Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you located?
Tall Cedars Academy is located in the heart of downtown Duvall, on First Ave. We are conveniently situated only 15 minutes from either Redmond or Woodinville and are still able to experience the warmth and feeling of community that our rural setting provides.
How old is TCA?
Tall Cedars Academy is a new member of the Duvall community. We opened our doors to students and families in the fall of 2006.
What is the average class size?
Our student to teacher ratio at Tall Cedars Academy is 15 to 1. Students work in a variety of groups and settings including one-on-one with teachers and fellow students, small instructional groups and sometimes as an entire class.
How long is the school day?
Our building opens for students at 7:30 with school beginning precisely at 8:30. We have lunch from noon to 1:00 p.m. and our academic day ends at 3:30. We also offer a complimentary Extended Day Program from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Is TCA affiliated with any other schools?
We are not affiliated with any other independent schools and have no religious affiliations. After the completion of our first year, we will be able to apply for membership in the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the Pacific Northwest Alliance of Independent Schools (PNAIS).
Does TCA offer any languages? If so, when do you begin?
We teach American Sign Language from first through eighth grade. All students receive ongoing instruction as part of our day-to-day routine and embedded in whatever curriculum will provide the best opportunity for practice.
How many students to every computer at TCA?
We currently have a computer for every two students at Tall Cedars Academy. We are proud of our technology offerings and have computer classes twice a week for all students. During this instructional block, students build skills in keyboarding, word processing, information retrieval, and applications like Power Point and Excel.
Do you have a uniform policy?
We do ask our students to wear uniforms at Tall Cedars Academy. Uniforms allow us to celebrate our school community and share the pride we feel for our school with others. See our uniform section for more specific information about the types of uniforms available and where they can be purchased.
What does TCA do for physical education? Do you have a sports program?
TCA offers a variety of sports through our physical education program including, but not limited to dance, basketball, baseball, volleyball, soccer, jump roping, and a collection of collaborative team building games. Students are also provided with information about after-school team sports and intramural opportunities as they become available locally.
Does TCA offer Extended Day Child Care? Do you have after-school classes? What do you do during the holidays or teacher in-service days for parents who work outside the home?
We offer a complimentary extended day program from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for all Tall Cedars Academy students. Children work on homework and special projects during the after school hours or can enroll in special extra-curricular offerings like test prep, chess, paper making, art, cooking, quilting, scrapbooking, and private piano lessons for an additional monthly fee. On teacher in-service days, and most school holidays, the extended day program is not available.
What is the TCA homework policy?
Homework begins in first grade is given to compliment the work being done in class. Assignments given out on Monday and due back on Friday are the norm. First, second and third graders receive 10-20 minutes of homework per night which relates to the work being done in their instructional groups. Fourth, fifth and sixth graders may receive 30-60 minutes of homework. Middle school students receive approximately 60-120 minutes of homework (20-30 minutes for each core class in a single day). Because middle schoolers do not have each class everyday, their homework may carry over to the weekend. Homework done over a longer period of time allows students to work on long-term projects or review work for the following week. Middle school students are expected to bring their homework planners with them to all of their classes and group meetings during the week.
Does TCA have a sibling policy?
We do not automatically accept all siblings. We give priority notification to our sibling applicants who enter at first and sixth grade. TCA notifies sibling applicants in February. Sibling applicants for other grade levels are placed in the general application pool and are notified in mid-March with the entire application pool. Siblings are given a 3% tuition discount upon enrollment to Tall Cedars Academy.
Does TCA administer standardized testing?
In accordance with our academic program, TCA administers the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) to students in grades three, five, six and eight. We also administer the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) to fourth and seventh grade students. Results of these assessments are given to teachers and parents as one way to help monitor student growth and development. An optional meeting is scheduled each fall to help parents understand the results of these standardized assessments.
Does TCA work with students with diagnosed learning differences?
We have part time instructional aids and a 15:1 student to teacher ratio. This allows us the flexibility and support we need to help all students succeed and exceed expectations and reach developmental and academic goals set by teachers and families. All learning styles and ability levels are welcome at Tall Cedars Academy.
How often do students have music, art, and drama at TCA?
Music, art and drama are an integral part of our curriculum. Our students meet twice a week for music and have art experiences twice a week or more. All TCA students are also involved in a yearly theatrical production where they experience all aspects of putting on a play. Students have the opportunity to perform in front of the curtain, work backstage, or help with other aspects of the production like costumes, set work, and marketing.
Do you have a cafeteria?
Students at TCA bring their own lunch and drinks and eat together in our classroom. We offer a variety of box lunch options from local restaurants and food providers and have microwaves and refrigerators available for student use.
Do you provide transportation to TCA?
No, we do not offer transportation to TCA. We encourage car pools and can provide information with permission, for those families looking to set up car pools and ride sharing. We do allow students to ride the bus, walk or ride to school if a Transportation Permission Form is signed and on file.
What field trips and outdoor education programs do the students participate in?
All of our groups of students participate in field trips throughout the year that relate to their course of study as well as monthly, day-long adventures with nationally recognized outdoor education provider Wilderness Awareness. A charted bus or van is used for these trips as parents are not allowed to drive students to and from school sponsored events. All students will also have the chance to attend a three to five-day camp program each spring.