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Table of ContentsProvidence Classical Christian School Bylaws.4Article I. Name of School, Mission Statement .4Section 1. Name of School .4Section 2. Mission Statement .4Article II. Statement of Faith, Educational Philosophy, Objectives .4Section 1.Statement of Faith .4Summary Statement .4Governments .5Marriage, Sexuality, and Gender.5Section 2. Educational Philosophy .5Of Being Christian .5Of Being Classical .6Of Being a School .6Section 3. Objectives .7Christian .7Classical.7Article III. Offices .7Section 1: Principle Office .7Section 2: Registered Office and Registered Agent .7Article IV. Members .7Section 1: Membership .7Article V. Board of Directors of Providence Classical Christian School .7Section 1: Election and Tenure .7Section 2: General Responsibilities .8Section 3: Qualifications.8Section 4: Removal of Board Members .8Section 5: Vacancies .8Section 6: Ex-officio Board Members .8Section 7: Headmaster .8Section 8: Compensation .8Article VI. Officers of the Board .8Section 1: Number.8Section 2: Election .8Section 3: Removal of Officers .9Section 4: Chairman .9Section 5: Vice Chairman .9Section 6: Secretary .9Section 7: Treasurer .9Article VII. Committees .9Section 1: Committees.9Section 2: Qualifications for Committee Members .9Section 3: Term of Committee Membership.9Section 4: Officers.9Section 5: Vacancies .9Section 6: Quorum .9Providence Bylaws22015-2016: Version .01

Section 7: Rules.9Article VIII. Annual Report.9Section 1: Annual Report .9Article IX. Meetings of the Board .10Section 1: Regular Meetings of the Board .10Section 2: Special Meetings .10Section 3: Notice .10Section 4: Decorum.10Section 5: Quorum[s] .10Section 6: Executive Session .10Section 7: Board Action .10Article X. Fiscal Responsibility.10Section 1: General Policy .10Section 2: Budgets.10Section 3: Financial Statements.10Section 4: Financial Inspection .10Section 5: Fund Raising .10Article XI. Contracts, Loans, Checks and Deposits .11Section 1: Contracts .11Section 2: Loans .11Section 3: Checks and Drafts.11Section 4: Deposits .11Section 5: Gifts .11Article XII. Fiscal Year .11Section 1: Fiscal Year .11Article XIII. Racial Non-Discrimination .11Section 1: Racial Non-Discrimination .11Article XIV. Amendments to Bylaws .11Section 1: Amendments to Bylaws .11Document Change History .119/1/2005: Initial Baseline version .1111/21/2005: .119/17/2007: .1111/19/2007: .118/15/2008: .1110/19/2009: .115/24/2010: .112/16/2015: .118/21/2015: .11Providence Bylaws32015-2016: Version .01

will be made.Providence Classical Christian School BylawsAdopted 2-16-95Revised 4-25-97Revised 1-31-2003Article I. Name of School, Mission StatementSection 1. Name of SchoolThe name of the school shall be Providence ClassicalChristian School. The name of the Corporation shall bethe Providence Classical Christian School Corporation.Section 2. Mission StatementThe mission of Providence Classical Christian Schoolis to operate a school owned by the ProvidenceClassical Christian School Corporation, that willadhere to Sections 1-3 of Article II of these Bylaws.Our mission is to partner with Christian parents ineducating their children, in the classical tradition, tothink and act biblically and to pursue academicexcellence in joyful submission to the Lord JesusChrist.Article II. Statement of Faith, EducationalPhilosophy, ObjectivesSection 1.Statement of FaithThe following is the foundation of beliefs on whichProvidence Classical Christian School is based. Theyare also the key elements of Christianity that will beunapologetically taught in various ways through allgrade levels. The substance of these statements is thatwhich will be considered primary doctrine in theschool. Secondary or divisive doctrines and issueswill not be presented as primary doctrine. When thesetypes of doctrine or issues arise they will be referredto the family and local churches for final authority.Summary StatementWe believe the Bible to be the inerrant and only Wordof God, plenary inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is ouronly authoritative rule for faith and practice. It is thesupreme standard by which all human conduct, creed,and opinion shall be tried and is the standard of and forall truth.We believe that there is one God, eternally existent inthree persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He isomnipotent, that is, He is all-powerful. He isomnipresent, that is, He is present throughout Creationbut not limited by it. He is omniscient, that is, nothingis hidden from His sight. In all things He is limited bynothing other than His own nature and character. Webelieve the God we serve is holy, righteous, good,severe, loving, and full of mercy. He is the Creator,Sustainer, and Governor of everything that has, is, orProvidence Bylaws4We believe in the true deity and full humanity of ourLord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinlesslife, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning deaththrough His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, inHis ascension to the right hand of the Father and in Hispersonal return in power and glory.We believe in the full deity of the Holy Spirit,acknowledging Him together with the Father and theSon as Creator and Redeemer.We believe that because of Adam’s sin all mankind isin rebellion against God. For the salvation of such lostand sinful men, regeneration by the Holy Spirit isabsolutely necessary.We believe that salvation is by grace through faithalone, and that faith without works is dead.We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit,by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live agodly life.We believe in the resurrection of both the saved andlost, those who are saved to the resurrection of life, andthose who are lost to the resurrection of damnation.We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers in ourLord Jesus Christ.We believe that God from all eternity did, by the mostwise and holy counsel of His own free will, freely andunchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass; yet soas thereby neither is God the author of sin, nor isviolence offered to the will of the creatures, nor is theliberty or contingency of second causes taken away,but rather established. [The Westminster Confessionof Faith (1646), Chapter III; Section I]We believe that because of the fall, unregenerate manis dead to the things of God (Romans 5:12; Ephesians2:1; Colossians 2:13). His will is not morally free, butis in bondage to his evil nature, therefore, he will not-indeed he cannot--choose good over evil in thespiritual realm (1 Corinthians 2:14; Romans 8:7,8).Man, in this fallen state, is unable to exercise savingfaith prior to regeneration.We believe that God’s election of certain individualsunto salvation before the foundation of the worldrested solely in His own sovereign will (John 1:12,13;Romans 9:10-12; Ephesians 1:4-6), and was notdetermined by or conditioned upon any act foreseen inany individual.2015-2016: Version .01

