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Who can attend the Program?

What are the age of students who attend RT?

Who are the teachers?

What is the curriculum?

Where are classes held?

Who sponsors the program?

What are the legal guidelines for the program?

What is the benefit of attending the RT Program?

Has RT been evaluated by an outside organization?

 

Who can attend the program?

Any student may attend RT regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin or handicap. However, each student must have written parental permission.

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What are the age of students who attend RT?

Currently our programs target students in the 4th and 5th grades, trying to prepare them for the upcoming turbulent middle school years.

Also, 3rd grade for Hephzibah program only

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Who are the teachers?

Our instructors are qualified teachers with a firm grasp of the Bible and the ability to relate to youth.  A Letter of Recommendation must be written by the teacher's Pastor illustrating past experience working in ministries such as a Child Evangelism Fellowship, Sunday School Teacher, Vacation Bible School, Bible Study Fellowship, etc. The teachers are subject to a personal background check and are professing Christians who are approved and selected by the CLCA Board.  All of our teachers are volunteers, committing their time and energies out of love for Christ and the children.

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What is the curriculum?

The curriculum is determined by the CLCA Board of Directors. The program helps young people understand the Bible for themselves through the leading of the Holy Spirit. The curriculum is based on biblical principles and character studies of the Bible, while emphasizing a student's relationship to God, self and others. The Holy Bible (NIV) is the primary curriculum source used. Additionally, other resources are added from time to time that aid in practical application exercises, games, puzzles and crafts. Lessons will include such topics as the Ten Commandments, Life of Christ, Days of Creation, conflict resolution, peer pressure, etc., all based on lessons from the Bible.

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Where are classes held?

The classrooms are located off-campus at nearby locations, usually a church. RT personnel supervise the movement of students between locations.

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Who sponsors the program?

RT in Richmond County is sponsored by the Christian Learning Centers of Augusta (CLCA). CLCA is community owned, with the Board of Directors made up entirely of local Christian citizens who are members of different local Christian churches that span across many denominations such as Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran, Non-denominational, etc.; all of whom agree with our Statement of Faith. Christian individuals, civic clubs, churches, businesses, foundations, etc., support CLCA with needed resources. CLCA is incorporated and is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization.

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What are the legal guidelines for the program?

  • Classes are during school hours and therefore must be held off school or governmental property.
  • Written permission must be given by parents.
  • No tax dollars can be used to support the program.
  • Entanglement with the public school system must be avoided.

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What is the benefit of attending the RT Program?

RT reinforces efforts to help children grow to cherish and care for themselves and others. RT teaches values such as honesty, compassion, integrity and loyalty. Human worth and dignity are taught, as well as basic social skills needed to function productively in our society.  All teachings are based on biblical principles. Increased respect for self and others is noted as well as an increased interest in learning. The program lowers at-risk behavior and demonstrates that there are moral absolutes established by a loving God. But most importantly, lessons are designed to bring the students to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

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Has RT been evaluated by an outside organization?

The National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) conducted an evaluation of the Oakland, California Released Time Program during the entire 2002-2003 school session. They reported that a comparative review between the academic performance scores of all 4th & 5th graders in RT revealed that students performed better than their classmates as a whole in almost every category. RT reinforces key literacy components such as spelling and reading comprehension. RT also provides youth with strong adult mentoring and bonding, which reinforces positive moral and character development that is opposed to engaging in criminal or delinquent behavior.

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CHRISTIAN LEARNING CENTERS OF AUGUSTA
P.O. Box 14786
Augusta, GA 30919-0786