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.
Do I have to apply to both Georgia Connections and Smoke Rise Prep?
Only if your student is a rising 6th - 8th grader. We partner with GACA and many additional resources are provided through them. Your child gets a well rounded and fulfilling education by utilizing all tiers of our model.
Do you offer part time options or reduced tuition for not coming to school every day?
No. Many students participate in competitive tournaments or are involved in acting and have to travel at times throughout the year. Other students take family vacations and miss extended periods of school. 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 lots of opportunities for working parents, including room setup on Sunday afternoons, attending and planning family engagement events/spirit nights, and grant writing 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 process?
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. On one of our testing dates, your child is interviewed and given an entrance exam so that we can get to know more about them. There is nothing to study for; we just want you to be yourself as we learn more about your child. The student interview lasts approximately 2 hours but much of that depends on how quickly your child tests.