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Frequently Asked Questions

How old does a child have to be to begin TK? What about Kindergarten?

TK: 4 years old by September 1st

Kindergarten: 5 years old by September 1st

How can I prepare my child for acceptance at the Academy?

The expectation is that students come into the Academy at or above grade level.
  • Beginning TK Expectations:
    • able to independently go to the bathroom and wash hands
    • zip and unzip a lunch box, follow simple two-step instructions
    • show familiarity with letters and numbers
    • listen to a teacher read a story with attentiveness, identify basic shapes and colors
    • demonstrate fine motor skills such as coloring, cutting, pasting, etc.
  • Beginning K Expectations:
    • mastery of TK expectations
    • recognize upper and lower case letters of the alphabet (sounds preferred but not required)
    • recognize and write numbers 1-10, write name using a capital first letter followed by lowercase (Anna, Benjamin)
    • cut/color/paste with relative ease
    • transition in the classroom setting with relative ease
    • treat others respectfully
 

If we already have children attending the Academy, does that mean our younger children will automatically be accepted when they apply?

We give current Academy families the opportunity to apply early for admissions in January before we open up to the general public in February. However, each child must still go through the Admissions process for acceptance.

Do you have scholarships or financial aid?

Yes, we do! Anyone is eligible to apply while completing the admissions process.

Our friend shadowed when we did, and they have received an acceptance letter, but we haven’t…

 No worries. Each application is unique and the timing depends on lots of pieces and people (see next question). 

Does the application process need to be completed before we can receive an acceptance letter?

Yes, an on-line application must be submitted, recommendations received, testing and shadow day completed, and admissions committee approval before an acceptance letter is sent. Once an acceptance letter is sent, online enrollment must be completed before the student is enrolled at the Academy.

What are your class sizes?

Our average class size in grammar school (TK-6th) is 17 students. Our average class size in upper school (7th-12th) is 19. Our class caps are:
  • TK: 10 students
  • K: 16 students
  • 1st-2nd: 18 students
  • 3rd-4th: 20 students
  • 5th-6th: 22 students
  • 7th-12th: 25 students

When do you expect your new grammar school building to be complete? Will you still use the modular buildings?

The new building will be complete in the spring of 2020. The modular buildings will continue to be used for classroom space as well as various administrative offices.

Do you have a school nurse?

Yes. We have a full-time school nurse.

Do you offer AP courses in high school?

We currently do not offer AP courses. Instead, we offer dual enrollment courses through Calhoun. These classes are taught/proctored during normal class time on our campus, and students receive college credit. Juniors (History, Math) and seniors (English, Math) may participate. 

When does school start?

Check out our Calendar for all school-related dates.

Are students required to wear uniforms?

Yes, all students are required to wear uniforms. Details can be found on our New Family Information page.

Is lunch included in tuition?

No. Lunch is a separate charge. Sports fees and field trips are also an additional fee.

Do you follow the city schools calendar?

No. However, we do use the city school calendar as a resource and take it into consideration when planning our breaks.

Do you follow the city schools for school closings on weather days?

No. Our headmaster will determine cancellation based on weather conditions. The decision is often made the night before, or very early on the morning of the cancellation. There are times when we are in school and public schools have closed for weather.

Do you have to be a Christian to attend Whitesburg Christian Academy?

The Academy requires at least one parent be a born again Christian and that he or she regularly attends church with his or her child. We are a covenant school and this partnership between school, church, and home is one of our founding principles.