We believe Christ’s redeeming work was intended tosave the elect only and actually secured salvation forthem (Matthew 20:28; John 10:14,15). The atonementdid not provide only the possibility for anyone to besaved (John 6:39; 10:27-28).We believe that the Holy Spirit efficaciously calls theelect sinner through regeneration, providingrepentance and faith as gifts subsequent to the newbirth (1 Corinthians 1:23,24; 1 Peter 2:9). It is onlythrough this calling that a man has any desire forChrist. And when the Holy Spirit efficaciously calls,a man will not be able or willing to reject God’sinternal calling.We believe that God will complete the work He hasbegun in each believer. If someone is truly regenerate,then he will not fall away from salvation (Romans8:29-31). The basis for this is God’s faithfulness, notthe faithfulness of the believer. God will not lose thosewhom He has purchased.God, the great Creator of all things, doth uphold,direct, dispose, and govern all creatures, actions, andthings, from the greatest even to the least, by His mostwise and holy providence, according to His infallibleforeknowledge and the free and immutable counsel ofHis own will, to the praise of the glory of His wisdom,power, justice, goodness, and mercy.[TheWestminster Confession of Faith (1646), Chapter V;Section I]GovernmentsWe believe that God has ordained various governmentsamong men. The three basic governments are civilgovernment (Romans 13:1-7), church government(Ephesians 2:19-22; Hebrews 13:7,17; Matthew18:15-17), and family government (Ephesians 5:226:4). All of these governments are dependent on thegrace of God, common or special, working inindividuals to bring about self-government. God hasordained the realm of each and assigned to themdiffering responsibilities within their separatejurisdictions.We believe that Christian parents have theresponsibility before God to provide their childrenwith a godly understanding of the world in which theyare growing up. To this end, Christian education,however administered, is essential (Deuteronomy 6:16). The civil government has no duty or obligation torear or educate our children. That authority has beengiven to the parents, with ultimate accountabilityhaving been assigned to the father (Ephesians 6:4).Providence Bylaws5Marriage, Sexuality, and GenderWe believe God created marriage to be between oneman and one woman in a “one-flesh” union for life,uniquely reflecting Christ’s relationship with hischurch. (Gen 2:18-25; Eph 5:21-33) Marriage alsoserves as the foundational unit of a stable society (1Cor 7:2) It provides the best environment for children,and the decline in life-long, heterosexual marriagerelationships is a significant contributor to manynegative cultural developments.We believe gender also matters to God. God’s creationof each person as male and female is complementarywithin marriage and reflects the image and nature ofGod. (Gen 1:26-27) Those who reject their biologicalsex reject God’s design and the person He createdthem to be.We believe that any form of sexual immorality(including adultery,fornication,homosexualbehavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and useof pornography) is sinful and offensive to God. (Matt15:18-20; 1 Cor 6:9-10)We believe that to preserve the integrity of Providenceand to provide a biblical role model to the students andfaculty, it is imperative that all persons representingProvidence in any capacity (employees, volunteers,etc.) agree to and abide by the Statement on Marriage,Sexuality, and Gender.We believe that every person must be affordedcompassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity andthat God offers forgiveness, redemption andrestoration to all who confess and forsake their sin(Acts 3:19-21; Rom 10-9-10; 1 Cor 6:9-11).Section 2. Educational PhilosophyOf Being ChristianProvidence Classical Christian School seeks to presentall truth and knowledge in the context of the followingbiblical world view:Christian View of RealityGod created the universe of His own free volition. AsCreator, God is absolute, autonomous, and selfsufficient. He is in no way dependent upon the createduniverse, whereas the creation is utterly dependentupon Him. God, in His creative activity, brought allthings into being; whether they be material, spiritual,conceptual, or abstract. All of these created entitiesfunction together in the way He decreed that they2015-2016: Version .01

