Premier Arts Academy
Where the Arts and Academic Excellence Meet!
The Premier Arts Academy is a free, chartered public school offering integrated arts and core academic learning. We are a non-profit, independent school in Elkhart, IN governed by a local board of directors and operating in accordance with the regulations of the Indiana Department of Education. The Premier Arts Academy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Utilizing the Arts as a catalyst, The Premier Arts Academy, utilizes a rigorous project-based curriculum blending academics and artistic excellence to enable our students to become the next generation of creative leaders.
Welcome to Premier Arts Academy!
Dear Students and Families,
I am thrilled to welcome you to the Premier Arts Academy! As the Head of School, I am honored to lead a talented team of educators and staff who are committed to providing an exceptional education and arts experience for our students.
At Premier Arts Academy, we believe in the transformative power of the arts. We are passionate about creating an environment where students can explore their creativity, discover their unique talents, and develop the skills and confidence to succeed in all areas of life.
Our curriculum is designed to integrate rigorous academic study with comprehensive arts education. We offer a range of programs in dance, music, theater, visual arts, and more, taught by experienced professionals who are dedicated to inspiring and challenging our students.
But at Premier Arts Academy, we are more than just a school. We are a community of learners and artists who share a deep love for the arts and a commitment to excellence. We believe in fostering a culture of respect, inclusivity, and collaboration, where every student can thrive and achieve their full potential.
As a parent myself, I understand that choosing the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions you will make. That's why we strive to create a warm and welcoming environment where students and families feel valued and supported. We believe that education is a partnership, and we look forward to working with you to help your child achieve their goals.
Thank you for choosing Premier Arts Academy. I am excited to embark on this journey with you and your family, and I look forward to getting to know you better in the coming weeks and months.
Head of School, Premier Arts Academy
DAILY SCHEDULE FOR STUDENTS M-Th
6:00am-8:00am Before Care ($5 per day/per student - must register)
7:40am - 8:00am Arrival and Breakfast
8:00am - 2:30pm Instructional Day
2:30pm Car Rider Dismissal
2:30pm - 6:00pm Lifeline After School Programming (Free but must pre-register)
3:30pm Band/Orchestra/Choir Student Dismissal
7:30am - 3:30pm Premier Arts Academy Office Hours (Mon-Thur)
FRIDAY STUDENT SCHEDULE
6:00am-8:00am Before Care ($5 per day/per student - must register)
7:40am - 8:00am Arrival and Breakfast
8:00am - 1:45pm Instructional Day
1:45pm-2:00pm Car Rider Dismissal
2:00pm - 5:00pm Premier Arts Academy After Care ($5 per day/ per student)
7:30am - 2:00pm Premier Arts Academy Office Hours (Friday)
2 HOUR DELAY SCHEDULE (WEATHER EMERGENCIES)
6:00am-8:00am NO BEFORE CARE
9:40 -10:00am Arrival and Breakfast
10:00 - 2:30pm. Instructional Day
2:30pm Car Rider Dismissal
2:30pm - 6:00pm Lifeline After School Programming (Free but must pre-register)
3:30pm Band/Orchestra/Choir Student Dismissal
PICK UP: Doors open at 7:40 a.m. For safety reasons, children should not arrive before 7:40 a.m. Please follow the direction of our school staff during drop-off. Reference the map below for procedures for drop-off. After 8:00 a.m. students will need to be walked into the main entrance and signed in by an adult. Students are considered tardy after 8:00a.m.
DISMISSAL: Dismissal begins at 2:30p.m. on Monday through Thursday and at 1:45pm on Friday. Follow the same traffic pattern for dismissal as in the arrival procedures. Any changes to dismissal (ie. student staying for after care, riding home with someone other than their guardian) will not be allowed without prior written notification or a call in to the office prior to 2:00pm.
PARENT DROP OFF/PICK UP LINE PROCEDURE: Please pull in from the Prairie St. entrance and follow the map directions:
VISITORS: All visitors must register in the office and pick up a visitor’s badge for the safety of our children. A state issued ID is required to leave the office area and gain access into the school building.
