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Asante Preparatory Academy Frequently Asked Questions

Will transportation be provided for Asante Preparatory Academy?
Asante Preparatory Academy will follow the same criteria for transportation as the rest of the district.  
  • Elementary Students -  Kindergarten through eighth grade students who are residents within a school attendance area and who live more than one radius mile from school.
  • High School - Ninth through twelfth grade students who are residents within a school attendance area and who live more than one and one-half radius miles from school.
  • Special Education Students - Students with disabilities who require transportation, as indicated in their respective individual education plan.
  • Open Enrollment Students - Open Enrolled Students may be eligible for District transportation on a regular education bus route by applying for transportation eligibility.  Transportation Applications are to be submitted via the online application link. Transportation Applications are reviewed and approved based on available capacity per bus route. Students must be approved for transportation prior to riding a bus.
 
What do the words "preparatory academy" mean for the new Asante School?
Asante Preparatory Academy will have the same curriculum and structure as all other K-8 schools in the Dysart Unified School District. However, the school will offer more rigorous and accelerated class options to prepare students for college.
 

Traditional Academy Frequently Asked Questions

What does it mean to be a traditional academy?
Traditional education is defined as teacher-centered delivery of instruction to classes of students who are the receivers of information. Traditional schools stress basic educational practices and expect mastery of academic learning in the core subjects of math, reading, writing, science and social studies.  A parent guild was formed during the month of November to gain input from interested stakeholders on key aspects of the traditional academy including name, mascot, curriculum, parent volunteer requirement, homework expectations, methods of instruction, mission and vision, uniforms, and discipline requirements.

Will there be uniforms at the new traditional academy?
The parent guild is working to determine whether uniforms will be a feature of the new traditional academy, and to what extent. Uniforms are oftentimes associated with traditional environments, and it would be reasonable to assume that some form of uniform will be required for students.

Will transportation be provided for the traditional academy?
No, the new traditional school will be a no-boundary school. Therefore, those accepted through open enrollment will be required to provide their own transportation to school each day.

If there is no bussing for the traditional academy, how will this affect parking, parent pickup and drop-off congestion?
Depending on the enrollment, it could add more vehicles at the site for pick up and drop off.  The district will engineer plans to help mitigate any additional traffic.

Will the traditional school offer K-8 special educations programs?
Yes, all children have the right to a free, appropriate public education, regardless of disability, that helps them maximize their potential.

Did the district fail to communicate regarding the potential closing of Parkview Elementary and the reopening as a non-boundary traditional school?
No, the district has met every legal requirement for notifications.  In addition the district has provided additional notifications as detailed below:
  • November 8, 2018
    • Press release sent to entire district - Link
    • Parkview Parent Notification of proposed plans and parent meeting on November 15, 2018 sent to all affected households via Autodialer/Text, Email, Parent Portal Notification, Printed Letters home via student backpack, and posted under School Happening on Parkview Elementary’s School Website - Link
    • District Website Went Live - www.dysart.org/updates
  • November 15, 2018
    • Notice sent to all affected households regarding boundaries/school closing public meeting on November 28, 2018 via Autodialer/Text, Email, Parent Portal Notification, Printed Letters home via student backpack, and posted under School Happening on Parkview Elementary’s School Website - Link
    • District Website Updated with Draft Maps - www.dysart.org/updates
  • November 21, 2018
  • November 28, 2018
  • November 29, 2018
    • Notice sent to all affected households regarding boundaries/school closing vote by Governing Board on December 12, 2018 via Autodialer/Text, Email, Parent Portal Notification, Printed Letters home via student backpack, and posted under School Happening on Parkview Elementary’s School Website - Link

Was the decision to potentially close Parkview Elementary and reopen the site as a traditional school made by gathering input from the majority of the families that would be affected?
District administration looked at the current and projected growth and the parent choice options within the district, as well as maximizing facilities and resources to provide the best learning experiences with the district. A committee consisting of current parents and school principals was formed to assist in the formation and modifications of the boundaries to support the changes.

Will the district disclose how the teachers and staff will be allocated after the school is closed?
Staffing formulas are used and they are based on the number of students at a given location.  The amounts will not be available until the open enrollment process is complete in late January. And they will continue adjust as new students are enrolled throughout the year.

Will the traditional school model be a Charter School?
No, school districts are not allowed to sponsor charter schools. This is a district school that will be designed as a traditional academy.  
 

Boundary Changes Frequently Asked Questions

When would the proposed changes take place?
The proposed boundary and the closing, redesign and reopening of Parkview would be in effect for the 2019-2020 school year.

Will the changes create smaller or larger class sizes?
Neither, teachers and staffing are based on formulas and those will stay the same.

Will transportation costs go down?
At first review, there might be some shorter routes with students on them, but the decreases may be offset by some increases in other areas.

Will the district provide transportation across Bell and Greenway?
The modifications to the boundaries will create some safety situations that will need to be addressed. The district will provide transportation across Bell Road for the new Kingswood boundary. Dysart is also working with the City of Surprise to create a safe crossing of Greenway for the new West Point boundary.

Do these boundary changes reduce the need for a bond election or a new school?
The changes improve efficiency, but with the high projected growth of homes in the district, these changes do not eliminate the need for additional schools. Currently, a voter approved  bond is the only way to build a school for the Dysart School District.