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Family Handbook

Our Mission

St. David's is an independent school in the Episcopal school tradition that prepares young men and women for college and life by challenging them to excel in the vital areas of faith, virtue and knowledge.


What we hold about God, Creation And Being Human

St. David's upholds the truths of Christianity as revealed by God in Holy Scripture, maintained by the Church, summarized by the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds, and articulated in the historic Books of Common Prayer. While St. David's employees work and teach in accordance with these truths, the school welcomes students and their families of all backgrounds and beliefs.

As the Nicene Creed affirms, we believe that all things were created by the triune God with a personal and parental love. This means that the universe was created good and contains meaning and purpose that can be discovered; the world is "charged with the grandeur of God." Created male and female in God's image, human beings are also endowed with meaning, purpose and inherent dignity--and are thus worthy of respect--with enormous potential to wonder, work, worship, know, and create. Each has a valuable role and contribution to make to the common good. Furthermore, humans are communal as well as bodily creatures, called to make culture and enjoy right relationships with God, others and the rest of creation. The Creed points to Jesus Christ as fully human and fully divine, who rescues fallen creation, reconciles us to God, and reveals what it means to live a life of perfect faith, virtue and knowledge. Under his lordship, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, life together in redeemed community has been made possible, and we strive in hope toward the goal of participating in its final consummation.


Our Vision for the St. David's Community

We envision a learning community that together loves what is beautiful, pursues truth, and embodies the virtues needed to live life well. Rather than simply mastering information, our hope is for students to think critically and creatively; in addition to being prepared for future study and work, we desire students to flourish emotionally, spiritually, physically, and in rightly-ordered relationships; and in addition to being equipped for college and career success, we seek to inspire students for faithful, humble service to God and others according to their calling.


Our Guiding Commitments

Given our convictions about what it means to be human, St. David's is committed to cultivating the mind, heart and soul of each student, encouraging them to contribute to a healthy learning community to the best of their ability. This learning community includes parents, who bear primary responsibility for their children's formation and who are crucial partners with the school in their child's education. Made in the image of God who is Love, we place a key focus on shaping students' loves and forming their imaginations in the direction of what is true, good, and beautiful. We therefore provide a safe, supportive atmosphere that is beautiful, joyful, orderly, and conducive to deep study and patient exploration. Furthermore, because the human body was created good and is worthy of respect, we seek to protect its true value and meaning as well as promote its physical and athletic development. And because we are communal beings within a cultural and historical context, St. David's immerses students in the ideas, discoveries, books, and lives from the Western intellectual tradition. We educate in a way that awakens wonder and curiosity, fosters critical thinking and discernment, welcomes questions and different perspectives, challenges students but affords them a healthy overall rhythm of life, and encourages a sense of responsibility for the common good. As fellow pilgrims "on the way" to the virtuous life, we seek to cultivate habits that help students:

  • identify the good (prudence)
  • pursue the good amidst challenges (courage)
  • take appropriate pleasure in the good (temperance)
  • pursue and enjoy the good with regard to their neighbor (justice)
We also prioritize virtues that help students to
  • trust the truth of God’s call (faith)
  • act with confidence in God’s goodness (hope)
  • live sacrificially for God and others (love)

Table of Contents

Communication

  • Upper and Middle Schools
  • Lower School

Academics

  • Upper and Middle Schools
  • Lower School

Daily Schedule and Attendance

  • Upper and Middle Schools
  • Lower School

Conduct

  • Behavior
  • Upper and Middle School Discipline
  • Lower School Classroom Expectations

Dress Code

  • Upper and Middle Schools
  • Lower School

Technology and Social Media

  • Responsible Use Policy
  • Upper and Middle School
  • Lower School

Campus and Facilities

  • Visitors on Campus
  • Parking
  • Lunch and Dining Facilities
  • Lost and Found
  • Lockers
  • Bicycles, Skateboards and Scooters
  • Satellite Athletic Complex

School Life

  • Dances and Parties
  • Fundraisers
  • Student Government
  • Honor Societies
  • Upper School Community Service Requirement
  • Supervision Outside of School Hours

Emergency Procedures

  • Fire/All Weather/Lockdown Drills
  • Severe Weather and School Closings

Health and Safety

  • Health
  • Safety

Tuition Payments



Communication

We envision a learning community that together loves what is beautiful, pursues truth, and embodies the virtues needed to live life well. This learning community includes parents, who bear primary responsibility for their child's formation and who are crucial partners with the school in their child's education. To achieve this vision of parent-school partnership, St. David's strives to communicate consistently and effectively with families.

Parent-School Communication

Parents will receive communication regarding behavior and academic progress, along with information regarding school events and important dates via emails, parent-teacher conferences and the parent portal.

1. Veracross Parent Portal: This is our primary communication platform and your one-stop-shop for all the information you need from St. David's.

Content on the Parent Portal includes:

  • All School Calendars and Household Calendar
  • My Children: Classes and Reports, Daily Schedule, Recent Updates and Assignments
  • News & Announcements
  • My Household: Email Messages, Family Profile, Tuition Payments
  • Quick Links to SAGE Dining, Magnus Health Care
  • Directories

Training for new families is offered at New Parent Orientation. Additional school-wide training dates available at the start of the new academic year.

Parents can access the parent portal using this link: https://portals.veracross.com/sdsw/. We recommend that you bookmark this URL for easy access in the future. Access is also available through the school’s website, sdsw.org, by clicking on the “Parent” tab at the top of the homepage.

2. Email: St. David's School sends emails when appropriate. Email is the primary way that communication is distributed to the St. David's community whether school-wide, at the division level, or from faculty or staff.

  • School-wide emails include:
    • Monthly "Headmaster's Update"
    • Monthly "A Look Ahead" Calendar of Events
  • Division level emails include:
    • Emails from the Division Principal's office

3. Social Media: St. David's manages three social media accounts to keep families up-to-date with the daily on-campus events and activities.

Follow us on: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: @stdavidsschool (for all three)

4. Text: Currently, texting is reserved for severe weather alerts and emergencies. If your cell phone number has changed, or you believe your number is missing from your family profile in Veracross, please log in and update your profile.

A text alert through Veracross is in place to contact the entire St. David's community. Alerts include delayed starts, early dismissals, school closures or other emergencies where information needs to be disseminated quickly. See Severe Weather and School Closings for more information.

Teachers can be contacted by email or by calling the relevant division's administrative assistant. Teachers will aim to respond before the end of the next school day. Because we recognize that our faculty have family obligations, we generally discourage them from responding over the weekend and during vacation time; however, we understand that it is appropriate to contact teachers in certain extenuating circumstances (including class trips scheduled during a weekend, emergencies, crises, etc.)

Whether on campus or communicating with a St. David's employee by phone or email, parents should always conduct themselves in a civil manner. Hostility, disrespectful speech, and vulgarity will not help to achieve the best outcome for the student.

Upper and Middle Schools

Faculty-Student Communications

Faculty and students should only communicate through St. David's School email accounts.

Parent-Advisor Communications

The advisor is the primary contact between parents and the school. Parents should feel free to solicit the advisor's perspective on how their child is doing. Good communication will head off a host of problems and help ensure that the school best serves your child's needs.

Questions or Concerns

To ask questions or raise concerns, parents and students should be sure to address the correct person. This structure ensures clearest and most effective communication. A more detailed description of the roles and responsibilities of different positions at St. David's can be found here.

  • Curriculum: Teacher first, then Department Chair, then Division Principal
  • Student performance (Academic): Teacher first, then Grade Chair, then Division Principal
  • Student performance (Behavior): Teacher first, then Grade Chair, then Dean of Student Affairs (and Division Principal as necessary)
  • Teacher: Teacher first, the Department Chair, the Division Principal
  • Daily operations: Division Assistant first, then Division Principal
  • Athletics: Coach first, then Athletics Director, then Division Principal

Please note: Parents are welcome to contact either the Welcome Center Coordinator (ext. 221), the Assistant to the Middle School Principal (ext. 309) or the Assistant to the Upper School Principal (ext. 262) to communicate important messages to their children.

A more detailed description of staff roles and parent organizations can be found here.

Lower School

In addition to information provided in emails, parent-teacher conferences, and the parent portal, all parents will also receive a "Friday folder" at the end of each week, which will include the student's weekly work and other pertinent information.

Parent-School Questions and Resolution

St. David's School encourages parents to ask questions and gain as much information as possible regarding a situation. Therefore, our school's policy in dealing with these situations is:

  1. All questions, problems or concerns should first be brought to the attention of the homeroom or enrichment teacher.
  2. If the situation is not resolved or clarified at this point, then please contact the Lower School Principal.

Academics

Upper and Middle Schools

Assessments and Grades

St. David's strives to be a community that pursues a deeper understanding of the truth. We view assessments and grades as ways to evaluate and track progress toward this end and to communicate such progress to students and parents.

Graduation and Promotion Requirements

The Upper School Curriculum Guide describes graduation requirements. The Middle School Curriculum Guide describes promotion requirements for each grade level.

Grading Scale

A

100-90

B

89-80

C

79-75

74-70: Deficient

F

Below 70: Failing







Grading Periods

The academic year is divided into four grading periods, after which report cards are published on the web portal: Quarter 1 (at the midpoint of Semester 1), Quarter 2/Semester 1, Quarter 3 (at the midpoint of Semester 2), Quarter 4/Semester 2 (including final exams). Transcripts display grades for only semesters and the academic year, not quarter grades.

Grades Online

Students' grades for all core subjects, including tests, quizzes and homework, will be posted and updated on the school’s website at scheduled intervals.

Dropping or Adding a Class

In order to drop or add a class, a student must complete this form (link to come) within the first week of the start of the class. Thereafter, dropping a class can only take place under special circumstances and may result in a WF (withdrawal failing) or a WP (withdrawal passing) being noted on the transcript.

Final Assessment Pieces

Each teacher will determine the nature of assessments to give in the fall and spring semesters, which may include a summative, in-class final test near the end of the fall semester. At the end of the spring semester, all students in grades 7-12 will be assessed by an exam for each core class that will be given during two-hour blocks of time, with one or two exams per day. AP classes will give a class exam in preparation for the AP exam. The scheduled date of an exam may only be moved if the relevant division principal considers there to be an emergency and gives written approval.

Grades below 70

To earn credit in a year-long course, students must earn a two-semester average of 70 or above. A student who fails more than two classes for the year may be required to repeat the grade or dismissed from the school.

Credit Recovery

Students who fail a course necessary for graduation must retake the class. Whether replacement credit comes from St. David’s or another school, the original grade will remain on the transcript.

  • Grades received from courses retaken at St. David’s will replace the original grade in GPA calculations.
  • Courses taken for credit recovery at other schools must first be approved by the division principal. Upon successful completion of a course at another school, the student will be required to take an assessment, designed by St. David’s School, and achieve a specific grade, determined by the school, in order to be allowed to advance in the curriculum. The student’s original grade from St. David’s will be averaged with the new grade from another school in GPA calculations.

Community Service

All Upper School students are required to perform a minimum of 80 hours of community service (or 20 hours for each Upper School year at St. David’s School) before graduation. Please see Community Service in School Life.

Homework

St. David’s seeks to educate in a way that challenges students but also affords hard-working students a healthy overall rhythm of life. Toward this end, St. David’s invites families to focus weekend preparation for the school week ahead to just one day, and to protect breaks and holidays for celebration and rest.

Homework will be posted on the Academic Pages of the online student portal for each course. Copying homework is considered a violation of the Honor Code.

In order to foster a day of Sabbath rest for families each weekend, St. David’s teachers will not generally schedule tests or set major assignments (e.g. large research papers and major projects) for Mondays. Likewise, teachers are encouraged not to give major assignments over Fall Break, Thanksgiving Break, Christmas Break, Winter Break, and Easter Break, or on other occasions specified by the division principal. There will be some cases when it is better for all parties that a test or major assignment should fall on a Monday—or reasonable work may be assigned over a break—and we trust our teachers to make this determination freely and independently in the interest of student wellbeing and learning goals.

Academic Support and Summer Enrichment

St. David’s is committed to cultivating the mind, heart and soul of each student, encouraging them to contribute to the larger learning community to the best of their ability. Recognizing that different students have different needs, St. David’s seeks to provide the support necessary to help each student make their unique contribution.

Academic Support Program

Participation in the Academic Support Program requires a diagnosis of a learning disability or ADHD by a physician or licensed psychologist and the approval of the Director of Academic Support. Documentation must be current within three years. Complete documentation must be kept on file in the Academic Support office. There is an additional fee associated with this program. More information about ASP and its policies and procedures can be found here.

