School Policies

 
 
 

Standards

Skyline Academy, established in 2000, is a private school without any church affiliation.  The school complies with all the standards put forth by the Illinois Department of Education, is registered with the State of Illinois as a non-public school, and utilizes curriculum that meets or exceeds Illinois Learning Standards for public schools.  Its operation is governed by the owners and Director. 

Affirmative Action Statement


Skyline Academy advertises for children in the public media in order to make opening known to all.  Children are admitted regardless of race, creed, color, sex, national origin, religion, or handicapping condition.  Although, as of now, we do not have extra staff for speech pathology or trained aides for a student with a handicapping condition.  If Skyline Academy feels that they are not qualified to properly administer our program to a child with a handicapping condition, the child will be referred to an appropriate program experienced in dealing with certain conditions.  Referring a child to another school would be for the safety and overall well-being of the child and is in no way a discriminatory act. 


Admissions


Children in grade kindergarten through 5th grade are eligible to enroll in Skyline Academy, although, availability of grade levels will be determined by enrollment.  We consider children for Kindergarten that have missed the September 1st cut-off date for public schools.  These children must be tested by our staff to determine if enrollment is recommended.  Other admission requirements and enrollment procedures are as follows:

    A.  The child and at least one parent must meet with the Director for an interview.  This interview is a time when you and your child can observe the learning environment and we can answer any questions.

    B.  The Director will meet with the parents or guardians of a child with special needs at the time of enrollment.  A conference session will be held with the child's parents or guardians, health and/or educations specialists, the Director and classroom staff to decide whether our school and staff are equipped to properly educate the child. 

    C.  The school is filled on a first-come/first-served basis according to the date of enrollment with the Director.  There will be a maximum of 15 student in each class.

    D.  If the school is filled when a parent calls, the childd's name will be put on a waiting list to fill vacancies as they occur.

    E. When all spaces are filled, parents of enrolled children receive the opportunity to register for the next year before children from the waiting list are contacted.

    F.  As vacancies occur during the year, they will be filled from the waiting list or from new registrations according to the procedure above (E).


Calendar Year


The academic year is determined by Marion Unit #2's start date in August.  The academic year will approximately run from the end of August to the end of May of the following year.  A Summer School Program is now offered June through August.  Space registrations will be made in April of each year.  Skyline Academy observes the holidays below and will be closed:

    Memorial Day
    Fourth of July
    Labor Day
    Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after
    Christmas Eve Day - January 1 (re-open January 2nd)
    Spring Break on Good Friday and the following Monday


Location


Skyline Academy is located on 2 acres with Kid Academy on the west end of the lot and Skyline Academy at the east end of the lot. The address is 709 Skyline Drive, Marion, Illinois.  The office number is 618-993-1499 or at Kid Academy 618-997-7870.


Days and Hours of Operation


Skyline Academy is open from 7:50 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday.  School hours are from 8:30 to 3:30pm, Monday through Friday.

Delivery and Pick-up of Children

If your child needs to be at school before 7:50 am, please consult with the skyline Academy Director for any available options.  There is no additional cost for Skyline Academy children that need to be at school before 8:00am or after 3:30 pm.  No child is to be brought before 7:50am nor picked up after 6:00pm.  If a child is left beyond 6:00 pm, a babysitting fee of $5.00every 10 minutes will be assessed and paid at time of pick-up.  This $5.00 fee is assessed for any part of the 10 minutes you are late.  For example, if you arrive by 6:10 pm, you will owe $5.00, but if you arrive at 6:11 or anytime between then and 6:20, you owe $10.00.

For safety's sake, children must be escorted into the school and signed in and out on a log in your child's classroom.  Please also sign in any medications at this time, and leave them with your teacher.  Parents must return the designated classroom to pick up their children.  Please pick up any work or notes from your child's teacher and sign them out on their log.

Emergency Care and Accidents


All enrolled children must have a Skyline Academy Emergency Medical Information form on file, listing who to contact in an emergency situation.  In the event your child needs immediate medical attention, 911 will be called and then you will be notified.

All minor accidents involving children will be treated with basic First Aid.  An accident form will be completed and filed and a copy will be in your child's cubby.

Insurance


Skyline Academy is fully insured according to all State of Illinois regulations and requirements.

Field Trips


All field trips at Skyline Academy shall be planned at least 1 week in advance. Permission forms will also be given or posted 1 week in advance. Parents are always welcome to accompany us on designated field trips. Field trips will be planned as opportunities are available.

Program


Skyline Academy's purpose is to provide an atmosphere that encourages social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth and development of the child as a whole.  We want each child to excel in all subjects while including time for discovery, exploration and fun.  We want each child to fell they are receiving individual attention in work and play, and fell secure in our environment.  We expect our program to nurture and encourage academic and creative qualities in all our students.

We also want all parents to feel as though they are receiving extra care in knowing the status of their child's work, disposition, strengths and weaknesses.  Please feel free to ask questions of your teacher and set up meetings with your teacher, Mrs. Couty or Mr. Greenwood as you fell they are needed.  We are all sharing in a new private school experience.  Please be patient with us as there are many things we might change from year to year, to fully benefit our children.  We are excited and thankful that you have chosen to be a part of our school and hope that you will help us make Skyline Academy a successful academic institution.

Daily Schedule


Please check with your child's teacher for the daily academic schedule.

