School Family FAQ

School Start/End Times

What time does school start?

(K – Grade 6) 8:15 A.M.

(VPK, Grades 7 & 8) 8:30 A.M

What time can I drop my child off?

K-Grade 8 Early Bird 7:45 A.M (pre-register with the front office)

Gates open at 8:00 A.M. to welcome all grades (VPK – Grade 8)

Child drop-off AFTER 8:15 A.M takes place at the front office for sign-in purposes.

What time does the school day end? 

VPK 12:00

K – Grade 8 3:15 P.M.

How late can I pick my child up?

VPK Dismissal takes place in the office from 12:00-12:15.

K – Grade 8 Dismissal takes place at the gates from 3:15 P.M to 3:30 P.M.

Please note: if you arrive AFTER 3:30 P.M your child will automatically go to After School Care and you will be charged the daily fee.

Special Dismissal Information

What time is Early Dismissal? 

Early dismissals usually take place on the last Friday of the month from 12:00  to 12:15 P.M. After School Care is normally available on early dismissal days, however, we advise you to check with the front desk. (Please note: if you arrive AFTER 12:15 P.M your child will automatically go to After School Care and you will be charged the daily fee.)

What if I need to pick up my child early?

As a courtesy to our classroom communities, students shall not be released within the final 30 minutes of the school day except in case of an emergency. We highly recommend that you email your child’s Lead Guide (teacher) ahead of time. You will be required to sign your child out at the front desk.

Who can pick up my child? 

Only individuals that are listed on your child’s Authorized Pick Up List for the current school year. (Need to complete the form?)

School Fees

What are the After School Care hours and fees?

We have VPK Extended Day from 12:15 – 3:15 for a daily fee of $12/student and After School Care for students in K-8th grade from 3:30 P.M to 5:30 P.M for a daily fee of $14 per student ($5 per day for siblings). For more information and to register for After School Care PLEASE CLICK HERE

Is there a school supplies list?

The school purchases student supplies in bulk and bills families a discounted price for these items.


Why does the school fund-raise if it is a public school offering free education?

As a public charter school, we do not receive the same federal funding that a traditional public school receives. Typically we only receive 80% of the needed funds to operate, therefore we need to bridge that gap through fundraising activities.


Why do I have to complete a volunteer application? 

Before any individual can have campus access for any activity – teacher conferences, student events, volunteering tasks – the Monroe County School District (MCSD), in line with the Florida state legislation for school security, requires everyone to complete the volunteer application process & under-go a background check. To be in compliance with this state legislation, nobody is approved to access the school campus until this process is completed and approval status has been granted by the MCSD.

School Family Commitment

Can I give money & donate items in lieu of completing service hours?

The school is not allowed to offer volunteer service hours for money &/or items donated. However we will honor the time it takes you to shop and deliver the items to the school, this is normally no more than 1 hour – please verify the amount of time you can log with the school’s front office.