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Frequently Asked Questions

+ What is a charter school?

A charter school is a tuition-free public school that is chartered by the state or local Board of Education to provide education to children within its governing community. Charter schools must meet state-required educational standards and must work to assist scholars in their efforts of achieving academic success in order to maintain its charter with the granting board.

+ What are City University’s admissions requirements?

All incoming scholars will be admitted to City University Schools, regardless of previous academic record. Admission is also contingent upon the scholars’ and parents’ willingness to sign the yearly Progress Inventory Plan and the Student Scholar’s Code of Conduct. Both documents are developed to adhere to the mission of the school, to develop student scholars through scholarship and citizenship.

+ How much does it cost to attend City University?

City University Schools is available to all scholars at no cost to them or their families.

+ How many scholars are enrolled at City University?

City University School of Liberal Arts scholar population has grown to more than 320 scholars in grades 9 through 12.

City University School Boys Preparatory scholar population has grown to nearly 120 scholars in grades 6 through 8.

City University School Girls Preparatory scholar population has grown to nearly 120 scholars in grades 6 through 8.

City University School of Independence scholar population has grown to nearly 30 scholars for grade 9.

Each school remains committed to offering a safe and small school environment that is conducive to learning.

+ What is the daily schedule and how many days are in the school year?

City University Schools will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Scholars will only be required on the campus during instructional hours (Monday to Friday - 8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.). The facilities will be opened and supervised to allow scholars access to educational resources.

The school year provides for 190 instructional days and 23 holidays/vacation days. If necessary, City University Schools Board of Trustees may reconsider the dates in order to ensure the school reaches the greatest number of families in the community and fills all available seats.

+ Are City University Schools accredited?

City University School of Liberal Arts, City University School Boys Preparatory, and City University School Girls Preparatory are accredited by AdvancedED, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of PreK-12 schools and school systems to ensure that all students realize their full potential.

AdvancED was created through a 2006 merger of the PreK-12 divisions of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI)—and expanded through the addition of the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) in 2011.

Accreditation is not a status but rather a process by which schools demonstrate a commitment to improvement. The standards and process for accreditation is based on an attentive on-site evaluation, ongoing self-assessment against quality standards, and continuous improvement. For more information on the accreditation process please visit: http://www.advanc-ed.org