IS MY CHILD ELIGIBLE TO ATTEND BONNEVILLE ACADEMY?
As a public school, Bonneville Academy is open to all students without admission requirements, except, in accordance with statute:
Children must turn five (5) on or before September 1st of the school year in order to enroll in Kindergarten. Applications received for children who are not old enough to attend school for the school year they are applying for will not be accepted.
Any student who has been expelled from any school, including Bonneville Academy, during the preceding 12 months may be denied enrollment.
WHAT IS OPEN ENROLLMENT AND THE LOTTERY?
Open Enrollment is a specified and limited time when the school begins to accept applications for the next school year. The Lottery is a random selection of students to be admitted when the number of applicants during Open Enrollment exceeds the number of spaces available in a particular grade.
WHEN IS OPEN ENROLLMENT AND THE LOTTERY?
Information for the 2018-19 school year Lottery will be available soon. All open enrollment dates will begin on the first day of the month and will end on the last day of the month with the lottery taking place within 5 days of the close of the enrollment period.
I MISSED THE OPEN ENROLLMENT DEADLINE. CAN I STILL APPLY?
Yes. After the initial Open Enrollment and Lottery’s, the school will continue to accept applications until fall. New applications received after the closing date of the final Open Enrollment period will not be entered into the lottery, but will be processed in the order in which they are received and added to the bottom of the upcoming school year wait-list in the appropriate grade/priority AFTER all lottery students are accepted as enrollment openings become available.
WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OF MY CHILD BEING ACCEPTED AT BONNEVILLE ACADEMY?
Because of the fluctuating number of students applying for a limited number of openings in the school on a daily basis, this cannot be determined. Additionally, it is not possible to predict when and how many student openings may occur during the year, or the number of students who will accept or decline an offer of admission, all of which contribute to the rate in which movement is made through the waitlist.
HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY CHILD'S CHANCES OF BEING ACCEPTED AT BONNEVILLE ACADEMY?
Some applicants are eligible to receive preferential enrollment. If you are a founding parent of the school, or a licensed teacher employed by the school, or you have another child who is already attending the school, your child is eligible for preferential enrollment. By law, preference cannot be given for extra volunteer hours, services, special favors, or monetary donations.
DO I NEED TO RESUBMIT AN APPLICATION EACH YEAR?
Because of the lottery process which is used each year to determine admission, Bonneville Academy cannot maintain wait-lists for classes beyond the current school year. If your student has not been accepted to the school during the year and you wish to continue to be considered for enrollment, you will need to submit a new Lottery Application and undergo the lottery process again for the following year.
I SUBMITTED AN APPLICATION JUST RECENTLY, IS IT NECESSARY FOR ME TO SUBMIT AGAIN?
No. If you submitted an application during one of the four open enrollment periods you do not need to resubmit.
HOW WILL I KNOW IF MY CHILD HAS BEEN ACCEPTED?
You will be contacted via email and/or a telephone call. Bonneville Academy is not responsible for outdated contact information or the inability to contact you; it is your responsibility to ensure that the school has your current contact information and to respond in a timely manner to an offer of admission. The status of any child whose parent cannot be contacted or is non-responsive within a designated time period will be changed from “accepted” to “declined enrollment” and the space will be offered to another child.
MY CONTACT INFORMATION HAS CHANGED, HOW DO I UPDATE THIS IN THE LOTTERY SYSTEM?
Please send the updated information to [email protected]
CAN I VISIT BONNEVILLE ACADEMY?
Please contact the school at (435)315-2080 to schedule a time to have a tour.
What is STEM?
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
What does it mean to be a STEM school?
It means that daily there is an increased emphasis on the STEM subjects. We will have engineering classes as part of the student’s special/elective classes. There will be a longer Science time daily. We will have the latest technology including smart boards, mobile iPad units and laptops to use between classrooms. Also, critical thinking and problem solving skills will be emphasized in every subject giving students the ability and resilience to navigate some tough STEM subjects.
Why would a STEM school be better than a regular school?
There is an increased market for STEM related careers. Students with a heavy STEM background will feel more comfortable pursuing those careers in the future.
So this school is just for kids that are really smart or that are interested in STEM subjects?
No, a STEM education is for everyone no matter what their interests or abilities are.
Does a STEM education mean that you won’t have any art, literature or other subjects in the school?
No. We will place a heavy emphasis on a phonics based education in the lower grades to teach reading skills. Writing and reading will also be important in the upper grades. Music and art will still be a part of every classroom. Creative thinking will be emphasized along with problem solving and thinking outside the box.
What is the split bell schedule?
There will be two different arrival and departure times for the students. Half of the class will go from 8-2:30 and the other half will go from 9:15-3:45. There are two benefits for this schedule: 1- pick up and drop off will be less congested. 2- Classes will have only 13 kids for 75 minutes either at the beginning of the day or the end of the day this will allow for more one on one instruction between the teacher and the students.
How many kids will be in the school?
Our maximum capacity is 702 students. 26 students per class with 3 classes per grade level./p>
What is the Leveled Learning?
Students will move to different classrooms for Language Arts and/or Mathematics time to be with similar learners so that the classroom as a whole can move at the appropriate learning pace.
What curriculum will you be using?
Math- k-8 Eureka Math
Science- 6-8 STEM 101 and Amplify Science.
ELA- k-3 phonics with Project Read, k-8 courses supported by the purchase of high quality literature and guided reading leveled books. (Rather than a basal reader and worksheets)
All grades and courses will either use or create lessons aligned to the Utah State Core Curriculum.
What is Project Based learning?
It is a student centered learning that is guided by what the student wants to learn. Each unit will start out with a guiding question that the students can relate to; for example: why is the Great Salt Lake so important? The teacher would arrange experiments and opportunities to learn more about the topic. The students will be encouraged to question as they learn. As they question, they will be taught how to find the answers to their questions. By the end of the unit they should be able to answer the guiding question and then present a project based on what they learned. These units are extensive in length and in depth; they change depending on the needs and interests of the students. This form of learning also emphasizes cooperative learning; students will work with their peers many times as they learn and investigate.
What will I see if I walk into the school on a typical day?
Students will be actively learning. They won’t be sitting at desks doing worksheets, they will be up doing experiments, exploring, collaborating with other students, and actively taking part in the learning environment.
What sorts of services will you have for my special needs child?
We will have a Special education director that will help create and manage IEPs and we will determine from that point what needs your student has and what needs to be done in order to meet these needs./p>
How will you maintain order in such a different learning environment?
The school will have a school-wide discipline program that emphasizes positive behavior. We will have high standards for our students and if a student will expect respect and support from parents and guardians.
Will there be a dress code?
Yes there will be a dress code. For the full information see the Dress Code section of the website. We believe that if we are training students for STEM careers, they need to also learn to dress appropriately for those careers.
I don’t think I would be able to get my 6 th , 7 th or 8 th grader to go here, they want to be with all their friends at the junior high; what would be the benefit of bringing them here?
We will have an 8 th grade trip that the students will work towards all year; it will be a capstone project of their middle school education. The classes are smaller and there will be opportunities to be involved and make friendships.
Will I be able to volunteer in the classroom?
Absolutely! There will be a lot of needs for parent volunteers to help out on the PTO and in the classrooms. The founding board in comprised of parents and we realize how important the parents voice and role in the school is!