Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! As of December 4, 2018, Iron Academy is officially accredited by ACSI.
One of the accreditors who visited IA, Bill Wilson, is among the most experienced and traveled ACSI accreditors in the world. They have never seen another school like IA. We are the only all-male school in the ACSI Southeast Region. They said they have never witnessed an honor code so pervasive to the entire school culture. They were pleasantly surprised with the consistency of who the Iron family said it was from parents to students to staff members with whom they spoke.
Iron Academy started in Fall 2013 with 6th and 7th grade and we are adding a grade level each year until eventually we will be 6th to 12th grade. We will graduate our first class in 2020. For the 2018-2019 school year, we will be 6th to 11th grade.
Yes, and students may apply for admission at any point during the current school year.
In order to maintain the integrity of our world-class discipleship training and our superb educational delivery, we maintain a ratio of 15 students or fewer per classroom. There is no other way to build deep relationships into every student’s life than to know them exceptionally well.
We utilize a 10 point grading scale that, in conjunction with our Targeted Grading philosophy, stretches every student to maximum potential.
We operate on a traditional quarterly calendar. The school year starts in mid-August and ends around May 31. For the first week of school, all new students are required to participate in Crucible Camp, held off-campus in the NC mountains, when they learn about the Honor Code. High school students may also have an additional off-campus week for Rites of Passage before the school year starts.
We run everything through the honor code: I will always conduct myself as a gentleman, live pure, speak true, right wrong, and follow the King. We expand upon each phrase as below.
- To be a Gentleman …
- Accept responsibility
- Be dependable
- Be coachable
- Be civil: ever aware of your proper role in your environs and the needs and well-being of others
- Reject passivity
- Nurture all those within your sphere of influence
- Temper the urge to lead with wisdom and love
- To Live Pure…
- Walk with wise people
- Live righteously following God, always seeking wisdom
- Reject fools/foolishness
- Live with integrity
- To Speak True…
- Never reject Jesus
- Encourage one another
- Your yes is yes, your no is no
- Build wisdom in all but fools
- To Right Wrong …
- Devise good
- Look out for widows, orphans, and the needy
- Fight for biblical justice
- Be gracious to those in need
- To Follow the King …
- Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind, and body
- Pursue His path of righteous becoming ever more like Christ
- Study, practice, and teach the Word
The school day starts at 7:45 a.m. and ends at 3:15 p.m. Students can be dropped off between 7:15 and 7:45 and must be picked up between 3:15 and 3:30.
Yes, we offer an after school care program until 6:00 p.m. We have options for occasional, part-time, and full-time care.
Each class period is an hour and thirty minutes long with some classes being a half period. Students have four classes periods per day. All 6th to 9th grade students have PE daily.
It is not our policy to assign “busywork” for homework. The longer class periods and study hall time allow students to complete much of their work during the school day.
Yes. The purposes of the dress code is to ensure that the student’s appearance is not a distraction at school, to create an atmosphere that complements serious academic pursuits, and to instill in students a sense of pride in their appearance. For more detailed information about our dress code, click here.
We put a lot of thought into seating! Most of our individual student desks come with swivel desktops and are on rollers so students can easily arrange themselves for small group work. We also have stand-up desks in which a student can choose to stand during class or sit on an adjustable stool that rocks in a way similar to an exercise ball. We have large screen TVs in each room that are connected to Apple TVs.
Your son does not need to be physically fit before starting classes at IA. His fitness level, however, will quickly improve during our daily PE and brain break times. Our parents have been amazed at the physical transformations of their sons. Research decisively concludes that more physical activity also helps improve memory and learning.
At this time, we do not have a regular program for students to learn to play instruments or to perform. We do have several students who are able to maintain their passion for the fine arts by being involved in community theater, band, choir, and orchestra groups.
All students are required to have access to a laptop with wifi capability for school work. Teachers will specify when a computer is to be used and how. If a student demonstrates that he may not be trustworthy with an electronic device, he will lose the privilege to do so. Our policy for technology at Iron Academy is to strategically incorporate it only when it facilitates the educational process.
We require that all students submit documentation of up-to-date annual physicals and immunizations. If a student needs to take medication during the school day, he must submit documentation that the doctor approves of its use and verify that the student is knowledgeable in how to administer his medication. Medications are kept in a locked location.
Yes! We offer a variety of athletic teams at the middle school and varsity level. Our current fall teams include cross country and soccer. In the winter we offer wrestling and basketball. Our spring team is baseball, with golf potentially coming soon.
Our middle school soccer team has recorded a conference championship and our middle school cross country team finished runner-up. We have also had several athletes receive recognition as All-Conference selections. Most recently, our varsity cross country team finished 9th at the State Championships!
In athletics, we seek to honor God on the field of battle!
Iron Academy admits students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic, and other school-administered programs.
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, authoritative Word of God, and every word is true (II Timothy 3:16).We believe that there is one God, Creator of all things, evident in the trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) and He is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent (Deuteronomy 6:4; Genesis 1:1; I John 5:7). We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ as affirmed by his virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, atoning death through his shed blood, bodily resurrection, ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in his personal, imminent return in power and glory (John 10:30; Matthew 1:18; Hebrews 4:15; John 10:32; Romans 3:25; Matthew 28:6; Romans 8:34; Luke 21:27). We believe the Holy Spirit empowers us to live a Godly life (Galatians 5:16). We believe that salvation is by grace through faith alone (Ephesians 2:8,9). Both Adam and Eve were created in God’s image, equal before God as persons and distinct in their manhood and womanhood (Gen 1:26-27, 2:18). Distinctions in masculine and feminine roles are ordained by God as part of the created order, and should find an echo in every human heart (Gen 2:18, 21-24; 1 Cor 11:7-9; 1 Tim 2:12-14). Adam’s headship in marriage was established by God before the Fall, and was not a result of sin (Gen 2:16-18, 21-24, 3:1-13; 1 Cor 11:7-9). The Old Testament, as well as the New Testament, manifests the equally high value and dignity which God attached to the roles of both men and women (Gen 1:26-27, 2:18; Gal 3:28). Both Old and New Testaments also affirm the principle of male headship in the family and in the covenant community (Gen 2:18; Eph 5:21-33; Col 3:18-19; 1 Tim 2:11-15). Redemption in Christ aims at removing the distortions introduced by the curse—harsh or selfish leadership by husbands, biblically forbidden sexual indulgence, male passivity, and un-nurturing love. In all of life Christ is the supreme authority and guide for men and women, so that no earthly submission (domestic, religious, or civil) ever implies a mandate to follow a human authority into sin (Dan 3:10-18; Acts 4:19-20, 5:27-29; 1 Pet 3:1-2). We are convinced that a denial or neglect of these principles will lead to increasingly destructive consequences in our families, our churches, and the culture at large.
Iron Academy is an all-male, Bible-believing institution providing education in a distinct Christian environment, and it believes that its biblical role is to work in conjunction with the home to mold students to be godly men. On those occasions in which the atmosphere or conduct within a particular home is counter to or in opposition to the biblical lifestyle that the school teaches, the school reserves the right, within its sole discretion, to refuse admission of an applicant or to discontinue enrollment of a student. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, living in, condoning or supporting sexual immorality; practicing homosexual lifestyle or alternative gender identity; promoting such practices; or otherwise having the inability to support the biblical principles of the school (Leviticus 20:13a; Romans 1:21-27; Matthew 19:4-6; I Corinthians 6:9-20).
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