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 the 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.
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.
I MISSED THE OPEN ENROLLMENT DEADLINE. CAN I STILL APPLY?
Yes. After the initial Open Enrollment and Lottery, the school continues to accept applications. New applications received after the closing date of the final Open Enrollment period are not entered into the lottery but are 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 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAN I VISIT BONNEVILLE ACADEMY?
You bet! 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
WHY WOULD A STEM SCHOOL BE BETTER THAN A REGULAR SCHOOL?
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 place a heavy emphasis on a phonics-based education in the lower grades to teach reading skills. Writing and reading are also important in the upper grades. Music and art are still a part of every classroom. Creative thinking is emphasized along with problem-solving and thinking outside the box.
WHAT IS THE SPLIT BELL SCHEDULE?
There are two different arrival and departure times for the students. Half of the class goes from 8-2:15 and the other half go from 8:55-3:10. There are two benefits of this schedule: 1- pick up and drop off will be less congested. 2- Classes have only 13 kids for 50 minutes either at the beginning of the day or the end of the day. This allows for more one on one instruction between the teacher and the students.
HOW MANY KIDS WILL BE IN SCHOOL?
WHAT IS LEVELED LEARNING?
Students 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?
All grades and courses will either use or create lessons aligned to the Utah State Core Curriculum.
WHAT IS PROJECT-BASED LEARNING?
It is student-centered learning that is guided by what the student wants to learn. Each unit starts 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 are encouraged to question as they learn. As they question, they are 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 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 SERVICES WILL YOU HAVE FOR MY SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD?
We have Special Education Teachers who help to create and manage IEPs and determine what needs your student has and what is needed in order to meet those needs.
HOW WILL YOU MAINTAIN ORDER IN SUCH A DIFFERENT LEARNING ENVIRONMENT?
The school has a school-wide discipline program that emphasizes positive behavior and social/emotional development with an emphasis on resiliency skills. Students are expected to academically achieve high levels with a tremendous amount of teacher support.
I DON’T THINK I WOULD BE ABLE TO GET MY 6TH, 7TH OR 8TH 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?
WILL THERE BE A DRESS CODE?
Yes, there is 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.
WILL I BE ABLE TO VOLUNTEER IN THE CLASSROOM?
Absolutely! There are a lot of needs for parent volunteers to help out on the PTO and in the classrooms.