ATTENDANCE: Good attendance is critical for student success. If your child is unable to attend school due to illness, doctor’s appointment, or funeral, you must notify the office by phone at 574-971-ARTS (2787) , or by sending a note within 48 hours after the student returns to school. If your child is absent for 3 consecutive days or more he/she will need a doctor’s note upon return. If the school is not notified as to the reason for the absence, it will be recorded as unexcused/truant. Chronic absences for all or part of the day may be cause for referral to the following: Head of School; Office of Family and Children, Child Protective Services. If your child needs to be picked up early for any reason, the parent must come to the office and sign the child out. The child will be called to the office from the classroom.
EXCUSED ABSENCES: If a child must stay inside due to medical reasons, the teacher and office need a written excuse from the doctor stating the reasons why the child cannot go outside and the length of time (s)he is to stay inside.
SCHOOL CLOSINGS AND DELAYS: In the event of a school closing due to severe weather, heavy snow, temperature, or fog, all students will participate in eLearning from home. Visit the Premieartsacademy.org website, the Premier Arts Academy app or the Premier Arts Academy Facebook page for Premier Arts Academy closings. Please opt into text and email notifications through our communication app.
EMERGENCY INFORMATION: Emergency information must be on file for your child(ren). Contact the office if you move or change phone numbers. Please be sure the office has your current home address, phone number, work phone number, and the names and phone numbers of at least two people we can contact if we are unable to reach you. This information is extremely important for your child’s safety and in case of an illness or accident.
BREAKFAST/LUNCH PROGRAM: Breakfast will be served from 7:40 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Lunch times will vary per grade level. If students choose to bring their lunch to school, we are asking that NO POP be sent to school with lunches for nutritional reasons. Free/Reduced lunch forms are available in the office. *Parents are welcome to join their children for lunch. You must check in at the office.
BEFORE CARE: Premier Arts Academy will provide childcare from 6am-8am Mon-Friday (except on emergency weather 2-hour delays). Students will have access to games, puzzles, gym time, breakfast (fees apply), and supervision. Before Care is $5/day per student and maxes out at $15/day per family. Before Care passes will be sold in advance through our online store (soon to be accessible through our website and app) and loaded into the check-in spreadsheet. When students check in for Before Care, one daily pass will automatically be deducted from their account. When you have 3 passes left, our office manager will email you as a reminder to reload your account. This system allows families to utilize Before Care only on the days they need it rather than commit for an entire week, month or year at at time
AFTER SCHOOL CARE: From Monday to Thursday, beginning at 2:30 pm and extending until 6:00 pm, Lifeline will be offering a character-based program at The Hub. We are truly grateful for this partnership, as it allows our students to engage in additional activities that promote character development, academic support, athletics, nutritious meals, games, and small group mentoring.
It is important to note that Lifeline's after school program is NOT an aftercare service (babysitting), but a character-education program. Lifeline programming is completely separate from Premier Arts Academy and is an OPTIONAL OPPORTUNITY offered free of charge to Premier Arts Academy families. During the registration process, you will be asked to choose a consistent pick-up time for your child, either at 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm, or 6:00 pm. This will help us ensure a smooth and organized dismissal process.
KINDERGARTEN AFTERCARE (Mon-Fri)
Because Lifeline does not traditionally serve Kindergarten students, the Premier Arts Academy staff will be stepping in to supervise our Kindergarten kids who pre-purchase Care Credits through the PAA Online Store.
Friday After School Care
Premier Arts Academy will provide childcare from 2pm-5pm on Friday afternoons. Students will have access to games, puzzles, gym time, a snack, and supervision. Friday Care is $5/day per student and maxes out at $15/day per family. Friday Care passes will be sold in advance through our online store (soon to be accessible through our website and app) and loaded into the check-in spreadsheet. When students check in for Friday Care, one daily pass will automatically be deducted from their account. When you have 1 pass left, our office manager will email you as a reminder to reload your account.
Note: Care Credits for Before Care and Friday Care are interchangeable and can be used for either service.
HEALTH AND SAFETY: School staff may care for minor ailments or injuries. If an emergency arises, it is the policy of the school to contact the family if possible. This will be done before calling an ambulance, when time permits. School personnel will not attempt to treat or diagnose cases of illness or injury. Administration of medication prescribed by a licensed physician and supplied by a parent must be arranged with the school by filling out the required form. Nonprescription medication will be administered only if there is written permission from the student’s parent or legal guardian and if it is sent in the original container. Medications will not be sent home with students but must be picked up in the office. If a child is absent due to a contagious disease, he must be free of all symptoms before returning to school. Do not send your child to school if you detect evidence of illness (temperature or vomiting).
