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Elementary Options FAQ

Elementary Options Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How old must a student be to start SLC?

A: A student must turn 5 years of age on or before September 1st of the year they want to start school.

Q: What is a virtual academy and how does it work?

A: A virtual academy utilizes computer based curricula and virtual meeting spaces to support distance based education. Our program adds Homeschool text materials for k-5 grade learners, on site enrichment and instruction, and social activities to promote a full learning experience.

Q: What is a parent’s role for grades K-5?

A: Parents are expected to be the Learning Coach for each student. A Learning Coach is the primary educator for the student. Our highly qualified teachers are available to help support parents by providing instructional strategies and resources to you when needed.

Q: How much does the Elementary Options Program cost?

A: SLC is a free public charter school publicly funded by the Oregon Department of Education. The only cost incurred by a family is the cost to provide internet connection from home and field trip fees.

Q: Does SLC offer field trips?

A: Yes! Field trips offer not just an educational component but also a social component as well. SLC offers several field trips a year.

Q: What is the STAR 360 Assessment?

A: This assessment is given to K-5 students when they enroll (typically the Fall), then again in the Winter and Spring. The assessment tracks student progress in Math and Reading and helps identify where a student’s strengths and weaknesses are. We provide the learning coach with a detailed report and a list of instructional ideas to build the weaker areas, as well as support the stronger areas. Additionally, we use this data to plan curricula and analyze program needs.

Q: What is an “enrichment”?

A: Enrichments are face-to-face classes and activities that we conduct each week throughout the year to “enrich” your students learning experience. A class may include instruction with a focus around Math, Language Arts, Writing, hands-on Science, or Social Studies. We will always offer PE, Music, and Orchestra, and may add activities such as art or drama. These enrichments provide opportunities for students to work cooperatively with other students of similar age levels.

Q: Can I be enrolled in SLC and another school/program at the same time?

A: No. When students enroll in SLC, students become full-time students of SLC.

Q: Do I have to live in Estacada School District to enroll in SLC?

A: No. All charters in the State of Oregon must be sponsored by a school district. Estacada School District sponsors SLC. Currently, SLC services students who reside in over 30 districts.

Q: Are all of the teachers at SLC highly-qualified?

A: Yes.

Q: Are students of SLC required to participate in state testing?

A: Yes. All students who enroll in a public charter school are expected to participate in state testing in grades 3-8, and 11.

Q: Is SLC accredited?

A: Yes. SLC is accredited by AdvancED; the local school accreditation agency.

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