What is your school schedule?
School is in session Monday through Thursday. School starts at 7:30 and concludes at 4:00.
What is your Kindergarten cut off age/date?
Kindergarten scholars must be 5 years of age by September 1st.
What is a charter school? Do you charge tuition?
Charter schools are public education facilities and do not charge tuition. We are funded by taxpayers and are regulated by the Arizona Department of Education.
How do I get my child enrolled? Pre-enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year will open in January 2017.
What is protected time?
At Grande Innovation Academy, every instructional minute counts. Our teachers have a specific plan from the first greeting at Morning Meeting until the final bell of the day. The last half an hour of the school day is considered protected time on campus. No scholars may be picked up during this time. If at all possible, scholar dentist and doctor appointments should be scheduled for Fridays, and should never be scheduled during protected time. Parents should wait outside the gates until 4:00 to pick up their scholars from school.
Do you have sports?
We encourage our elementary scholars to take part in one or more of our varied after-school sports. Click here for more info.
Do you have after school clubs? We encourage our elementary scholars to take part in one or more of our varied after-school clubs. Click here for more info.
Do you provide full day Kindergarten? We do provide full day kindergarten! You would be amazed at what our exceptional educators are able to accomplish with your little scholar during the school day. Our Engage NY Math and Reading Horizons Phonics Program and rich Core Knowledge content give our Kindergarten scholars the foundation they need to be successful.
Why do they have to wear shoes that tie?
Tying your shoes is one way to promote the development of fine motor skills. These skills are very important in the early years of school. Due to daily PE, tied shoes are safer and provide better support. In addition to promoting fine motor skills, tied shoes just stay on little feet better!
What is the reading curriculum?
At Grande Innovation Academy we use the Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA) Amplify curriculum.
What is the Homework Policy?
At Grande Innovation Academy we never use homework as a punishment, busy-work, or to introduce new concepts. We have designed our instructional blocks to allow for both introduction and practice of new material each day. Scholars may be assigned homework to either remediation skills or extend classroom learning with long-term projects. Scholars will have a math fluency page and nightly reading practice Mon-Wed.
Who do I call when my child is absent?
You may contact the front office staff by calling (520) 381-2360. For scholar absences to be considered excused they must be recorded as such by the office staff. Please understand that a scholar who misses more than 10 percent of the school year, (in our case, this is 14 absences) is considered truant by the state of Arizona.
What are your boundaries?
As a charter school, we are a school of choice. That means you may choose to apply for admission to Grande Innovation Academy, regardless of where you live.
Are your teachers certified?
We make every effort to hire teachers who are certified. Our expectations for our teachers are as high as those we have for our scholars! Teacher resumes are kept on file and may be viewed at the front desk during regular office hours.
What do the fundraising dollars go to?
The money raised from school fundraisers is funneled directly into the purchase of technology for our classrooms and subsidizing field trips for all grades. We choose our scholar’s field experiences based upon their overall contribution to our curriculum, not based upon price. Because of this, we work very hard to raise money throughout the school year to make these a possibility for every scholar.
Does your school provide free or reduced lunch?
Yes. Grande Innovation Academy has partnered with MySchoolAccount.com for the managing of lunch preorders and payments.
Do you require immunizations?
The state of Arizona requires that every scholar be immunized or fill out a waiver before starting school. We take this very seriously and ask that all scholars be up-to-date on all immunizations. Please contact the school nurse at your campus if you have any questions on this.