Clark Preparatory Academy
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a charter school?
Charter schools are independently-operated public schools. Parents can choose to send their children to a public charter school outside of their “zoned” public school. There is no charge or tuition to attend a public charter school. While charter schools have flexibility in choosing curriculum and developing innovative teaching practices, charter schools must test students and report results, just like the government-operated public schools, as required by federal and state laws.
The campus is fully fenced and secure with a Raptor System where all visitors are required to be screened at the office.
What sets Clark Preparatory apart from other schools?
Clark Preparatory offers a choice for parents and students within the public school system. Clark Preparatory is often referred to as a private school without the tuition. We place a high emphasis on parent involvement. Our curriculum allows for small group learning to take place, allowing the teacher to focus on the needs of the individual child. Students learn through the use of Project Based Learning (PBL) with a strong emphasis on technology.
Clark Preparatory will provide:
- Rigorous academic standards
- Technology integration into each project or lesson
- Diversity and cultural awareness programs through a Multicultural Enrichment Class
- After school clubs i.e. karate, dance, musical instruments, drama, engineering, spanish and cheerleading
- Student involvement in community projects
- School uniforms
- Community business partnerships
- Parent involvement through volunteering or similar activities
- Enhanced learning environment with a strict discipline policy
- Community and family activities and events such as Bingo, Movie Night, local experts and guest speakers, community support agencies and similar events
How much does it cost to attend Clark Preparatory?
Clark Preparatory is a publicly-funded charter school. There is no tuition charged to attend a charter school. Charter schools are funded based on the per student allocation provide by each state or district.
Do students wear uniforms?
Yes. Clark Preparatory students will wear uniforms. The uniform is a Burgundy Clark Preparatory polo shirt and Khaki Trousers, or Skirt. We find that simple, comfortable uniforms or a dress code mark learning as a serious endeavor and minimize student competition and distraction regarding dress. Uniforms will be available for purchase on the website before the first day of school.
Are Clark Preparatory teachers certified?
Every Clark Preparatory Teacher will be certified to teach in the subject and grade-level to which they are assigned. All staff is highly qualified.
What can you tell me about the schools’ curriculum?
Project Based Learning (PBL) with technology integration is a central focus at Clark Preparatory. Students will be actively engaged in various projects and educational pursuits, while at the same time learning the essential knowledge and skills as outlined in the Common Core Standards. Students will use community resources as their “learning labs” and/or use the results of their knowledge to effect change in their school and/or local community.
Project Based Learning is defined as “a systematic teaching method that engages students in learning essential knowledge and life-enhancing skills through an extended, student-influenced inquiry process structured around complex, authentic questions and carefully designed products and tasks".
School hours will be 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Clark Preparatory offers Physical Education, Art, Music and Spanish to all students. These courses enhance the curriculum and projects in the regular classroom.
How do I enroll my child at Clark Preparatory?
To begin the enrollment process, visit the enrollment tab to complete the 2014-2015 application.
Does submitting an application guarantee my child a seat at Clark Preparatory?
Enrollment is determined on a first come, first serve basis until all enrollment spots have been filled.
Are parents required to volunteer?
We believe that parent involvement in their child’s education is critical to the child’s success. While not required, parent involvement is highly emphasized and encouraged. Parents will have many opportunities to volunteer based on their skills and abilities. This could be anything from helping at a fundraising event, field trip, or assisting a teacher with administrative work.
Will there be a parent organization?
Yes. Clark Preparatory will have a parent organization. Parents are encouraged to join and attend a minimum of 3 meetings per year.
Is Transportation Available?
Clark Preparatory currently offers car pool options to those students requiring transportation.
Does Clark Preparatory offer Breakfast or Lunch?
Yes. We will offer breakfast and lunch to all students.
Do you have special education programs (Gifted, ESE, Speech)
Yes. Clark Preparatory provides services to any child with special needs with the goal of having the student become successful in regular classroom settings. Each child is evaluated to determine the most effective educational program we can provide, consistent with federal law.
How are class placements determined?
Students will be randomly assigned to classrooms based on grade levels. Parent requests for teachers will be taken into consideration, however guarantees cannot be made that a child will receive a particular classroom.
How can I get updates about Clark Preparatory?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the weekly email blasts to all families.