MILESTONES PRESCHOOL & CHARTER SCHOOL
OPEN ENROLLMENT PROCEDURES FOR 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR
Due to the current health situation, Milestones will not be offering school tours or open houses at this time. Accepted families will have the opportunity to visit the school at a later date. Open Enrollment starts Tuesday, February 16, 2021. All applications received on February 16 and February 17 will have equal opportunity for available enrollment spots. If applications received during these two days exceed availability, applicants will be randomly chosen, and remaining applications will be placed on a waitlist based on chronological order of receipt. All applications received after February 17th will handled on a first come, first serve basis for available spots and placement on a waiting list.
Applications should be emailed, faxed or hand delivered to Milestones.
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax #: 844-318-9806
Hand Delivery: Between the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. A basket will be provided for families to drop off their applications. The basket will be place outside the school’s front office doors. Applications will be gathered every hour, on the hour and be timed stamped for potential waitlist order.
Accepted families will be contacted via email by the end of March. Families will be provided 3-weeks to accept their enrollment spot. Families on the waitlist will be contacted if families deny or do not respond to their acceptance notification.
Milestones Preschool & Charter School was established in 1999. Our charter school is a tuition-free public school that offers programs for Kindergarten through Eighth grade students. Our preschool is a tuition-based, licensed program that includes Two’s, Three’s, KPrep and school-age Extended Day programs for our school-age students.
The primary mission of Milestones is to provide an educational experience of the highest quality, while offering a safe and unique environment. The Milestones education program features small classes taught by involved, caring teachers who are responsive to the growing and changing needs of students. The program is committed to challenging academic standards and strong character development.
Milestones offers full-day Kindergarten – 8th grade programs. Our 180-day academic year program starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. Occasional Early Release Days are scheduled with a 12:30 p.m. pick-up.
Milestones Preschool opens at 7:30 a.m. and closes at 5:30 p.m. Our preschool follows a 218-day academic year calendar (July – June). Milestones offers a 5 Half-Day, a 5 Full-Day and a 5 Extended Day program. Each of our On-Campus Programs consist of age appropriate teacher-directed and child-directed activities that focuses on cognitive and social-emotional skills, fine and gross motor development with limited screen time. Age appropriate expectations allows for an environment of respect and safety. Distance Learning will be offered for Threes and KPrep for the 2021-2022 School Year. More information may be found on the Milestones Preschool Program & Tuition Schedule.
Students in our elementary grades receive daily instruction in Reading, Language, Writing, and Mathematics. Science and Social Studies lessons are integrated with math and language arts skills. Students receive instruction within the whole group, small group, and one-on-one, according to student needs. Milestones elementary instruction is student-driven while covering all grade level Arizona academic standards for each content area. Teachers monitor student progress weekly at the classroom level with lesson and unit standards-based assessments, as well as grade level assessments. Our goal for Milestones elementary students is for them to learn how they learn, how to advocate for themselves, and how to take responsibility for their own success. It is the teachers’ responsibility to support and guide students to meet their goals, as well as provide individualized instruction to meet students’ needs.
Academic Overview-Middle School
Students in Middle School (grades 6th-8th) receive daily instruction in English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. These classes are taught by teachers who are Middle School certified and are subject level mastered. All instruction is driven by Arizona academic standards for each content area. Teachers monitor student progress weekly at the classroom level within the lessons and unit standards-based assessments, as well as grade level assessments. Teachers provide assistance to students either within the whole group, small group or one-on-one. Our goal for Milestones Middle School students is for them to gain the academic independence needed to be successful in High School and beyond. Teachers work with students to establish and work on goals that incorporate accepting responsibility for their individual learning, organizational skills, time management and communication.
What curriculum do you use?
We have found that with our quickly changing world, we must continuously adapt to our students’ ever-changing academic needs. This means that our staff is constantly working on and exploring new methods and resources to best reach our students. We use several online resources which include Microsoft Teams, I-Ready, and YouTube for Education. Published curriculum materials include Harcourt, Holt, Tribes, Words Their Way, Kim Sutton’s Creative Mathematics, Rocket Math, AIMS and Learning A-Z. Instructional models include Reading and Writing Workshop, Daily 5, cooperative learning, problem-based learning, technology integration, cross-curricular integration, and direct instruction.
How can you meet the academic needs of my child?
We start the school year utilizing I-Ready, an online learning program. I-Ready's diagnostic test places students at their academic level in Math and Reading. This allows teachers to accurately identify weaknesses and strengths and target specific lessons. I-Ready lessons can then be assigned based on individual student levels while students remain with their age level peers. Students who are performing above grade level standards will receive I-Ready lessons to allow for continued growth. Students who need additional support will be referred to our Child Study team, which consists of grade-level teachers and academic support staff.