A Christian curriculum must include study in Christ’slordship, and that study must encompass all courses.would, according to His design.God is also providential, in that He governs all thingsthat come to pass. His decrees are irrevocable; Healone is in ultimate control. While transcending allthings, this providential oversight is not distant, butrather immanent and personal. At all times, He isintimately acquainted with and relates to everything inHis universe.Of Being ClassicalThe doctrines of Creation and Providence address therelationship of the created universe to its Creator.Neither creation as a whole, nor any part of creation,is autonomous. Only God is autonomous, and allcreation is dependent upon and subject to Him. Godalone is the ultimate reality, and the determiner of whatis and what is not real.The basic building block for the structure of classicaleducation is the Trivium. The Trivium is a model thatdeals with the method and organization of education.The three stages of the Trivium consist of Grammar,Logic, and Rhetoric. The first stage, Grammar,focuses on the fundamental rules of each subject. Thesecond stage, Logic, emphasizes the orderedrelationship of particulars in each subject. The finalstage, Rhetoric, is the clear expression of the grammarand logic of each subject. Each stage wonderfullyintegrates and corresponds to the way God hasdesigned the development of our children.Christian View of KnowledgeGod is self-referential in that He has completeknowledge of Himself, and does not stand in referenceto another standard that exists beyond Himself. Godknows all things because He originally conceived allthings.The Trivium also deals with content in that itincorporates specific courses in classical languagestudy (Latin and/or Greek), Logic, and Rhetoric. Inaddition, primary and older sources of literature andknowledge are regarded highly and utilized regularlyin the educational process.Man, on the other hand, does not conceive thingsoriginally, but discovers what God has known allalong. Man, therefore, cannot truly know anythingunless he understands it in reference to the God whooriginally conceived it (Proverbs 1:7). Thus, God isthe ultimate truth from which all meaning andknowledge is derived.The purpose of the Trivium is always to prepare forfurther study, to teach the student how to think, and toprepare the student how to learn. Our purpose inteaching subjects throughout the Trivium will be toequip the student with the tools of learning, rather thanteaching the subjects as our final goal.Man comes to know only by revelation from God.Man can know nothing that God did not reveal to him.All knowledge is revealed to man through Christ (Col.2:3). All things were created by Christ and for Christ(John 1:3; Col. 1:16). Christ is the point of contactbetween God and man, and through this contact Godimparts knowledge to man. Ultimately, to rejectChrist is to reject knowledge.Christian View of EthicsGod alone is the standard of what is right and wrong,true and false. There is no ethical standard that isabove or alongside God. God’s character is the basisfor all ethical judgments. It is His Word alone thatreveals ethical standards and makes ethical judgmentspossible for men.SummaryWhatever might rightly be called an education mustteach the lordship of Christ. Any subject treated apartfrom Christ fails to meet the basic goal of education:To impart knowledge. Apart from Christ there is noeducation, for without Him knowledge is impossible.Providence Bylaws6God wants us to love Him with our mind, as well aswith our heart, soul, and strength (Matt 22:37).Therefore, we seek to individually challenge childrenat all levels, providing an environment that produceschildren who will have a lifelong love of learning.For a further understanding of a classical and Christianapproach to education, we particularly refer to thefollowing resources: The Lost Tools of Learning by Dorothy Sayers Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning byDouglas WilsonOf Being a SchoolWe believe that the Bible clearly instructs parents, andspecifically the father, to “bring children up in thediscipline and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4).To this end, Providence School will operate from thelegal notion of in loco parentis, that is, familyauthority will temporarily be delegated from theparents to the school. Thus, all school authority isderived from the parents (versus the Church or State).2015-2016: Version .01

