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Somerset Academy of Las Vegas Lone Mountain Campus Informational Meeting January 15, 2015 Informational Meeting January 15, 2015
Contents 4 Introduction What is a Charter School? General Information about the School Introduction of Staff Questions Posted by Parents
Introduction Somerset Academy Lone Mountain campus is a K-7 public charter school opening in August We are located in Northwest Las Vegas at 4491 N. Rainbow.
What is a Charter School? Charter schools are unique public schools that are allowed the freedom to be more innovative while being held accountable for advancing student achievement. Because they are public schools, they are: Open to all children; Do not charge tuition; and Do not have special entrance requirements. National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
How Do Charter Schools Work? Charter schools foster a partnership between parents, teachers, and students. They create an environment in which parents can be more involved, teachers are allowed to innovate, and students are provided the structure they need to learn. National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
Specific Examples in Working to Raise Student Achievement: Adjusting curriculum to meet student needs. Charter school teachers have a say in the curriculum they teach and can adjust materials to meet individual students’ needs. Creating a unique school culture. Charter schools build upon the core academic subjects by creating a school culture or adopting a theme. Developing next-generation learning models. Charter schools are rethinking the meaning of the word “classroom” and are using technology to change the dynamics of the classroom. National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
Mission of Somerset Academy of Nevada “It is our mission to provide our students with opportunities designed to meet individual student needs and experiences that promote growth in each area of development. We will celebrate our achievements and forgive our failures. We will be student centered and curriculum driven, but most of all it is the charge of our professional craft to strive daily to make a positive difference in the life of a child.” SomersetAcademyofLasVegas.com
Lone Mountain’s Vision The vision of Somerset Academy Lone Mountain is to build and sustain a positive school culture that focuses on high academic and conduct standards with parents and the community as partners in developing our future 21st Century leaders.
School Pledge We are Wise, Innovative Leaders who are Disciplined, Cooperative, Accountable, Trustworthy, and Strong. We are WILDCATS!
About the Lone Mountain Campus Middle School Elementary 600 Students in Grades K – 5 25 students per class with one teacher and part time Inst. Asst. Core Classes Reading Language Arts Math Science Social Studies Specials: 6-Day Rotation Spanish PE Art Music STEM 180 Students in Grades 6 & 7 30 students per class with one teacher and part time Inst. Asst. 7 period day to allow for 2 Elective Choices Required Courses: 6 th GRADE (120) 7 th GRADE (60) Math Reading English Science PE (one semester) History Technology (one semester) Electives Spanish, PE, Art, Choir, STEM (Anatomy Lab), Leadership Subject to change
Uniforms Schedule/Hours We follow the school calendar of the Clark County School District with 180 days of instruction with 4 Professional Development Days for Teachers (dates differ from CCSD) and Data Days (3 half day student attendance) Student Hours Full Day K - 5 8:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Middle School (Grades 6 & 7) 7:45 a.m. – 2:30 AM Kindergarten 8:15 – 11:15 a.m. PM Kindergarten 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. Tops: Collared Shirts (Red, White, Navy, and Hunter) Bottoms: Khaki or Navy Spirit Day: Jeans and Spirit Shirt on Fridays Uniform Provider School Colors School Mascot:
Questions Posted by YOU!
How soon after the lottery will we be notified? If we accept another Somerset seat, will we remain on the wait list at Lone Mountain? Lottery is January 26 th, notification will be on January 27 th Contact Academica at:
How will we be notified regarding our acceptance or wait list number? Academica will be contacting families by phone and/or . You will have 72 hours to accept
Before/After Care details, cost, sibling discount? Contact Kate Schrader from Champions at
School hours, how early/late for drop off/pick up? K-5: 8:15-3:00 6-7: 7:45-2:30 Earliest drop-off is 15 minutes before start time. Latest pick-up is 15 minutes after dismissal.
Will all of your teachers be highly qualified NV licensed teachers in their subject area? All grade level and core teachers are NV licensed teachers.
Do you anticipate offering more than 1 full day Kindergarten program in the future? Yes. We will have 2 full-day kindergarten classes and 2 half-day kindergarten classes.
Will you have a school librarian and computer lab/Technology teacher? Will students be offered a foreign language as an elective? We will have a certified librarian and a certified STEM teacher. Spanish is required for all K- 5 students. Spanish is offered as an elective for middle school students.
How many applicants so far? Approx as of 1/15/15. Applications being accepted until 1/25/15.
When is construction scheduled to be completed? July, 2015
What type of annual or grade level traditions do you anticipate? This will be determined by teachers, students, and parents!
How can I fulfill my 30 hours of parent service? Classroom assistance, school-wide activities, fundraisers, donations, preparation of materials, etc.
Does Somerset participate in the GATE program? What programs/modifications will be available to students who need a challenge? GATE is not at Somerset. All students receive differentiated instruction.
What extra-curricular activities do you plan on offering? Will a sports program be a part of PE or after- school programs? After-school clubs, tutoring, cheerleading To be determined, but we are looking at Lacrosse, basketball, soccer, dance
How far into the school year will you accept students on the wait list? Contact Academica at:
Any other questions? Please feel free to to be personally answered by or phone.
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