FAQ

Communications From SA

Sunday preview will be on Sunday, June 12 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Both buildings of Summer Academy will be open for preview on a very informal basis for those who are interested in seeing the buildings. As in the past, this is informal and optional. Teachers will not be present and rooms will not be open. However, many families have found this helpful to become more familiar with the campus before the first regular day of classes.

Approximately one month after the conclusion of Summer Academy, parents will receive a brief, written reflection of the teacher’s impressions of the student during the Academy. The reflection will provide valuable insight of your child and their recommendation for future Summer Academy participation.

General Questions

Sunday preview will be on Sunday, June 12 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Both buildings of Summer Academy will be open for preview on a very informal basis for those who are interested in seeing the buildings. As in the past, this is informal and optional. Teachers will not be present and rooms will not be open. However, many families have found this helpful to become more familiar with the campus before the first regular day of classes.

Your child will receive a letter from his/her Summer Academy teacher in the middle to end of May. This letter will include some specifics about the Summer Academy class and supplies needed.

Summer Academy does not have a physical location during the school year. During June, Summer Academy moves into Columbia Heights High School and neighboring Highland Elementary at 1400 49th Ave NE, Columbia Heights, MN. However, our mailing address is used all year round. Our mailing address is Summer Academy, 4707 Hwy 61 #285, White Bear Lake MN, 55110.

Each class is expected to meet the unique needs of high potential students; to develop leadership skills, problem-solving, and communication; and to provide special challenges in the content areas. Summer Academy exists to complement district programs, not to be repetitious of existing opportunities during the school year. Each student will experience a hands-on opportunity like none other.

 

Registration & Tuition

Students are encouraged to list several courses that interest them. Listing only one choice does not ensure placement. We will do our best to place the student in the class he or she most desires.

All registrations submitted online or postmarked on or before March 30 are regarded as first-day registrations and have equal status for placement in classes. After March 30 some classes will most likely be full. Email us at info@nssacademy.com or call the message line at 763-528-4621 to find out if a particular class is full. A student can also be placed on a waiting list for a class that is full.

For 2016 please note: Registrations are being limited to 1,100 in March. If 1,100 students register before March 30, registration will be suspended. Daily registration updates will be given on the 2017 Classes Page

You will receive confirmation of the course assignment in the mail during the last week of April.

Summer Academy does not distribute financial aid. Each district may distribute limited funds on a high needs basis. If you are interested in financial aid, please contact your Summer Academy district representative. To apply for financial aid, after talking with your Summer Academy district representative, please complete the online registration and select “Applying for Financial Aid“. No money is required when initially registering.

Please Note: Financial aid, where available, covers only a portion of the total tuition. It is the parent’s responsibility to pay the remaining balance by the May 6 deadline.

Transportation

Sign up to receive a carpool listing by checking the carpool option on the application. By the end of April, the names of those students who wish to become part of car pools will be mailed. This list will include names, addresses, and phone numbers of those students who live within the same school district. If you wish to participate, you will need to make your own contacts to form car pools.

Students will be dismissed at 2:30 on extended days. Updates are given on our Twitter page

If you need to change transportation plans, contact the Summer Academy office at 763-528-4621. The staff will notify your child and their teacher of the change of plans.

Transportation is provided by the families of the students, either through private cars, car pools, or through participation in chartered bus services from their attendance area.

If busing is provided to and from Summer Academy, it is provided by your school district, not Summer Academy. Your individual school district will notify you of any arrangements available. If there are any transportation questions or concerns, please contact your local district representative.

Students may be dropped off at 7:45am and will wait in the lobby area until 7:55 when they are permitted to go to their class.

If you are picking up your child directly from Summer Academy, please designate a place to meet after the session is over. Teachers will escort students out of the school, and your child should go to the designated meeting place.

Who To Contact

Summer Academy is always looking for teachers with a passion for talented and gifted students. If you are interested in developing a class and teaching at Summer Academy, an Online Application should be completed by December 31. Interviews will take place in January. If you have any questions please contact us at info@nssacademy.com or call 763-528-4621.

If you would like to contact your child’s teacher, please contact the Summer Academy office at 763-528-4621 or send a note with your child. You can expect to hear back from your child’s teacher within 1 business day.

Please contact your child’s teacher if you are interested in chaperoning your child’s field trip.

Please send any medical notifications and a completed SA Dispensation of Medication form (if necessary) to our Summer Academy office (4707 Hwy 61 #285, White Bear Lake, MN 55110.) We will pass these along to our registered nurse that will be on campus for the entirety of the Academy.

If you need to change transportation plans, contact the Summer Academy office at 763-528-4621. The staff will notify your child and their teacher of the change of plans.

After the end of Summer Academy, a receipt will be sent to all parents/guardians attesting to the amount of tuition paid for Summer Academy and providing a tax identification number. These receipts have been used to claim pretax money sequestered at your work, matching money from your employer, or deductions. Receipts will not be processed until the end of Summer Academy and will be mailed with the student evaluation. If you have papers that must have the Summer Academy director’s signature, please mail them to Summer Academy.

Summer Academy does not distribute financial aid. Each district may distribute limited funds on a high needs basis. If you are interested in financial aid, please contact your Summer Academy district representative. To apply for financial aid, after talking with your Summer Academy district representative, please complete the online registration and select “Applying for Financial Aid“. No money is required when initially registering.

Please Note: Financial aid, where available, covers only a portion of the total tuition. It is the parent’s responsibility to pay the remaining balance by the May 6 deadline.