Frequently Asked Questions
What grade levels does ANCS offer?
All Nations Community School offers the following mixed-grade classes for 2020-2021:
PreK4/Kindergarten Grades 1-2 Grades 3-4 Grades 5-6 Grades 7-8
What are your hours?
The school day begins at 8:15 am and ends at 3:15 pm.
Do you offer before- and after-school care?
At this time, we do not offer care on-site, but speak to us about before- and after-school options.
Do you provide meals?
At this time we do not provide meals for our students. Students should bring a healthy snack and lunch every day to school, along with a reusable water bottle, labeled with their name.
Is there a school uniform?
Yes, students must wear their school polo with khaki or navy pants, shorts, or a skirt.
What about students with learning differences?
As a small, independent school, we are limited in the resources we can provide. However, there are some accommodations we can offer for students with documented learning differences, such as extra time on tests; use of a computer or tablet for writing; help from their teacher to learn how to prepare for tests, study, and be organized; and use of a private room for testing or work. The director and teaching staff will work together with your family to create the best plan for your child's accommodations.
What if my child is still learning English?
We value diversity of linguistic backgrounds and accept students with beginning English language proficiency. ANCS strives for inclusion of all English Language Learners (ELLs) within its core curriculum and courses. While we do not offer a separate program for ELLs, our teachers will provide as much support as possible for ELL students to engage fully with the content of their courses. Students who need extra support to be successful may be asked to attend after-school tutorials.
Does my child need to know Spanish already?
No, our Spanish classes address all levels of previous language exposure, including beginners. Your child will be integrated into the immersion environment at his or her level.
How are students assessed?
Assessment is a tool that drives curriculum and instruction. This is an ongoing process that involves both the teacher and the student. At ANCS, we use a variety of assessment methods; these may include presentations, individual and group projects, formal/written tests and quizzes, open-ended tasks, and practical performances. Teachers use formative assessment methods to provide instant and frequent feedback on the learning process. Summative assessments allow the learner to demonstrate what they have learned at the culmination of the teaching or learning process.
What testing will my child take each year?
In general, we prioritize learner-centered instruction rather than standardized testing, which has limited value as an indicator of student knowledge. However, as an outside measure of student progress and growth, students will take the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) in reading, language usage, and mathematics.
Does my family need to be Christian to attend ANCS?
ANCS accepts students of any faith background or those who do not associate with any faith. We expect all students to be respectful of all people in the school community and their beliefs.