Question & Answer
Q: What is the difference between Arrow Upper Academy on Wednesdays & Arrow Lower Academy on Fridays?
A: Arrow Lower Academy (1st-6th grade) classes meet for 25 weeks on Fridays.
Arrow Upper Academy (6th-12th grade) classes meet for 30 weeks on Wednesdays, with some classes that meet on Fridays for 28 weeks. The courses will continue Arrow’s commitment to a Christian worldview and will be designed to both strengthen study skills and achieve a high academic standard. High school classes will be graded, as well as some middle school offerings. Depending on the course, there may be prerequisites to maintain academic standards and classroom success, and both math and modern foreign language will meet two days a week on Wednesday/Friday or Wednesday/Monday (via zoom).
Q: Does my child need to enroll in a full day of classes?
A: You may pick and choose which classes work best for your schedule and your child's academic endeavors. Classes are offered "a la carte" to best suit the needs of your family.
Q: What if my child has an open period between classes?
A: We offer a supervised Study Hall for students 4th grade & up. Students in Study Hall are expected to bring independent reading or schoolwork to allow for a thoughtful, creative and/or productive hour. Look for the Study Hall option during registration.
Q: Will there be homework and tests?
A: Arrow Lower Academy (1-6th grade) will provide a homework component to most Friday academic classes. This is generally geared around pre-reading material and/or completing some type of assignment. Students thrive in the classroom when they are prepared to contribute and engage the material in a meaningful way. Students will likely need a parent to work with them during the week to be prepared for class. Each Friday class does not generally assign more than 60-75 minutes of homework per week. Please consult class descriptions for more information.
Arrow Upper Academy (6-12th grade) courses are designed as an academic step up for middle school and high school level classes. Each class description will have an estimated homework load, which assumes the student is capable of working on grade level. Students are required to complete the homework and participate in class, and may face removal from a particular class if they are consistently below a 70%. Please consult the class descriptions and prayerfully consider the requirements of each class before enrolling.
Q: Do teachers provide tests in the Arrow Lower Academy & Arrow Upper Academy classes?
A: While no tests or grades are given in Lower Academy classes, some academic classes provide optional take-home tests for parents to administer, if they choose.
Upper Academy classes will provide tests and grades for all high school classes and some middle school classes.
Q: Will there remain classes for my middle schooler on Friday now that Arrow Upper Academy classes are on Wednesday?
A: Yes! We understand that not all middle school students currently involved in Arrow Lower Academy will be ready to switch over to Arrow Upper Academy on Wednesdays. As such, we will continue to provide 6-8th grade academic & enrichment classes on Fridays. However, for middle school students ready to sharpen their study skills, increase academic rigor and prepare for high school level classes, Arrow Upper Academy will offer suitable courses designed to be great stepping stones.
Q: Will there be any preliminary testing or evaluation for new students before they begin classes?
A: Arrow does not require preliminary testing for enrollment. We work collaboratively with parents to determine the child's appropriate class level. Please consider carefully the level of class and outside requirements before enrolling.
Arrow Upper Academy will require placement testing for math courses, as well as have prerequisites for some classes on an honor system.