Frequently Asked Questions
Click on each question or the plus sign to see the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. Please check back often for more answers to questions you may have as we will be adding more information as time goes on. Thank you!
School hours are from 8 AM to 3 PM for grades 1-6 and full-day Kindergarten. For morning Kindergarten, school will begin at 8:00 AM and end at 11:00 AM. For afternoon Kindergarten, school will begin at 12:00 PM and end at 3:00 PM.
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There are 5 periods which include core classes of Math, Language Arts, Science, History and Character/Leadership.
Students will be assigned to a homeroom which will be the class they start their day in. Middle School students will have one elective class each day in addition to a study hall time to make up tests, talk with their teachers, and do homework.
New Summit values family time and understands the balance of school and home life. Homework should not dominate your student’s life but instead, give you and your child a chance to work together to re-enforce what they have learned at school. Homework should take no longer than 10 minutes per grade level. For students who struggle with taking longer on their homework, we ask that the parents please let the teacher know so that they can rework the amount of homework they have been given to not take as long. In addition to regular homework, parents will be asked to read to their child 5 nights a week for at least 20 minutes for those in grades K-6.
At this time, due to being a charter school, we are not able to offer bus pickup or any other form of transportation. We recommend carpooling with another New Summit family if you are not able to pick up or drop off your student during the recommended times or looking into our before and after school care options.
During the drop off process, students MUST exit the vehicle from the passenger side. Please make sure your children know how to take their seatbelts off on their own. We ask that students be dropped off no earlier than 7:45 am as the building will be locked.
During school pickup, families are to have their pick up number displayed in the dashboard of their car or hanging from the rearview mirror. If there is someone else picking up your student, they will need your carpool number to pick the child up. For more information on the carpool process, please click here.
Kindergarten – 3rd grade have 3 recesses-a morning recess, a lunch recess, and an afternoon recess. Grades 4-5 have 2 recesses-a morning recess and a lunch recess. 6th grade and up will have a lunch break.
New Summit offers 5 specials classes including Art, Music, PE, Spanish, and Library. Students will have one of these every day, all year long for an average time of 45-50 minutes.
The max for kindergarten is 20 students per class. The max for first grade is 22 per class and second grade and up is 25 students per class. At the beginning of the school year, we may have up to 3 students per class over the max ratio due to the beginning of the year attrition. With our TA’s and Instructional staff, New Summit is a 20:1 average ratio for each grade.
New Summit Charter Academy has an open door policy and welcomes parents to come and volunteer at the school anytime. We ask that parents complete 15 volunteer hours per semester per family for a total of 30 hours per school year.
Volunteer opportunities include things like reading to children, helping as a lunchroom monitor, pick up trash around school grounds and much more! Families are encouraged to visit their child’s classroom, and special events will be held where parents are invited and encouraged to be a part of the school day. There are also committees in various areas that parents can help with staff appreciation, fundraising, help in the library and more.
For parents who work or are unable to come to the school, we will have home volunteer opportunities for you to participate in.
No, we do not have a PTO or PTA. Instead, we chose to do a Parent Volunteer Committee (PVC) which is run by our Vice Principal Jenn Reissig. Those interested, help with events, fundraisers, general school wellness, and staff appreciation. These groups are split into sub-committees and our Vice Principal makes sure each person’s talents are used to their greatest ability.
Yes, our students have a dress code so that they can enjoy a community of learning without the distractions that can come from prevailing fashions. Uniforms have been found to help with the overall climate of respect, they foster more of a tendency to focus on faces, not clothing, and are surprisingly helpful with budgeting and wardrobe planning. With less focus on name brands and standing out, parents often can spend less on clothing. For more information, please see our uniform guidelines.
Currently, New Summit has a chess club, STEM club, gardening club, book club, art club, Landsharks, and a student-sponsored prayer club. Art classes are also offered. Sports offerings will include basketball, volleyball, cross-country, and track and field. More sports and activities will be added as we grow.
Yes. Starting in the Fall of 2019, New Summit will have a brand new cafeteria with a hot lunch program and warming kitchen. More details to come! This year we will start the school year out with a cold lunch option until the cafeteria is fully completed, due to construction and offering a wide variety of hot lunch options in November.
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This is a critical and excellent question. We take security very seriously at New Summit. We have partnered with the District for services and other providers to add to the safety and security of our school. We have employed a Facilities and Campus Security Director who will be on campus every day. He will work directly with the district on all the security plans for New Summit in addition to following the requirements of the Claire Davis Act. We have radios that connect directly to the school district, and there will be a minimum of 8 staff with one on hand at all times. We are one of the only schools in Colorado that are using the Centurion Safety Management system that is also used in major airports and with major airlines. This system is used as a tool for all our risk management. We also have been in the process of getting all the quotes for our security cameras in addition to our key card system that will allow for no entry into the school unless you have a keycard. We are also looking at purchasing some bulletproof tint for windows in the school. All of this to say we are pleased with the measures that our school has put into place for the safety and security of our students. We will not have an armed staff member on campus. This district will not provide one to an elementary school nor will they allow us to have armed staff at this time.