Accommodations for Special Needs

St. David’s will provide appropriate, effective and reasonable accommodations depending on the circumstances. These accommodations are decided upon each year after a careful review of the student’s psychological or educational testing that is on file at the school, and, where applicable, the student’s use of the accommodation in the classroom during the previous year.

Evaluations on file in the Academic Support office must be current within three years. Complete documentation must be kept on file in the Academic Support Office. Teacher feedback solicited for the purpose of monitoring medication or providing a classroom perspective of student behaviors for psychoeducational evaluations will only be sent directly to the assessment provider. Parents and students will not be given this information directly. More information about the school’s policies and procedures regarding classroom accommodations can be found here or by contacting the Director of Academic Support.

Summer Enrichment

  • Students who wish to take courses outside of St. David’s School in order to advance in a department’s sequence over the summer, must obtain prior permission, in writing, from the relevant department chair and division principal.
  • The department chair will inform the student about the class size and availability of the course the student desires to advance into after the summer, as well as any possible social/emotional implications that may be connected to such a decision.
  • The department chair will also inform the student about the date on which the student must take an assessment designed by St. David’s School to test mastery of the material in the relevant subject.
  • Advancement into the desired course is conditional upon the student achieving a specific grade, determined by the department chair, on this assessment.
  • Although department chairs cannot be expected to review every possible external course a student may consider taking, students and parents are encouraged to consult department chairs about what kind of course may be best.
  • Classes taken outside of St. David’s can only serve to advance a student in the department’s sequence of courses; external courses will not appear as transfer of credit on his or her St. David's transcript.
  • To graduate from St. David’s, students who pursue summer enrichment courses must still complete the minimum number of St. David's courses in each subject (depending upon the year of their enrollment at the school) as listed in the curriculum guide.

Library

St. David’s aims to shape students’ loves and form their imaginations in the direction of what is true, good, and beautiful. We therefore provide a supportive atmosphere that is beautiful, joyful, orderly, and conducive to deep study and patient exploration. Toward this end, we want to surround students with books and encourage the habits of reading, studying and researching. We are also committed to immersing students in the ideas, discoveries, works, and lives from the Western intellectual tradition, and we educate in a way that awakens wonder and curiosity, fosters critical thinking and discernment, and welcomes questions and different perspectives. The St. David’s Middle and Upper School Library is a wonderful venue for equipping students for all of these habits and forms of knowledge.

The St. David’s Upper/Middle School Library serves the students, faculty, and staff of the Upper and Middle Schools.

The library is open Monday through Friday during the academic year. Upper School students may visit the library before school, after school, and during the school day with permission from their classroom teachers.

  • Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 7:35 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 8:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday (and on days before holidays) 7:35 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Upper School students’ check-out period for library books is two weeks. Material may be renewed for another two-week period if it is not reserved for others. Should an item be lost or damaged, the replacement cost of the item will be charged to the person who checked out the item. Because the library purchases library-bound books and incurs extra costs associated with replacing a book, a replacement fee will be charged for lost or damaged books, rather than requiring the student to replace a copy of the book.

St. David’s School respects the intellectual property of authors, composers, and other copyright owners, and obeys federal copyright laws.

For more details about the library and its wonderful collections and programs, please visit the library page.

Honor Code

St. David's believes that every student has a valuable contribution to make--and thus a responsibility--for the good of the larger learning community. The St. David's Honor Code is an opportunity for our community to promote and enjoy relationships built upon trust, respect, honesty and integrity. Dishonesty, academic or otherwise, fundamentally undermines the teacher-student, and parent-student relationships. To lie, steal, or cheat others is to treat them as well as one's own self with disrespect, even in cases where the other may consent to have his/her work copied. By maintaining high standards and honorable behavior, an individual contributes to the greater good of the school culture. Furthermore, abiding by the Honor Code is excellent training and habituation for college and life, where dishonorable actions can result in severe consequences.

A successful Honor Code requires students as well as the administration, faculty, and staff to seek its enforcement. Reporting an honor code violation can be an act of care that presents a fellow student with the opportunity to learn from his or her mistake and to build stronger moral character.

Honor Pledge

During St. David's annual Honor Ceremony, students pledge and sign the following:

I do solemnly pledge my honor that as long as I am a member of St. David's School, I will faithfully uphold the principles of the honor code, will cherish and guard its traditions, and will respect and observe its requirements.

Each time a student puts their name on an assessment or homework assignment, they are recognized as agreeing with the Honor Code.

By making this honor code pledge, students promise not to cheat, lie, steal, or plagiarize.

  • Cheating is giving or receiving unauthorized or improper assistance on any assignment.
  • Lying is providing false information with the intent to deceive, which can include providing specific but incorrect information in order to avoid punishment, telling falsehoods to implicate or exonerate a fellow student, or embellishing the truth with the intent to deceive.
  • Stealing is not only taking someone else's personal property, but also borrowing either school property or someone else's property or someone else's personal property without permission.
  • Plagiarism is cheating by stealing another person's words, ideas, etc. and passing them off as one's own (lying).

Citing Others' Work

Whenever a student copies the exact words of any source, the copied words must by marked by a quotation marks, and the source must be cited. The procedures for citation vary, depending on the type of assignment, from a simple reference in the text to a fully documented citation. The teacher will give specific instructions in this regard. Modern Language Association (MLA) style will be followed in papers, unless specified otherwise.

In addition, it is important to remember that the ideas of an author, when they are paraphrased and not quoted verbatim, must be cited and attributed to their author. Reckless, improper, or omitted documentation of sources, even if unintentional (this is one exception to the first sentence of the definition of cheating in the Honor Code), will be punished. Ignorance of the Plagiarism Policy may not be used as an excuse.

Honor Code Violations

In both the Middle and Upper Schools, non-academic violations of the Honor Code will be addressed by grade chairs, the Dean of Student Affairs, and (in series cases) the division principal.

In the Middle School, academic violations of the Honor Code will be addressed by the Division Principal and the Honor Council Faculty Advisor.

In the Upper School, academic violations of the Honor Code will be addressed by the Division Principal, the Honor Council Faculty Advisor and members of the Honor Council.

The Honor Council is run entirely by students. The Council renders verdicts on possible violations of the Honor Code and makes recommendations for consequences to the Upper School Principal. The Upper School Principal will take the Council’s recommendations into consideration and make final decisions about consequences. The Faculty Advisor to the Honor Council serves to advise the Council throughout the entire process, to communicate with parents, and to ensure that the Council conducts itself without prejudice or any other partiality. Grade chairs may assist the Faculty Advisor and the Council at any point, but all official communication must be approved by or come directly from the Faculty Advisor. The Assistant Headmaster of Academic Affairs hears appeals.

For details about the selection and requirements of Honor Council members, as well as the procedures regarding reports, inquiries, and hearings regarding Honor Code violations, click here.

Consequences for Honor Code Violations

A violation of the Honor Code is considered academic misconduct. Therefore, St. David's will report to colleges if a student has received probation, suspension, or dismissal resulting from an Honor Code violation.

The following may be used as a suggested guideline by the Honor Council to determine the consequences of Honor violations. Each offense committed while a student is enrolled in the Upper School is considered by the Council and counted as a first, second, or third offense. Offenses committed as a Middle School student do not affect a student’s Upper School record.

First Honor Offense

  1. Written or verbal apology.
  2. Detention and/or community service.
  3. For cheating: Either a zero on the assignment or the opportunity to retake the assignment. If the case warrants that work may be re-submitted, the student should expect to receive a significant grade penalty determined by the Honor Council.
    For stealing: Restitution of property.
  4. Possible academic probation, in which case additional penalties (such as co-curricular ineligibility) may apply.
  5. In egregious cases, the school reserves the right to suspend the student up to 3 days.

Minor First Offense: If the Council recommends that an offense should not warrant academic probation (because of the insignificance of the offense and the cooperative and forthright behavior of the defendant), a warning will be recommended. In the case of a warning, the offense would not be reported to colleges, although one or more of the above penalties (short of suspension) may still apply. However, a second Honor Code violation, even after a warning was given for the first, will be considered as a second offense and punished and reported to colleges as such.

Second Honor Offense

  1. Minimum of one-day suspension, maximum of five-day suspension.
  2. A meeting with parents and administration to discuss conditions for the student’s continued enrollment.
  3. Written or verbal apology.
  4. Detention and/or community service.
  5. For cheating: Either a zero on the assignment or the opportunity to retake the assignment. In some cases, the student will not be allowed to resubmit plagiarized work. This determination is left to the judgment of the honor council and is part of the sanctioning process. If the case warrants that plagiarized work may be re-submitted, the student should expect to receive a significant grade penalty. The extent of this penalty is to be determined by the Honor Council. For stealing: Restitution of property.

Third Honor Offense

Expulsion.

Academic Standing

Academic Standing

Students’ grades and the completion of their other academic requirements will be assessed every half a quarter, and could lead to a student receiving an academic standing according to the following categories:

  • Students who do not maintain passing grades in all subjects or who earn a grade of incomplete will be placed on Academic Review. Students in this situation will be notified of their status, required to meet with the teacher of the relevant course, and encouraged to improve their academic standing to a standard set by the relevant teacher before the end of the next half quarter. If such students achieve a satisfactory academic standard at the end of the next half quarter, they will be no longer be placed under Academic Review.
  • If students who have been placed on Academic Review are still not achieving a satisfactory academic standard at the end of the next half quarter, they are placed on Academic Remediation. If such students achieve a satisfactory academic standard at the end of the next half quarter, they will no longer be placed under Academic Remediation; however, if at the end of a future half quarter they again fail to achieve a satisfactory academic standard, they will return to Academic Remediation.

Eligibility for Co-Curricular Activities

Eligibility for Co-Curricular Activities

Co-curricular activities are activities sanctioned by St. David’s School outside of the course of study in the classroom, including but not limited to athletics, the fall play and spring musical, clubs, service organizations, and positions of leadership. To participate in a co-curricular activity at St. David’s, students must maintain passing grades in all courses and fulfill any other academic requirements necessary for the particular activity.

  • Students on Academic Review retain co-curricular eligibility.
  • Students on Academic Remediation may not represent the school in any co-curricular activity, as determined by the relevant division principal. Student-athletes on Academic Remediation may practice but they may not play in games, dress in the uniform, travel with the team, or miss classes for the sake of the sport. When a student has achieved passing grades in all classes at the next scheduled grade update, the student may appeal to the relevant division principal to regain immediate, full co-curricular eligibility.
  • If students who have been placed on Academic Remediation are not achieving a satisfactory academic standard in all courses at the end of the next half quarter, they are Academically Ineligible and may not participate in any co-curricular activities (including practices). When a student has achieved passing grades in all classes at the next scheduled grade update, the student may appeal to the relevant division principal to regain immediate, full co-curricular eligibility.

Students who have been on Academic Remediation three times or a combination of Academic Remediation and Academic Ineligibility for a total of three times may lose co-curricular eligibility for the rest of the school year.

Students who are ineligible to play may participate in tryouts, in hopes of joining the team when eligible. Coaches will take students’ academic standing into consideration when selecting a team.

Class Attendance and Co-Curricular Eligibility

Attending academic classes is a precondition of participating in the co-curricular life of the school (athletics, plays, concerts, practices, etc.). A student must be present for a minimum of three periods (in total) during the school day in order to participate in the day’s co-curricular activities/events. Students may appeal to their Division Principal in the event of an extenuating situation that prevents them from adhering to this policy.

Lower School

Assessments and Grades

St. David's strives to be a community that pursues a deeper understanding of the truth. We view assessments and grades as ways to evaluate and track progress toward this end and to communicate such progress to students and parents.


Grading Scale

St. David’s Lower School uses an expectation-based grading scale for both academic and enrichment subjects:

  • E = Exceeding Expectations – Student independently demonstrates exceptional understanding of material and outstanding ability to apply knowledge consistently
  • M = Meeting Expectations – Student independently demonstrates sound understanding of material and proficient ability to apply knowledge consistently
  • P = Progressing Towards Expectations – Student demonstrates partial understanding but requires some additional time or support to maintain independent, proficient ability consistently
  • N = Needs Improvement – Student demonstrates insufficient understanding and additional time and support are consistently needed from teacher

A student who receives an “N” for the year in two or more core subjects for the year will be may be required to repeat the grade.

Homework

St. David’s believes that work done independently is a crucial part of the learning process. Review of class notes, reading, and written assignments and exercises are all important in the mastering of concepts. The goal of homework in the Lower School is to engage the students’ minds through developmentally appropriate exercises designed to further increase the students’ understanding of concepts taught in the classroom. However, St. David’s also seeks to educate in a way that affords hard-working students a healthy overall rhythm of life. Toward this end, St. David’s invites families to focus weekend preparation for the school week ahead to just one day, and to protect breaks and holidays for celebration and rest.

