Applicants to PK3 must have their 3rd birthday by May 1 before the academic year in which they are applying. Because of the developmental changes that a child makes over the course of their late toddler/pre schooling years, in their late toddler year, students who are younger are more apt to struggle and not be ready for the daily routine and demands of a classroom setting.
PK and Kindergarten must have their fourth or fifth birthdays, respectively, before September 1 of the year for which they are applying. Because of the rigorous nature of our school, parents of students whose birthdays fall between May 1 and September 1 are strongly encouraged to err on the side of having their children enter school a year older rather than younger for their grade level in order to allow for more developmental maturity. Corresponding age guidelines are used to determine grade placement for students entering The Academy in other grades.
Applicants for PK and Kindergarten will be assessed for classroom readiness based on a screening test, references by previous teachers or caregivers, and parental consultation. Social maturity will be considered in addition to academic ability.
For students in grades 1 through 5, placement will be assessed based on test scores, previous schoolwork, references by previous teachers or caregivers, and parental consultation. The Academy reserves the right to recommend students for the grade levels at which it deems prospective students most likely to succeed and to refuse admission or re-enrollment for reasons deemed sufficient.
New students should prepare academically by developing excellence in reading skills, English grammar, mathematics, biblical literacy, and study skills. Legible cursive handwriting is expected of students in the 4th grade and above. Parents are encouraged to help younger children to succeed at The Academy by emphasizing personal responsibility through age-appropriate chores, training their children to complete entire jobs without interruptions –unloading the dishwasher, making the bed, reading a short story from start to finish, etc.