Thank you for your interest in The Academy. As you endeavor to learn about and know the many educational options in the OKC metro area, we hope that you find the information outlined here helpful. It is our distinct honor to help families understand the mission and vision of The Academy and our distinctives as a classical Christian school. We look forward to helping you walk through the admissions process should you choose The Academy for your child’s education.
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Darla Benoit, Admissions Director
1120 E. Hefner Rd, OKC, OK 73131
(405) 478-2077, ext 104
Lindy Beswick, Admissions Coordinator
12500 S. Penn, OKC, OK 73170
(405) 478-2077, ext 204
The Academy of Classical Christian Studies admits students from families of parents who profess Christian belief, desire a rigorous classical Christian education, support their respective model of instruction, and agree to abide by all of The Academy policies as outlined in our 2021-2022 Parent/Student Handbook.
New families may apply for the 2021-22 school year beginning as early as January 15th. However, applications received between January 15th-January 31st, will not be processed until our priority re-enrollment closes to our current families on Feb 1. New Student Applications will be processed in the order they are received. Applications are accepted through the summer.
All applicants, PK-12, will complete an assessment test as part of the admissions process. Applicants entering PK will be tested using materials created by The Academy to determine developmental and academic readiness. Applicants entering Kinder will be tested using the KIDS (Kindergarten Inventory of Developmental Skills). Applicants entering 1-8 will be tested in the areas of age appropriate reading fluency and comprehension using the DRA (Diagnostic Reading Assessment), and be evaluated to determine grade readiness in math. Applicants entering grades 9-12 will be assessed using previous school work, subject specific tests and submit a writing sample following a prompt provided by the school during the application process.
Applicants to PK3 must have their 3rd birthday and are fully potty trained 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 12, 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.
The Academy, like other educational institutions, contracts for some of its facilities and all of its faculty and staff on an annualized basis. After an enrollment agreement is signed by parents and submitted online, parents are responsible to honor the agreement and pay tuition for the entire school year. If a student withdraws for any reason after April 15th when the agreements go into effect, the parents are responsible for 50% of the tuition balance. All withdraws must be made in writing to the Campus Principal and Admissions Director.
We can only hold one spot for each student during the enrollment process. Please communicate early and often with the admission staff if there is a possibility that your student may need to repeat a grade, or you’d like to transfer campuses or models. We cannot guarantee that we can accommodate these changes, but will do our best to try. In the event that a class section fills during re-enrollment, families returning to their current campus will be given preference before transfer students. Likewise, new students of current families remaining at their current campus will be given preference before transfer students in order to keep families together.
If a model change is made after April 15th, there will be a $150 fee to cover administrative costs. Likewise, the difference in tuition will be owed for a switch from Blended to Traditional (or 3-day Dialectic to 5-day Dialectic). For a model switch from a greater tuition amount to a lesser tuition, families are responsible for paying 75% of the higher rate balance.
The deadline to apply for priority financial assistance is March 1st and all families must submit their Re-enrollment Packet or New Student Application, respectively, by this deadline. The application is made through FACTS Grant & Aid, which evaluates a family’s financial need. Families will be notified before April 1st if a scholarship is awarded. If additional scholarship funds are available, applications completed between March 15th and April 20th will be reviewed in time for additional notifications to go out on May 1st, followed by review and additional notifications going out around the first of each month through August. Read more about this process on our financial aid page.
If a class fills up, subsequent applicants will be placed on a waiting list provided a complete application is submitted. Wait-listed students will be notified as space becomes available.
Our Parent Conference in August is designed to facilitate a smooth transition into the school community. At least one parent of new families must attend these events.
To be able to serve as many families as possible, we have set up general geographic guidelines for applying to our Grammar Campuses. Families living north of I-40 in Oklahoma City should apply to our North Grammar Campus; families living south of I-40 should apply to our South Campus.
Those families with students in both Upper and Grammar but who live north of I-40 can apply for all students to attend the South Dialectic & Rhetoric Campus. Exceptions to these guidelines must be discussed with the Admissions Director at the time an application is submitted and will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
All current Academy families have from January 15-January 31 to re-enroll their current student(s). If you are requesting a transfer, this is indicated during the re-enrollment process, and will be considered after January 31st. Once the re-enrollment period closes, re-enrollments will be processed along with new student applications.
Siblings of returning students may apply during the re-enrollment period. Please go to the New Student Application as it is a different process from reenrolling a returning student.
Students must pass courses with a cumulative 70% average for the year to advance to the next grade. Subject-specific remediation or tutoring will be encouraged for classes in which students earn less that a 70%. Parents, teachers, and administrative staff should be in consultation regarding grade advancement during the re-enrollment process in early Spring. Final grade placement decisions will be made at the end of the academic year based on the student’s final report card grades.
The Academy, like other educational institutions, contracts for some of its facilities and all of its faculty and staff on an annualized basis. After an enrollment agreement is signed by parents and submitted online, parents are responsible to honor the agreement and pay tuition for the entire school year. If a student withdraws for any reason after April 15th when the agreements go into effect, the parents are responsible for 50% of the tuition balance. All withdrawal requests must be made in writing to the Campus Principal or Admissions Director.
Re-enrollment defaults to your current campus and model. During the re-enrollment process, there is an opportunity to request a transfer. Every effort will be made to accommodate transfer requests, but we may not always be able to do so.
If a model change is made after April 15th, there will be a $150 fee to cover administrative costs. Likewise, the difference in tuition will be owed for a switch from Blended to Traditional (or 3-day Converged to 5-day Converged). For a model switch from a greater tuition amount to a lesser tuition, families are responsible for paying 75% of the higher rate balance.
Scholarships can be applied for through FACTS Grant & Aid. (See Financial Aid tab under Admissions). The deadline to apply for financial assistance and submit required paperwork is March 1st, and all families must submit a Re-enrollment Packet or New Student Application, respectively, by this deadline. Families will be notified before April 1st if a scholarship is awarded. If additional scholarship funds are available, applications completed between March 15th and April 20th will be reviewed in time for additional notifications to go out on May 1st, followed by review and additional notifications going out around the first of each month through August. IMPORTANT: Missing the March 15th deadline means that you will not know if there is financial aid available prior to your contract going into effect on April 15th.
The Academy admits students of any race, color, national, or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, or ethnic origin in administration of our educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan policies, and athletic or other school-administered programs.
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