Please read the following frequently asked questions submitted by parents, students and community members. Since this is not a complete list of questions, we look forward to hearing from you to personally answer additional inquiries.
What grades does your school serve?
This year we serve KG-10th grade, and we add a grade every year. During the 2016-2017 academic school year we will have a K-11th grade campus. Our first graduating class will be in 2018 and we will be a full KG-12 school
What is the average class size?
26 students per 1 teacher.
Do you have Pre-K?
No, at this time we do not offer Pre-K.
Is KG half day or full day?
We offer a full day KG curriculum.
Is breakfast/lunch provided by the school?
Yes, all of our students receive free breakfast and lunch daily.
How long is the school day?
Our school day starts at 8:10 a.m. and goes until 3:04 p.m.
Does the school offer bus transportation?
Yes, we offer bus transportation as long as the student lives within a 1.5-3 mile radius of the school.
What is the application process?
We only accept online applications at this time through our website, and we hold a lottery for open spots.
If my child did not get accepted this year, do I have to re-apply every year?
Yes, you must reapply every year if you wish for your child to be considered for our school.
Does HSA provide before school and/or after school care?
Yes. we provide both before school and after school. Please click here for more information.
What exactly is a charter school?
Charter schools are independently-operated public schools. There is no charge to parents because funding comes from state tax dollars, just like a traditional public school. While charter schools are similar to traditional public schools by adhering to the same academic requirements and by meeting the same state and local regulations, they also have additional responsibilities. These schools are overseen by their charter sponsor and school board while parents, who may choose another school if they are not satisfied, continue to hold the schools accountable. In addition, charter schools must be non-sectarian and adhere to all state and federal educational, health and safety regulations.
Where are all the schools in the Concept network located?
Concept Schools manages schools in seven different states: Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Missouri in the following cities:
Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton, Lorain, Youngstown and Toledo – Ohio
Indianapolis – Indiana
Chicago and Peoria – Illinois
Hazel Park – Michigan
Minneapolis – Minnesota
Milwaukee – Wisconsin, and
St. Louis – Missouri
Are students required to wear a uniform?
All Concept-managed schools have a dress code or uniform policy, although individual school policies may vary. In all cases, the dress code requires clothing to be neat, modest and non-distracting to others. Most dress codes include dark or navy blue pants, skirts, skorts, jumpers or shorts with white collared tops, white or navy socks or tights and loafer-style shoes. Please contact us for specific information about their dress code or uniform policy.
What is your curriculum like?
Concept offers a rigorous and challenging curriculum designed to prepare students for high academic achievement. Our goal is to graduate students who have the skills to succeed academically in high school, college, and beyond. Our college-bound curriculum emphasizes science, technology, and math, although all other subjects are taught to the same high standards.
Are your teachers fully certified?
The Federal No Child Left Behind Act requires that all classroom teachers must be highly qualified. We attempt, in all cases, to employ highly qualified teachers who meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act. However, state law does permit a small percentage of teaching staff to be hired who are not fully certified, but are otherwise exceptionally qualified to teach specific subjects based on education, experience or content knowledge. In most cases, these teachers are working toward certification. We conduct an extensive interview and background check process with all of our teachers to ensure that they meet or exceed state requirements. We believe that teachers are the most important component of a school and select our teachers through a comprehensive selection process.
What types of extracurricular activities do you offer?
We offer an array of activities to fit every student’s interests, including intramural sports, drama, chess, cheerleading/dance, orchestra, Spanish, and much more. We also offer local, national, and international trips for our students, staff, and parents. Click here for a list of our current clubs and here for our current sports!