Enrollment Procedure


To enroll your child:

Enrollment forms, along with the registration fee must be submitted to the school.  The registration fee of $100.00 is non-refundable if your child is enrolled.

Your registration fees pay for supplies and materials, some transportation costs, some extra activities, special curriculum programs and general registration paperwork. 

To be accepted:

The child and at least one parent must meet with our Director for an interview.  This interview is a time when you and your child can observe the learning environment and we can answer questions.

Upon acceptance:

The parent will receive a registration packet and the child will be scheduled for class.

Tuition


Tuition for Kindergarten through 5th grade is currently $425.00 per month for 9 months.  Tuition for the Pre-Kindergarten class at Skyline Academy is currently $525.00 per month for 9 months Tuition is subject to change each academic year.  Tuition for the Summer School Program is currently $425.00 per month for 5 days per week, for 3 months.  Tuition options for 3 or 4 day per week programs in the summer are available. 

All tuition must be paid monthly or semi-monthly
Monthly -- paid at the beginning of the month
Semi-Monthly -- paid in two-week increments according to your pay period.

In the event that Monthly tuition is not paid in full by the 5th of the month, a late fee of $25 will incur.  In the event that tuition payments are late beyond the 5th for the month, parents or guardians will be giving up to one month to make restitution.  If after one month, payment has not been made, the child will be refused admission to the school until a payment plan has been established.  If no attempt at restitution is made, further action will be taken against the parents or guardians.

Semi-monthly tuition must also be in a timely manner.  In the event that tuition is not paid in full, 5 days after due date, a late fee of $25 will incur.  In the event that tuition payments are late beyond the 5th day after due date, parents will be given up to one month to make restitution.  If after one month, payment has not been made, the child will be refused admission to the school until a payment plan has been established.  If no attempt at restitution is made, further action will be taken against the parents or guardians.

All Fees beyond daily tuition will be the parent or guardian's responsibility.

Withdrawal from School

Skyline Academy requires 30 days prior written notification of your child's withdrawal from school, in order to pro-rate your last month tuition.  Without this notice, any unused tuition will not be refunded.

Enrollment may be terminated upon the discretion of the Skyline Academy Director for any reason justifiable by the director.  In this event, the parents or legal guardians will not be held responsible for the balance of the monthly tuition.  If a refund is needed for the prior payment, Skyline Academy has up to 30 days to pay the refund after termination agreement is made.

Confidentiality of Student Records


Student records are open only to the particular child's teacher, the Director, and the child's parent or legal guardian.  If another school requests your child's records, we must have a signed authorization form from the school.

Discipline


Your child's teacher will have available their individual classroom discipline plans.

Acceptable behavior is encouraged by giving positive verbal rewards.  This reinforces a child's good felling about his/her behavior and serves as an example ot the other children to act in such a way as to receive this praise.  Asking a child to stop and think about his/her unpleasant behavior enables that child to work at self-control.

For a child not cooperating in a group listening situation, the child is seated by the teacher or in another location in the room and reminded of acceptable behavior.

Removal from the group for a period of "time-out" is the next tactic used for a child who continually demonstrates unacceptable behavior.  This time-out i snot a punishment, but rather a time when the child may calm down, remember what behavior the teacher is asking for and decide for him/herself when he/she is ready to rejoin the group with appropriate behavior. 

Corporal punishment is NOT an accepted method of dealing with our student's behavior.  Children will not be hit, slapper, or spanked in any manner while attending Skyline Academy.

If behavior problems persist, the parents will be asked to attend a conference to discuss what may be helpful in motivating their child to behave in an acceptable way.  It may be suggested that the child be involved in a behavior modification program, with the parents having the option of being involved in the process.

If a severe behavior problem persists, removal from school either temporarily or permanently may incur.  Skyline Academy will use its own discretion in determining if a behavior problem warrants expulsion.


Learning Environment

The personnel at Skyline Academy strive to develop and maintain an atmosphere of optimal learning, while also allotting time for creative play. We also feel that our fine arts program is a very important and integral part of our program. We ask our parents to work with us in explaining to the children that we are a private school, with time for work and time for play. We will make every effort to limit your child's daily homework, although some subjects and advanced grade levels may warrant extra home practice. We encourage our parents to assist children in their homework, but we also expect the work to be completed by your child and in your child's handwriting. We strongly encourage parents to support their children at home by taking an interest in the school's daily functions, asking children what they have learned that day or week, and using discretion in their child's television programming. We also request that toys from home be limited and not be of an aggressive nature.

Communication with Parents

Parents are informed of the activities of the Skyline Academy by your child's individual teacher.

Either the parents or teachers may request a parent conference any time there is a special concern.



Dress

Students must wear approved school uniforms every day school is in session and on designated field trips. You will receive a uniform catalog and color choices upon enrollment.

Students may bring backpacks to and from school but they must be of a transparent (see-through) material.

Nutrition

All students are provided with breakfast, lunch and a snack at the end of the day. The weekly menu is subject to change without prior notice.  Children's lunches must be stored in a lunch box that is suitable for keeping cold and hot foods at correct temperatures. Lunch boxes must be stored in children's cubbies.  Due to Bi-County health regulations children's lunches from home cannot be warmed in the school kitchen.

With advance notice, students may bring special treats for their birthday or any other time during the year. Because of state regulations regarding the serving of food, the treats must be purchased commercially, either prepackaged or from a bakery.