Frequently Asked Questions
Please use this page to find answers to questions frequently asked by Carmel Campus parents.
- How does the school communicate with me?
- If I have questions, whom should I contact?
- What are the school hours?
- Can I walk my child to the classroom?
- Can parents sit in on a class?
- What are the responsibilities of room parents?
- What are free dress days?
- How can I get involved with my child's class and the school?
- Are there school dances?
- How does my child get involved with student council?
- Q: How does the school communicate with me?
The school will send out information as needed by mail, email, or in some cases by telephone. We have moved toward a more electronic communication with families, but will continue to use mail as appropriate.
Grades are reported six (6) times per school year, and are available to be reviewed online via Family Access. Individual progress reports are sent on an as needed basis whenever teachers want to communicate directly with parents.
Parent-teacher conferences are held in the fall for all students and in the spring for Carmel Campus students only. You will have an opportunity to meet with each of your child's teachers individually to review his/her progress and to share information.
- Q: If I have questions, whom should I contact?
Additional questions may be directed to:
Head of Carmel Campus, Stevenson School
Assistant Head of Carmel Campus, Stevenson School
- Q: What are the school hours?
School is in session from 8:00 am to 3:15 pm each day. Children may be dropped off as early as 7:30 am. After-school activities are included in the tuition and are available from 3:15 pm to 5:00 pm each day. Prior signup is required. Students can be picked up as late as 5:30 pm (Monday - Thursday) and 4:30 pm (Friday).
- Q: Can I walk my child to the classroom?
Parents of Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students may walk their children to the classroom. To encourage independence and self-responsibility, all other students should be dropped off in the car line. The Head of School typically greets each student daily as they exit their cars.
- Q: Can parents sit in on a class?
Yes, parents can sit in on a class by special arrangement with the school office. Typical visits are limited to 20 minutes to minimize disruptions.
- Q: What are the responsibilities of room parents?
Room parents organize support for holiday and end-of-year parties and other activities as requested by the teachers, school administration, and the Parent Sponsors Club. We encourage communication among parents. The room parents foster this communication and generate enthusiasm and a sense of community among the families.
If you are interested in being a room parent, please contact your child's teacher or the office. Teachers choose two or three room parents for each grade each year.
- Q: What are free dress days?
On the last Friday of each month, children are usually not required to wear their school uniforms. Dance and P.E. uniforms are still required on those days, however. At times, additional days are designated as free dress days.
- Q: How can I get involved with my child's class and the school?
Look for the signup sheets at the welcome reception on the first day of school and on Back-to-School Nights in September. Additionally, sign up to chaperone field trips, support the class parties and sports events, and find out who the room parents are and make sure they know you!
You may also signup to volunteer in classrooms that your child has already passed through. Teachers are often looking for parents to help out with special projects.
- Q: Are there school dances?
The 6th, 7th, and 8th grades are invited to attend the dances which are scheduled throughout the year. The dances are organized by the student council. They are held in the gym and are chaperoned by faculty. There is usually a small cover charge. Refreshments are provided.
- Q: How does my child get involved with student council?
Student council elections are held twice each year in September and January. Children begin voting in 3rd grade. Beginning in 4th grade, children may run for office. Ms. Sims, the Activities Director, organizes the election process and instructs the children regarding appropriate campaign behavior and rules.