NRGLC Operational FAQ

1. What are the school’s hours?

Monday – Friday 8:45 am – 3:15 pm (3-yr old half-day is 8:45 am -12:30 pm)

Daily Schedule

8:30 am – 8:40 am – Student Drop-Off  

8:45 am – School Begins (see specific class schedules for details of activity)

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch and Recess  

12:45 pm – Half-Day Student Dismissal

1:00 pm – 3:15 pm – Afternoon Work Time (see specific class schedules for details of activity)

3:15 pm – Student Dismissal

3:15 pm – 5:30 pm – After School Care

2. Is there After School Care?

Yes! We have an After School Care program from 3:15 pm – 5:30 pm (there are fees associated, please see our After School Care Guidelines document online here or in our Parent Handbook)

3. Is there Before School Care?

Not yet! But if there is demand, we’ll create it. Please contact our Center Director, Jenny Becksted-Smith, at jenny@nrglc.org about getting on our waiting list for this program.

4. What is the school calendar?

We operate on a trimester schedule from Sept through June. See http://nrglc.org/parent-info/ for a full schedule.

5. What is the tuition?

A sliding scale tuition option is available upon submitting household annual income. (See sliding scale tuition chart, below). Tuition payments are made on a 12-month schedule beginning August 1st  for each school year. Families not participating in sliding scale tuition do not need to submit proof of income.

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6. Are there fees in addition to the tuition?

A $50 Materials Fee, per student, is due on the first day of each trimester for an annual cost of $150 per year. Field trip fees do arise on occasion and will be assessed at the time of the trip.

7. Why do NRGLC (elementary aged) students need to be registered as ‘home schooled’ students and what does that entail?

Because the Co-op is a non-profit home school cooperative, all elementary-aged kids have to be registered as home schooled students by the start of the year that they would be attending public school (WV code as outlined in WV18-8-1). This is achieved by submitting a “Letter of intent” to Judy Lively at the Board of Education. In this letter, you will also indicate if you will be submitting a portfolio of their work, or testing.  We will provide a blank copy of this letter, an outline of instruction and a copy of your child’s’ teachers diploma for submission.

     .§18-8-1a. Commencement and termination of compulsory school attendance; public school entrance requirements; exceptions. (a) Notwithstanding the provisions of section one of this article, compulsory school attendance begins with the school year in which the sixth birthday is reached prior to September 1 of such year or upon enrolling in a publicly supported kindergarten program and, subject to subdivision (3) of this subsection, continues to the sixteenth birthday or for as long as the student continues to be enrolled in a school system after the sixteenth birthday.

The state code stipulates that testing OR a portfolio review must be turned in by June 30th. Many parents feel the test is a good guide but will not reflect a child’s ability or potential.

We proctor a nationally-recognized test once a year (usually in the spring) for an additional cost. We do not teach to the test. We do cover some review at the school and parents who wish to do so are encouraged to help their children prepare as well.

The portfolio is a collection of the student’s work for the year and a review is done to assess their progress. We have teachers who can provide that review.

8. Why does NRGLC not serve lunch?

We do not currently have a kitchen facility to do so. A healthy lunch should be provided each day in easy-to-access containers for your child.

9. I heard you have rules about food allowed at the school. What are they?

Highly-processed sugary foods are not allowed in the Co-op, including soda, candy, high sugar content (low-fiber) granola bars, etc. We place a high priority on our school food policy because we recognize its power to:

Fuel learning: Healthy meals support our school’s core mission of education, especially when it comes to boosting students’ concentration, focus and cognitive function. A vast body of research shows that improved nutrition in schools leads to increased focus and attention, improved test scores and better classroom behavior. In addition to staying alert during class, eating a healthy diet helps children fight off illnesses, and grow into strong, healthy adults.

Support healthy habits and consistent messages: Nutritious food at school helps students develop lifelong healthy eating habits. It also contributes to a culture of wellness at school, reinforcing nutrition education messages from teachers and administrators. We hope that eating healthy food at school will also increase our school’s connectedness and reinforce to our students, their families and our community that students’ health and well-being are valued.

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