Homework

Homework can be a graded part of the curriculum.

In the lower elementary grades, we recognize that parents may play a bigger part in guiding and helping a child with homework. As students progress through the Lower School, we want them to begin taking more ownership over their work and for it to ultimately represent the students' efforts. Students should not share homework unless specifically permitted in certain cases of group work assigned by teachers.

Assignments are not given over Fall Break, Thanksgiving Break, Christmas Break, Winter Break or Easter Break.

Extra Help

St. David’s is committed to cultivating the mind, heart and soul of each student, encouraging them to contribute to the larger learning community to the best of their ability. Recognizing that different students have different needs, St. David’s seeks to provide the support necessary to help each student make their unique contribution.

Extra-Help Period

Extra help can be scheduled at the discretion of the teacher or the parent and will be scheduled from 3:00-3:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday. While this is a good opportunity for students to take initiative in asking teachers for help and questions, students not using the time appropriately will be escorted back to the carpool area.

Library

St. David’s aims to shape students’ loves and form their imaginations in the direction of what is true, good, and beautiful. We therefore provide a supportive atmosphere that is beautiful, joyful, orderly, and conducive to deep study and patient exploration. Toward this end, we want to surround students with books and encourage the habits of reading, studying and researching. We are also committed to immersing students in the ideas, discoveries, works, and lives from the Western intellectual tradition, and we educate in a way that awakens wonder and curiosity, fosters critical thinking and discernment, and welcomes questions and different perspectives. The St. David’s Lower School Library is a wonderful venue for equipping students for all of these habits and forms of knowledge.

The St. David’s Lower School Library serves students in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade. The Middle & Upper School Library also has collections that are available to Lower School students.

The Lower School Library is open Monday through Friday during the academic year.

Lower School classes are scheduled to come to the library throughout the year to foster their love of reading. Additional times are scheduled during the week to give students as-needed access to the library. A librarian also works in collaboration with classroom teachers to integrate research, information literacy, and technology skills into the curriculum.

St. David’s School respects the intellectual property of authors, composers, and other copyright owners, and obeys federal copyright laws.

For more details about the Lower School Library and its wonderful collections and programs, please visit our website page.

Daily Schedule and Attendance

St. David's encourages students to contribute to the larger learning community to the best of their ability, and to demonstrate respect to others. Attendance and active participation in class, chapel services, class trips, and other activities of the school day are important ways to enable this contribution and to show respect to teachers and fellow classmates. Therefore, St. David's requires students to be present and on time to all scheduled activities, to communicate when they plan to be absent, and to make up whatever class work or assessment they miss.

Upper and Middle Schools

Daily Schedule

Daily Schedule

The academic day normally begins at 7:55 a.m. and ends at 3:15 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. On Wednesday, school normally begins at 9:00 a.m. On occasion the daily schedule will be modified for special events. Students and faculty will be notified in advance of such changes. Click for the Middle School daily schedule or Upper School daily schedule.

Office Hours

All students may obtain additional help from teachers from 7:30-7:55 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and Upper School students may also receive help from 3:15-3:45 p.m. each day of the week. If a student requires more than one session per week in a given subject, we encourage outside tutorial help or, if approved, inclusion in our Academic Support Program. Private tutors and coaches, who are not St. David’s employees, are not allowed to tutor on campus.

If a student is unable to schedule a meeting with a teacher during office hours, he or she should talk with the teacher to schedule an appointment during another time, such as during study hall, lunch, or after school. Students scheduling after-school appointments should contact the teacher via email in advance to ensure teacher availability.

At the teacher’s discretion, a student may be required to attend office hours. Any student earning a grade below 75 is strongly encouraged to attend office hours.

Any student placed on academic remediation is required to attend office hours. Failure to attend required sessions while on academic probation will be treated as skipping class and will result in a student automatically receiving 5 demerits (see Conduct).

Study Hall (Middle School)

A portion of the daily schedule is devoted to study hall for all Middle School students during which core teachers are available to assist a student with questions concerning course work in their respective classes.

Flex (Upper School)
Flex period is a period of time that Upper School students can use to relax with friends, meet with teachers, pursue other academic interests, form study groups, organize clubs, etc. Non-educational digital games and non-educational videos are not allowed during this time. The personal choice of how to use Flex is a privilege and may be taken away as a disciplinary consequence.

After-School Care (Middle School)

After-School Care is provided for Middle School students on school days from 3:15-6:00 p.m. Fifth through eighth grade students who are not enrolled in After-School Care or attending an after-school activity should not be on campus after 4:00 p.m. Please check with the Director of After-School Care for pricing and availability.

Attendance

Excused Absences

Absence from school will be excused for:

    1. Illness
    2. Family emergency
    3. Death in the family
    4. Professional appointment (e.g.medical, dental, clinical)
    5. Court appearance
    6. Religious observance
    7. Funeral
    8. School-sponsored activity such as sports or fine arts (for participants only)
    9. Pre-approved college visit days
    10. Family discretionary days (e.g. graduation, wedding of family member). These days may not be taken during exams, standardized testing, or class trips

* Please note: If a student has accrued nine (9) absences in one semester of a particular course, family discretionary and college visit days will not be approved as excused absences.

Absence due to illness or emergency

If the student is ill or absent due to an emergency, the parent must contact the relevant administrative assistant by 7:50 a.m. on the morning of the absence. In the case of a prolonged, recurring illness, the school will require a medical explanation from the physician.

If a student misses a school day or leaves early due to illness, he/she may not return that day to participate in a practice, rehearsal, event or field trip.

College Visits

Seniors, juniors, and sophomores are encouraged to visit colleges to which they are interested in seeking admission. To avoid absences from class, families are encouraged to schedule college visit days for vacation times and weekends, and collaborate in advance with the Director of College Counseling about the visits.

Students who miss classes for college visits must make up their schoolwork according to the Pre-planned Absence policy. These absences are considered as part of the total allowable absences for a given semester. Please note: if a student has accrued more than nine (9) absences in one semester of a course, additional college visit days during that same semester will not be considered excused.

Pre-planned Absences

At least 24 hours prior to a pre-planned absence, students must contact their teachers and use the Pre-planned Absence Form to inventory all academic work they will miss. The completed form must then be submitted to the relevant division office and approved by the division principal in order for the absence to be considered excused.

When having Pre-planned Absence Forms signed, students must make arrangements with their teachers to make up any missed tests, quizzes, or other in-class assignments. Unless students are asked to complete certain assignments before they leave, all missed assignments will be due the day the student returns to campus. Students will receive a maximum grade of 80% on any assignment not made up according to this procedure.

Unexcused Absences

Absences for any reason other than those listed in the “Excused Absences” section of this handbook, or for which appropriate documentation has not been received by the relevant division office, will be considered unexcused. There will be an academic penalty for unexcused absences. Students will be allowed to make up work missed during the absence in a reasonable amount of time, but any unexcused absence will result in a zero for daily class participation and a maximum grade of 80% on all assignments, including tests, papers and projects.

Excessive Absences

If a student misses more than nine (9) classes in any one subject in the first semester or nine (9) classes in any one subject in the second semester, for excused or unexcused reasons or a combination thereof, the school may take action that includes, but is not limited to, loss of academic credit, assignment to a supervised study hall before or after school, and loss of privileges such as class trip participation, off-campus lunch, free periods, and co-curricular participation (including athletic and performing arts). The administration reserves the right to utilize discretion in responding to each case. In cases where the school decides that excessive absences are detrimental to a student’s education, a conference between school administration, Grade Chair, School Counselor, and the parents may take place to determine if the student will earn credit in the subjects missed.

Parents who know of a pre-scheduled reason that their child may miss more than nine (9) days a semester (such as planned surgery or special family circumstances) are asked to let the relevant division principal know at the outset of the semester, so that a plan may be devised regarding how to accommodate the circumstance.

Excessive absences (other than those directly related to a school-approved co-curricular activity) may be reported according to state truancy laws.

Class Trip Attendance Policy

Attendance on class trips that are scheduled during the academic year is required. However, if a student is unable to attend the class trip, he or she will be required to be at school for regular school hours. The school administration may disallow a student's participation on a class trip if a student is on remediation for academic or behavioral issues, or if a student's number of absences (excused or unexcused) exceeds the allotted number of days (see Excessive Absences), or if a student's tuition balance is delinquent (see Tuition Payments).

Physical Education Absence

A student must have a note signed by a parent or a doctor stating the reason the student may not participate in a P.E. class. If the student cannot participate for more than one day, the note should indicate approximately when the student may return to full participation. Students will be required to complete written assignments given by the relevant P.E. teacher to take the place of physical activities missed.

Skipping Class

Skipping a class is strictly prohibited. Arriving to a class later than 15 minutes after the class begins without a valid written excuse is considered skipping class and will be recorded as an unexcused absence. A student skipping class will receive 5 demerits. If the student skips a class he or she will receive a zero on that assignment.

Students are expected to be in all scheduled classes on the day following their participation in a St. David's event (such as a sporting competition, performance, or practice/rehearsal); however, if the sponsored group returns to campus after midnight, participants will be excused from first period of the next day.

Make-up Work Policies

All work missed because of an absence must be made up to the satisfaction of the teacher. The student is responsible for making up missed work and asking peers for notes. Teachers can use their discretion concerning whether to grant an extension or reschedule an assessment. In the case of an unexcused absence, the student will receive a zero for daily class participation and a maximum grade of 80% on any assignment missed.

Leaving School Early

If a student needs to depart school early on a particular day, the following procedure should be followed: Out of courtesy to the school and so that the school can assist each family in a timely fashion, one of the student’s parents must inform the relevant Division Assistant, either in person or through a written note, phone call, or email at least two hours prior to the departure time. The Division Assistant will contact the relevant teacher and document the early departure in the portal. The student should remind the teacher before class begins about the time that he/she will need to leave. Except in emergency situations, classes should not be interrupted to inform or remind students to depart. Students leaving early because of an illness need to receive permission from the school nurse, who will note the permission in the Veracross portal. A Middle School student leaving campus for any reason may not sign themselves out but must be signed out by a parent. In all circumstances, the student must be signed out at the Welcome Center desk before leaving campus early.

Class Attendance and Co-Curricular Eligibility

Attending academic classes is a precondition of participating in the co-curricular life of the school (athletics, plays, concerts, practices, etc.). A student must be present for a minimum of three periods (in total) during the school day in order to participate in the day’s co-curricular activities/events. Students may appeal to their Division Principal in the event of an extenuating situation that prevents them from adhering to this policy.

Study Hall/Free Period Policy (Upper School)

Seniors, juniors, sophomores, and second semester freshmen will be permitted to drop a study hall and use it instead as a free period if they meet the following criteria in their core classes (English, History, Math, Science, and Languages) after each interim semester grading period:

  • Second semester freshmen must maintain a numerical average of 90 with no class grade under 90.
  • Sophomores must maintain an 85 average with no class grades under 85.
  • Juniors and seniors must maintain an 80 average with no class grades under 80.

During a free period, students may use the library as well as the Mac lab (if another class is not present) for individual studying and research. Students in a free period should not loiter in the academic hallways.

Please note: If the free period is during the first period of the day, eligible students are not required to be on campus for this first period. When students arrive to school, they must sign in at the Welcome Center. Likewise, a student who has a free period that falls at the end of the day has permission to leave school early, but must sign out at the Welcome Center.

Once they are at school, Upper School students may not leave campus during a free period that occurs in between the first and last period of the day.

Tardiness

All students must arrive on time for their first class of the day. Students who come to school or class up to 15 minutes late without a valid excuse will be marked as tardy unexcused. Tardiness will be excused for vehicle breakdowns and other reasons mentioned under “excused absences.”

All students arriving late must:

  • Sign in at the Welcome Center
  • Provide a parental note stating the reason for the tardiness and receive a tardy slip from the Welcome Center Coordinator. (In lieu of the parental note, parents may either call or send an email to the Welcome Center Coordinator (ext. 221/broof@sdsw.org) to communicate the reason for a student’s tardiness.)
  • Enter class with a tardy slip.

The accumulation of unexcused tardies to school and to class will result in the following consequences:

  • 5 Tardies – student will serve a detention
  • 10 Tardies – student will serve a detention and Grade Chair will contact parents
  • 15 Tardies – student will serve a two-day detention and Grade Chair will contact parents
  • 20 Tardies – student will serve a detention for one week and a parent meeting with the Grade Chair, and/or the Division Principal will be required.

