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Welcome Summer! Why Students at ASA Know That A Break from School Isn’t A Break from Learning

Congratulations to all of our students, faculty and staff, educators, and parents here at ASA on making it to Summer Break 2018! We enjoyed a great year of learning, creating, having fun, and continuing the tradition of excellence in education that All Saints Academy is known and loved for in our community. While we are all ready for the relaxation and time away that summer offers, parents, teachers, and students alike know that summer is no reason for the fun of learning to end, and is, in fact, the perfect opportunity to enhance what you’ve been doing all year long in the classroom.

Reading is a huge part of keeping your child’s mind active during the summer months. According to the U.S. Department of Education, each year teachers report students suffering from “summer learning loss,” and unfortunately, it can have long-lasting consequences. Failing to keep your child’s mind engaged over the summer with educational opportunities (especially reading) means they can fall behind. In fact, experts calculate that students who lose reading ability over the summer break period can end up with approximately 3 years of reading loss by the time they reach 5th grade. So, what can we do to protect our children from falling behind while still letting them enjoy their summer vacation? Read to them, read with them, and let them see YOU reading too! Households with a “reading culture” produce students who love to read, and therefore, love to learn. Florida’s own Ann Scott says, “The gift of literacy is one of the greatest gifts we can give our children. Books can have a profound and lasting impact on the reader and I encourage Florida families to take every opportunity to make reading a part of their daily lives.” One of your greatest tools you’ll employ this summer when establishing a reading culture in your home is a library card. This free resource opens up an entire world to you and your student(s), and allows you to provide them with a blend of both fictional and non-fictional reading material that will keep their minds fed all summer long. Plan to make regular trips to the library, and ask about programs offered to students during the summer at your local branch. Many of them offer incentive programs or clubs with prizes offers for books read, and most libraries in our area also offer a story time for younger children who can’t yet read on their own. Even road trips for your summer travels can become learning opportunities with audio book selections offered through your local branch. These let students of all ages learn about a topic together, and are a huge help for children who may get carsick when trying to read from a book or a tablet screen. Along with reading when thinking of road trips, plan ways to make your summer travels and vacations an immersive learning experience for your student too! Visiting aquariums, zoos, museums, art galleries, historic sites, and more can be a great way for students to make connections between what they learned in the classroom and what they can see/touch/experience on their travels. This type of immersion is a great way to help your student fully understand the subject at hand and remember it in a way only possible with these in-person, real life experiences.

In addition to reading and travel experiences, there are plenty of educational camps and programs in the Central Florida area and beyond. We have an extensive list of summer camp choices right here at ASA, for the youngest K-5 learners all the way through high school. With subjects ranging from Exploration, to Sports, to Fine Arts (including dance and drama), your student is sure to find something they love, and won’t even realize that they are investing in their education in the midst of having a great time. We know that YOU as the parent will see the exponential benefits of these camps for years to come. Older students at the high school level can also use the summer to participate in volunteer projects, internships, and other activities that will go a long way in boosting their resume as they apply for college in the coming years. Local colleges and universities even offer summer courses for students who would like to engage in continued learning during the summer months, and these can be a wonderful opportunity for young people who want to further explore a specific subject, or better master skills they’ll be using in the upcoming 2018-2019 school year.

We hope all of our families here at All Saints Academy have a wonderful summer vacation, and we can’t wait to see all of you back on campus this Fall. We encourage you to get out there and enjoy the world around you this summer, and take every opportunity to live and learn to the fullest during your time out of the classroom. See you soon!

Making ASA Accessible to More Families

All Saints Academy is proud to be one of the top private, independent schools in the Central Florida area. Because private schools operate on tuition dollars, many assume it isn’t an option for their families. While tuition is a factor in having your child(ren) come to ASA, we never want it to be the reason you don’t apply. We believe that every student can reach their highest potential, and that our world-class faculty and facilities can play a role in that achievement. So we look for every opportunity to assist families who wish to be part of the ASA community.

Did you know?

