FAQ’s

For questions, please contact the Snow Pond Arts Academy Faculty!

                    Deborah Emery, Superintendent  deborah.emery@snowpondartsacademy.org

Heather King, Principal  heather.king@snowpondartsacademy.org

John Neal, Music Director  john.neal@snowpondartsacademy.org


1.  What is the targeted age range of potential students? 

SPAA serves grades 9-12.

2.  Will sports be made available as SPAA? 

While SPAA is looking into developing a limited sports program, by law, charter school students are able to participate on sports teams in their sending school districts.

 

3. If my child is happy in their current high school but would like to have more experience with the arts, can he/she take classes at SPAA?

We are working very hard to establish collaborative relationships with every high school in the area.

We believe that if a student is successful and happy in their current environment, they should stay enrolled in that school while having access to SPAA’s enriched arts and music classes, if those classes are not available in their current district. The ideal relationship would allow students who are interested in the arts to have access to classes at SPAA. Likewise, we may have a SPAA student that would like to take a class at their local school that is not available at SPAA. 

 

4.  What are the hours of operation? 

Students will be committed to a full day of academic and arts activity. There will be time allotted for physical activity, additional assistance with studies, and lunch.

The hours of attendance are Monday thru Thursday: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm and Friday 8:00 am-1:00 pm.

(These times are approximate.)

5.  How will academic subjects be provided?

  • Arts will be integrated into the core curriculum along with classes that have a sole focus on the arts. SPAA will use an arts-integrated approach that integrates the arts into all academic learning.

  • All students have a full rigorous academic schedule as well daily participation in performing arts and visual arts courses.

6.  Will SPAA be able to provide services for my child who qualifies for special services?

Yes, as a public charter school SPAA is under the same obligation to provide access to special services as a regular public school.  SPAA has a special education teacher on staff, along with a special education director and special education educational technician. SPAA may also contract with other providers, if necessary, to provide a free, appropriate education for all students.

 

7.  Where will funding for SPAA come from?

Charter schools in Maine are publicly funded schools and any Maine student may attend free of charge.