Frequently Asked Questions

 

Where are you located?

We are located at 6 Centre Court, Palmyra, VA 22963 next to the Dogwood Restaurant.

What are your school hours?

School begins at 8:10 a.m. and dismisses at 3:00 p.m. Students are encouraged to arrive at least by 8:00 a.m. so they can get their things ready for chapel and socialize with friends.

Who is on your staff?

Please look under the “Staff” tab which is under the  “About Us” tab on the home page.

Do you offer financial assistance?

Yes, we do. You can find more information about financial assistance, requirements for receiving financial assistance, and other related information under the “Admissions” tab on our home page.

Do you accept children with IEPs, ISPs, and 504 plans?

Yes, we do. You can find more information under our “About Us” tab on our home page.

How do you work with students who have certain types of food allergies, etc.?

All students with food and other allergies are welcome at The Light Academy. We strive to make sure each student is safe, but at the same time doesn’t feel singled out because of his/her allergy.  Sharing food during regular lunch or snack times is prohibited.

Are you accredited?

We are not yet accredited. We actively working to start the accreditation process soon.  Mrs. Parr’s background in public education included a very active role in the accreditation renewal process for one of the school for which she was an administrator.  Our goal is to start the accreditation process soon.

What is your policy regarding inclement weather closures and delays?

Each weather related forecast, storm, etc. is uniquely different. Two factors we will consider before determining closure is the probability of inclement weather and road conditions. For weather that hasn’t yet arrived, we will make a common sense decision based on the forecast and the overall safety of the staff and students. After we have received bad weather, we will base our decision about returning to school on the road conditions in and around the Lake Monticello area. Another consideration for closures, delays, and reopening after bad weather is parking lot conditions. Parents/guardians are encouraged to make common sense decisions about road conditions in and around their route or location. We are more than willing to work with parents /guardians in regards to excused absences and make-up work if road conditions for transportation to school are not safe. It is our goal to protect instructional time and be safe.

Do you have a hot lunch program?

Yes, students may pack lunches or purchase hot lunches from our hot lunch menu. Our hot lunches are prepared by the Dogwood Restaurant four days of the week. On Tuesdays, students may order slices of pizza from Papa Johns. Hot lunches are $3.75 , and our students have a variety of lunch options to choose from daily.

What is your dress code for students?

We require students to dress comfortably and modestly. Because our instructional approach is somewhat different, students will be moving around, constructing things, etc. and clothing should fit in a way that doesn’t inhibit their learning or distract others from learning. There are no school uniforms. We do require students to have a school t-shirt to wear for community service projects, performances, field trips, etc.

What is your tuition for day students?

Our tuition is $4,050 which can be paid in full or spread over 9 monthly installments of $450.00. We will soon be accepting credit cards and debit cards, and we currently accept cash and checks either by mail or in person. We offer a sibling discount of 20% off of the tuition for the second, third, fourth  . . . child(ren) enrolled. Families who pay for tuition in full by the first week of school receive a 4% discount off of the total tuition amount.

We also offer an early bird discount for enrolling by the last day of school.

How is your home school cooperative organized?

Our goal is to share resources, space, and provide support. We thrive on creativity and “out of the box” thinking! We would love for home school students to have opportunities to participate with our day students in the afternoons with project -based instruction, community projects, life skills classes, field trips, etc.

Additional information is listed under the “Home School Cooperative” tab.

What does a typical day look like in our day school?

When children enter school, they hang their coats, backpacks, lunchboxes, etc. and gather for chapel.  We have chapel daily and start our day with a Christian contemporary or praise song, reading scripture, prayer, announcements, and the pledge.  Students are dismissed to go to their morning classes.

Depending on the instructional approach for that day’s lesson, students could be spread out working with manipulatives, on the computers working on their writing projects or publishing their writing, reading independently, working with a partner or in a small group, working on independent work, or receiving instruction.

We know that when students are interested, motivated, and engaged, they retain concepts better.  Aware that all students learn differently, we strive to meet the needs of students who are auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learners with lessons that are engaging.

After lunch, students will have recess daily.  We believe it’s good for children to interact with their environment through outside time in nature, visits to playgrounds,  visits to parks,  playing sports,  flying kites, etc.

In the afternoons we have science,  social studies and our enrichment classes  where we construct, use the Internet, and various resources to have “hands-on” learning. Through project-based instruction, students learn to negotiate, to be a team member, to collaborate, and to come to a consensus. They learn to solve problems, to think independently, and to look out for others on their team.  Our enrichment classes include:

  • art 
  • music
  • project-based instruction – This class is designed for creativity and teamwork! Diplomacy, negotiation, and problem-solving are all components needed for this class! Thinking “outside of the box” is promoted!
  • Spanish
  • technology – Students practice keyboarding and learn coding.  We may be doing some three dimensional projects in technology this year!
  •  Shining Light Fridays – These activities vary week to week, but include community service, special speakers, life skills, cooking, painting, and additional enrichment for our students.

How much homework does a student at The Light Academy have nightly?  Other than practicing reading decoding skills for our Kindergartners, reviewing addition and multiplication facts, and reading nightly for enjoyment, we do not assign homework.  It is our philosophy students should be kids who play, socialize, and have positive interactions with their parents in the evenings.  There aren’t many adults that like to work all day and take work home, and we feel this is true for students.  Happy students who get a chance to be kids after school are better students when they are in school.

Check out our Facebook page – The Light Academy – to see additional posts and pictures of school activities!