No, it is not affiliated with a religion.
The maximum number of students will be 23. There is not a certain allotment for each grade, however, the goal is to keep the grades fairly evenly distributed.
All students are required to have a 32gb iPad. It is not purchased through the school. Each family is responsible for purchasing their own iPad.
It is likely that the cost will have to increase with inflation; however, a student will not receive a price increase for the duration of their education at Roots Academy.
Roots Academy’s focus is to teach students how to be good students. They will learn study skills that will help them learn in the classroom and how to apply what they have learned in the real world. The learning habits developed at Roots Academy will help them prepare for high school, college and beyond.
School accreditation is a 2-3 year process. A school has to be running and evaluated for a couple of years before accreditation is granted. Since Roots Academy is new it is not yet accredited. Lack of accreditation does not affect a student’s entry into High School.
All students are only required to take standardized tests at the end of their 8th grade year, however, all Roots Academy students will take standardized tests at the end of each year to gain practice, confidence, and knowledge of strengths and weaknesses in each academic area.
The hours are from 8:15-2:30. The mornings will be direct teaching of the core subjects. The students will take what they have learned in the mornings and apply it to real life situations, projects, field trips, electives and thematic units in the afternoons.
Students are not chosen by lottery. Students are chosen based on their application, teacher recommendation, and interview.
We will not be offering a music program, but we encourage any students interested in music to participate in the music program at their feeder school or get private lessons.
Tuition is $7200 per student, plus a technology fee of $50. Students are also required to purchase a new iPad (32 GB).
Apply by March 1 of the previous spring.