Admission Criteria

BENJAMIN ACADEMY Private School seeks to enroll students with the ability to learn and be taught academics and life skills, allowing students to reach their full potential. We teach ethical and moral content in our academic and alternative school programs.

Students are accepted and admitted with results obtained from parent/student interview, assessment testing, teacher recommendations, and school records. There is no preference given to applicants who attend Benjamin Academy, nor siblings who attend the school. All candidates are evaluated with non-discrimination. Benjamin Academy is a private school which does not discriminate.

2022-2023 Information regarding COVID-19

Masks are required for Onsite Attendance- NO EXCEPTIONS

As we follow CDC guidelines and Shelter-In-Place state protocols for closure, we are confident the options set for students and staff are the most appropriate during this pandemic. We work with children academically with integration of wearing masks, temperature checks (2x daily onsite), practicing proper hygiene, social distancing, and measures to remain contact-free in the classroom. At home, we ask that you work with your child to help them acclimate to our plans for the school year. For any resurgence of the virus, should we close our doors again due to COVID-19, we are able to adequately maintain scholastic course. With full use of assigned laptops for each student, loaded applications for individualize learning, virtual face-to-face full-course daily schedule, continuity within Google Classroom, Google Docs, and other supporting repositories such as Microsoft Teams, provide visibility into each student’s academic coursework. Teachers, students, and parents should remain flexible as Benjamin Academy incorporates 1 option for the 2022-2023 school year. We enroll students year-round, any time of the school year.

Option 1 – Full Attendance, In-Class

Masks are required for Onsite Attendance *STAR Students – Full Attendance as we transition to the classroom

2022 -2023 Young Pioneers - In-Class Attendance M-F

Masks are required for all Onsite Attendance

*Pending Covid-19 Shelter-In-Place

2022 Dates to remember / Scholarship Link

2022 -2023 Rolling Admissions (we enroll year-round)

Rolling Admissions are based on space availability.

STAR program is first come-first serve with non-refundable $1600 reservation.

Options for tuition are FULL PAYMENT or MONTHLY payments.

Monthly installments are subject to 7% interest.

**Apogee Scholarship Information** https://youtu.be/GXCzhue9Gss

** Arete Scholarship Information** https://www.aretescholars.org

*** 2023 Registration for In-Person Assessments ***

Currently, tours of Benjamin Academy are incorporated with 1:1 Assessments for student enrollment for the 2023-2024 school season.

*2023 Registration begins January 17th! Please read FAQs and our "Step Process" for details regarding the step-by-step process to candidacy.

Applies to Regular and the STAR program for 2023-2024. STAR admission is OPEN for the 2023-2024 school year.

Traditional Model-In-Class Full Days per week

Young Pioneers Half-Day OPEN for 2022-2023

NEW PreK4 Program OPEN NOW for 2022-2023

STAR Program -FULL for 2022-2023

Interested in a PRIVATE K4 program for your child?

**Children MUST be 4yrs of age & potty trained to be considered for enrollment, OPEN NOW**.

2022-2023 Tuition Fee Schedule *Accepting the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship* gac gac

Student grades 1-6 Tuition $13,500

Student grades 7-12 Tuition $13,500

Young Pioneers Tuition $10,000

Young Pioneers (Half -Day ) Tuition $6,850

*Tuition does not include Matriculation fees

2022 Young Pioneers 5-6 *Open Enrollment ROLLING ADMISSION**kg kg

Students must be age 5 to begin the 2022 Kindergarten school year.

We admit children anytime during the school year once they turn 5 years of age.

Age 5 class - FULL

Age 6 class -Open for Admission

2022 Young Pioneers 5-6 *Inscripción abierta ADMISIÓN PERMANENTE*kg kg

Los estudiantes deben tener 5 años al comienzo del año escolar de jardín de infantes 2022.

Admitimos niños en cualquier momento durante el año escolar una vez que cumplan 5 años de edad.

Clase de 5 años - Abierta/ Abierto para la admisión

Clase de 6 años-Abierta/ Abierto para la admisión

Programs Offered at Benjamin Academy / Programas ofrecidos en Benjamin Academy

Prior to contacting the school, it is very important to understand the students who are served in this environment. Although we are a school geared toward learning in a smaller environment, students are academically challenged within our program, promoting full scale independence daily. Some may confuse us with a daycare – which we are not. To be considered for enrollment, all candidates must have independent use of feeding, toileting, and other hygiene areas – there are no exceptions.

Behavior or Conduct - Currently we are unable to serve students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, Behavior Intervention Plans, Oppositional Defiant Disorder or other Conduct Disorders.

