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FAQs

What is the academic role of the parent at Sterling?

The parent serves as teacher-at-home for grades K-3 and gradually transitions to the role of mentor as the student becomes increasingly more independent in grades 4-12. In the lower grades, the parent truly is a teacher and, therefore, is expected to become familiar with the curriculum and basic teaching techniques.

On which days will my child attend class at Sterling?

Students in K-4th grades will attend classes on Tuesday and Thursday, with optional electives offered on Mondays for 1st-4th graders.  Students in 5th-12th grades will attend classes on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

There are optional Campus Days on Mondays and Wednesdays, allowing students to be on campus for up to 4 days/week.

What are the class sizes?

The student/teacher ratio will be no more than 14/1 for Kindergarten. First grade and above will be targeted at a maximum of 16 students.

What are the "academic standards?"

The academic standards for all "core" classes meet or exceed the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) standards.

How do I know what to teach each week?

Classroom teachers teach the key objectives in class and assign reinforcement or application activities to be completed at home. Weekly lesson plans for both the classroom and the satellite classroom (the home) are available via our online school management system (Ren Web) prior to the beginning of each school week. The at-home teacher is encouraged to print off plans for the week and to prepare for the assignments in advance.

Is testing required of my child?

Yes, every student accepted into Sterling in grades 3 and above is required to take our standardized testing in the spring or submit scores from a similar, recently administered standardized test.

How will I communicate with my child's teacher throughout the year?

Communication is the key to success at Sterling. Teachers communicate frequently with parents via email, phone and in face-to-face meetings.

Do you allow parents to register for classes in an "a la carte" manner?

Grades K-4th are inclusive which means the student is required to take all four core classes, but electives are optional. However, since no student can be unsupervised, the parent must pick up his or her child during a non-used elective block. In 5th-12th grades, the parent may register for specific classes with a minimum of 2 core classes. The classes must be consecutive, or if not, the student must be picked up or registered for the study hall option.

What if I do not want my child to take an elective(s)?

Electives are optional. Students are not allowed to be unsupervised, so a student will need to be enrolled in study hall for the elective block between core classes, or picked up by the parent, which is required for the last elective block of the day.

Do students wear uniforms?

Yes, students wear uniforms purchased through Lands' End. You can find our preferred school number on our website under parent links. 

Where can I get a school t-shirt and can my child wear it to school?

Sterling has an on-line Spirit Shop where you may purchase school t-shirts and sweatshirts. During the school year, we will have spirit days and casual days where students can wear these items.  Look for the Spirit Shop link on this website.

Where do I find the books my child will need for class?

It is the parent’s responsibility to secure all of the books on the required list by the first day of school. Please order early to ensure the appropriate arrival date. A comprehensive book list for each grade will be provided in the late spring. Parents are free to find the books through any vendor, providing the ISBN and edition is a perfect match. Sterling PTF also holds an annual curriculum sale and swap in May.

Does Sterling participate in sports?

Yes, we are a member of the ACAA (Austin Christian Athletic Association) and compete in Flag Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer and Track with other area private schools. Students in 5th through 8th grades are eligible to play. For our older athletes we are part of the T-Cal association for sports.

What options are available for paying tuition?

We offer a 3% tuition discount for families paying before April 4th.  For those families that wish to divide their payments we have two options available through FACTS tuition management. There is a two payment option which drafts two equal payments in April and October, or an eleven payment option with payments beginning in April and ending the following February. Parents must use FACTS for all payment options other than payment in full.

 

How much time will be required of the student on a typical day at home?
Many factors will determine the amount of time it takes any individual student, depending on attention span, breaks, and the time you start in the morning. Generally you can expect something in the following range:

Kindergarten 2-3 hours
1st-2nd grade 3-4 hours
3rd-4th grade 4-5 hours
5th grade and above 1-1 ½ hours per subject (English and Math typically take longer than Science and History)