Lower School

Daily Schedule

Daily Schedule

Lower School Office7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Pre-Kindergarten Half Day7:55 a.m. - noon
Kindergarten Half Day 7:55 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Full Day (all grades PK-4)7:55 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Wednesdays (delayed start)8:55 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
After-School Care3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Lower School students may arrive as early as 7:30 a.m. and are to go directly to the gym. No Lower School student is allowed on campus earlier than 7:30 a.m. unless supervised by an adult.

Attendance

The Lower School does not track or categorize absences based on excused or unexcused reasons. If a student is ill or otherwise absent, their parent should call or email the Lower School Administrative Assistant (lmccall@sdsw.org or 919-782-3331 ext. 222) or the classroom teacher as soon as possible on the morning of the absence and keep the classroom teacher informed of any long-term absences.

We also believe that class attendance is essential for academic growth for students to feel a part of their classroom and school community, preparing them for the rest of their educational journey. To that end, the administration reserves the right to discuss possible retention for students who miss more than nine (9) days a semester during the school year for any reason. This does not include days where a student may report late, but a high accumulation of late arrivals may also result in a discussion between the parents and the classroom teacher and the principal.

Planned Absence

If a student has a pre-planned engagement, we feel it is best for the student to remain engaged with the curriculum as much as possible, being mindful of the nature of the engagement and the activities to which they are committed. We ask that parents notify the teacher at least one week in advance of a planned absence in order to give the teacher time to gather materials and directions for the student to complete.

Class Trip Attendance

The purpose of class trips is to enhance student life, encourage the development of peer relationships and complement the curriculum. Students are expected to attend all class trips throughout the year.

Make-up Work Policies

All work missed because of an absence must be made up to the satisfaction of the teacher. If a student is absent for one day and has a scheduled test, project, or paper due on that day, he or she should be prepared to discuss with the teacher a reasonable make-up work plan the day he or she returns to school. The timeframe and workload of the make-up plan will also be communicated to the parents.

Tardiness

We do recognize that there are circumstances that arise where a student may be tardy, but we encourage all students to be in class on time to help them prepare better for the day ahead and to cut down on class distractions. Any student entering the classroom after 8:00 a.m. will be counted as tardy. The student should go directly to class and parents need to sign their child in at the Welcome Center.

Leaving School Early

If a student needs to depart school early on a particular day, the following procedure should be followed: Out of courtesy to the school and so that the school can assist each family in a timely fashion, one of the student’s parents must inform the relevant Division Assistant, either in person or through a written note, phone call, or email at least two hours prior to the departure time. The Division Assistant will contact the relevant teacher and document the early departure in the portal. The student should remind the teacher before class begins about the time that he/she will need to leave. Except in emergency situations, classes should not be interrupted to inform or remind students to depart. Students leaving early because of an illness need to receive permission from the school nurse, who will note the permission in the Veracross portal. A Lower School student leaving campus for any reason may not sign themselves out but must be signed out by a parent. In all circumstances, the student must be signed out at the Welcome Center desk before leaving campus early.

Excused from Physical Education

Students who are not able to participate in physical education because of a minor illness or injury should have a written note or email from the parent/guardian. A doctor’s note is needed for anything longer than three days. Students excused from P.E. will remain with their class but will not participate.

Conduct

St. David's strives to provide a safe, supportive atmosphere that is conducive to the flourishing of each member. Toward this end, students are held to a standard of relating to each other, in word and deed, with respect, honor, integrity, and charity. Furthermore, they are expected to contribute to an environment that fosters deep study and careful attention, and that honors the law of the land as well as the dignity of their own bodies and those of others.

Behavior

Inappropriate Speech and Conduct

Students at St. David’s School are bound by the commandment to “love thy neighbor as thyself” and are expected to celebrate and safeguard the inherent dignity of all people by treating them, in word and deed, with respect, hospitality, compassion, forgiveness, and honor. Any behavior contrary to these principles is considered inappropriate, and subject to a disciplinary response, including:

  • ineligibility for: co-curricular activities, honors, off-campus privileges, and leadership positions
  • demerits, detention, suspension, and expulsion (see Discipline section)

Although not an exhaustive list, the following behaviors constitute at least (and perhaps more than) inappropriate speech and conduct:

  • Name calling
  • Making up stories to get someone in trouble
  • Hitting, kicking, tripping, pushing another student
  • Telling other people not to talk to or be friends with someone
  • Damaging another student’s property
  • Making unwelcome sexual comments or advancements
  • Intentionally excluding one or a few people from a group activity (such as class assignments, lunch table, etc.)
  • Intentionally blocking another student’s locker
  • Threatening harm to someone, even if in a joking way (we must address all statements that call safety into question)

Severe or repeated cases of inappropriate speech and conduct can be considered either harassment or bullying.

Harassment

The school defines harassment as speech or conduct that is severe or pervasive enough to create a hostile environment. The school takes seriously harassment of any sort based on sex, race, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, physical ability, economic status, personal qualities, or learning differences.

Examples of harassment include but are not limited to:

  • obscene or suggestive remarks or jokes, verbal abuse and insults
  • displays of explicit, offensive or demeaning materials
  • physical or verbal hazing
  • threats
  • comments which are demeaning with respect to sex, race, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, class, age, or disability

Sexual harassment includes but is not limited to:

  • making unwelcome sexual advances
  • engaging in improper physical contact
  • making improper sexual comments
  • thereby creating an intimidating, hostile educational environment

These activities or similar activities may also be a violation of federal law.

Bullying

The school defines bullying as conscious, willful, malicious and/or deliberate activity intended to exclude, harm, or induce fear through the threat of further aggression or create distress.

This behavior includes, but is not limited to:

  • verbal abuse
  • physical bullying or the threat of physical bullying
  • cyber-bullying (including but not limited to the Internet, smartphones, e-mail, instant messaging, blogging, websites and photography)

which is intended to create distress and affect any member of the community’s behavior or performance in school.

If the administration determines a student is using cyber-bullying against another student, such conduct will be reported to applicable authorities which may result in criminal charges against the student.

It is important to note that not all aggressive behavior is harassment or bullying. Some students, without the intention or awareness that it causes distress, may exhibit behaviors that appear to be harassment or bullying. However, all perceptions of bullying will be taken seriously.

Reporting Inappropriate Speech and Conduct, Bullying, and Harassment

All students who think they are victims of inappropriate speech and conduct, harassment, or bullying should immediately report the incident to their parents as well as their Advisor, Grade Chair, School Counselor, Coach, Athletic Director, or Division Principal. School authorities will investigate all such reports. Students and parents should refrain from discussing such situations or complaints with other students in order to maintain the privacy of all parties involved. All such reports will be handled discreetly to maintain the confidentiality of the student who is making the report, to extent possible, while allowing for an appropriate investigation and any necessary follow-up action in response to the investigation.

Social Media

While St. David’s recognizes that texting and social media activity outside of school is under the authority and supervision of parents, we also recognize that there can be an effect on the school environment and educational experience. When we deem that the student’s experience at school has been seriously affected by texting or social media activity, we reserve the right to address the issue, which can include informing parents and treating the activity according to the school’s behavior policy. Activity deemed harmful towards peers or St. David's School, its' members or policies includes, but is not limited to:

  • defamation
  • slander
  • offensive, harassing or bullying

Vandalism, Weapons, & Illicit Substances

Vandalism/ Destruction of Property

Vandalism of school property is considered a severe offense and will be handled by the dean of student affairs or the division principal. Students destroying or defacing school property will be required to pay for repairs.

Weapons

Weapons are not allowed on campus. The school reserves the right to immediately suspend any student bringing a weapon to school, and the suspension will most likely become an expulsion.

Illicit Substances

Students are not permitted to use, purchase, contribute to the purchase of, transport, conceal, sell, distribute, display for sale, provide to another, provide a place for the use or concealment of, or possess alcohol and illegal drugs (including tobacco and vaping products).

This regulation applies to the entire school year, beginning when the enrollment contract for the upcoming school year is signed, whether on or off campus, whether during school hours or not, whether at a St. David’s sponsored event or not.

  • Off-campus use or possession is defined as use or possession of alcohol or illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia or tobacco or vaping products off school property and at activities not sponsored by St. David’s.
  • On-campus use or possession is defined as use or possession of alcohol or illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia or tobacco or vaping products within the physical confines of the school campus, on a bus to a school-sponsored activity, or at any school-sponsored event held on or off campus.

While this policy doesn't address the use of legal substances, in situations where a student engages in such behavior, St. David's will try to direct them towards receiving proper help.

Alcohol and Vaping/Tobacco Products—Reasonable Suspicion of Violation

  1. If there is a reasonable suspicion, based on evidence, that this policy has been violated, then even if the student was not caught in the act of using alcohol or a vaping/tobacco product, he/she can be noted for being present in a “first instance under question”. St. David's reserves the right to search the student's locker, belongings, and person.
  2. If there is a reasonable suspicion, based on evidence, that this policy has been violated a second time within the same three-year span, then even if the student was not caught in the act of using alcohol or a vaping/tobacco product, St. David’s can require the student to complete an off-site alcohol or nicotine test within 24 hours.
    1. If the results of the test are negative, the student will revert to the status of having been present in a “first instance under question.”
    2. If the results of the test are positive, the student or their parents must reimburse the school for the cost of the test, and the student will be treated under the 1stoffense category of the “Observed Violation” section.
    3. If a student refuses to get tested within the designated 24 hours, they will be treated under the 1stoffense category of the “Observed Violation” section.

Alcohol and Vaping/Tobacco Products—Observed Violation

Anyone observed to have violated this policy may be subject to the following disciplinary actions which include:

  • First offense (no minimum amount; possession or a sip is treated the same as consumption of a larger quantity):
  1. Students involved may not represent the school in any co-curricular activity for one month following the date of the offense.
  2. Students holding appointed and/or student-elected offices must vacate them for the rest of the school year.
  3. Five demerits & detention
  4. Students may be subject to suspension (in-school or out of school) or expulsion in egregious cases (e.g. distribution or selling)
  5. Students must be assessed by a qualified professional at the parents’ expense and begin treatment, if necessary. Written confirmation is required within 30 days of offense from the assessor to the Division Principal, stating that assessment has occurred.
  6. Students may take part in any suitable projects/programs determined by the school administration (i.e., research paper, work, video, and visits to emergency room or AA meetings).
  • Second offense:
  1. Out-of-school suspension
  2. Students may be suspended from all co-curricular activities for the remainder of the school year and are ineligible for awards, letters, or certificates for those activities.
  3. Students are subject to expulsion in egregious cases.
  4. Punishments other than expulsion will not carry over into the next academic year. Summer work projects may be required.
  • Third offense:

Expulsion. Note: If an illegal drug is used in a vaping device, the offense will be treated under the Illegal Drugs policy.

Illegal Drugs: Penalties for off-campus offenses

  • First offense (no minimum amount; possession is treated the same as consumption of a larger quantity)
  1. Assessment by a qualified professional at the parents’ expense; begin treatment, if necessary; written confirmation within 30 days of offense from the assessor to the Division Principal, stating that assessment has occurred.
  2. Students may take part in any suitable projects/programs determined by the school administration (i.e., research paper, work, video, and visits to emergency room or addiction meetings).
  3. Students involved may not represent the school in any co-curricular activity for one month following the date of the offense.
  4. Students holding student-elected offices must vacate them for the rest of the school year.
  5. Students are subject to suspension (in-school or out-of-school) or expulsion in egregious cases.
  • Second offense (with no previous on-campus incident)
  1. Assessment by qualified personnel (as in first offense).
  2. Students are subject to suspension from all co-curricular activities for the remainder of the school year and are ineligible for awards, letters, or certificates for those activities.
  3. Punishments other than expulsion will not carry over into the next academic year. Summer work projects may be required.
  4. Students are subject to suspension (in-school or out-of-school) or expulsion in egregious cases.
  • Third offense

Expulsion

Illegal Drugs: Penalties for on-campus offenses

  • First offense (with no previous off-campus incident)
    Automatic out-of-school suspension plus the same consequences as a first off-campus offense.
  • Second offense
    Expulsion

Upper and Middle School Discipline

At St. David's, we view appropriate discipline not only as a vehicle for administering justice but also as a form of care. When rules and policies are enforced consistently, fairly, and in love, they can help clarify the distinction between right and wrong and motivate students to improve their behavior, where necessary.

