Frequently Asked Questions
What is a charter school?
Charter schools are independently-operated public schools. Parents can choose to send their children to a public charter school outside of their “zoned” public school. There is no charge or tuition to attend a public charter school. While charter schools have flexibility in choosing curriculum and developing innovative teaching practices, charter schools must test students and report results, just like the government-operated public schools, as required by federal and state laws.
Main Preparatory Academy
1035 Clay Street
Akron, OH 44301
The campus is fully fenced and secure with a Raptor System where all visitors are required to be screened at the front doors.
What sets Main Preparatory Academy apart from other schools?
Main Preparatory Academy offers a choice for parents and students within the public school system. Main Preparatory Academy is often referred to as a private school without the tuition. We place a high emphasis on parent involvement and require parent participation. Our curriculum allows for small group learning to take place allowing the teacher to focus on the needs of the individual child. Students learn PBL ( Project Based Learning) with a focus on technology.
Main Preparatory Academy offers:
- FREE busing to and from school
- Small Classroom Sizes
- Technology Rich Classrooms
- Highly Qualified Teachers
- Curriculum for the new Common Core Standards
- Individualized Learning Plans
- After School Clubs such as Dance, Art Club & Student Council
- Before and After School Care On-Site
How much does it cost to attend Main Preparatory Academy?
Main Preparatory Academy is a publicly-funded charter school. There is no tuition charged to attend a charter school.
Are Main Preparatory Academy’s teachers certified?
Every Main Preparatory Academy teacher is certified to teach in the subject and grade-level to which they are assigned. All staff are highly qualified.
What can you tell me about the schools’ curriculum?
Project Based Learning (PBL), with technology integration, is a central focus at Main Preparatory Academy. Students will be actively engaged in various projects and educational pursuits, while at the same time learning the essential knowledge and skills as outlined in the Common Core. Students will use community resources as their “learning labs” and/or use the results of their knowledge to effect change in their school and/or local community.
Project Based Learning is defined as a systematic teaching method that engages students in learning essential knowledge and life-enhancing skills through an extended, student-influenced inquiry process structured around complex, authentic questions and carefully designed products and tasks.
How do I enroll my child at Main Preparatory Academy?
Beat the Waiting List! Spots fill quickly, so please contact the office today to schedule an appointment. To begin the enrollment process, you may also visit the enrollment tab to complete the 2014-2015 application.
What time does the school day begin?
The school day runs from 9:05-3:45. Students are expected to be in class and ready to learn by 9:05. Any students who arrive after 9:05 will be considered tardy. Students will be dismissed at 3:45.
What do I need to do if my child will be absent from school?
Parents are required to contact the school prior to 10:00 and send an excusal note back to school when the child returns.
What if I need to pick up my child during the day for an appointment?
Students should bring a note to school in the morning stating the time and reason for early dismissal. Parents are required to sign them out at the front office. The office staff will call your child down to the office. Please bring proper identification with you.
Does the school have a dress code?
Yes. We have a dress code. Dress code includes khaki bottoms (pants, shorts, skirts, skorts, and jumpers) and a burgundy or maroon polo. NO CARGO SHORTS OR CARGO PANTS. Safe and appropriate and appropriate footwear must be worn which includes brown or black dress shoes and/or all black tennis shoes. Sweaters and Jackets must be solid and in the following colors: white, burgundy, or black. No Hoods are permitted. We find that simple, comfortable uniforms mark learning as a serious endeavor and minimize student competition and distractions in class.
Does Main Preparatory Academy provide busing?
Yes. Main Preparatory Academy works with Akron Public Schools for busing. In order to qualify for busing, students must be living beyond a 2 mile radius.
Does Main Preparatory Academy offer Breakfast or Lunch?
Yes. We offer free breakfast and lunch to all students.
Do you have special education programs (Gifted , ESE, Speech)?
Yes. Main Preparatory Academy provides services to any child with special needs with the goal of having the student become successful in regular classroom settings. Each child is evaluated to determine the most effective educational program we can provide, consistent with federal law.