Every student will be issued an iPad for instructional purposes. The iPads will come home with students regularly and need to be returned each day charged and ready for school. Students will need to access the internet at home for homework and E-Learning Days. If you need assistance with affordable home internet, please contact our front office for a referral. Every family must review and sign the Premier Arts Academy Technology Agreement before an iPad will be issued. The following are iPad guidelines that appear in the Technology Agreement:
2.1. The Student agrees to use the Academy's provided technology devices, including but not limited to iPads, solely for educational purposes, in a manner consistent with the Academy's curriculum and policies.
2.2. The Student shall refrain from using the technology devices for unauthorized purposes, including but not limited to accessing, transmitting, or sharing inappropriate or illegal content, engaging in cyberbullying, hacking, or any other activity that violates the Academy's code of conduct or local, state, or federal laws.
2.3. The Student shall respect the privacy and digital property rights of others and shall not attempt to access, modify, or delete data without proper authorization.
2.4. The Student shall use technology resources in a manner that does not disrupt or interfere with the educational environment, including the use of appropriate language and respectful communication.
Care and Maintenance
3.1. The Student shall handle the technology devices provided by the Academy with care and respect, following the guidelines provided by the Academy for proper care, storage, and transportation.
3.2. The Student shall protect the technology devices from loss or theft by keeping them in secure locations and reporting any loss or theft immediately to the Academy's designated personnel.
3.3. The Student shall not attempt to disassemble, repair, or modify the technology devices without prior authorization from the Academy.
3.4. The Student shall be responsible for the cost of repair or replacement of technology devices that are damaged due to negligence or intentional misuse after the second instance if additional protection hasn’t been purchased.
Compliance with Indiana Law
4.1. The Student and their parent/legal guardian understand and agree to comply with all applicable local, state, and federal laws, including but not limited to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and the Academy's policies regarding technology use.
4.2. The Student and their parent/legal guardian understand that any violation of this Agreement, Indiana Law, or the Academy's policies may result in disciplinary action, which may include but is not limited to the revocation of technology privileges and/or other consequences as determined by the Academy.
IPAD PROTECTION PLAN (OPTIONAL): PAA students will be allotted 2 accidental damages. After the 2nd repair or replacement it will become the financial responsibility of the parent or guardian to repair at cost or replace the iPad at $400. Replacement chargers will incur a fee of $39.98 and will be applied to the student account. To help parents plan for this cost, PAA is providing optional insurance to pay for additional breakages and lost or stolen devices. This optional technology insurance costs $25.00 per student. Participating in the optional insurance plan will cover the replacement cost of the iPad if it is lost or stolen and/or if it needs to be repaired more than 2 times.
TEACHING AND LEARNING:
OVERVIEW:The Premier Arts Academy’s teaching philosophy combines strategies such as arts integration, challenge-based learning, and small group instruction that are proven to benefit children, improve outcomes, and cultivate 21st century skills. Students will thrive in our “hands-on-minds-on” environment.
CURRICULUM: Every parent must sign the CURRICULUM ACKNOWLEDGMENT FORM and agree to the challenge process outlined below.
Wit and Wisdom:
Wit and Wisdom is a comprehensive English Language Arts curriculum designed to cultivate a deep love of reading, critical thinking skills, and effective communication. It exposes students to a wide range of thought-provoking texts, fostering their understanding of diverse literature and building the necessary skills to become proficient readers and writers.
Eureka Math 2.0: Eureka Math 2.0 is a dynamic mathematics curriculum that promotes a deep understanding of mathematical concepts and develops problem-solving skills. It follows a coherent progression from foundational skills to complex topics, equipping students with the knowledge and confidence to excel in mathematics.
Process for Challenging Materials:
We understand that as parents/guardians, you may have concerns about specific instructional materials within our chosen curricula. We value open communication and respect your right to express these concerns. At the same time, we kindly request that you entrust the choice of curriculum materials to the expertise of our school and teachers. It is our firm belief that our chosen curricula, Wit and Wisdom and Eureka Math 2.0, provide a well-rounded and rigorous education for your child. Challenging materials should be a rare event, as our curriculum choices are thoughtfully selected and aligned with educational standards. However, if a situation arises where you wish to challenge specific materials, we have established the following guidelines:
If you have concerns about specific materials within Wit and Wisdom or Eureka Math 2.0, we encourage you to schedule a meeting with your child's teacher. During this meeting, the teacher will discuss the materials in question and provide further context regarding their inclusion in the curriculum.
