Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs for New Families

Logistics

When does the school day start/end?

The school day is from 8 am-3 pm for all grades K-12.

When should my student arrive at school?

The car line drop-off begins at 7:30. We recommend arriving early to avoid last-minute congestion and allow students appropriate time to find their classroom, settle in, and be ready for class to start at 8 am.

How does car line work?

BNS (K-5): Morning drop-off begins at 7:30 by utilizing the car line designated road. When you pull up to the school, our staff will be ready to help your student out of the car and welcome them to school.

Afternoon pick-up starts when school is released at 3 pm. However, we recommend getting into the line at least 10-15 minutes before. Our staff will walk through the line and scan your PikMyKid app allowing us to dismiss children in the order of the car line. If you are not in the car line by 3 pm, your child will not be released to you and instead will need to be picked up from aftercare.

BNS/BHS (6-12): Morning drop-off begins at 7:30 by utilizing the car line starting from Jack Peeples Park, wrapping around the back of the field house, and ending near the High School entrance. Please utilize car line for both drop off and pick up to help keep our students safe as they enter and exit the school. Gates open by 7:45.

Afternoon pickup utilizes the same car line. Students are released at 3pm and wait near the High School entrance to be picked up in line. There is no app or release form utilized.

Can I enter the schools during the day?

In order to enter the buildings, you will need to present your driver’s license or other personal identification at the door. A visitor pass will be issued if you are expected outside of the office area.

How are walkers dismissed?

Walkers and bike riders are dismissed at 3 pm. In order to be considered a walker or bike rider, your student must be in grade 4 or above OR be walking/riding with a sibling or parent. A walker/biker release form also must be signed each year per student.

How do I notify the school if my child will be late or absent?

Please report an absence here. You can also call the front office at 1-239-567-3043 or email [email protected] and cc your teacher’s email to facilitate any additional communication needed.

Why is attendance so important?

Attendance is emphasized at BNS/BHS. It truly is imperative that students are in class when school is in session. PBL experiences are difficult to recreate and absences result in missed learning opportunities. It is critical families understand the importance of being at school and ensure every effort is made to be in school on a daily basis.

Does BNS/BHS offer transportation?

Babcock Schools do not offer transportation.

Uniforms

Are uniforms required?

Yes. You can view our dress code here.

Where are uniforms purchased?

Uniforms can be ordered from our current vendor Signature Threads in North Fort Myers.

Lunch

Where can I find the lunch menu?

A weekly breakfast and lunch menu can be downloaded here.

How much are lunches?

The current meal pricing can be found here.

Is a free/reduced lunch application required every year?

Yes. You can apply for free or reduced lunches here.

Academics & Grading

Are there ESE, MTSS, or GIFTED programs available?

  • BNS/BHS is a public charter school. Our staff works collaboratively with the school district to ensure that all students’ needs are met. If your child has an IEP or an IEP is in progress, please contact the school directly to determine placement. Babcock Schools offers an inclusion model.
  • Students who have been identified as gifted or talented will be serviced through classroom experiences designed by the classroom teacher in consultation and coordination with the Gifted/Talented teacher.
  • Students with academic gaps will be placed in intervention to ensure they are ready for their next grade-level.

What is the learning platform provided?

BNS/BHS utilizes Empower Learning as its educational platform. The platform is designed to house the curriculum designed by the teacher, provide transparency to the learner and their parents for continuous improvement, support a standards/competency-based approach to measuring growth against standards, and allow in-depth data for a deeper analysis of instruction over time for the school and individual students.

How are students graded?

  • BNS/BHS is a Standards-Based/Competency-Based Grading environment to ensure there is a focus on learning and retaining versus a “checklist” mentality
  • Students are permitted in coordination with the educator to determine various strategies to demonstrate learning
  • Students are expected to demonstrate mastery learning of standards over rote memorization
    • Performance is measured, but it looks different than a traditional A-F grading

How can I check my child's progress?

