Frequently Asked Questions
How are absences handled for illness, bad weather etc.? There are no make up days just as with a brick and mortar school. Assignments will be given and made up in a timely manner. In the case of inclement weather, such as a hurricane, days may be added to the end of the school year. How is Penn Academy different than other educational institutions?We offer live, direct instruction rather than just videos. The school week is only four days per week. Fridays are reserved for specialty classes such as piano lessons, theater arts instruction, field trips with the family etc.
Can I enroll my student in only one class?Yes, beginning in 6th grade, a student may enroll in only one class or may choose to take a full academic load through our academy or our partner school, Ethos School. They offer several courses for grades 6-12 including photography, Chinese, ASL, dual-credit and AP courses. Ethos is an accredited school.
What is the curriculum?A single curriculum was not chosen because one size does not fit all. Ms. Penn, the director of the school believes in the use of learning styles to drive instruction as well as individualized instruction. We have taken an eclectic approach choosing the curriculum which we feel is best for our students in each individual course as well as fit within the model of classical, Reggio Emilia, and project-based learning philosophies of education. What works well in some traditional school classes may not be as teacher-and parent-friendly as we would like, just as some home-schooling texts may not fit well in a group classroom setting.
Can students transfer to Penn Academy after being in other schools?Yes, students who transfer will be placed in classes based on transcripts, and admissions testing. High school students may not enter mid-year.
Is your program accredited?Yes, our 6th -8th grade classes that are taken through Ethos are accredited.
Who are your teachers?Our teachers are hired professionals, with extensive experience in education and training in their teaching field. They are state certified, and/or have extensive training, college coursework or degrees. Teachers must meet a defined set of criteria, first and foremost of which is a close personal relationship with Jesus Christ. They must also love children, have a passion for their subject and a gift of teaching.
What are your class sizes?Elementary Grades 1-5: 2-10 Students / 1 TeacherMiddle School Grades 6-8: 3-7 Students / 1 Teacher
Is there a dress code/uniform policy?Uniform dress is NOT required. We just ask that students are appropriately dressed for class, not in pajamas, and not in tee shirts with inappropriate words or logos or low cut tops. You may purchase spirit shirts with a school logo if desired.
Do you have facilities/resources for special needs children?Our director, Ms. Penn is state certified as a special education teacher. She can direct teach or coach the teachers in meeting the needs of ADD, high functioning autistic, dyslexic, or students with specific learning disabilities.