Collaboration and Discussion:
The teacher will collaborate with you to gain a comprehensive understanding of your concerns. This collaborative discussion is essential to address any misunderstandings or explore potential alternatives.
If, after the initial review and discussion, you still have reservations about the material, the matter will be escalated to the Head of School and School Board. They will conduct a thorough evaluation of the content, considering its alignment with academic standards, pedagogical goals, and educational values of our school.
Decision and Resolution:
After careful consideration, a decision will be made regarding the inclusion or modification of the challenged material. The Head of School, in consultation with the curriculum coordinator, will communicate the decision to you within a reasonable timeframe. If necessary, alternative materials will be chosen for the child in question, not the entire class.
The Academy believes that homework reinforces the learning happening in the classroom as well as gives students the opportunity to learn important lessons in responsibility and accountability. Therefore, homework is provided as an integral part of the students’ education. In general, The Academy attempts to assign approximately ten minutes of homework per grade level to students. While we strive to use these guidelines, we like to make clear that it is impossible to gauge perfectly how long an assignment will take a given child, as some students take longer to complete tasks than others. Parents are encouraged to communicate with classroom teachers regarding questions about homework. Families should expect daily reading practice for grades K-2 that should take 15-20 minutes. Students in grades 3-6 may also be assigned a variety of long-term projects such as posters, models, or research papers that will require additional time outside of the classroom.
Up to date academic information can be accessed through your child’s account on PowerSchool. For login information contact the school office. Parents will receive a monthly progress report with a comprehensive explanation of your child’s progress toward mastery of core standards. Premier Arts Academy utilizes standards-based grading and the use of student portfolios to capture standards attainment. Twice a year, you are invited to attend a student-led conference with your child’s teacher to receive an in-person update and to view the portfolio together with your child and their teacher.
ARTS MAJORS: Students will choose an Arts Major in their 7th grade year for focused daily instruction in their chosen subject area. Arts majors will be taught by highly credentialed professional teaching artists. Students may choose from Dance, Visual Arts, Theater, Music, or Culinary Arts.
COMMUNITY EXPOS: A hallmark of our school will be regular community expos and performances to demonstrate the work of students and in an authentic way. Our quarterly community expo events will further help us in measuring academic and 21st Century skill growth. Students will publish and present the results of their Challenge Hour and Arts in Action projects to the wider community. This also allows for more regular engagement from parents and the community and for students to act on the solutions they’ve been seeking in their projects. Parents will see growth in their child’s communication skills as the children present their work to the wider community. Check the school calendar for dates.
ALL SCHOOL PRODUCTIONS: PA students will participate as a student body in a number of all-school productions throughout the academic year. Rehearsal for these productions will be completed during the school day in their arts classes.
Band & Orchestra: 5th-6th grade students may participate in the Premier Arts Academy Band & Orchestra. Student musicians will stay after school Mon-Thursday from 2:30-3:30. This schedule allows any student, regardless of their chosen arts major, to participate in the Band & Orchestra program. You can expect to view performances at the quarterly community expos.
Choir: 3rd-6th grade students may participate in the Premier Arts Academy Choir. Student musicians will stay after school Mon-Thursday from 2:30-3:30. This schedule allows any student, regardless of their chosen arts major, to participate in the Choir program. You can expect to view performances at the quarterly community expos.
Note: Students may elect to participate in either Band/Orchestra OR Choir, not both simultaneously.
Productions by audition: 1-2 times a year, students will have the opportunity to audition for a PA Academy play or musical production that rehearses outside the school day from 3:30pm-5pm. This is completely optional. Once a student commits to the production, attendance is imperative for a successful experience.
Clubs/Activities: Faculty members and/or students may propose a club/activity utilizing the NEW ACTIVITY FORM. The administration will make every effort to seek out a leader/coach and approve any new activity with enough student interest. Some clubs/activities may have modest dues depending on the amount of consumable materials required for the activity. New approved clubs will be advertised on the website, school app, and in-person to students for sign-up. Parents will need to complete the online sign-up and permission slip for their child to participate.