ASA accepts two scholarships offered through the School Choice Program in Florida. The McKay scholarship is awarded to students with special needs, and allows parents to pick a school based on the environment, curriculum, and educators that will work best for their child. You can learn more about the McKay Scholarship here. The FTC (Florida Tax Credit) scholarship, also known as Step Up For Students, is an income-based scholarship that awards up to $7,111 per child for the 2018-2019 school year. Learn more about the FTC option here. Again, each of these financial aid options are all about putting the power in the hands of parents when it comes to making the best educational choices for their children.

Do you have a rising 6th or 9th grader?

All Saints Academy hosts a Merit Scholarship Competition each year for any rising 6th or 9th grader interested in attending our school. The award is based on student performance during a morning of testing. Once awarded, the scholarship will be given to the student throughout their tenure at ASA as long as they maintain a specified GPA. Keep an eye on our website at www.allsaintsacademy.com to watch for the announcement of the 2018-2019 Merit Scholarship Competition.

Other tuition assistance may be available as well. When you schedule your initial tour of All Saints, be sure to ask our Admissions team about the types of tuition assistance or scholarships you might qualify for.

We want to see students of all ages, from all backgrounds, join us at All Saints Academy. Our diverse student population and bright minds are why we have earned the reputation of being the #1 private school in Polk County, and we make it our goal to continue that legacy. Can you see your child at ASA? We can! Contact us and get started with the process today for the 2018-2019 school year.

College Bound: Preparing for Higher Education at ASA

College advisement is a typical part of most high school programs, as students are beginning to consider what they’d like to do with their lives following graduation. Obviously, some factors are the same across the board, regardless of the high school, such as GPA averages, meeting with an advisor to discuss various college programs and how your student should prepare, etc. However, when it comes to college advisement, the All Saints Academy process is distinctly different and stands out from the rest thanks to several key factors. This distinction is why we have a decade-long legacy of 100% college acceptance for our graduating seniors, and why parents throughout the Central Florida area trust us to offer the very best for their student’s future.
So, what sets us apart at ASA?
Advisement isn’t just “tagged on” to the high school experience. All Saints Academy (as a college preparatory school) weaves college preparation and advisement into your student’s entire 4-year high school career. This gives them ample time to investigate various universities, prioritize what they want from a school (programs offered, distance from home, extracurricular opportunities, etc.), and have a checklist of what needs to be accomplished for them to make the very best start at their selected college. Everyone is involved in preparing your student for college, including the professors teaching the classes that form the “building blocks” of a successful college education in the future. These teachers partner with our college advisement team to ensure that each student has exactly what he or she needs before graduation day arrives and the college career begins. Our college advisement team is committed to helping students evaluate their own interests and talents, and then use those as a filter through which they can view various schools when they’re deciding what’s right for them. We offer unique opportunities such as our annual college trip for ASA Juniors where multiple college campuses are visited as a group and students are allowed to meet representatives from those schools to ask questions and glean information. Mrs. Nancy Kormann and her team keep in contact with these college representatives in addition to others throughout the country, so we have a network at our fingertips when it’s time to help our own students make the decision that’s best for them and their family.
Actual college planning starts early, with grade-level meetings held for the parents of rising 7th-12th graders each spring. These meetings are a time to introduce the college planning process, go over curriculum and course scheduling for students, benchmarks, and more. Former ASA parents confirm that these meetings gave them the solid base they needed to successfully help their student(s) prepare for college. We also offer a “Year by Year” guide for parents so they know what to expect as their student progresses through the middle and high school grades. Beginning in their junior year, All Saints students (and their parents) are invited to attend “college nights,” and students begin meeting one-on-one with ASA advisors, and will also meet in small groups for advisement during the week at school. These various sessions are a time set aside to discuss standardized testing results, college applications and interviews, financial aid, and more. This is amped up significantly during the student’s senior year when we work side by side with them to assist in the process of applying for each school. We help them reflect their very best self throughout the process of answering questions on application forms, writing entrance essays, etc. These opportunities are, essentially, a student’s “first impression” for the school they’d like to attend, and we want to make sure they put their best foot forward from the start. We also use this time during senior year to help families prepare all paperwork for any needed financial aid and make sure all scholarships, grants, etc. are known about and made available to the student and parents. We then support the families through the process of waiting for the acceptance letters we are confident they’ll receive. In fact, we even have Jolly Ranchers stocked in the candy jar (and sometimes the Awkward Family Photos books and the Grumpy Cat book available, too), for any stressed out seniors! Since they spend a LOT of time in our office during the senior year period, candy and comic relief are a great way to help keep the process positive and fun.
Come see what makes ASA different, from kindergarten to college advisement. At All Saints Academy, each student is a priority and we consider ourselves a family. Our goal is to keep the history of 100% college acceptance going for years to come, and we can’t wait for your student to be part of our legacy.

