West Virginia School of Preaching
Denver Cooper, Director
All students are required to live in Moundsville, or close
enough to commute daily, and are required to take a full load of six courses,
two of which meet three hours a week, and four of which meet six hours
a week in each division. Those students entering school at the same time
cover the same material and graduate together.
The quality of work done by each student is expressed in
the following table:
||4 Quality points per term
||3 Quality points per term
||2 Quality points per term
||1 Quality point per term
||0 Quality points per term
||0 Quality points per term
A student who has an incomplete must make it up within
one week of the next term. An "F" or an "I" may be removed by repeating
the course, or fulfilling special work requirements as may be imposed by
the instructor and approved by the director. All students will be counseled
when such seems necessary.
Policy For Writing
It has been discussed and decided, with the approval of the
Elders of the Hillview church, that in the future we will teach all students,
through our grammar classes, to use the MLA (Modern Language Association)
style for the preparation and documentation of all papers and reports required
in various classes in the school. This style is outlined in the grammar
book being used in the school, which is Hodges' Harbrace College Handbook,
12th edition. The style for writing research compositions is outlined between
pages 419 and 472 of the current text. The teacher requiring the papers
will notice that this system requires all footnotes, or endnotes be put
in the text in parentheses, and not listed at the foot of the page, or
the end of the paper unless there is some further explanation to be made
by the writer. This saves a note number system. Regarding necessary footnotes
or endnotes, which are to contain only further statements or evidence upon
the subject, these are to be done at the teacher's discretion. This system
is being inaugurated in the school to keep from confusing our students
with a half dozen different styles that the various teachers have learned
in a half dozen different places over the years. One may find a copy of
this text in the library and is asked to consult it if he is unfamiliar
with the format.
Graduating students are required to achieve a 2.0 grade-point-average
(GPA) based on hours attempted.
57 and above
Any student failing to achieve the minimum satisfactory
GPA is placed on probation for one quarter. At the end of the probationary
period any student failing to achieve the minimum GPA for hours attempted
will be terminated. Any student so terminated will not be allowed to apply
for readmission for at least one quarter. His readmission is subject to
approval of the director and faculty. No student can graduate from West
Virginia School of Preaching with an "F" on his record. Any failure must
be removed by repeating the course, or by completing a satisfactory project.
Permanent records shall be kept by the school.
In addition to papers returned, a grade report card will
be given to each student at the end of each quarter. Upon request, progress
reports will be given to those who provide support directly to the student.
Rules of Conduct
All students are expected to assume proper responsibility
as citizens. Any who are convicted of any law violation will be subject
to discipline by the school.
Everyone is expected to deal honestly and uprightly with
fellow students. Each student must deal likewise with those churches and
individuals who give him financial support.
Any words or acts unbecoming to Christians will not be tolerated.
At all times the student must conduct himself with proper decorum, and
display a proper attitude in all matters pertaining to his school work.
Students in this school are not permitted to use tobacco,
alcohol or drugs (unless prescribed by doctor) in any form, and any who
are found doing so will be immediately dismissed.
Though a specific offense may not be committed, at any time
a studentís attitude and demeanor are not in harmony with the spirit and
purpose of the school, he may be asked to withdraw. This will not be subject
to review by any other person or group outside West Virginia School of
Preaching and the elders of the Hillview Terrace Church of Christ.
Business deals of any kind relative to borrowing and lending,
involving sizable amounts, between and among students should be avoided
both by those who would borrow or who would lend.
Any student making purchases in sizable amounts such as new
or nearly new cars, or involving such financial obligations as may be judged
as overly burdensome, credit wise, should clear such with (1) his sponsors,
(2) the school director, (3) and/or elders. Any student receiving support
from the school fund is subject to losing said support when such purchases
are made, unless good evidence can show that such is justified.
School office computers, files, etc. are off limits to all
No cell phones are to be in operation during class time. Incoming calls for a student will be received at the office of the secretary for any student on an emergency basis only. Classes will not be interrupted for phone calls.
Students will be expected to address faculty and staff members as brother or sister preceding the first or last name of the person addressed.
Additional regulations may be presented on the day of registration
and afterward as needed.
A discipline committee consisting of the director, two faculty
and elders will deal with problems.
Tuition and Fees
There shall be no charge for tuition or fees. All the costs
of administration and instruction are to be borne by the Hillview Terrace
Church of Christ. The student is expected to provide only for living expenses,
books and materials.
Since there is no expense involved for tuition or fees, or
other charges by the school, as pertaining to any student, including veterans
and other such eligible persons, a refund policy is not applicable or necessary.
Each full-time student must attend classes a total of thirty
hours a week on a regular schedule. During the regular school year there
will be four such ten-week sessions, or a total of forty weeks each year,
eighty weeks in two years.
On a "clock-hour" basis, during two years of intensive
study each student will have spent a minimum of 2600 hours required for
graduation, including class work and chapel.
Clock Hour Credit
Classes meet six hours a day, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and
from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., five days a week, making a total of thirty
hours net instruction; chapel adds 2 1/2 hours per week.
Evaluations will be made on an individual basis. An assessment
test may be required.
Requirements for Graduation
The student must have demonstrated proper Christian character.
