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Attendance

Teachers record attendance daily. Punctual, regular attendance is critical for educational success. Children should arrive at school by 8:05 and to be in their classrooms—fully ready to begin the school day—by 8:20 a.m. Please help your child establish good habits so that they have plenty of time to get to her locker, get organized, and get into class on time.

Keeping our students safe is very important to us, and that starts with knowing that they made it to school. We ask that you send a note to both your child’s teacher and to the address if your child will be absent or will arrive after 8:40 a.m. Include details such as the specific date and the reason for the absence or tardy. If we haven’t heard from you, and your child doesn’t arrive at school by 9 a.m., you can expect a phone call home so that we can make sure that your child is safe and accounted for.

School Schedule

  • Before School: begins at 7:15 a.m. and includes breakfast for those arriving by 7:45 a.m.
  • School Day: begins at 8:05 a.m when doors open; classes begin at 8:20 a.m. After this point, students are recorded as tardy.
  • Dismissal: Dismissal is staggered between 3:00 p.m. and 3:20 p.m. depending on grade level.
    • Preprimary (P3-K): 12 p.m. (half day) 3:00 p.m. (full day)
    • Primary (Grades 1-4): 3:10 p.m.
    • Middle School (Grades 5-8): 3:20 p.m.
  • After School: begins after dismissal for students enrolled in the program. Students may be picked up anytime between 3:00 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. After School ends at 5:45 p.m. and there is an extra fee for students not picked up by 6:00 p.m.

Other Absences

We discourage non-illness absences from school. Parents should make an effort to schedule non-emergency appointments at times that do not interrupt the school day. These un-excused absences will be counted toward attendance totals reflected on progress reports.

Family Vacations

We encourage families to plan their vacations during school holidays and breaks. School holidays are set each Spring for the following year to assist with family vacation planning. Missing a week or more of school can significantly affect your child’s educational experience, particularly since our curriculum is based largely on in-class experiences and group discussions.

When your plans require that your child miss school, your child’s teacher will offer some learning suggestions based upon your travel plans. The point of travel, however, is to have fun with one’s family. Please do not expect teachers to plan a complete curriculum for your child while s/he is gone.