Excellence in Education…and Application! What Makes the ASA Admissions Process Unique

When it comes to choosing a school for your student, first impressions are vital to making a decision, and those impressions are most often made during the admissions process. From application to interviews with leadership, the admissions process can look very different from school to school. We feel that All Saints Academy has honed the art of this process into something unique, enjoyable for students and parents, and effective in continuing our legacy of excellence in education. So, just what sets the ASA application process apart from other schools?

First, we are highly personal with potential families from the start. From the moment you click on that Application page on our website (found here), you have access to our Director of Admissions who is always ready and willing to answer any of your questions, address any concerns, and walk you through each step so you can move forward with confidence. You aren’t just “another number” or a random application coming through the system. You are seen, heard, and valued as a potential ASA family and we want to be here for you from the very beginning.

Once you send in your student’s application, he or she will be asked to schedule an entrance exam. Students applying for Pre-K through Grade 3 will have a time scheduled for an on-campus evaluation to determine their readiness for the upcoming year, whereas students entering Grade 4 and above will most likely be asked to take the SSAT, especially if applying from out of town. We do have in-house assessments available, given here at the school for those that shadow with us. Our Lower School candidates work one-on-one with Donna Lyle to complete the K-TEA III (r1-r6) and the NIH Toolbox (PS2-PK). Rising 7-12 graders take the OLSAT 8 here in Admissions. We also offer financial assistance with any applicable testing fees in some circumstances, and we provide assistance in scheduling the exams, so feel free to contact us about this at any time. Following the evaluation/testing, students ages 2nd grade through 5th grade are also asked to provide a teacher recommendation and submit a candidate questionnaire. Students 6th grade and up must give both an English instructor and Math instructor recommendation, in addition to the candidate questionnaire. Once these steps are completed, if results are satisfactory, the student will move on to the next step in the ASA application process, which is where the real magic begins.

During the application process, students are invited onto campus for a “Shadow Day,” where they are paired with a current student in their own grade level. This peer is their buddy for the day, and your student will go with them through an entire “day in the life” at All Saints Academy, from lockers to lunch and everything in between. Unlike a basic visit where you walk through with the Principal or office assistant, this experience gives your child a true sense of what everyday learning and living is like at ASA, and is a great way to make an informed decision about whether or not our school is a great fit for your student. For students who are currently 5th grade (Lower School) but are applying for their 6th grade year (Middle School), he will be placed with a 5th grade peer, but will spend a portion of their day with a 6th grade student as well so they get the best of both worlds: meeting their (hopefully) future peers, but also getting an idea of the Middle School campus and classes.

Another unique aspect of the application and admissions process at ASA is how we do our tours. School tours for both the Middle and Upper School are not done by administrators or a teacher, but rather, from the students that are actually attending our school. Our Student Ambassadors (a group of Upper School students dedicated to welcoming new faces at All Saints) offer tours of our campus during their advisory periods during certain times each week. If you are interested in one of these tours, you can contact our office and learn more! Here’s what some of our current students had to say about their own application process:

“I really liked everything in the process…everyone was very nice and supportive. I loved the process, and I love the school.” 

-Erica, Grade 10

“I really liked how everyone was friendly and welcoming during my shadow day.” 

-Ciara, Grade 10

We look forward to welcoming all new students for the 2018-2019 school year, and can’t wait to have them as part of the ASA family for years to come. Please feel free to contact us if you think we are the right fit for your family, and know we are here to answer any questions and help in any way we can. See you soon!

