Frequently Asked Questions
Is Summit Classical a private school?
No, we are a free, public charter school.
What is the cost of tuition?
There is no tuition for Summit Classical School. We are a FREE public charter school.
Who can attend?
Anyone in the state of South Carolina can attend. There are no attendance boundaries. Students do not have to reside in Laurens county to enroll. By law, charter schools can never have selective admissions. If, however, more students apply than there are seats available, a lottery is held to determine who is admitted.
How can I apply?
Applications are accepted each year beginning in October. Any applications received after open enrollment ends will be added to the waiting list (or enrollment list if openings remain) in the order in which they are received. The online application may be accessed at https://goo.gl/forms/s7j8WjcQ9pwp4uQu1. Paper applications will be available in the building or upon request.
What are the school hours?
School hours are 8:00am – 2:45pm. Students may be dropped off at 7:15 am.
Is there afterschool care?
Yes, an afterschool program is available. There is a fee for afterschool care.
Is transportation provided?
No. Parents/Guardians must arrange student transportation to and from school.
Is lunch provided?
No. Students must bring their own lunch.
Is there a school uniform?
Yes. (Please see Dress Code)
What curriculum is used?
Summit Classical is using Core Knowledge for its curriculum program.
What type of technology is used in the classrooms?
Summit believes that children learn best from classroom teachers, who at times use technology to support their instruction. Our students will learn how to operate technology so that they can be competitive in our technology driven world. While Summit Classical is equipped with quality technological devices including Interactive boards in each classroom and Chromebooks our focus is on training the mind using classical methods. Our students will primarily use books, paper, and pencil.
What is a charter school?
Charter schools are a part of the South Carolina Department of Education’s school choice initiative. The purpose of charter schools is to create new, innovative, and more flexible ways of educating children within the public school system, with the goal of closing achievement gaps between low performing student groups and high performing student groups (SCDE). Each charter school has an expressed educational focus such as early college, entrepreneurship, foreign language, and STEM to name a few. Because they are public schools, charter schools are open to all children; do not charge tuition; and have no special entrance requirements.
Are Charter Schools accountable?
Public charter schools are highly regulated by a local school district or a state-wide charter district. Summit Classical is sponsored by the Charter Institute at Erskine (https://erskinecharters.org). Unlike traditional schools, a local school district’s Board of Education, a state-wide charter district’s Board of Education, or the SCDE’s Board of Education may close a public charter school that is failing students academically or found to be fiscally unsound.
Do charter school students take the same state assessments as traditional public schools?
Yes. Charter school students are mandated to take all state assessments. Data is used to measure academic progress.
What is Classical Education?
Classical education depends on a three-part process of training the mind. The early years of school are spent in absorbing facts, while systematically laying the foundations for advanced study. In the middle grades, students learn to think through arguments. In the high school years, they learn to express themselves. This classical pattern is called the trivium. Knowledge, reasoning, and self-expression play a part in all stages. Our school, which is chartered to serve grades K5-8, will address the first two stage of the trivium. The rhetoric stage begins at the high school level.
In classical education, history provides the foundation for the study of science and humanities. Students will take two chronological sweeps throughout history. The first occurs from grades 1 to 4 and the second from grades 5 to 8. The sequence for history is as follows: Ancient times, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and modern times. Students study biology in the same grades that they study ancient history since plants and animals were topics known to the ancients. Astronomy and earth science are investigated at the same time as the middle ages since that era brought advances in astronomy. Chemistry is covered along with the Renaissance, which is when the great chemists appeared. Physics, a modern subject, is explored when students learn modern history. Art, music, and literature selections include works from the corresponding historical period. This approach brings a coherence to the curriculum not found in most other schools. Latin is also taught beginning in the third grade as part of the language curriculum (prefixes, suffixes, and roots).
