What is the daily schedule?
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
7:30 a.m. – complimentary before-school care begins
8:20 a.m. – Middle School begins
8:25 a.m. – Early School and Grades 1-5 begin
11:10 a.m. – dismissal for Early School students in morning-only programs
3:10 p.m. – dismissal for Early School students in full-day programs
3:20 p.m. – dismissal for students in Grades 1-8
6:00 p.m. – After Care closes
9:00 a.m. – school begins for all students
(All other times remain identical)
Can I drop my child off early or pick up my child late?
The Academy offers both Morning and After Care programs for children ages 2 1/2 through grade 8. The morning program begins at 7:30 a.m. and is housed in the Early School; there is no fee associated with early drop off. The After Care program runs from dismissal until 6 p.m.; an hourly fee is charged and is billed monthly by the Business Office. The program provides an after-school learning program for children ages 2 1/2 through grade 8. Parents can arrange to take advantage of either morning or after care on a regular or occasional basis.
Is lunch provided by the school?
In grades 1-8, lunch is provided by PlumSmart, a lunch service program with a focus on health, taste, and natural ingredients; this is included in the cost of tuition.. No school lunch is offered in the Early School. Children who remain for the afternoon in Early School bring their own lunches daily. Snack is provided at all grade levels.
Is there bus transportation?
At this time, The Grosse Pointe Academy does not provide transportation to and from school. The Academy does provide bus transportation to and from athletic games and meets or for any school-sponsored field trip or outing at no additional cost.
Is there a school uniform?
The Academy requires all students to follow specific uniform requirements depending on grade and gender. Formal dress is required on Mondays and there is a warm weather uniform for fall and spring. Information on uniform requirements and vendors is available on-line.
When is your application deadline?
For priority consideration, we encourage families to apply during the fall or winter before they wish to enroll. The first round of enrollment contracts are issued in February; any remaining spaces are filled on a rolling basis.
When can I tour the school?
Does the school have a nurse on staff?
The safety and well-being of our students is our utmost concern. The Academy employs a full-time nurse to administer first aid and notify parents or guardians immediately should illness or injuries occur during school hours. The school nurse will administer any medication prescribed by a physician, monitor illnesses such as asthma and diabetes, and teach CPR to families and students at request. All procedures are in accordance with OSHA. The school has three defibrillators on campus and every staff member has been certified in their use.
Does the school employ a learning resource specialist?
The Academy’s learning resource specialist is available to students at the request of a family or faculty member. Guidance on high school placement for eighth graders is provided by the Middle School principal and faculty members.
How are students’ academic achievements recognized?
Middle school students who achieve exemplary grades in their schoolwork will be eligible for academic Honor Rolls. To qualify for High Honors, students must have an A- average with no grade below a C-. Honors can be achieved by earning a B+ average with no grade below a C-. Middle School students are also eligible for membership in the National Junior Honor Society if they maintain a GPA of 3.5 or above each trimester and demonstrate leadership, service, character and citizenship. Students meeting the academic requirements will be asked to complete an information form to give evidence of these qualities. A Faculty Council, appointed by the Principal, will carefully review the information sheets submitted by eligible students and make the final decisions for membership in the National Junior Honor Society.
Are students recognized for good citizenship?
Since all Academy students are expected to demonstrate good citizenship and follow the school’s code of behavior, recognition is given only to those students who receive an evaluation of outstanding or excellent in every area of their citizenship reports. Students who achieve both academic and citizenship honor rolls will become part of the Head of School’s Honor Roll to further recognize their overall excellence as outstanding members of the school community.
Is there a Student Council?
Each year the Middle School holds elections for Student Council officers. All sixth through eighth grade students are eligible to vote. The four elected officers – President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer – and elected representatives from each grade plan and organize student activities. The council works in conjunction with the Middle School Principal, the Head of School, and the faculty advisor. Leadership opportunities are provided and encouraged in these groups, as well as in numerous other programs.
Are cell phones or other electronic devices allowed at school?
The Academy bans the use of electronic devices, such as cell phones, MP3 players, iPods, Gameboys, etc. during the school day. These devices are to be kept in lockers for safekeeping. Use of electronic devices during after-school sports or field trips is at the discretion of the coaches and teachers.
If my child enrolls at GPA, is there a parent organization I can join?
A strong parent organization is essential to the success of our school. Every Academy parent is a member of the Parents’ Coordinating Council (PCC). The purpose of the PCC is to provide opportunities for you to be involved in the educational experience of your child and to make you feel a part of The Grosse Pointe Academy family. The PCC acts as a critical communication link uniting parents, faculty, administration, and the Board of Trustees.
The PCC also coordinates volunteer activities throughout the school year. The high level of parental involvement at the Academy contributes significantly to the success and excellence that we have come to expect at our school. Volunteer opportunities exist in many forms and, as an Academy parent, you will be informed of those opportunities in school mailings.