Frequently Asked Questions
What is the tuition to attend TPAAK charter school?
There is no tuition for our half day kindergarten or first – fifth grades. Our full day kindergarten, similar to PSD, is $2,750 for the year, with ten monthly installments of $275.
Are uniforms required?
Yes, students are required to wear uniforms. You can find the complete list of acceptable clothing and shoes in the parent/student handbook.
Will there be free transportation to the school?
TPAAK assists with carpooling information but does not provide door to door busing.
Will students receive a hot lunch? If so, what is the cost?
Hot lunch is provided by Michaels of Denver Catering. Rates for full paying students are $3.50/lunch & milk. Please inquire at the front office for free/reduced lunch rates and how to apply.
What type of volunteer activity is expected of parents?
TPAAK relies heavily on the help of our parent community. We ask that parents volunteer at least two hours a month. Parents are asked to volunteer in areas that meet their skills and interests. The specific tasks vary widely from reading to Kindergarten students to aiding in office duties. We understand that you have busy schedules–in lieu of volunteering, families may opt to make a $50 donation to the school.
I understand that a lottery is held if “too many” students apply. How is the lottery handled? How do you ensure that it is fair?
The open enrollment period for 1st-5th grade runs from November 1st – February 28th and November 1st – January 31st for Kindergarten. During this time, if the number of applicants exceeds the number of spaces in a given grade, a lottery is held. The lottery time and date are set forth in a public hearing after the open enrollment period. The lottery is open to the public. A member of the administrative staff of the school and a member of the Board of Directors are both in attendance at the lottery. First preference is given to siblings of students already enrolled. Once the slots are filled, the remaining names are drawn and put on the waiting list in the order drawn. As spaces are made available in those grades, students are taken from the waiting list. If there is no waiting list in any grade, students are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis after the open enrollment period.
How do you handle the standardized state tests? Are these administered just as they are in the local public schools?
State Tests are administered just like any other public school. We participate in the same tests and use this data to help drive our school improvement.