Charter schools are a lot more like traditional public schools than they are different. Charter schools are free and must adhere to all federal and state laws and department of education rules regulating public education. As with traditional public schools, charter schools are governed by an elected school board. In addition, charter schools also report to the authority of an independent oversight organization commonly referred to as an authorizer. The authorizer for FIT Academy is Volunteers of America. One significant difference with traditional public schools is that charter schools tend to be much smaller which allows for a more flexible, close knit and interpersonal experience. Whereas traditional public schools typically enroll most students within their geographical boundary, charter schools do not have geographical boundaries. Instead, students and families often choose a charter school based on the school’s theme.
FIT Academy believes that children need a foundation of health and fitness in order to succeed academically! Our theme is to Integrate Fitness, Intellect, and Teamwork throughout the educational experience. This begins with instilling a mindest in our school community that recognizes the value of health and fitness in preparing students for life. Academically, we strive to integrate literacy across content areas while providing students with a strong foundation of knowledge that will prepare them for life.
As a public school, FIT Academy must accept an enrollment application from any student who applies, regardless of their background or where they live. The school board may set enrollment limits for the school and the school must follow a state required process for managing enrollment applications in the case that there are more applicants than seats at any grade level. This process is called the Enrollment Lottery. Our lottery takes place in early February and the lottery only takes place if we have more applicants than seats, otherwise, all students are enrolled. You will find much more information on this topic under Student Application on our website.
As required by state law, all public school teachers (including charter schools) must be state licensed. We are also required to follow all state requirements including adhering to state academic standards and participating in required assessments. One major difference with a traditional public school is that we have a much smaller school community which allows teachers more flexibility in adapting to student needs in their teaching. This small and focused community also allows us to integrate our theme of health, fitness, and teamwork throughout the school.
Our focus is to increase the areas of health, fitness, and physical education to levels that are more representative of what is recommended by the United States Department of Health. Their recommendation is that children engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day but unfortunately, most schools fall way short of that. We will add 30 minutes to our school day to ensure that we can have at least 30 minutes of dedicated health, fitness, and physical activity time every day without reducing time for other academic areas. Numerous researches show that physical activity enhances learning so we believe that this increase in physical activity will actually have a positive impact on other academic areas.
We integrate health, fitness and physical education in many ways that will not disrupt but rather strengthen academic development. We provide a comprehensive health and physical education program as well as a weekly field-trip to a sports facility for one hour of extended activity. Our classroom teachers implement simple but effective techniques to reinforce physical activity throughout the day such as brain breaks which research proves increases brain activation and learning.
No, our focus is on valuing health, fitness, and physical activity and athletic skill has no bearing on the experience that a student will have. Students will be expected to participate in daily physical activity and regardless of their ability level, as long as they are willing to participate, they will benefit from the program.
Yes, FIT Academy will require that students dress in a uniform that meets the school requirements. The school will work with uniform providers to provide parents with simple and inexpensive options for purchasing uniforms.
School Calendar & Daily Schedule
Our calendar is based on the District 196 calendar:
Start Time: 8:20am
End Time: 2:40pm
After School Care
Beginning in 2018-19, we will offer after school care from 2:45pm to 3:45pm everyday. Information on rates and reduced rates will be available through the school in May.
For more information on our daily academic schedule please visit our academic page
We will serve a hot catered school lunch. Catered school lunches meet all state and federal guidelines and can be very good and offer a lot of variety. We will also offer the federal free and reduced lunch program for families who qualify. For families that do not qualify, we will ask families to pay into the student’s lunch account. Families may also choose to send students to school with a lunch prepared at home.