcripts may also be withheld. (ARS 15-727 & 15-729)

Playground Rules

All recesses of the school day are supervised by administrators, teachers or staff members. The rules of the playground are as follows: 

  1. Show respect for others.
  2. Follow adult directions politely.
  3. Play safely and fairly.
  4. Use equipment properly.
  5. Take turns and be a good sport.
  6. Settle conflicts peacefully.