FAQ

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Below you’ll find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

Currently, BPA serves K5-5th grade. The school will strive to add an additional grade level through 8th grade annually.

Neither.  BPA is a free public charter school.

There is no tuition for Belton Preparatory Academy.  BPA is a free public charter school.

Anyone in the state of South Carolina can attend free. There are no attendance boundaries. Students do not have to reside in Anderson School District #2 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.

Applications are accepted each year beginning November 1st through February 1st.  Any applications received after February 1st 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://sites.google.com/view/beltonprepacademy/home.  Paper applications will be available in the Main Office.

School hours are 8:00am – 2:45pm.  Students may be dropped off at 7:15 am.

There is no afterschool program available.

No.  Parents/Guardians must arrange student transportation to and from school.

No. Students must bring their own lunch.

BPA is using Core Knowledge and Eureka Math.

The standard for time spent on homework for students in grades K5 through 5th grade is 10 minutes per grade level. That means that a kindergarten or first grade student should spend about 10 minutes of undistracted time each night completing homework, a second grader 20 minutes, and so on. This does not include the time spent reading alone or with an adult each night, which should include an additional 10 minutes at a minimum.
At the middle school level, when the correlation between time spent on homework and academic success begins, students should spend between one and two hours each night completing assignments. This guideline remains unchanged for later grades.

BPA is equipped with quality technological devices including Interactive Smartboards in each classroom and Chromebooks for each student. BPA believes that children learn best from classroom teachers, who at times use technology to support their instruction.

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. Each charter school has an expressed educational focus such as early college, entrepreneurship, foreign language, and STEM. Because they are public schools, charter schools are open to all children, do not charge tuition, and have no special entrance requirements.

BPA’s educational focus is entrepreneurial and free-market competition, which emphasizes the development of leadership qualities and learning behaviors such as taking positive risks, viewing errors as opportunities, working to recover from a mistake, giving and receiving feedback, asking questions, collaborating with peers, setting goals, planning with a purpose, and tracking personal progress.

Public charter schools are highly regulated by a local school district or a statewide charter district. BPA is sponsored by the Charter Institute at Erskine. 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.

Yes. Charter school students are mandated to take all state assessments.  Testing data is used to measure academic success and progress.

Cars are to use the Peacreek Road entrance and follow the traffic circle around the back of the school.

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