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Frequently Asked Questions
What type of child is appropriate for the school?

Upper elementary and middle school aged students will come from a wide variety of backgrounds, each with their own unique personality and experiences. While there is no exact profile, many of our students will come to us not having been a very good fit for traditional public, private, or boarding school settings. Many students will show one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Works well in small, structured, supportive, and caring school environment
  • Quiet, withdrawn, or overwhelmed in larger class and school settings
  • May be considered quirky or socially awkward
  • Traits related to ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome, or other non-verbal learning differences
  • Relates well with adults outside of family members
  • Enjoys logic and strategy games and puzzles

Our school is not appropriate for students whom would be a better fit for a troubled teen school or clinical setting such as those that are out of control, overtly oppositional, prone to excessive anger, developmentally disabled,psychotic, physically or sexually abusive, or exhibit criminal behavior including, but not limited to, bullying, theft, assault, and drug abuse.

Do you enroll international students?

Unfortunately, due to U.S. regulations, new schools are not able to immediately enroll international students. We hope to offer enrollment to international students within one to three years after the start of school operations.

Do you enroll children with nonverbal learning differences?

Yes. Due to our small school size, children who show symptoms of, or have a diagnosis of, one or more mild nonverbal learning differences (NLD) such as Asperger Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder, depression, PDD-NOS, various anxiety disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or Tourette's Syndrome are often excellent candidates for our program. However, we do not offer therapeutic services. Therapy may be arranged for an extra fee with local therapists.

Do you enroll children with IEPs or 504 plans?

An evaluation of the child's individualized program will be conducted prior to admission to determine if Golden Tree Academy can effectively serve the child's needs.

Do you enroll troubled kids or teens?

We are not a school for troubled teens. Those with excessive behavioral issues, drug and alcohol related issues, or high levels of emotional issues such as major depression or anger management issues would be better served by other programs.

While we are not a school for troubled teens, as a small school we may be able to help your child with mild non-verbal learning differences such as ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome, and those with mild emotional issues such as anxiety, OCD, or mild depression. We may also be a good choice for children that are shy, withdrawn, or overly excitable in traditional school environments.

Like many troubled teen programs, we offer a small school environment and small classes. Unlike most troubled teen programs, our students reside in dorm rooms with one or two other room mates rather than a bunk house or in the wilderness. In addition, our education program uses subject knowledgeable teachers for instruction rather than depending on automated computer programs.

Do you enroll day students?

We expect to enroll boarding and day students. Day students will be assigned to a residential wing or house in which they may participate with the residential students in evening activities or recreational team events.

How do you educate students?

Our teachers are experts in their subject area and working with elementary and middle grades students. While small, our classical education program is led by teachers who use a variety of teaching approaches including direct instruction, group discussion, problem solving, critical thinking, and the Socratic method. Our education program will also include experiential field trips and wilderness excursions.

Do you use computer based instruction?

Technology will be used in the classroom as appropriate to the lesson. We do not use a year round or online computer based instruction program, instead choosing to educate with teachers knowledgeable in their subject area using a variety of teaching methods. The exception to this may be for above level courses, such as Precalculus, Calculus, or AP courses which we are unable to offer in our normal program.

What grades do you plan to enroll?

We are hoping to enroll students in at least grades 4 through 8. If there is sufficient interest for younger grades, and if we have space available, we may consider younger grades for our day and boarding programs. Please don't hesitate to contact us if your child is younger than grade four as we may have a place for them.

Are you currently accepting applications?

Since Golden Tree Academy is in the planning phase of development and not yet in operation, we are not officially accepting applications. However, we encourage you to contact us in regards to any interest you may have in enrolling your child.

Can parents visit the school?

Absolutely! Any parent or guardian in good standing with their child may visit the school. All we ask is that visitation be limited to weekends and that you notify the school office of your visit beforehand. Parents or guardians of 5-day boarders are expected to sign their child out Friday after school unless other arrangements have been made. Additional information may be found in the school handbook which is given to all students and families at the start of the school year.

How do you deal with bullying or teasing?

We realize that many students that come to us have been bullied or teased at school and are looking for an environment that does not have these associated problems. While no school can guarantee no teasing or bullying, our overall school program incorporates lessons about what bullying and teasing are and the associated issues brought about by such actions.

Whether physical, verbal, or emotional, we take bullying and teasing very seriously. Any child caught bullying or teasing will be counseled on their actions and parents will be notified. Repetition of bullying and teasing will result in dismissal from the school.

Does Golden Tree Academy offer therapy?

While staff will have special training on students that have therapeutic needs, we are not a therapeutic school, and therefore we do not have a psychologist on staff. Golden Tree Academy will work closely with local therapists to provide individual services, such as counseling, speech and language pathology, and occupational therapy to students that require therapy. Parents or guardians will be charged the rate which is arranged directly with the therapist plus any school related fees, such as transportation to and from the therapist.

What are the class sizes?

Our hope is to develop a program in which the average core subject class sizes are 6 or less, and never to exceed 10 students. Non core classes that do not depend on a certain age or developmental experience, such as physical education, electives, and art programs may have a larger class size.

What athletic programs are provided?

Golden Tree Academy offers students daily physical activities and team building exercises to ensure a healthy lifestyle. We do not place a strong emphasis on competitive athletic programs - students instead participate in structured and unstructured physical activities that develop visual skills, motor skills, coordination, and self-confidence. These physical activities may include horseback riding, rock climbing, golf, aerobics, dance pads, skiing, tennis, Pickleball, archery, mountain biking, hiking, skiing, and traditional pick-up games. Students also play in cooperative, large-group recreational games to develop teamwork and sportsmanship.

How is tuition determined?

Tuition is based on actual operating expenses of the school. As a 501(c)(3) organization, Golden Tree Academy does not profit from tuition.

Do you offer financial aid?

Financial aid has not yet been determined. If we are able to offer financial aid, priority will be given to those families who first apply and commit to enrollment, based on fincancial need. Students may also qualify for merit-based financial aid.

How are staff members selected?

We look for staff that have a true passion for working with our unique elementary and middle school based boarding program and who can work together to form the communal atmosphere that is required of a small school. All teaching staff members are required to possess teaching certification or subject level mastery from a recognized and accredited college or university. All staff, faculty, administration, and support staff are required to submit to extensive state and federal criminal background checks before being hired.

What should I do if I have additional questions?

Please contact us with any additional questions you have.

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