A proper biblical understanding and respect for theresponsibilities of each God ordained government(Family, Church, Civil) will be taught.Providence School will seek to promote parentalresponsibility throughout its academic program. Wewant to help parents teach their children that all theydo should be done “heartily, as unto the Lord.”Therefore we seek to encourage quality academicwork and maintain high standards of conduct. Ourfaculty should have a love for learning, as examples totheir pupils, being diligent to present themselvesapproved to God.We seek to have a full K-12 program because of theintegrated and dependent nature of the Trivium, plusthe advantages of division of labor a school canprovide parents.Section 3. ObjectivesChristianA. Teach all subjects as parts of an integrated wholewith the Scriptures at the center (II Timothy 3:1617).B. Provide a clear model of the biblical Christian lifethrough our employees and board (Matthew22:37-40).C. Encourage every student to begin and develop hisrelationship with God the Father through JesusChrist (Matthew 28:18-20; Matthew 19:13-15).ClassicalA. Emphasize grammar, logic, and rhetoric in allsubjects.B. Encourage every student to develop a love forlearning and live up to his academic potential.C. Provide an orderly atmosphere conducive to theattainment of the above goals.Article III. OfficesSection 1: Principle OfficeThe principle office of the Corporation in the State ofWashington shall be located at 11727 NE 118th Street,Kirkland, WA 98034. The Corporation may have suchother offices, either within or without the State ofWashington, as the Board of Directors may determineor as the affairs of the Corporation may require fromtime to time.Section 2: Registered Office and Registered AgentThe Corporation shall have and continuously maintainProvidence Bylaws7in the State of Washington a registered office andregistered agent whose office, as required by the Stateof Washington Non-Profit Corporation Act. Theregistered office may be, but need not be, identical withthe principle office of the Corporation in the State ofWashington and the address of the registered office maybe changed from time to time by the Board of Directors.Article IV. MembersSection 1: MembershipThe Corporation shall have no members.Article V. Board of Directors of ProvidenceClassical Christian SchoolSection 1: Election and TenureThere shall be four appointed board seats and threeelected seats. The four appointed seats will be filledwhen necessary by appointment from the existingBoard. Any two board members (elected or appointed)may move to appoint a third board member to apermanent term which motion shall be consideredaccording to the provisions in Article IX, Section 7 ofthese bylaws. In order to be eligible for consideration,elected board members must have served at least onefull year on the board and having read all books on thecurrently approved board reading list. There will be fivepersons appointed to fill the four seats, with the extraperson taking a one year sabbatical leave from theBoard. This "sabbatical seat" will rotate through thecomplete Board every five years.The three elected board seats will have three year terms;one seat will be filled by election every year. New boardmembers may be nominated for their terms of serviceby two or more sitting board members, or by petition ofno less than ten parents of current Providence ClassicalChristian School attendees. Any two sitting boardmembers may remove a nominee from consideration.The Board will make ballots available to parents not lessthan one month prior to the annual set election date(normally no later than June 30).Election will be affirmed by a majority of ballotsreturned to the Board (physically or postmarked) by thedate set and written on the mailed ballot. Eligible voterswill include each of the following as determined on thedate the official ballot is approved by the board;1.One vote for every family officially enrolledfor the school year ending on the daypreceding the first day of the term of theboard position being voted upon. (Familiesaffected by court approved multiple custodyarrangements will receive one ballot for eachindependently recognized custodian)2015-2016: Version .01

2.If not included in item 1 above, everyemployee of the school employed at least halftime will be entitled to one vote.3.If not included in Item 1 or 2 above, everymember of the Providence Classical ChristianSchool board shall be entitled to one vote.Notwithstanding any of the above stipulations,each household will be limited to one vote perhousehold and the first such vote received by theboard shall be the one counted.In the event of a tie, the seat will be determined bycasting of lots using any reasonable method determinedby the board such as drawing of cards or straws at apublic meeting of the board.Elected members of the Board shall serve for amaximum of three calendar years. No elected boardmember may serve more than two consecutive electedterms.Section 2: General ResponsibilitiesThe Providence School Board of Directors shall overseethe continuing operation of Providence and generallyoversee the school’s business affairs.Theresponsibilities of the Board of Directors shall include,but not be limited to, ensuring that the vision of theSchool as outlined in Articles I and II of these Bylawsis maintained, making policy, acting on matters ofpersonnel including hiring and firing, establishingtuition and fees, acting as an advocate and promoter ofthe school and praying for the ministry of the school.Board members need not be residents of the State ofWashington.Section 3: QualificationsSubject to availability of suitable board memberssubscribing without reservation to Articles I and II ofthese Bylaws, every attempt will be made to secureboard members meeting the general qualifications forspiritual leadership found in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1,with special consideration t

Providence Classical Christian School Bylaws Adopted 2-16-95 Revised 4-25-97 Revised 1-31-2003 Article I. Name of School, Mission Statement Section 1. Name of School The name of the school shall be Providence Classical Christian School. The name of the Corporation shall be the Providence Classical Christian School Corporation. Section 2.