Any behavior contrary to the principles promoted by St. David’s, which are articulated at the beginning of this handbook, are subject to a disciplinary response, including:

  • Ineligibility for: co-curricular activities, honors, off-campus privileges, and leadership positions
  • Demerits, detention, suspension, and dismissal/expulsion

Demerits (grades 6-12)

Multiple demerits will be given for:

  • Dress code violations
  • Chewing gum
  • Bringing food or drink (other than water) into class (or other non-restricted areas during lunch)
  • Mild disruption of a student’s learning

As well as more serious infractions, including (but not limited to):

  • Behavior that disrespects or dishonors another person
  • Moderate or severe disruption of a student’s learning
  • Destruction of private property
  • Leaving campus without permission
  • Misuse of electronic devices

Teachers will notify any student who earns a demerit. The accumulation of demerits will result in the following consequences, in addition to loss of privileges at the discretion of the division principal:

  • 5 Demerits – Working detention
  • 10 Demerits – Working detention and parent conference with grade chair
  • 15 Demerits – In-school detention and parent conference with grade chair and the Dean of Student Affairs
  • 20 Demerits – Parent conference with the grade chair and the Dean of Student Affairs and the development of a behavior contract

Note: Demerits may be accumulated throughout the school year, i.e., a student’s demerits are not reset to zero at any point during the school year. However, they are reset from school year to school year.

Detentions

Working Detention
Working detentions are times before, during, or after school when a student is removed from the school community to serve the community. For example, a student receiving a working detention may be given the task of cleaning the dining hall for an entire week after lunch; they may come to school early to clean the teacher’s classroom in preparation for class or held after school to pick up litter and trash left on campus throughout the day. Students serving a working detention may also lose their privilege of participating in co-curricular activities for that day.

In-Class Detention
Students serving an in-class detention will attend all normally scheduled classes but will forfeit all free time during the day and may be barred from participation in school co-curricular activities during the detention. In-class detentions may be prescribed for a single day or up to a week.

Behavior Contract

A behavior contract is a document that defines the school’s expectations for the student’s future behavior and the consequences to the student for failing to meet those expectations.

Behavior contracts may be written for a student before 20 demerits have been reached if an offense warrants immediate strong action. Students on a behavior contract will not be re-enrolled until the school year has been completed satisfactorily and the discipline issue has been resolved in the judgment of the relevant principal.

Suspensions

In-school and out-of-school suspensions remove students from the normal life of the school for a period of time. Students receiving a suspension of either variety will not be allowed to participate in or watch any athletic or co-curricular events or represent the school in any manner during the term of the suspension. Students who have earned a suspension will not be re-enrolled for the following school year until the current school year has been completed satisfactorily in the judgment of the administration.

In-School Suspension
Students receiving an in-school suspension will report to the division office at 7:50 a.m. and will be isolated from the school community. They will work on academic assignments given to them by their teachers and they may also be asked to perform assigned tasks for the school at the discretion of the administration. Students who are suspended are still responsible for submitting previously-scheduled assignments on time; however, for assignments given in class the day the student is suspended, he/she will have the opportunity to complete the assignment at a later time as designated by the teacher.

Out-of-School Suspension
Students serving an out-of-school suspension will not be allowed on campus during the term of their suspension without the express permission of the school administration. In order to receive full credit for missed assignments, students must submit the completed assignments when on time. For group projects presented in class the day the student is suspended, the teacher will determine how the student's contribution is assessed, without imposing any academic penalty. The student is responsible for collecting and keeping up with missed assignments while suspended. The student should work out a plan with his or her teachers for making up any missed tests. The student must not wait until the end of the suspension period to contact teachers about missed work.

Expulsion/Withdrawal

A student who commits a major disciplinary infraction (including an Honor Code violation) or repeatedly refuses to live up to the standards of a St. David’s student may be asked to withdraw or may be expelled. After a period of time the student may apply for consideration for re-enrollment.


Students who have had disciplinary infractions during grades 9-12 are expected to respond honestly on any college application, and St. David's School will address this information in its report to colleges up to the time of a student's graduation. These infractions include, but are not limited to probation, suspension, and dismissal resulting from academic misconduct or behavioral misconduct. St. David's may request that the student write a letter of explanation and apology to the colleges.

Lower School Classroom Expectations

Classroom Expectations

Though each teacher may provide the students with additional classroom responsibilities, there are certain expectations in each classroom:

  • Proper respect should be shown to other students and adults. Listen without speaking when another person is speaking. Never put down another student for an opinion, question, or answer.
  • Show proper respect for all property. Whether it is a student’s personal property or the school’s property, respect should be paid to everything that does not belong to you. Pick up papers and trash both in the classroom and anywhere on the school grounds; take pride in and care of the school and the facilities with which the Lord has blessed us.
  • No food or drink, except for water, is allowed in the classroom except for authorized snack times. Chewing gum is not allowed during the school day.

Lower School Pledge

The Lower School also has a division-wide pledge that is made during the first Chapel service of the year and is something to which we want our students to aspire and strive to demonstrate throughout the school year.

I pledge, to continually try my best, to respect and make peace with others, to lead and to serve, to apologize and to forgive, and to work together to show the fruits of the Spirit and be true Warriors for Christ.

Dress Code

Upper and Middle Schools

St. David's strives to be a community of learning that together loves what is beautiful, pursues the truth, and embodies the virtues needed to live life well. The following dress code for the Middle and Upper Schools has been established to promote unity among the students, cultivate pride and establish the foundation for a neat and clean school appearance. The purpose of the dress code is to emphasize the meaning and significance of academic pursuits, and to instill an awareness of how our clothing choices contribute to a positive environment in which all members are protected and respected.

Students are expected to be in dress code in order to attend class or participate in any St. David's sponsored activity within school hours (7:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m.). St. David's may also make participation in off-campus, school-sponsored activities conditional upon certain dress and grooming standards.

General Attire

The dress code provides students and parents guidance as to appropriate attire for school and at any school function, including school activities that occur any time on St. David’s property or any event sponsored by St. David’s School (such as field/class trips, meetings, ceremonies, etc.). All students are required to dress neatly and modestly and in a manner that is not distracting or offensive but rather appropriate to the given environment.

When selecting their dress for the school day, students must take into consideration how their articles of clothing look, move, and fit not only when standing but also in all other postures, such as sitting, lifting or bending over.

  • Dress pants, shorts, dresses or skirts
    • Gentlemen are expected to wear a belt
    • Hemlines for all shorts (ladies and gentlemen), skirts and dresses must be no greater than four inches above the top of the kneecap

Exclusions include:

    • Athletic attire, leggings worn as pants (unless a skirt is worn that reaches four inches or less above the top of the knee cap), low-riding or tight pants, jeggings, spandex, or yoga/exercise pants
    • Cargo pants or cargo shorts
    • Blue jeans and clothing with holes or distressed appearance
    • Raw, ragged or manufactured fringed edges on hems
  • Dress shirt (including blouse, knit top, or collared shirt)
    • Gentlemen are expected to wear a collared shirt. Shirts are to be tucked in during the school day

Exclusions include:

    • T-shirts
    • Tops and dresses that are strapless, off the shoulder, or that have straps less than two inches wide must be worn with a sweater, blazer or jacket at all times
    • Apparel that exposes the midriff, buttocks, chest or other areas of the body protected by modesty
      • Undergarments must not be visible
    • Sweatshirts without the St. David's logo

  • Students must wear shoes at all times. Non-athletic shoes must be worn with the exception of grades 5-6. Shoes in the style of boat shoes, Oxfords, loafers, and flats (e.g. Vans, Toms, Converse, Sperry) may be worn as long as they are clean, neat, in good condition, and not distracting.

Exclusions include:

    • Sport sandals, shoes in the style of Birkenstocks and Dr. Martens, work boots, and boots above the knee.
  • Heavy coats may not be worn during class time, assemblies, and other indoor school day activities with the exception of the Dining Hall.
    • Fleeces, official St. David's sweatshirts, jackets and blazers may be worn over a dress code shirt.
    • All official St. David's sweatshirts are acceptable in class during the 2018-19 school year. Beginning in the 2019-20 school year, they will be outside of dress code during the school day but still acceptable during sports events, class trips, and other appropriate contexts. An alternative St. David's spirit wear that is appropriate for cold weather (such as a fleece, light jacket, pullover, etc.) will be made available for purchase and acceptable to wear in class.

Additional exclusions:

    • Any type of garment, jewelry, or accessory with writing, advertisements, messages or slogans. Small emblems, brand names or logos are permissible.
    • Hats and sunglasses may not be worn inside buildings.

Chapel Attire

All previously stated dress code exclusions apply to the following:

Gentlemen:

  • Khaki dress pants
  • White, long-sleeve, button-down collar shirt
  • St. David's tie or a solid navy tie
  • Optional: navy or white sweater or navy blazer
  • Black, navy or neutral color dress shoes (including boat shoes and loafers)

Ladies:

  • Navy skirt, navy dress or navy dress pants.
  • White, off-white or cream button-down collar shirt or dress blouse (not a knit top or T-shirt)
  • Optional: navy or white sweater or navy blazer
  • Black, navy, or neutral dress shoes (flats, dressy sandals, and below-the-knee boots)
  • Moderate accessories

Festive Chapel Attire

Gentlemen: Personal color choice of dress pants, long-sleeve, button-down collar shirt with a tie, and dress shoes. Sweater or blazer is optional.

Ladies: Personal choice of skirt, dress or dress pants and blouse and dress shoes. Sweater or blazer is optional. Hemlines for all skirts and dresses must be no greater than four inches above the top of the kneecap. Tops and dresses that are strapless, off-the-shoulder, or that have straps less than two inches wide are not permissible, even with a sweater or blazer.


P.E. Uniforms (Middle School)

P.E. uniforms consist of a gray, St. David’s School T-shirt and navy blue athletic shorts. Appropriate athletic shoes and athletic socks are also required.

Themed Dress Day Attire

Periodically there will be themed dress days (such as School Spirit Day, Homecoming and WinterFest Weeks, etc.) when students have the option of dressing according to the designated theme (and following the specifications for that day) or abiding by the St. David’s dress code for general attire.

Upper School Dance Attire

All students and their guests are expected to uphold the following dress code:
When selecting their attire for the school dance, students must take into consideration how their articles of clothing look, move and fit not only when standing but also in all other postures, such as sitting, lifting, bending over, and while dancing with arms fully extended.

Gentlemen: Dress pants, long sleeve, button-down collar shirt with a tie, and dress shoes.

Ladies: Semi-formal or formal dress reflecting the parameters of the above mentioned daily dress code.

Exclusions include:

    • Hemlines of skirts and dresses must be no shorter than fingertip length.
    • Thin straps and dresses with no straps are permissible if the overall outfit does not have extremely bare backs, low-cut fronts or reveal bare midriff.

Students arriving to a dance wearing inappropriate clothing will be asked to change before gaining admittance to the event; otherwise participation will not be allowed.

If there are any questions about the acceptability of an outfit, students may bring the outfit to school for consultation with their advisor prior to the event.

Dress Code Safety Concerns

In the event that a faculty or staff member prescribes modification in dress or appearance in the interest of health, sanitation, and/or safety practices, the student will not be allowed to engage in specified activity until these requirements are met (this protocol is primarily for instances in science classrooms).

Personal Hygiene and Grooming

  • Hair should be groomed (neat and clean).
  • Gentlemen: Hair length should not touch the collar or fall below the brow; no facial hair is allowed.
  • Natural hair colors only.
  • Earrings are allowed for girls only and limited to two per ear.
  • Piercings on visible places on the body other than the ear are prohibited.
  • Tattoos (including temporary/henna) may not be visible.

Upper and Middle School Dress Code Protocol

Dress Code Protocol

A student in violation of the dress code will be asked to rectify the infraction immediately, if possible. Certain infractions, including distracting attire, may require a change of attire. In such cases a student will not be permitted in the classroom or to participate in a school-sponsored activity (including field trips) until a change has taken place. If no change in attire is possible, the student may be dismissed from school or wait in the respective Division Office. In these situations, the unexcused tardy/absence policy will apply to any class time missed; academic consequences/co-curricular eligibility policies will apply. (See the Unexcused Absence Policy under Attendance and Co-curricular Eligibility Implications under Academics.)

Options to change into appropriate attire include:
  • Student may go to locker and quickly change into his/her own spare attire.
    • Students are encouraged to have a spare outfit available in their locker (extra belt, tie, dress shirt and dress pants; it is recommended for this to be Chapel attire).
  • Student may call a parent or guardian to bring appropriate attire to school.
    • Student must wait for parent/guardian in respective Division Office until change of attire arrives.
  • St. David's may provide the student with a change of clothes (depending on availability of resources and on non-chapel days). Students will be expected to sign-out the article(s) of clothing with a Division Assistant and will be expected to bring it back the next school day, washed and in good condition. Failure to return borrowed articles will result in further demerits.

