Charter schools are tuition free, innovative public schools approved by one of three entities in Utah – a local school district, the State Charter School Board, or an institute of higher learning.
Who can go to a charter school?
Charter schools are open to any scholar who wants to apply, regardless of where they live. If the school has more scholars than for which it has spots available, it is required by law to hold a blind lottery to determine which scholars will have the opportunity to attend. Many charter schools have wait lists and may admit more scholars as spots become available.
What programs do charter schools offer for scholars with special needs?
Charter schools believe every scholar deserves to be in an environment where they have the best chance of success and charter schools are committed to serving all scholars, including those with special needs. In fact, because charter schools have more flexibility than traditional public schools, they are uniquely situated to provide innovative, high quality educational services to scholars with special needs. Charter schools tailor their educational program or create specialized programs. Ultimately, in charter schools the scholar’s parents and representatives or the IEP team will make the final determination of the best option for that scholar.
Can charter schools charge tuition or fees?
As public schools, charter schools may not charge tuition. They are allowed to charge fees that are similar to fees that traditional public schools charge to families.
Is Capstone Classical Academy a private school?
Capstone Classical Academy is a public charter school. Charter schools have a charter, or a contract, between the school, school districts, and the Utah State Board of Education. The charter sets forth the conditions under which the school will operate. Additional information can be obtained through the Charter School's Homepage on the Utah State Board of Education website at the Utah Charter School's website.
Can scholars make up credits missed to get back on track to graduate?
See “Ad vitam” for more information.
Can my advanced scholar work above grade level?
See “Ad vitam” for more information.
Is there an opportunity for my scholar to take online courses?
Advanced scholars will have opportunities to complete high school credits and earn college credit through both concurrent courses offered by BYU and CLEP coursework.
BYU coursework will be incorporated as a tool, with Capstone mentors as liaison between the university and the scholar. In some cases, the BYU coursework will be taught by Capstone Mentors. These courses will be taken during the school day under the supervision of school staff and specific course options will be considered in planning the scholar’s Ad vitam. See “Ad vitam” for more information.
Why does my scholar need to take a placement test?
Scholars enrolling at CCA after the first operational year, or transferring to CCA will be evaluated for placement via NWEA and CoGat. Once evaluated their grade level credits will be added to the scholar’s transcript according to their placement test results. Further coursework will be defined in the scholar’s Ad Vitam. Incoming scholars from homeschool environments will be evaluated for credit based on both their portfolio work and their placement tests.
Who can attend Capstone Classical Academy?
A charter school is part of the public education system and is open to all scholars, without discrimination, on the same basis as other public schools.
If the number of scholars enrolling exceeds the number of seats available for a grade level, the school is required by law to hold an open lottery.
Capstone will give siblings preference in the enrollment process. However, due to varying demand among grads, it is possible that not all children of the family will be concurrently enrolled.
What can I do as a parent?
Please get scholars to and from school on time. Hours are 8:30 – 4:00 Monday through Thursday and 8:00 – noon on Fridays.
Discuss with your scholar what is learned in class.
Join the Family Mentor Partnership (Capstone’s parent organization.)
Volunteer to mentor scholars in classrooms and hubs when possible
Volunteer expertise in career fields to mentor scholars toward college and careers
Volunteer expertise in fundraising and advertising
Support the vision, mission, and philosophy of Capstone
Abide by all communication policies
We want and need active parents.
What are the school day hours?
8:30am – 4:00pm Monday through Thursday and 8:00am – noon on Fridays
What is the FMP?
The academy’s parent organization is called the Family-Mentor Partnership”
(FMP). We want all families to become members. Contact for more information.
Do you offer Distance Learning? How does it work?
CCA offers a rigorous distance learning option that aligns with the school’s education program for onsite learners. Distance scholars are considered full time scholars as they will be responsible for and accountable to the entire required program of Capstone. Scholars will meet with the assigned Education Specialist for accounting of attendance and task records once per week. Distance scholars are also required to be at the campus on Fridays from 8:00 – noon for Socratic Seminar.
How many credits does it take to graduate at this school? What if my child is behind?
CCA requires a number of additional courses for graduation. Your scholar’s placement and progress will be reviewed with school administration as the team creates and updates his or her Ad vitam. Incoming scholars who are credit deficient will be required to do one of the following: take extra coursework at school, employ the BYU credit recovery courses, or demonstrate mastery of the coursework in order to get on track for graduation.
How are charter schools held accountable?
A charter school must make the same annual reports as other public schools, including an annual financial audit and monthly budget report. Additionally, the charter school must participate in statewide testing programs. Charter schools submit all reports to the Utah State Board of Education.
In addition, like public schools, we are accountable to the parents and families that support and attend Capstone Classical Academy. We look at parents as our clients and work hard to make Capstone Classical Academy a school to be proud of. We also believe that scholars are responsible for their learning and achievements and teach them to participate in their education and accountability.
