1. What is the tuition to attend this charter school?
There is no tuition to attend. It is a free public charter school, part of the Columbus Community School system.
2. When does the school-year start?
The Opening Day is August 3rd, 2016 – Wednesday.
3. Are uniforms required?
Yes, students are required to wear uniforms. Uniform shirts can be purchased from our front office. Uniform cardigan can be purchased from Rainbow and Shoppers World in Northern Lights Plaza on Cleveland Ave, and at near-by Meijer stores. Dress Code 2016-2017
4. Will there be free transportation to the school?
Yes, transportation will be provided based on the same guidelines as traditional public school students.
5. What is a typical daily schedule?
A typical school day schedule is as follows:
7:30AM Doors Open
7:30AM – 7:55AM Free Breakfast for ALL students
7:55AM Students report to classrooms
8:00AM School day begins
8:00AM – 11:00AM Core Curriculum
– Language Arts
– Specials (Art, Music, PE, Spanish, Technology)
– (Middle School) Hands-on Science
– (Middle School) Social Studies
11:00AM – 1:00PM Lunch – exact time depends on section and Recess
11:30PM – 3:30PM
– Social Studies
– Specials (Art, Music, PE, Spanish, Technology)
3:30PM – 3:45PM Student Dismissal
3:45PM – 4:45PM Afternoon Tutorials (free if prescribed by the teacher)
6. My child has special needs, how do you provide for specialized services like Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy or English to Speakers of Other Languages?
Special arrangements will be made to provide these services within the school setting through local resources.
7. Will students receive a hot lunch? If so, what is the cost?
Hot lunch service will be provided FREE of charge. Parents must still complete a form for each child to qualify for the free lunch service.
8. Describe how disciplinary issues are handled and the general philosophy on discipline.
A code of student conduct has been established by the Board of the Academy. It describes the school’s philosophy on discipline as follows:
“Discipline is the positive direction of behavior toward established standards of conduct, fully understood and based upon reason, judgment and consideration of the rights of others. Ideal discipline is self-directed and self-controlled. Schools, community and parents share the responsibility for helping students develop self-discipline. When self-control falters and self-discipline fails, disciplinary forces from outside the individual must be imposed to protect the rights of others and to ensure uninterrupted instruction by teachers for students.”
This code of conduct also lists the specific behaviors that warrant disciplinary action.
9. The information brochure mentions that parents are expected to volunteer two hours per month. What type of volunteer activity is expected of parents?
Parents are asked to volunteer in areas that meet their skills and interests. The specific tasks vary widely from reading to Kindergarten students to aiding in office duties.
10. Will students have to fund-raise for the school?
Yes, in an effort to support field trips for our students, some fundraising may occur. This year (2016-2017), we will be participating in Discount Cards for Roosters restaurants, and Popcorn Palace. In addition throughout the year, students participate in various fundraisers for charities such as Pennies for Patients, and Jump-rope for Heart.
11. I understand that a lottery is held if “too many” students apply. How is the lottery handled? How do you ensure that it is fair?
There is a two-week open enrollment period in all schools. During these two weeks, if the number of applicants exceeds the number of spaces in a given grade, a lottery is held. The lottery time and date are set forth in a legal notice in the newspaper during the open enrollment period. The lottery is open to the public. A member of the administrative staff of the school and a member of the Board of Directors are both in attendance at the lottery. First preference is given to siblings of students already enrolled. Once the slots are filled, the remaining names are drawn and put on the waiting list in the order drawn. As spaces are made available in those grades, students are taken from the waiting list. If there is no waiting list in any grade, students are taken on a first-come-first-serve basis.
12. How do you handle the standardized state tests? Are these administered just as they are in the local public schools?
State Tests are administered just like any other public school. We participate in the same tests and use this data to help drive our school improvement.
13. Why should parents be confident that the school’s curriculum would help children excel on the state’s standardized tests?
Parents should feel confident that the school’s curriculum would help a child excel on the state standardized test because our curriculum is aligned to Ohio Common Core Standards and benchmarks. It is also important to know that the school uses the Grade Level Content Expectations that have been put out by the Ohio Department of Education for English Language Arts and Math.
14. Is there any evidence that can be provided to help a parent assess the improvement of students who have been instructed using the school’s curriculum?
One way for parents to assess the improvement of their child is by reviewing the grade level content expectations. A child should know at the end of the school year all of the skills listed in that book in the grade level just completed. Parents can also use report cards as a means of reviewing the improvement of the child. Other reports such as the Parent Report from the national norm-referenced test (the Iowa Test of Basic Skills) and the A+ Tutorial Software results can provide parents with the information needed to see the improvement that a child has made.
15. How does your curriculum change as students move into Middle School?
In the middle school, the school departmentalizes the instruction. The students have four different teachers that are highly qualified in the content that they are teaching. The students change classes and have more specialized instruction. In Mathematics, the children are working towards the understanding of Algebra. This is a prerequisite of most high schools before entering into the 9th grade. In Science, the students do more hands on lab instruction and have science experiments that they must complete with an integration of technology. In the English Language Arts block, students read novels and use more of a literacy circle approach to instruction. Our Social Studies program is aligned to the ODE directives. Electives offered based upon the school.