If a change of attire is not available, the student may either leave if transportation is available or wait in the respective Division Office until transportation arrives (the student will incur unexcused absences for all classes missed (see Unexcused Absence Policy under Attendance), and academic consequences/co-curricular eligibility policies will apply (see Eligibility Policy under Academics). Parents will be notified before the student is dismissed and normal check-out procedures will be expected.

Consequences for Inappropriate Dress

  1. Multiple demerits will be applied for violations of the dress code at the discretion of the relevant teacher or administrator.
  2. Chronic (four or more) dress code violations will result in the student's loss of privileges such as off-campus lunch, free period, class trip participation, and/or co-curricular participation (including athletic and performing arts). The duration of the loss of privilege will be determined at the discretion of administration.
Please note: Administration has the ultimate discretion and authority on the appropriateness of attire. If students are unsure whether or not a particular outfit adheres to the St. David’s dress code, they can ask an advisor or grade chair before wearing the clothing to school.

Lower School

St. David's strives to be a community of learning that together loves what is beautiful, pursues the truth, and embodies the virtues needed to live life well.A sense of community can be fostered by sharing common rituals, vocabulary, and songs; and it is cultivated by shared dress. Uniforms in the Lower School prepare students to think about how clothing choices contribute to a positive learning environment and to instill an awareness of how our clothing choices contribute to a positive environment in which all members are protected and respected.



Lower School Dress Code

The following dress code has been established for the Lower School to promote unity among the students and the foundation for a neat and clean school appearance.

  • School uniforms must be worn each day, with the exception of approved themed dress days
  • Closed toe and heel shoes are required
  • Tennis shoes and socks must be worn or brought for PE
  • Hooded St. David’s sweatshirts are not to be worn during Chapel services
  • Non-St. David’s jackets, zip-ups or pull-overs are permitted on cold days but must be taken off inside or replaced by a St. David’s jacket, fleece or sweater
  • Non-St. David’s sweatshirts are not permitted at anytime except on approved themed dress days
  • All shorts, regardless of type, must be no shorter than three inches above the top of the knee and/or t-shirts must not come down below the bottom of the shorts, even on themed dress days, unless otherwise approved.

Click here for a complete listing of Lower School uniform options, and for information from our uniform supplier, Lands' End Schools.

Boys Attire

  • All shirts must be properly tucked in and buttoned
  • Only white, blue, gray, brown and black solid color socks, with an approved emblem, may be worn with the uniforms
  • Belts should be worn at all times (excluding Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students)
  • Hair must be neatly trimmed above the collar, the ears and the eyebrows
  • Earrings are not to be worn during school hours or school activities

Girls Attire

  • All blouses must be properly tucked in and buttoned
  • Belts should be worn with pants (excluding Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students)
  • Skirts/jumpers may be no more than 3 inches above the top of the kneecap
  • Bike shorts are required to be worn underneath all skirts and jumpers
  • Hair must be neat and clean and hairbands must be modest and undistracting (ie. no cat ears, puff balls, etc. unless on an approved themed dress day)
  • For leggings and long socks/knee socks, only solid colors are to be worn with the uniform - white, navy blue, gray and black

If a student is out of dress code, alternative items will be given to them from the Lower School office to be returned by the next school day.

Technology and Social Media

St. David's is committed to creating an atmosphere that fosters deep study and patient exploration; we aim to cultivate habits of attention, focus and discernment, and the ability to track an argument well. We therefore encourage the use of technologies that can enhance these ends and discourage technologies that undermine them. Because different subjects lend themselves to different approaches to teaching, each teacher determines the kind of technology used in his or her classroom, within the broader pedagogical commitments of St. David's School.

Responsible Use Policy

Before using technology on the St. David's School campus, all students must agree with the Responsible Use Policy as well as all relevant intellectual property and copyright laws. This is done by signing the handbook at the beginning of the year.

Violation of the Responsible Use Policy may incur network account restrictions, loss of technology and network privileges, and disciplinary action. Students are expected to inform faculty and staff of any technology-related privacy or security problems they observe. State and federal laws also apply to certain activities involving information and telecommunications technologies, and, when the school deems necessary, it will report violations of these laws to the proper authorities.

The following Technology Responsible Use Policy provides guidelines for students on the ethical and responsible use of information systems at St. David’s School. These guidelines apply to phone, video, tablet, audio, computer, network, the Internet, wireless, and other communication device uses.

  1. St. David’s School students are personally responsible for anything posted on their accounts and must not allow anyone else to use their account. All users will have a user password to access their account and should not reveal the username and/or password to anyone else or allow anyone else to use their account after personally signing on. Students are not allowed to engage in online discussions or other social interactive environments unless they have a teacher’s permission to do so as part of legitimate class activities. Users should never reveal personal information over the Internet and are encouraged to bring any questions or concerns about Internet materials to a teacher or administrator.
  2. Accessing the accounts and files of others is prohibited. This rule applies to all St. David’s data and networks. Users are expected to make no effort to bypass systems and processes that protect individual users’ material.
  3. Attempting to subvert network security, impair network function, or bypass a restriction is prohibited. Users are to respect the need for security and confidentiality of electronic material. The school has information stored electronically that is not open to the public and is limited to certain users. Users are to make no efforts to bypass security systems or to gain access to information to which they have no rights. This includes unauthorized use of the school’s internet connection, including wireless, for malicious and/or disruptive activity to another network.
  4. Accessing the school’s wireless network. All students are permitted to access the school’s wireless network for use with their personal devices through a wireless network created specifically for students. Faculty or the Technology Team will provide the password to the student network upon request by students. The wireless password, while widely published, is not to be shared with anyone outside the St. David’s community. Students should not attempt to access any other internal wireless networks outside of the student network. This policy is an extension of (2) and (3) above.
  5. Use of school-owned computers. The use of school-owned desktop and laptop computers should be used for academic purposes and/or for school-related communication only. If a student checks out a laptop from the Library, the laptop is to be used for that academic day only and must be returned to the Library at the end of the academic day. If a laptop is held beyond the end of the academic day, is not returned or is returned damaged, fines may be issued against the student to repair or replace the computer.
  6. Improper use or distribution of information is prohibited. All intellectual property (books, software, music, photographs, etc.) obtained through research on school information systems and then used in academic work are to be properly documented. There shall be no copyright violations. If there are any questions about what constitutes a violation, consult with a teacher or librarian.
  7. Using the St. David’s network and its content for personal political or personal commercial purposes or in the support of illegal activities is prohibited. All of St. David’s School information system facilities are for academic purposes and for school related communication. Students may not offer, provide, or purchase products or services through St. David’s Internet access. If you are in doubt about whether a particular activity is acceptable, check with the Technology Team.
  8. School rules and disciplinary procedures regarding behavior such as harassment, obscene language, plagiarism, racism, etc., are applicable for all St. David’s information system use. Users may be held accountable for material on their accounts. If there is any uncertainty about what constitutes inappropriate behavior, consult the school handbook.
  9. Use of the St. David’s School information systems is a privilege and not a right. Use of network resources will be tracked by the system administrator for activities that degrade system performance (for example, computer games, chain letters, mailing lists, large downloads, streaming video, etc.). In cases where system usage appears to be excessive, individuals may be required to decrease usage or online time.
  10. Students using the St. David’s information systems are representatives of St. David’s and are expected to behave according to our Honor Code. The ethical expectations surrounding the access and use of technology are the same as the values the St. David’s community is expected to uphold. You should consult the school student handbook to understand acceptable behavior, and ask yourself the question, “Will my actions reflect the principles of the St. David’s Honor Code?”
  11. All users of St. David’s information technologies should be aware that some of the material on the Internet is objectionable. You will not access information of this sort. This includes but is not limited to pornography, vulgarity, gambling, racist or militant extremist material, etc. Parents should also review their own personal expectations for Internet use with their children just as they do concerning printed material, television, or films. If a student should experience access to these types of sites in error or without intention, they should report the incident to the teacher present and/or the Technology Team so blocks can be placed on such locations.
  12. All of the school telecommunication technology, including voice, video, and data lines is the property of St. David’s.St. David’s will respect the privacy of all users as much as possible, however, the school is responsible for investigating possible violations and for enforcing prescribed rules for technology use. All users should remember that St. David’s reserves right to monitor any information stored in or transmitted through school systems. Consequences for the misuse of information systems may include restriction of a personal account, loss of privileges to use the system at all, and/or disciplinary action. State and federal laws also apply to certain activities involving telecommunication technologies and would be reported to proper authorities when deemed necessary.
  13. St. David’s School makes no guarantee as to the security of data stored on its network. While reasonable attempts to maintain backup repairs will be made, students should keep separate copies of important files. Use of a school-provided Box account (cloud storage) is highly recommended.
  14. Student computer files will be erased at the end of every school year. St. David’s School maintains the right to limit the storage space available to users. The School also maintains the right to limit the storage space available.

Upper and Middle School Technology

iPads and Computers

Students in grades 5-7 are required to own an iPad (version 3 or later Apple iPad, iPad Air, or iPad Mini with a minimum of 32 GB). Students in grades 8-12 who desire to use an iPad or laptop and connect to the St. David's IT infrastructure may choose from the following devices: iPad (version 3 or later Apple iPad, iPad Air, or iPad Mini with a minimum of 32 GB) or a laptop (e.g., MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iPad Pro, Microsoft Surface) running a Mac or Windows operating system. All laptops must have anti-virus software installed, enabled and regularly updated.

Parents and students are responsible for the care and maintenance of their student's device. St. David's technology team supports students in ensuring that their St. David's email and Box accounts are functional and can be accessed by their device and that the student wireless network is functional and accepts student connections. However, the use of, repair and troubleshooting of student-owned devices is not supported by the St. David's technology team.

School iPads and Computers for Loan

If a student's personal device is unavailable, and a device is needed for a particular class or assignment, a library laptop or iPad may be checked out for that class period. (While iPads are loaned to students in grades 5-12, laptops may only be checked out by students in grades 8-12.) All borrowed devices must be returned to the library before the end of the school day unless receiving permission from the relevant division principal.

Electronic Devices and Assessments

All assessments will be taken without any electronic device in use or visible, unless explicitly permitted by the instructor. Unpermitted use of technology during an assessment is a violation of the Honor Code.

Phones

Middle School: The use of cell phones during the school day (7:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m.) is not permitted. If a student needs to use a phone during school hours, phones are available in all classrooms and in the division office. Therefore, the Middle School discourages students from bringing cell phones to school. If students do bring phones to school, they must leave the cell phone with their advisor at the beginning of the day. Students may pick up the phone when the day has ended. Failure to follow the cell phone policy will constitute an Honor Code violation and result in disciplinary action.

Upper School: Unless otherwise directed by a teacher, the use of cell phones is prohibited during the school day (7:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m.), with one exception: students may check their phones during Flex period in the Commons. Phones visible or heard elsewhere will be temporarily confiscated and taken to the Upper School office.

During class or other times when cell phones are prohibited, unintentional sounds from an electronic device result in the following consequences:

    1. In the first instance, the device will be confiscated and taken to the Upper School office, and no demerits will be given. The student will be able to pick up the phone at the end of the school day.
    2. In the second instance, the device will be confiscated and must be picked up by the student's parent in the Upper School office. The student will receive two demerits.
    3. In the third instance, the device will be confiscated and must be picked up by the student's parent, and three demerits will be given.

For phones visible or otherwise in use outside of Flex time:

  1. In the first instance: the phone will be confiscated and taken to the Upper School office. The student will receive five demerits, resulting in a detention.
  2. In the second instance, the phone will be confiscated and must be picked up by the student's parent in the Upper School office. The student will receive five demerits, resulting in a detention.
  3. In the third instance, the phone will be confiscated and must be picked up by the student's parent in the Upper School office. The student will receive five demerits, resulting in a detention. After the third instance, the student may no longer bring a phone to school.

During school hours, the use of any device to play non-educational games or non-education videos on school property is prohibited (including during Flex time).

Social Media

While St. David's recognizes that texting and social media activity outside of school is under the authority and supervision of parents, we also recognize that there can be an effect on the school environment and educational experience. When the school deems that the student's experience at school has been seriously affected by texting or social media activity, it reserves the right to address the issue, which can include informing parents and treating the activity according to the school's behavior policy.

Activity toward peers or St. David's School, its members, or its policies deemed harmful includes, but is not limited to:

  • defamation
  • slander
  • harassment or slander
  • offensive comments

The school advises that students carefully check the privacy and security policies of each technology and social media platform they use before adding content they may not wish to be viewed by others, either now or in the future.

