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Frequently Asked Questions


What is a charter school?

Charter schools are independently-operated public schools that have the freedom to design

classrooms that meet their students’ needs. All charter schools operate under a contract with a

charter school authorizer – usually a nonprofit organization, government agency, or university –

that holds them accountable to the high standards outlined in their “charter.” Truxton Academy

Charter School is authorized by the State University of New York Charter Schools Institute



Is there a fee associated with this school?

We are a free public charter school. No tuition or fees are collected.


Do students at charter schools take state assessments?

Charter schools align to the same New York state standards, and take the same state exams as

other public schools. In order to maintain its charter, a charter schools must meet and/or

exceed the performance of comparable students on these exams.


Can students with disabilities attend this school?

As a public school, Truxton Academy welcomes all students. Charter school law in New York

State requires a student’s school district of residence and the charter school to work together

to provide evaluation and implementation of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). For

some students with disabilities, Truxton Academy’s small school community and focus on

hands-on learning makes it an ideal learning environment. Truxton Academy employs a Special

Education Coordinator who works with parents, our school administration, and students home

school districts to develop plans that best meet the needs of students with disabilities as

outlined in their evaluations and IEPs.


Does the school have a nurse?

We have a nurse who monitors all student health records and is at the school part-time based

on student need. As per New York State Charter School Law, this nurse is overseen and

provided by our district of location, Homer Central School District. The nurse is on campus one

hour per day.


Does Truxton Academy require immunizations?

As a public school, Truxton Academy also requires an annual physical and updated

immunizations prior to the child’s attendance in school.


How do meals work at the school?

We are proud to offer our own whole food nutrition program prepared daily in our school

kitchen for our students. We offer locally sourced tasty options for breakfast and lunch. Truxton

Academy promotes lifelong healthy eating and is happy to participate with the Free and

Reduced Lunch Program for qualified students. We offer MySchoolBucks for convenient lunch

account management. Students are asked to bring a daily snack and a water bottle from home.


How many grades will there be at Truxton Academy?

We have students enrolled in grades K- 4 in the current school year. Each year a grade

will be added until we have grades K-6.


What are the school hours?

Our School day begins at 8:30 AM and ends at 3:30 PM. Parents may drop off students as early

as 7:30 AM in our early morning program. Breakfast is served from 8:00 AM- 8:45 AM. Enrichment

opportunities are offered after 3:30 PM.


What is the average class size?

Our class sizes average approximately 15 students to one teacher. The overall student to faculty

ratio is 8 to 1. Our expected class size when full grown is about 20 students per class, except in

kindergarten where our class sizes will ideally be 18.


How does transportation work?

School districts located within a 15-mile radius of Truxton Academy are required to provide

transportation to and from Truxton Academy. Families must request transportation from their

home district if they wish to use it.

The school office provides new families with the paperwork required to request transportation

from their school district. Currently enrolled families receive paperwork to request

transportation for the following year when the application period opens for the upcoming

school year. Current families are automatically re-enrolled in the school, but MUST RE-APPLY

for transportation ANNUALLY.


Transportation requests MUST be submitted to your home school district by April 1st for the

upcoming academic year.


How do I apply or register my child?

As a Public Charter School, we follow the New York State laws regarding charter school

applications. Our Application Period Opens in February and closes on April 1st. Applications are

available on our website and at the school. We can accept applications electronically, via email,

or via USPS. If we have more applicants than we do spaces for students on April 1st, we will

hold a public lottery to ensure fairness in admissions. We continue to accept applications for

open spaces or for our waitlist after April 1st. Early application offers the best chance for



Lottery Information:

Priority is given to students who reside in the Homer School District, but students from all

school districts are allowed and encouraged to apply. Siblings of current students are also given

priority as keeping families together is important. Students who fall into certain New York State

classifications are given extra weight in the lottery. New York State determines these categories

and the eligibility for these categories. The categories include children who are English

Language Learners, those with a documented disability label under Individuals with Disabilities

Education Act (IDEA) or Section 504 (a part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibits

discrimination based upon disability), and those who receive free or reduced meals according

to federal income guidelines.


The lottery is held in April and families will be notified of their acceptance within a week of the

lottery. Families will then have 2 weeks to either accept or decline the spot they are offered.

Students who are not offered slots in the lottery will go onto a waiting list in the order they

were chosen in the lottery. When an open slot becomes available before May 1st of the

following school year, students from the waiting list are contacted and offered the spot.


Registration Information:


Registration is on a rolling basis once the lottery has been held. Registration is open to those

accepted through the lottery or happens on a rolling first come-first served basis if no lottery is

necessary. Students are required to submit proof of birthdate, proof of residence (anywhere in

New York State), and basic demographic information to be considered registered. As a public

school, Truxton Academy also requires an annual physical and updated immunizations prior to

the child’s attendance in school. Our Welcome Packet, given at the time of registration,

includes these required registration components and also includes additional information

gathering forms that help us get to know your child and family to better meet the needs of your


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