FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

 

Is Sierra View Junior Academy accredited?

Yes, Sierra View Junior Academy is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges as well as the Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventists.

Where is the school located?

Sierra View Junior Academy is located at 19933 Avenue 256, Exeter, Ca 93221. Click here for driving directions.

How do I enroll my child?

For complete registration information or to download all of the forms in PDF format, please visit our Registration/Applications page.

Do I have to be a member of the church for my child to attend?

No. We encourage all faiths and beliefs to take advantage of our quality educational program.

What are the dress code requirements for the school? What happens if my child does not come to school in dress code?

Dress code is important at Sierra View Junior Academy. Your child will not be allowed to attend class if they are not in dress code. Please refer to the dress code section in the Student Handbook for more information.

What supplies does my child need for class?

A list of classroom supply requirements is coming soon!

What are school hours?

Classes begin at 8:00 a.m. All students must report to the gym for morning worship at 7:55 a.m. School will dismiss at 3:15 p.m. on Monday-Thursday, and at 12:00 p.m. on Friday.

What happens if I cannot pick up my child on time?

Your child will be waiting for you in the office. A fee may be charged if you are unable to pick up your child by 4 p.m.

Who do I call if my child is sick?

Please call the office at 559-592-3689 and let the Office Administrator know that your child is absent and the reason.

How much is tuition and other fees?

Complete information regarding all costs and fees can be found on our Tuition/Fees page.

Can payments be made online?

Very soon! We’re working on the development of a feature within this site where you will be able to pay tuition and other fees. Tax-deductible donations can be made there too!

Why is Sierra View Junior Academy so affordable?

The value associated with sending your children to Sierra View Junior Academy is immeasurable. Our location and environment provides safety, nurtures, academic excellence which will help make your child successful. Sierra View Junior Academy is a private school operating as a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. We strive to make the tuition and fees affordable. Some factors to be mindful of:

  • Private schools are not subsidized as are local public schools. However, the Central California Conference and the constituent churches supplement the education of Sierra View Junior Academy students to alleviate some of the cost.
  • We offer Sierra View Junior Academy students more options than many other schools, including integrated technology, and expanded library and healthy, vegetarian meals.
  • The cost for current textbooks, up to date technology, and physical plant upkeep has escalated at a higher rate than inflation.
  • Rising insurance costs, to cover liability on the playground and on field trips, for example, take a sizable chunk of school budgets.
  • We believe that your child gets a better education when he or she can spend more personal time with the teacher. Sierra View Junior Academy boasts a low teacher-student ration (maximum 24) because we place personal attention as a priority.

Does the school have a lunch program and how much does it cost?

The School offers a nutritious lunch with a varied menu for $3.50 per day. Meal tickets may be purchased in the office in either a ten pack for $35 or a 20 pack for $70. You will be notified when your child has only 3 tickets left.

You mentioned standardized testing. What type of test is the ITBS (Iowa Basic Skills Test)?

The Iowa test of Basic skills (ITBE) is a nationally standardized, norm referenced test (NRT)

What does “nationally standardized” mean?

A nationally standardized test is one that is administered to each test taker in the same way across a specified reference population (e.g. age groups, grade groups, etc.) There fore the score interpretations are based on a comparison of the test taker’s performance to the performance of other students in the nation.

What is a norm-referenced test (NRT)?

It is a NRT because it compares the results to other student’s abilities rather than a set of criteria. Thus the ITBS allows educators to get a look at the performance of their students in relation to the rest of the nation. A NRT is designed to highlight achievement differences between and among students.

How valid and reliable is the ITBS?

The ITBS was developed at the University of Iowa and is based on over seventy years of on-going research.

What does the ITBS measure?

The ITBS measures the skills and achievement of students from grade three through grade twelve and provides an in-depth measure of important educational objectives. It yields reliable and comprehensive information both about the development of students’ skills and about their ability to think critically. It measures students against their peers.

Test subjects in the ITBS are reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies and science. At Sierra View Junior Academy it is administered during the first quarter of the school year to students in grades three-ten.

What is a national percentile rank (NPR) score?

A national percentile rank score compares the achievement of student or a group of students to the achievement of a national sample of students who are in the same grade and who were tested at the same time of year (fall, midyear, or spring). For example, if a student earned a percentile rank of 72 on the science test, it means she scored higher than 72 percent of the students in the group with which she is being compared.

What do grade level equivalent scores mean?

Most people believe that a students who is in the third month of the third grade (3.3) and scores at the fifth grade, third month (5.3) is two years ahead in his/her work, and is capable of doing 5th grade work. What this actually reveals is that if a student at 3.3 and a student at 5.3 sat next to each other and took the same test (the third grade test) the third grader would be doing as well as the fifth grader on that third grade test. It does not mean that a student is two years ahead, but that she is performing extremely well at her grade level.

Are Sierra View Junior Academy students working at or above grade level?

Our test scores indicate that a very few students are performing below their grade level, some are marginal at grade level, but most are very successful or exceeding grade level expectations.

We interpret results in the context of our Expected Schoolwide Learning Results (ESLRs). The most relevant ESLR’s are “becoming complex thinkers” and “becoming effective communicators.” Using this standards-based approach, we use the results to determine how effectively the curriculum is working to achieve the standards we have set for our students.