The first years of instruction are called the “grammar stage.” These are the years in which the building blocks for all other learning are laid, just as grammar is the foundation for language. In the elementary school years — what we commonly think of as grades one through four — the mind is ready to absorb information. Children at this age actually find memorization fun. During this period, education involves learning of facts rather than learning through self-expression and self-discovery. Instruction is focused on rules of phonics and spelling, rules of grammar, poems, the vocabulary of foreign languages, the stories of history and literature, descriptions of plants and animals and the human body, the facts of mathematics — the list goes on. This information makes up the “grammar,” or the basic building blocks, for the second stage of education.
By fifth grade, a child’s mind begins to think more analytically. Middle-school students are less interested in finding out facts than in asking “Why?” The second phase of the classical education, the “Logic Stage,” is a time when the child begins to pay attention to cause and effect and to the relationships between different fields of knowledge. A student is ready for the Logic Stage when the capacity for abstract thought begins to mature. During these years, the student begins algebra and the study of logic and begins to apply logic to all academic subjects. The logic of reading, for example, involves the criticism and analysis of texts, not the mere absorption of information; the logic of history demands that the student find out why the War of 1812 was fought, rather than simply reading its story; and the logic of science requires that the child learn the scientific method.
The final phase of a classical education, the “Rhetoric Stage,” builds on the first two. At this point, the high school student learns to write and speak with force and originality. The student of rhetoric applies the rules of logic learned in middle school to the foundational information learned in the early grades and expresses his conclusions in clear, forceful, elegant language.
Character development is an essential component of classical education. The classical model assumes that character can and should be shaped. At Summit, students and staff will display and demonstrate virtue, character, and integrity. Character formation is a lifelong pursuit, much of it happening long after instruction in the trivium. The examples that students are exposed to now in good literature will give them something to draw on for many years to come.
Internet Safety Policy_SCS
Children’s Internet Protection Act
- It is the policy of SCS to prevent users of its computer network, access to or transmission of, inappropriate material via Internet, electronic mail, or other forms of direct electronic communications
- prevent unauthorized access and other unlawful online activity;
- prevent unauthorized online disclosure, use or dissemination of personal identification information of minors
- comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act [Pub. L. No. 106-554 and 47USC 254(h)].
(For additional information, please refer to Appendix E: Electronic Use Guidelines.)
Summit Classical School Preparatory offers Internet access for educational purposes. Below are the rules and procedures for students’ acceptable use of the SCS electronic network.
- Students may not access the Internet without the permission and/or supervision of school personnel.
- The SCS electronic network has been established for a limited educational purpose such as but not limited to classroom activities, career development, and limited high-quality self-discovery activities, including homework.
- The SCS electronic network has not been established as a public access service or a public forum.
- SCS has the right to place reasonable restrictions on material that is accessed or posted throughout the network.
- Parent/guardian permission is required for access by all students. Access is a privilege — not a right.
- It is presumed that students will honor this agreement they and their parent/guardian have signed. SCS is not responsible for the actions of students who violate the rules of access beyond the clarification of standards outlined in this policy.
- The school reserves the right to monitor all activity on this electronic network. Students will indemnify the school for any damage that is caused by students’ inappropriate use of the network.
- Students are expected to follow the same rules, good manners and common sense guidelines that are used with other daily school activities as well as the law in the use of the SCS electronic network.
Appendix E: Electronic Communication Guidelines
Access to Inappropriate Material
To practical extent, technology protection measures (or Internet filters) will be used to block or filter the access to inappropriate information from Internet or other forms of electronic communications.
Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, blocking will be applied to visual depictions of material deemed to be obscene, or to be child pornography, or to any material deemed to be harmful to minors. Subject to staff supervision, technology protection measures may be disabled or, in the case of minors, minimized only for bona fide research or other lawful purposes.
Inappropriate Network Usage
To practical extent, steps will be taken to promote the safety and security of users of the SCS’s online computer network when using electronic mail, chat rooms, instant messaging and other forms of electronic communications.
Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, prevention of inappropriate network usage includes (a) unauthorized access, including so-called “hacking” and other unlawful activities; and (b) unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors.
Education, supervision and monitoring
It shall be the responsibility of all members of the SCS staff to educate, supervise and monitor appropriate usage of the online computer network and access to the Internet in accordance with this policy, the Children’s Internet Protection Act, the Neighborhood Children’s Internet Protection Act and the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act.