Are your teachers experienced?
All our K-8thgrade teachers are certified with an average of 14 years of experience and an average of 9 years at Milestones. All of our Elementary and Middle School core teachers have bachelor’s degrees in education, with many also carrying higher level Masters through Doctorate degrees. Our teachers continuously seek Professional Development opportunities to stay informed of current teaching techniques and trends.
Are there different teachers per subject?
Our K-5th grade students remain with their classroom teachers for most of the day. Students may also spend time with grade level team teachers, specialty teachers, or resource teachers during the school day, depending on the activity or student area of need. Middle School students have a different teacher for their core classes, as well as their specialty classes.
Do you offer specialty classes?
Our Elementary students have Physical Education and Art. Middle School students have Physical Education and Art as well as Spanish.
What is the typical homework expectation for a Milestones student?
Elementary students in grades K-4 are typically expected to complete homework each school day. Homework is used to review previously learned material and practice current skills. Expect 20-60 minutes of homework per day, depending on the student’s grade level. Students in 5th –8th are asked to complete any assignments that they have not finished while in class. If students use their class time wisely, they can expect to spend 1½ hour or less on homework. There is no homework over the weekend or holiday breaks, unless it is a long-term project that students had time during the week to complete.
Do you provide parent-teacher conferences?
Milestones teachers conduct 1st quarter parent-teacher conferences in the Fall and 3rd quarter Student-led conferences in the Spring. Student-led conferences are just like they sound- Students lead their own conference by explaining to parents what they have learned, their strengths and weaknesses, and progress they have made. Parents and teachers are welcome to request an additional conference with the teacher if the need arises.
When will parents receive progress updates?
Quarterly progress reports are sent out in October, December, March, and May. Students are recognized for their academic achievements at these times.
How can I communicate with my child’s teacher?
Specific information about classroom policies and procedures is given at the beginning of the year during Back-to-School Night and Curriculum Night. In order to keep parents fully informed, teachers also send out weekly newsletters to parents via email. Newsletters include curriculum updates and school or classroom reminders. For individual questions and concerns, email is the best way to contact your child’s teacher.
How do you prepare middle school students for high school?
Our graduating eighth graders enter high school with the confidence that they are academically ready for the rigors of their coursework. Many of our students are accepted into specialized high school courses, as well as advanced level and Honor Roll classes. Students learn in middle school how to manage multiple classes, multiple assignments, as well as different teachers. Many of our students enter their perspective high school with a few classmates from Milestones, and they often stay lifelong friends.
Do students have access to computers?
We have chrome books for use by our 3rd – 8th grade students and middle school students may bring their own devices to school to use when appropriate for the lesson or class. Our K-2nd graders have access to a computer lab for occasional use.
Do students at Milestones wear uniforms?
K-8th grade students are required to wear uniforms for majority of the school year. Uniforms consists of embroidered collared shirts or printed t-shirts with the Milestones logo and navy or khaki bottoms. Most Fridays are Free Dress Days. Theme-dressed days are scheduled throughout the school year.
How do you deal with Bullying or Behavior Issues?
We know that despite our best efforts to teach students kindness and safe communication there will be incidents on campus that involve our immediate attention. Our first priority is always the safety of all students and staff at Milestones. When we have ensured that everyone is in a safe place, when appropriate we take unfortunate situations and try to turn them into a learning experience for all involved. When necessary students will receive appropriate consequences for their actions and parents will receive communication from Milestones staff. We appreciate parents who understand that we need to work together to help all involved make better choices in the future.
Are meals provided for students?
Milestones currently contracts with an independent caterer, which is licensed and insured to provide breakfasts and lunches under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Meals provided by the caterer meets the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act 2010 which requires a variety of healthy foods including whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and low sodium foods. This program is provided for students that qualify for a free or reduced lunch, under NSLP. Families that do not qualify may pay a daily rate. Families not utilizing the hot lunch program are required to provide a non-refrigerated lunch for their child. Milestones students, regardless of age, are prohibited from sharing food or drinks with fellow students, due safety issues, including allergies.
Do you provide childcare for school-age students?
Milestones provides a licensed, before and after school care program for families of our school-age students. The program opens at 7:30 a.m. and closes at 5:30 p.m. Families are charged a flat monthly rate or by the hour for occasional care. Extended Day is provided on Early Release Days.
Do you have sports?
Our middle school students compete in flag football, basketball, and soccer with other area charter schools. We hope to add Volleyball in the future, but that all depends on student interest.
Do we need to provide supplies?
We will provide you with a supply list before the beginning of the new school year. We aim to list all the supplies that will be needed throughout the entire school year so that you can purchase those supplies when they are at the best discounted prices at local stores. Students will bring all supplies at the beginning of the year and teachers will store and distribute the supplies to be used throughout the school year.