Frequently Asked Questions
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What grades does ICSAtlanta offer?
ICSAtlanta serves students in grades K-8th (Fall 2019 will be the first year of offering 8th grade). Starting with academic year 2019-20, new admission will only be available for openings in Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 6th grade.
What languages does ICSAtlanta offer?
ICSAtlanta offers dual language immersion (DLI) and language instruction in French, German, Mandarin, and Spanish. Upper Campus students also have the opportunity to learn American Sign Language. Students in middle grades can earn high school credit for language courses.
Is ICSAtlanta an International Baccalaureate school?
ICSAtlanta is an IB World School for the Primary Years Programme (PYP), serving grades K-5. For more information, please see the International Baccalaureate website. ICSAtlanta uses inquiry-based learning for all grades.
What are the school hours?
The ICSAtlanta Lower Campus school hours:
7:40am-2:20pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
The ICSAtlanta Upper Campus school hours:
7:25am-2:40pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
The shortened day on Wednesdays every week allows a consistent time for our two teacher teams (target language and English teachers) to work together for planning, training, and reflection on student progress across both languages. Furthermore, it provides students with the opportunity to schedule appointments such as doctor appointments or dentist appointments without having to miss regular school hours.
Where is ICSAtlanta located?
Our Lower Campus (grades Knd-3rd) is located at 1335 Northmeadow Parkway, Suite #100, Roswell, GA, 30076. This facility is a wonderful fit for our dual language immersion program with 30 classrooms, a gymnasium, cafeteria, and several outdoor spaces.
Our Upper Campus (4th-8th) is located at 1675 Hembree Road, Alpharetta, GA 30009, just half a mile from our Lower Campus. This amazing facility has a large gymnasium, cafeteria, science labs, and more!
Is bus transportation available?
ICSAtlanta does not offer transporation. Parent groups in similar geographical areas have arranged for private van companies to bring their students to school, and many other parent groups work together to organize carpools.
Do you have after school care?
ICSAtlanta offers an onsite after school program for students in grades K-6th.
Afterschool care runs from the end of the regular school day until 6:30 pm. Find information about our progam on our website under Parents & Students. Updated details on the registration process and cost will be sent to enrolled families prior to school starting.
ICSAtlanta also offers onsite after school clubs & enrichment activites. These activities are offered onsite by teachers/staff members (clubs) or outside vendors (enrichment activities) for a fee.
Can my child learn a third language at ICSAtlanta?
Middle grade students can choose to learn a third language, as long as they are beyond a beginner level in their second language. See the Middle School page on our website under the Academics heading. Some 4th and 5th grade students may learn a third language if they meet requirements.
How much time will my child spend learning his/her second language?
The time spent in the second target language (L2) is based on grade.
K & 1st Grade – 80% of instruction in L2 and 20% instruction in English
2nd – 5th Grade – 50% of instruction in L2 and 50% instruction in English
6th-8th Grade – 1-2 classes per day; remaining subjects taught in English
Are teachers native speakers of the language they are teaching?
Teachers at ICSAtlanta are native or near-native speakers of the language they teach.
What does ICSAtlanta’s curriculum look like?
As a language-immersion school, teachers use the target languages and English (daily, language-time percentages vary depending on grade level) to teach Georgia Standards of Excellence ELA and mathematics and the science and social studies Georgia Performance Standards.
Do you have a gifted program? How do students qualify for the program?
ICSAtlanta offers gifted services for 4th - 8th grade. Please note that students are identified and referred for evaluation via the referral process outlined by the Georgia Department of Education (DOE). Furthermore, students who are referred for gifted evaluation are assessed for gifted services via the eligibility criteria put forth by the Georgia DOE, in compliance with all laws and regulations.
My child is very advanced in his/her second language. How does the school accommodate his/her high level of understanding in the L2?
Students are assessed at the beginning of the year in order for teachers to differentiate instruction as appropriate to meet the needs of each student.
For 6th-8th grade students, classes in each language will be offered at a beginner, intermediate, and advanced level (some classes may be combined based on teacher availability, student interest, and prior experience).
My child does not have any prior language experience. Will they be able to learn what they need to be successful?
In Kindergarten, 1st, and 6th, students are ideally situated to join our school without prior language experience. In the younger grades, they are able to quickly catch up to peers with prior language experience. Middle grades offer beginning level language courses, which are suited to students without prior language experience.
How do I apply for my child to attend?
Any student who resides in the state of Georgia is eligible to apply. As a state approved charter school, the student body is not limited to any one county. Prospective students entering Kindergarten must be age five (5) or older on or before September 1, 2019.
Please visit the Admissions page on this website for more information.
Are families able to choose the language track for his/her child?
After acceptance during the enrollment process, families are asked for their language preference. ICSAtlanta makes every effort to place students in their preferred language; however, we do not guarantee students will be awarded any specific language track. We communicate language track assignments to families in May of each school year. Research shows that exposure and learning in a second language is beneficial for children, regardless of the langugage. ICSAtlanta encourages families to keep an open mind when considering a language track. Parents need not know the language for the student to be successful!
Does every grade have all four languages offered?
ICSAtlanta is committed to offering all four languages in every grade. In some cases, a grade may have more than one class of a language which is based on numerous factors including, but not limited to, the number of applicants, stated language preferences of the applicants, and teacher availability. Upper Campus students also have the option to study American Sign Language.
What is the student/teacher ratio?
In Kindergarten though 5th grades, ICSAtlanta's goal is to cap classes at 22 students. Our Kindergarten classes also have a paraprofessional in the classroom.
In middle grades, our goal is to cap classes at 25 students. Most second and third language classes will have fewer students.
Do students wear uniforms?
ICSAtlanta students are required to wear uniforms. More details on the uniform requirements can be found on this website under Parents & Students.
How do I make a donation, and is my donation tax deductible?
Please visit the Support Us page on this website for more information and ways to give! ICSAtlanta relies on the support of donors in order to help bridge the gap between the funds received from the State of Georgia and the actual operating costs for the school. ICSAtlanta is a qualified 501(c)(3) organization.
Does ICSAtlanta have a PTO?
Yes! To learn more about our PTO, please visit their website HERE.
Does ICSAtlanta have food service?
ICSAtlanta has partnered with the Atlanta Lunch Company to offer food service to our students and staff. Students and staff also have the option to pack lunch from home. To learn more about lunch service, click HERE.
I live outside of Fulton County. Can my child attend ICSAtlanta?
ICSAtlanta is a state-wide charter school. This means that any student who lives in the state of Georgia can apply. As a result, no child is denied enrollment based on the county in which they reside.