Do you participate in any competitions?
Research shows that gifted and highly motivated scholars benefit most from academic competitions. Capstone will provide multiple opportunities for competitive events, such as:
· Math Counts Competition
· Scripps Spelling Bee
· Constitution Bee
· Noetic Math Competition
· Brain Bee
· FIRST Robotics
· National Latin Exam
· Speech and Debate
· Rube Goldberg Challenge
· Physics Day at Lagoon
What is an Ad vitam and why is it important?
Every scholar will have an Ad Vitam designed by the team, which includes the scholar, the guidance department, and the family. Scholars will have opportunities to test out of coursework, and also to prove mastery and move at a pace that is acceptable to their individual plan. Scholars will also have the opportunity to take enrichment courses, and all scholars will participate in a senior capstone project consisting of an internship and a final presentation.
Scholars will be responsible to complete the path they have chosen and will gain resiliency by overcoming challenges and still completing their plan. Mentors will guide scholars in their choices and celebrate their accomplishments as they develop their skills and self-confidence.
What will my scholar earn when he/she graduates?
In addition to their diploma, graduates will have either a letter of acceptance to a university or a certificate of completion for a particular career field. This does not mean they will immediately choose either of those two courses of action since many may choose to go on their LDS or religious mission, or pursue individual projects following high school. However, the mission of the academy is to assure that each scholar has some path upon exit that is career oriented. The goal is for every scholar to have a direction upon graduation, some next step in lifelong learning that he or she will be moving toward.
Do you offer art and music classes?
The arts are an important part of any classical school. At CCA, the musical emphasis will include choir, small ensembles, percussion, and a fife and drum corps to support the school’s emphasis on the founding of the nation. Art will include drawing, painting, creative arts, and VR Art creation via Google Tilt Brush.
What is a Socratic Seminar?
True, pure, classical education includes the elements of logic, rhetoric and Latin, as well as Socratic Seminar and Debate. The Socratic Seminar is a formal discussion, based on a text, in which the leader asks open-ended questions. Scholars learn to listen closely to the comments of others, to think critically for themselves, and to articulate their own thoughts and their responses to the thoughts of others.
What is Core Knowledge?
The Core Knowledge Curriculum will be employed as the school’s curricular foundation through grade eight. Research indicates that scholars trained in core knowledge are better able to handle challenging high school work. For various studies (1996-2011) please consult the Core Knowledge website (www.coreknowledge.org).
Why do you require cursive?
Research illustrates that the actual work of moving the hand and the requirement for the brain to prepare for the forming of letters builds grey matter in the brain. Since our young men are not fully developed until the age of 21, and young women, 18, it makes sense to take the opportunity to grow the brain during this period of time. Scholars who enroll at Capstone should look to develop and practice their cursive handwriting as they will be using it daily.
What does Deo Confidimus mean?
This phrase is Latin for “In God We Trust.”
What is the Finnish model?
CCA will employ four major elements of the Finnish Model: Teacher autonomy and authority, the hub environment, a matriculation exam, and mastery. All of these elements have proven profitable for the Finnish population and most transferable to an American charter school.
Capstone’s environment will incorporate a Finnish element where scholars work at their comfortable pace to complete their individual learning plan formed in agreement with the school and their parents (Ad Vitam). Mastery based learning will allow scholars flexibility to address their learning style and ability. As in Finland, scholars will take a “matriculation” exam in the beginning of the tenth grade year (PSAT, ASVAB) and will be counseled toward a path to take for 11th and 12th grade.
Does my scholar have to be highly motivated or gifted to attend this school?
A charter school is part of the public education system and is open to all scholars, without discrimination, on the same basis as other public schools. However, the focus of the academy is to serve the needs of scholars who would otherwise be ignored in a more traditional setting.
Why should I choose Capstone for my gifted scholar?
The mission of the academy is “to empower gifted and highly motivated scholars” and the curriculum reflects this focus. Some people believe that the gifted and talented learner can drift through school without any extra help and simply make the grade. These scholars need to be recognized, and then taught with specific methodologies that help them to achieve their potentials. It is the vision of Capstone’s Board to empower these scholars, along with general population of the school, to be successful in the 21st century environment. Capstone Mentors (teachers) are trained specifically to address this population each summer through training provided by the Utah Association of Gifted Children.
These scholars need flexibility to advance at their own pace. They also need the opportunity for the deep, intellectual thinking that their minds crave through the use of rigor, not busywork. Scholars not identified as gifted and talented, but who are quick to learn and desire depth in their learning can profit from these same methodologies. All scholars, whether or not they are identified as gifted and talented will be equipped with the tools to succeed.
Why grades 6 – 12 and how does it work?