BENJAMIN ACADEMY offers Enrichment Camps during various times of the school year. These camps provide age appropriate outings designed to challenge and engage students. Such outings include trips with arts and crafts, promoting team engagement, social skills engagements, Book Club meetings at the local library, and Coding sessions with mentoring partners.

IEP Goal Assessments - Students are monitored for goals based on previous IEP assessments. While our school reviews IEP annual goals of each student seeking enrollment, we consistently develop S.M.A.R.T goals for all students who attend Benjamin Academy. An example of a previous written IEP goal from another school might be "By the end of the school year, Student A will be able to rote count to 100". We will take the same goal, and apply the SMART concept -Specific. Measurable.Achievable.Realistic/Results driven.Timely. Goals are assessed daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly. Collectively, we can achieve the S.M.A.R.T Goal intended for each student at Benjamin Academy.

Accepting ages 5-21 - All students who attend school are required to have independent skills of eating, and proper use of bathroom with personal hygiene incorporated in their daily routine.

Young Pioneers - Half Day - Geared toward the youngest of the academic group, students get an introduction into what a "scheduled and structured" looks like. Working with learners to grow and achieve their maximum potential, students participation requires half-day attendance.

STAR Program- 1 on 2 Academic/Alternate pairing for children who are in transition. This pairing works on skills to help children move on, when ready. Typically this program is for Level II or III students, often students who need signficant Academic support, to be able to actively participate (independently) in a classroom setting, while remaining in a structured classroom - no exceptions. This program is for students who need significant academic or lifeskill support in a classroom environment that is structured. *Space reservation is included in tuition price. *STAR pricing tuition starts at $16,000 with Space Reservation that is non-refundable (Required)

Pre-Vocational Program- Benjamin Academy introduces a new pre-vocational program designed within our academic setting, for those students 16 age or older. We believe that life is 99% preparation, and that interview skills, job research and resume preparation are key steps to landing a student’s first job.

Career Prep- Designed for older students who seek to work in their local community, landing their first job. A new program designed to encourage and motivate students with a pathway to employment. We work with partners in the community who are seeking talent in various areas to fill their needs in retail, customer service, agriculture, and manufacturing.

Summer Camp- Open to any high functioning child who has independent use of eating, bathroom and hygiene. Children must have no behaviors in order to be considered for enrollment, and ultimately accepted to camp. Currently we are unable to serve students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, Behavior Intervention Plans, Oppositional Defiant Disorder or other Conduct Disorders. Summer Camp is consistent with morning academics taught daily, incorporated with our daily excursions to venues throughout Georgia.

Admission Process / Proceso de Admisión

Step 1:To prepare each family who may be interested in enrollment, please read and review the content posted on our website, Frequently Asked Questions, for clarity regarding children served at Benjamin Academy. If, after reading, you believe your child is a good candidate, please call us to discuss enrollment of your child at BENJAMIN ACADEMY as well as an invitation to begin the process of enrollment.

*Currently we are unable to serve students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, Behavior Intervention Plans, Oppositional Defiant Disorder or other Conduct Disorders.*

☐ McDonough Campus: Ages 5-21 | Grades K - 11

Step 2: After contacting the office, if it is decided a move to candidacy is next, you will then need to submit documents,complete assessment forms & schedule the 1:1 Academic and (SEL) ASSESSMENT:
Student Application for Admissions including the non-refundable
☐ $125 Application Fee (reduced - for new students)

Step 3: Assessment follows the signature and submission of forms:
Confidential Records Request form
School records/transcripts are required of all applicants for grades K - 11 who attended any public or private school the prior calendar year.

Teacher Recommendation forms to applicant's current school for completion and return to BENJAMIN ACADEMY
Mail to Admissions Director, 1840 Pennsylvania Avenue, McDonough GA 30253

A student's application will be considered complete when it contains the following documents:
☐ Copies of IEP, Psychological Evaluations (Current IEP, Evaluation within the past 18 months)
☐ Current year report card [Each Semester]
☐ Two current Teacher Recommendation forms
☐ Disciplinary records from their current school
☐ Parent Letter providing support in specific areas where we would support your child

Step 4: A parent/student interview, along with a testing/assessment date to be scheduled.
Staff will work to encourage parents to set a date to provide an observation of the student who may experience a regular day at school.

Step 5: When a student's application file is complete it will be reviewed by the Admissions Board for acceptance.
Parents are notified of acceptance within 2 weeks of student testing and observation. A $500.00 non-refundable deposit is required upon acceptance for space reservation for trational admission. STAR Students $1600 non-refundable space reservation required.

Frequently Asked Questions

Benjamin Academy is currently accepting students for the 2022 - 2023 school year! BENJAMIN ACADEMY admits students without regard to sex, race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities available to students at the school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship programs, or other school administered programs.