Frequently Asked Questions about Tucson Country Day School
Welcome to Tucson Country Day School!
Thank you for your interest in our school. In order to help you learn more about us, please read our answers to some frequently asked questions.
1. What grades do you offer?
TCDS offers both a private preschool/pre-kindergarten (Early Childhood Education) program and a K-8th grade tuition-free, public charter school. We also offer two summer programs: a summer camp, known as Camp Adventure, and a Summer Prep program. Before and after school/after camp care is offered for those students who need it.
2. How much does it cost?
Our K-8th grade programs are tuition free under Arizona’s Charter school statutes. We charge a curricular fee each year: $50 for K-5 students and $75 for Middles School students. The fee covers the cost of scholastic newsletters, supplies for Art and Music classes, and software for student programs. Additionally, the Middle School curriculum fee includes the cost of a P.E. uniform, locker and lock. Parents are asked to nofity the office if the curricular fee poses an undue hardship on their family.
A fee-based before school care program is available beginning at 6:30am and after school care is available until 6:00 p.m. Check with the office for current fees.
Our Early Childhood Education preschool/pre-kindergarten program charges tuition based upon the number of days and hours per week your child attends.
3. Do you offer classes such as PE & art?
Tucson Country Day School prides itself on providing a well-rounded education for all of our students. Known as our Specials classes – Art, Music, Technology, Spanish and Physical Education are included in the regular school week for our students. Band, Orchestra and Sign Language are also offered to Middle School students.
4. I’ve heard your school works to develop good manner, social skills and the leader in each child. How do you do this?
We at TCDS believe that a safe, positive environment is vital for learning to occur. Therefore our students are expected to say please, thank you, raise their hands, etc. We also enforce a strict no bullying, no fighting (even pretend) and no weapons policy. We use a program called The Leader in Me that is based on Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People as the basis for our leadership program. We believe every child is a Champion and every Champion is a leader. This belief is reinforce through classroom, grade level and schoolwide activities.
5. In what ways do you encourage excellence?
Our environment reinforces that learning and achieving is cool with incentive programs such as Principal’s honor roll, honor roll assemblies, perfect attendance rewards, National Junior Honor Society, Matter of Pride shirts and various principal and teacher accolades. All students who receive awards during the quarter are invited to attend an Achievement Breakfast with their family.
6. Are uniforms required?
Yes, in the K-8 charter school program.
Uniforms are color coded based upon the student’s K-8 grade level. Shirt colors are as follows: Kindergarten and 1st wear white, 2nd and 3rd wear yellow, 4th and 5th wear red, 6th wears sky blue, 7th wears Kelly green and 8th wears navy blue shirts. K-7th wear plain navy blue bottoms. 8th wears khaki bottoms.
Early Childhood does not require uniforms.
Shirts and bottoms must be a solid color and cannot have monograms, stripes, logos or other markings on them. Bottom of shorts, skirts, skorts and jumpers must be at least the length of the middle finger when the arm is extended straight down the side of the leg. Athletic pants or shorts and jeans are not permitted. If a student wears pants, leggings, tights or knee socks under their uniform, they must be black, white or navy blue and be one solid cover (a small logo is allowed on socks). Undershirts must be white.
Occasional dress down days are announced throughout the year.
7. What are your class sizes?
TCDS believes in individual attention, keeping class sizes small.
K-5 has a maximum of 22 students in each classroom while 6th-8th grade classes have no more than 26 students per instructor.
Early Education has a 1:13 teacher-student ratio for three-year-olds and a 1:15 teacher-student ratio for four-year-olds.
8. What types of activities do you offer outside of the regular school day?
We have many clubs, sporting teams and other activities offered at TCDS depending on the child’s grade level and interests. Clubs include garden club, yearbook, student council, cheerleading, drama, jump rope, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, chess club, and KidzArt.
5th through 8th grade students can participate in our extracurricular sports program. We have boys teams in soccer, basketball and flagfootball, and girls teams for soccer, softball, volleyball, and basketball. Our sports teams compete with other charter and private middle schools.
9. What about lunch? Can I buy lunch and where do students eat?
Students can bring their own sack lunch or hot lunch is available for advance purchase daily from pre-negotiated outside vendors for $3.50. We participate in the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch program. Complete the Free and Reduced lunch packet to find out if your child qualify.
Lunchtime is staggered by grade level with students eating outside on the picnic tables or in their classrooms. After they eat, students have about a 20 minute recess period.
We also offer a Student Store where students can purchase snacks and other items.
Regardless of whether you purchase hot lunch or send a lunch, please be sure to pack both a morning and afternoon healthy snack for your child to eat during scheduled snack breaks.
10. What time does school start and end?
TCDS runs on a split schedule to minimize congestion in the parking lot. Kindergarten through 3rd grade students attend from 8:30 am to 3:15 pm, while 4th through 8th grade students attend from 8:00 am to 2:45 pm.
Students may arrive as early at 7:30 am to enjoy staff supervised free time at the lower playground.
A fee based before and after school care program is available to students who need to arrive at school prior to 7:30 am or remain at school more than 15 minutes after they (and any siblings) are dismissed at the end of the day.
Free sibling care is provided for 4th-8th grade students who need to remain after school until a K-3rd grade sibling is dismissed.
Early Childhood Education instruction begins at 8:30 am with care available from 6:30 am-6 pm.
11. Do you recite the Pledge of Allegiance?
School starts daily with “Flag” where students assemble for the Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence, birthdays and announcements. Students are considered tardy if they are not present at the beginning of flag.
School ends with a flag lowering assembly. Leaving before flag lowering is considered an early release from school.
12. Do you have a PTA or other Parent association?
Our Student Parent Association (SPA) is an integral part of TCDS, offering assistance to teachers in the classroom, holding fundraisers for supplemental materials and experiences, encouraging social interaction and generally helping out wherever and whenever a need arises.
Over 50% of our families are actively involved in one way or another, helping to ensure all students feel welcome, loved, and part of the larger TCDS family.
Interested in volunteering? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our volunteer list.
13. I have mixed feelings about sending my child to Kindergarten for the first time. Can you help?
TCDS has a tradition known as the Woo Hoo, Boo Hoo breakfast, held on the first day of school each year. Come join fellow parents for an informal breakfast with Dr. Anders.
Together we will celebrate (Woo Hoo) and mourn (Boo Hoo) our children’s first day of Kindergarten.
Have a child in another grade and want to know more about their grade level? Not to worry, informal “Donuts with Dr. Anders” are held for all grade levels throughout the school year.
14. Do you have a website? Can I receive updates through email?
Yes, we have a website.
Our school offers both a robust website (http://www.tcdcharterschool.com) and we provide frequent email communication with updates for our families.
You can check your child’s grades and progress online, email teachers, and access our school calendar. We even offer an email distribution list so you don’t have to worry about notices making it home in your child’s backpack. Sign up on the Eplanner page.
And, teachers at TCDS provide a weekly online update about what’s going on in their class, projects and homework, upcoming events, etc. Check out the school’s E-Planner.