School Policies

Age of School Entrance


Experience has shown that students do best in school when they have reached a certain age before beginning their school experience. GBA follows the Stoneham Public School policy for admission age:


Pre-School – 3 years old by September 1
Pre-Kindergarten – 4 years old by September 1
Kindergarten – 5 years old by September 1
First Grade – 6 years old by September 1


Certified proof of age must be submitted on or before the first day of school. All new students will be tested before being placed in a grade. Pre-K and Kindergarten students will be given readiness testing.


Acceptance Process


To begin the application process the following items are needed:


Completed application with a $10 application fee and a $100 per student deposit.
Copy of current grade report.
Current Health form showing immunization record.
Three recommendations for Edgewood; from teachers and community members.
Five recommendations for GBA; one from each core subject teacher; a pastor, family friend, work supervisor, etc.
Records release form given to GBA Office to be sent to the former school.


All first-time students and parents must complete an interview with the principal or vice principal and the classroom teacher before acceptance can be finalized. The Admission Committee will consider each application before acceptance is final.


Financial clearance from the GBA Treasurer and Business Manager is also necessary to complete the admission process. Students may not attend classes without completing the admission process.


After a student is accepted to attend GBA, parents will be given additional paperwork, which must be submitted to the school prior to the first day of school.


Medical Examinations


A complete medical examination is required for students entering grades Pre-school, Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 4, 7, 9, and 11 and for all new students. A computer printout from the doctor’s office is acceptable, provided that it indicates the student’s current health and shows the student’s immunization record. All students are required by state law to show authorized proof (physician’s signature or clinic stamp) of immunizations against DPT, polio, Hepatitis B, chicken pox (or verified case of the disease), Hib, measles, mumps and rubella before they are allowed to attend school. A copy of this must be submitted before admission is considered complete.


Students with Special Needs


GBA welcomes those students who earnestly desire a Christian education. Unfortunately, the school is not equipped or staffed to deal with students who demonstrate severe learning, emotional, behavioral problems or who have mobility disabilities.


Transfer Students


An official transcript must be sent from the last school attended so that we can accurately plan for the needs of the student. Placement tests will be given. Students who transfer during the school year must present a report card or official school letter explaining their academic status before registration is complete.


Unpaid Student Accounts


No student will be admitted whose account from the previous school year has not been paid in full. Financial arrangements will be made at the discretion of the Finance Committee and the School Board.


Admission Committee


All applications for admission are subject to the action of the Admission Committee.


Refusal of Admission


The Admission Committee reserves the right to refuse admittance to any pupil it deems unlikely to become an asset to the school or who is out of harmony with its principles. Also, no student is knowingly admitted or retained who uses tobacco, alcohol, or illegal drugs.


Registration Required


All students must be fully registered before they are admitted to classes.