Capstone will follow the traditional Classical Model in terms of grades, which educates grades 6 – 8 in the middle school and 9 – 12 in the high school. Although most of the district schools include 6th in the elementary, the true classical school begins shaping those scholars during the height of brain growth (ages 11-13) and therefore we will follow this model.
Employing a multi-disciplinary approach, grade six will be self-contained and separate from grades 7 and 8, which will be separate from scholars in grades 9-12.
What is a Hub? What is different about the way your Mentors teach?
Hubs will consist of four main areas: STEM, Humanities, Life Skills, and Citizenry. Other than Arts and Music, all learning will take place in these hubs. Integrating the knowledge of the study of life, the study of classical works, the study of past history and critical analysis and debate allows scholars to not only grasp the material, but to master it and apply it to their everyday lives. Through multidisciplinary learning experiences scholars’ curiosity will be awakened, creativity will be sparked, and they will engage in discussion and exploration, all essential elements for gifted and advanced learners.
Collaborative group work, direct instruction, indirect concrete manipulation, and group collaboration are all crucial elements for every hub and unit study to include.
Why do you teach Latin? Do you offer any other languages?
First, Latin is a powerful vocabulary builder. Over 50% of English words come from Latin. Second, training in Latin lays the foundation for learning other Latin based (Romance) languages like French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Romanian. Third, for professional careers like medicine, law, and education, Latin provides the base for many technical terms and names. Fourth, the precision of Latin and Greek provides scholars with an English linguistic tool that cannot be achieved in any other way. Using the right word, at the right time, and in the right context is empowered by the study of classical languages. And finally is the fact that scholars who take 2 years of Latin score an average of 152 points higher on the SAT test.
Every scholar is required to complete two years of Latin. After that, they may opt into a BYU online course for a language of their choice.
Capstone Classical Academy’s calling card will be the requirement of all scholars to take courses in communication, logic and argumentation, and speech and debate incorporating research. Scholars will also be well versed in courses on the Constitution and the founding of our country. Scholars will be equipped with cultural understandings of other human beings and sensitivity to global differences. They will have a strong conceptual knowledge of the founding of this country and be able to discuss intelligently what they desire for their personal future and the future of our country. Capstone believes that these essentials in education will not only serve advanced scholars, but all scholars in the school.
What is your homework policy?
It is expected that scholars will complete their work in their hubs and not need to be working extra-long hours after school. We encourage families to read together and share discussion of ideas during family time and meals as a portion of their “home” work. Through study, conversation, and contemplation scholars are forced to think more deeply and apply their learning to real life situations, bringing value to their learning and building resilience and purpose.
Do you offer vocational classes?
Not all learners will be college bound, or should be. Therefore Capstone believes it essential that scholars are equipped with a trade or certification to move into a job position upon graduation. Capstone will work with scholars who are interested in earning certificates through Ogden-Weber Technical College (OWTC).
What is scholé?
Scholé is a term used to define the act of pursuing wisdom, discovering delight, and growing in order to experience truth, goodness, and beauty; foundational elements of classical education. The scholé environment dictates quiet, peaceful policies, communications, and protocols throughout the school that promote community.
Why do you require uniforms?
Wearing clothes that are different from a scholar’s normal, everyday attire indicates that there is something special about what they are doing. A school uniform contributes to the atmosphere of all scholars’ sacred and serious academic endeavor. Capstone Classical Academy is partnering with Lands’ End to provide logo wear uniforms for our scholars.
Required Full Dress Uniform for Monday and Special Events/Activities; Casual Uniform for Tuesday – Friday.
What technology do you offer?
Capstone’s Board of Directors understands the need for scholars and mentors to have access to technology to meet individual needs. Sixth grade scholars will use a mobile laptop lab. The school will incorporate as many laptop carts as the budget will support. Self-contained classrooms and hub meeting rooms will be equipped with Smart TVs and casting and mentors will be issued laptops.
Even though Capstone Classical Academy will take advantage of some of the best technological advancements, Capstone will not employ electronic learning to replace the human connection of teaching. Electronic learning will only be employed as a reinforcement or enrichment tool. At no time will scholars be left to their own to complete coursework via computer without adult interaction.
Capstone currently owns 11 zSpace computers, and is the only school in Northern Utah equipped with this virtual reality technology which are used for instruction in STEM courses and available for special projects as needed.
What is Winterim? Is it required?
Upon returning from Christmas Break scholars in grades 7 - 12 will engage in Winterim, a two week term of elective classes that are added to the transcript when passed. Each year the Winterim offerings will change due to the availability and desires of our Mentors and Instructors. Winterim is a great opportunity for scholars and teachers to explore together subjects that wouldn’t fit into a normal school routine. Exploration, hands-on learning, in-depth study, and fun combine to give scholars a unique opportunity to explore new interests. A Winterim choices is required.
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A tuition-free, public charter school serving grades 6-12. Classical Education meets the Finnish model.