New Summit follows the policy from District 20. The policy is JE found under this link. We will have a process and definition set in our parent handbook. The state also has a way we can consider a habitually truant student. Here is something else to consider. There is something called… STANDARDIZED CALCULATION FOR COUNTING STUDENT ATTENDANCE AND TRUANCY. This link explains the rules around what the local district and or charter school will set for considering a student habitually truant. With our Literacy First and Math Mastery program, we prefer students to be consistent with their attendance. We will not be flexible with attendance. Please email the principal if you have any further questions.
Kindergarten-5th grade is Elementary, 6th-8th grade is Middle School, and 9-12th grade is High School.
Yes, students with an IEP or 504 will be able to attend and receive services that are written into their IEP or 504. Your child’s IEP MUST be reviewed prior to acceptance regardless of the district in which you reside. Currently, NSCA contracts with Academy District 20 and follows their program policies and regulations. If your student has had an IEP within the last 3 years, we ask that you submit this document to our registrar prior to acceptance.
If you are a new enrollment, our school counselor will review your students 504 and, in some cases, schedule a meeting with your family, to ensure that your student’s needs can be met at our school ASD20 and NSCA review all new student IEP’s to ensure all services in the IEP can be met. Your student’s enrollment will be considered pending until this review process is complete. If we are able to accept your student, you will receive additional instructions from our registrar on how to complete the enrollment process.
As a matter of fact, our board chair’s wife, Holly was instrumental in our whole Literacy First approach, and she is Take Flight certified. She also does private tutoring for children who have dyslexic tendencies, whether or not they have been formally evaluated. We plan on full-time literacy interventionists who are Take Flight trained.
Note: It is not necessary for your child to have a formal evaluation of dyslexia in order for him/her to receive appropriate intervention support at New Summit. (see “How will my student be supported?” below)
Yes. Because of each student’s unique giftings, we evaluate a body of evidence to determine a student’s eligibility. That body of evidence may include achievement and ability testing, a portfolio of student work, and recommendations from teachers, coaches, and parents. Determination of eligibility follows the CDE requirements for gifted and talented students.
At New Summit, we determine the programming based on students’ needs. Options include pull out classes, passion projects, subject or grade acceleration, extracurricular challenges, and independent study projects.
For more information on the gifted and talented program at New Summit, click here.
New Summit Charter Academy uses the Core Knowledge Curriculum for all core subjects for grades K-8 including Core Knowledge Language Arts through Amplify. For Math, we use the Singapore Math approach for grades K-7 with a curriculum called Primary Mathematics and Dimensions Math. We offer Spanish, Music, Art, and PE and Library for specials in grade K-5 and Middle school 6-8 we offer a wide range of elective choices.
“The Core Knowledge Sequence is predicated on the realization that what children are able to learn at any given moment depends on what they already know—and, equally important, that what they know is a function of previous experience and teaching. Although current events and technology are constantly changing, there is a body of lasting knowledge and skills that form the core of a strong preschool-grade 8 curricula. Explicit identification of what children should learn at each grade level ensures a coherent approach to building knowledge across all grade levels. Every child should learn the fundamentals of science, basic principles of government, important events in world history, essential elements of mathematics, widely acknowledged masterpieces of art and music from around the world, and stories and poems passed down from generation to generation.” – Core Knowledge Philosophy
To learn more about the Core Knowledge Curriculum, click here.
Literacy First is a pillar of New Summit. We understand that in order for a child to access all subjects, he or she must know how to read. This creates a love of learning.
We believe that all students can learn to read, and it is the responsibility of the teacher, parents, and interventionist to work together to determine how best to support the child. We believe in Early Intervention vs. the Wait to Fail model. At New Summit, a student will receive support as soon as the data shows a gap. We know that multi-sensory, explicit, sequential, phonics-based instruction has proven to be the most effective.
At New Summit Charter Academy, we use a proven program and approach called, Capturing Kids’ Hearts by The Flippen Group to be an immersive, participatory experience. Teachers, staff, and administrators learn and practice skills they use and model in their classrooms that build meaningful, productive relationships with every student and every school community member.
New Summit is excited to begin a process for enhancing our Character Education process with our House of Yetis. We wanted to develop a system where EVERY student has a place to belong, be supported, and be successful. This will make our school community stronger.
The first level of support will be in the classroom, where the teacher can differentiate instruction. This means the child may, for example, sit closer to the teacher during instruction, have shorter assignments, and be allowed additional time on tests and assignments. Each situation will be individually appraised to determine the best support in the classroom.
In addition, if according to the standardized testing (DIBELS and NWEA), teacher observations and class assessments, a student is determined to be below proficiency for his/her grade level, it may be determined that the student will qualify for additional support by an interventionist.
The student will be in class to receive instruction for the normal literacy block. But at another time of the school day, an interventionist will work with the child for an additional 30 minutes in a small group, using a state-approved, research-based intervention. For the duration of this process, the student will be progress monitored to determine next steps, in order to optimize his/her learning.
The student will receive differentiated instruction through small group instruction based on needed skill development. This will be either one on one or in a small group and will look slightly different in each grade level and with each teacher’s teaching style. See our section about skill-level grouping to learn more.
We do teach cursive starting in 3rd grade.
All teachers are licensed and highly qualified or in the process of participating in a program to be licensed.
New Summit Charter Academy is hiring for the 2019-2020 school year! If you are interested in employment with NSCA, please complete the Employment Interest Form, following all directions listed in the description. New Summit Charter Academy is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome your interest in employment. Please visit the employment page often to find a listing of current job postings.