Frequently Asked Questions

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Is Ampersand School an accredited school?

Ampersand School is accredited by the National Private School Accreditation Alliance.

What are the tuition fees?

Tuition fees vary per program. Our Discovery Program prepares our primary aged children and tuition is $11,900. Our Transition Program bridges the gap into independent learning and tuition is $15,900. Our Preparatory Program adapts higher education practices which provides the necessary tools that best equips students for post high school experience including but not limited to college, vocational school or entrepreneurship and is $15,900. Tuition includes lab fees, materials fees, books, and field trips. Additional fees apply for graduation and AP Exams.

Does your school have a Physical Education Program?

At Ampersand physical education is unstructured. We provide our Primary and Transition program students with snack and lunch breaks that are followed by outdoor interaction time.

For all students, we incorporate kinesthetic learning opportunities into our theme based curriculums. For example, during our happiness theme we will incorporate laughter yoga.

Students in our Preparatory Program are required to complete thirty hours per quarter of physical activity outside the classroom. This time will count towards their PE credit. This time can come through participation in sports teams, dance, a gym membership or just an activity at home such as bike riding or even playing Wii Sports.

What is your policy on discipline?

The Ampersand School approach to discipline is a minimalist one and founded on common sense. We begin by instituting the fewest rules necessary to maintain a positive learning environment. Misbehavior is often merely the symptom of a deeper issue, so we proactively address potential disciplinary issues and will modify the curriculum, if necessary, to accommodate a student’s needs. Most importantly, we treat our students with respect which we have found solves, and even prevents, most disciplinary problems.

What credentials do your teachers have?

Most of our teachers have Bachelor Degrees and previous teaching experience, experience working with the adolescent population, or bring special skills to the school environment. They are also all truly passionate about the subject area they teach. All teachers undergo a rigorous interview process that includes not just content material testing but also observations in teaching methods and interactions with students. Our staff are guaranteed to not just know their stuff, but be able to get it across to your student.

Where are you located?

We are now located at the corner of 1792 and 434 in Longwood.

Do you offer transportation?

Our school does not offer transportation, but facilitates parents that are interested in car pooling.

Can Preparatory students receive dual enrollment credit?

Yes, our students can participate in dual enrollment, Florida Virtual School and AP courses. We also offer UCF audited classes for high school credit.

What is the average class size?

The Primary and Transition classrooms never have more than 10 students per teacher. In addition, other teachers are in and out of the classes working with students on different subjects, which will narrow the student/teacher ratio during those times.

There are approximately 30 Preparatory students in the program. We also have 9-10 faculty members, although they are not generally there all at the same time. On average, Preparatory students are in classroom groups of 5-7. However, students will get more 1-on-1 or small group help when needed.

What help is available for students during and/or after class?

Several years ago, our Executive Director created the Knowledge Laboratory (or K-Lab) that enables students do their assignments under the guidance of trained tutors. This takes homework out of the home and removes the burden of homework from the parent-child relationship. Students who don’t feel comfortable working with a parent looking over their shoulder often perform better in this setting. And, in addition to K-Labs, any faculty member is available to work with a student before, during, or after school by appointment.

What are your school hours?

Our school hours are from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. We do not have early release days.

Is before or after school care provided?

Currently, K-Hours are available to our Transition and Preparatory students. Those hours are: 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m, Monday through Thursday. There are additional fees for this program, and you can find out more at thek-lab.com

We will offer before-care for students for a small fee if there are enough students to support the program at the beginning of the school year. We anticipate this being provided for the 2012-2013 school year.

What grades do you offer?

We offer Kindergarten through 12th grades. We also have a post-high school program which is a customized program for current students making the transition from high school to college who may not be sure what they want to do or are not ready to make the leap to the college/university environment.

Does Ampersand School offer a high school diploma?

We provide a traditional high school diploma.

What services are provided for children with Special Learning Disabilities?

All of our students and parents are included in the design of an IEP – Individualized Educational Plan – for our students. This will outline the specific accommodations and modification that our faculty and staff will make for our students. Each of our student has their own individual needs, so we craft plans to cater to those.

We also work with several specialists. Ampersand facilitates with the providers so they can come to the school during the day and work with students individually, so that parents/caregivers will not have to make special arrangements outside of school.

Please note fees for special services are not covered in the tuition, so students who need those services will need to work out payment arrangements with the service provider (sometimes recovered through private insurance or through the county).

Is lunch provided or do students bring their own lunch? Where do students eat their lunch?

Students will need to provide their own lunch which will either be eaten outside on the playground or in the classroom, depending on the weather. We also have microwaves and toaster ovens available if a student needs to heat their food. Staff members will gladly assist younger students with warming their food.
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