FAQ

Academic Environment

Where do your 8th graders attend high school?

Our students have gone on to find success in other charter schools, as magnet students, and in their zoned school.  We have purposely chosen not to grow into a high school because there are many different options available for students who are ready to take on the challenge of a rigorous high school curriculum.  Our students are prepared for success, academically and socially, in high school, college, and life beyond the classroom.

Tell me about your results?

What is the average class size?

We plan on seating 22 students per class every year.  This number can vary by one or two in either direction.

Do you offer any advanced or Honors classes?

All classes are differentiated from Kindergarten through sixth grade.  Students are in heterogenous classrooms where their varying academic needs are met.  Seventh graders who display readiness for a more advanced curriculum may take Algebra I for high school credit.  Eighth graders may take English I, Algebra I, or Geometry I for high school credit.  While not considered Honors classes, eighth graders may also take Spanish I, Keyboarding and/or Computer Applications for high school credit.

What classes are offered at Lead Academy?

K5 - 4th Grade

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Art
  • Physical Education
  • Technology
  • Music
  • Gifted and Talented Classes

5th & 6th Grade

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Advanced
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Band
  • Spanish Language & Culture
  • Art
  • Music/Choir
  • Physical Education


7th Grade

  • Language Arts 7
  • Mathematics 7
  • Mathematics 7 Advanced
  • Science 7
  • Social Studies 7
  • Algebra I (HS Credit)
  • Band
  • Spanish Language & Culture
  • Art
  • Music/Choir
  • Physical Education
  • Book Club
  • Keyboarding* (0.5 HS Credit)
  • Computer Applications* (0.5 HS Credit)

8th Grade

  • Language Arts 8
  • English I Honors (HS Credit)
  • Mathematics 8
  • Science 8
  • Social Studies 8
  • Algebra I Honors (HS Credit)
  • Geometry Honors - ONLINE (HS Credit)
  • Band
  • Spanish Language & Culture
  • Art
  • Music/Choir/Bucket Drumming
  • Physical Education
  • Book Club
  • Keyboarding* (0.5 HS Credit)
  • Computer Applications* (0.5 HS Credit)

Charter Schools

What is the process for admission?

Refer to our Admissions page for specific information. Please note: Lead Academy is a choice and each family must decide if the school is a good fit for each child. The burden is on the parents to determine if this school is appropriate for their child. To that end, we recommend parents attend an Orientation Meeting prior to the enrollment lottery each year. The purpose of that meeting is to clearly explain the school program - what you should expect - what you should not. The dates and times of these meetings are published on the website Admissions page and on the application. School tours are conducted at your convenience, provided a staff member is available to assist you.  Contact Massiel Steadman at msteadman@myleadacademy.com or dial extension 715 to schedule a walk-through tour.

Do you charge tuition?

Charter schools may not charge tuition. We may charge fees normally assessed at other traditional public schools, such as fees for field trips, student planners, and uniforms.

 

How are charter schools funded?

Lead Academy is a public charter school and a member of the South Carolina Public Charter School District.  We receive per pupil funding through the district, based on a per pupil allotment determined annually by the state legislature.  Unlike traditional public schools, out of this allotment, the we must pay all of our expenses, including transportation and facility costs.  Lead Academy is classified as a public charity under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

What is a charter school?

A charter school is a public school governed by a board of directors elected by the parents of students and the school faculty. Charter schools provide an opportunity for the organization and operation of flexible, innovative, and substantially deregulated public schools. Charter schools must teach according to the South Carolina state curriculum standards and students are required to take all state-mandated assessments.

Discipline

What is your discipline system?

We are a community of learners, and it is important that students contribute to our community instead of creating distractions.  Therefore, we strive to be intentional in guiding students towards appropriate behavior and we constantly highlight the importance of teamwork.  We use structures such as Crew to support our scholars and focus on our core values each day.

When our core values are violated, we try to use restorative practices that engage students in recognizing needs and taking responsibility for their actions.  Using restorative practices is always a work in practice, but you can read more about how one classroom in Denver has implemented the model - http://elschools.org/best-practices/moving-conflict-peace-0.

Consequences

For minor infractions behavior concerns are addressed by teachers, first with the student and then to the parents. If there are continued concerns, the problem is referred to the administration.  All students are expected to take responsibility for their learning and their behavior. Even when restorative practices are employed, actions which disrupt the learning environment can result in lunch detention, after-school detention/work detail, suspension from school, or other appropriate measures.

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