Conservatory: Premier Arts Inc offers an array of music, dance & acting classes through their conservatory program at the Lerner Theater. A calendar of offerings and tuition prices will be shared at the start of each semester. Transportation from the Academy to the Lerner may be provided on certain days of the week. Some partial scholarships are also available by application.
Sports: With enough student interest the Premier Arts Academy will offer Girls & Boys Soccer in the Fall, Boys and Girls Basketball in the Winter, and Boys and Girls Track in the Spring for 5th and 6th grade students. Faculty members and/or students may propose a sport utilizing the NEW SPORT FORM. The administration will make every effort to seek out a coach and approve any new sport with enough student interest. Some sports may have modest participation fees. New approved sports will be advertised on the website, school app, and in-person to students for sign-up. Parents will need to complete the online sign-up and permission slip for their child to participate.
Class Parties: Premier Arts Academy believes we should celebrate together! You can expect class parties for Halloween, Winter Holidays, and Valentines Day. Room parents will collaborate with the classroom teachers using a set of parameters set by school policy. We encourage parents to sign up to assist with parties and/or contribute requested items for the festivities.
Birthdays: We are excited to help you celebrate your child’s birthday at school. Birthday boys and girls will receive a birthday shout out on the morning newscast, will get a special button to wear for the day, a prize from the office treasure chest, and may bring in goody bags (without food) to pass out at the end of the school day. You are welcome to sign in at the front desk and eat lunch with your student on their birthday if you wish. Please refrain from bringing in baked goods or food as severe allergies in the school community could cause serious bodily harm.
Parent Booster Club: The Premier Arts Academy Parent Booster Club is a dedicated group of parents and guardians who work together to support and enhance the educational and artistic experiences of students at Premier Arts Academy. As a Parent Booster Club member, you have the opportunity to actively participate in various activities and initiatives that contribute to the overall success and well-being of our students.
The Parent Booster Club serves as a bridge between parents, teachers, and the school administration, fostering open lines of communication and collaboration. Our primary goal is to promote a strong sense of community and create a supportive network that ensures the highest quality of education and artistic opportunities for our students.
Key objectives of the Parent Booster Club include:
Supportive Engagement: We strive to engage parents and guardians in meaningful ways that support the academic, artistic, and personal growth of our students. By working closely with teachers and school staff, we aim to create an environment where students can thrive and reach their full potential.
Volunteerism and Assistance: The Parent Booster Club coordinates and mobilizes volunteers for various school activities, events, and fundraisers. We encourage parents to actively participate in volunteering opportunities, whether it be assisting in the classroom, chaperoning field trips, supporting extracurricular activities, or helping with fundraising initiatives.
Fundraising and Financial Support: We organize and coordinate fundraising activities to provide financial support for programs, resources, and initiatives that enhance the educational and artistic experiences of our students. Funds raised through our efforts directly benefit Premier Arts Academy and contribute to the enrichment of the learning environment.
Advocacy and Communication: The Parent Booster Club serves as an advocate for students, parents, and teachers. We strive to facilitate effective communication, address concerns, and promote positive relationships between all stakeholders. We encourage open dialogue, transparency, and collaboration to foster a strong partnership between home and school.
Community Building: We organize social events and activities that foster a sense of community among parents, students, and staff. These events provide opportunities for families to connect, build relationships, and celebrate the accomplishments of our students.
By joining the Parent Booster Club, you become an integral part of a supportive and engaged community committed to the success of our students. Together, we can make a significant impact and contribute to the growth and development of Premier Arts Academy. We welcome and encourage all parents and guardians to join the Parent Booster Club and actively participate in creating an exceptional educational experience for our students. For more information or to get involved, please reach out to Elizabeth Osowlski at [email protected].
Room Parents: Premier Arts Academy would love for every classroom to have 1-2 room parent volunteers. Your involvement as a Room Parent will not only enrich the lives of our students but also provide you with an opportunity to actively engage in your child's educational journey. It is a fulfilling role that allows you to contribute your time, talents, and ideas to make a positive impact on our school community. As a Room Parent, you will play a crucial role in facilitating communication and collaboration between teachers, parents, and the school administration. Your active participation will contribute to building a strong partnership and enhance the overall educational experience of our students.
- Assist the teacher in organizing and coordinating classroom activities, special projects, and events.
- Help recruit and coordinate volunteers for classroom activities, field trips, and school-wide events.
