Frequently Asked Questions

Enrollment

What is the enrollment process for 2017-2018? We are now enrolling students for the 2017-2018 school year. The enrollment process includes submitting an application and a 30 minute in-person interview where we together assess your child’s needs to determine if 21C is the best fit for their schooling. Read more about our admissions process here.

How many students will be accepted for 2017-2018? We are targeting 80 students full-time at 21C, spanning grades K-10. This works out to an average of 8 students per traditional grade level.

How are students selected? Students are accepted into our school if we believe that they would thrive in our unique school setting and that we would be able to meet their learning and personal needs. The interview will include a review of their school records, medical records (if pertinent), and a Q&A session between the prospective student, parents, and one of our lead teachers.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until we fill all 80 spots but we may cut off admissions at a particular age level to try and balance enrollment across the age spectrum. We cannot “reserve” spaces for students that are not fully enrolled or commit to letting an applicant know that all spaces are about to be filled at a particular age level.

Teachers

How many teachers are there and who are they? For our target student body we will have 3-4 lead teachers and 3-4 teacher-facilitators plus specialized teachers for Mandarin (and other visiting teachers). You can read more about our lead STEM teacher here. We are currently in the hiring process for the remaining teachers.

What are the qualifications for the teachers? Our lead teachers need to have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree (and will typically have a Masters degree) and have or obtain teaching certification in the subject areas that they teach with at least 3-5 years of relevant experience.

School Day/Week/Year

What a typical school day is like? The academic day starts at 8:00am and ends at 4:00pm. After-school is from 4:00pm - 6:00pm. Parents may drop off as early as 7:15am, and every student must be picked up by 6:00pm. Each student has her own schedule and rotates through various academic and specials periods during the school day. She is grouped with other students around the same developmental and academic level other than activities which incorporate engineered leadership opportunities for older students. Grouping may be different for different subject areas and activities.
All students have at least one period each core academic day for science, math, social studies, language arts, and computer programming.

What is the Mandarin Immersion program on Fridays like? Mandarin teachers come in on Fridays to help run our entire school day in Chinese! These native Mandarin speaking teachers guide our students through daily academic activities including lessons in core subjects such as math and science, and cultural practices such as traditional Chinese cooking and martial arts.

Do students need to bring their own lunch and snacks? Yes. We have a kitchen with fridges, freezer, and microwaves for students to store and heat up their lunch and snacks. We advise each student to bring a reusable water bottle.

How will the Monday STEM Program be structured? Our Monday STEM Day program gives full-time and homeschooled students an opportunity to participate in a day filled with project-based learning in the STEM fields. Students spend the day engaging in hands-on learning and projects in science, technology, engineering, and math. Examples of project topics include: school garden, robotics and coding, aquaponics, 3D printing and design, music and math, aviation and flight simulation.

Is there recess and/or a playground? How will physical activity fit into the school day? Health and wellness is something we take very seriously and will ensure that all students participate in daily fitness activities. We take scheduled groups breaks every 1.5-2 hours, and students can always take additional breaks as they need. Read more about our exercise program here and also check out New York City’s Move-to-Improve program which we will use to supplmeent to integrate physical fitness into school day.

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How long is the school year? What about breaks? We are extended school year and offer 200 full school days. Students must participate in educational activities for at least 180 days with 60% of the time being on campus. School days and vacations for 2017-2018 will follow a similar schedule to local schools in the area. First day of school is August 1st, 2017. See calendar below:


Calendar for 2017-2018

Blue: First or Last Day of Semester
Green: Teacher Professional Days (Students do not report)
Red: Holidays and Breaks (School Closed)

Instructional Days Date Details
August: 23 days Tuesday August 1st,  2017 First day of school. All Programs begin.
September: 20 days Monday September 4th, 2017 Labor Day Holiday. No School.
October: 20 days Monday/Tuesday October 9/10th, 2017 No Classes. Teacher Professional Development Days
November: 17 days M-F, November 20-24th, 2017 Thanksgiving Break. No School.
December: 16 days December 22nd, 2017
Last day of Semester 1
Semester 1 Total: 96 Instructional Days

December 25th - January 3rd, 2018 Semester Break. No School.
January: 17 days Thurs/Fri January 4/5th, 2018 Teachers report back for Planning.