Procedures for the disabling or otherwise modifying any technology protection measures shall be the responsibility of the Director of Information Technology or designated representatives.
General Unacceptable Behavior
While utilizing any portion of the SCS electronic network, unacceptable behaviors include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Students will not play games, use IM, email, listen to music or any other activities, applications or functions during class time, unless expressly approved by a teacher for the educational goals of that particular course and during that particular class.
- Students will not post information that, if acted upon, could cause damage or danger of disruption.
- Students will not engage in personal attacks, including prejudicial or discriminatory attacks.
- Students will not harass another person. Harassment is persistently acting in a manner that distresses or annoys another person. If a student is told by a person to stop sending messages, they must stop.
- Students will not knowingly or recklessly post false or defamatory information about a person or organization.
- Students will not use criminal speech or speech in the course of committing a crime, such as threats to the President, instructions on breaking into computer networks, child pornography, drug dealing, purchase of alcohol, gang activities, threats to an individual, etc.
- Students will not use speech that is inappropriate in an educational setting or violates school rules.
- Students will not abuse network resources such as sending chain letters or “spamming.”
- Students will not display, access or send offensive messages or pictures.
- Students will not use the SCS electronic network for commercial purposes. Students will not offer, provide, or purchase products or services through this network.
- Students will not use the SCS electronic network for political lobbying. Students may use the system to communicate with elected representatives and to express their opinions on political issues.
- Students will not attempt to access non-instructional school systems, such as student information systems or business systems.
- Students will not use any wired or wireless network (including third party internet service providers) with equipment brought from home. Example: The use of a home computer on the network or accessing the internet from any device not owned by the school
- Students will not use school equipment, network, or credentials to threaten employees or cause a disruption to the educational program.
- Students will not use the equipment, network, or credentials to send or post electronic messages that are abusive, obscene, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, damaging to another’s reputation, or illegal.
- Students will not tamper, alter or delete any of the software that SCS installs on the student’s computer until such time as the license expires or the student receives express permission to do so.
- Students may be provided with e-mail accounts for specific educational projects or activities.
- Students will not establish or access Web-based email accounts on commercial services through the school network unless such accounts have been approved for use by the individual school.
- Students will not repost a message that was sent to them privately without the permission of the person who sent them the message.
- Students will not post private information about another person.
World Wide Web
- Access to information for students on the Web will generally be provided through prescreened sites and in a Manner prescribed by SCS administration and staff.
Real-time, Interactive Communication Areas
- Students may not use chat or instant messaging unless under the direct supervision of a teacher or in a moderated environment that has been established to support educational activities and has been approved by the SCS Managing Director.
- Students may be identified by their full name with parental approval. Group or individual pictures of students with student identification are permitted with parental approval.
- Material placed on student Web pages are expected to meet academic standards of proper spelling, grammar and accuracy of information.
- Material (graphics, text, sound, etc.) that is the ownership of someone other than the student may not be used on Web sites unless formal permission has been obtained.
- All student Web pages should have a link back to the homepage of the classroom, school or school district, as appropriate.
Personal Safety While on the Internet
- Students will not share personal contact information about themselves or other people. Personal contact information includes address, telephone, school address, or work address.
- Students will not disclose personal contact information, except to education institutes for educational purposes, companies or other entities for career development purposes, or without specific building administrative approval.
- Students will not agree to meet with someone they have met online.
- Students will promptly disclose to a teacher or other school employee any message received that is inappropriate or makes the student feel uncomfortable.
- Students are responsible for their individual accounts and should take all reasonable precautions to prevent others from being able to use them. Under no conditions should students provide their password to another person.
- Students must immediately notify a teacher or the system administrator if they have identified a possible security problem. Students should not go looking for security problems, because this may be construed as an illegal attempt to gain access.
- Students will not attempt to gain unauthorized access to any portion of Summit Classical School electronic network. This includes attempting to log in through another person’s account or access another person’s folders, work, or files. These actions are illegal, even if only for the purposes of “browsing”.