All Saints Academy: Preparing Students for College and Beyond

As we wrap up our fall semester at ASA, the talk of college begins to play a big part in conversations around campus and within the families of our current juniors and seniors. We are a College Preparatory school here at All Saints Academy, as we know that investing in a higher education gives our students a much wider variety of bigger and better opportunities as they start out in life. We take pride in our legacy of 100% college acceptance, and our students know that our College Advising Program is dedicated to making sure they don’t just go to college, but that they find the institution that is the right fit for them and their future! Just this past year, our 2017 graduating class had all 54 students enroll in 4-year college or university. Those are numbers we can be proud of!

All Saints students are accepted into an array of quality, prestigious schools all over the southeast and east, and we currently have alumni attending Harvard, Northwestern, Washington University, Samford, University of Florida, and many more. Elizabeth Martin here on our ASA campus says the big decisions for our seniors will be coming up during second semester, which means we will likely hear exciting announcements of All Saints being represented at a whole new wave of universities for the 2018-2019 academic year. All Saints offers plentiful support during the process of researching and choosing colleges, since we know this is a big decision for our students (and their parents!) and isn’t to be taken lightly.

Nancy Korman, our Director of College Advising, is your go-to person to talk about your student’s upcoming preparation for higher education, and she can let you know about upcoming events right here on campus that can give your child a glimpse into various college choices. ASA frequently has college representatives on campus to visit with our students and discuss their school. The list over recent years has included, but is not limited to, UF, FSU, University of Miami, UC Davis (California), Boston University, Vanderbilt, University of Chicago, University of Alabama, Auburn, Southern Methodist College, Washington and Lee, Davidson, and many more. These opportunities can help students make a short list of schools they are most interested in, and can then focus on researching intently during their senior year.

Another way we prepare our students for the college search process is with our annual college class trip. Each year, our juniors take a trip to visit multiple college campuses including Flagler, Clemson University, Wofford College, Erskine, Mercer University, Oglethorpe, and Georgia Tech. Seeing campuses firsthand gives our students a better idea of what to look for when choosing a university, and some key things they may want to look for and/or avoid when selecting a school. As our juniors are just beginning this journey, many of our seniors are currently working out details of their final selection, and Auburn, FSU, Berry College, University of Tampa, and Furman University are already on the list of chosen colleges for the 2018 graduating class.

Want to learn more about how we handle college advising here at All Saints Academy? Our College Advising Program page has plenty of valuable information (find it here) and can give you an idea of what to expect for your junior or senior student here at ASA. Congratulations to our 2018 graduates who have already chosen their next step, and to those who are still researching and deciding, know we are here for you this school year!

Reason to Give: How the Halo Fund Helps ASA Serve Our Community

All Saints Academy is well known throughout Central Florida for offering the very best in independent education for students in and around the Polk County area. Our goal is to give children the brightest future possible in their chosen field, and we are fortunate that our tuition assistance funds make it possible for All Saints Academy to open our doors to students of all backgrounds. As an independent school, we do not receive government funding but instead rely upon tuition fees and the generous donations from our community who believe in our mission to inspire independent thinkers, principled leaders, and humbler learners.

That generosity is evident each year through the Halo Fund at ASA. The Halo Fund is the philanthropic embodiment of community at All Saints Academy. Board members, staff, parents, alumni, and even parents of alumni come together to meet the needs of the school with their willing hands and giving hearts. This fund helps us offer the creative, challenging, and community-oriented education our families know and love. This sense of community is why many families at ASA choose to give to the Halo Fund each year. They appreciate that their children are seeing the benefits of giving back being reaped in their own education each day. In other words, it’s a hands-on lesson of the benefits of generosity, and a great opportunity for those who are currently part of All Saints Academy, or have been in the past, to give back to the school. Read stories from our own families and ASA community members on our Facebook feed where we have been sharing about giving for the last several weeks.

We are proud to announce that we have 100% participation from our Trustees, Staff, and Teachers this year and are close to several classes reaching 90%. If you are interested in contributing to this year’s Halo Fund campaign, you can make a gift directly to the school here. We appreciate the generous spirit of all those who support All Saints Academy each year, and we look forward to continuing to serve the Polk County community for years to come. Let’s be #AllinforAllSaints!

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