Monday January 8th, 2018 First day of Semester 2.

Monday January 15th, 2018 No School. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
February: 15 days M-F February 19-23, 2018 Winter Break. No School.
March: 21 days Wednesday March 21st, 2018 No Class. Teacher Professional Development Day.
April: 16 days M-F April 2-6, 2018 Spring Break. No School.
May: 22 days Monday May 28th, 2018 Memorial Day. No School.
June: 13 days Tuesday June 19th, 2018 Last Day of Semester 2. Last Day of School
Semester 2 Total: 104 Instructional Days
Total: 200 Instructional Days

Curriculum and Grades

What is the curriculum? We use the Grade Results (demo login and password: 21stcenturydemo) platform for our skeleton curriculum that is aligned with state and national standards. Each course is customizable for students, both in content and pacing. This is our base curriculum and will typically represent only a small percentage of the curriculum covered. Our teachers use Safari Montage K-12 educational libraries to create personalized playlists for each student that cater to their unique interests and learning styles.

How much screen time do students have at school? When students are at school, they are expected to utilize the human resources--teachers and other students! The school day includes a mix of traditional teacher led instruction and project based learning with their peers. On average, screen time (a student working on their computer) is anywhere from 10% to 30% of the day. The online curriculum that we use is an organizational and teaching tool used to personalize the material and keep track of a student’s goals and progress. The digital platform allows parents, teachers, and students to communicate and track progress in academic and personal goals. When a student is at home or not able to attend class (due to sickness, emergencies, or vacation), they can always stay up to date on their school work through their laptops.

How does grading work? At 21C, we practice mastery based learning. This means that students must master (perform at the traditional “A” level) the content before moving on to more advanced material. The amount of time it takes a student to master a course will vary from student to student. When a student masters a course, their transcript will have a grade of “A”--otherwise, it will designate they are "in progress".

Tuition and Costs

What is tuition? Tuition is $700 per month (on a 12 month schedule) for the 2017-2018 full-time program. A deposit of $1400 is required at the time of enrollment, and this is applied to the last two months of tuition. Monthly payments begin July 1st, and are payable online (credit or debit card) every month at http://21stcenturystem.academy/application-part-2.html.
All students who complete the enrollment process by Feb. 15, 2017 will be guaranteed that their tuition will not be subject to increase. For students enrolling after February 15th, a CPI increase will be applied each year. For students first enrolling in subsequent years, tuition will be set at a market rate which may be considerably higher.

Why is tuition charged across 12 months? We charge tuition over 12-months to facilitate consistent family budgeting and cashflow. The extended school day (7:15am-6:30pm) and extended school year (200 days) for families, all included in the cost of $700 per month for the full-time program.

Are there discounts for families with multiple children? Yes, for the full-time program. For each additional child, there is a $300 discount off the yearly tuition. The $1400 deposit remains the same.
Example:
Child #1: $1400 deposit, and then $700 per month for 10 months
Child #2: $1400 deposit, and then $670 per month for 10 months
Child #3: $1400 deposit, and then $670 per month for 10 months

Any other tuition discounts? We offer a one-time $300 referral credit for families that refer another student who enrolls (from another family). We also offer at $300 annual tuition discount for local university employees who enroll their child in the full-time program.

What are the additional costs besides tuition? Parents must provide students with a laptop computer and purchase the school uniform (we will order in the summer, and families buy from us before school year begins).

Security and Discipline

What is security like at the school? We have a state of the art camera system installed inside the school and each parent will be given a unique login to see lesson and activity inside the school either through live streaming or videos that teachers record. Our building is protected by an alarm and fire system. The front door will only be open to the public during drop off and pick up hours. In addition to county police and fire personnel, we have the added security of being close to Emory University campus security.

What is the discipline policy? Our school believes in conversation, reflection, and calm mindfulness practices rather than harsh punishment and detention. Our space features a meditation room where kids can go to remove themselves from any chaotic situations. Read more about this new movement here.

Teachers work with students to uncover the root issues that are causing the disciplinary problems. Students learn methods to cope with frustration, anger, and disruptive behavior. If this does not solve the problem, teachers will then reach out to parents. In cases where a student is disrupting the educational experience for other students, a student may be asked to stay home from school and participate virtually in classes until the student is able to return without disrupting the school environment.