Parent & Student Information

Parent/Guardian Communication

We aim to keep our parents and guardians continuously informed as to how students are progressing throughout the year. Several of the structures to support parents and guardians include:

  • Meet-the-Teacher/Back-to-School Fair: A chance to meet your child’s teachers in July before the school year begins.
  • Exhibition Nights: Quarterly, our doors will be open to parents and guardians as students will present their projects and work from the previous semester.
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences & Academic Parent-Teacher Teams (APTTs): At least twice a year, parents and guardians will be invited to meet with their child’s teachers to learn more about how students are performing in school.

Parents Right To Know

Under No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, parents have the right to know the professional qualifications of the instructors who teach their children. Resumes outlining educational background and experience for all teachers are maintained on site at Western School of Science and Technology. If you wish to view a teacher’s background information, you should contact the Founding School Director, Peter Boyle, or the Senior Managing Director of Operations, Charles Kaplan.

We look forward to working with parents and guardians as partners to support our academic program. If you’d like any more information, please reach out to Peter Boyle, Founding School Director, at (410) 610.5372 or pboyle@wsst.school.

Parent/Student Handbook and Forms

Click to Download Family Handbook 2016-2017PDF575.36KB

2016-2017 School Calendar

Click to Download 2016 2017 Calendar WSSTPDF68.54KB

 

Important Links

Rosetta Stone

STMath

Galileo

NWEA

2-1-1 Arizona

AzMERIT Overview – This fact sheet answers the most common questions heard from parents during AzMERIT testing this past spring.

Parent’s Guide to Test Scores – front and back handout that provides parents with answers to key questions about AzMERIT scores and the score reports (available in English and Spanish).

AzMERIT Parent Video – this parent video helps communicate the importance of getting accurate and meaningful information through AzMERIT

Top 8 Tips for Helping Your Child Prepare for AzMERIT – This blog offers parents practical tips to help their child prepare for the assessment throughout the year and during testing time.

ArizonaOn – ArizonaOn is a state-wide nonprofit focused on connecting low-income students and their families at home to high-speed, low-cost Internet. ArizonaOn works to eliminate the digital, economic, and academic divide by delivering home access to Internet, affordable computers, and digital literacy training for thousands of unconnected households in Arizona.

Mountain Park Health Center – Offers medical, health and additional services that can support families and their students.

 

What are the school choices for homeless students?

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act was originally signed into law in 1987. Title VII, Subtitle B of that law is included in the 2002 reauthorization of No Child Left Behind, Title X. The statute requires every public school district and charter holder to designate a Homeless Liaison to ensure that homeless students are identified, immediately enrolled in school, have access to educational opportunities equal to those of their non-homeless peers, and receive assistance in evaluating and meeting other needs unique to their situation.
“To ensure that homeless children and youth have access to a free, appropriate public education, comparable to that provided to the children of any Arizona resident and consistent with Arizona’s mandatory school attendance laws.”

 

How is eligibility decided?

Determinations of eligibility are made on a case-by-case basis using the McKinney Vento Homeless Education Act definition of ; “CHILDREN AND YOUTH WHO LACK A FIXED, REGULAR, AND ADEQUATE NIGHTTIME RESIDENCE”. In addition to the following key criteria:

• Housing that is Temporary or Transitional
• Due to Hardship or Crisis
• Due to lack of alternatives

 

Child Find

Western School of Science and Technology: A Challenge Foundation Academy (Western: CFA) offers screening to locate, identify, and evaluate all children who may have a disability as part of its child find efforts. If you know a child who has a disability or that you suspect may have difficulty with learning, communication, vision, hearing, behavior, or motor control and coordination, please contact the special education department at your local public school district or the charter school the student attends.

Western: CFA screens children from preschool through high school. We refer infants and toddlers with disabilities to the Arizona Early Intervention Program for services. All child find referrals are considered confidential and services are provided at no cost to the family.

For more information concerning child find screenings, contact Mario Gonzalez, Special Education Director, at 623-249-3900.