Fletcher Academy endeavors to teach our students that one of life’s true aims is to honor the Maker in doing our part of the world’s work. We strive to instill the value of work and develop strong work ethics in each of our students. We believe that students must be taught that life requires earnest work and responsibility.
Fletcher Academy believes that learning to work, to be punctual, and to faithfully perform assigned duties is as much a part of education as any other aspect of school life. Fletcher makes provision for all students to spend part of each day working. For these reasons the school has adopted the following work policy:
- In order to participate in the work-study program, which is an essential part of the program at Fletcher Academy, students must be able to provide documentation of their identity and legal right to work in the United States of America.
- Each student’s work will be evaluated by the supervisor at the end of each 9 weeks.
- Work responsibilities may require the student to work alternate home leaves or long breaks.
- Students whose financial accounts are not current may be required to work during the summer.
- Students that have been dismissed (fired) from a work position due to poor work performance may or may not receive another job, which may result in the possible increase of the parents' financial responsibility for tuition.
- Students that have been dismissed (fired) from two positions may be asked to withdraw from Fletcher Academy.
FA freshmen and sophomores are expected to work a minimum of 6.5 hours per week during the school year and juniors and seniors are expected to work a minimum of 10.5 hours per week. All are paid minimum wage. According to federal law, employment will only be provided for students who are at least 14 years of age. Students less than 16 are not permitted to begin working until 3:00 PM on school days. Certain work positions require a student to be 16 years of age or older. All work positions are determined by the work coordinator ONLY. Students are placed by their age, class schedule, and North Carolina child labor laws.
Fletcher Academy does not promise or guarantee the amount of work that will be provided through the student work-study program. Students will receive paychecks for their hours worked and earnings from the student work-study program after deductions of applicable taxes. Because the work-study program was developed to assist students and their parents with tuition expenses, Fletcher Academy provides students and their parents with the option to voluntarily assign some or all of the student’s after-tax earnings to the student’s tuition account. Students who desire to assign some or all of their earnings to the tuition account must sign and provide Fletcher Academy with a voluntary written acknowledgment. The parents or guardian of minor age students must also sign the acknowledgment. Students will receive a bi-weekly paystub reflecting the amount of student earnings, tax withholdings and any amounts voluntarily assigned to the tuition account reflected in their monthly financial statement.
Students who receive financial assistance should expect to be assigned to areas which utilize student labor on weekends and during Home Leaves. Students who are at least 16 years of age and are receiving financial assistance will likely be scheduled to work 1/2 of weekends and Home Leaves to maximize their earning potential. Students under the age of 16 will likely be scheduled to work 1/2 of weekends and one or two Home Leaves per year including a portion of the Christmas break.
Fletcher Academy, in partnership with Southern Adventist University’s ASSIST grant program, has the opportunity to offer unique tuition assistance to our students. Through this service-oriented program, our participating students are paired with elderly adults in our community in a mutually-beneficial way.
Students in the ASSIST program provide help to senior citizens by performing light housecleaning and/or yard work. They also have fun with their elderly friends through activities such as visiting, reading, and playing games. As the young people build generational bridges, they also benefit from the wisdom and mentorship of the older adults. In the process, their time together helps finance the student’s Christian education.
Not only are these students developing skills needed to be successful—commitment, leadership, communication and interpersonal skills, empathy, and collaboration—they are also learning the value of service.