Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How many students will be in the building?
A: We will have a maximum of 9 students to one teacher with no more than 18 students in the building at a time
Q: What would be the start and end time each day?
A: The Elementary program starts at 8:30am and concludes at 2:30pm. The afterschool program starts at 2:30pm and concludes at 6:00pm. Academic coaching is held throughout the day.
Q: Will snacks and/or lunch be provided?
A: We do not have a full kitchen but are partnering with local restaurants to provide daily catered lunch options for an additional cost. Otherwise students are welcome to pack. We'll have a list of allergens to avoid based off of student needs. We will provide a healthy mid-morning snack at school and the after school program will provide one as well.
Q: Will there be a meet and greet / visit of location offered prior to signing up?
A: We would love to schedule one on one meetings with anyone that wants to meet us! We wish we could have a grand opening/open house but due to the current status of COVID in our state we feel it would be irresponsible to do so. Our space is being renovated over the summer (knocking walls down to open up the space, adding a bathroom, new flooring, paint, etc) so tours will be a challenge until August. We can certainly show a rendering and you can poke your head in - you will just have to use your imagination!
Q: Will the classroom be spread out to minimize the risk of infection?
A: Yes - the space is 1400 sq feet and will have a maximum of 18 students in there at a time. Plenty of room!
Q: Will the teachers and students be wearing masks?
A: We believe that if we make responsible choices and take extra precautions in the classroom we can do without the masks. It is important for children to feel comfortable and enjoy school and be able to see us and each other talk, smile, etc. The most important thing will be parents understanding that we will send students home that show any signs of illness (not just a fever).
Q: What will happen if students are unable to attend school due to an unforeseen circumstance such as a state mandated shut down or evacuation?
A: We are fully prepared to transition to 100% virtual if mandated by state or federal government agencies.
Q: How will you deal with bullying?
A: We have a zero tolerance policy for bullying. Our small group environment and kindness based curriculum allow for plenty of opportunities to discuss difficult topics such as these.
Q: Why do you require indoor shoes?
A: The use of indoor shoes not only helps with sanitation and prevention of bringing in outside germs, but is also a symbolic shift from outdoor activities, behaviors, and expectations to indoor. This assists children to have an easier transition between home and outdoor time to inside class time.
Q: What should my child wear to school?
A: We do not require uniforms but just ask that students wear weather appropriate clothing because we will be spending time outside each day, rain or shine.
Q: What is the cancellation policy?
A: Please notify us a least a month in advance if possible in writing. There is no cancellation fee but we do retain your deposit.
Q: Can my child transfer into another school if we have to move or if it isn’t working out?
A: Yes - you can work with the next school to transfer from a private school into another public or private school. We can provide report cards and portfolios as needed.
Q: As my child gets older will they still be able to attend Elevate?
A: As your child grows, Elevate plans to as well, adding a grade level per year.
Q: Are you going to have a summer program?
A: Yes - we will be working on the details in coming months but will offer a summer program for our families.
Q: What is Montessori?
A: Montessori is a method of education that is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. In Montessori classrooms children make creative choices in their learning, while the classroom and the highly trained teacher offer age-appropriate activities to guide the process.
Q: What is Waldorf education?
A: In Waldorf Education, the learning process is essentially threefold, engaging head, heart, and hands—or thinking, feeling, and doing. This is the basis out of which Waldorf teachers work to nurture and engage each child through a curriculum and methodology that integrates academics, arts, and practical skills.
Q: What is Reggio Emilia?
A: The aim of the Reggio approach is to teach children how to use these symbolic languages (e.g. painting, sculpting, drama) in everyday life. This approach was developed after World War II by pedagogist Loris Malaguzzi and parents in the villages around Reggio Emilia, Italy.
Q: What is Orton-Gillingham?
A: The Orton-Gillingham Approach is a direct, explicit, multisensory, structured, sequential, diagnostic, and prescriptive way to teach literacy when reading, writing, and spelling does not come easily to individuals, such as those with dyslexia.
Q: What is outdoor education?
A: Outdoor education provides opportunities to develop positive relationships with the environment, others and ourselves through interaction with the natural world. Outdoor education engages students in practical and active learning experiences in natural environments and settings typically beyond the school classroom.