Frequently Asked Questions
What are your plans for opening in 2021-2022? Will you remain in-person?
Yes, we plan to be open in-person and to welcome everyone back again in the fall.
What are the school’s hours?
The school day for kindergarten* through eighth grade runs from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. For preschool, the day runs from 8:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Our aftercare program for preschool students runs from 11:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. An optional extended school program for all students runs from 3:15pm to 5:30pm. *Kindergarten note: Our kindergarten is a hybrid model that allows for both half-day (11:45am dismissal) and full-day (3:15pm dismissal), with the option to transition from half-day to full-day each quarter (see here for details).
What are the hours and days for your preschool program?
We offer a half-day preschool program from 8:15 to 11:45 a.m., with an afternoon option. The core days for our Preschool 4 program are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with the option to also enroll on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays. The core days for our Preschool 3 program are Tuesdays and Thursdays, with the option to also enroll on Mondays, Wednesdays, and/or Fridays. In addition, we offer an optional aftercare program in the afternoon until 3:15 p.m. Aftercare includes art, music, play and other enrichment activities. Cost is $16 per afternoon. An extended school program runs from 3:15pm to 5:30pm.
Do you offer full-day or half-day kindergarten?
Our kindergarten is a hybrid model that allows for both half-day and full-day, with the option to transition from half-day to full-day each quarter (see here for details). In addition, for students in half-day kindergarten, we offer an optional aftercare program in the afternoon until 3:15 p.m. Aftercare includes various activities and a rest time, but is not a formal extension of kindergarten. Cost is $16 per afternoon. An extended school program runs from 3:15pm to 5:30pm.
Do you offer an after school program?
The extended school program runs from 3:15pm to 5:30pm. During this time, there is a structured time for homework, games, art projects, science activities, playground time, and cooking.
Does the school provide lunch service?
On most days, students bring their own lunches. Milk service is offered daily for those who sign up. Parent volunteers prepare and serve hot lunches once a month. There is a sign up form for these hot lunches.
Are teachers available to discuss how a student is doing?
Partnership with the home is a core value of AACS. Teachers at AACS are available and willing to answer any questions you may have about your child’s academic, social, and spiritual progress. Our school philosophy is based on the belief that teachers and parents must work together to educate students.
How is faith integrated into the classroom?
We believe that our Christian faith should be deeply woven in every subject, in the hallways, on the athletic fields, and in how the students interact with each other. We offer an innovative curriculum that integrates academic excellence with Christian living and faith. Students learn to apply Biblical principles to all subjects, and to interactions with teachers and peers. Teachers and staff challenge students to develop their intellectual, spiritual, artistic, and physical gifts and see them as gifts from God.
Is the school affliliated with a particular church or denomination?
No, we are an independent, interdenominational school. We appreciate the diversity of churches represented in our school and the richness it provides to our community. Although families in the school are members of churches that are unified on the essentials of the Christian faith (as summarized by the Apostles’ Creed or Nicean Creed), they may hold differing views on certain non-essential aspects of faith and practice, such as how baptism should be performed, how communion is celebrated, and the role of women in church leadership. Yet, our common mission of helping children grow as disciples of Jesus Christ empowers us to respond to these challenges with Christian love and maturity. Rather than teach the non-core doctrine of any one particular denomination, we focus on developing the Christian character of the students, their knowledge of the Scriptures, their relationship with their Lord and Savior, and their understanding of what it means to be disciples of Jesus Christ. We are united in the foundational beliefs that make us all Christians.
At the same time, with a commitment to truth and love working together, we also hold steadfast to traditional and biblical views on critical social issues in our world today. We believe in God’s call to love all and to do so without compromising convictions.
How often is homework assigned for students in the various grade levels?
P-2 students are expected to read (independently or with a parent) every school day and may have short assignments or occasional projects during the year. Homework is formally assigned starting in third grade and includes daily reading, math, language arts, and Bible memory verses. Middle school students have homework every day and also are assigned longer-term projects. It works out to about ten minutes per night per grade level (i.e. seventh grade, seventy minutes per night).
How can parents get involved?
Since we believe in partnership with parents, we are eager for parents to be involved with the life of the school. Volunteering allows parents to use their God-given skills and gifts to bless the school, to model service to the students, and to save the school on operating expenses that we can accomplish through volunteers. The school has a volunteering program that coordinates the numerous ways to volunteer at AACS. Parents volunteer on the school board, on school committees, as classroom assistants, playground supervisors, field trip drivers, fundraising coordinators, library assistants, and many more roles.
However, due to the pandemic and state guidelines for schools, we may need to adjust or limit volunteering this year. More details to come.
Do you offer service opportunities for students?
At AACS, we put faith into action. We teach and model Christian principles by encouraging students to become sensitive to others’ needs. Service projects offer a way to apply these principles and teach the importance of caring for God’s world. Outreach events have included: raising money for Christian schools in India and Haiti; doing yard work for the elderly or low-income families; singing at local retirement homes; sponsoring a canned food drive; collecting cans and bottles as part of Earth Day; raising money for relief efforts in Haiti; collecting money to buy heat for elderly members of a Native American tribe; and raising funds for the construction of a well for a village in Ghana.
However, due to the pandemic and state guidelines for schools, we may need to adjust or limit service projects this year. More details to come.
Do parents receive regular information regarding their child’s progress?
We value strong home-school communication, so parents and teachers are regularly communicating throughout the year. In terms of formal feedback, elementary school students receive report cards twice a year. In addition to an online system for parents to check assignments and scores, middle school students receive graded report cards four times a year. In addition, there are parent-teacher conference twice a year.
Do you offer art, music, world languages, and physical education?
One of our guiding principles is “Recognize each student’s uniqueness and challenge students to fully develop the spiritual, intellectual, artistic, and physical gifts that God has given them.” An education is only excellent and complete if it nourishes and challenges the growth of the whole student. As a result, the school is committed to provide areas of learning and exploration outside of the core subjects and provides classes in general music, instrumental music, visual arts, physical education, and world language. All students from K-8 have art and general music once a week and physical education twice a week. In grades K-5, students also spend a semester in Spanish and a semester in Mandarin Chinese. At middle school, students have Spanish, health one quarter of each school year, optional instrumental music class twice a week, and elective options (e.g., computer coding, dance, improvisation, creative writing).
However, due to the pandemic and state guidelines for schools, we may need to adjust how they are done, but we plan to offer them.
Do you have an after-school sports program?
As a school, we are pleased to offer an afterschool athletics program. It provides an additional opportunity for our students to train and enjoy abilities that God has given them, important learning experiences about perseverance and teamwork, exercise, and lessons about gracious manners in victory and defeat. Our school is part of a league with seven other private schools in the greater Ann Arbor area for students in grades 5-8. Sports options include soccer, volleyball, basketball, track and field, and baseball. Games and practices occur after school every day except Wednesdays. In addition, elementary school students are provided informal “junior” experiences in theses sports.
However, due to the pandemic and state guidelines for schools, we may need to adjust or limit our sports program. More details to come.
How do I apply if I want to send my children to AACS?
We believe that God is doing great things at AACS and that He has something very special here for your child and family. Please call or sign up online for a personal tour and visit our Future Families section for details.
Do you offer tuition assistance?
AACS has a tuition assistance program that offers up to 50 percent of tuition based on financial need. Please visit our Future Families section for details.
Is the school accredited?
Yes, we are accredited through Christian Schools International, which offers curriculum, teacher support, leadership training, testing, and other services to nearly 500 member schools in the United States and abroad.