- Coordinate parent volunteers for special projects, such as creating classroom displays, organizing classroom parties, or providing support during performances.
- Collaborate with the school's fundraising initiatives by promoting and coordinating fundraising events within the classroom or grade level.
- Assist in collecting and tracking funds, if necessary, and provide support in distributing fundraising materials.
- Collaborate with the teacher to identify and implement ways to enhance the learning environment, such as organizing classroom library resources, assisting with classroom decoration, or sourcing materials for special projects.
If you are interested in becoming a Room Parent or have any questions regarding the role, please reach out to Elizabeth Osowoski at [email protected]. We would be delighted to provide you with further information and support as you embark on this rewarding endeavor. Thank you for considering this important role at Premier Arts Academy. Together, we can create an exceptional educational experience for our students and build a vibrant community of learners.
Volunteering: We are excited to have your support and participation as a volunteer at Premier Arts Academy. The involvement of parents and guardians is essential to our mission of providing a high-quality education for all students. As part of your commitment to Premier Arts Academy, we are asking that each family complete a minimum of 10 hours of volunteer service during the school year. We appreciate your time and effort in supporting our school community.
Every parent/guardian has signed a VOLUNTEER AGREEMENT committing to:
- Complete 10 hours of volunteer service at Premier Arts Academy during the school year.
- Attend a mandatory orientation session to understand the expectations, policies, and procedures for volunteering at the school.
- Abide by the school's policies and procedures, including those related to confidentiality, student safety, and behavior.
- Submit required information for a background check. This is necessary if the volunteer will have unsupervised contact with students.
- Notify the school if you are unable to fulfill your volunteer commitment for any reason.
In return for your commitment, Premier Arts Academy will provide:
- Opportunities for meaningful volunteer involvement in the school and its programs.
- Recognition for your contributions to the school and its students.
- Support and training to ensure a positive and productive volunteer experience.
- Free background checks as needed.
PREMIER ARTS ACADEMY BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS
BEHAVIOR: Students are expected to follow Premier Arts Code of Conduct as well as specific classroom rules. Please review the guidelines with your child. The Student Code of Conduct and excerpts from the Discipline Policy are included below. You may read the complete Discipline Policy on the School Board page on the PAA website.
Premier Arts Academy Student Code of Conduct
At Premier Arts Academy, we believe in creating a safe and inclusive environment that fosters learning and growth. To achieve this, we expect our students to follow this code of conduct at all times:
Good Behavior in the Classroom
- Come to class on time and be prepared to learn
- Respect your teacher and fellow students
- Listen actively and participate in class discussions
- Use appropriate language and tone of voice
- Follow instructions and complete assignments on time
- Use the bathroom only for its intended purpose
- Leave the bathroom clean and tidy
- Respect the privacy of others
- Report any vandalism or damage immediately to a teacher or staff member
- Use good table manners and eat quietly
- Clean up after yourself and leave the table clean
- Respect your classmates’ space and belongings
- Follow the rules regarding food and drink in the cafeteria
- Walk on the right side of the hallway
- Keep the noise level down
- Respect other students’ space and belongings
- Do not run or push others
- Follow playground rules and regulations
- Use equipment appropriately and safely
- Respect others’ space and feelings
- Report any injuries or unsafe conditions immediately to a teacher or staff member
- Follow the bus driver’s instructions at all times
- Remain seated and keep your seatbelt fastened
- Respect other students’ space and belongings
- Do not distract the driver or engage in any behavior that could endanger the safety of yourself or others
- Follow the instructions of the teacher and chaperones
- Respect the rules and regulations of the location being visited
- Represent the school in a positive manner
- Report any incidents or issues immediately to a teacher or staff member
Cell Phones: Effective communication and focused learning are essential to the academic and artistic development of our students at Premier Arts Academy. In order to create a conducive learning environment and ensure the safety and well-being of all students, we have implemented the following cell phone usage policy:
- During Class: Cell phones must be turned off or set to silent mode and kept out of sight during class time. Students are not permitted to use cell phones for personal purposes while in class, including texting, making calls, or browsing the internet.
- During Rehearsals and Performances: Cell phones should not be used during rehearsals or performances unless explicitly permitted by the teacher or director for educational or production-related purposes.
- In case of emergency or urgent communication needs, students may discreetly use their cell phones with permission from a teacher or school staff member. It is important for students to prioritize their safety and follow instructions during emergency situations.
