Q. Does the school provide special needs accommodations?
The school seeks to meet the needs of all students; however, there may be some physical, behavioral, and/or academic difficulties that need specialized support that is not available at Grande Ronde Academy. In order to determine educational need, the Administration will review achievement tests, academic records, and other records presented by the parents. Any and all records from academic, behavioral, and/or social development testing (or referrals) must be disclosed to GRA prior to acceptance.
Q. Do you require families to volunteer?
Yes. Families are required to volunteer 15 hours during the school year; there are many ways to fulfill those volunteer hours. We encourage you to get involved, our families are one of the greatest strengths of our school and greatly enhance the quality of education at GRA! Due to Covid-19, our volunteering activities will look different than a typical year, but we will still have a need, so please be looking for those opportunities!
Q. Is there a system for student discipline and misconduct?
We use a discipline system called Conducting Conduct, which consists of a series of non-verbal hand signals used for gaining attention, warning a student about their behavior, giving a second warning to students in 3rd grade and younger and time outs when needed. Our teachers are expected to relate to students in a positive, respectful manner, maintaining a Christ-centered, orderly learning environment. Please see the Student Handbook for specifics on discipline and misconduct.
Q. Are there any fees that are not listed?
No. All significant fees are listed on our Tuition/Fee Information sheet. There are small incidental fees for Hot Lunches, Swim Lessons and After School Enrichment Programs and Clubs. Classroom Supply Lists are provided for families to purchase supplies for their student.
Q. Is Grande Ronde Academy associated with a specific Christian denomination?
Grande Ronde Academy is inter-denominational. We have more than 10 Christian Churches represented in our school community. We do not take positions on doctrine, but adhere to our Faith Statement and the Scriptures as the foundation of our understanding of the world and our Christian duty.
Q. Is there a dress code or uniform requirement?
There is a child-friendly dress code, but we do not require a specific uniform. All clothing must be in good condition, modest and honoring to the Lord. We recognize the subjective nature of determining acceptable standards for clothing and appearance so please review the Student Handbook for specifics regarding the dress code.
Q. What is the drop-off procedure?
Due to Covid-19, our drop-off procedures look very different this year. Face coverings are required when entering the building. GRA has supplied each student with neck gators to be worn at school. These gators will go home with the student each day for laundering as needed and brought back to school. If a student forgets his/her gator or other face covering, parents will be called and expected to bring it to the school.
Temperatures will be taken every morning using a digital thermometer that does not touch the skin. 1st- 4th graders will use the side entrance by the office, while 5th-8th graders will be using the entrance at the front of the building. The exception would be siblings—they can use either entrance together. School doors will open at 7:45 am, with students lining up on the painted pawprints (6 ft apart) while temperatures are taken. This year we are asking parents to remain in their cars at the school until their child(ren) is given the “ok” to come into the building. Once entering the building, students will go straight to their classrooms.
Q. Is the curriculum challenging to advanced learners?
We offer a challenging and balanced curriculum that meets the needs of most of our students. Due to our smaller class sizes our teachers are also able to individualize lessons to stimulate our high achievers and encourage them to delve deeper into subject matter.
Q. Does the school provide lunch?
Due to Covid-19 we will not be serving hot lunch at the beginning of the school year. Families will be notified when hot lunches resume. Milk will still be available for students at lunch time. Once hot lunch resumes it will be available most Friday's for students to purchase. The lunch typically includes main dish (e.g. pizza, pasta or sandwich depending on the week), fruit, vegetable, and dessert. Everyday students can purchase milk to accompany their sack lunch. Parents can pay for lunch and milk at office and staff will notify families when the balance is low. Staff requests that students are packed lunches that contain meals that your child is able to open and eat within time provided.
Q. What is the process for parent-teacher communication
The teachers at Grande Ronde Academy are committed to their students education and realize that parents play a key role in education. Communication is formally done through parent/teacher conferences at the end of each trimester. Each week a packet is sent home with official school communication, class work assignments, and detailed communication from the teacher about the upcoming week. Our teachers have open lines of communication and work to be available for their students and for parent concerns, we encourage parents to speak directly to the teacher(s) to find out their preferred means of communication.
Q. Is there a transportation system available through the school?
While many of the families participate with carpool, no official transportation is offered through the school. For those students going to Heidi Ho for after school care, Heidi Ho has a bus that will pick up at GRA.
Q. What is the pickup procedure?
Pick-up is still at the back side of the building. Dismissal for 1st-4th will be 3:00, and 5th-8th will be 3:05. Classes will use separate doors and wait on color-coded paw prints on the playground until they can safely be released to parents.
Many families have children who ride in car seats or booster seats, which can make for a longer loading process. Because of this, we have designated the pick-up line closest to the grass to be for these families (see picture below). Also, we realize sometimes situations arise that can cause last minute changes but, if possible, please pre-arrange play dates or alternate transportation and notify the office by 12:00 p.m. or send a note with your child. For the sake of safety, kids are only released to those designated on their pick-up list unless the office has been notified by phone or, preferably, in writing. This includes letting older students walk home.
Cars in line to pickup students at the end of the day