Frequently Asked Questions

 

Charter Schools

1. What is a charter school? A charter school is a public school providing alternative options for parents. Charter schools typically have a special focus, in our case, we focus on academics AND character. We offer Biomedical, Engineering and Business programs as well as hold high expectations for student behavior.

2. Who can go to charter schools? Any student in Kindergarten to 12th grade residing in the county and contiguous counties can attend.

3. How is it different from traditional public school?

a. Emphasis on academics and character development.

b. Focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

c. 1:1 Laptops for Learning: all site based students in grades 7 -10 have an Apple Laptop. Eventually, all site based students 7-12 will have a computer.

d. Small class sizes at 25 students or less in grades K-12.

e. Maintain a small school environment.

f. School Uniforms

g. Personalized schedules (combinations of site based, independent study and college coursework based on student needs).

h. High behavioral expectations.

i. Service oriented; our staff is your partner.

j. Community Service minded. Students are required to complete a Community Service Project for graduation.

4. Are you part of the Menifee Union School District? No. The district approved our charter as a separate, independent,charter school back in April, 2005. We have our own school board and chart our own direction.

5. Do we have to be In the district in order to attend to Santa Rosa Academy? No, any student K-12th residing in Riverside County can attend. Additionally, we do not discriminate (as per Title 1X).

6. Do I need to get an Inter/Intra District Transfer from my home district? No.

7. Are you a private school? No, we are a public school and receive funds from the state of California just like traditional public schools. We receive less funds than traditional schools and we receive no money to fund facilities. In order to compensate for less funding, we have several annual fundraisers including an Annual Gala in the fall and an Annual Golf Tournament in the spring.

8. Do you charge tuition? No, we offer a free, public, education. However, our students wear school uniforms and you will be required to provide them. We do offer uniforms to families with a financial hardship.

9. How do I get more information about Santa Rosa Academy? You will need to attend an Informational Meeting. To sign up, fill out the PRE enrollment form online and we will sign you up for a meeting. You will find this form by going to the Parent Resources tab across the top of our website and then clicking on the ‘Admissions’ tab that scrolls down below it.

10. How do I get more information on charter schools? Please visit www.calcharters.org and/or www.cde.ca.gov

Enrollment

1. How can I enroll my student in the school? You must first attend an Informational Meeting. We want to make sure that you make an informed decision about whether or not you want your child to attend our school. We will answer all questions and then start the enrollment process if room allows.

2. Will my student automatically be offered a spot? It depends on the Track and grade of your student. Some of our classes have waiting lists, others do not. We will continuously enroll for our Independent Study program (Red Track) as we typically have no waiting lists for this program.

3. How can I find out if there is room in the grade and track I desire? When you attend the Informational Meeting, that information will be available to you.

4. What is a lottery? If there are more students than openings, we will hold a public, random drawing. The lottery is typically held the first week of March.

5. How will I be notified? If you attend the public lottery, you will know that day, if you do not attend, we will notify you by phone within two work days ONLY if your student got in. We will also post all the results in our school window at our main campus and we hope to post it online as well. Check our website for instructions after the lottery has taken place.

6. What if I do not get in to my first choice of track, do I still have an option for another track? Yes, when you attend the Informational Meeting, you can inform us that you are interested in several tracks and indicate it on your paperwork.

7. Will I have to sign up for the lottery every year? No, your child’s name will remain on our rolls and he or she will be entered again the following year.

8. What happens to the lottery names if a student is not selected? The names are put onto our Waiting List in the order in which they were randomly chosen in the lottery. The Wait List is kept until the following year then the names are put back into the lottery for the new school year.

9. Can my student end up with a higher or lower list number the following year? Yes, a student placed at number 47 on the waiting list for the current year could be re-drawn the following year at a lower or higher number. Because we are required to conduct a lottery annually, the waiting list names must be put back into the lottery every year.

Programs/Other questions:

1. What programs do you offer? We offer three educational alternatives:

  • Red Track: full Independent Study/Home school.
  • White Track: partial Independent Study/Home school (3 days at home) and partial Site Based (2 days at school).
  • Blue Track: full 5 day, site based school, College Preparatory.