- Students are responsible for the security and safekeeping of their cell phones. The school will not be liable for any loss, theft, or damage of personal devices brought to the premises.
- Students should avoid sharing their personal cell phone numbers with individuals they do not know or trust.
- Students must use their cell phones responsibly, respecting the privacy and rights of others. This includes refraining from capturing or sharing unauthorized photos or videos of fellow students, staff, or school events.
- Students should refrain from using cell phones in a way that disrupts the learning environment, such as playing games, listening to music, or engaging in inappropriate online activities.
Consequences of Violation:
- Any violation of this cell phone usage policy may result in disciplinary action, including but not limited to warnings, temporary confiscation of the device, parental notification, or other consequences as deemed appropriate by the school administration.
- Repeat or serious offenses may result in more severe disciplinary actions, including loss of privileges, detention, or suspension.
We believe that by adhering to this cell phone usage policy, students will benefit from a focused and respectful learning environment that encourages their academic and artistic growth. We appreciate the cooperation of students and parents in supporting this policy and fostering a positive educational experience for all.
Please note that this policy is subject to periodic review and updates. Any changes will be communicated to students, parents, and staff accordingly.
Our school is committed to providing a safe and inclusive learning environment for all students. We believe that every student has the right to learn and grow without fear of harassment, intimidation, or bullying. As a result, we have implemented the following policy to address incidents of bullying at our school.
Definition of Bullying:
Bullying is any intentional behavior that causes harm or distress to another person, either physically or emotionally. This can include verbal, physical, or psychological abuse, and can occur in person or online.
Any student who has been the victim of bullying or who witnesses bullying should report the incident to a teacher or other school staff member immediately. Students may also report bullying anonymously using our school's reporting system that can be found on the PAA app or on the PAA website.
All reports of bullying will be taken seriously and investigated promptly by school staff. The investigation will involve interviewing the victim, the alleged bully, and any witnesses to the incident. The school will also gather any other relevant evidence before making a determination as to whether bullying has occurred.
Consequences for Bullying:
Students found to have engaged in bullying behavior will face appropriate consequences, which may include discipline, counseling, or other interventions designed to prevent future bullying. Depending on the severity and frequency of the behavior, consequences may range from a warning to suspension or expulsion.
Our school is committed to creating a positive and respectful school culture that values diversity and promotes inclusion. We will provide ongoing education and training to students, teachers, and parents to raise awareness of bullying and its impact, as well as strategies for prevention and intervention. Additionally, we will encourage students to develop positive relationships with their peers and promote kindness and empathy through school-wide activities and events.
We take bullying very seriously at our school and are committed to providing a safe and supportive learning environment for all students. By working together, we can prevent bullying and promote a culture of kindness and respect.
The School expects student dress and grooming to be neat, clean and in keeping with community standards, so that each student may share in promoting a positive, healthy and safe atmosphere within the School. This expectation encompasses the School day and school sponsored extracurricular activities. Students may wear special clothing necessary for a school-sponsored event, as permitted by the Head of School.
The dress and grooming of the student body affects the educational environment and the climate for learning in our school. We believe that helping students become aware of the appropriate dress for various activities is part of the educational process. The nature of our curriculum demands that students have the correct clothing and footwear in order to be safe and to learn effectively.
Upper garments will consist of any shirt that is available through the PAA apparel line. The Academy students will have a wide selection of school gear to choose from to wear as their shirt. A wide range of colors and styles, all featuring the PAA logo, will be available in our school store and our online ordering portal. Students will be expected to be in a branded shirt every day unless it is a special dress-up or dress-down day. Students may wear a long-sleeve shirt (solid color) underneath their PAA shirts. Shirts must be properly fitted (not oversized or overly tight, and must cover the top of the lower garment). Shirts must not have holes or embellishments. Sweatshirts or sweaters available through the PAA apparel line may be worn during the school day.
Lower garments will consist of appropriate jeans, khaki pants, walking shorts, capris, skirts or athletic pants (including sweatpants or yoga pants). Pants and shorts must be properly fitted (not oversized or overly tight) and must not have holes. Pants must fit at the waist, or a belt must be worn to prevent them from falling.
Shoes or boots must have both closed heel and toe. Gym shoes are recommended. You must also provide appropriate dance shoes as necessary.
