Thank you for choosing to spend some of your quarantine time with us! Whether you are seeking a change of school for the fall of this year, or just beginning to investigate what a classical Christian education looks like (both in “normal” times and in a pandemic!), I would love to connect with you personally.
Despite the challenges of not be able to meet in person, Ad Fontes is able to fill the needs of prospective families in a more virtual manner. With a range of options including video, photography, and plenty of phone and Zoom contact, we have updated our admissions process so families can actively consider Ad Fontes as they seek the best school for their children. While our touring and admissions process will look quite different during this time, it is still our goal to provide every bit of information to you to help you determine if Ad Fontes is the school for your family.
Virtual Admissions Process
We are very thankful for the technology available during this time. Our educational therapist and school counselor have successfully navigated Zoom assessments that can be done in your home with their oversight.
All incoming students will be evaluated using a nationally-normed assessment to identify academic strengths and growth areas.
We agree that nothing can take the place of the experience of school for a day. Meeting classmates and teachers is a vital part of an Upper School student’s decision-making process when considering Ad Fontes. During this time, we are doing our best to ensure that applying students still have the opportunity to engage with their potential classmates, even though they cannot meet in person or come to the school. Again, thanks to technology, we can connect students through Zoom to get to know one another. Friendship and community are essential parts of the AFA experience!
In short, yes! Most classes still have availability for the fall of 2020. First Grade currently has a wait list and 2nd and 3rd grade have openings but are near capacity. Please contact admissions for details regarding specific grades.
Tuition and Affordability
Ad Fontes is committed to serving families at all income levels. We have seen God provide in many ways for students to attend AFA. We offer tuition assistance for qualifying families and multiple payment plans up to 12 months. For families with students entering Kindergarten or 1st grade or transferring from public school in grades 2 and above, we have some additional scholarship resources available. You can apply for tuition assistance here.
At this time, we do not expect that the Covid-19 crisis will affect tuition for the 2020-21 school year.
Virtual Visits and Information
Since attending an Open House in person isn’t currently an option, we are bringing Ad Fontes to you! Please enjoy our virtual tour of the lower school campus here. It’s a great way to get many of your questions answered!
Also: Coming soon – Upper School tour
Yes! We are hosting online AFA information meetings on Zoom as a way to meet AFA leaders, students and parents on the following Tuesdays: May 12th and 26th. Each event will begin at 7:00 p.m. Please check out our Visiting Ad Fontes page for more details.
While we cannot know the impact the virus will have on our school and community at the end of the summer, we are moving forward with plans for opening school on-time while also preparing a contingency plan should school need to begin with a distance learning format.
Distance Learning and Resources
This is certainly an unprecedented time in our educational system! It is natural to have concern about starting in a new school after such a long absence. We encourage families of students entering 1st grade and above to provide some structured work for children on a daily basis to help them feel confident and mentally ready for school in the fall. As learning has been different for all of us, we expect to spend longer periods of time reviewing in the opening days and weeks of school in the fall.
Additionally, all students are assessed as part of the application process. We will provide recommendations for preparatory work for the next school year as needed.