Lower School Technology

Electronic Devices

Lower School students should not bring electronic items such as cell phones, iPods, iPads, electronic games, personal CD players, smart watches, etc. to school. These items are an unnecessary distraction to the school's academic and social atmosphere. Important messages will be delivered to students via the front office, or parents can email the classroom teacher. With prior approval, students may bring academic electronic devices, such as calculators, dictionaries, translators, laptop computers, iPads, etc. which are necessary for their classes. These devices should not be taken out or used during carpool or lunch.

Additionally, other non-school related items, such as toys, fidget spinners, sports trading cards, etc., may not be brought to school without prior approval from a teacher or the division principal.

Campus and Facilities

St. David’s aims to provide a safe, supportive atmosphere that is beautiful, joyful, orderly, and conducive to study. Furthermore, we want to help students and their families enjoy healthy relationships with the physical aspects of creation and culture, which includes St. David’s facilities and grounds as well as their own possessions and food. We therefore enforce policies that promote the safety and well-being of students and their belongings when they are on campus, and of all those who visit, park and eat on campus.

Visitors On Campus

For the protection of St. David's students and staff ALL visitors to campus must first report to the Welcome Center to sign in and receive a guest badge through the LobbyGuard system. Students who wish to host a student visitor on campus during lunch must complete a visitation form and submit it for approval by the Division Principal at least 24 hours before the proposed visit. Forms for these visitations are available in the Division offices.

Ministers who wish to visit with a student on campus during lunch must receive approval from the Chaplain at least 48 hours before the proposed visit. Forms for these visitations are available from the Chaplain.

Parking

During the school day (7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.), parents and guests are asked not to park in numbered spaces or spaces designated by signs; these are reserved for faculty and staff. Parking can be accessed in visitor's spaces or areas on the neighborhood streets.

Student Parking (Seniors/Juniors)

On-campus parking is only allowed for seniors and qualifying juniors. Registration for on-campus parking is available to all seniors.

Due to limited parking spaces on campus, juniors are not guaranteed a parking spot. A lottery will be held for a number of available parking spots. In order to be included in the parking spot lottery, juniors must complete the online registration form, available on the student portal or from the Upper School division office and submit the form by early August. Juniors who receive a campus parking spot via the lottery will be required to pay the $50 vehicle registration fee by the first day of school.

A student (seniors and approved juniors) who registers his or her vehicle will be given a parking tag that will identify the car. Parking tags must be displayed at all times while on or near campus. To replace a parking tag, students must pay a $5 fee. Students who park on campus must park in their designated spot. Parking in a spot than other than the one designated may result in a the loss of a designated parking spot, a monetary fine, and/or further disciplinary action.

Students driving and parking on and off campus must be aware of their responsibility for the safety of the St. David’s community and surrounding neighborhood. To promote safety and reduce congestion during afternoon carpool, student drivers may NOT exit campus between 3:00-3:30 p.m. Students may forfeit their driving/parking privileges by driving recklessly or dangerously, failing to park legally, not being hospitable to neighbors, and/or any other behavior unbecoming a St. David’s student. It is the responsibility of the student to inform the school if his or her driver’s license has been revoked or suspended. On occasion, the school reserves the right to limit the amount of student parking on campus in the event that parking needs exceed parking spaces.

Lunch and Dining Facilities

St. David’s School is pleased to partner with SAGE Dining Services. Each day, students have an array of choices to suit their dietary and medical needs as well as their personal preferences.

All meals feature:

  • Several entrees, including vegetarian options
  • Variety of sides, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, salads, and dishes made from whole grains
  • Deli sandwiches and grilled items
  • Fresh salad bar filled with local ingredients
  • House-made soups
  • Desserts served three times a week
  • A variety of cold beverages

Students must eat lunch either in the dining hall or in the designated areas outside where picnic tables are located. (Juniors and seniors should see the “Junior and Senior Dining Privileges” section below for relevant dining privileges.)

The cost of lunch is included in the family’s tuition payment. Students are asked to be mindful of only taking what they can eat for that lunch period. Extra portions are not to be removed from the dining hall. Fresh plates are required for additional trips to the food bars.

No food may be delivered to campus (from any source, including vendors and parents) throughout the school day.

Note: Grade-wide or class-wide celebrations, arranged with the grade chair or classroom teacher, may be an exception to the lunch policy.

Junior and Senior Dining Privileges

  • Seniors may choose to eat lunch in the dining hall, commons area, and concessions area.
  • Students are expected to clean up after themselves and share the responsibility of cleaning their table and the floor around their table.
  • Students are not allowed to eat in classrooms, the commons area, or in the hallways without permission and supervision of a faculty member.
  • Paper products, utensils, and napkins are intended for SAGE lunch purposes only and are not to be taken from the dining hall for other uses.
  • Seniors who are not on academic remediation may eat lunch off campus any day of the week, when time permits. Juniors who are not on academic remediation may eat off campus on Wednesdays. Students who go off campus to get lunch may not bring food back to campus to eat. The school reserves the right to revoke the off-campus privilege if it is abused.
  • In addition to leaving campus during the lunch period, if students have a free period either immediately before or after the lunch period, they may be off campus for lunch during 30 minutes of that free period as well.

Parent Lunch Policy

Parents are welcome to visit their child at lunch. All parents and visitors are required to sign in at the Welcome Center. The charge for parent/visitor lunch is $5.00. When payment is made at the Welcome Center, the parent will receive a dated visitor’s badge with a lunch stamp to indicate payment. This badge is required to go through the serving lines.

Parents may not deliver food to campus during the school day (except for pre-approved events such as class celebrations).

Food Allergies

SAGE does an excellent job of providing menus that can accommodate students with food allergies. In cases where students have a severe allergy-related dietary restriction, we ask parents to partner with the school nurse and to address concerns. For St. David’s nut policy, see here.

Lost and Found

The school has three designated spaces for lost items, located in the offices of each Assistant to the Division Principal. Please check all three locations for missing property. Any unclaimed items will be donated to a local charity at the end of the academic year.

Lockers

Lockers are the property of St. David’s School and are subject to search at any time. Students are not allowed to exchange lockers without the permission of the relevant grade chair. Students should never open the locker of a classmate without the permission of the student to whom the locker is assigned. Any student who has something taken from his or her locker should notify his or her grade chair as soon as possible.

Bicycles, Skateboards and Scooters

Students are allowed to ride bicycles to and from school. During school hours, bicycles are to be stored in the designated area between the PAC and the Upper School building. Under no circumstances may students ride bicycles on campus during school hours. The use of skateboards or scooters in not allowed on school property.

Satellite Athletic Complex

For information about our Satellite Athletic Complex, located at 3420 Yonkers Road, Raleigh, please view our campus map.

Transportation

St. David’s generally provides transportation for all school-related activities, including off-campus athletic practices and away events. Vehicles are driven by authorized adults either employed by the school or hired to transport. The school is not responsible for students driving other students to or from school events or off-campus lunch. Likewise, the school is not responsible for adults driving students other than their own children to or from school events.

School Life

We envision a learning community that together embodies the virtues needed to live life well. In addition to being equipped for college and career success, we seek to inspire students for faithful, humble service to God and others according to their calling. To that end, St. David's provides opportunities for students to grow in leadership, service, character, and healthy relationships through participation in student life and student government, and it honors those who excel in these virtues.

Dances and Parties

School Sponsored Events

All school dances and parties will be sponsored and planned by the Upper/Middle School Student Council. A calendar of social events for the school year will be made available at the beginning of the school year.

Private Gatherings/Socials

Invitations to student parties that do not include the entire grade level cannot be passed out on the school campus. If a private party has been planned (not including the entire grade) please refrain from picking up the selected group on campus. This will avoid hurt feelings and conflicts within the grade level.


Fundraisers

In order to focus our efforts as a community on several large fundraisers, including the school's Annual Fund, other fundraisers (e.g., by classes, clubs and sports teams) are not permitted without prior approval. Proposals for school-endorsed activities should be submitted to the dean of student affairs and the relevant division principal by the end of March to be implemented for the following school year.

Student Government

Upper School Prefect Offices, Student Council and Honor Council Offices

Prefect positions, Student Council and Honor Council offices require students to have passing grades and to maintain good standards of personal behavior. Receiving an honor code violation will require forfeiting leadership in any of these offices for one year, whereupon eligibility will be reconsidered. The decision regarding a student's eligibility to serve as a class officer, student council member, honor council member, or other student leader ultimately rests with the Upper School principal and the respective faculty sponsor.

Middle School Student Council Offices

Student Council offices require students to have passing grades and to maintain good standards of personal behavior. The decision regarding a student's eligibility to serve as a class officer, student council member, or other student leader ultimately rests with the grade chairs and Middle School principal.

Honor Societies

Upper School National Honor Society

Membership in the St. David’s local chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) (https://www.nhs.us/) is reserved for sophomores, juniors and seniors who have already demonstrated high academic achievement, strong leadership, admirable character, and service to others. Sophomores are only eligible for spring inductions and seniors are only eligible for fall inductions. Selection for membership is by a faculty council that meets twice per year to review procedures of the chapter, select members, and consider dismissal, disciplinary actions, and warning cases. Candidates for the NHS must have been in attendance at the school a minimum of one semester. An induction service for NHS candidates is held twice a year. Candidates will be notified regarding selection or non-selection prior to the induction service.

Scholarship

Candidates must have a non-rounded, cumulative numeric non-weighted average of at least 90%, or a 3.70 weighted GPA. Candidates that are eligible based on scholarship shall then be evaluated on the basis of service, leadership, and character.

Service

Candidates must have documented community service which shows that they are keeping pace or exceeding the school service hour requirements. St. David’s School requires a total of 80 hours of community service for all graduating students. Sophomore candidates inducted in the spring will need to have completed 40 hours of community service by February 1 in order to be eligible. Junior candidates need 50 hours by September 1 for the fall induction and 60 hours by February 1 for the spring. Seniors inducted in the fall require 70 hours by September 1. Students who enroll in St. David’s after the fall semester of their freshman year will need to complete 10 service hours for each semester that they have been at St. David’s to be eligible. A student who misses fall semester of his/her freshman year will need 30 service hours to be inducted as a sophomore.

Leadership

Candidates must be recognized by the faculty council for exercising leadership in student government, in the classroom, on the athletic field, or in other school or community activities.

Character

Candidates must be recognized by the faculty council as being persons who demonstrate respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship. Students must not have had an honor code violation within the last year to be eligible.

Dismissal

After induction in the NHS, failure to keep a cumulative unweighted average of 90% or 3.70 weighted GPA may result in dismissal. Members who fall below the standards which are the basis for their selection shall be promptly warned in writing by the chapter adviser and given a reasonable amount of time to correct the deficiency, except in the case of flagrant violation of school rules or the law. NHS members who receive an honor code violation will be dismissed for one year before their eligibility is reconsidered.

Activities

Each member shall have the responsibility for choosing and participating in a service project that reflects his or her particular talents and interests. This is in addition to the chapter projects to which all members contribute. Refusal to participate in the NHS projects also leads to a written warning and, if not corrected, dismissal from the organization.


Middle School National Junior Honor Society

To be eligible for membership consideration, Middle School students must have a cumulative numerical grade average of 94% or above. Grade point average will be calculated based on core curriculum classes only (history, math, science, English, language arts, and modern and classical language). Sixth grade students must have completed three consecutive middle school semesters at St. David’s School before being considered. Seventh and eighth grade candidates must have attended St. David's School for at least one semester. Potential members must also meet high standards of character, citizenship, and leadership in the areas of faith, virtue, and knowledge.

Leadership is also measured by the student's participation in two or more community and/or school activities. To meet service requirements, the student must have been active in at least one school or community service project.

Citizenship and character are measured in terms of integrity, behavior, ethical conduct, and cooperation with both students and faculty. Faith, virtue, and knowledge are considered to be a vital part of leadership, character, and citizenship.

Students who are eligible for membership based on their GPA are invited to complete a student information survey that provides the faculty council with information regarding the candidate's leadership and service. In addition to this survey, the faculty council will review school disciplinary records and solicit members of the faculty regarding their professional observations of each candidate. The faculty council, consisting of five members of the faculty chosen by the Middle School Principal, will carefully review all information to determine membership. A majority vote of the council is needed for selection. Candidates will be notified regarding selection or non-selection prior to the induction service held in the spring.

Dismissal

All members are expected to keep a cumulative average of at least 94% after induction in the National Junior Honor Society. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from the National Junior Honor Society. Members who fall below the standards which are the basis for their selection shall be promptly warned in writing by the chapter adviser and given a reasonable amount of time to correct the deficiency, except in the case of flagrant violation of school rules or the law.

