Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When did the school open?
A: SRA's charter was approved on December 12, 2001, and the school opened in August 2002.
Q: Is there bus service?
A: Yes, Albany County School District #1 provides busing for SRA students.
Q: Is school lunch provided?
A: Yes, hot and cold lunch as well as milk and juice are provided by the Albany County School District #1 for a fee. Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch based on their family's annual income may receive lunch at discounted rates. Free/Reduced Lunch applications are available on our school website. Students may also bring lunch from home, however, microwaves are not available for warming or cooking lunches.
Q: Does Snowy Range Academy have any sports teams?
A: Our Middle School students, beginning in 7th grade, may participate in the Laramie Junior High sports teams. Participation fees may apply, and parents need to make arrangements to get their child to the Laramie Junior High for practice and games as busing is not provided.
Q: How much volunteer time is required from each family?
A: A strong volunteer program is a vital aspect of Snowy Range Academy. Every family is encouraged to donate time to help develop school/home partnerships that will result in an increased quality of education for the students. Parents are strongly encouraged to volunteer one hour each month in the school. Parents are encouraged to participate in parent committees, coaching, preparing materials, special events, library, and lunch. Parents work in conjunction with the staff to ensure the most effective education possible for their children. Lastly, parents are encouraged to attend and participate in SRA’s monthly board meetings held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.
Parents who volunteer will be expected to comply with SRA volunteer guidelines by completing the volunteer application/information form, attending the New Volunteer Orientation, and adhering to the rules in the Volunteer Handbook.
Q: How does the school make placement and admission decisions?
A: Each family desiring entrance for their children must complete a Letter of Intent to enroll. For each grade with 24 or fewer applicants, all are admitted. For grades with more than 24 applicants, students are chosen by lottery with priority given to siblings. Because SRA's curriculum is accelerated, prior to selection by lottery all prospective students are tested in math and reading to ensure their success at the school. We may recommend placing a student in a lower or higher grade based on their reading and math skills. Placement of students is decided between the principal and the parents.
Q: How do I enroll my child?
A: You may fill out a Letter of Intent to enroll and mail or email it to the school. We will contact you to schedule testing prior to the lottery in April.
Q: What type of teachers do you have? Are they certified?
A: All of our teachers are certified by the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board.
Q: How much is tuition?
A: SRA is a public school, therefore no tuition is required. We are funded by the State of Wyoming based on our student population, just like all other public school in Wyoming.
Q: Are uniforms required?
Q: Why do you teach Spanish at SRA?
A: All SRA students learn Spanish beginning in Kindergarten. Research has shown that learning foreign languages helps increase listening ability, memory, creativity and critical thinking - all of which are thinking processes that increase learning in general. Being exposed to a foreign language also enhances students’ abilities to understand the English language. Finally, foreign language study exposes children to other ways of looking at the world.
Q: Tell me about Snowy Range Academy's Character Education program.
A: Snowy Range Academy does incorporate a character education program into their curriculum. We follow the Core Virtues outlined in the Core Knowledge Sequence by E.D. Hirsch. Each year, we teach our students what it means to behave responsibly, generously, diligently, and gratefully (among other virtues) by reading accounts and stories of historical figures who exhibited these character traits, modeling the behavior, and by recognizing these traits in each other. We do not incorporate religious beliefs in our teaching of the character traits, but rather we believe the traits we select transcend all cultures and nations of the world.