- Students will not make deliberate attempts to disrupt the computer system or destroy data by spreading computer viruses or by any other means. These actions are illegal.
- Users will not attempt to access Web sites blocked by school policy, including the use of proxy services, software, or Web sites.
- Users will not use sniffing or remote access technology to monitor the network or other user’s activity.
Software and File
- Software is available to students to be used as an educational resource. No student may install, upload or download software without permission from the school technology department.
- A student’s account may be limited or terminated if a student intentionally misuses software on any school-owned equipment.
- Files stored on the network and on individual computers are treated in the same manner as other school storage areas, such as lockers. Routine maintenance and monitoring of the Summit Classical School electronic network may lead to discovery that a student has violated this policy or the law. Students should not expect that files stored on school servers are private.
- Hardware and peripherals are provided as tools for student use for educational purposes. Students are not permitted to relocate hardware (except for portable devices), install peripherals or modify settings to equipment without the consent of the school technology department.
- Any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data, the network, or other network components connected to the network backbone, hardware or software will result in cancellation of network privileges. Disciplinary measures in compliance with the school’s discipline code and policies will be enforced.
Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement
- Students will not plagiarize works found on the Internet (Plagiarism is taking the ideas or writings of others and presenting them as if they were the students’).
- School policies on copyright will govern the use of material accessed and used through the school system.
- Copyrighted material will not be placed on any system without the author’s permission. Permission may be specified in the document, on the system, or must be obtained directly from the author.
- Students’ right to free speech applies to communication on the Internet. Summit Classical School electronic network is considered a limited forum, similar to the school newspaper, and therefore the school may restrict a student’s speech for valid educational reasons. The school will not restrict a student’s speech on the basis of a disagreement with the opinions that are being expressed.
- An individual search will be conducted if there is reasonable suspicion that a student has violated this policy or the law. The investigation will be reasonable and related to the suspected violation.
- The school will cooperate fully with local, state, or federal officials in any investigation related to any illegal activities conducted through the school network.
- In the event there is an allegation that a student has violated the school’s acceptable use regulation and policy, the student will be provided with a written notice of the alleged violation. An opportunity will be provided to present an explanation before a neutral administrator (or the student will be provided with notice and an opportunity to be heard in the manner set forth in the disciplinary code).
- Disciplinary actions will be tailored to meet specific concerns related to the violation and to assist the student in gaining the self-discipline necessary to behave appropriately on an electronic network. Violations of the acceptable use regulation and policy may result in a loss of access as well as other disciplinary or legal action.
- If the violation also involves a violation of other provisions of other school rules, it will be handled in a manner described in the school rules. Additional restrictions may be placed on a student’s use of his/her network account.
Limitation of Liability
- The school makes no guarantee that the functions or the services provided by or through the school network will be error-free or without defect. The school will not be responsible for any damage suffered, including but not limited to, loss of data or interruptions of service.
- The school is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of the information obtained through or stored on the network. The school will not be responsible for financial obligations arising through the unauthorized use of the network.
Violations of this Acceptable Use Policy
- Violations of this policy may result in loss of computer use, loss of access as well as other disciplinary or legal action. Students’ violation of this policy shall be subject to the consequences as indicated within this policy as well as other appropriate discipline, which includes but is not limited to the following:
- Use of school network only under direct supervision,
- Suspension of network privileges,
- Revocation of network privileges,
- Suspension of computer privileges,
- Suspension from school,
- Expulsion from school, and/or
- Legal action and prosecution by the authorities.
- The particular consequences for violations of this policy shall be determined by the school administrators. The Director or designee and the board shall determine when school expulsion and/or legal action or actions by the authorities are the appropriate course of action.
The Charter Institute at Erskine and Summit Classical school do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, or immigrant status in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following persons have been designated to handle the nondiscrimination policies.
For questions pertaining to Section 504, contact Sharath Rudrapati at 864-547-2018.
For questions pertaining to Title IX, contact Terrie Hall at 864-547-2018.