5.3.1 Discipline Policy Overview:
The Academy believes that children deserve the opportunities to learn and grow in a variety of ways. By intentional design, we will provide students with procedures and skill development that will allow them to practice positive choices. We also believe that with a strong instructional program, behavioral problems are less likely to occur when students are engaged in the learning. However, we realize that issues may arise which require staff to address unacceptable student behavior. In doing so, we intend to provide students with the support that they need to develop behavioral skills and cooperatively be accountable for their actions.
The Head of School shall provide to all students and their parents the rules of this Academy regarding student conduct, the sanctions which may be imposed for breach of those rules, and the due process procedures that will be followed in administering the Academy Code of Conduct. The Academy shall abide by Federal and State laws in matters relating to discipline, suspension, and expulsion of disabled students.
5.3.5 Behavioral Consequences
The following is a list of possible consequences that may be given to students for inappropriate behavior. In certain instances, other consequences that appropriately match the misbehavior may also be used.
22.214.171.124 Verbal Warning
If a student is exhibiting a relatively minor behavioral infraction, the staff at their professional discretion, will give the child verbal warnings that their behavior is inappropriate, and the warning may be documented by that staff member for future reference.
126.96.36.199 Written Warning
If the behavior was a minor infraction and/or was the first or second occurrence, the student may receive a written warning to let the student know that if similar inappropriate behavior continues there will be similar and more significant consequences in the future. This notice will be documented in PowerSchool and sent home through either written or email form to make the parents aware of the issue.
188.8.131.52 Removal of Students
A student’s behavior may require that he or she be temporarily removed from class or from a class activity for a brief period of time. This may be done to provide the student an opportunity to reflect on their behavior. It may also be done to ensure either the continued academic growth of other students or the health, safety, or welfare of everyone involved. The student will complete a reflection sheet to identify the problem, their choices, and what they could have done differently. If necessary, the student may meet with the Head of School (or designee) to discuss the concern and ways of remedying the situation. Parents will receive copies of the reflection sheet that they must sign and have their child return, Parents will be notified if their signature is not received or if their child is removed from class for serious or repetitive behavioral concerns.
184.108.40.206 In-School Suspension (ISS)
An in-school suspension is a consequence which removes a student from his or her peers and allows the student time to reflect on his or her misbehavior. Students will be removed from class and located in an area outside the common areas where students are typically present. ISS for any part of the day are reported as “removals” in the state discipline data report. ISS shall not be considered an absence from school. However, students are required to complete, on their own time, all make up work from the time missed.
220.127.116.11 Out-of-School Suspension
An out-of-school suspension will be time away from school to consider and reflect on their misbehavior. When suspended, a student is not allowed on school property, and if seen on school property, will be considered trespassing. While suspended, students are not allowed to participate in any school related activities. Out-of-school suspensions will be considered unexcused absences, and the student will be required to make up on their own time all work from time missed.
- safety of any student or staff member
- whether restorative practices will be used to address the violation or behavior
- whether a lesser intervention would properly address the violation or behavior
18.104.22.168 Due Process
The Board recognizes the importance of safeguarding a student's constitutional rights, particularly when subject to disciplinary procedures.The Board recognizes exclusion from the educational programs of the Academy, whether by suspension or expulsion, is the most severe sanction that can be imposed on a student and is one that cannot be imposed without appropriate due process, since exclusion deprives a child of the right to an education. In all cases resulting in short-term suspension, long-term suspension or expulsion, appropriate due process rights must be observed. The Head of School shall check to make sure the student is not classified as disabled under Section 504. Students with disabilities under IDEA or Section 504 shall be expelled only in accordance with their rights under Federal law.
For purposes of this policy, suspension shall be either short-term (not more than ten (10) days) or long-term (for more than ten (10) days but less than permanent expulsion) removal of a student from school. The Head of School may suspend a student for a period not to exceed 10 school days.
In all cases resulting in short-term suspension, long-term suspension, or expulsion, appropriate due process rights must be observed. In determining whether a student is to be suspended or expelled, the Head of School shall use a preponderance of evidence standard. The Head of School shall develop procedures to implement this policy that shall include the following:
- strategies for providing special assistance to students in danger of being expelled and
- not achieving the academic outcomes of the Academy's core curriculum;
- standards of behavior for all students in accordance with Academy Board policy on
- student discipline;
- procedures that ensure due process; and
- provision for make-up work at home, when appropriate.