FAQ

How and when will I be notified of my child's developmental progress?

 Parent teacher conferences are conducted twice each school year that will help parents understand the child's accomplishments and enable their teacher's to make the necessary adjustments in the classroom to meet their needs. This observation and progress reporting program will help each child and parent achieve a smooth transition into the next stage of their education. 

What is your policy with regard to uniforms?

 Children in the Upper School (PK3 - PK5) are required to wear Cambridge Academy Uniform. Research has shown that children who wear a school uniform perform better academically. Wearing a school uniform offers many benefits. First, children develop a sense of pride when they wear their Cambridge Academy uniform. the uniform says, "I am part of a special place." It also establishes a sense of routine and helps ease the stress in the morning for the children and their parents. 

What comprises your nutrition program?

 Proper nourishment is essential in the development of young children. With this in mind, we offer a full, well-balanced lunch and two nutritious snacks daily at no additional costs to our parents. Our menus meet the nutritional guidelines established by the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Consumer Service, providing healthy, tasty meals and snacks for your child. 

Will my child have access to a computer in his/her classroom?

Computers are available in our classrooms on an age-appropriate basis. Computers are a focal point for academic learning and exploration. Interaction with the computer will provide the children with positive rewards for their skills. 

What would a typical day be like for my child?

 A typical day at Cambridge Academy depends on the age of the child. When you tour the Center, you will notice the daily schedules posted on the parent board located outside of each room. The daily schedule that pertains to the age of your child will provide you with information regarding your child's daily routine. Generally, the day will include: morning welcome; snack; learning activities; outside play; lunch; rest time; afternoon snack; and afternoon activities. Supplemental enrichment activities such as Dance, Ballet, Gymnastics, Sports Skills, Drama and Music are incorporated into the morning scheudule for those children that are signed up to take the extra classes. We assure you that your child will experience a balance among learning activities, rest and play. 

What is the staff-to-children ratio?

The ratio of staff to children is age specific. Keep in mind that Cambridge Academy also utilizes assistant teachers and teachers aids in the classroom to help the "lead" teacher with certain activities which further lowers this ratio at many times during the day. 

Do you encourage parental participation?

Cambridge Academy places particular emphasis on open communication between parents and our staff. Our Open Door Policy encourages parents to get involved in classroom and school activities. We believe this is critical in assisting families to monitor each child's development, as well as maintaining a high level of confidence between parents and our staff. 

What would a typical day be like for my child?

A typical day at Cambridge Academy depends on the age of the child. When you tour the Center, you will notice the daily schedules posted on the parent board located outside of each room. The daily schedule that pertains to the age of your child will provide you with information regarding your child's daily routine. Generally, the day will include: morning welcome; snack; learning activities; outside play; lunch; rest time; afternoon snack; and afternoon activities. Supplemental enrichment activities such as Dance, Ballet, Gymnastics, Sports Skills, Drama and Music are incorporated into the morning scheudule for those children that are signed up to take the extra classes. We assure you that your child will experience a balance among learning activities, rest and play. 

Who will be at the school every day?

There will be a number of people consistently on site to meet the needs of you and your child. One of the unique features is that Cambridge Academy is individually owned and operated. Therefore, the owner is local and will be available on a needs basis. The management team will be on site daily to communicate with parents, ensure that the environment meets all state and Cambridge Academy requirements, supervise children during activities, including meal time, and provide a safe, nurturing environment for your child. The entire staff is trained to continuously strive for the highest possible standards. 

What type of background do your teachers have?

Cambridge Academy has a stringent policy on hiring our staff members. Work related and personal references are checked and a full criminal background check is performed. Further, grade transcripts and course descriptions are obtained from the educational institution(s) from which the applicant received his/her early childhood teaching credentials. Cambridge Academy requires all of its employees to complete continuing education courses in the field of early childhood education. Moreover, Cambridge Academy seeks out people who are passionate about making a positive impact on the lives of young people. Lead teachers are required to have a college degree and most have their major in Early Childhood Education.  

What are Cambridge Academy's safety measures?

The main focus of Cambridge Academy is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for young children. Our passion for child safety is seen in the basic design of our building, which includes an open floor plan with numerous windows for viewing, Closed Circuit TV for administration monitoring, plenty of secure exits and a protective fencing around custom designed playground areas. Our state-of-the-art building also includes a fire alarm system and a complete security alarm system. In order to gain entry into the building, parents are provided with a unique pin number that must be used to open the front door. Only parents having the code  will have access to the Center. Members of the Center's staff accompany all other guests while they are in the building. Above all, Cambridge Academy hires childcare professionals who are conscientious and place the safety of the children first.

 

What kind of curriculum do you utilize?

 

Our programs for younger children utilize an age-appropriate curriculm that is educationally sound and proven. The curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through hands-on activities that address the needs of the whole child. Each learning program reflects the belief that children need a balance of child-initiated and teacher-facilitated activities each day. This approach is grounded in sound child development theory and appropriate practices. Themes are used to introduce information and learning takes place as a child explores and manipulates real objects and events.

Programs for our older children are carefully designed by our degreed teachers to inspire academic excellence, nurture curiosity, promote creativity and spark their imagination. All use skills proven to best prepare your child for Kindergarten.