Upper School Community Service Requirement

St. David’s encourages a sense of responsibility for the common good, and we desire to help students live sacrificially for God and others (love). The Community Service Program challenges students to invest in their community by giving of their time and resources in a manner that is meaningful and long-lasting. By exposing students to people with various forms of need, we hope to expand their moral horizons and foster in each student a spirit of self-sacrifice for the benefit of others.

Requirements

  • All Upper School students are required to complete at least 80 hours of meaningful community service in order to graduate from St. David’s School.
  • At least 10 hours of community service are required each year (inclusive of Community Service Day and other St. David’s sponsored service events).
  • Additional hours earned in any year will be applied to the 80-hour requirement.
    • A student may perform the minimum 10 hours each year prior to their senior year and then complete the service requirement by performing 50 hours in his/her senior year.
    • A freshman may perform 80 hours of service in his/her freshman year, but would still be required to perform at least 10 hours of service during his/her sophomore, junior, and senior years.
  • St. David’s recommends that students strive to serve an average of 20 hours each school year. Any hours logged in addition to the required 80 will be included on a student’s transcript.
  • Students who enter St. David’s School after their freshman year will have to complete at least 20 hours of service for each year remaining in their upper school career. For example, students matriculating as a sophomore will need to complete at least 60 hours of community service.

For the purposes of this policy, a year is considered to begin the first day of summer break and ends the last day of school. Therefore, a student may begin to accumulate community service hours in the summer before entering his or her freshman year. Failure to earn the required ten hours of service in a given year will result in the withholding of the final grade reports until the hours are completed. Community service forms must be submitted to the Assistant to the Upper School Principal.

Acceptable forms of Community Service

Students should seek opportunities for service that benefit the many communities in which they live: school, church, neighborhood and town as well as outside communities. In most circumstances community service should be given in cooperation with nonprofit entities whose primary mission is charitable service. As a rule of thumb, service that directly, or in some significant way, benefits the individual or the individual’s immediate family will not count as community service.

Examples of acceptable community service:

  • Serving at a homeless shelter, rescue mission, or any organization serving members of the community in need
  • Serving as a volunteer at the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, United Way, public library
  • Serving at your church (teaching Sunday school, serving in the nursery, etc.)
  • Service projects for nonprofit clubs and organizations (e.g., Boy Scout Eagle Project, Girl Scout Gold Award, Rotary, Kiwanis)
  • Official St. David’s School service opportunities, e.g.:
    • Community Service Day
    • Lower School International Night
    • Any service given managing St. David’s School athletic teams (up to 15 hours may be awarded per team per season/up to 50 hours may be awarded toward the total graduation requirement)
    • Service given by managing A/V during morning prayer, chapel, assemblies, and special events
    • Other service opportunities on the St. David’s campus will be considered by the Upper School principal on a case-by-case basis.
  • Mission Trips (Mission trips must be through a non-profit organization such as a church, youth ministry, or non-governmental organization.) Up to 8 hours per day or 40 hours per week may be awarded for overnight/extended missions trips.
  • Camp Counseling (Camp counselor service hours may be awarded if the student did not receive any remuneration for his/her service.) Up to 8 hours per day or 40 hours per week may be awarded for overnight camps.

Supervision Outside of School Hours

The health and well-being of your student is our goal--therefore, we request that families provide supervision for students on campus before 7:30 a.m. and after 3:45 p.m. (unless they are enrolled in After-School Care or attending another St. David's-sponsored event). Outside of school hours, St. David's is not responsible for unsupervised students on the school's main campus or at the satellite athletic complex.

Emergency Procedures

St. David’s aims to provide a safe, supportive atmosphere in which all members of the community feel prepared for certain emergencies. We therefore set policies in place that prepare students, staff and parents for such situations and allow for quick and effective communication during these times.

In the event of a family emergency during the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., that the school needs to be made aware of, contact the school office by calling 919-782-3331.

Emergency Procedure Drills

Fire, all-weather, and lockdown drills will be conducted throughout the year. The school reserves the right to perform these drills unannounced, so parents should inform their child periodically throughout the year. Students should take drills seriously, remain calm and orderly, and follow directions from faculty and staff members.

Severe Weather and School Closings

In the event of inclement weather, school officials will make every effort to publish an announcement the evening prior or by 6:30 a.m. Information will be posted on the school's website and all families will be contacted via text message, making it imperative that contact information is kept current in the parent portal. Additionally, St. David's will contact WRAL-TV to post announcements.

Health and Safety

St. David’s strives to provide a safe, supportive atmosphere that enables faculty/staff and students to contribute to a healthy learning community to the best of their ability. Furthermore, because the human body was created good and is worthy of respect, we seek to protect its true value and meaning as well as promote its physical development. We therefore establish policies that aim to prevent various illnesses and facilitate the necessary medical response.

Health

Magnus Health: Student Medical Records

St. David's School is pleased to partner with Magnus Health to offer a secure, online database for all medical record completion, submission and maintenance. Parents can complete and upload all documents into the Magnus Health System by logging in to the St. David's parent portal (add hyperlink). Magnus allows the school nurse to look up vital information, chart visits that the student makes to the nurse, and keep track of medical issues, immunizations, medications and trends.

Annual Physical and Immunization

Prior to the first day of school, all new St. David’s students and student-athletes are required to submit a physical form and immunization record completed according to North Carolina state requirements using our online electronic student medical records service. The physical examination must have been completed within 12 months prior to the beginning of the school year. All parents are required to provide the school with emergency contact information for their child. All seventh grade students are required to submit by August 1, an immunization record as proof of their required Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) and Meningococcal vaccines.

Nut Policy

Food containing nuts/tree nuts is permitted in the dining hall for individual consumption, as lunch tables are wiped down after meals. Some rooms may be designated as nut free for the safety of students with nut allergies.

Food sent to school for group/class consumption (such as cupcakes to celebrate a birthday in a classroom) will be subject to the discretion of the supervising faculty/staff member and/or parent sponsor. Please contact them in advance. Foods prepared at home for group consumption should be accompanied by an ingredients list.

Lice

The school recommends for all parents to do the following:

    1. Examine your child’s head for signs of lice or nits periodically (recommended once a week).
    2. If lice are found, immediately notify the school by contacting the School Nurse at 919-782-3331 ext. 248.
    3. Treat your child using recommended lice shampoo followed by meticulous combing with a nit comb. (An excellent comb which can be ordered on the internet is the “Nit-Free Terminator.”)
    4. A reapplication of shampoo is recommended in 7-10 days.
    5. Check other family members for signs of lice or nits.
    6. When returning your child to school, send them to the nurse’s office for a head check. If they are cleared of lice and nits, they may return to the classroom.

If a child is identified with head lice:

    1. Confidentiality will be kept by the school.
    2. A parent will be called to pick up your child from school for treatment.
    3. Students may return to school the next day following treatment, but must check in with the nurse before returning to the classroom.
    4. If lice are found on a student at school or at home, the class will be checked and all parents of students in that class will be notified, but the student’s identity will be confidential.

Concussion Management Plan

Concussion management requires a coordinated, collective effort among St. David’s faculty and staff along with parents and guardians to monitor an individual student’s progress based on the guidance received from a licensed physician. The purpose of this program is to provide comprehensive care for all St. David’s students both prior to and during a concussion. This includes proper concussion education for all parties, defined roles within the concussion management team and an action plan that outlines the required communication and collaboration needed to best manage our students as they return to school following a concussion diagnosis. Please see the Concussion Management page for details about the roles and actions that constitute the school’s approach to managing concussions, including the education required by coaches, parents, and student-athletes.

Student Illness

  • If your child is not feeling well in the morning, please do not send him/her to school.
  • Do not return him/her to school after an illness until he/she is free of fever, diarrhea, and vomiting without the use of medication for 24 hours.
  • All communicable diseases as well as head lice should be reported to the school nurse.
  • Do not send your child to school with a rash or anything you suspect may be contagious. Our clinic is available for students who become ill or are injured at school.
  • The student is responsible to make the teacher aware that he/she is sick or injured.
  • If an injury to your child occurs on a weekday but outside of school hours or during weekends, please consult your healthcare provider for diagnosis and treatment.

Medication

  • If it becomes necessary for your child to take prescription medicine during school hours, it must be administered by the school nurse only.
  • All medication must be in the original prescription bottle with the student’s name, name of medicine, amount to be given and duration.
  • Signed permission from the parent/guardian and a licensed physician must be obtained before any prescribed medication can be administered at school. Authorization forms are available online in the student’s Magnus portal.
  • The school nurse, with the written consent of the parent, may dispense limited non-prescription medication in the school clinic. These medications are provided by the school and dispensed in the clinic by the school nurse.

Blood-borne Pathogens

Students should be aware of the danger of pathogens carried in blood and should make every effort to avoid contact with another person’s blood. Students must immediately report any incident of blood or other potentially infectious materials to a faculty/staff member.

First Aid

All injuries should immediately be reported to the nurse’s office, a faculty/staff member. If someone is bleeding, allow the person to wash the wound by him or herself unless the wound threatens life or limb. If someone is severely injured, students should try to keep the person calm and get help as soon as possible by finding a faculty/staff member. If no faculty/staff members are present, call 911 immediately.

Transportation of Ill Students

It is the parent’s responsibility to provide transportation for a sick child. In an emergency where there is a life-threatening situation, 911 will be called to assess the situation and transport if needed.

HIV Policy

St. David’s is aware of the importance regarding the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), which can lead to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). The school considers the AIDS virus a serious infectious disease and will act in accord with federal, state, and local laws regarding this subject matter.

St. David’s will not exclude students from school based on their being HIV-infected, and the school will not require the screening of students for the presence of HIV antibodies. If the health of an HIV-infected person deteriorates, any decision regarding his or her attendance or educational program will be based on competent medical advice and will balance the rights of the infected student with the legitimate interest of the school in protecting the health and safety of the remaining students and employees, and other appropriate factors. The school will make every effort to ensure the privacy of each HIV-infected person, keep records confidential, and keep the number of persons aware of the condition to a minimum.

St. David’s recognizes that students suffering from HIV should be dealt with in a fair and equitable manner. The school also expects that any student who is HIV-infected shall act responsibly in dealings with students, school employees, and the general public.

Safety

Asbestos
Pursuant to Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) requirements for all public and private schools, we inform you that the ceilings and floor tiles in St. Timothy’s contain asbestos. Unless or until this material is removed or disturbed, it poses no health hazard. The school maintains a comprehensive management plan in the maintenance office, which may be viewed at any time, by scheduling an appointment with the facilities manager.

Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Policy

In accordance with state law and school policy, school staff is obligated to report any physical abuse, sexual abuse, or child neglect any time there is cause to suspect that such abuse may be occurring. In such cases, the school may or may not contact parents in advance of making a report to authorities.

Tuition Payments

For your convenience, and as outlined in the enrollment contract, St. David’s has three tuition plans, each offering payment options beginning in the month of June prior to the start of the coming school year:

  • One-Pay Plan: One payment due on June 1 or upon enrollment.
  • Two-Pay Plan: Two equal payments due on June 1 and September 1.
  • Ten-Pay Plan: Ten equal payments due each month – June 1 to March 1.

Invoices for tuition and incidental charges are generated online via the Parent Portal. Each household is responsible for viewing and paying invoices prior to the due dates as outlined above and in the enrollment contract. Please allow 5-10 business days for payments to be processed.

Your prompt and timely payment of tuition is greatly appreciated and necessary as tuition is the operating capital the school uses to fund all programs and expenses. Accordingly, any tuition paid after the tenth of the month is subject to a late fee of 18% APR (1.5% monthly) on the outstanding balance.

Tuition insurance is mandatory on the ten-month payment plan and for one- and two-pay plans if a balance is outstanding after September 1. Tuition accounts are required to be current upon the start of the academic year.

Families 30-days delinquent will be contacted by the Business Office. The Business Office will notify families their account is past due and request payment within 10 days. Any applicable late fee will apply.

Per the enrollment contract and school policy, any family 60-days delinquent will be placed on financial hold status. Financial hold status will result in the following:

  • Participation in overnight field trips and sporting events that require additional payments will not be permitted until tuition accounts are current. Payments made to the school for such events will be applied to the outstanding tuition balance.
  • Grades and end-of-year transcripts will be held until tuition accounts are current.
  • Students may not resume classes following fall break, Christmas break, winter break, and Easter break until payment has been made to release the financial hold.
  • All accounts must be current before re-enrollment for the following academic year can occur.
  • All accounts must be paid in full prior to course registration for the following academic year.
  • For seniors, account balances must be paid in full to participate on the senior trip, graduation activities, and to receive final transcripts.
  • The school reserves the right to restrict a student from returning to school at any time if a balance is past due.
Non-Discrimination Policy

St. David’s School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its admission policies.