Frequently Asked Questions Location & Transportation: How long will BIA be at the Norcross location and what is the address? BIA will temporarily be located at 3159 Campus Drive, Norcross GA 30071 The Norcross site is a temporary location and we have a year-to year-lease. We all agree that it’s best to find our permanent location as soon as possible and the board is continuing its search for the best possible site. Where is the permanent location for BIA? Our permanent location has not yet been identified. What transportation options will be available? Transportation will not be provided by BIA. Parents are encouraged to form carpools work together for transportation options. School Day & Class Sizes: What time does school begin and end? For 2016-2017, school begins at 8:00 am and ends at 3:00 pm. Is there be an afterschool program? Yes, there is an afterschool program. Can I drop my child off prior to 8:00 am? Students can arrive as early as 7:30 am. Supervision will be provided for students in the gym/cafeteria. How big are classes? All class sizes for Kindergarten through eighth grade will be twenty students with one teacher. How many classes are there in each grade? There will be three classes in each grade. Do you have teacher aides? There is teacher aide who will float among the kindergarten classes. There are also special education aides. Curriculum and Instruction What is project based learning and how can I find out more about it? Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. The Buck Institute for Education website is a great resource to find out more. Check it out at www.bie.org What is blended learning and how can I find out more about it? Blended learning is an instructional method that utilizes both online and in-person learning experiences. At times, the student works independently using the online curriculum, and at other times he or she works one-on-one or in a small group with their teacher. Blended learning allows for maximum personalization of the curriculum. BIA will use the Compass Learning program. For more information on Compass visit their website at www.compasslearning.com Will world language instruction be offered? World language is offered using the Rosetta Stone program for students in second through eighth grade. Students will choose from Mandarin, German, French and Spanish. What curriculum is used for computer coding? We use a combination of Tynker and Scratch. . How much physical activity do students have each day? Students have recess at least once per day and as we build the master schedule, we will strive to ensure that students either have a second recess or a physical education class each day. How does BIA serve students with Individual Education Plans? We have two certificated special education teachers who are responsible for ensuring that Individual Education Plans are implemented with fidelity. How does BIA serve English Language Learners? We have a certificated ESOL teacher who develops plans for instruction of our English Language Learners. How do you challenge students who learn different paces? Blended learning allows for maximum flexibility and personalization. Teachers collect data on student performance daily and those who need more practice will be provided additional time and support. Students who demonstrate mastery of a concept are provided opportunity to deepen their learning or move on to the next concept at the discretion of the teacher. What types of assessments does BIA give to its students? BIA uses the Georgia Milestones assessment that is given by all public schools in the state. We also use the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress assessment to measure our students’ growth in math and English Language Arts. For more information about this assessment please check out their website at https://www.nwea.org/assessments/map/ Are young students be expected to complete daily homework? There will not be homework for students in Kindergarten through third grade unless specifically agreed to by parent, student and the teacher. How do you train teachers to effectively deliver project based learning and blended learning? We have an extensive professional development program for our teachers that began with a 10-day workshop over the summer and continues with ongoing coaching and mentoring during the school year. Teachers are also be provided with time to collaborate and share data with their grade-level team.