2. Can I switch tracks once I am in the program? Yes, if there is an opening, you may switch tracks.

3. What is your dress code? Uniforms: We believe that school is a student’s “job” and they must come dressed and ready to work. Uniforms are required for all students whether they are on campus one day a week or daily. Uniforms consist of pants, shorts, skirts, skorts, capris, polo shirts, blouses, sweaters, sweatshirts and jackets. Uniforms can be purchased through Dennis Uniform. Students must also have traditional hair cuts and styles including only natural color dye in one color. If a student has a tattoo, it must be covered. Additional details are found in the student handbook.

Independent Study

1. What is Independent Study? Independent Study is a program in which the student completes the majority of their education at home. We provide you with the curriculum, assignments and support. We assign an Educational Advisor (EA) to work with you.

2. How often do we meet with the teacher? You will schedule weekly meetings with your EA.

3. Do you have classes or workshops? Yes. We have optional workshops every Friday for grades K-8. High school students have the option of taking classes with our site based students, and/or with other Independent Study students. We also offer tutoring weekly.

4. Do you offer field trips? Yes, we offer optional field trips for grades K-8 on a monthly basis. High school students may attend field trips with our site based students.

5. What makes your ELEMENTARY (K-8) Independent Study program different than other Independent Study programs?

a. Community: we want our students to feel a part of OUR school not just a part of a teacher’s roster. All of our students belong to the Santa Rosa Academy community and can attend activities that the school provides including sports, dances, assemblies, student government, field trips and the like!

b. Service: students get weekly meetings from their Educational Advisor to ensure that they are getting all that they need. Additionally, EAs may offer students extra tutoring if needed in groups and on an individual basis.

c. Support: Students can also attend Friday workshops or tutoring during the week. Students and parents may also use the library and numerous other curricular resources we have available.

d. Parent workshops: parents get additional support through workshops and trainings offered by the school. Parents can also seek to speak/meet directly with our Mentor Teacher or Curriculum Coordinator and other support staff for help with curriculum and instruction. Our staff has personal experience with traditional, home school curriculum and can help you make curricular decisions. We’d be happy to help!

e. Character Education: students will also be exposed to character lessons and will be held accountable for improvement in character and manners. Additionally, kids can hold staff accountable for the same!

f. Developing a Habit of Mind for Success through the timeless principles of excellence, integrity and respect: we believe that all of our students can be successful. Our program assists them with the development of particular skills that will help them be successful in school and after graduation.

g. Middle school sports: students can also participate in cross country, volleyball, flag football, basketball, soccer, golf, baseball, and softball. Occasionally, we will also include 5th grade students, depending upon openings on a particular team. We play local schools including, but not limited to, Saint Jeanne’s, Van Avery, Linfield, Temecula Valley Charter, Temecula Prep.

6. What makes your HIGH SCHOOL Independent Study program different than other Independent Study programs?

a. Classes on campus: students on Independent Study/Home school can take classes on campus with our site based students in any class that has room. Currently students are taking Biomedical, Engineering, Business, Spanish, Lab Sciences such as Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Pre Calculus, Calculus.

b. Classes/tutoring for Independent Study/Home school: students can take classes specifically designed for IS students.

c. Dual enrollment: students can take college courses on our campus with our teachers. Our Engineering courses are college level coursework and students who    pass an exam at the end of the course can get college credit. We are currently seeking certification for our college level Biomedical courses and should have certification by the end of the 2011-12 school year.

d. CIF sports: our high school students can participate in CIF sports with our site based students. We currently offer Girls: Volleyball, Cross Country, Basketball, Golf. Boys: Cross Country, Basketball, Baseball, Golf, Coed: Soccer.

e. Personalized Schedules: students can personalize their schedules to include any combination of site based classes, Independent Study classes AND college courses at Mount San Jacinto Community College along with participation in CIF sports, clubs, assemblies and other activities on site.

f. Community: we want our students to feel a part of OUR school not just a part of a teacher’s roster. All of our students belong to the Santa Rosa Academy community and can attend activities that the school provides including sports, dances, assemblies, student government, field trips and the like!

g. Service: students get weekly meetings from their Educational Advisor to ensure that they are getting all that they need.

h. Support: Students can also attend workshops or tutoring from any teacher that offers it any time it is offered. Students can drop in at any time to the “Red Track” room to work.

i. Character Education: students will also be exposed to character lessons and will be held accountable for improvement in character and manners. Additionally, kids can hold staff accountable for the same!

j. Developing a Habit of Mind for Success through the timeless principles of excellence, integrity and respect: we believe that all of our students can be successful. Our program assists them with the development of particular skills that will help them be successful in school and after graduation.