Frequently Asked Questions
SRP class sizes are so small. How well do kids adjust to larger class sizes and bigger schools?
Students do remarkably well transitioning into larger public and private schools. Our small class sizes give students the confidence to ask questions, develop a positive rapport with their teachers, present in front of small and large groups of people, and delve deeper into the curriculum. By the end of middle school, they have developed a strong sense of self and are able to be accountable for their learning.
Do you accept students with 504 or IEP plans?
We do not have a special education department but we do accept students with a 504 or IEP on a case by case basis.
How much time do students spend on the computer?
Each of our students receive Chromebooks but the amount of time depends on their grade level and whether they are in person, hybrid, or virtual students. Students who are virtual learners spend more time on their computers than in person students while students in middle school spend more time on online assignments than students in elementary school.
Do you offer part time options or reduced tuition for not coming to school every day?
No. Smoke Rise Prep has a flexible attendance policy which allows students to complete their school work away from the school building. Many students participate in competitive tournaments, have opportunities to travel with their parents, or may take a vacation at some point in the year. Our model is great because it allows that flexibility and student/parent choice but these choices do not affect your tuition.
I understand parents are required to complete volunteer hours, but we work full-time. How can our family earn volunteer time?
Families are required to earn at least 20 hours per semester for a total of 40 hours for the school year. There are multiple opportunities for working parents, including teaching virtual enrichment sessions, attending and planning family engagement events/spirit nights, and making calls for our yearly auction just to name a few. If you have retired or non working family members, they are welcome to come volunteer for lunch duty, work with small groups, drive for field trips, or help out at the front desk. If you have other ideas, we would love to hear them and hopefully implement them. You also have the option of buying out your volunteer hours at the rate of $25/hour.
What happens in the interview? Can we study for it? How long is the interview?
The interview is comprised of 2 parts: a family interview and a student interview. In the parent interview, the caretakers meet with a member of our admissions committee to dive deeper into your family and the ins and outs of Smoke Rise Prep. During the student interview, your child will answer a series of questions to get to know them more. Afterwards, we set up a testing date so your child can show us how smart they are! There is nothing to study for. We just want them to be themselves as we learn more about your child. The interview and testing components take anywhere from 1-3 hours and depend on the age/grade of your child(ren).