What time does school begin and end?

The school day for K-5 scholars is from 8:05 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.  Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. and the tardy bell rings at 8:05 a.m. Dismissal begins at 3:05 p.m. and scholars should be picked up no later than 3:45 p.m. Scholars may not be dropped off before 7:30 a.m. unless they are enrolled in the Ignite Early Care ProgramEach Friday, scholars will dismiss at 1:00 p.m.

The school day for sixth and seventh-grade scholars will be 7:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  The tardy bell will ring at 7:50 a.m.  Dismissal will begin at 3:30 p.m.

Can I walk my child in?

The first week of school, you are welcome to walk your child to his/her classroom. After the first week, you can certainly walk your child to the front of the school using the crosswalk. Should you choose to walk your scholar in, you will be required to circle behind the school and then park and accompany your scholar to the front of the building.  

What if I need to pick my child up early?

The latest a child can be checked out for any reason is 2:30 p.m.  If your child has an appointment and you need to come into the office to check him/her out, please do so by or before 2:30  p.m.  If you arrive after 2:30 p.m., you will be required to go through the car line. 

Which car placard do I use?

Your child’s homeroom teacher will give you three car placards,  2 small ones and 1 big one. You may choose to use either the large or small car placard.  The car placard will need to be displayed on the right side of your windshield prior to pick up time.  The additional car placards are for you to share with any other authorized person that may be picking up your child.

What are the uniform colors?

Monday: Red, Tuesday: Gray, Wednesday: Blue, and Thursday: Lime Green. On Fridays, scholars must wear SCA spirit wear and abide by SCA’s dress code. Athletic shoes are only required on the day your child attends PE but please keep in mind scholars participate in recess daily and often spend time outdoors for learning opportunities.

What is SCA’s curriculum?

SCA’s curriculum is rigorous and standards-based. All scholars participate in language arts, math, social studies, and science as part of their regular classroom instruction. In addition, students take Spanish, physical education, theatre, art, and music classes that enrich classroom learning and challenge them to think and grow in new ways.

The Georgia Standards of Excellence are used to guide learning at SCA. SCA’s educational approach is grounded in the belief that studying something in depth will help scholars develop life-long learning skills more successfully than studying a broad range of topics in less detail. The curriculum framework used at SCA outlines essential areas of study in science and social studies for each grade level. While teachers at SCA cover all of the Georgia Standards of Excellence for each child in a grade, two to three areas of study are explored in much greater depth each year. The curriculum is structured in this way to provide an interdisciplinary framework on which all children can build their understanding year after year. All units of study involve intensive research, reading, writing, scientific exploration, and real-world application. SCA’s curriculum offers challenging, interesting content for scholars of all ages and ability levels. In addition, the school places particular emphasis on social-emotional development and the integration of the arts.

What electives are offered at SCA?

Each week, all scholars attend art, music education, theater/music performance, culture & language, STEAM, and physical education.

Sixth and seventh-grade scholars will participate in two electives each day. All middle school scholars will rotate through nine-week sessions of the following elective classes: Exploring Engineering/Technology, Health and Physical Education, and Global Studies. The second elective opportunity will be a choice for you and your scholar based on his/her interests. These elective opportunities are chosen on a quarterly basis; however, scholars enrolling in Band are encouraged to make a year-long commitment to deepen their level of exposure. The following will be offered as elective “choice” options: Band, Theatre, and Visual Arts.

What is SCA’s Nutrition Program?

SCA School Nutrition Program provides breakfast and lunch each day.  Menus are posted monthly on the SCA website.

Does SCA offer free/reduced lunch?

Yes, SCA does offer free/reduced lunch. You MUST complete a free/reduced application for your SCA child even if you have children that receive benefits at other schools.  Reduced meal price is $.30 for breakfast and $.40 for lunch.

How do I pay for breakfast and lunch for my child?

The preferred method of payment for school nutrition is online through the Parent Portal.

You may send breakfast and lunch money to your child’s homeroom teacher. Please be sure to place all money in an envelope or baggie and label it with your child’s name, grade, and homeroom teacher. Checks should be made out to SCA School Nutrition.

Does SCA have before & after school programs?

Yes! SCA offers IGNITE an in-house before & after school program that is administered by the school.  The goal of IGNITE is to build on the school’s focus of interactive, hands-on projects that spark curiosity, promote active learning, encourage teamwork, build character, and capitalize on children’s innate spirit of exploration.

IGNITE stands for Inspiring Greatness by Nurturing Innovation, Talent & Exploration.  You may sign up for IGNITE by visiting www.scintillacharteracademy.com/ignite

How do I communicate with my child’s teacher?

All staff email addresses are available on our Faculty & Staff webpage.    Some grade levels and individual teachers will use other forms of communication like Remind, Class Dojo.  This information will be provided to you at the beginning of the school year. Teachers check email daily and will respond to you promptly.  You may also call the school and leave a message and the teacher will return your phone call at their earliest convenience.

How does SCA communicate with parents?

SCA strives to keep parents well informed about everything happening in our school.  Teachers will communicate school-wide and classroom information using Monday folders.   A weekly email including schoolwide information is sent to our family email list and we also post regularly to social media via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Follow us at www.facebook.com/ScintillaCharterAcademy,  www.twitter.com/Scintilla2015, www.instagram.com/scintillacharteracademy.  Teachers, grade levels, or classes may have their own Facebook pages, Remind text lists, and other means of communicating. Your child’s teacher will provide you with class/grade level-specific communication methods.

How do I volunteer?

SCA offers a wide variety of opportunities for volunteering. All volunteers will be required to complete our volunteer packet that is available in our front office.  Once this packet is completed, volunteers can search and sign up for opportunities online through www.SignUp.com.  You may also reach out to teachers via email to arrange opportunities to volunteer in the classroom.  Schoolwide volunteer opportunities will be communicated through our various communication tools.  We strongly encourage, but do not require, all families to volunteer 20 hours per year at SCA. 

Does SCA have a PTO?

SCA has an active PTO that meets monthly and works to support the mission of the school. You may join PTO at their meetings or deposit payment for dues in the large mailbox located in the front lobby. Dues are $12.00 per year.

What is Crew?

Crew is a ritual, a coming together, and the creation of a close-knit student community. An integral part of the EL Education model, class groups meet each morning to focus on character education, adventure, and team building to ensure success for all students. Crew is a structure that fosters a sense of belonging within students, and a place where they can be their best selves while lifting up their peers to achieve more than they think possible.

What is Community Circle?

We will not hold Community Circle until further notice.

All of SCA gathers in the dining room on Friday mornings for a schoolwide assembly. Community Circle begins ~8:10 and families are always welcome to attend. Grade levels rotate to lead assembly each week and the grade level presenting will be announced in the schoolwide email sent each week.

What are Celebrations of Learning?

Celebrations of Learning are more than simply a display of student work. The event is a powerful opportunity to make learning public. Celebrations of Learning will encourage scholars to reflect on and articulate what they have learned, how they learned, questions they answered, the research they conducted, and areas of strength and struggles to an audience of families and other members of our community.