Frequently Asked Questions
What happens in the interview? Can we study for it? How long is the interview?
The interview is comprised of 2 parts: a family interview and a student interview. In the family interview, the caretakers meet with a member of our admissions team to dive deeper into your family and life at Smoke Rise Prep. During the student interview, your child will answer a series of questions to get to know him or her better. Afterwards, we will set up an academic testing date.
There is nothing to study for! We just want you to be yourselves as we learn more about your child and family. The interview and testing components take anywhere from 1-3 hours, depending on the age and grade of your child.
SRP class sizes are so small. How well do kids adjust to larger class sizes and bigger schools?
Students do remarkably well transitioning into larger public and private schools. Our small class sizes give students the confidence to ask questions, develop a positive rapport with their teachers, present in front of small and large groups of people, and delve deeply into the curriculum.
Do you accept students with 504 or IEP plans?
We do not have a special education department but we do accept students with a 504 or IEP on a case by case basis.
How much time do students spend on the computer?
Each of our students receives Chromebooks but the amount of time depends on their grade level and whether they are in-person, hybrid, or virtual students. Students in higher grades spend more time on online assignments than students in lower grades.
Do you offer part-time options or reduced tuition for not coming to school every day?
We do not offer a part-time option. Smoke Rise Prep has a flexible attendance policy which allows students to complete their schoolwork away from the school building. Many students participate in competitive tournaments, travel with their families, or take a vacation at some point in the year.
Our model allows flexibility and family choice, but these choices do not affect your tuition.
I understand parents are required to complete volunteer hours, but we work full-time. How can our family earn volunteer time?
Families are required to earn at least 20 hours per semester for a total of 40 hours for the school year. There are multiple opportunities for working parents, including teaching virtual enrichment sessions, attending and planning family engagement events/spirit nights, and making calls for our yearly auction just to name a few. If you have retired or nonworking family members, they are welcome to come volunteer for lunch duty, work with small groups, drive for field trips, or help out at the front desk. If you have other ideas, we would love to hear them and hopefully implement them. You also have the option of buying out your volunteer hours at the rate of $25/hour.