1) When is the application due?
a. There are two official deadlines.
i. Round 1: If you submit a completed application by 11:59pm on Friday, November 20, 2015, your status (accepted, placed in wait pool, or not accepted) will be mailed to you or updated on-line no later than January 29th, 2016.
ii. Round 2: If you submit a completed application by 11:59pm on Thursday, March 31st, your status (accepted, placed in wait pool, or not accepted) will be mailed to you or updated on-line no later than Friday, April 29th, 2016.
iii. Rolling Admissions: If you submit your application after March 31st, your application will be considered after the 1st and 2nd round of decisions have been finalized.
2) How do you notify families of final admission decisions?
a. Students who are accepted will receive an acceptance package in the mail.
b. Students who are placed in the wait pool will receive a letter in the mail.
c. Students who are denied acceptance will receive an email with information about the decision.
3) I can't upload/attach the required documents. May I still submit my application?
a. Yes! If you are unable to upload or attach the required documents, please submit your application now. You can turn in the required documents to the school later by mail, in person, by fax, or by email. Remember! The application is not complete until all documents have been turned in!
4) How old does my child have to be to apply for the PK3 program?
a. We follow the same age requirement guidelines as the school district. Children must be 3 years old before September 1st of the school year to enter the PK3 program.
5) How old does my child have to be to apply for the PK4 program?
a. We follow the same age requirement guidelines as the school district. Children must be 4 years old before September 1st of the school year to enter the PK4 program.
6) How old does my child have to be to apply for the Kindergarten program?
a. We follow the same age requirement guidelines as the school district. Children must be 5 years old before September 1st of the school year to enter the Kindergarten program?
7) How long is the school day?
a. School begins promptly at 8:00am. We open our doors at 7:30am so that children can come in for breakfast. The school day ends at 3:30pm for all students; we do not have partial day programs. Our optional extended day program runs until 6:00pm.
8) What is the tuition?
a. Tuition is based on income-level. Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch are charged a flat rate of $400 for the school year for tuition (this breaks down to about $2 per day). Families who have children who do not qualify for free or reduced rate lunch will complete a financial assistance application through a company called FAST. The school works individually with each family in this situation to determine an agreeable tuition.
b. The extended day program costs a flat fee of $200 per year per family.
9) My child was not accepted. Will you tell me why?
a. The admissions committee keeps all of its discussions and reasons for decisions strictly confidential. We are not able to share specific reasons with any families.
10) What are you looking for in students and families as you consider who to accept?
a. For Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten applicants, we are looking at behavior and where they are developmentally (both socially and emotionally). For 1st-5th grade applicants, we are looking at behavior, as well as their academic ability. With families, we are looking for people who are dedicated to their child's education and are ready and willing to partner with Meeting Street Academy to provide the best for their child.
11) Whose taxes do I need to submit?
a. We need the Form 1040 of the person who claims the applicant as a dependent. If there are two legal guardians in the same household, we need taxes from both of the legal guardians.
12) I don't have the long-form birth certificate; I only have the short one. What do I do?
a. You can order a long-form birth certificate through the Office of Vital Records.
13) My phone number, email address, or mailing address has changed. What do I do?
a. Please get in touch with Meeting Street Academy as soon as possible to update the records. We cannot get in touch with you if we don't have updated contact information.
14) Who do I call if I have other questions about admissions:
a. For Meeting Street Academy - Charleston, call Kat King at (843) 735-7102 or email her at email@example.com
b. For Meeting Street Academy - Spartanburg, call Malorie Batts at (864) 853-1800 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org