Handbook

Statement of Faith

We believe that the Bible is the infallible and inspired Word of God (II Tim. 3:16). 

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (I John 5:7). 

We believe that creation was an act of God (Col. 1:16-17). We support Genesis chapter one which declares that God created the heavens and earth and everything in it. We believe that each “day” of creation consisted of what we know as 24 hours. We do not support macro-evolution, the evolving from other species into the present condition of humanity, the animal kingdom or plant kingdom.

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and was born of a virgin (Matt. 1:18).

We believe that Jesus Christ came to earth to give His life on the cross for us. We believe that through His death we can have eternal life (Rom. 6:23).

We believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ and in His ascension into heaven (I Cor. 15:4 and Acts 1:11).

We believe that everyone has sinned and is in need of a Savior (Rom. 3:23).

We believe that we are saved through faith, by God’s grace and not by any of our righteous acts (Eph. 2:8-9).

We believe that anyone who receives Christ as his Savior will spend eternity with Him (John 3:16).

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide strong academic teaching; to instill godly character traits through study habits, daily classroom routines, Biblical standards, and Scripture memorization; and to help develop our students’ God-given talents. Consequently, we consider II Peter 1:5-7 a foundation for supporting our mission: “…for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.”

General Information

Ambassador Academy is located at 559 20th St. SW, Rochester, Minnesota. It is a private, non- denominational Christian school, established to provide high quality, affordable schooling for those who wish to have their children and grandchildren in an educational environment where godly principles are practiced daily. The school is supported by tuition payments, fund raisers, and gifts.

We use Christian-based materials, and all subjects are teacher led. To accommodate individual needs, the teacher may allow students to join in lessons given at another grade level. This system allows those who are behind in an area to get additional help and offers a challenge and “head-start” to the more advanced students. One-on-one assistance is also available. Math, language, reading, science and history are taught at grade level. Bible, Spanish, sign language, penmanship, art, music and physical education are taught with two or more grades combined.

Philosophy

We believe that God wants every child to know Him. We also believe that He wants all children to be strong in godly character so that their lives will make a difference for Him. To support this belief, we emphasize Scripture memorization and its application to daily living.

We believe that each child is uniquely created by God. We accommodate this uniqueness by using a variety of teaching materials and methods conducive to meeting the needs of each learning style and personality.

We believe that the classroom is the training ground for the students’ future employment and involvement in ministries. Students are taught that they have a responsibility to God and society to be positive role models. To support this belief, productivity and respect for authority and peers is expected and enforced.

Registration

An application form will need to be filled out and sent to Ambassador Academy. The form can be downloaded from our website, requested by calling (507)292-9353 or by emailing us at ambassadoracademy@charter.net. A payment of $75 must accompany the application form.

Upon receipt of the completed form, the administrator will contact the parents and set up a time for the parents and child to meet with the administrator and teacher.

At the meeting, the child will be interviewed in the presence of his parents. In regards to the child, admission to Ambassador Academy is dependent upon the child’s respect for rules and authority figures, interest in learning, sensitivity to spiritual truths, ability to respect others in a classroom environment without causing repeated disruption, and pass Ambassador Academy academic tests.

In regards to the parents, a child’s admission to Ambassador Academy is dependent upon parental compatibility to the school’s statement of faith, mission statement, educational philosophy, dress code, attendance policy, rules of conduct, and other information presented in the school handbook. Parents are required to sign the Parental Agreement Form before admission will be granted.

If the child is transferring from another school, his grades and other school records may be reviewed at the time of the interview. If the records are not available at the time of the meeting, another meeting may be scheduled.

Ambassador Academy is not staffed to adequately accommodate special academic or behavioral needs.

Ambassador Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, or national origin in admissions, the administration of policies, or student activities.

Admission

Upon acceptance, parents are required to provide the school with completed Ambassador Academy forms, student records from the previous school, and register their child with the Rochester school district under Ambassador Academy.

The annual materials fee for all students is $200.00 per child. It is non-refundable and non-transferable and is due within two weeks of admission.

The annual field trip fee (grades 3 – 6) is $60,00 per child. This non-refundable, non-transferable fee covers all expenses for field trips, with the exception of food and other personal purchases. The fee is due by the first day of school.

Students in grades 3-6 are required to purchase an Ambassador Academy shirt to wear on field trips. The cost for the shirt is $20.00 and is due before the first field trip.

Attendance

A successful school year is dependent, among other things, upon regular attendance. The lessons taught and fellowship experienced during class cannot be duplicated. A single, life-changing moment can be lost due to an absence. Absences also cause additional hardships both on the child and on the teacher. Parents are asked to plan vacations during regularly-scheduled days off or school breaks; appointments should be scheduled after school or as late in the day as possible. If a child is ill, the parents are responsible for calling in the absentee before school begins.

Conduct

Students are expected to sit quietly and listen when lessons are given. When students are not in a lesson, they are to be working independently. (Students are allowed to quietly help their classmates when assistance is needed.)

Laziness is unacceptable. Schoolwork is to be done thoroughly and neatly. Students are expected to exert full effort in everything they do.

Students are expected to respect others, themselves, and the environment. Minor or occasional offenses against these expectations would result in a verbal reminder. Repeated offenses may result in the removal of privileges or a conference with the parents.

The following behavior is subject to suspension: disrespect, defiance, or insubordination toward staff or volunteers; inappropriate language or actions with classmates. If the problem is not rectified, the student will be expelled.

Students displaying the following behaviors are subject to expulsion: thievery, vandalism, carrying/use of weapons, and use of drugs.

In case of vandalism or damage to school property, students/parents will be responsible for replacing damaged equipment, materials, etc.

NOTE: Ambassador Academy assumes the right to examine any other cases of inappropriate behavior not mentioned above and take action depending on the severity of each individual case.

Dress Code

Students are expected to dress in a manner that glorifies the Lord. Apparel should be neat and modest in appearance. Girls may wear pants. Jeans are permitted but are not to be ragged or torn. Sweat pants are not permitted. Shirts may not have messages or pictures on them. (Shirts with name-brand logos may be worn as long as the logo is approximately within a 1 x 1 inch square area.) Sun dresses and sleeveless tops are to be worn with a blouse, jacket, or sweater. Shorts and dresses may not be shorter than halfway up the thighs. Tennis shoes are required for recess and P.E.

Students may not come to school with their hair colored in an unnatural manner.

School Cancellations

Ambassador Academy follows the Rochester Public School weather-related closings.

Telephone-Use Policy

Students may use the school phone for urgent needs only. If a child needs to have a cell phone in his possession for specific needs, the phone must be turned off and kept in his backpack.

Changes in the Handbook

Ambassador Academy reserves the right to make changes in the handbook when it is necessary to do so.

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