Each student must complete satisfactorily all the prescribed
courses. There are no electives in the regular curriculum.
An over-all average of 2.0 (C) must be maintained.
Any student having an "F" or "I" on his record must remove
such before graduation. There will be a week grace period after each quarter.
All work is to be turned in to the office by Friday following the end of
the quarter. After this one week grace period ends the drop of a letter
grade per day begins. DONíT GET BEHIND!
Students are encouraged to consult with teachers as to late
work or assignments missed due to absence, etc.
Each school year is divided into four terms of eleven weeks
each. No regular class schedule is met during the eleventh week.
Chapel, a period of devotion, is held each morning, 8:30
Ė9:00, before classes. Every student is required to attend. This service
will be composed of songs, Scripture readings, prayers and messages by
students, faculty and visiting speakers, making chapel one of the most
profitable periods of the day.
Tardiness and absence from chapel and class sessions,
unless there is legitimate reason, will be reflected in the studentís conduct
and credit record. Three times tardy equals one unexcused absence. Each
unexcused absence will be penalized by loss of five percent of grade average.
Attendance at Worship
Every student is required to attend all regular services
of the church. This includes Sunday Bible classes, morning and evening
worship, and the mid-week service.
All students and their families are expected to attend
classes and services at Hillview Terrace Church of Christ. Exceptions are:
Local students may attend home congregations.
Students may work with other churches.
- Students may worship with other congregations if they
are obligated due to receiving financial assistance from them.
Preaching opportunities are available at area congregations.
However, we cannot guarantee appointments. Most of the second-year students
and some of the first-year students usually preach on Sundays by appointment.
Opportunities are dependent on the needs of area congregations, but usually
there are several opportunities weekly.
Opportunities for Graduates
The school does not act as a placement bureau. More and more
churches are looking for preachers who are schooled in the Scriptures and
have received the kind of training given here. Although inquiries will
be received for located work, students must make their own arrangements
If possible, students should arrange for some kind of insurance
in the event of illness or other emergencies. Perhaps supporting churches
will consider this. The school cannot assume financial responsibility for
A closeness exists among students which is heartwarming to
observe. Often they contribute to the needs of one another. The spiritual
atmosphere is greatly appreciated by all who attend or visit with us. Singing
and praying together strengthens everyone.
The daily associations are most enjoyable. A banquet is
planned for those graduating, with all students and wives attending. Truly,
the ties that bind are strong.
Dress and Cleanliness
For attending classes, dress pants, dress shirt and tie are expected. No pull over shirts are acceptable. Jeans and other such trousers are forbidden.
Shoes are to be kept shined. No tennis shoes are permitted.
All students are requested to dress fully ó coat and tie
ó for regular services at meeting hours, Lordís days, Wednesday nights
and at other times when regular services are held, and when speaking in
chapel. Coat and tie are expected to be worn by our students when visiting
and preaching at other congregations.
Long hair, and long, thick and shaggy sideburns are not permitted.
Sideburns are not to extend below the lobe of the ear. Mustaches and beards
are discouraged, though permitted subject to the following: They must not
extend beyond the corners of mouth, and they must be kept thin and neatly
trimmed at all times. Sideburns, mustaches and beards are subject to the
judgment of the faculty and the administration.
No earrings are permitted on male students.
Personal hygiene and cleanliness must be maintained at all
Use of Library
The librarian will assist students in locating and checking
Students will follow library procedure for checking out and
Books being used in the building only need not be
checked out but must be returned to the library when students are finished
Books may be checked out for one week and may be renewed
unless there is a waiting list for the book(s).
Except in cases of a special research, books will not be
checked out for extended periods to keep the books accessible for the use
of all students.
Faculty members may place certain books on reserve,
which means they can be checked out only in accordance with their instructions
(for example, they may limit use of books to one hour per student).
Periodicals and audiotapes are available.
Please indicate "Periodical" or "Tape" when signing out these materials.
Students are advised to make good use of their time, not
only in class, but in periods of study following classes.
Studentsí wives are encouraged to attend classes as provided
especially for them. These classes equip wives to assist their husbands
in the ministry.
Cost of Living
The cost of living in Moundsville and the surrounding area
is moderate compared to most urban areas. Of course, expenses vary between
families and depending upon oneís selection of a residence. Also, debt
attained before enrollment at WVSOP will obviously affect the amount of
funds needed for monthly support. One student family rented a three-bedroom
house with a basement for $350 a month. Single students are renting one-bedroom
apartments for $250 to $275 a month. Student utilities (i.e., electric,
gas, water, garbage and phone) average $185 a month. The price of groceries
is a significant variable that is affected by preferences, number of people
in the family and the age of children. Clothing stores in the area include
national chain retail and discount stores. Medical costs are high as they
are everywhere in the country, yet they are slightly less than in adjoining
states. Gasoline prices are competitive. Expect also to spend about $80.00
to $100.00 per quarter for textbooks.
All students by their attendance at West Virginia School
of Preaching are in agreement with these school policies.
West Virginia School of Preaching
Denver Cooper, Director
304-845-7227 or Toll Free 1-888-418-4573 or e-mail
Fourth Street & Willard Avenue
P.O. Box 785
Moundsville, West Virginia 26041
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