Selection and composition of the Imago Dei Academy student body is second only to staff selection in the impact it has upon the school’s mission. The community atmosphere that Imago Dei Academy seeks to foster will be due in great measure to the similarity of biblical conviction and principles taught and lived our in many of the homes of our students. As the Lord blesses us with growth and change, we want to do all that we can to maintain that atmosphere.
Admission Requirements for the Student:
- A child must have reached the age of FIVE years by October 1 of the fall in which he/she would be entering kindergarten.
- He or she must be fully toilet-trained (able to use the toiled independently and wash his/her hands). Parents must supply school with a change of clothing for kindergarten students. On the rare occasion of a severe bathroom accident, the parent or emergency contact will be asked to pick up the child.
- Every child must take an entrance exam prior to acceptance. If a child has successfully completed the previous school year and his/her schoolwork and behavior compare favorably to the comparable grade at IDA, the child will be placed in the grade fro which he/she is applying. However, if there is evidence to show that the child may not be adequately prepared for the next sequential grade level, as evidenced by the entrance exams, with the parents’ compliance, he/she may repeat the previous grade.
Admission Requirement for the Parents:
- Though not required to be Christians, the parents of students at Imago Dei Academy should have a clear understanding of the school’s biblical philosophy and purpose. This understanding includes a willingness to have their child exposed to the clear teaching (not forced indoctrination) of the school’s “Statement of Faith” in various and frequent ways withing the school’s program.
- The parents should be willing to cooperate with all the written policies of Imago Dei Academy. This is the most important in the ares of standards of conduct, discipline (see “Discipline Guidelines and School Rules”) and schoolwork standards as well as active communication with the respective teacher(s) and administration.