FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who can enroll at Spokane International Academy?
Spokane International Academy is a charter public school without neighborhood boundaries, meaning any student who lives in Washington state, and meets age/grade enrollment eligibility, can attend SIA.
How do I enroll at Spokane International Academy?
Spokane International Academy is an open enrollment school and any student can submit his or her name for enrollment. Please visit our enrollment page to find more specific details about the application process and our enrollment lottery.
What is the tuition to attend Spokane International Academy?
There is no tuition to attend Spokane International Academy. We are an open enrollment, charter public school funded in a similar way to a neighborhood school. We actively seek private support of our efforts through fundraising and in-kind donations, but there is no financial commitment necessary on the behalf of families, outside of a traditional school, to access our program. However, families will be asked to provide basic supplies for their students throughout the year in a similar way compared with other public school programs.
Will there be bus transportation to Spokane International Academy?
Yes, but limited. Spokane International Academy has a limited transportation plan that accommodates families we serve to the best of our abilities with the state transportation budget we receive. Our student enrollment spans a large section of the Spokane region ranging from as far north as Loon Lake and as far south as Cheney. We encourage parents to connect with our families that live near them to establish ride sharing opportunities and are working to find a program that will assist families in doing this. Please visit our transportation page for specific information around bus routes.
Is breakfast and lunch offered at Spokane International Academy?
Yes. We will provide breakfast and lunch at costs similar to local school districts. We also participate in the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program for breakfast and lunch prices for students eligible for free and reduced lunch.
Does Spokane International Academy participate in standardized testing?
Yes, by law, Spokane International Academy participates in the annual Smarter Balanced Assessments that all other schools in Washington take. Scores are available on the OSPI website under the Report Card section.
Does Spokane International Academy offer extra-curricular activities?
Spokane International Academy believes in the importance of cultivating students' interests beyond academic schoolwork. We will offer activities based on the interests of our enrolled students, facilities available to us and the ability of our staff or community volunteers to coordinate them. Our Student Life tab has information on all of the opportunities we currently provide.
How do your courses differ from those at other schools?
Like other schools in our area, SIA focuses on the core content areas of language arts, math, social studies and science. In addition to those subjects, all SIA students are required to take Spanish and participate in our global studies program. In grades K-5, students will learn about one region of focus each year, and in grades 6-8, students will take a global perspectives class allowing them to apply the knowledge they have learned about other countries in earlier grades to current world events.
What opportunities for travel are available to students?
SIA students participate in a variety of field studies throughout the year. These field studies are tied directly to the curriculum being studied in class. 5th graders attend a week-long outdoor science experience at the Naturebridge Institute in Olympic National Park. 8th graders have the opportunity to attend an extended service learning trip to the Dominican Republic. The costs of these experiences are paid for by students and their families. SIA will make efforts throughout the year to do fundraising to help reduce the costs of these experiences to the best of our ability to do so. Students are required to be in good academic and behavioral standing to attend either field studies or the longer experiences.
Why does SIA have service requirements, and what are they?
Volunteering, whether as part of school or community service, can be a life-changing experience, one that allows students to give back, broaden their horizons, foster meaningful relationships and expand their awareness and skills - all of which perfectly align with the mission of Spokane International Academy. Service learning not only assists students in their leadership development, but will also help them stand out from other applicants when seeking admission to college. Students in the Middle Academy are required to complete 20 service hours annually in order to be considered for promotion to the next grade. More information about service opportunities will be made available to students in their advisory class.
SIA's non-discrimination policy
Spokane International Academy does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employee has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights, Title IX, and Section 504 Coordinator: Spokane International Academy does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employee has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights, Title IX, and Section 504 Coordinator: Jacqueline Pariseau, 509-209-8730, firstname.lastname@example.org; Address: 777 E Magnesium Rd. Spokane, WA 99208
Title 1 School Designation - What does this mean?
Due to the student demographics that SIA currently serves, we qualify as a Title 1 designated school. SIA receives money that can be allocated to ensuring academic services for students who are at academic risk to support their growth.
LEAs and schools inform the parents of Title I, Part A students that they may request, and the LEA and schools will provide, certain information on the professional qualifications of the student’s classroom teachers and paraprofessionals providing services to the child. If you have specific questions about the professional qualifications of the teacher serving your student, please email Morgen Flowers, Head of School (email@example.com) or Nate Pelton, Associate Principal (firstname.lastname@example.org).