There are two distinct measures for checking your child’s progress:

    • Understanding of content and pace (both are easily accessible in the Empower Learning Platform).
    • Parents have full access to the student’s assignments, checkpoints, and evidence submitted to demonstrate mastery and performance

What does grading look like for high school?

The standards-based grading system is becoming increasingly utilized across the country and has gained much traction in the last few years due to the impact of rising academic gaps and the need to understand exactly what the student knows and needs to know to be successful.

All courses for high school credit will have a converted score from the platform for their official transcript.

Please explain project-based learning.

Project-Based Learning is one of many instructional practices utilized in our classrooms. It is a specific instructional design that encompasses a driving question, community partner participation, relevant and real-world problem solving, reflections of learning, and exhibitions of the experience (this occurs in a variety of formats). PBL is not a curriculum, it is an instructional practice.

    • Teachers at BNS/BHS go through three years of training and ongoing professional development to ensure their understanding and implementation of PBL is highly effective and quality. In year three, teachers are expected to obtain their official PBL certification from Magnify Learning, our partner in the work.
      • BNS/BHS is the 1st PBL Certified Demonstration site in Florida.
    • PBL requires students to be solid in their core academic standards.
      • There are components to PBL that are hands-on, but those experiences are not without extensive reading, writing, math, and application of content knowledge.

Are other curriculum resources used?

BNS/BHS uses a variety of curriculum resources to design meaningful learning experiences for our students. There are very few “cookie-cutter” programs we use for classroom instruction. The exception is our reading/writing/phonics program; for this, we utilize the Units of Study for Reading Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. All other programs are rooted in a variety of resources but follow the required Florida State Standards for each grade.

BNS/BHS is a system designed around personalized learning, student voice and choice, and a variety of instructional practices embedded through the delivery of a curriculum designed to engage This is accomplished through Project-Based Learning experiences. This also provides students an opportunity to be enriched or receive support as needed.

Are electives offered?

Electives are offered at each grade level and vary from year to year. PE is required to have 150 minutes in K-5. In middle school, they are required to have three semesters, and in high school, they are required to have a HOPE (Health Opportunities in Physical Education).

I've heard there is no homework. Is this true?

Homework should be purposeful and does depend on student need, pace, and grade level. It is expected that students are reading and practicing math skills daily for 10-20 minutes.

If students are not able to complete their work during the day, it may be necessary for them to complete at home to stay on pace.

High school students should expect to have homework regularly due to the rigor and expectations of the Cambridge AICE program.

Are state assessments given?

Learners of BNS/BHS are required to participate in all Florida State Testing. It is our philosophy that while we do not teach to the test, students will be more than prepared for success on the state assessments. Remember, the standards are the minimum level of expectation; our classroom experiences in many cases will take students far beyond the expected minimal expectations.

Admissions

How is admission determined?

Enrollment is selected by a lottery system with a preference for students in Charlotte County. Babcock Ranch is located in Charlotte County.

Can I schedule a tour?

Yes. You can contact us to set up a tour and decide if BNS/BHS if the right fit for your student and family. Call the school at 239-567-3043 or email [email protected].

How do I join the lottery?

Sign up for the lottery here to begin the enrollment process. Enrollment is subject to current capacity and waitlist standings. Please contact our Data Technician, Erica Childers at [email protected] who handles our initial admissions process.

About BNS and BHS

Are Babcock Neighborhood School and Babcock High School tuition free?

Yes. Babcock Neighborhood School and Babcock High School are both public charter schools of choice for families.

What is the Mission & Vision of Babcock Schools?

Mission: Growing World Changers

Vision: Babcock Schools will design meaningful learning experiences that: develop effective communicators, resilient learners, and global citizens, to become tremendous Trailblazers.

We hope you’ve found this information helpful! Our tribe works hard to ensure a positive, stimulating, and state-of-the-art learning environment. While we’ve had a lot of growth and change in the last few years, we couldn’t continue to provide innovative and quality education without the support of our students, staff, parents, and community. Thank you!

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