Frequently Asked Questions
What is the minimum age for enrollment at Cedar Crest Academy?
Children must be 30 months by August 31st to enroll in the Young Preschool Class and 36 months by September 1st to enroll in the Preschool class.
What does enrolling for a School Year mean?
You are committing for your child to attend from the first school day of September to the last school day of June. The Summer Program operates during July and August and enrollment is optional.
What qualifications do the teachers bring to the school?
Each of our teachers contributes a variety of skills, degrees, and experiences. Biographies of our teachers, including training and experience, are posted outside of the classrooms and on our website.
What happens after I enroll?
Your child’s first day of school is a half day to provide a “soft start” for your child. There is also a parent orientation with a member of our administrative team, and an opportunity to meet other new families.
Please explain the classroom rotation.
Each classroom serves as a Homeroom to one of our classes. Between the hours of 9am and 4pm each class journeys from one theme-based classroom to another at least three times a week. Your child’s teachers move with the class from one discovery based classroom to another. This provides continuity and stability while the children are exposed to changes in their environment. Room rotations give children the opportunity to engage in and explore each classroom while allowing them to become familiar with their surroundings.
What are the program hours?
Cedar Crest Academy facilities are open Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 6:00pm. Our school day program is from 9:00am until 4:00pm, with the exception of Bellewood’s Elementary K-5 program, which runs from 8:30am – 3:30pm. Our core curriculum and enrichment classes occur during these hours. Before and after school care are also available. School activities begin promptly at the scheduled start time and students are considered tardy if they arrive after 8:35 (Elementary) or 9:15 (Preprimary).
What are the differences between the campuses?
The core curriculum, school year calendar, enrichment classes, menu, and teacher qualifications will be the same. The campuses differ by physical size, including playground, and cultural events celebrated during the year. After school vendors at each campus depend on facility space and parent interest. Our Bellewood Campus houses the Elementary Grades.
What does ‘Parental Involvement’ mean?
Cedar Crest Academy’s vision for parental involvement is a commitment to communication, volunteer hours, and participation in events with your child. By committing to communication, parents are reading Daily Happenings, staying up to date on postings on the Parent Board, responding to teacher e-mails, and participating in monthly events such as Trick-or-Treating, Thanksgiving Potluck, Winter and Summer Performances, and more. Cedar Crest Academy requires both a time and monetary commitment to our active Parent Group Association. The volunteer commitment is 5-10 hours each school year, per family. Some examples include participating in school wide events, classroom holiday celebrations, putting together the yearbook, and more.
Are meals and snacks included?
All facilities employ a full time cook who prepares meals and snacks from fresh ingredients each day. Included in the Full Day program are morning snack, hot lunch, and afternoon snack. If your child is enrolled in Before School Care, breakfast is included. Late evening snack is included in After Care.