Questions?

Frequent Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. Will we receive class schedules today?

A. No. Class schedules will be online from July 22, 2018

Q. Will books be distributed today?

A. No. Books will be distributed on the first day of school by the homeroom teachers, that is August 13

Q. Will locks and lockers be distributed today?

A. No. Locks and lockers will be assigned on the first day of school by the homeroom teachers on August 13, 2018

Q. Do you have a student handbook?

A. The handbook is located on our school website at   http://www.gaaaschool.org. Students will be required to sign a handbook notice after the handbook has been reviewed with them (by their teachers) during the first week of school.

Q. What is the best means of communicating with the principal?  

A. Our principal is Dr. Sylvan A. Lashley. The best means of communicating is at slashley@gaaaschool.org or text him at (470) 725-0486, or just call him, or call the school’s number and leave a message.  Conferences are welcomed, but must be set up through the front office secretary (please contact us at 404-799-0337).   Scheduled conferences are most effective due to allowing undivided attention to the person/s requesting the conference.

Q. Are there any funds available to students attending GAAA for the first time?  

A. Yes.  The school has a financial aid plan based on economic need, academic merit, leadership promise and talent ability. Students may also contact  arête.org and aaascholarship.org. Fill out a financial aid application to get your letter.  Students may also work on campus as part of the Work-study program and direct earnings toward their bill.

Q. When is the first day of school and what time does school begin and end?  

A. The first day of school is August 13, 2018. School starts at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 3:26 p.m. (Monday – Thursday). Class ends at 2:09 p.m. on Fridays due to the Sabbath.

Q. What is the earliest that my child may arrive at school during the morning? 

A. Students may arrive as early as 6:30 a.m. and report to the rear of the building to the cafeteria. The front doors will not be opened until 7:30 a.m.Students arriving after 7:30 a.m. may report directly to the GYM (through the middle front doors of the school) entrance on the BCJA side . No students will be allowed on the main hall before the 7:50 a.m. bell (students are not to report to their locker before 7:50 a.m.).

Q. What is the latest that my child may remain on school grounds after school is out.  

A.  Students area expected to have been picked up by 4:00 pm, except for students playing in supervised sports, or attending the new robotics program from 3:30-5:00 pm.  For students not in robotics, supervised sports or any other supervised activity, a supervised after-school study-hall up to 6:00 pm, M-Thursday, and to 5:00 pm on Friday is available for a small fee.

Q. Is there an after-school tutorial program? 

A. Teachers offer free after school tutoring to students at the discretion of the teachers.

Q. Do you have a STEM (science technology engineering & math) program at GAAA?  

A. Yes we do. This upcoming school the STEM consultant, Dr. Angelle Bullard-Roberts is working with our science teachers to implement our STEM program and STEM is also offered as an elective course.  The addition of the Art option makes it STEAM

 Q. Who do I talk with about bus transportation and fees?  

A. Information concerning bus transportation is located on the wall hanger in the foyer near the front entrance of the school. If you are interested in paying for bus transportation, please take care of this during the meeting when you pay your tuition fees. Transportation fees are $90.00 per month.

Q. Are students allowed to check out books from the library?  

A. Yes. We have a system in place where all students will receive a library card to check out barcoded books.

Q. Do I have to complete an immunization form for my child this year?  

A. All immunization forms must be current in your student file.

Q. Who are the senior sponsors this year?  

A. Senior sponsors are “normally” selected based on a rotation process of teachers. This selection will be done during teacher pre-planning days with collaboration from those teachers.

Q. Does my child have to have a physical done each year (A.D. info.)?  

A. No, unless you are playing sports each year (sports players must have a physical every year). Our athletic director Howard Brown will be sending home and/or meeting with perspective athletes & parents during the onset of the school year.

Q. Do you have a home & school leader? 

A. Yes. All parents will be forwarded a calendar of dates for the entire year.  You will be notified via e-mail about the first Home & School meeting.

Q. Do you have dual enrollment and if so what are the fees?  

A.  Yes, with Andrews University and it is called “concurrent enrollment” for  11th and 12th grades where students can gain up to 24 credits of college work over two years. The classes offered for both college and high school credit are College Writing I, II, American History I, II; Bible IV, Environmental Science

·                Registration Fee – $65.00 application

·               (One class @ $135.00 per credit hour or $405.00 per class. Two classes are offered per term.

Q. Is a student allowed to audit a class? 

A. Yes (GAAA), Music (GAAA Choir)

·                Registration Fee – $260.00

·                Music Fee for Returning Student – $100.00

·                Music Fee for New Male student – $200.00

·                Music Fee for New Female student – $205.00

Q. How much is lunch? A. Lunch will be $5.00 (vegetarian meals).
Q. Do you have a vegan lunch option? A. No, not at this time.
Q. Will breakfast be served and what is the price? 

A. A free light Breakfast is served

Q. Are students allowed to bring their lunch to school?  

A. Yes, however, students are not allowed to use the microwave in the teachers’ lounge. Student use of microwaves in a school is prohibited (not allowed) due to safety matters. Please plan accordingly…

Q. What is the attire for the first week?
·               Monday,  August 13, (Khaki pants and polo shirt) 

·               TuesdayAugust 14, (Khaki pants and polo shirt)

·               Wednesday, August 15, (full dress uniform, blazer and tie)

Q. Where do I purchase school uniforms?     A. Go Online for all the information.
Q. Will the students have ID pictures?  

A. Yes, ID pictures are scheduled to be taken in the month of August, at a date to be shared.

Q. Are students required to do community service hours?  

A. Yes, please see the community service form provided for you at the registration table—80 hours required.

Q. What happens if my child loses his or her textbook?  

A. There is a procedure in place for textbook lost.   Your child will need to see the librarian if he or she loses his/her textbook. A fee is associated with lost textbooks.