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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.

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!

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